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Evangelist Jeff Kent and the Shadyside Church of Christ present a weekly lesson to help and encourage listeners in their daily walk with Christ and spread the Gospel. We are non-denominational and all lessons are taken directly from the scriptures.


“What are you Standing Around for?…Jesus is Coming!”
Feb 17 • 33 min
When Jesus ascended to the Father, the apostles were standing there gazing into heaven. Two angels appeared to assure them that Jesus would come back and to prompt them to get on with their Master’s work. Perhaps we need a couple of angels to show up…
“Love Story”
Feb 10 • 32 min
We all like a good love story, even us guys if it’s got some action in it. God made us to love. God is love, and the two great commandments are about loving God and our neighbor. And love is about relating to others. We all look for certain things i…
“Leah, Not Even a Second Choice”
Jan 29 • 35 min
When life is “treating us” bad, and we think that nobody cares, what do we do? You may be in such a situation right now! Most of us have been at some time. Scripture gives us the story of Leah who found herself in a very difficult and unenviable spot…
Loving Your Neighbor
Jan 20 • 29 min
Jesus affirmed that “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” is the second greatest commandment (Leviticus 19:18). What does that mean? Some people interpret this as “love your neighbor as you love yourself”, but no where in scripture is this rende…
“Things New and Old” #2
Jan 16 • 33 min
In lesson one of this two part series, we talked of old things which will not change in 2020. And we’re glad they won’t! But many things will be new in 2020, and we will need to live each day in anticipation with a keen eye and open mind to fully bene…
“Things New and Old” #1
Jan 10 • 33 min
Everyone looks forward to new things in a new year - new opportunities, new achievements, new possibilities. But some things won’t change in 2020, and we should be thankful that they don’t. They are old, well-tested and proven to be reliable. In this…
“Of Shepherds and a Lamb”
Dec 22, 2019 • 29 min
Why was Jesus born in Bethlehem? Is there a reason He was born among the animals and laid in that manger? Why were the shepherds the first to be told of the birth of the Savior by angels themselves? God’s rich salvation tapestry was all woven togethe…
Stand in the Gap
Dec 15, 2019 • 34 min
In war, soldiers and equipment are often redirected to plug a gap in the line of defense where the enemy is breaking through. Through the prophet Ezekiel, the Lord sought for a man to stand in the gap of Jerusalem’s broken spiritual wall so He would ha…
Going Home
Dec 8, 2019 • 34 min
Everybody likes to go home. Whether it’s after a long trip or just a day at the mall, we all look forward to going home. God knows about home - He invented it! Home is where you are accepted, you can be yourself, and you feel secure. Jesus is prepar…
God of Now and Forever
Dec 3, 2019 • 32 min
In life, we need to maintain the balance of what’s important for the now— while at the same time preparing for eternity. Our God is concerned about both since what we do today— and how we do it— affects our eternal future. He is God of the now and …
If I Were the Devil
Nov 30, 2019 • 27 min
“If I Were the Devil” - The devil is a very real being whom scripture depicts as our adversary and an opponent of God and all that’s good. Knowing what we know about people (ourselves included) and what the scripture teaches - if I were the devil, what…
Before the Beginning
Nov 17, 2019 • 35 min
The Bible records in Genesis the Beginning of this space-time world. But the Scriptures speak in many places of what was here before the Beginning, namely God and all that was associated with Him. And as we consider the characteristics and the charact…
Death in Two Acts
Nov 10, 2019 • 34 min
Episode 127…”Death in Two Acts” - When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, did they die? God had said they surely would, but Adam lived to be 930 years old! What’s with that? To understand what happened with Adam (and with all of us), we need to un…
Seeing the Beautiful
Nov 4, 2019 • 32 min
(Episode 126) Jesus challenged His listeners (us today as well) whether they had a healthy/good eye or a bad eye. By that He meant whether we looked for what is good in people and the world or what is evil. With all of the evil and distressing distrac…
Two Chairs
Nov 4, 2019 • 36 min
Our “two chairs” visual represents two worldviews. One is the atheistic naturalist view of reality, and the other is the theistic supernaturalist view. The first excludes God altogether, and the second has God at the center of everything. Each one of…
“It’s The Gospel, Church”
Oct 22, 2019 • 37 min
Jesus and His apostles ministered to the whole person - people were fed and healed, and they had the good news of the kingdom of heaven preached to them. We seem to do rather well at taking care of the needs of the body, but often we neglect the soul. …
Wrestling With God
Oct 16, 2019 • 40 min
Life is filled with struggles of all kinds. We struggle within ourselves with choices and responses to life situations. We struggle with relating to others. We even struggle with trying to understand God, and why He does or does not do certain things…
The Grace of Giving
Oct 8, 2019 • 32 min
Our giving on the first day of the week is often misunderstood. We tend to think our contribution is about material things and the rest of our worship (singing, prayer, Lord’s Supper, etc) is about spiritual things. Nothing could be further from the …
Dishonoring God
Sep 30, 2019 • 29 min
“Dishonoring God” - When one thinks about the cross, suffering comes to mind. But humiliation and shame were also part of being crucified. Hebrews (12:2) tells us that Jesus despised the shame of the cross so as to complete His work. But Jesus was di…
What About Global Warming?
Sep 23, 2019 • 35 min
Global warming has been in the news a lot lately. Proponents warn that in 10, 12, 20 years that the earth will be uninhabitable. Could this be true? This is not an examination of the arguments on both sides of this issue, but a common sense inquiry from…
Facing The Ugly
Sep 16, 2019 • 43 min
”Facing the Ugly” - The world is filled with ugly - sin, evil, wickedness, etc. Sometimes we find it in ourselves! How do we handle ugly? How do you handle ugly? Some people are so disgusted with it they just ignore it and don’t want anything to do…
On Judging Others
Sep 10, 2019 • 26 min
The scriptures caution us about judging others. A person’s assessment of another must be honest, thorough, and with their own selves in view. Examine yourself before judging others is the watchword. What is your motive in judging? How does your own…
“Not to the Right Hand, or to the Left”
Sep 5, 2019 • 38 min
Why do you believe what you believe? Why do you not believe certain things? Why do we worship a certain way or insist that a person responds to the gospel in a certain way? We go to the Bible, God’s holy scriptures, for direction in these things and…
The Righteous and the Wicked
Aug 27, 2019 • 32 min
From beginning to end, the Bible insists there are basically two groups of people - the righteous and the wicked. We read of the believer and the unbeliever; the just and the unjust; those who obey and those who disobey; the disciple of Jesus and the …
There’s a Great Day Coming
Aug 19, 2019 • 33 min
There have been some “great” days in the history of the earth: the fall of Rome; discovery of how bacteria caused disease; man on the moon, et al. From a biblical perspective: creation, the incarnation of God, Jesus’ death and resurrection. There is …
Same Page as God?
Aug 12, 2019 • 29 min
As Christians who follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we are to become like Him in all ways including our thinking and desires. When it came to saving humanity, God went “all out” in sending His Son who gave up privileges and humbled Himself to the death of a…
Who is Jesus?
Aug 5, 2019 • 39 min
Much of the world is barely familiar with Jesus. Some don’t know of Him at all. Much of the world sees Him as a good man and founder of the Christian religion. Even many Christians fail to see the high standing and central position which Jesus has b…
Making a Difference
Jul 28, 2019 • 30 min
Many young people start out in life wanting “to make a difference.” This is a commendable aspiration and should be pursued, but usually this involves big dreams like solving the homeless problem or finding a new source of clean energy. Christians are …
Fellowship - Potlucks…But A Whole Lot More
Jul 23, 2019 • 36 min
Fellowship means to share in, to participate. But this means much more than just getting together to talk and share a meal, although this is an aspect of fellowship. This sharing together begins with faith in the same Lord Jesus Christ which makes us…
The Holy Spirit at Work
Jul 9, 2019 • 38 min
The Holy Spirit, His work, and how He goes about it are often misunderstood. There is frequently too much speculation and too little application of the scriptures. If we do some good study of relevant Bible passages, we can come to a good understandin…
Put a Smile on Your Heart
Jul 1, 2019 • 36 min
With all of the “bad news” in the world and personal problems we experience, it really is easy to get “down” and walk around in doom and gloom with a grim look on our faces. But we Christians need to counteract all of the bad by putting a smile on our …
Never Strong
Jun 24, 2019 • 29 min
One of the recurring themes in the Bible is that people need help from God to do His will. Sarah received strength from God in her old age to conceive Isaac. Moses was given the power by God to perform miracles and stand before Pharaoh to lead Israel ou…
No Other Name
Jun 17, 2019 • 35 min
God gave Jesus the name which is above every name because of His willingness to empty Himself, become a man and go to the cross. As such, the name Jesus (which stands for Him) has great power and brings great blessing. Only in the name of Jesus is there…
Devotion, It’s a Beautiful Thing
Jun 10, 2019 • 33 min
Choosing to follow Jesus means some things in our lives must go. It means things could get dicey at times, and our own devotion to Him will be tested. But we each will need to choose to be devoted to the Lord, no matter what. We might be devoted to c…
Buy Truth, and Do Not Sell (part 2)
Jun 3, 2019 • 36 min
Truth is that which conforms to reality, be it material, abstract or of the spirit. We want to explore two important questions in this lesson. 1) What is it that makes truth so valuable? In other words, what is that truth can provide or do which not…
Buy Truth, and Do Not Sell
May 30, 2019 • 40 min
When Jesus brought up the subject of “truth” before Pilate, the governor responded with this famous question: What is truth? That question has been around since the very beginning, and it continues to be a debated question today. Just what is “truth…
I Lay Down My Life
May 21, 2019 • 30 min
Jesus asserted that no one was taking His life from Him, but that He would lay it down for the sheep, and that He would take it up again. Paul affirmed that Jesus gave Himself up for us. Although this is all language which fits with the language of s…
The True Vine
May 13, 2019 • 31 min
The vine imagery is used several places in the Old Testament to refer to Israel, a vine which God planted but produced only worthless grapes. Jesus says He is the “true vine”, having been planted by His Father the vinedresser. He affirms that the bran…
Your Personal Invitation
May 9, 2019 • 27 min
All of us have sent out invitations and received invitations to special events: weddings, graduations, anniversary celebrations, etc. It’s most interesting that God, also, invites people to come to Him for life and all its goodness. He does not coerce…
You Are My Friends
Apr 29, 2019 • 28 min
Friends are a great blessing, and a good friend is hard to find. Jesus told His disciples that He would no longer call them slaves but friends. As such, He was elevating the status of their relationship, and also informing them of the expectations He …
Resurrection
Apr 22, 2019 • 33 min
When Jesus’ tomb was sealed, the disciples thought it was all over. They went into hiding. But God had other plans which had been in the works since the beginning. He raised His Son from the dead. A Man had come back from the grave! The disciples …
Scarecrows
Apr 16, 2019 • 34 min
God and His people have always had enemies. In the days of Jeremiah, many nations threatened Judah. God, however, told His people to look at the gods behind these nations. Statues made of wood, decorated with gold was all they were. They were like “…
Two Ways, Two Destinations
Apr 7, 2019 • 33 min
When you buy a plane ticket to Paris, you expect the aircraft to take you to Paris. The same logic holds true for our spiritual journey in life. The way you choose to travel has only one destination. Jesus says there are only two ways to travel in li…
Love One Another
Apr 1, 2019 • 32 min
When Jesus was about to leave His disciples, He told them to love one another as He had loved them. He said that by this kind of love all men would know they were His disciples. But what does that kind of love look like? Surely, it’s more than just s…
All or Nothing
Mar 25, 2019 • 36 min
In order to carry the gospel into the whole world and overcome evil’s resistance to it, Jesus knew what the apostles would need. First of all, they needed reassurances that He really was the Christ, the Son of God and that they would have divine help i…
The Power of the Gospel
Mar 18, 2019 • 30 min
Every Christian has someone in their family or in their circle of friends whom they want to see obey the gospel and receive salvation. They may have “tried everything,” but the response has been minimal if anything at all. We must all remember that th…
My Brother’s Keeper
Mar 11, 2019 • 28 min
There are numerous “firsts” in the book of Genesis, from the creation of all things to the beginning of the Hebrew people. The account of Cain’s killing of his brother Abel yields several such firsts. Usually it is pointed out that this was the first …
Sacrificing God’s Children
Mar 4, 2019 • 34 min
In Israel and Judah’s day, some neighboring nations sacrificed their children to their gods. Despite God’s commands and warnings, Israel and Judah were influenced by these surrounding nations and ended up doing the same thing. Through the recent acti…
The Temple of God
Feb 25, 2019 • 33 min
Israel served God in a tabernacle in the wilderness, and later Solomon built a temple modeled after it. In the tabernacle were various furnishings: an incense altar, lampstand, table with showbread. Also the ark of the covenant was in the Holy of Holie…
God of Gentiles Also
Feb 18, 2019 • 39 min
Paul affirms in Romans (chapter 3) that God is God of Gentiles also. Why does he need to do this? Did God abandon the Gentiles when He called Abram and promised to make a great nation out of him? Were the nations considered second-rate people because G…
My Beloved is Mine
Feb 10, 2019 • 34 min
Usually when we study about love, it’s about the self-sacrificing Greek “agape.” But the Song of Solomon tells of a romantic love which has also been given to mankind. It is depicted as being exclusive, gracious and “as strong as death.” Together wit…
God’s Gift of Pleasure
Feb 4, 2019 • 31 min
At times, we can get to thinking that life is all about being serious. In fact, the Bible instructs us to approach life soberly and with wisdom. But the Scriptures also teach us that God is big on pleasure! He Himself takes pleasure in His people and h…
The First Adam and the Last
Jan 31, 2019 • 34 min
There are marvelous comparisons between Christ Jesus, the “last Adam,” and the first Adam who was created by God.
Not Ashamed
Jan 14, 2019 • 31 min
Bullies try to shame people by making fun of something about them. The world tries to shame Christians these days about their faith. People who believe in God, who believe in the truthfulness of the Bible, who believe in creation, who believe that Je…
Martha, Martha
Jan 6, 2019 • 28 min
When Jesus came to their house, Martha was very busy with being a good hostess and taking care of her guests, while Mary was busy sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to His word. Both are righteous and godly pursuits, but under the circumstances one l…
A Living Hope
Jan 1, 2019 • 35 min
At our recent holiday gatherings, most of us probably noticed a place that was empty or a face that was missing. It was a reminder of the brevity of life. And if this life is all there is, then truly we should just indulge our passions and die. But G…
Immanuel
Dec 26, 2018 • 31 min
Immanuel means “God with us.” Why did God have to become a human being? Well, both Jews (who had the Law) and Gentiles (who did not) had sinned and thus were guilty before God. Sin brings death so this situation left the entire human race in a hopele…
Anything is Possible
Dec 17, 2018 • 34 min
With God, anything is possible is a theme repeated in scripture. But sometimes we begin to think that God cannot forgive my sin, my terrible sins, my repeated sins, my selfish sins. And sometimes we who have loved ones who need to obey the gospel or r…
Jesus and Lazarus
Dec 10, 2018 • 35 min
We all experience losses and struggles of all kinds. And we all have questions about why God did not answer our prayers to avoid those losses and alleviate our heartaches. But we must remember that our lives fit into a greater narrative which is being…
No Greater Calling
Nov 26, 2018 • 36 min
Many of us wonder about our purpose in life, our calling. What does God want me to be knowing the skills, abilities and resources which He has given me? Certainly one should carefully consider such things. But know this that no matter how we put food…
Nobody’s Perfect
Nov 19, 2018 • 35 min
Scripture plainly declares there are none righteous before God. Bible history even shows great men of faith - Abraham, Moses, David - to have great weaknesses and having committed grave sins. We dare not begin to think we are righteous in ourselves, …
Understanding Jesus’ Baptism
Nov 12, 2018 • 33 min
John the Baptist administered “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Multitudes responded to his message and came and were baptized in the Jordan River confessing their sins. But why is Jesus baptized by John? In fact, He rather insis…
True Friendship
Nov 5, 2018 • 29 min
We have “friends” all over social media, but are they true friends? If we were down and out, would they come and help us? If our car broke down, would they give us rides? If we were deathly ill, would they visit and help care for us? The Bible says…
1 + 1 = 1
Oct 29, 2018 • 34 min
When creating marriage, God said that the two shall become one flesh. Both husband and wife have responsibilities which reflect those of Christ (husband) toward the church, and the church (wife) toward Christ. The model is perfect, but the two people co…
Everyone is Welcome
Oct 22, 2018 • 27 min
When Levi gave his reception for Jesus after accepting His call, his house was packed with every sort of person from tax collectors and known sinners to scribes. Jesus defended Levi’s guest list by saying that it was the sick who needed made well. It wa…
Are The Jews Still God’s Chosen People?
Oct 15, 2018 • 34 min
This question has been debated for years and is still debated today. One’s answer to this question will even affect how a person interprets some of scripture. Paul in his writings gives us insight as to how to answer this question, but we must go back…
The Purpose of Teaching
Oct 8, 2018 • 30 min
There is a bottom line purpose for preaching and teaching the word of God. The goal of teaching is often seen as converting people to Christ Jesus, but this is only the beginning point. To stop here is to fall far short of the end purpose which the Ho…
Are You Open or Closed?
Oct 1, 2018 • 37 min
The devil is working hard in the world today to close off people from God and from each other. God is being pushed out of the public square, and people are isolating themselves in their political and religious enclaves, holed up behind their tablet and…
Where Sin Leads
Sep 24, 2018 • 29 min
Sin is a “non-starter” subject for lots of people. Most don’t understand sin, and others simply try to downplay its effects. But scripture teaches that mankind’s sin is the cause of all human misery and troubles. This is readily seen played out in th…
He Anointed Me
Sep 17, 2018 • 35 min
Toward the beginning of His ministry Jesus had come to the synagogue in Nazareth and read from Isaiah 61 which told of the mission of the Messiah. He told those present that day the scripture was fulfilled in their hearing. Good news would be preached t…
The Sower, the Seed, and the Soils
Sep 11, 2018 • 34 min
The parable of the sower is familiar to most of us, but it will always yield “a crop” of understanding when we look into it again and take a closer look. We are advised to read our familiar scriptures even more carefully. This parable provides great i…
Reluctant Followers
Sep 3, 2018 • 29 min
Sometimes we just don’t want to do certain things in life: get out of bed in the morning; clean the bathroom; go to the dentist. And sometimes we don’t want to follow the Lord’s call and do what He wants: make a visit to Sister Crabapple; lead a study; …
Lessons from Philemon
Aug 27, 2018 • 35 min
We are taught that all scripture is inspired of God and profitable for teaching, but some scriptures (even entire books) seem to be neglected. Philemon is one such letter. Despite having only 25 verses, this book of scripture paints a beautiful pictur…
Some Things Not Possible
Aug 20, 2018 • 31 min
Jesus affirmed in two different places that all things were possible with God, but scripture plainly teaches that God has restrictions even on Himself when it comes to certain things. For example, God cannot lie. When it comes to His dealings with us, t…
Finding Peace
Aug 13, 2018 • 35 min
The world is craziness and “nut-ness” these days, and this often makes us all agitated and frizzed out on the inside. Jesus said that in the world there would be tribulation. It is a broken and dying world which dishes out plenty of trouble and turmoil….
Remembering Our Beginnings (Part 6)
Aug 6, 2018 • 34 min
Just what was this early kingdom community like? It was growing, and this generated some problems which had to be resolved. It was empowered by heavenly, supernatural power: miraculous healings, the word of God, prayer and the Holy Spirit. People were d…
Remembering Our Beginnings (Part 5)
Jul 30, 2018 • 36 min
The new community took their Lord seriously and went out with His message. But it didn’t take long for them to receive opposition. The religious leaders of the Jewish establishment felt threatened by the power displayed in the healing of the lame beggar…
Remembering Our Beginnings (Part 4)
Jul 23, 2018 • 32 min
How important it is for any group, country or organization to stay true to the purposes for which it was brought into existence and the beliefs upon which it was founded. The early church remained focused upon their Master Jesus and began immediately t…
Remembering Our Beginnings (Part 3)
Jul 16, 2018 • 41 min
The kingdom of heaven had both earthbound and supernatural beginnings. On Pentecost (Acts 2), three significant Old Testament prophecies were shown to be true and fulfilled - the coming of the Holy Spirit on all flesh, the resurrection of Jesus from the…
Remembering Our Beginnings (Part 2)
Jul 9, 2018 • 35 min
Our series continues to remind us of our historical and heavenly roots. From the mountain top experience of Jesus’ ascension the apostles return to the confines of an upper room. Here they are faced with the new reality. Jesus is gone having left the…
Remembering Our Beginnings (Part 1)
Jul 2, 2018 • 36 min
The kingdom of God, the church, had a beginning. God established it and set it in motion with definite purposes and organization to further those purposes. In this series of lessons, we want to revisit the beginnings of the church of Jesus Christ to b…
Adoption as Sons
Jun 25, 2018 • 33 min
The human family is one of God’s greatest gifts to us, but He has an even greater gift for us that that. He has His own family into which we can be adopted. This adoption as “sons of God” is more than some kind of spiritual symbolism, but is a reality…
Our World
Jun 11, 2018 • 37 min
Shootings in schools and churches; aborting of over 300,000 babies in this country every year; sexual abuse and immorality everywhere; lack of civility and the use of profanities and vulgarities in every media; et al - What has happened? 50, 40, 30 year…
Joy Beyond Words
Jun 4, 2018 • 33 min
Joy in God’s people is a theme throughout the Bible. They rejoiced that the Lord was their God and because of all His goodness toward them. It seems, though, that this joy in the Lord is lost on the church today. We are sober, solemn and somber, but …
Optional and Non-Optional
May 28, 2018 • 32 min
We like choices, and God gives us plenty of them. From foods to eat, flowers to plant and enjoy to different kinds of pets, the Lord has given us many options. There are even other options like places to live, jobs to hold, schools to attend, channels t…
On Loving People
May 14, 2018 • 34 min
Often we want to show someone that we truly care about them but don’t know exactly what to do or what to say. We end up being upset with ourselves thinking we could have done more or been more encouraging. Sometimes we don’t do anything! Jesus whole lif…
No Free Lunch
May 7, 2018 • 32 min
Whenever something is billed as “free,” it might be free to the recipients, but we can be sure that somebody paid for it. People go to soup kitchens for a free lunch, but someone supplies the food, the building, the work of preparation, etc. There is a …
Pray Like Hezekiah
Apr 30, 2018 • 32 min
King Hezekiah faced two seemingly hopeless situations in his day. One was on a national level, and the other was very personal. But he turned to the Lord God in prayer, and God heard him and answered him with two amazing deliverances. Hezekiah believ…
One Matters
Apr 23, 2018 • 34 min
Today’s church needs to start thinking like its God - to think small! One day matters. One hour matters. One minute matters. One good deed matters. One good word matters. One word of comfort matters. One uplifting word matters. One soul matters. One per…
Are You Crazy Enough to be a Christian?
Apr 16, 2018 • 32 min
They said that John the Baptist and Jesus each had a demon. Paul was accused of being out of his mind. When you don’t think like the world, believe like the world, or act like the world, the world will call you crazy, stupid, weird and a whole lot mor…
Nailed to the Cross
Apr 2, 2018 • 30 min
Scripture tells us (so does secular history) that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified by the Romans, nailed to a cross. But the Bible also tells us that some other things were nailed to Jesus’ cross when He was. What are those things? Do they have anythi…
Celebration
Mar 26, 2018 • 32 min
We celebrate just about anything these days from sports victories to birthdays to National Donut Day. But we Christians tend not to celebrate our spiritual victories very much, and that is a mystery. However, the greatest celebration ever is yet to come…
Being a Neighbor
Mar 19, 2018 • 34 min
A lawyer asked Jesus about inheriting eternal life, and Jesus directed him to the scriptures. He identified the correct commands - those which had to do with loving God and one’s neighbor. But this lawyer asked about who was his neighbor so that he migh…
The Humble Christ
Mar 12, 2018 • 33 min
Jesus called Himself gentle and humble in heart. And He also showed Himself to be just that in giving up divine privileges to become human. He was born into a lowly family and grew up a carpenter. He owned no property and accumulated no wealth. When He …
The Priesthood Through the Ages (pt. 3)
Mar 5, 2018 • 37 min
In removing the Aaronic priesthood of Moses, God ushered in a better covenant by a priesthood which would continue forever - Christ Jesus was ordained a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Under this new covenant, sins could be totally removed (forgi…
The Priesthood Through the Ages (#2)
Feb 26, 2018 • 38 min
We continue in this series with a brief look at the priesthood under the law of Moses. Aaron, Moses’ brother, and his sons were chosen by the Lord to be priests and they underwent a seven-day consecration ritual to set them apart for God’s holy service….
The Priesthood Through the Ages (pt. 1)
Feb 19, 2018 • 38 min
Since Adam & Eve sinned in Eden, there has been a need for a “go between” with God and man. God Himself provided for such a “go between” in the work and person of a priest. It was God who established the office of a priest and designated his purpose…
What Are You Waiting For?
Feb 12, 2018 • 30 min
God’s Book regularly reminds us of the brevity of life, and that there is much to be done in the time we are allotted. Not meant to be a “downer,” this is just to impress upon us the reality of life. We humans, however, tend to put things off and think …
Five-Fold Witness
Feb 5, 2018 • 31 min
It is said that no one can prove the existence of God. This may well be true, but God has left more than enough evidence, even very powerful witness to His existence. From the wonders of complex design and the intricate structures in the cell to the c…
For This Reason
Jan 29, 2018 • 33 min
Why do we do some of the things we do? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Why did you by that home gym now collecting dust in the basement? Why did you buy that oversize truck which gets 9 miles per gallon? Sometimes we have no good answer. Whe…
Friend of Sinners
Jan 22, 2018 • 31 min
Jesus was called a friend of sinners by his adversaries - and He truly was! The reason He became one of us was to give us comfort, peace and hope so He focused on the individual more than the situation that each was in. He “loved” the young ruler who ha…
The Church of God at Corinth
Jan 8, 2018 • 42 min
Paul has no hesitation in affirming this group of believers as the church of God and that they were in Christ, had received the grace of God, were in fellowship with Jesus Christ and would be confirmed “blameless” to the day of Christ. Then he goes on i…
Words to Fight By
Dec 31, 2017 • 30 min
The new year 2018 is upon us (the Lord willing), We know not what great blessings which God might bestow upon us which will be cause for rejoicing and thanking God. We also do not know what troubles the devil might bring and temptations which the worl…
What Did Jesus Look Like?
Dec 25, 2017 • 32 min
Over the years, people have painted and sculpted what they thought our Lord looked like, but the New Testament is silent on Jesus’ physical appearance. Was He short? Tall? Of rugged build? What color were His eyes? Hair? We just don’t know. Perha…
His Name Shall Be Called
Dec 17, 2017 • 37 min
It was prophesied in Isaiah that the promised Messiah was to be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Knowing that names correspond to the character and position of the one so named, we ask if Jesus fulfills the mean…
Too Bad to be True
Dec 4, 2017 • 30 min
All too often we make decisions or take positions with out really examining their logical consequences. Such is the case with atheism whose adherents often have chosen a non-belief in God to avoid having any restraints in their lifestyles (especially se…
What is Faith?
Nov 27, 2017 • 37 min
Without faith a person cannot be pleasing to God. But what is faith? Many have tried to come up with a simplistic definition, but since faith is such a complex idea, finding a definition is difficult. A “picture” of faith is a better approach, and th…
By What Authority
Nov 20, 2017 • 35 min
Jesus was asked by what authority He taught what He did, healed people, cast out demons, etc. It was a legitimate question. Authority seems to be something which is shoved into the background these days. People are bending the rules, breaking the rules,…
What Jesus Gives
Nov 13, 2017 • 29 min
It has been said that you can’t out give God. God’s blessings flow daily upon all people with gifts for the body, the heart and the soul. When Jesus lived among us, He was continually opening up a treasure trove of God’s gifts to humanity. Sometimes, th…
Jesus Is Still The Answer
Nov 6, 2017 • 35 min
Over the years, many have thrown aside Jesus and His teaching in favor of science, worldly religions and human philosophies to provide the answers to life’s questions and give guidance on how to live. But Jesus is just as real today, and His words are …
Fixer Upper
Oct 30, 2017 • 34 min
We’ve all seen the TV shows in which somebody buys a house on the market, goes in and extensively remodels it, and then resells it. We like to watch them break down walls, tear out old kitchens and re-purpose living space. We love to see the finished …
Not By Bread Alone
Oct 23, 2017 • 27 min
In His confrontation with Satan, Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Now we like to eat and do a good job of providing “bread” for the body. How much do you eat in a week? How many times? It see…
I Will Make a Way
Oct 16, 2017 • 28 min
Israel was “up against it” when they came out of Egypt. Pharaoh’s army was pursuing and the Red Sea was a barrier in front of them. They could not see a way out and began to cry out in fear. But the Lord had a plan (He always does), and He made a way th…
The Lord is My Shepherd - Really?
Oct 9, 2017 • 34 min
Jesus refers to Himself as the good shepherd in John 10, and He speaks there of some of the blessings for those who are shepherded by Him. David wrote in Psalm 23 of the blessings which came to him since the Lord was his shepherd in life. If a person we…
God’s Family - Can I Get in on That?
Oct 2, 2017 • 42 min
Last week we talked about the design and purposes of God’s family. But is God’s family for everybody? Some believe that only certain folks are eligible to be part of God’s family, the body of Christ, the church. You know, you have to have achieved some …
God’s Family - What is it?
Sep 25, 2017 • 31 min
There are a lot of differing views floating around out there about the family of God, i.e. the church. Some people see it as this rather faceless body of Christians worldwide. Others believe it’s all about a once a week worship service. What does the Bi…
Christian? Why?
Sep 18, 2017 • 37 min
People become Christians for many different reasons, some of which are rather poor. Perhaps this is why the witness of so many Christians is also rather poor. If some one asks us why we are Christians, what do we say? How do we answer?
Getting a Handle on Good Works
Sep 11, 2017 • 37 min
“Works” has been debated for a long time in Christian circles. Do they have anything to do with salvation at all? What are these good works, anyway? The Bible does not supply a listing. What is their purpose, and what should be the Christian’s attitude …
The Gospel
Aug 28, 2017 • 35 min
The history in the Old Testament is filled with bad news. Adam and Eve sinned and were removed from the Garden. Man’s wickedness was so great that God told Noah to build an ark. Despite being called as God’s people and having a covenant relationship, Is…
Change is Good - Yes? Maybe?
Aug 21, 2017 • 35 min
Some of us don’t like change at all. Others are ready to change at the drop of a hat! Sometimes God tells us to stay the course, but at other times He says we need to change, even that we must change. But change can be very difficult. What are the obsta…
Show Me Your Glory
Aug 14, 2017 • 34 min
Glory is a word whose meaning derives from the idea of “weighty importance.” Things which have glory have some kind of great importance. Moses asked God to show him His glory. God did in fact do that for Moses on Mt. Sinai, but it may surprise you what …
Building Your Ark
Aug 7, 2017 • 41 min
As the original Creator and Builder, God has called His people throughout the years also to be builders. Noah, of course, built the ark. Moses, the tabernacle. Solomon, the temple. Others built as well. Jesus began building His church on the day of Pent…
Role Models
Jul 23, 2017 • 32 min
We all need good role models for life, even those of us who have been around for a while. One couple who is mentioned in just a few places in the New Testament are marvelous examples for Christians today. The resilience, hard work and devotion of Aqui…
These Things, #Eternal Life
Jul 17, 2017 • 32 min
Many Christians these days worry about whether they are saved and have eternal life. Some even say you can never know about that for sure. One of the reasons John wrote his first letter was to tell his readers that they can know they have eternal life! …
These Things, #Deceivers
Jul 10, 2017 • 33 min
Another reason John wrote his first letter was to warn the church of the deceivers, the false prophets, who were in the world. The concept of what is truth and reality as opposed to what is falsehood and fantasy is at the core of the battle between good…
These Things, #Not Sin
Jul 4, 2017 • 33 min
John wrote his first letter for four reasons. The second reason was that his readers would not sin. With his having asserted that forgiveness in Christ was freely available to them, this might seem a bit strange, but John lays out his case for not sinni…
These Things, #Joy
Jun 26, 2017 • 34 min
In his first letter, John noted three reasons why he had written “these things.” In our day, we could say John “tweeted out!” One reason he wrote was to stir up joy in his Christian readers who were facing all sorts of adversity. He gave them at least f…
Winning the Fight
Jun 19, 2017 • 38 min
Whether we realize it or not, we are all in a pitched battle against evil - even God. But God knows how to win, and He has shown His people what is needed to win this fight against evil. In comparing King David and Christ Jesus, we can see the same elem…
Effective Prayer
Jun 12, 2017 • 31 min
Many prayers go unanswered. Many of your prayers are still unanswered. Why is that? What makes for effective prayer? Is there a formula for prayer which moves God to answer? Do we need to do something out of the ordinary (like fasting) to get God’s atte…
Unfathomable Riches
Jun 6, 2017 • 34 min
God’s generosity toward man prompted by His love has always been incredible. From life itself to such things as family, beauty in creation, variety of foods, friendship, etc., God has truly blessed mankind. But Paul writes of unfathomable riches which a…
Are You Rich?
May 28, 2017 • 30 min
The Bible has much to say about the use of wealth and the dangers of trusting in it. Money and the ability to make money are gifts from God, and we are to use our money for good and not just to lavish on ourselves. It is easy to begin to trust in money …
Every Saint has a Past, Every Sinner has a Future
May 22, 2017 • 30 min
The apostle Paul was very mindful of his past sins, wrote of them openly and considered himself the foremost of sinners. But he didn’t dwell on those sins because he also remembered His Savior Jesus who showed him grace and mercy, and even gave him a sp…
To Be Like Jesus
May 15, 2017 • 35 min
The Holy Spirit teaches us that those who become Jesus’ disciples are to be conformed to His image. This brings some questions to mind. What exactly does that mean? How would a person know if they were becoming like Jesus? If we look at what Jesus was d…
Winner, Winner…Chicken Dinner!
May 8, 2017 • 33 min
God has provided food for humanity from the beginning. It was fruit and vegetables until after the great flood when meat was added to man’s diet. Food played a major role in Israel’s beginning and in its religious life. Jesus’ ministry often focused …
Same People, Same God, Same Message
May 1, 2017 • 39 min
The more things change, the more they remain the same. We’ve all heard this, but it’s also quite true. Of course, God doesn’t change nor His gospel. But despite what some people like to think, we humans are still the same as in years gone by. We have th…
Finding Peace in a Troubled World
Apr 24, 2017 • 32 min
The world these days is troublesome and filled with trouble. From international tensions, to domestic problems, to personal difficulties - there is much to be anxious about. And people seek all sorts of ways to find peace: thru drugs, meditation techniq…
Road to Glory
Apr 16, 2017 • 34 min
To a great extent, Jesus’ life was laid out for Him as He was bound to fulfill the prophecies which were written about Him. He was destined to receive glory, but the road which led to His glory wound through three places - Gethsemane, Gabbatha and Golgo…
In His Name…
Apr 9, 2017 • 32 min
What’s in a name? A great deal! Names evoke images and feelings because they bring to mind past experience. When someone mentions our favorite restaurant or beverage, certain thoughts, images, smells, tastes come to mind. In the Bible, we are taught tha…
He Who Overcomes
Apr 3, 2017 • 35 min
Sometimes we wonder (It’s only human to do so) whether our sweat, sacrifice and tears for the way of Christ will be worth it. The Holy Spirit throughout scripture repeatedly gives the people of God assurance that the blessings of life eternal will far o…
Two Ways, Two Gates, Two Destinations
Mar 26, 2017 • 29 min
Jesus taught two ways of life and only two - one leading to destruction and one leading to life. The way to destruction is a broad way with a wide gate for entry, and many travel on it. The way to life is a narrow, difficult way with a narrow gate for e…
How to Fight Back!
Mar 19, 2017 • 36 min
Christians hear a lot of sermons about putting on the whole armor of God, but not so many about how to actually fight the devil. James talks about resisting the devil, but how do we do that? Every time we choose good over evil, right over wrong, to help…
No Boasting, Please. Except in the Lord.
Mar 12, 2017 • 34 min
God has confounded the wise men of the world at every turn in the road. And He has certainly done this in the way He has chosen to save the human race - through a man dying on a cross! The Jew stumbles all over this idea - “Cursed!” he says. The Greek s…
Do You Have a Bucket List?
Mar 5, 2017 • 34 min
Many people have a “bucket list” of things they want to accomplish before they die (or “kick the bucket”). These could range from traveling to some foreign country or famous city to seeing some natural wonder like the Grand Canyon or some man-made struc…
The Arrogance of Kings
Feb 26, 2017 • 33 min
Kings, presidents, princes, etc. have always boasted of their accomplishments. Whether it’s been wars waged, jobs created or people helped in disasters, credit is taken by those in power. All such leaders would do well to remember that the Lord God stil…
One in Christ
Feb 19, 2017 • 36 min
In His last hours, Jesus prayed for unity of believers and said such unity would be a powerful witness to the world that God had sent Him. Often we speak of such unity in terms of having the same beliefs and practices as set forth in scripture. Although…
When God Stands Up
Feb 13, 2017 • 38 min
It is custom in various situations to stand up to honor an individual. In the military, when a senior officer enters a venue, the troops come to attention. We stand up at a wedding when the bride enters. Although God loves all people, some of His own ha…
God is So Good
Feb 6, 2017 • 34 min
Despite the railings of people of the world to the contrary, God is good and has given us all things to enjoy. From life itself, daily comforts and family relationships to the opportunity for eternal life, every good thing is from God. “Taste and see th…
God and Man
Jan 30, 2017 • 37 min
The psalmist ponders: “What is man that you take thought of him?” It is a question which we all need to consider. What is our purpose here and God’s reasons for creating man and giving him life? To simply assume our own existence is to risk missing the …
The Cleansing of Naaman
Jan 23, 2017 • 29 min
In the days of Elisha the prophet, only one person was cleansed of their leprosy, and that was a Syrian by the name of Naaman. God performed many miracles through Elisha, so how did it come about that this man was the only leper cleansed? And he was no…
Freeing the Oppressed
Jan 15, 2017 • 28 min
The rule of Satan in the world has brought about the oppression of mankind in hundreds of ways: bondage to sin, disease, hunger, hopelessness, wasted lives, abuse, distortion of reality, coercive religion - you name it, he’s done it! Jesus came to free …
Fellowship in the Church
Jan 9, 2017 • 35 min
God has always emphasized groups of people. From the first family to Noah’s family in the ark to the Hebrew nation, God has shown that we do better when we are in community. The church today is just another extension of God’s mind where the fellowship o…
Jesus The Humble Servant
Dec 18, 2016 • 31 min
What with all the self-fulfillment rhetoric being preached and “me” stuff on social media it’s easy to see that not many people are pursuing a life of servanthood. But it was prophesied that our Savior would be a servant, and Jesus proved to be the most…
Jesus The Master Teacher
Dec 5, 2016 • 31 min
Jesus is acclaimed a master teacher by virtually everyone who seriously considers His life. How did He teach? What did He do? What was His motivation? These and other questions about Jesus the Teacher are important for His disciples to consider for all …
When I Get Old
Nov 28, 2016 • 33 min
When some Christians get up in years, they fall into the “retirement trap” and tend to ease off in the service to the Lord. But scripture gives us numerous examples of older folks who did great things for the Lord. Actually, senior saints are better qu…
Death Defying Faith
Nov 21, 2016 • 33 min
Many early Christians were forced to choose between life and death because of their faith. Even some today who live in hostile environments must do the same. What kind of faith would move a person to choose death before they would deny their Lord? What …
Be Strong and Very Courageous
Nov 13, 2016 • 27 min
Just as our country has come through a difficult election process and now needs to focus on unifying behind our new President, the church need to step back and refocus on its mission. Even though Mr Trump’s policies may be more favorable toward Christia…
For Freedom
Nov 7, 2016 • 33 min
Freedom is precious, and many have died to achieve and maintain the freedoms we have in this country. But how many people, even in the USA, do not have the true freedoms of heart and soul which on Jesus can give: freedom from the power of Satan; freed…
A Few Fallible Men
Oct 31, 2016 • 38 min
The Bible is very revealing about God’s servants. Not only are their great exploits recorded, but their failings are also. Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, et al, failed at times. Some failed terribly. Yet God still used them to accomplish His purposes and…
Voting for God…or not
Oct 26, 2016 • 36 min
As citizens of both an earthly country and the kingdom of heaven, Christians often find themselves in conflict because of the differing values between the two entities. Such is the case when it comes to choosing fallible people for public office, and th…
The Power of the Word of God
Oct 16, 2016 • 35 min
The Word of God became flesh as Jesus of Nazareth and revealed to us the true God. Just as Jesus demonstrated great power while on earth, so the Word of God in scripture has great power in the lives of people. It reveals the thoughts and intents of our …
Sons of God
Oct 10, 2016 • 31 min
We find in scripture that Christians are “sons of God”, but it seems we don’t pause to reflect on all that means - both the privileges and the responsibilities. When we draw an illustration of how “sons of God” become part of the fellowship of God (the …
The Power of Prayer
Sep 26, 2016 • 34 min
Prayer can effect things which one person or group is unable to do because God Himself is called in to help. We are told by James that we don’t have because we don’t ask. How sad that Christians languish in need simply because they won’t pray to God. Ev…
The Power of Grace
Sep 13, 2016 • 34 min
Many view grace as only pertinent to salvation, but Paul learned the need to rely upon God’s grace or favor to overcome every adversity in life which he had to face. Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” caused him to come to rely on God’s favor and not upon hims…
The Remarkable Power of Sin
Sep 5, 2016 • 32 min
Sin has never been a popular subject, but in our world today it is a non-subject! Sin implies wrong or guilt, and nobody wants to consider such things. However, God’s love for us is deep and rich so He speaks of mankind’s sin frequently and plainly in H…
Wasting the Cross
Aug 29, 2016 • 34 min
Generally, most of us don’t like to waste things whether it’s food, money or our time. Yet, the most precious gift that God has given to mankind is wasted on a regular basis. We’re talking about the cross of Christ, the sacrificial death of the Son of G…
God of Pleasures
Aug 21, 2016 • 35 min
To hear some Christians talk, life is about being “sober sides” and “sour faces.” Certainly, we are to take life seriously, but God has provided balance in life with things to enjoy and pleasures which come directly from Him. We can certainly over indul…
The Olympics of Life
Aug 15, 2016 • 31 min
Everyone’s watching the Olympics these days, and we marvel at the total devotion these athletes show to their sport and to winning a medal for their country. Years of sacrifices and training are required for these competitors to qualify for the games. I…
Do You Love Me?
Aug 7, 2016 • 33 min
Baseball player Adam LaRoche walked away from his sport and $13 million this Spring. Matthew stepped away from his tax office, and Peter & John left their fishing business. What causes people to make such drastic changes in their lives? Is it for re…
Looking For Jesus
Aug 1, 2016 • 31 min
A lot of kids (grown ups, too!) are spending a lot of time and energy looking for Pokemon these days. Wouldn’t it be great if people would be searching for Jesus with the same dedication and excitement? Jesus can be found. He wants to be found. He is no…
What Kind of Eyes Do You Have?
Jul 26, 2016 • 34 min
The Word of God speaks a lot about being able to “see” properly. We tend to see what we are looking for. Some people look for the bad in others; some look for the good. Depending upon what we have been taught and upon our experiences, we tend to look fo…