The Voice: Insights

“The Voice” is one of those reality television shows involving singing competition. It apparently includes coaching competition between the four judges who mentors contestants they have chosen. The winner gets 100,000 dollars and recording studio opportunities. There have been seven successful seasons according to NBC. People love to hear others sing. The voice is a strong force. Continue reading

Q&A: Training Your Replacements: Know the Important Point – 1 Tim. 6:17-21

Below are found the suggested answers for the insert for the message presented on August 10, 2014. The answers for the Message Based Discussion Questions are suggestions to initiate further thought and discussion, not prevent it.  May this be a blessing to dig deeper into Scripture and apply farther into life.

What is important in life? Continue reading

MSG: Training Your Replacements: Know the Important Point – 1 Timothy 6:17-21

 This concludes the series on 1 Timothy.

Bruce Larson tells the story of a man and wife and their two children who were biking in Florida. The parents taught their children the importance of bicycle safety, especially safety helmets and riding with traffic. They were biking along one beautiful weekend and saw a sign, “Naturalist Camp.” Without thinking, the dad thought, “I like nature. We should check this out for future camping sights.” Within five minutes of riding into the Naturalist’s Camp, five bare naked people were riding in the opposite direction on their bikes. The father was a “little” surprised. Then little Johnny said, “Uuuhhh Dad, oohh no, they’re not wearing their safety helmets.” Continue reading

Suffering: Did Jesus suffer like we suffer? Part 2

This is Part 2 of 2 parts answering the question, “Did Jesus suffer like we suffer?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?”

Jesus’ Suffering was Vicarious

The suffering that Jesus went through was vicarious, which means that He took upon Himself the suffering we deserve. He was our substitute for the real suffering because of sin. Do I mean that there is suffering different than what you might be experiencing on earth now? Continue reading

Suffering: Did Jesus suffer like we suffer? Part 1

This is Part 1 of 2 parts answering the question, “Did Jesus suffer like we suffer?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.

Many of the previous questions have addressed the extent to which people suffer. Sometimes it is difficult to imagine that someone else has ever suffered as much or in the same way that you have. In fact, it is easy to question how much someone else suffers compared to yourself, because you cannot experience the pain of another. In reality, because you cannot fully feel another’s suffering, you may be like many people who tend to think another’s suffering is not as great as theirs. Continue reading

Book Review: The Lord from Heaven by Robert Anderson

“The Lord from Heaven” is a concise work on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Motivated by a young missionary, who struggled in his faith to explain the Lordship of Jesus Christ, specifically, His deity, Anderson wrote this work. Thomas cried out, “My Lord and My God.” Jesus was not a humanized God or a deified man. He was the God-man, who was fully God and true humanity in one person. Continue reading