Category Archives: Interpretation

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

This often quoted and more often misused passage is from 1 Samuel 15:22. I’ve heard it for most of my church life. It’s never been my favorite, but until recently I’ve never given much thought to why. But the recent … Continue reading

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He Walked Here

Mark 6:48 (NAS): about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. I remember preaching this passage in bible college. A young man just learning to preach. I still remember my points. First, “He … Continue reading

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Immeasurably More

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV84): Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, For a brief moment, this beautiful passage gave me a twinge … Continue reading

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Are they itching?

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from … Continue reading

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How to Act in Church

When I was a child, the adults use to talk to us often about our behavior in church. There were certain things that you could not do that seemed written in stone. There was a proper way to act in church, … Continue reading

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Sprinkled Clean

To live life honestly is to live with the weight of our conscience declaring that we are guilty. As much as we want to believe that we simply make mistakes, we get constant reminders from our conscience that what we have … Continue reading

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Jesus? Not In This Life.

I was in a meeting of about 25 to 30 people and when they found out that I was a pastor, as often happens, the subject turned to Jesus. It turned out that most of them were Christians. As I listening … Continue reading

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When You Should Not Listen to Jesus

As I listen to more and more people wrongly use passages in the Gospels, it seems that we need some simple rules for interpreting Gospel material. So here are some rules that I think will be helpful. Rule 1: Listen … Continue reading

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Can I Do All Things Through Christ?

How do you determine meaning in a culture where relativity reigns? It may surprise you to know that you maybe already living the answer, for this is a question of epistemology and must need be answered to live, yet it … Continue reading

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