I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all criticized others before. It may be our spouse, our children, our boss—maybe all three in one day! Criticism is a form of pride, and it can easily be recognized as sin. What’s more difficult, and what...

We just finished studying the book of Hebrews as a church where arguably the main point of the entire book can be boiled down to: Jesus is better. The author uses Melchizedek, Abraham, Moses, the Tabernacle, and more to make the point that Jesus is...

Absalom was known as the most cunning, handsome, and ambitious of David’s sons. The Bible describes him in 2 Samuel 14:25 saying, “Now Absalom was praised as the most handsome man in all Israel. He was flawless from head to foot.” I don’t know about...

In 2 Samuel 15, the consequences of David’s sin are being revealed in the rebellion of his son, Absalom. Through his own sin, David helped create the moment and opportunity of Absalom’s rebellion. Upon hearing of this rebellion, David flees Jerusalem but shows his trust...

One of the first lessons I learned in elementary school is that your name must go on everything. It was drilled into our heads that if your name isn’t on it, it isn’t “yours.” Fast forward a decade, and in a college job, before turning...

The Apostle Peter is one of the most significant figures in the New Testament. He features heavily in the Gospels alongside Jesus as one of the members of His smaller, “core” group of Apostles; and, he is the foremost spokesman of the Apostles during the...

Throughout the passage of Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul prays that his readers will possess inner spiritual strength, the indwelling of Christ in their hearts, the aptitude to grasp all the magnitudes of spiritual truths, and the surpassing knowledge of the love of Christ. Each of these...

In thinking about college, many words or concepts may come to mind. Freedom. Fun. Self-discovery. Independence. However, in light of our church’s recent teaching series, I, as a college senior, have come to associate much of my college experience with a word without these positive...

The pervasiveness of narcissism has not only integrated our culture but also the church. The lie we are predominantly dealing with is that God exists for my glory – He is most concerned about my health, my fulfillment, my family and my work....

Reading back in Genesis 3:17-19, work became cursed because of the fall — a price for man's sin, meant to humble him. However, instead of letting it humble us and show us our great need for God, we place our very identity in our work,...

Our culture is obsessed with our bodies. We love to hate them. We love to pamper them. We hide them, abuse them, starve them, stuff them, and flaunt them. Whether you adore your body or loathe it, the core of the preoccupation is the same...

Many of us struggle with a love-hate relationship with our bodies. Narcissism and how it relates to our bodies is gauged by how much we obsess over our body image — no matter where we fall on the spectrum from self-pity to boasting. Whether...

Our culture today is consumed with self. Narcissism is defined as the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s own attributes. As a church, it is important that we realize the warning signs of being consumed with self. No matter where...

In chapter 5, Esther has now grasped the eventual inevitability of her own death, a prospect which moves her, not to fear, but to freedom and action. Having resolved to go to the king’s hall in order to prevent Haman’s plot to kill the Jews,...

When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would send forces to attack Israel at various places.  However, before the attacks could ever take place, Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel so that the people could be...

In 2 Kings 5 we see that Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, was an extremely wealthy, influential, and important man; but, he was also slowly dying from leprosy.  So when a servant girl in his home, captured in a Syrian raid on Israel,...

In the history of the world, there has never been a group of people who have experienced the luxuries and wealth that we are surrounded with today.  Compared to the present world, and even within our own nation, we are a very financially privileged group....