Knowing Jesus: The severity of sin

Last week, we talked about Jesus' focus on seeking the lost. He never missed an opportunity to teach or influence, and displayed a single-mindedness that sometimes seemed like obsession to his disciples. There's an important implication to that: if it's so important to seek the lost, then being lost must be a truly horrible thing. … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: The severity of sin

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What tithing teaches us (It’s not what you think!)

I was asked recently to talk about the concept of tithing - a subject near and dear to the heart of every churchgoer who sees a collection plate pass down the aisle, hears a preacher talk about how putting a tenth in the plate is their obligation to God, and how it's a free-will offering, … Continue reading What tithing teaches us (It’s not what you think!)

Knowing Jesus: Seeking the lost

Jesus came to this world in order to accomplish a number of things, and we read about them throughout scripture—some in Jesus' own words, some revealed to us by the apostles whom Jesus had entrusted with the Gospel message (John 14:26, Matt. 10:27). But there was one particular mission that Jesus seemed to embrace with every moment of his … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Seeking the lost

Knowing Jesus: Jesus loved as he taught others

As we go through this series, there will no doubt be some overlap in some of the things we'll talk about. That's OK — some things are worth re-emphasizing. And there are some elements so integral to Jesus' character that they influence everything about his life. Jesus' love for people is one of those things. … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus loved as he taught others

Knowing Jesus: About his Father’s business

I'd love to say that there was one characteristic of Jesus that was the clear choice to with which to start this series. The reality is that it's hard to pick one aspect which really defined Jesus' time on earth. But there is one overarching theme that permeated Jesus' life, even from his earliest years. And I … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: About his Father’s business