His Name is Jesus

TEACHING NOTES (PDF) OUTLINE (PDF) My wife and I have had five children, all boys. Before each one was born, we had lengthy discussions about their name. For every child, I made an argument to name him MAGNUS. It’s unique. It’s Latin for magnificent. His nickname could be Gnus (pronounced, Guh-nus) and everything would be awesome. Needless to say, I …

Personal Bible Study: Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Here is a simple Bible study on Hebrews 5:11-6:12: BibleStudy (PDF). It just contains the text and a few questions for reflection. Three lists to better understand this passage: Elementary teachings foundation of repentance (from acts that lead to death) faith in God cleansing rights laying on of hands eternal judgment “Beyond elementary teachings” teaching about righteousness distinguish between good from evil …

Confidence or presumption

Scripture says: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) And scripture also says: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.” (Luke 7:6) Great faith walks the line between confidence …

everyone ought to be a scribe

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”Hebrews 12:2 (NIV84) I love the imagery in this scripture: Jesus as the author of our faith. In ancient times, scribes were important. Their job was to listen to the author and record their words. The letter belonged to the author, but it was the scribe who …

another tale of a hurting youth worker

I recently met with a hurting youth worker. While the situation was a little unusual, the result was common: conflict. After reflecting on our conversation, I articulated the following lessons in my journal so I don’t forget them the next I need to restore a relationship.