Sometimes, people think Christians butt in where they have no business, and the Christians protest, no, we’re just trying to be helpful. The problem might not be what they’re doing as much as how they do it. Fortunately, the Apostle Paul models how Christians can influence the people around them. Pastor Luke looks at Philemon 1:1–25 in “How… Continue Reading →
Christians believe that following Jesus will make their lives better. But it probably won’t make them easier. What can we do when discipleship is difficult? Pastor Luke teaches from Jude 1:1–25in “Shifting Goals,” part 4 of his 5-part series “One Hit Wonders.” The accompanying message notes can be downloaded from here.
It isn’t obvious at first why 3 John is in the New Testament. It’s a letter from one Christian to another about a problem so small it never made it into church history. But on the other hand, the Church is always dealing with small problems … and 3 John shows how God can use… Continue Reading →
We want to be truthful and loving, but doing both can be difficult. Is there some way to reliably be both loving and truthful? Or when truth and love are in conflict, is there a rule we can use to know which side to pick? Pastor Luke looks at 2 John in “Litmus Test,” part 2 of his… Continue Reading →
Despite its brevity, the book of Obadiah can seem obscure. It depends on the readers’ cultural, historical, and geographical knowledge. But the message God speaks through Obadiah is short and simple: what you sow, you will reap. Pastor Luke teaches from Obadiah in “What Goes Around…,” the first message in a new series “One Hit Wonders.” The… Continue Reading →