Battling Bigness

It was announced this week that Amazon would be buying MGM Studios, the second-largest acquisition in Amazon’s history. The deal once again raised antitrust concerns related to Amazon as the company continues to gobble up companies in a wide variety of industries. Back in March, the AP’s Marcy Gordon had a very interesting article about the…

Pentecost

In John 16:7-8 Jesus talks about the two mains jobs of the Holy Spirit: [Jesus said] “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.…

The Other Lord’s Prayer

John 17 is sometimes referred to as the other Lord’s Prayer. Instead of teaching us to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven…” as with the traditional Lord’s Prayer, John 17 is an entire chapter where Jesus prays to his Father in heaven for his disciples. He prayed this prayer right before he went to…

Jesus 101

Some have called Acts 10:34-48 “Jesus 101,” because it’s like an introductory course on Jesus. This makes sense because Peter is speaking to a group of uncircumcised Gentiles. They had very little knowledge of Jesus or God so Peter had to keep it simple. Acts 10:34–48: So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I…

The Gospel of John Bible Study, Part Twenty Two

All the details that the Bible gives us about Jesus’ death on the cross are not just details. As we see in this study of the nineteenth chapter of the Gospel of John, they are important elements of the wonderful story of God’s dying love for sinners. “For God so loved the world, that he…

Spirits

What spirit is controlling you? Whether you realize it or not you are being controlled by one or more spirits. According to I John 4:1 spirits are a big deal: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into…