Why Was Jesus Named “Jesus”?

December 5, 2018 @DannyScottonJr 0

Joseph is told to name Jesus “Jesus” because Jesus would *save* his people from their sins — our self-separation from/ rebellion against/dysfunctional relationship with God (cf. Mt 1:21)…

Unexpected Assurance: Rahab and the Spies | Joshua 2 Lesson [Slideshow]

November 24, 2018 @DannyScottonJr 0

Theme of Joshua: Israel inherits the Promised Land. Rahab provides unexpected assurance of God’s promise. Rahab renounces that of her own people and puts her faith (active trust) in the LORD – affirming Israelite prophecy, history, and theology. This account demonstrates how non-Israelites were always a part of God’s redemptive plan. She is commended not necessarily for lying, but for demonstrating her faith through actions — as we all should

Yoked: Unequally vs. Easily [PowerPoint Slides]

November 17, 2018 @DannyScottonJr 0

Given the literary and cultural/historical context of 2 Corinthians 6:14, Paul is most likely telling the Corinthian church not to become partners with those who were engaging in idol feasts in pagan temples — for they are the temple of the Living God.

Looks Can Be Deceiving | Proverbs 14:12 Meditation

October 29, 2018 @DannyScottonJr 0

As the old saying goes, “looks can be deceiving.” It may seem that many of those living contrary to God’s will have prosperity, happiness, etc. Yet, in the end, living in such a way leads to self-destruction (cf. Psalm 1). Believing in God is not “blind faith,” it is trusting without complete (in)sight. It is trusting that, regardless of what seems right in our minds, the One who gave us life ultimately knows what is best for our lives. 

Foundation of Salvation | 1 Peter 1:8-9 Meditation

October 27, 2018 @DannyScottonJr 0

As the ol’ Gospel song goes, “This joy I have the world didn’t give it to me… The world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.” The foundation of Christian joy is salvation through Christ. Because of our past, present, and future (i.e., final) salvation, our present circumstances do not ultimately deter joy — indescribable joy.