Sunday, October 15, 2017

97 The King on the Expanding Influence of His Reign


Even Jesus, himself, knew that the message of his reign would begin in obscurity in his lifetime. However, he prophesied that his kingdom would outlast all others and would grow exponentially. Do not despise the day of small things and beginnings.

4 God ONLY Gives Good and Perfect Gifts


James, the half-brother of Jesus, is clear: God only gives gifts worth receiving

Sunday, October 8, 2017

96 The King on the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds


Jesus never promised his followers that the Reign of God would be universally accepted in this life. Up until the end, Satan will have his followers. Life won't be easy for Christians. Jesus did promise, however, that his disciples wouldn't have to suffer at the hands of sinners forever. The Second Coming will take care of that.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

95 The King Selects Those To Learn His Secrets


After Galilee and the religious authorities rejected his messiahship King Jesus began speaking in riddles to the crowd while explaining his parables to his disciples. Why?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2 How to Think as a Poor or Rich Christian


James, the half-brother of Jesus, taught a Roman world teetering on violence to take a step back and gain some perspective.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

94 The King Explains the Four Conditions of the Heart


In the Parable of the Sower Jesus explains why many reject his discipleship. The problem isn't with the message of Christianity but with the human heart. Which of four conditions is your heart?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1 Pure Joy by Wisdom


In our first lesson through the Epistle of James (Jacob) we learned that he was a younger half-brother of Jesus who became a leader of the Jerusalem Church. We examined how to have pure joy in the middle of testing.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

93 The King Describes His True Disciples


Jesus was all about his Heavenly Father's business; his first priority was to his Father's will. When his earthly family came once to take him home he used an analogy to describe his true disciples.

8 Defeating Demons (Prayer)


Prayer is an always powerful but sorely underutilized weapon in spiritual warfare.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Now Hiring an Associate Pastor!

Last night First Church overwhelmingly voted to create a new full-time staff position of Children & Families Pastor; I am so proud we launched out in faith!  Now comes the sifting through resumes and finding the candidate the Holy Spirit has for us.  Pray for us.  It's exciting!