Building a Lego project can be fun. Using the step-by-step manual can help you to put together some really amazing things. However, if you take away the manual, it can become a frustrating process in futility. For most of our lives, that’s how we build. We’re given the pieces to life, and we just hope…

What’s the one thing you need in life to make you happy? If you had just one more thing, would that fix things? Solomon had everything you could fathom, and he had it in abundance. His conclusion- none of it will provide a happiness that will last. The fun is fleeting; the enjoyment temporary. Everything…

Confusing, Exhausting, Exasperating, Tedious, Repititous-not exactly words that inspire hope and joy. This is the reality that we all live in though, and it’s the world that Ecclesiastes exposes to us. What do we do with life when we can’t seem to get ahead and find frustrations at every turn? It’s all about perspective. http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/The_Treadmill.mp3Subscribe:…

Humans were built with more than just the capacity for friendship- they were built with a deep need for it. The problem is that friendship takes work, time, and a willingness to sacrifice a measure of yourself for another. The book of Proverbs lays out the definition of a real friend, and it’s more than…

The book of Proverbs is a book that can be used as a useful tool to help us grow. However, it has also been used as a weapon to produce guilt and beat down those of us that can seem to live up to its standards or simply hear its warnings too late. There may…

No collection of wisdom would be complete without a little instruction about money. That’s because, unchecked, money has the potential to rule our lives and our joy. The book of Proverbs makes it clear that our money isn’t worthy of the worship it receives. God is the ruler and maker of both rich and poor….

Are you a lazy person? How do you know? What’s the criteria that you use to judge yourself? The author of Proverbs has no sympathy for the lazy man. The mockery is biting and designed to humiliate. Hard work is a Biblical value for certain, but what are its limits and how do we apply…

What does the Bible say about our emotions? What are we supposed to do with them? Should we trust them? Embrace? Express? Subdue? Should we feel guilty for them or are they just there? Emotions are complex and there is no simple answer for how Christians should deal with them, but the book of Proverbs…

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. http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/Ambassadors_for_a_Greater_Kingdom.mp3Subscribe: Android | RSS

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? http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/This_Day_and_The_Last_Day.mp3Subscribe: Android |…

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? http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/And_Then_The_End_Will_Come.mp3Subscribe: 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? http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/Nothing_as_It_Seems.mp3Subscribe: Android | RSS