Fifty Shades of Depravity

by Terry Lanford on April 20th, 2015

Below is a list of some horrible evils I heard about in just the last week that illustrate the moral depravity of man. Oh the evil people do to one another. I didn’t list fifty “shades” of depravity but I could have. Unfortunately, illustrations are not hard to find. I am not saying all of these events happened this week but many did. A man was charged with murder after deputies say he stabbed his girlfriend to death and kidnapped her 4-year-old daughter. One report said the man murdered the woman in front of her child.

Launch Out into the Deep

by Terry Lanford on April 13th, 2015

Jesus walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and came upon Simon and his fishing partners cleaning their nets. Jesus stepped into Simon’s boat and asked Simon to move the boat a little from land. After teaching the people from the boat, Jesus turned to Simon and said, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4 NKJV).

Have You Met Cleopas?

by Terry Lanford on April 7th, 2015

Cleopas was one of two men who walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the first day of the week and the very same day Jesus rose from the dead (Luke 24:13-35). While Cleopas and his friend were in a deep discussion, Jesus “drew near” to them and asked what they were discussing. The two men stood there “looking sad.”

Incomparable Compassion. Oh How He Loves You and Me.

by Terry Lanford on April 1st, 2015

The incomparable compassion and mercy of Jesus is on loving display at the cross. His power to make good on His compassionate offer of eternal life is revealed in His resurrection. Before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus taught with a compassionate heart. His teaching was motivated by mercy and love.  At least 14 times in the gospels we are told Jesus was moved with compassion.

So You Want To Leave Jesus At Church?

by Terry Lanford on March 23rd, 2015

After an amazing church service in Capernaum, Jesus was invited to Simon’s (aka Peter) house (Luke 4:38-39). Simon decided to take Jesus home with him from church. What a novel idea? How many times have we left Jesus at church?

What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?

by Terry Lanford on March 16th, 2015

One Sabbath, while Jesus was teaching in the Synagogue, a man possessed by an unclean spirit cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him” (Mark 1:24-25)! During many of His encounters with demons Jesus commanded the demons to keep silent.

Show Me Something! Maybe Then I Will Believe.

by Terry Lanford on March 10th, 2015

Has desperation or crisis ever driven you to Christ? In John chapter 4 there is a story of a father who is desperate and panicked. He is consumed with fear for his son’s life. He traveled 20 miles to meet with someone he has only heard can perform miracles. This nobleman, a man of means, did not send a servant, or any other member of his household to Christ, but came himself. The nobleman would spare nothing, if it were possible to save the life of his child. Can you relate? Who wouldn't seek out the best doctor or hospital to save their child?

Why Water to Wine and What It Can Mean to You?

by Terry Lanford on March 5th, 2015

The setting was a wedding. Mary had told Jesus there was no more wine and then she instructed the servants to do whatever Jesus said. Check out what happened next. Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

If Jesus' "hour had not yet come," why the miracle?

by Terry Lanford on March 3rd, 2015

The conversation between Jesus and Mary at the wedding in Cana, and the subsequent miracle, certainly raises a lot of questions (John 2:1-12). The answers to those questions are quite profound. The conversation between Jesus and Mary, which seems extremely awkward, went like this; “When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:3-5).

Harsh Words From Jesus Aimed At Teachers

by Terry Lanford on February 28th, 2015

Jesus aimed some of His harshest words at the Scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 23). These guys were called teachers. Jesus called them hypocrites and blind guides. James warned that not everyone should become a teacher because of the greater expectations. In the Bible, God presents instruction, illustrations, and models, for Bible teachers to follow. The challenge is to know those expectations and seek to fulfill them.



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