We are living in difficult days. We have been living in difficult days for a couple of years now. People are losing hope and it is leading to some dark places. I was reading some information on the CDC website today on the number of suicide attempts by teens over the past two years. I was shocked by the information. Among 12-17 year olds, during the period of March 29 – April 25 of 2020, there were 540 ER visits by teens suspected of attempting suicide. 408 of them were girls and 132 were boys. During the period of July 26 – August 22 of 2020, the number was 665. 519 were girls and 146 were boys. During the period of February 21 – March 20 of 2021, the number was 1,052. Continue reading
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‘Tis the Season for hope and salvation
I am so excited to prepare for Christmas. What a tradition! We get to remember the promise of the First Advent of the Messiah and celebrate the fact that it happened in human history. All of human history was split in half by the birth of Jesus Christ. He is the most famous human being of all time. His book, the Bible, continues to be the best selling book of all time. The birth of Christ has set our Western calendar for the past 2,000 years. To me, Christmas is a magical season. Sometimes, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season that we forget the reason WHY we do all of this every year. It is a time of remembrance. It is also a time to reflect on the fact that the First Advent implies that there will be a Second Advent. I have written several articles on the Sundays of Advent and you can read them by clicking on the following titles: Continue reading
Corona Virus: What does the Bible say?
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Click on the above like to find a short Bible study on the Corona Virus through the lens of Psalm 91. My mentor, Vasile Filat, wrote the study. I found it very insightful and thought I would share it with you here. God bless you as you offer hope to people during these anxious times.
Mercy and Grace through Judgment?
Is it possible for God to show mercy and grace even in the midst of His judgment? Can judgment/discipline be a positive event in our lives? Is it possible to view judgment in a positive light? Let’s discover the answers to these questions and more as we turn to the book of Hosea. Here at Southern Calvert Baptist Church, we have been walking through the entire Bible over a three year period. Currently, we are in the book of Hosea. Our goal is to examine every book of the Bible and discover how each book points to the person of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind. Continue reading
Peter’s Denial of Christ
I have been teaching through the Gospel of Mark in a weekly Bible study with a group of men. We are now in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 14. Today’s lesson is on Peter’s denial of the Lord Jesus Christ. Although the outlook is bleak for Christ and for Peter, there is a ray of hope in this section. The ray of hope is for Peter. As you read, remember, you are Peter and I am Peter. We all have the capability of acting like Peter. The good news is that there is still hope for you and for me. Our text is Mark 14:41-72. Continue reading