The Potential and Power of Truth

and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3 ESV) Isaiah prophesied that Jerusalem would one day be an honorable, influential city, where people would come from many nations to learn about the will and ways of God. Certainly that has come… Read More

Learning Begins with Humility

[Apollos] had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (Acts 18:25, 26 ESV) You only know what you know, and you don’t know what you don’t know. Every vehicle I have ever driven has blind spots – areas where sight… Read More

When Truth Contradicts Belief

But when [God]… was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. (Galatians 1:15-18 ESV) Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. (Galatians… Read More

Honesty and Hope Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Luke 21:33 ESV) Hope without honesty leads to despair. Jesus always gave people hope, but He never withheld the sometimes harsh realities that would be encountered along the way. In Luke 21 Jesus spoke in detail about the impending persecution that awaited His followers. He told them of wars, destruction, and oppression. He challenged them to be ready, to be strong, and to be on guard. Typically people either sway toward “ignorant bliss,” where everything should have fairy tale… Read More

Why Deep Wisdom Is Hidden

Later, when Jesus was alone with the twelve disciples and with the others who were gathered around, they asked him what the parables meant. (Mark 4:10 NLT) One of Jesus’ most well known parables was the story of a man who sowed seed. Some seed fell by the wayside, where it was immediately devoured by birds. Some seed fell on stony ground, where it had initial growth, but was scorched because of it’s shallow root system. Some fell among weeds, which choked out the word. And some fell on good soil, and… Read More