Pastor Chad Lewis

Posts from Pastor Chad Lewis.

What Are You Looking For?

June 2nd, 2019 by

The Beatitudes Inverted

April 1st, 2019 by

The present Chapel Chat is an unusual one for me. Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount is one of the most well-known parts of Scripture, and is, for that very reason, apt to be overlooked. Familiarity, as they say, breeds contempt. The Beatitudes are a striking case in point, for they invert our whole ordinary way Keep reading…

Jesus’s Trial In The Garden

March 31st, 2019 by

Jesus in the Wilderness

March 24th, 2019 by

Accept No Substitutes

February 17th, 2019 by

How Do I Know Whether I Have The Holy Spirit?

February 1st, 2019 by

The Bible teaches that Jesus was the true temple of God, and that through his blood he washes us and makes us fit to be temples too, and through the breaking of his body he imparts to us the Spirit that was in him. But how do we know this is true in our case Keep reading…

Our Dwelling Place

January 20th, 2019 by

Going Deeper

December 2nd, 2018 by

Christmas Greeting from Pastor Chad

December 1st, 2018 by

“He came to his own, yet his own received him not” (John 1:11). The Jews of the first century were a hardened people. Weary from the struggle against sin and heresy, and especially of being dominated by foreign peoples who cared nothing for their God—they had steeled themselves against anything that might break into their Keep reading…

Self-Knowledge That Comes From Faith

November 1st, 2018 by

All of us have a basic human need to understand who we are. When we are young, many of us are inclined to identify ourselves with our hobbies, our schoolwork, or our friends. As we get older, we may identify ourselves with our job, our family, or our religious values. Whether we are young or Keep reading…

Jesus and the Stormy-Eyed German

October 28th, 2018 by

Why Do Some People Say They Have “Fallen In Love With Jesus?”

October 1st, 2018 by

Why do some people say they have “fallen in love with Jesus?” To me, falling in love refers to romantic love. We don’t have that kind of love for Jesus, do we? “Love is love” is an expression that has become popular in our culture. Most of us realize, however, that this isn’t really true. Keep reading…

The Cost of Discipleship

September 23rd, 2018 by

It’s a Wonderful Life

August 5th, 2018 by

The Inner Compass Of Spiritual Life

July 29th, 2018 by

On The Sea Of Life

July 10th, 2018 by

Is life a journey or a playground? A journey has a destination, and it has a road that leads to that destination. A playground doesn’t lead anywhere; there are no roads, just a lot of open space to play in. I think most of us like to say that life is a journey; but I Keep reading…

Power Beyond Your Circumstances

July 1st, 2018 by

When All You Had Was Jesus

June 24th, 2018 by

Rise Up And Call Her Blessed

May 13th, 2018 by

Why Does God Seem Different In The Old Testament As Compared To The New Testament?

May 7th, 2018 by

Since the early church, many believers have perceived a difference between the god of the Old Testament (OT) and the god of the New Testament (NT). In the OT, YHWH often comes across as a force to be reckoned with, passing rigorous laws and exacting the most severe punishments. In the NT, Jesus seems more Keep reading…

The Last Word

April 15th, 2018 by

The Everlasting Kingdom

March 25th, 2018 by

You Didn’t Know There Was A Test

March 7th, 2018 by

Recently, my wife asked me to do something and I didn’t do it. A little later, I asked my son to do something and he didn’t do it either. Where do they get this from? Faith and works are closely related. I can say I believe a person, but the real test is whether or Keep reading…

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

February 18th, 2018 by

The Face Of Divine Providence

January 28th, 2018 by

The Prophecy

December 4th, 2017 by

All For The Good

November 19th, 2017 by

Christianity Is Spiritual

October 29th, 2017 by

The Master Of The Sea

October 8th, 2017 by

Reflections On Holy War

October 7th, 2017 by

What are we to make of the presence of holy war in the Scripture? When the descendants of Jacob came out of Egypt, they were organized into the people we call the Israelites, and they were commanded to take possession of the land then occupied by the Canaanites. This process involved armed conflict, and though Keep reading…

How To Escape Groundhog Day

September 17th, 2017 by

The Four Seasons

August 13th, 2017 by

Sand Castles

July 23rd, 2017 by

Come Home

June 18th, 2017 by

The Joy Of Sects

June 9th, 2017 by

Caesar once said “Divide and conquer.” But there is an even more sinister power in the world that knows how to unite and conquer. Among the many values praised beyond all bounds of proportion in our day, one of them is unity. We get the idea that unity is so valuable that it is to Keep reading…

Naked And Not Ashamed

June 7th, 2017 by

Eternal Life Now

June 4th, 2017 by

You Have the Right To An Attorney

April 9th, 2017 by

Jesus’s Secret Society

March 19th, 2017 by

Lent 101

February 26th, 2017 by

There Is Damnation In Numbers

February 9th, 2017 by

“It is appointed for men to die once and after that to face judgment” (Heb. 9:27). Awhile back, my kids were reading a famous sermon by Jonathan Edwards entitled Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. When Becky asked them what they thought of it, one of them said “If the pastor preached things Keep reading…

A City Upon A Hill

January 15th, 2017 by

Why Did Some People’s Names Change In The Bible?

November 1st, 2016 by

In the ancient world, names were ideally regarded as reflecting the identity of a person. The Bible is full of such examples. When Hannah’s prayer to YHWH for a child was heard, she named her son Samuel (“God Hears”). A name change therefore indicates a change in the identity of a person. The Bible also Keep reading…

How Can I Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?

March 1st, 2016 by

The Bible tell us that faith in Jesus Christ is enough to receive the gift of his forgiveness and the gift of his Holy Spirit. So the first thing to understand is that all believers are in possession of the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, it does not follow that all believers manifest its presence in their Keep reading…

Did Paul Have A Choice About Being A Christian?

January 5th, 2016 by

Did Paul have a choice about being a Christian? Questions about free will are nowhere explicitly dealt with in the Scriptures. The views that theologians have about them must therefore be held tentatively since they have to be dealt with by way of implication. In order to address this one, I am going to back Keep reading…

What Does It Mean To Worship The Lord In Spirit And In Truth?

August 5th, 2015 by

What does it mean to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth? The phrase “in the Spirit and in truth” is taken from John 4:24. It is part of the larger story of Jesus’ famous talk with the woman at the well, and our understanding of it needs to be situated in that context. Keep reading…

Did Jesus Have To Experience Temptation?

May 5th, 2015 by

Did Jesus have to experience temptation to know what we go through? Doesn’t he just know? God is omniscient, which literally means that he is “all-knowing.” However, when the Bible uses the verb “to know,” it often is not referring to our knowledge about things, but to our experience of them. Thus, to say that God Keep reading…

Will We Go To Heaven If We Die With Sin left Un-Repented?

October 1st, 2014 by

A lot of times, we think that we are sinners because we do sinful things: for example, because we lie, cheat, steal. But really it is the reverse: we do sinful things because we are sinners. Sinfulness is a condition that we are in, and the condition is there regardless of whether it expresses itself Keep reading…

Is It Acceptable To “Lay Out A Fleece” Before God?

July 1st, 2014 by

In the book of Judges, the Bible tells of a man named Gideon who was chosen by God to deliver the Israelites from the hand of the Midianites. On the eve of one of the battles, Gideon sought divine reassurance about whether or not he would be successful, and he prayed the following prayer: “YHWH, Keep reading…

What Does It Mean To Be Anointed?

April 1st, 2014 by

In the Old Testament, the word anointing can be traced to a special oil whose manufacture is prescribed in Exodus 30:22-33. The purpose of this oil was to set apart certain things as holy (e.g., the Tabernacle) or certain people as holy (e.g., the priests). But anointing wasn’t the only way to render something holy. Keep reading…

What Does God Mean When He Says That He Is “A Jealous God, Punishing The Children For The Sin Of The Parents To The Third And Fourth Generation Of Those Who Hate Me, But Showing Love To A Thousand Generations Of Those Who Love Me And Keep My Commandments”? (Exodus 20:5-6)

October 1st, 2013 by

For many people, the idea of jealousy is often classed as a kind of petty emotion, and therefore many newer translations of the Scripture have sought to translate this passage somewhat differently. I believe the traditional translation is good, however, because it calls to mind a frequent metaphor in the Bible: namely, that Israel is Keep reading…