1st and 2nd PETER

Peter is the rugged fisherman who gives us hope. As he matured in faith, we marveled at his courage to walk out to Jesus on water, then shortly afterwards we heard him deny Jesus three times.  Peter is the same man who confessed boldly; “You are the Messiah, the Christ”. By God’s immeasurable grace, Peter…

JAMES

James, the brother of Jesus, confronts deceitfulness directly.  Perhaps it was because for years, he had personally been so deceived about Who the Messiah is. Our human nature is quick to speak and slow to listen. The brothers of Joseph all resented the attention that Joseph received from their father, and James literally opposed to…

HEBREWS

Many times people of faith feel as though they need to explain Jesus.  The religions of yesterday and today have all failed in their attempt to supplement the pure Word of God.  The letter to the Hebrews is good to reread when our focus has shifted to what other people have written or said about…

TITUS and PHILEMON

Paul writes to encourage Titus, the Bishop of Crete, another difficult post.  Titus had previously been successful with his mission to tactfully persuade the church in Corinth. This letter offers practical solutions for dealing with a stubborn people. The congregations in Crete were mostly home based prayer meetings.  It was important that if the host…