If God Is Love, Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

If God Is Love, Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

In my last post, I shared how, when my daughter, Marissa, was a toddler, we bought her a goldfish. She quickly became frustrated by her inability to have a meaningful relationship with her new pet. In an attempt to connect with and love her fish, Marissa began petting her fish. Well, she TRIED to pet her fish. The fish wasn’t … Read More

My Problem With Me

The Problem I Have With Me

I have a confession to make: I am messed up. Hang on a second though. Don’t judge me because you’re messed up too. We’ve all sinned and none of us are what we should be. In a sense, though, that’s not the problem. Yes, it is a problem. But it’s a problem that can be solved. The Problem Is Me … Read More

“I Like Jesus, But the God of the Old Testament is Crazy”

I Like Jesus, But the God of the Old Testament is Crazy Pic1

Sometimes people say things like, “I like Jesus, but I don’t like the God of the Old Testament. Why are they so different?” The answer is, they aren’t. They are exactly the same. That may seem crazy, but let me tell you a story…about a pet fish. Darth Fishy and Mackenzie When they were younger, my kids wanted a pet. … Read More

Do You Believe God Can Heal Wounds No One Else Sees?

Do You Believe God Can Heal Wounds No One Else Sees?

A few years ago I was walking through an art museum, turned a corner, and had my breath taken away. It wasn’t a statue, a painting or an exhibit. It was the sign hanging over an exhibition. The sign read: “Touch Me, I’m Sick.” It hung above the entrance to a traveling display that featured photographs from Charles Peterson. Peterson … Read More

He Is Jehovah Rapha and He’s The God Who Heals

THE GOD WHO HEALS

You can learn a lot from a name, and that’s especially true of God. Throughout the Bible, God presents himself with different names. Each name reveals something important about God. One of the names of God is Jehovah-Rapha, “the Lord who heals.” Names are funny. We label people by their names. Our name somehow defines us even though most of … Read More

How Can God Heal My Broken Heart?

How Can God Heal My Broken Heart

In the small groups that I lead, I sometimes do a night of “Boundary Breaker” questions. Some of the questions are light, such as, “What’s your favorite TV show?” Others are not. A question we always ask is, “When is a day you died a little?” This question usually goes deep since we all can recall a time we suffered … Read More

5 Ways God Points Us Towards Unity In a Broken World

UNITY

By Vince Antonucci Three Persons In Unity As One Our human understanding of God’s Triune nature falls short of a perfect example of unity. We learn from scripture that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit exist as three persons unified as one. There is one God but he exists as three distinct persons. Three distinct persons, also called the Trinity, … Read More

How You Can Find Victory In The Midst Of Battle

Victory In Battle by City On a Hill in Louisville, KY

By Vince Antonucci The Amalekites attacked the Israelites. The Israelites were God’s people and the Amalekites were a thorn in their side. It seems like every time they turned around, the Amalekites are attacking again. I think we can relate. Yes, we may be God’s people, but that doesn’t keep us from having a thorn in our sides. We all … Read More

Do You Actually Know What Prodigal Means?

Prodigal by City On a Hill - Christian Bible Study Resources

Sometimes words don’t mean what we think they mean. One of my pet peeves is when people misuse the word “literally.” It means “actually” or “exactly.” But I hear a sports announcer say, “In the fourth quarter, Lebron James literally put the team on his back and carried them to victory.” Really?! Because that’s a basketball game I want to … Read More

Why I Hated Thinking of God as a Loving Father

By Vince Antonucci My father didn’t love me. Well, I guess I couldn’t prove that, but it’d be way more challenging to prove he did. He never said the words, “I love you.” He was emotionally and verbally abusive. He walked out on us when I was eleven. My father didn’t love me and I hated him. I not only … Read More