Casey Lewis

Two Reasons the Resurrection is a Necessity

Yesterday was Easter Sunday – the day Christians all over the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. But why? Why celebrate the resurrection? Why was it necessary? There are at least two reasons the resurrection is a necessity. Two Reasons the Resurrection is a Necessity (1) The resurrection was necessary to […]

Learning to Teach from the Master Himself

If there is one person who can teach us to teach others, it’s Jesus. He is a master teacher. A teacher whose teaching impacted and connected with the 1000′s who followed Him. His teaching connected because He knew how to relate to His listeners. His parables weren’t chosen at random. Rather, they were purposefully selected […]

5 Motivations to Call Others to Repent

I spent last week in Louisville, Kentucky visiting friends and attending Together for the Gospel. The time with friends and the conference was a blessing. This years conference was subtitled Unashamed. It’s focus was evangelism. While it is a common tactic to make evangelicals feel guilty for not evangelizing the lost, I appreciated that that […]

It’s Necessary to Confront Others Who Are in Sin

It is necessary to confront others in sin. Most people wouldn’t agree with my statement. Approaching others in sin is messy, difficult, and unpopular. Even so, it’s necessary for us to do it. Jesus as Our Example In Matthew 21, Jesus approaches the Chief Priests and Elders about their sin after He escaped their trap. […]

Walk the Walk, Don’t Talk the Talk

Walk the Walk, Don’t Talk the Talk

If you were to read the “hobbies” section on my Facebook, you would notice I am into reading, blogging, and running. I do all those things almost every week. If you keep reading, however, you will notice it also says that I like to work out, rock climb, and surf. While those things are listed, if […]

What is Jesus’ Mission and How Does it Affect Us?

What is Jesus’ mission? How does it affect us? A good summary of Jesus’ mission and how it affects us is found in Ephesians chapter 1. In verses 3-10 we learn three things: (1) Jesus’ mission was given and prepared before the world was created (3-4; 9-10a) Everything that has happened in this world is no […]

True Christians Bear Fruit

Israel was God’s chosen people. They were chosen by God to represent Him to the nation. As God’s chosen people they directly interacted with God, His prophets, and His chosen leaders. If anyone should know God’s will and what He expected of them, it should have been the Israelites. But even though they knew God’s will and they […]

On Personal Bondage

At its most basic level the Bible teaches that bondage to sin is deeply personal. It is not only a cosmic or social reality that exists “out there,” but also an inward imprisonment. As Jesus declares, “everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). German theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg explored the implications of […]

On Our Accomplishments Being God’s Gifts To Us

Of course, most of us have an easier time believing that God created the universe in the past than that he has provided us with everything we have in the present. This is especially true when we think of personal paychecks and college diplomas, which God tends to give us after periods of hard work […]

The Uneasiness of Change

Change, it is not easy. It is not something we usually want. It, however, is necessary. It was necessary for those in Jesus’ day, and it is necessary for us today. The Day Jesus Changed Things in Jerusalem In Matthew 21, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey with a procession essentially shouting He is […]

Embrace Your Mission

When Jesus enters Jerusalem in what is known as the Triumphal Entry, He doesn’t come in quietly. Matthew 21:8-9 says: “Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were […]

Temple Cleansing and Leadership Failure

In Mathew 21, Jesus enters Jerusalem, sees the temple is being defiled by money changers, animal salesmen and their customers, and He drives them out. He cleanses the temple. While He explicitly confronted these three groups, He is also confronting a fourth group – The religious leaders in Jerusalem. The Leaders Failure You see, the […]

A Right View of God’s Grace

Are we able to clean ourselves up enough so that God would say, “I see you have put some effort in. You have cleaned yourself up a bit. Since you have worked so hard, I will now extend my grace and mercy to you.” The Crowd and the Blind Men In Matthew 20:29-34, Jesus is […]

Are you a Disciple or a Consumer?

In Matthew 20:34 we are told that the blind men Jesus just healed “followed him.” These men didn’t just use Jesus for their own personal gain. They didn’t think of Him as a genie in a bottle who comes out to heal them before disappearing back into the bottle. No, after their sight was restored, after they were healed […]

Respectable Sins: Anger | Part 7

In the last post in this series, I looked at the long-term results of anger. In this last and final part on anger, I  talk about how to deal with our anger so it doesn’t escalate How do we keep our anger from escalating? Often anger left to brew will manifest itself in different ways. It […]

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