“Justified by Works” (Understanding James 2:24)

If faith without works is dead and we are justified by works and not faith alone, as James suggests, is there a contradiction in scripture? Paul says we are justified by faith apart from works. What is going on with these two passages of scripture? This article takes a quick look at this issue. CLICK TO READ…

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

Why did Jesus speak in parables? The standard answer, in one sense, seems to be the exact opposite of what Jesus told us. The typical response to that question is that Jesus spoke in parables to make his teaching clearer to his audience. After all, they tell us, parables are earthly stories with a heavenly meaning. Most people view … Continue reading Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

6 Reasons to Proclaim Christ Despite Hostility

If we live boldly for Christ, even in love, many people will despise us for it. However, in Matthew 10:26-39, Jesus gives us six reasons to proclaim his name anyway and not fear. These six reasons are incredibly encouraging and should motivate us all to preach the gospel even if we are not facing adversity for doing so. They remind us … Continue reading 6 Reasons to Proclaim Christ Despite Hostility

How to Examine Spiritual Fruit

As professing Christians, one of the first questions we need to ask ourselves is if we are a healthy tree or a diseased tree (Matthew 7:18), and the way to do that is to look at the fruit we bear. However, we must scrutinize the fruit because some fruit can look good outside but be rotten … Continue reading How to Examine Spiritual Fruit

A Profound Moment on the Road to Emmaus

There are moments in scripture that are easy to miss, but they are deeply profound if we take time to consider them. One of those moments happens on the road to Emmaus. Jesus speaks two words in light of the context that reveals a world of encouragement. It is resurrection Sunday. A handful of people … Continue reading A Profound Moment on the Road to Emmaus

The Prodigal’s Return

But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. – Luke 15:20 The kiss of the father in the parable of the prodigal son is full of meaning. The prodigal has returned home, but only after forsaking his father and … Continue reading The Prodigal’s Return

7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers

https://youtu.be/5x4-NclSu5Q Teaching scripture is a spiritual gift, but it is also a skill. This means that not everyone is called to be a teacher; it also means just because someone is gifted does not mean they do not need to improve their skills. Several things come into play that impacts the quality of teaching. The sound of your … Continue reading 7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers

Stuck in Sodom

And while [Lot] lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside [of Sodom]. -Genesis. 19:16 If we find ourselves stuck in Sodom, God will lay hold of our hand. In … Continue reading Stuck in Sodom

How Well Do You Know the Book of Acts? [12 Questions]

1. Who wrote the book of Acts? 2. Why is it called the book of Acts? 3. What was the event called when the Holy Spirit arrived in chapter two? 4. The first half of the book of Acts follows which major apostle? 5. The second half of the book of Acts follows which major … Continue reading How Well Do You Know the Book of Acts? [12 Questions]