God Is Unchanging
on October 8th, 2020
Jesus Christ is the sameyesterday and today and forever.Hebrews 13:8 The ancient philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus once said, ‘No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.’ Heraclitus was reminding us that everything and everyone is always changing. People, countries, landscapes, weather, and even pets, are always changing. We might not always s...  Read More
God is Spirit
on October 7th, 2020
God is Spirit, and those who worshipHim must worship in spirit and truth.John 4:24 The Oriental Institute Museum on the University of Chicago campus is one of Chicago’s best kept secrets. I always try to get there when I am in the Chicago area because It is an amazing collection of biblical artifacts. They have artifacts from archeological digs from all over the middle east. This collection will g...  Read More
God Is Wisdom
on October 6th, 2020
For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouthcome knowledge and understanding.Proverbs 2:6 Wisdom. How many times do we find ourselves wanting more of this? As we encounter the ups and downs of life, we quickly realize that wisdom isn’t just a want – it’s a need. We need it in parenting. We need it in the workplace. We need it in our conversations with those who don’t agree with us. We need it in ...  Read More
God Is Independent
on October 5th, 2020
For just as the Father has life in Himself,even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.John 5:26 As we begin this journey exploring the nature of God, it is helpful to remember that God possesses two kinds of attributes. Theologians refer to these as ‘incommunicable’ qualities, possessed by God alone, and ‘communicable’ qualities that both God and men can possess such as love, kindness...  Read More
God Is Timeless
on October 2nd, 2020
'But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,and a thousand years are like a day.'2 Peter 3:8 Though I am terribly inconsistent, I like to keep a journal. In addition to helping me not forget things, it always reveals God’s faithfulness over time. One of the most explicit ways I see God’s faithfulness is by reading old journal entries. When I look ba...  Read More
God Is Infinite
on October 1st, 2020
Read Psalm 90:1-2 I like to drive fast. I’m sorry if I’ve passed you quickly, I’m not angry, I just like to go fast. I am the reason speed limits exist. It’s good that I don’t own a muscle car, because I would bury the speedometer as often as I could. There are limits all over in our world; resources are limited, linear time is limited, skills and knowledge are limited. You can’t know everything o...  Read More
Who Is God?
on September 30th, 2020
‘What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important things about us.’A.W. Tozer Welcome to our new series, ‘Who is God?’At first glance this question may seem redundant, unnecessary, or perhaps even irrelevant, or perhaps at times you’ve felt that God is unknowable or far away. Some may ask, ‘is this really worth studying?’ But perhaps it does. How we think about God can infor...  Read More
1 Peter Review
on September 29th, 2020
Once again we have traveled through a book of the New Testament. You may have noticed that this book includes three significant themes, each as relevant to us now as they were to Peter’s first readers. Use this guide to review I Peter. Theme #1  HAVE HOPE We have hope because of the death and resurrection of _________________.  1:3 Because we have this hope, we need not be afraid because our Judge...  Read More
1 Peter 5:6-11
on September 28th, 2020
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper timehe may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throug...  Read More
1 Peter 5:1-5
on September 25th, 2020
Read 1 Peter 5:1-5 I love the movie “The Intern”. Robert DeNiro plays an older man who begins an internship for retired folks at a tech startup company run by Anne Hathaway’s character. She is losing a grip on her family and business, and she has a lot to learn as a young person. DeNiro’s character speaks into her life and gives her the tools, and the guts to learn how to run her company and keep ...  Read More
1 Peter 4:15-19
on September 24th, 2020
Read 1 Peter 4:15-19 Whenever we approach Scripture, we face the temptation to allow ourselves to shape the text to what we think to be true. Or, we find ourselves ignoring or moving past the ‘harder’ passages in the Bible. It probably would be much easier to only read and think about the verses that we know and love. Nevertheless, the entirety of God’s Word is relevant to us today because of the ...  Read More
1 Peter 4:12-14
on September 23rd, 2020
Read 1 Peter 4:12-14 People who knew my father before he became ill describe him as a funny, extroverted, devoted family man who loved his job as a county extension agent. I marvel at their descriptions because the dad I grew up with wasn’t the man they knew.The father I knew was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was twenty-nine. Within a few years, he was unable to walk, write, read, cont...  Read More