The introduction to the gospel of Luke is sneakily important. Here we discover that a Greek physician named Luke has done the work of a lay historian. He lays out no less than 6 reasons why we can have confidence in the details of Jesus’ life and works.
In one of his final teachings to his disciples before going to the cross, Jesus speaks to them about their impending sorrow and how they can have full, everlasting joy that cannot be taken away.
Countless self-help books—even so-called “Christian” ones—tout how to be successful, how to “win” at life. But in this passage, we find that the truly successful, winning Christian life is one that recognizes that it is wholly dependent on the power of God.
Another unfortunate event in the life of Israel teaches us that, like them, we often encounter a holy God and attempt to domesticate him according to our personal preferences or, when all else fails, attempt to ignore him. Both impulses lead to disaster.
Sometimes we feel like our prayers go unanswered. But in this passage, we are resented with a prayer so in sync with God’s will that it is always answered. It’s a prayer that teaches us that for spiritual maturity we must rely on God and that he will bring it about because it brings him glory.
Our preacher this Sunday was Andrew Bryant, one of the deacons at Gateway Downtown.
Continuing in a series on 1 Samuel 1-7, we take a look at a fascinating tale of what happens when a pagan people think they can domesticate Yahweh. An important lesson for God’s people: God doesn’t need us to fight his battles.
1 Samuel 4:1b-22, we have one of the greatest tragedies in the entire biblical storyline: The Israelites lose the ark of the covenant, the most holy and precious treasure in the nation, to the Philistines. How could this happen? Quite simply, God left Israel because Israel had left God.
Psalm 67 is a beautiful song that is almost a “wish list” of the psalmist’s greatest desires: that God would be gracious, that God would bless, and that the psalmist would have God himself.
Our guest preacher for this Sunday is a missionary to the nations here in Cleveland, OH. Due to the sensitivity of that work, we are not publishing his name online.
In this message from 1 Samuel 3:1b-4:1a, we see an unbelieving young man become a prophet of the Lord. It’s a reminder that the word of God will never be snuffed out.
The picture of faithfulness in 1:1-2:11 gives way to quite a different picture in the latter part of chapter 2. Here, we find a family consumed by its own glory. And their lives together serve as a warning that hypocritical religion can reach a point of no return.