I am getting ready to teach a Sunday school class this coming Sunday. Last week, we learned about David’s humbleness vs. Goliath’s pride. This week, we are going to learn that David, although a man after God’s own heart, also had a sin nature like the rest of us. David needed repentance just like all of us. Psalm 51 was written after David was confronted by Nathaniel. David could have reacted to the confrontation our of pride. He was the king. No one but God was above him. He could have acted like Goliath. He did not. To set the back story for this lesson, we have to understand what brought David to this point. David walked with God. David was a man of God. David had written his own copy of the first 5 books of the Bible. He read from that hand written copy every day, according to Deuteronomy 17: Continue reading
Yesterday, I tried to answer the question of whether heaven would be the same for all believers or will there be different rewards. With this article, I would like to address the question of eternal punishment, will it be the same for all lost sinners or are there different levels of punishment.
First of all, we have to establish that the punishment for all who do not confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be punished by God with what the Bible describes as the second death. It is in the lake of fire that will last for eternity. All of it is torture yet, for some, the torture will be worse than for others. Continue reading
Contrary to popular belief, heaven will not be equal for all. Heaven will not be a communistic dream where everyone receives the same, no matter what they did on this earth. I would like to examine a couple of Jesus’ teachings on the kingdom of heaven. After that, we will take a look at what Paul teaches about the rewards that await us after this life is over.
If you will take a look with me at Paul’s writing to the church in Ephesus. Continue reading
In the children’s department at Hoffmantown church, we are walking through the entire Bible in 1 year. This week, we are focusing on the story of David and Goliath. I do not know when the last time you read this story was. I am sure you are familiar with it from your childhood. I purposefully went back and studied I Samuel 17, verse by verse in order to familiarize myself with the specifics of the text and not just the overall story. I would like to examine the two main characters of this story. Goliath is the first of the main characters mentioned in the text. Following him is the young man David. As we examine these two main characters, we will also discover much about God and His attributes. Continue reading
Here I am again, getting ready to teach about Jesus being the focal point of every story of the Bible. We are walking through the Bible this year. We have arrived to the time when Moses leads the people of Israel through the wilderness, to the Promised Land. On the way, God makes a Covenant with Israel, and, within that Covenant we see the 10 Commandments. Let’s take a look at the 10 Commandments and see how they reveal Christ and what they reveal to us about ourselves.
I. Purpose of the 10 Commandments
This past week was a good week for me and for the pastors of Hoffmantown Church. We had our annual pastors’ retreat in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado. While there, we reflected on the love that the Lord has for us and the high calling that we have all answered, to shepherd the Lord’s flock in His local church. I was privileged to be with my brothers in Christ and hear their stories of how the Lord called them. I was able to share my story as well. It was a blessed time. One of our personal assignments was to write a letter to ourselves, from God. It was a neat assignment. We had to spend some time alone with the Lord and then write, from a Biblical perspective, a letter that we thought He would write to us. After that assignment, we were to list all of the things that we were grateful for that the Lord has given to us or done for us. Here is what I wrote: Continue reading
Yesterday, I was watching a video of a Bible study that our church leadership did a few years ago as we met and planned the upcoming year for us at that time. It was an amazing day. As a leadership team, we hiked about 18-20 miles, visiting villages, sharing the Gospel, doing Bible study, and planning. It was a great day of fellowship and brotherhood. We even found time to take a nap beside a lake under some shade trees during the hottest part of the day. All the memories came flooding back as I watched the Bible study session. I wanted to write an article with the teachings from Acts 20, given to us by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Paul. I linked to the verses, or, you can open your own Bible and read the account, starting in verse 15 and going through the end of the chapter. As we studied the passage, we looked at what we learned about Paul and the commands Paul gave to the Ephesian elders. From these two aspects, we have much to learn about Biblical leadership.
I. Insights about Paul
Can we separate love for God from service to God? Many seem to think so but that is not what the Scriptures teach. Unfortunately, in the Evangelical world, the title of this article is a common mantra. I do not believe that it is correct, nor Biblical. According to the Scriptures, we cannot separate love for God from service to God.
I. Jesus’ understanding
The idea for this article came as a direct result of a Facebook question that I asked in reference to John 3:5. I received the answers that I expected. I was asked to explain the meaning of the water to which Jesus refers in John 3:5. I want to share the explanation here in this post. One of the requirements in answering the posed question was that interpretation needed to be contextual and referenced with other Scriptures if possible.
Here is the question: Continue reading