2 Corinthians 12:3-13: The Gifts of the Spirit

Before the time of Jesus, God limited His gifts of speaking to prophets, judges, the 70 elders of Israel, and two other men in Moses’ day (Numbers 11:24-29). Oh, well there was that donkey (Num 22:28-30)! But life for God’s people is now different. Jesus’ resurrection has ushered in the age of the Spirit, first […]

2 Timothy, Lesson 1: Introduction

We covered a general survey of Paul’s Pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus) in Lesson 1 of 1 Timothy. For that reason, we won’t cover that specific information but delve directly into 2 Timothy.   Introduction Author: The Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 1:1).   Paul’s Situation and Date of Letter When Paul wrote […]

Acts 2: It Had All Been For This

It had all been for this. Jesus ascended into heaven, taking His seat at the right hand of the Father, that position of authority and power, all to pour out the Holy Spirit from the Father. That Spirit, which Jesus had sent to His Church, was the same Spirit that had come to the Virgin […]

Acts, Lesson 24: Paul Makes His Way to Jerusalem, Despite the Troubles that Await

Paul is still on his third missionary journey, having met with pastors from Ephesus in Miletus. He and his traveling contingent now press on toward Jerusalem.   A short stay in Tyre Read Acts 21:1-6 In this section, we find Luke doing what he had earlier done in the book of Acts: he speeds up […]

Roman 8:18-27:Prayers of groans too deep for words

On August 31, 1422, King Henry V of England died. Henry V’s one-and-only son, Henry VI, then became king. However, a problem then confronted that island nation in the sea: Henry VI was only eight months old! So, because of Henry’s young age and inexperience, the English Parliament appointed Humphrey, the Duke of Gloucester, to […]

Acts 2:1-21: The Holy Spirit working through the Word

On the day of Pentecost, people gathered because they heard a powerful, mighty wind. And as they gathered, curious about the sound, they saw something astounding. Tongues of fire had come down on the New-Covenant Church, on all 120 people. Of course, none of us has experienced such an event. And that makes perfect sense. […]

Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21

This past week in our liturgical, Church calendar, we’ve been in limbo.  We’ve been existing between two realities.  We celebrated our Lord’s ascension into heaven.  But since the Ascension, we’ve been waiting.  We’ve been waiting for this day.  Like the Apostles of old, we’ve been listening to our Lord’s instructions to “wait in Jerusalem until […]

Walking in the Spirit: Galatians 5:16-24

Oh, how wretched we Christians can often seem!  Through the waters of baptism, the Holy Spirit creates spiritual life in us, through which we are born from above (John 3:3-6).  Yet, this spiritual birth is but the beginning of a constant conflict between our sinful nature and the Spirit of God. The Apostle Paul calls […]

Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21

The crowd at Pentecost thinks the first Christians are drunk.  They hear the cacophony of 120 Christians.  They hear the old and wrinkled, the young and sparkly eyed, men and women, and pastors and parishioners all speaking in the rush of excitement.  The crowd thinks they are hearing a bunch of drunkards.  That’s what St. […]

John 15:26-16:4

Jesus says that whoever confesses Him before others, He will confess before His Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32).  The Apostle Peter says, “Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).  So, every Christian in his everyday life is to point others to Jesus.  […]