Did God Put Barack Obama in the White House?

Text: Daniel 4:17 Many Christians are disappointed in the outcome of the Presidential election. But many have concluded that it must have been God’s will for the President to be reelected. Daniel 4:17 is often cited on this point. However, these are different times. There were specific purposes and prophecies for nations in the Bible; […]

A Man of Integrity

Text: Job 31 A Covenant was Made (Job 31:1) This requires understanding – knowing the difference between right & wrong We must make a decision – once we know what is right, we must choose to do it A covenant involves a long-term commitment – this is not a trend or a fad; our character […]

The Christian’s Walk

Text: Colossians 1:9-10 Walk in Newness of Life (Romans 6:4) This follows baptism (Romans 6:3-4) — in baptism we become free from sin (Romans 6:17-18) We are to be different than the old self (Romans 6:6) — repentance We are to be different than the world (Romans 12:2) — live by a higher standard Walk […]

“I Am the Lord Your God”

Text: Leviticus 19 Chapter begins with a call for holiness (v. 2; cf. 1 Peter 1:15-16) — What will holiness look like? Honor God Keep My sabbaths (v. 3,30) — consistent, ongoing action; reminded them of God’s work in creation (Exodus 20:8-11) Revere My sanctuary (v. 30) — respect the place of worship; specifically for […]

Sins of the Rich Man

Text: Luke 16:19-31 Focused Only on This Life (v. 19) Nothing wrong with riches (1 Timothy 6:17) or enjoying life (Ecclesiastes 11:9) But wealth & enjoyment are not our ultimate goal (1 Timothy 6:9; Ecclesiastes 7:2-3) If we’re not careful, these can turn us away from God (Luke 8:14) This world is only temporary (1 […]

Themes of the Cross

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18; Luke 9:23 The themes associated with Christ’s cross extend to ours as well. Love “God so loved the world…” (John 3:16) Jesus laid down His life for us (John 10:17-18) Our following Christ & enduring all things must be done in love (John 14:15; Matthew 22:36-40) Grace Man’s condition before the […]

Practicing the Golden Rule

Text: Matthew 7:12 We Must Take the Initiative Don’t treat others as they treat you, but as you want them to treat you People may not treat us the way we would like (2 Timothy 3:12; Matthew 5:38-41) We must treat others as we would want them to treat us (Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 22:39-40) Why […]