Are you in the light? Do you have God’s love residing within you? What is His new command?
In this exciting look at 1 John 2, I answer these questions and much more.
1 John is a book of contrasts:
- Darkness versus light
- Sin versus righteousness
- Hate versus love
- Evil versus God
And when we realize that 1 John is centered around these contrasts, it helps a great deal as we encounter its challenging passages about our forgiveness and our fellowship with God.
In this full-length message, I address forgiveness, confession and fellowship, seeking to remove the religious clutter so the Gospel can be fully celebrated.
The new covenant message of God’s grace is so beautiful and so worthy of our celebration. Still, some twist the truths of the new covenant into something that God never intended for us.
In this full-length messages, I introduce nine important clarifications that can keep us from heading in the wrong direction. I address questions like:
- Is the Law dead?
- Do Christians still sin?
- Is it supposed to be “all of God and none of me”?
These and other important questions are addressed, as I simultaneously highlight the powerful truth of the Gospel that sets us free!
Here are 3 choices that Christians don’t have to make and 3 choices we make every day!
Over the years, the Parable of the Talents has stressed out many Christians as they’ve asked: Are believers punished for not using their gifts and talents? And is it a “use it or lose it” mentality with God?
In this full-length message, find out the liberating truth concerning this parable, and others that Jesus told, centered on spiritual investment and return!
Our dog Teddy was lost and never retrieved. Our dog Waldo was lost but then found and rescued.
When you lose something precious to you, finding it becomes pretty important. In this week’s Snapshots message, we look at Jesus’ take on being lost and found.
In this full-length message, I talk about what it means to be so valuable to the Father that He would pursue us and then rescue us.
Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive those who sin against him. Jesus replied with a grand total of 490 times (per person, per issue).
Then Jesus launched into a story about a king who punished a servant for not forgiving others the way that he had been forgiven (where’s the king’s forgiveness in that ending?).
In this full-length message, I address this controversial story and two other word pictures presented by Jesus.
Here, you’ll learn why it’s so important to maintain the proper tension and contrast between the stringency of the Law and the beauty of God’s grace.
Enjoy these intriguing snapshots from Jesus’ teaching!
What did Jesus mean when he likened us to a wineskin? A good tree? The light of the world? And a house built on the rock?
Find out in my brand new series, “Snapshots!” Here’s part one.
The believer’s righteousness is the meat of the Gospel message.
Are we really as righteous as Jesus?
What does it mean to be righteous?
How is it more than just being “clothed” in Christ’s righteousness?
Here I discuss our righteousness from various angles, and this important message has the potential to both surprise and encourage you.
A new heart, a new command inscribed on it, and a brand new way to think- there is so much NEW to celebrate in this new year.
Here’s part two of my New Year’s Celebration message.
Here we are in the first week of the new year! It’s a time when many of us make new year’s resolutions, seeking change in one area or another.
But sometimes real change lies in understanding what is already new!
With that in mind, here’s my latest message called “A New Year’s Celebration!” It’s all about the newness we can already enjoy in God’s new way of grace.
In this message, I highlight what it means to really celebrate…
- a new covenant
- a new kind of forgiveness (once for all!)
- our newfound freedom in Jesus
- our new identity in Christ
- our new heart laced with brand new passions and desires
Some have said that, for them, this was one of the most meaningful messages of 2017, so it may be one that you don’t want to miss!
United with Christ. One spirit with Him. Fused together and infused with His resurrection life.
There are so many ways to express what it means to know Jesus as our Life and to enjoy intimacy with Him.
Here’s a message that is a celebration of that gift of oneness and newness that we have in Christ.
This time of year, we think a lot about Jesus Christ becoming one of us and living life on planet Earth just as we do today.
Jesus was tempted in every way.
He was rejected by others.
He experienced excruciating physical pain.
And, ultimately, He was killed.
Because of what Jesus endured and suffered, He can relate to us today. He really knows what it’s like to hurt as we do.
In this message, “Jesus: Our Rescuer”, I share why it is so important to understand that Jesus is sympathetic to our weaknesses.
I hope this message is an encouragement to you today!
The spiritual gift of tongues – such a controversial issue! For many decades, the church has been divided on the topic of tongues.
- Is tongues an angelic language?
- Is tongues a heavenly language?
- Is tongues a private prayer language?
In this video message, “The Truth About Tongues”, I share what I believe is the simple and straightforward reality about the gift of tongues.
No matter what your take is on the issue, I hope you find this message engaging and challenging as you decide what you believe.
The holidays can be a time of tremendous thankfulness but also a time of stress as emotions go up and down and all around.
As believers, we are told that it is God’s will that we give thanks in everything. Still, that’s easier said than done.
In this message, I share how we can get to a place of genuine thankfulness without gritting our teeth or employing the “fake it til you make it” approach.
I hope this is a source of encouragement to you and that God uses it to bring you authentic joy inspired by all He has done in the new covenant.
In part 1 of “The Predestination Puzzle” we looked at all of the passages related to predestination in Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians.
But so many questions remain!
What about Romans?
Didn’t God harden Pharaoh’s heart?
What does “Jacob I loved, Esau I hated” mean?
And what about the Potter and the clay analogy?
In this second part of our two-part series, “The Predestination Puzzle”, I address all of these questions and so much more.
I hope you take the time to really soak this one in. I believe the result may be that you finally solve the predestination puzzle in your mind and then get to celebrate the fullness of the Gospel message like never before!
Maybe you’ve heard the idea that God has pre-selected some to believe and be saved, while others have no chance, because they were not “chosen” by God.
If true, this confusing belief system would lead to all kinds of concerning questions:
- How could one ever really know for sure if they are “picked”?
- How could evangelism be essential if the saved are already chosen?
- Should believers be resigned to engage in a Plato-Socrates style debate over “fate” versus “free will” like so many do today?
Rest assured that there are solid solutions to the predestination puzzle. And in this full-length message, I share the simple truth that may bring you the clarity you’ve been looking for!
If Christians are not under the Law, then how does God lead us?
Does our freedom from the Law include the Ten Commandments?
How does God’s grace keep us from a life of chaos and lawlessness?
These questions and more are addressed in this new message, “The Truth About Law and Grace.”
Ever wondered how we could be the righteousness of God and yet still be learning and growing and experiencing renewal of the mind along the way?
In this video message, I discuss what has already happened and what is still happening. It’s an important look at both the finished work of Christ and the progressive adventure of the Christian life.
Hope you enjoy!
Baptized for the dead? Die daily? What do these expressions really mean and what is our personal takeaway from this controversial passage in 1 Corinthians 15?
Find out in this video message!
Often in the Christian life we go through periods of time in which we don’t feel much. We might feel numb. We might even feel negative about spiritual matters.
Some have stories of how they once felt so close to God and then slowly those feelings began to fade. Others never felt much to begin with compared to the experiences of those around them.
In this message titled “I Don’t Feel Anything!” I talk about the healthy way forward when we don’t feel the way that we think we should.
I hope this message is an encouragement to you!
Fear of death. Fear of judgment. Fear of loss of salvation.
There are so many flavors of fear that can take hold in our lives.
In this message, I address fear and show how the message of God’s grace can put to rest all our fears.
Recently, I taught on a powerful Bible passage that addresses some fascinating questions:
- Why is Creation groaning and waiting on us?
- How exactly does the Spirit pray for us?
- How should we look at pain and suffering? Does God ever cause it?
Find out the answers to these questions and more in this latest message!
You are always in the Spirit, even when you walk by the flesh. Find out more in this liberating look at Romans 8!
“I’m doing the very thing that I don’t want to do”- this was a struggle documented in Romans 7. But is this struggle the destiny of every Christian? Is it all that we can expect?
Here I present six truths and three questions that together highlight the true context of Paul’s Romans 7 struggle.
Find out what this means for you!
Some say there’s no real victory over sin on this side of heaven. And they cite Paul’s struggle in Romans 7 as evidence. If the Apostle Paul couldn’t say “no” to coveting, then how is there any real hope for us?
But the truth is that Romans 7 is not the normal Christian life by any stretch. No, it’s actually just the inevitable outcome for anyone – saved or lost – who puts themselves under the Law.
On top of that, here I present some compelling evidence that Paul’s Romans 7 story is actually his experience before he met Jesus Christ. This, all the more, bolsters the liberating truth that we indeed have genuine hope on this side of heaven.
God has done something to you, something permanent, something powerful, something that you cannot get away from- even if you tried!
Find out what in this full-length video message.
With limitless grace and forgiveness, what will prevent us from setting world records for sin?
Find out in this in-depth look at your new identity in Christ!
Have you ever thought about the difference between the Cross and the Resurrection in terms of what they each accomplish for us?
I’ve just started a brand new series on Romans 5-8, one of the most powerful passages of Scripture in the Bible.
In this message on Romans 5, I highlight the difference between the Cross and the Resurrection and what each offers us in response to our guilt and our weakness.
Colossians 2 is one of the most powerful passages in the Bible.
Against the backdrop of this powerful passage, I present 10 myths of man-made religion and the truths that set us free.
Some have said these are the most impacting truths they have ever heard.
I hope you enjoy!