Jesus is the hope for all people, the one in whom are all the hopes of the world. Continue reading Epistle to the Hebrews: An Introduction
Genuine living faith is costly, in selflessness, sacrifice, humility, obedience to God and godly love. Yet, James taught, it is this genuine faith that receives the crown of life from God. Continue reading James: Demonic Faith or Dynamic Faith?
These were the team Tychicus and Onesimus had only recently left in order to courier Paul’s missives to the region of Phrygia, four stalwart co-campaigners, weathered and seasoned in the work of the Lord. Continue reading Philemon: Paul’s Co-Campaigners
Many, including myself, have complained the tone of Paul’s letter, even the wording, seems manipulative. How could Philemon make an honest decision, sprung from God at work in his heart, with Paul first complimenting him (ego strokes), then talking about Onesimus in such affectionate terms (pressure) and finally referring to himself as a mere elder asking permission (which seems to pluck the strings of guilt and shame)? Continue reading Philemon: Only With Your Consent
did Onesimus lead the way, full of hope, confident both in Paul and Timothy’s letter, and in the Spirit at work in Philemon? Was it Onesimus who handed Philemon this personal note, and told him, “This is from our brother Paul,”? Continue reading Philemon: Encouragement
So, Paul wrote a short, personal note to Philemon as a cover letter to accompany the open epistle for the Colossian churches, and to discuss their mutual acquaintance, Onesimus. Continue reading Philemon: An Introduction
Paul shook his head and muttered to himself. He could feel his temperature rise, even against the close heat of the small room he’d been given, to spend the night. But, there was no mistaking what he was reading, as the simple, clay oil lamp flickered its light across the papyrus. “God!” he thought. “God! Why!” Continue reading A Better Reading of 1 Corinthians 11 and 14
Paul worked from the teachings of Jesus. Everything Paul wrote must be sifted through the Gospels, or it won’t read right. Jesus was very clear—a point we have tragically ignored for most of Christendom’s existence—that we are not to rule over anyone within the kingdom. Continue reading Colossians 3: Household Codes
In a message originally delivered for New Hope Chapel, in a series on Paul’s epistle to the believers in Philippi. This twenty minute talk finishes up with Paul’s letter to his beloved sisters and brothers in the Lord. Continue reading Secret of Contentment
How do we live in the place of is great joy, in the humility of Christ, to be like Christ in willingness to surrender all, even to death, for love?
This was Paul’s focus in his letter to the believers in Philippi. Continue reading Way of the Cross