The Pharisees are bothered with how much time Jesus spends with sinners. Jesus tells three stories about how much rejoicing happens when something that was lost is found.
Jesus drills the whole conversation about being prepared for his return to three simple but powerful words: Repent or Perish.
"What is wrong with people?" That is a question all of us have to answer, because every day we see or hear news of war, violence, abuse, racism, hatred, and feel the effects of anger, envy, pride, lust, etc. The Bible doesn't run from this topic, it hits it head on.
What does it mean to say that God is “holy”? What do we mean when we talk about his holiness? Can grace and holiness exist side-by-side, or does one eliminate the other? This look into Isaiah 6 helps us answer some of those questions.
The first words of scripture are, “In the beginning God…” So we move from the doctrine of scripture to the doctrine of God.
Jesus invites us to pray with confidence, because on the other side of the door is a generous and gracious Father eager to give what we need.
Jesus sets his face to journey to Jerusalem. Why? Because he knows what he came to do, and he intends to do it.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Jesus explains in Luke 8 that the way you know you're hearing is when you put what you hear into action.
Can faith and doubt exist in the same person? Am I unsaved if I have doubts? Do I have to have perfect faith in order to be saved? John the Baptist shows us it's okay to have questions about Jesus.
We use the word “hope” in situations of wishful thinking. “I hope it snows for Christmas.” But biblical hope isn’t based on something unpredictable, like weather. It’s based on something as predictable as the morning.