The following is a sermon I preached at Faith Assembly of God in Lisbon, ND on Sunday, March 25, 2018. “Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except… Continue reading The Fig Tree Withers: A Sermon
I was asked today about the seeming disparity between the genealogy of Matthew and Luke, both of whom provide a different father’s name for Joseph the (supposed) father of Jesus: Jacob (Matthew 1.16) and Heli (Luke 3.23). There are two basic proposals: 1) That both genealogies refer to Joseph, with Matthew’s account intended for Jesus… Continue reading Who Was Joseph's Father?
I had a conversation with a couple of the ladies in my church today about a symbol that is imprinted into the fabric lining the bottom of our brass offering plates. I had overheard one of them telling the other that “IHS” stood for “In His Service”. Sounds good enough. Makes sense. It would be… Continue reading IHS – What Does It Mean?
Yesterday I preached from Matthew 15:29-39 about the feeding of the 4,000 (men, less women and children and not to be confused with the feeding of the 5,000 men plus women and children [Matthew 14:13-21]): 29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down.… Continue reading Hungry with Questions
This morning for our message, we were encouraged by the following words of Jesus: So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34 NET) So don’t worry about tomorrow…today has plenty of its own troubles. Now that’s a comforting word! 😉 By:… Continue reading Today's Encouraging Word
While this may be a bit of a stretch, much of it will actually be read by the end of summer and into the fall season. Many folks have asked what I’m doing now with all my “free time” since I graduated from Seminary. Well…I’m doing lots of reading as well as will be doing… Continue reading Future Reading Plans
This week I preached from Matthew 1:1-17 on the genealogy of Jesus. Talk about a fun text! Needless to say, one of the elements of this text that is troubling (at a certain level) is the emphasis by Matthew on “fourteen generations” from Abraham to David, then David to the exile in Babylon, then the… Continue reading "Fourteen" Generations?
The New Covenant: The Life of Christ (Matthew-John) The One Who Comes – The path of the LORD was prepared by the coming of John the Baptizer. Jesus of Nazareth was born to fulfill the word of the LORD and as such was actually the Word himself. When John baptized Jesus the Holy Spirit descended… Continue reading Teaching the NT in Two Weeks (for 7th Graders)
11:36-39 – The king who exalts himself. This king does have certain levels of overlap with Antiochus IV Epiphanes (and many commentators believe that this individual is one and the same), but the description does not fit as it did in the verses prior. The best explanation seems to be that this king is some… Continue reading Daniel 12 – The Vision of the End
9:1-2 – Understanding the date. This chapter occurs some time after chapter five and perhaps after chapter six. If this “Darius” the Mede (which seems likely) is “Cyrus” as explained in earlier notes (6:28) then the year would be 538BC and Daniel would be approximately 82 years old. The NIV has curiously followed the LXX… Continue reading Daniel 9 – The Vision of the Seventy Sevens