139 results for author: Pastor Jon Hanson


The Proclamation of the Ages

Do you ever get totally confused by a passage of Scripture? Well, we all do. Some passages are extremely complex. They form puzzles that we attempt to unwind and often time, we never get it done. I want us to examine the passage that is perhaps the most difficult passage in the Bible. The passage has led to several false doctrines and volumes have been written in an attempt to bring understanding to this passage. Last week we looked at 1 Peter 3:18. This passage declared the unfairness of Christs suffering. We made several points regarding Christ’s suffering. His suffering was purifying His suffering eternally effectual His ...

Christ’s Undeserved Suffering

What gives you your greatest encouragement? This morning we had another wonderful time at Truth Fellowship Live celebrating the Lord’s Table. We are different than many churches in that we use the entire service to “remember” the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). This morning we were reminded of all the new things we have in Christ. We are new creations with a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:1-4) We are sealed into a new covenant through His shed blood for us (Luke 22:14-20) We will partake in the New Heaven and the New Earth (Revelation 21-22) But we must ask ourselves, “Why we have received such wonderful ...

Marriage of the Lamb

What is your hope for the future? In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2–3) And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine ...

Becoming Do-Gooders

Who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? This is the question Peter asks in 1 Peter 3:13. Common sense tells us that nobody will harm you when you are doing good. Right? Well, not exactly. Consider a recent new report. An evangelical Christian pastor in Northern Ireland is being prosecuted for making “grossly offensive” remarks about Islam. Pastor James McConnell is facing up to six months in prison for delivering a sermon in which he described Islam as “heathen” and “satanic.” McConnell is accused of violating a 2003 Communications Act by “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of public electronic ...

Christian Relationships

How can we establish Christian unity when there is so much disagreement within the Church? Pastor Terry, our wives, and I attended the Pre-Trib Conference in Dallas, TX this past week. The conference was intense and the speakers overwhelmed us with information. In fact, it was like trying to drink water out of a fire hose. The exciting part of the conference was that we all seemed to have agreement over the theological issues we discussed. Time was spent examining various alternative theological views that conflicted with ours. Several of these views are going in acceptance within the Church. Specifically, we discussed theological views ...

What does God expect from husbands?

I have often heard that women speak far more than men. Often this is attributed to cultural background or even loneliness. But, apparently there's a biological explanation for the reason why women are chattier than men. Scientists have discovered that women possess higher levels of a "language protein" in their brains, which could explain why females are so talkative. Previous research has shown that women talk almost three times as much as men. In fact, an average woman notches up 20,000 words per day, which is about 13,000 more words spoken than the average man. That’s right…men on average speak only 7,000 words per day. In addition, ...

What does God expect in husband-wife relationships?

What does God expect in husband-wife relationships? Peter has defined our commendable conduct as submission in the various realms in which we live—just prior to this passage, Peter called for submission to the authority of government; then he called us to live in submission to the authority of a boss in the workplace. Peter made two important points regarding why servants should be patiently submissive to their oppressive masters. Patiently enduring oppression finds favor with God. Patiently enduring oppression follows Jesus Christ’s example. Now he expands the idea of submission into the marriage relationship. Peter extends the ...

On the Job

Do you submit to your boss even when he mistreats you? Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, ...

PACE Yourself

What is the first thing you do in the morning? The morning alarm rings. You roll over and shut it off. Perhaps you need to hit snooze for another 10 minutes. Then you jump in the shower and get ready for a day at work. You grab a quick breakfast and you check the headlines so you know what is going on in the world. Then you realize time is short and you rush off to the job. Then you repeat this the next day…and the next…and the next. So, what’s missing? The routine is normal for most of us. But think about it. Is this really the best way to start your day. What would happen if you set your alarm for 15-30 minutes earlier? Why would ...

Live the Good Life

Consider someone that you love dearly. If you had one opportunity, what would you beg of that person? Life in our world today is topsy-turvy. We live in a day and time when sin is exalted and evil desires are honored. A person’s value is often determined by how much they possess—by how much money they have, how much power they have, how many vacations they can go on, how famous they become. We live in a day and time when the murder of innocent babies is normal, encouraged, and legal. We live in a day and time where homosexuality is looked at as an exalted relationship. Lying to climb the ladder of success is permissible—regardless how ...