Genesis 12:1-3, 15:1-6: Faith Receives What God Wants to Give

To plant a seed, you make a small hole in the ground, put the seed in it, and cover it with soil. But then you have to wait until the seed germinates, for until then, there’s nothing that you can see. And so a planted seed gives us a beautiful picture of faith. Waiting for […]

Matthew 9:18-26: Your faith has made you well

Look at what happens when Jesus speaks! Jesus spoke, and a sick woman then had the confidence to touch the hem of His garment. Jesus spoke, and a desperate father sought out Jesus and asked Him for the impossible. Jesus spoke, and a little girl was raised from the dead. The word of Jesus does […]

Matthew 15:21-28: Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table

Did you ever feel that God has ignored your prayers, not by answering “no,” but by taking no notice of them?  If so, then today’s Gospel is for you.  Have you ever felt that God has treated you in a cold or cruel way, allowing you to experience so much pain in this life?  If […]

Thanksgiving Sermon: What Faith Is and What Faith Does

Our Old Testament reading had with these words: “Keep the commands of the Lord your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him.” So, how’s that going for you? How well are you keeping them, His Commandments, the Ten Words that God gave to Moses to give to the people of Israel? So let’s […]

The Difference Between Infant and Adult Faith

What is faith? It’s important to understand what faith is–and what faith isn’t. If we don’t know what faith is, then we can misunderstand who may or may not have it. Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Within this verse, what does it […]

Acts, Lesson 14: Paul’s First Missionary Journey, Pt. 1

Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch after they had delivered aid for the mother Church at Jerusalem. At Antioch, we find out what the Lord has planned for Saul and Barnabas.   The Church calls and commissions Saul and Barnabas to be missionaries There’s a lot going on in the first few verses of this […]

Philippians, Lesson 3: Jesus’ Humiliation and Exaltation

Paul and Timothy ended chapter 1 with words about, not only believing in Christ, but also suffering because of Him.  That was what living as a citizen of the Gospel involved.  For most people, a call to suffering is not encouraging.  So, Paul moves on to speak of the encouragement we have in Christ. A […]

Mark 9:14-29: Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!

At first listen, today’s Gospel sounds as if it’s only about demon possession and exorcism.  For we hear about a boy with a troubling demon that causes epileptic-like seizures and even tries to throw the boy into fire or water.  That’s frightening stuff. What makes this even more frightening is that Jesus’ disciples couldn’t deal […]

James, Lesson 3 (Chapter 2): Faith is impartial

This section of James differs from what we have seen so far.  This section begins with words of censure, which James further develops. Read James 2:1 –          What is James calling Jesus?   Galatians 3:28: [Concerning salvation] There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you […]

James, Lesson 2: Faith’s Response

James: Lesson 2 Book’s Theme and Faith’s Response Read James 1:9-11 –          James tells the rich man to exalt in his humiliation.  What is the source of this humiliation?   –          The poor man is to exalt in his exaltation.  What is the source of his exaltation?   –          So what is James doing when […]