The Old Testament
The Old Testament archives the beginning of God's work to redeem God's people. From the very beginning, God had a plan that no enmity or enemy could stop.
January 03, 2022
Why Are There So Many Bible Translations?
The very fact that we study the Bible in English implies that someone has already interpreted the original message into our language. Discover the Bible’s organization and its numerous translations to understand some of our interpretive challenges.
December 13, 2021
Protection Against the Dangers of Technology
We know that screens are very present in our world, but how can we ensure they don’t control us or those we love? Discover how you can protect yourself and your family against the dangers of technology.
December 09, 2021
How Should We Interpret Apocalyptic Literature?
While the entire Bible has interpretive challenges, none is so difficult to navigate as the Book of Revelation. Despite the debated details, the main point of the book is full of glorious and guaranteed promises.
December 06, 2021
How Should We Interpret the Epistles?
Epistles are letters written for specific purposes. It is essential to determine who wrote the letter, who received it, and why it was sent.
November 22, 2021
How Should We Interpret the Gospels?
The four Gospels all tell the story of Jesus but are delivered to different audiences from different perspectives. To understand the truth contained fully within them, we must understand the context in which they were written.
November 15, 2021
The State of the Southern Baptist Convention
Our church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for the sake of fulfilling the Great Commission. With increasing conflicts within the denomination, we must clarify our church’s roles and responsibilities due to this connection.
November 08, 2021
How Should We Interpret Prophecy?
The Old Testament prophets spoke a specific message to a particular people. We can safely unpack the timeless truth and correctly interpret it for our situations with proper hermeneutical guidelines.
October 25, 2021
How Should We Interpret Wisdom Literature?
Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament is that portion of Scripture that helps us understand how to apply God’s wisdom in our lives. It makes sense to reason that if the LORD created the world, He knows the best way to navigate through it.
October 18, 2021
How Should We Interpret the Law?
In the opening books in the Bible, God establishes the Law upon which the Israelites were expected to live. As New Testament disciples, we must use careful interpretative guidelines as we study and apply this portion of Scripture.
October 10, 2021
How Should We Interpret Historical Narratives?
Narrative is the literary genre that communicates through story form. Within the Bible, narratives intend to teach truth through what has happened to highlighted individuals.
October 03, 2021
What Are Literary Genres in the Bible?
The Bible is one book made up of 66 smaller books with distinct genres differing from each other. To interpret the Bible accurately, we must understand the nature of genres and how the Bible is organized.
September 27, 2021
What Role Does Context Play in the Bible?
Even without acknowledging it, we project our context upon Scripture in order for it to say what we want it to say. As we study Scripture, we must filter the reader’s context through the knowledge of the author’s context.
September 20, 2021
Who Determines the Meaning of Scripture?
A study of Scripture lacking thorough interpretative guidelines can lead to inaccurate beliefs. The foundational task of hermeneutics is deciding who determines the meaning of Scripture.
September 12, 2021
What Is Hermeneutics?
If God took the lead to communicate to us through the Bible, we must take our time to interpret that truth diligently. The task of hermeneutics is interpreting God’s Word into our context.
September 05, 2021
What Is the Bible?
Before we attempt to interpret the Bible correctly, we must first recognize what this book is in the first place. The Bible is God’s Word so that we can truly know Him.
August 30, 2021
We all say that we should know the Bible better than we do. Don’t you think it's time that we did something about it?
August 23, 2021
God’s Word exposes numerous issues for any family to address in order to walk in conformity with his standard and design. A misunderstanding of generational curses can discourage people from making noble attempts to turn a family’s legacy around.
August 16, 2021
Practical Tips for Parents
Due to many factors, many parents cannot find a healthy balance when it comes to discipline. Scripture teaches that we cannot neglect that responsibility but must handle it with care.
August 02, 2021
Truth & Consequences
After Adam and Eve’s sin, God did not hide from sharing the truth and delivering the consequences. Sin’s effects on marriage are undeniable, but God’s guidance is unmistakable.
July 25, 2021
Shame & Blame
When Adam and Eve sinned, they were inclined to hide in shame and point in blame. All marriages can fall into the same trap of refusing responsibility for sin.
July 19, 2021
Commandments & Compromises
God gave this first couple one commandment, and they quickly made compromises in order to break it. In all marriages, we are called to help each other fulfill God’s Word over meet our expectations.
July 12, 2021
Fruitful & Multiply
As God placed His stamp upon Adam and Eve, He intended them to spread that image throughout the world. He calls families to be fruitful and multiply through their homes.
June 28, 2021
Naked & Unashamed
God designed sexual intimacy to be experienced solely within the confines of marriage. Like all gifts from God, it is enjoyed to the fullest extent when it is guided by God’s directives.
June 13, 2021
Leave & Cleave
A marriage cannot work if someone or someones have a higher priority than the spouse. There must be a thorough yet healthy leaving of one’s initial family and a complete and eager cleaving of one’s unique spouse.
June 07, 2021
Helpless & Alone
God categorized the only creation made in His image as helpless and alone. Within the gift of a spouse, God intends to meet these two needs for his sole purpose.
May 23, 2021
Formed & Filled
Just as God formed and filled every aspect of Creation, we must realize that our lives and marriages were addressed in the same way. We cannot truly appreciate the gift of marriage until we comprehend why God gave it to us in the first place.
May 17, 2021
Lies Associated with Anxiety
After Elijah experienced God move mightily upon the mountaintop, his joy was short-lived due to following opposition. God’s instruction to Elijah during his depressed state provides direction for our own troubled souls.
May 03, 2021
How do we address anxiety from a biblical perspective? Listen to Jeremy Johns share life-changing truths to help you in your battle.
April 26, 2021
Anxious for Nothing
Anxiety effects every single one of us in different ways and varying degrees. Learn some biblical ways to address your anxiety.
April 19, 2021
How to Read the Entire Bible
Jesus taught the necessity of obedience to His words, but we cannot apply them if we don’t first study them. Create a plan where you can work through studying the entire Bible.
April 11, 2021
Why Should Someone Get Baptized?
When we decide to follow Jesus, we venture down the narrow path, but we are not alone. Baptism is a public declaration that you belong to Christ and a community.
March 28, 2021
Reintroduced to God as Father
Many people's experience with earthly fathers taint the idea of God as Heavenly Father. We cannot follow God fully if we are unable to embrace Him as Father.
March 22, 2021
How to Confront Compassionately
Jesus calls us not to be harshly judgmental but to be intentionally confrontational. We must be concerned enough about the Body of Christ to address sin when it is present among us.
March 15, 2021
Dealing With Anxiety as a Christian
All Christians deal with differing levels of stress, fear, and anxiety. Learn how to process through these feelings and walk in truth.
March 08, 2021
Offering a Hand Up, Not Just a Hand Out
Learn from Miracle Hill's President and Rocky Creek member, Ryan Duerk, as he describes their ministry and teaches on a nontoxic approach to helping the least and the lost. You can offer a hand up, not just a hand out.
March 01, 2021
Selecting Your Next Spiritual Discipline
No disciples grows by accident. Through spiritual disciplines, we grow more into who Christ calls us to be.
February 22, 2021
There is a difference between forgiveness and enablement. In our commitment to showing grace to others, we must consider the ramifications of enabling others to continue in sin.
February 15, 2021
You will never intensify your prayer life on accident. In order to pray continually, you must first pray intentionally.
February 08, 2021
The Strategy of Generosity
To be generous entails more than giving an amount; it requires possessing an attitude. Learn how to be wise with what you give and how you give it.
February 01, 2021
How to Handle Your Anger
Living in this world guarantees that anger will be a common emotion. God's Word provides helpful wisdom regarding how to handle our anger.
January 25, 2021
When Trust Is Broken
Since our words are consistently unreliable, it causes distrust to grow as we relate to one another. When trust is broken, we must find biblical ways to find forgiveness and healing.
January 18, 2021
Divorce-Proofing Your Marriage
No matter how challenging your marriage is, you can find help. Discover potential marriage separators, and do what you can to avoid them in your relationship.
January 11, 2021
Protecting from Pornography
To fight against lust, we must have a plan to protect ourselves from pornography. Using scriptural insight and practical wisdom, you can find hope with this struggle.
January 04, 2021
Making a Spiritual Growth Plan for 2021
You will not grow by accident. To have the blessed life that Jesus spoke about in the Sermon on the Mount, we must follow Him on the path of discipleship. We must keep growing.
December 07, 2020
Intro to the Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5-7 archives the greatest sermon in the history of the world. As Jesus gathered His growing followers together, He taught a simple yet thorough overview of how Kingdom citizens should live. Christianity is more than a mere association of rules, but it is a complete dedication to a countercultural lifestyle.
November 30, 2020
The Power of Humility
When it comes to governmental leadership, we often believe that most is accomplished through some type of conquering force. Jesus was a different type of King and set up a different kind of Kingdom.
November 16, 2020
The Ending of Hostility
As the United States continues to further the philosophical divide, the greatest point of conflict has to do with how all citizens respond to God. As all nations rage against God, He has a sovereign plan to deal with every single one.
November 09, 2020
The Changing of Majority
While the standard of morality within the United States continues to drift, Christians are left facing a different spiritual landscape. With the changing of the majority's beliefs, we must adapt to ensure biblical faithfulness in rebellious times.
November 02, 2020
The Slide of Morality
Our culture changes the standard of what is acceptable by the year. As our culture moves further from biblical morality, the church must clarify the ideal and define our approach.
October 26, 2020
The Loss of Civility
With growing political animosity, authorities and citizens alike have discarded common civility. As tempers flare, insults fly, and resistance increases, Christians must stand out as people who can disagree respectably.
October 19, 2020
The Pressure of Popularity
With increasing pressure to fall into particular political camps, how are Christians supposed to navigate faithfully? We cannot give in to any cultural system, no matter how widely accepted it is, if it contradicts the truths of Scripture.
October 12, 2020
The State of Disunity
As we navigate this contentious election season, how are Christians supposed to respond? In light of the state of disunity within the United States of America, disciples of Jesus must prove themselves to be different from society.
October 05, 2020
While Jesus' death seemed like a shocking defeat to his followers, the crucifixion of Christ was God's plan all along. By studying the context of the event, we can understand what Jesus truly accomplished.
June 14, 2020
Jesus' ministry was framed around his association with two critical groups of people: sinners and self-righteous. To understand these complex dynamics reveals the nature of Jesus' approach.
June 07, 2020
Jesus' calling of the disciples displayed the attribute of grace. When you look at this unique group of men he chose, there isn't anything special about them. They weren't obvious choices, and yet, they were Jesus' choices. Due to that reason, they would develop into what Christ had called them to be.
May 29, 2020
Jesus’ ministry only lasted three years, but the effect of it has completely changed history. In studying the critical components of his ministry, we can better ascertain the purpose for which he came.
May 24, 2020
Between the birth of Jesus and the beginning of his ministry, little is known about his life. The gospel authors reported very sparse details, but what we do know provides great insight into his preparation for the ministry.
May 17, 2020
The New Testament begins with the incarnation of Jesus Christ. God came in the flesh to rescue us.
May 04, 2020
The 4 Gospels
As we study the New Testament, we must unpack the reasoning, audience, and direction of the 4 Gospels.
April 27, 2020
New Testament Overview
The New Testament is 27 books that tell 1 story. Learn how the New Testament was compiled and organized in order to observe the impact it has made.
April 20, 2020
Ask Pastor Trav [Episode 4]
In this Resurrection Sunday edition of Ask Pastor Trav, we engage one simple question: Can God be trusted during difficult times? To answer this question, Pastor Travis reads a writing he compiled called Jesus' resume to remind us of his power, concern, and willingness.
April 12, 2020
Ask Pastor Trav [Episode 3]
This week’s edition of Ask Pastor Trav prepares us to answer questions regarding Jesus’ death and resurrection. 5 Questions 1. Did Jesus have a substitute on the cross? 2. Did Jesus actually die? 3. Do the Gospels agree about the resurrection details? 4. Is the tomb really empty? 5. Did the disciples lie about the resurrection? And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain [1 Cor. 15:14].
April 05, 2020
Ask Pastor Trav [Episode 2]
Join Pastor Trav as he answers these submitted questions: Where did Jesus go after he died? Should we obey the government’s gathering guidelines? Should we treat Easter Sunday differently? What could God be teaching the Church during this time? What could God be teaching your family during this time?
March 29, 2020
Ask Pastor Trav [Episode 1]
Since we can't gather for Equip tonight, Pastor Trav is answering 5 submitted questions in a 30-minute segment called, "Ask Pastor Trav." Enjoy!
March 22, 2020
The Story of the Bible
The Bible is not a collection of disconnected, moralistic stories. It is the one overarching story of how the cross of Christ will rescue a fallen people.
March 16, 2020
How Did We Get the New Testament?
How did the New Testament come to be? How can we be sure the information is accurate?
March 09, 2020
Intro to the New Testament
The credibility of the New Testament centers on one question: Is Jesus the Messiah?
March 02, 2020
Aligning Your Plan
If you look at your current financial picture, you might notice too many issues to address at once. Instead of becoming overwhelmed by the numerous tasks, rely on biblical wisdom and align your plan with immediate obedience and gradual progression.
February 17, 2020
Enjoying Your Blessings
Christians often feel tension with knowing how to respond to God based upon our blessings in the light of others’ misfortunes. If we give credit to God for our blessings, how should we show an adequate attitude of gratitude?
February 10, 2020
Furthering Your Generosity
The more that God blesses us financially, the more we can bless others as well. Within the heart of God, we learn how to further our personal generosity.
February 03, 2020
Funding Your Future
While none of us know the time or the manner of our passing, we know we must be prepared. In an effort not to be a burden to others but to be a blessing to others at the time of our passing, you must make preparations now.
January 27, 2020
Eliminating Your Debt
Debt seeks to secure our happiness now by committing to pay more for it later. Regardless of how much debt you have accumulated, learn some biblical and practical steps to reduce your debt now, and remove the opportunity to increase more debt later.
January 20, 2020
Preparing Your Budget
If you don’t make a plan for how you use your finances, someone or something else will make a plan for you. Preparing a budget shows you are a responsible steward with what God has entrusted to you.
January 13, 2020
Balancing Your Finances
We tend to polarize financial convictions, but the Bible provides surprising wisdom to obtain balance. If we learn God’s financial perspective, we will benefit from obeying biblical practices.
January 06, 2020
Debt: The Financial Strain
Discontentment will lead to justifying debt. When your finances get overwhelming, it drastically alters every other aspect of your life.
November 18, 2019
Transitions: The Unsure Direction
We all experience moments of transition with decisions we make or situations beyond our control. How do you determine your path when you are unsure of God’s direction?
November 11, 2019
Divorce: The Deceitful Escape
While divorce may seem like a desirable path for some couples, it is never a simple escape from trouble. Before going down this path, there are many things that must be considered.
November 04, 2019
Consequences: The Unfortunate Reality
After making a bad decision, we are often left with the unfortunate reality of consequences. How should we go forward when we are dealing with effects from previous decisions?
October 20, 2019
Depression: The Bleak Perspective
Are you depressed or know someone who is? How can you help someone who struggles with a bleak perspective? Let’s draw strength from God’s Word to help in dark times of the soul.
October 14, 2019
Even though you haven’t implemented the entire Distinctive Discipleship process yet, hopefully, you are already beginning to see some growth. In this last session, you will put all the pieces together and initiate your plan. While you have experienced progress, now it is time to define your distinctive strategy which you will use for the months to come.
October 07, 2019
Paul described his work in discipleship as something for which he toiled (Col. 1:29). If that sounds like work to you, it is because spiritual disciplines require consistent, diligent effort on your part. In Session 6 of Distinctive Discipleship, you are going to select the most vital spiritual discipline to strengthen at this time in your life. You will determine which one is best for your soul’s health and get to work on it this very day. This discipline will begin to train the habits necessary for your discipleship.
September 23, 2019
In what ways do you need development? It all depends upon what you have been given and where you have been placed. As particularly gifted and positioned disciples, we each should pursue the needed maturity to do what God has called us to accomplish.
September 16, 2019
Are you confident in the fundamentals of your faith? Maybe the better question is, do you believe what you believe? As a follower of Jesus, you have a set of doctrinal beliefs that come along with the territory. Biblical Christianity is blatant on topics in which the culture will struggle to accept. In Session 4 of Distinctive Discipleship, we are going to hone in on 1-2 doctrinal concepts that you need to study next.
September 09, 2019
Distinctive Discipleship is all about discovering delight. If we can truly comprehend that the fullness of God dwelt in Christ (Col. 1:19), and now the fullness of Christ dwells in us (Col. 1:27), it should cause us to become overwhelmed with a joy that energizes our desire to take advantage of that blessed nearness.
September 02, 2019
There is a sin or a few sins that easily entangle you. While we all can struggle with every possible sin imaginable, there are certain sins with which we regularly drift. In Session 3 of Distinctive Discipleship, we are going to narrow down a list of sins to the 1-3 areas which are critical for you to address right now.
September 02, 2019
Generalized approaches can never adequately address distinct disciples. In order to see legitimate discipleship take place in your life and in the lives of those around you, we cannot depend upon widespread methods hoping to address the specific needs of everyone.
August 19, 2019
Work as Worship
While jobs can bring stress, weariness, and drama, it can also provide Kingdom opportunities. Learn how to reinstate your work as a platform for worship and mission.
August 05, 2019