God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are often too full to receive them.


Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.

Martin Luther

Mark 1:12-13

The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Date: March 5, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Teaching on Mark 1:12-13
Topic: Jesus' Temptation in the Wilderness
Venue: First Baptist Boynton Beach
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Mark 1:9-11

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Date: February 19, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Teaching on Mark 1:9-11
Topic: The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
Venue: First Baptist Boynton Beach
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Mark 1:2-8

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
  who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
  ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
  make his paths straight,’”

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Date: February 12, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Teaching on Mark 1:2-8
Topic: John the Baptist's Ministry in the Wilderness
Venue: First Baptist Boynton Beach
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

This is the beginning of a new series through the first part of Mark’s gospel account.

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

–Mark 1:1

Date: February 5, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Teaching on Mark 1:1
Topic: Mark: The Gospel of Jesus as the Son of God
Venue: First Baptist Boynton Beach
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
image for proverbs 24.16

Prodigal pilgrims know well what it is to fall. But thanks be to God, we know what it means to rise again.

image of proverbs 23:17

An eternal future awaits those who fear God. What he will provide is far superior to what sinners may possess today.

Psalm 109

To The Choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

Be not silent, O God of my praise!
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
  speaking against me with lying tongues.
They encircle me with words of hate,
  and attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
  but I give myself to prayer.a
So they reward me evil for good,
  and hatred for my love.

Appoint a wicked man against him;
  let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;
  let his prayer be counted as sin!
May his days be few;
  may another take his office!
May his children be fatherless
  and his wife a widow!
May his children wander about and beg,
  seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!
May the creditor seize all that he has;
  may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
  nor any to pity his fatherless children!
May his posterity be cut off;
  may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD,
  and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!
Let them be before the LORD continually,
  that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!

For he did not remember to show kindness,
  but pursued the poor and needy
  and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
He loved to curse; let curses come upon him!
  He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!
He clothed himself with cursing as his coat;
  may it soak into his body like water,
  like oil into his bones!
May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,
  like a belt that he puts on every day!
May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD,
  of those who speak evil against my life!

But you, O GOD my Lord,
  deal on my behalf for your name’s sake;
  because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
For I am poor and needy,
  and my heart is stricken within me.
I am gone like a shadow at evening;
  I am shaken off like a locust.
My knees are weak through fasting;
  my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
  when they see me, they wag their heads.

Help me, O LORD my God!
  Save me according to your steadfast love!
Let them know that this is your hand;
  you, O LORD, have done it!
Let them curse, but you will bless!
  They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
  may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!

With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD;
  I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
  to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

Date: January 29, 2017
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Teaching on Psalm 109
Venue: First Baptist Boynton
Location: 301 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435