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Sorrow for the Glory of God

As a child, I can tell you that one place I did not like to go was a funeral. Who enjoys a funeral? And yet, the Bible teaches us that a funeral home is a beneficial place to go. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the…

Sickness for the Glory of God

Our culture has made an idol out of many things, and one of these things is good health. Now there is a fine line between avoiding bad health and despising it. We all should live responsible lives, caring for our body, eating a balanced diet,…

Episode 109: Nine Reasons for Eternal Security

Salvation is eternally secure for every person who believes the truth about Jesus. Some people teach, though, that those who believe the truth about Jesus may have salvation for a while, but may lose it along the way. How do we know that this…

Nine Reasons for Eternal Security

Salvation is eternally secure for every person who believes the truth about Jesus. Some people teach that those who believe the truth about Jesus may have salvation for a while, but may lose it along the way. They may phrase this view like…

Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery

The Apostle John provides us with a captivating scene from the earthly ministry of Jesus - the case of the woman caught in adultery. By doing so, he provides us with important insights into our fallen, sinful condition. But more importantly,…

Unbelieving Family

Did you know that Jesus lived with unbelieving family members? We get a glimpse into this part of his life from John 7:1-9. Jewish authorities wanted to kill Jesus. (John 7:1) This was a difficult phase in the public ministry of Jesus, requiring…

Does This Offend You?

Have you ever been followed? I don’t have any clear memories of somebody following me. But I do know what it feels like to have a car driving behind me for a while, turn after turn, as though I were being followed. Now it never turns out to…

Episode 80: Counterproductive Compassion

If you had a special ability to know in advance how people will respond to your kindness, would this stop you from doing kind things for the people who will respond unfavorably? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider a special moment from…

Counterproductive Compassion

Acts of kindness do not always produce favorable results. But true love disregards this fact and shows kindness anyway. Imagine that you have a special ability to know in advance how people will respond to your kindness. Would this stop…

Background Notes on John's Gospel

The Four Gospels We call the first three gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – synoptic, which means “seeing together.” Whereas the synoptic gospels focus on the identity of Jesus and the nature of His earthly ministry, the gospel…