Treasures in Heaven

The parable of the unjust steward is among the most thought provoking of all the parables of Jesus. The steward, who was soon to lose his position due to either incompetence or negligence or both, negotiates with his master’s debtors, settling with them for pennies on the dollar. He does so to win favor for…

The First Love

The letters to the seven churches of Asia provide a full picture of the church. Though each of these congregations face unique circumstances and challenges in comparison with one another, they are not unique in comparison to other churches down through the centuries. There have been churches like Pergamos or Smyrna or Laodicea since the…

Sitting With Christ

Ephesians was written during Paul’s initial imprisonment in Rome.  It was written at the same time as Colossians and was delivered to the respective congregations by the same man, Tychicus (Ephesians 6:21, Colossians 4:7).  Of the 155 verses in Ephesians, 78 are repeated in identical or similar language in Colossians.  While Paul spends much of…

Under the Sun

Solomon began his reign well.  When God granted him any request, Solomon asked for wisdom and was given riches, peace, and length of days to boot.  He realized his father’s vision by building God’s house in Jerusalem.  He expanded Israel’s territory to its farthest extent and accumulated great wealth for God’s people.  However, the many…

The Shedding of Blood

Salvation in Jesus Christ While God is pleased with human obedience, no amount of good deeds can overcome sin.  In order to forgive our sins, God requires a sacrifice.  No ordinary sacrifice will suffice.  Blood must be shed, and only the blood of Jesus forgives sins. “For all have sinned and fall short of the…

The Son of God

Who is Jesus of Nazareth?  Some say Jesus was a purely historical figure, a moral and ethical teacher par excellence, but only a man.  Others believe Jesus is Michael the Archangel in flesh and blood.  Still others believe He was a notable prophet with a few predecessors and one superior successor.  One of Jesus’s closest…