Posts by Burleson Church of Christ (Page 3)

Posts by Burleson Church of Christ (Page 3)

Luke 4: Jesus and the Power of the Spirit

Luke 4 is an interesting text as we consider the humanity and divinity of Jesus. The Bible is clear that Jesus was a partaker and participant in both human and divine nature (John 1:1-4, 14; Heb 2:14). Being a man meant the ability to be tempted with and succumb to sin (Heb 2:18, 4:15). Being a man also in some way meant sacrificing his equality with God, seeing as He also had the ability to die (Phil 2:5-8). Our text,…

Luke 4: Peter, the Married Pope

Of course, I don’t believe Peter was the first Pope, because the Bible doesn’t teach or even imply it. But the Bible DOES teach that Peter was married. In the interest of fairness, the Catholic Church did not formally forbid the clergy to marry until the Lateran councils of the early 12thcentury. So using Peter as an example against the demanded celibacy of the Catholic hierarchy is not proper. But the Catholic Church magnifies Peter as the greatest of all…

Luke 3: The Spirit and Power of Elijah

Today’s title is found in Luke 1:17, spoken by Gabriel to Zachariah about his son who would be born and known as John the Baptizer. In today’s text we see it brought to fruition. Elijah was a powerful preacher, one who was unafraid of the kings and rulers of Israel (1 Ki 18:17-18; 21:20-24). In today’s language, some might say, “He spoke truth to power.” Though powerful in his preaching, Elijah was not without compassion. Through him God raised the…

Luke 2: I Can Die Now

Today’s title is a phrase often used when someone experiences some great event which they longed to see or participate. It is used after one meets some great athlete, author, or respected person. It is used after one makes a great journey, perhaps to see the land of his birth, Normandy, or climbs Mount Everest. Most people have no idea the phrase is a paraphrase of a statement made in today’s text. In Luke 2:25-35 we are introduced to Simeon.…

Luke 1: The babe leaped in her womb.

This is the statement made concerning yet to be born John when his mother Elizabeth heard the greeting of her cousin Mary, the mother of Jesus. For believers, Luke 1:39-45 is very important given America’s current social and moral climate. As of this writing (March 4, 2019), there are 6 US Senators who have declared themselves as candidates for the Presidency in 2020. Recently ALL SIX declared their willingness not only to allow unborn babies to be murdered all the…

The Two Witnesses to Your Salvation: by Dan Jenkins

The apostle Paul made an astounding affirmation when he said, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:16). How can I know that I am saved? How can I have confidence that I am pleasing to God? Paul’s words said it all—the Holy Spirit bears witness with my spirit. There is a Biblical concept that should be remembered in all matters, but especially in this one about my salvation. There must…

How Did God Harden Pharaoh’s Heart?

Concerning free will, one of the more perplexing texts is the account of Pharaoh in Exodus. Ten times in this account we find some statement that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart (cf 4:21, 7:3, 14:4). However, there are also ten instances where the text says that Pharaoh hardened his own heart (cf 8:15, 32, 9:34-35). Calvinists have attempted in vain to reconcile the statements to their own disgrace and the derision by skeptics. Others struggle with the apparent discrepancy in free…

Baptism in the New Testament

In his classic sermon, “There’s Water in the Plan,” iconic gospel preacher Marshall Keeble used to say, “There’s so much in the Bible about baptism that I can wring water out of it.” That great brother certainly had a way with words, but I want us to consider the veracity and validity of his statement. As one reads through the New Testament, he ought to note the consistency with which the text speaks of baptism and more notably baptism’s relationship…

When My Children are Unfaithful

Nothing troubles a Christian parent more than having an adult child who is not faithful to the Lord. This is especially true for preachers, who have a tendency to perfectionism or at least the appearance of such because of their role as the face of the local church. I cannot tell you how many preachers I have known or heard of through the years who have grieved privately and publicly over a lack of faithfulness on the part of their children.…

The Religion of Resolutions by Neal Pollard

Have you ever wondered about the origin of New Year’s resolutions? The folks at the History Channel denote the Babylonians, nearly 4000 years ago, as the founders. It was part of a 12-day religious festival known as Akitu. Later the Romans, as a nod to their god Janus (the two-faced god who looked backward and forward), observed the advent of a new year with the intent of improving areas of their lives in need of such. Author Sarah Pruitt claims…