Promise and Provision – Genesis 21

Have you ever prepared for a visit from a guest and they ended up not showing up? There was a lot of preparation involved: cleaning, cooking, etc. Then the guest never shows up. How does that make you feel? Have you, as a leader, ever given someone a task to do and they did not…

The Holy Spirit – John 14:15-31 ; 16:7-15

As Jesus instructs His disciples prior to His death on the cross, He teaches them concerning the Holy Spirit. Anytime you begin a study on the Holy Spirit, it is important to clarify what the Holy Spirit is not. The Holy Spirit is not a feeling. The Holy Spirit is not an ‘it.’ It is…

Let not your heart be troubled – John 14:1-14

  In John 14:1 Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled…..” Jesus was telling His disciples to not be troubled over the things He had shared with them concerning His death. After He tells Peter that he will deny Him three times, Jesus tells him to not be troubled. Why should the disciples not…

Abraham & Abimelech – Genesis 20

We come to a rather surprising event in the life of Abraham. We find Abraham being deceitful and living a lie. We see him faltering in his faith and trust in God. He takes matters into his own hands. Abraham is the believer. He is the one who should have the upmost integrity. However, in…

Betrayal – John 13:21-38

Have you ever been betrayed by someone you love? Has there ever been someone who turned out to not be who you thought they were? We have all experienced betrayal in one way or another. Here in John 13:21-38, we see the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. As we study this passage, there are several…

Failed Leadership – Genesis 19

Have you ever been a part of an organization where the leadership was questionable? It is said that everything rises and falls on leadership. Those in leadership knows what it is like to feel the weight of responsibility. We’ve all questioned and criticized leadership. There is something in our nature that causes us to buck…

Forgiveness – John 13:1-20

How do you forgive someone who has wronged you? Forgiveness is never an easy thing. However, the Bible commands us to forgive one another. Forgiveness is a beautiful thing. In order to experience the beauty of forgiveness, we must follow the example of Jesus. The Sacrifice of Forgiveness (v. 4). Jesus is at the last…