A matter of life and death. That’s what you say about something that is of utmost importance and demands your full attention. It brings to mind things like medical issues and fear inducing situations. It usually doesn’t make us think about our words. After all, words are “just words.” The book of Proverbs considers words…

Wisdom handed down from one generation to another. This has taken many forms throughout the years. Sometimes it’s a lecture or a lesson, but often times it’s simply advice about how to live life. It can be kind of like going out fishing with your dad and listening as he gives you some advice on…

As we come to the end of Matthew’s Gospel, we take the time to go back and look at the story he has told. We look at who Jesus was and the message he preached. A story of a king, his kingdom, and how every other kingdom will eventually crumble, but His is an eternal…

“What is the king’s mission?” “What is my role in that mission? Those are the guiding questions of a Christians life. If we see God as our king, then we must understand that he has given us a mission. A mission to expand His kingdom one disciple at a time. Subscribe: iTunes | Android |…

Categories, labels, groups- our culture loathes these things. No one wants to be defined or lumped in with others. Such is our individualistic mindset. However, Jesus makes it clear that on the final day there will be two categories- the righteous and the unrighteous. There is no middle ground, no nuance. When that day comes, which category…

Pay attention to the things that really matter. This is Jesus warning to us all. We may not expect it, but that’s not excuse- we’ve been warned. Prepare yourself and prepare your hearts. One day he will return and we will all give an account for our lives. Will you be ready? Subscribe: iTunes |…

The Olivet Discourse is a Jesus’s longest and most specific teaching about “the end.” However, it is also one of His most controversial and confusing teachings as well. What can we learn from his teaching about “the end,” and what was he really trying to tell us? Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Jesus reserves his harshest words for those that had the best reputation in Israel. The religious elite and spiritual teachers of Israel were known for their piety, but Jesus saw through the show. He lays out the charges against them and is relentless in calling out their hypocrisy. What lessons can we learn from these…

If you could sit down and have dinner with Jesus, what questions would you want to ask? There may be a flood of questions that come to mind, but one of them might be the same question the Pharisees had- “What is the most important command in the law?” Jesus’s answer to this question is…

When a king hosts a party, he expects everyone invited to show up ready to celebrate. The story Jesus tells us is that too often many will send their RSVP, but think they’ll find a better offer somewhere along the way. When that happens, the gracious king is ready to throw the doors open to…

A church is only as strong as the marriages in it. That’s because marriage is the shadow of the true thing- the gospel. When a church gets marriage right, it’s probably because it’s getting the gospel right. One month before he gets married, Chris Hodge gives us a picture of why marriage is so important-…

Sometimes looks can be deceiving. Between religious posing and political power grabs, Jesus was surrounded by imposters and posers. Yet he chooses to highlight this hypocrisy through an odd choice of objects: a fig tree. What does the fig tree reveal about the people around Jesus and even about ourselves? Subscribe: iTunes | Android |…

Jesus had many enemies during his life and just as many after his death. There is no shortage of enemies of the resurrection. This was true immediately following that first Easter, and it’s just as true today. What does it look like to be an enemy of the resurrection? Why do so many Christians believe…

“We have no king but Caesar!” Words that are packed with symbolism and condemnation. It exposes the loyalties and priorities of the Jewish leaders and serves as their condemnation. While their words may be obvious in their misplaced loyalties, ours are often more subtle. How often do we proclaim we have another king? Subscribe: iTunes…

“It’s our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities.”- Dumbledore (From Harry Potter) This quote taken from the Harry Potter books/movies is a powerful little proverb that is a challenge to us to consider what our choices say about us. But is it really true? Are we nothing…

Who killed Jesus? It’s a question that historians, theologians, and skeptics have debated for centuries. Was it the Jews, the Romans, Judas in his betrayal? The Biblical record seems to lay the blame in several places, but the ultimate reason goes well beyond the circumstances of Good Friday. The answer the Bible gives is a…

In Jesus’s final hours on earth, he desperately wanted the support of his friends- his disciples. As he goes to pray, they can’t even manage to stay awake for an hour with him. How does Jesus’s experience teach us a better way as a church? What does it look like to walk with someone in…

From the debates of the reformation to the fiction novels of today, The Last Supper has been the subject of extensive debate and intrigue throughout history. What exactly was going on the night that Jesus redefined that Passover meal? Why has one meal become one of the central practices in all Christianity? Subscribe: iTunes |…

But What Does It Mean? (written by Beth Ann Smith) Sometimes, I get so used to a word that I forget the meaning of it, and just recently, I realized that has happened to me with the word providence. My husband and I have been a part of Providence Church since her birth 6 years…

Judas is the villain in our story. For that matter, he may be the most notorious villain in all of history. How does a man following Jesus and living as a disciple turn against him? How does the name Judas become synonymous with betrayal? It’s not as difficult as you might think. All it takes…