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Is All Well In the Kingdom?

by Ladd
Angry Cloud

“John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3:16 The “John” in our verse is John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus Christ, […]

The Transforming Work of God Deep Within Us

by Ladd
Magnolia 2

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” Ephesians 3:16 If someone was to pray over me this would be the prayer I would like to have prayed. This simple promise of prayer touches the very heart of what it means to […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

by Ladd
Bird House

“To the woman he said, ‘I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you’.” Genesis 3:16 OK, OK, I know this is a very inappropriate text for Mother’s Day but I have promised […]

A Different Perspective and Emphasis

by Ladd
Snowy Birdbath

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16 New International Version For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. James 3:16 New Living Translation For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder […]

Peter – A Walking Contradiction

by Ladd
tree mushrooms

“These are the twelve he appointed: Simon to whom he gave the name Peter,” Mark 3:16 The next verses go on to list the other eleven disciples that Jesus called to be His messengers to the gospel, but Mark begins the list with Peter, the best known of all of Jesus’ followers. Mark reminds us […]

3:16

by Ladd
Celtic Cross

I was with some friends a few nights back and we got to talking about all the great verses in the Bible that were based on 3:16. Of course the most famous of the texts is found in John: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever […]

What Does Baptism Mean To You?

by Ladd
Baptism 1

Somewhere along the line baptism has changed. Today, many Christians have an understanding of baptism that borders on the mystical. We somehow see it as a spiritual event that becomes the foundation for our relationship with Christ instead of the public profession of our relationship with Him. For the early Christians the steps went like […]

This Is the Will of Our God and Father

by Ladd
reflection in water

“Who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,” Galatians 1:4 Knowing verse three is talking about Jesus would we really need anything more to understand the gospel? I’ve been studying Galatians fairly extensively over the last number of months and […]

Live Well With Assurance

by Ladd
Robin on wire 1

Last evening, I had dinner with friends and the conversation eventually rolled around to childhood memories. Some memories were sad, some embarrassing, and others made us laugh. On the short walk home from our friend’s home I began to think about what our lives could have been like without an encounter with Jesus. Where would […]

The Heart and Soul of Christianity

by Ladd
three hearts

The heart and soul of Christianity is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Gospel writers gave proportionally more time to the final week of Christ’s life than any other topic while the Apostle Paul made it the central core of his preaching and teaching. Prove the resurrection didn’t happen and Christianity doesn’t exist, […]