SWAG BLOG

GOING OUT OF HIS WAY FOR YOU

Mark 5 is filled with stories of unimaginable chaos.  Consider the demon-possessed man in verses 1-20.  Look at life from his perspective, and try to get a sense of what it felt like to be tormented by a legion of demons.  The inner rage must have been overwhelming...

WE GIVE HIM OUR ALL

  The first few chapters in the book of Leviticus contain instructions for presenting sacrifices to the Lord as an act of worship.  Two things stand out to me in these chapters.  First, the worshipper is called on to present his very best to the Lord.  Notice in...

HIS NAME IS WONDERFUL

Religious leaders heard that Peter and John healed a man of paralysis (see Acts 3).  In their investigation of the matter they asked Peter & John: “By what power or by what name have you done this?” (Acts 4:7).  We learn a great deal from Peter’s timeless and...

REVIVAL CRY: SALVATION OF MULTITUDES

Acts 2:41 “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”  Acts 2:47 “…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 4:4 …many of those who heard the word believed; and the...

CONTINUE STEADFASTLY

Acts 2:42 “They continued steadfastly…” The man who continues steadfastly quietly and faithfully goes about his business and gets the job done; he is the type of employee you want to hire because you know you can count on him. Acts 2:42 states the early believers...

IT IS TIME TO SEEK THE LORD

Hosea 10:12  Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow (uncultivated) ground, for it is time to seek the Lord till he comes and rains righteousness on you." Hosea began his prophetic ministry to the northern kingdom (Israel) at the height...

A BASE FOR OUR CONFIDENCE

Isaiah 36:4 “…on what are you basing this confidence of yours?” The Assyrian empire spread from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. With their eyes set on Jerusalem, the Assyrian general told King Hezekiah to lay down his arms and surrender. Hezekiah was...

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

Matthew 6:13 “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” The word temptation in our text has a dual meaning.  It can refer to an inward solicitation to sin, or a testing through external circumstances.  Since the source of the temptation is...

FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS

  Matthew 6:12 “Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Forgiving the person who offended us is a big deal.  It also is a big challenge.  I suspect one reason we struggle forgiving is because we do not want the person who offended us to be...