Author Archives: David Huffstutler

An Overview of Acts 20:17–38

An Overview of Acts 20:17–38

The text of Acts 20:17–38 has a certain gravity that has endeared its words to the hearts of many. It contains someone’s last face-to-face words to a group of people (Acts 20:25, 38), summarizes what an excellent ministry should be (Acts 20:18–21, 25–27), and shows a resolve to live and die for the gospel (Acts… Continue Reading

When Life Puts You in a Press – Mark 14:32–42

When Life Puts You in a Press – Mark 14:32–42

This is more or less a transcript from a Facebook Live video that I provided to my church yesterday morning. I hope you find it to be an encouragement during trying times. Bold formatting indicates main points and Scriptural quotations from the ESV. — Imagine being pressed from all sides in life, find yourself in… Continue Reading

God’s “Yes” and “No” in Christ

God’s “Yes” and “No” in Christ

One of my favorite ways to explain the gospel is state how the Father communicates a resounding “yes” and “no” to us through His Son Jesus Christ. The “Yes” “Yes” is shorthand for a longer, amazing thought: “Yes, God loves you.” John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only… Continue Reading

The Coronavirus and the Christian

The Coronavirus and the Christian

How should Christians respond to the coronavirus? How should we think about the spread of this virus as it relates to God? Has He lost control? Does He know what He is doing?  Is He being cruel to us on earth? In answering these questions and more, I’ll spring my thoughts from just a couple… Continue Reading

Jesus’ Example for Evangelism in John 4:1–26

Jesus’ Example for Evangelism in John 4:1–26

In John 4:5–42, we have two examples of evangelism—one in Jesus and the other in the Samaritan woman. She invited others to meet Jesus, they came, and many believed in Him. However, what follows below are five practical points for evangelism from looking at Jesus Himself in His example of giving the truth to the… Continue Reading

Lessons from the Life of Jude

Lessons from the Life of Jude

What follows below is an attempt to piece together the life of Jude as told by the Bible, using what few references to him that we have. Jude grew up with Jesus and his other siblings in the house of Joseph and Mary and thus enjoyed being from the line of David. Being last in… Continue Reading

The Church’s Internal Rescue Mission: Jude 22–23

The Church’s Internal Rescue Mission: Jude 22–23

Jude 22–23 states, “And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh” (ESV). In these two verses, Jude identifies three groups within the church that need special attention. Jude has admonished his readers to… Continue Reading

Cessationism in a Nutshell

Cessationism in a Nutshell

Of all the posts that I’ve put on this website, my past series on the cessation of apostles has received more comments than anything else. My posts are typically generated out of my weekly sermon study for my church, and we are presently going through Acts, a book full of miracles. So, that being said,… Continue Reading

A Conference for Pastors and All on Monday, May 18: “Ministry in 2020: The Pastor, the Church, and Challenges Today.”

A Conference for Pastors and All on Monday, May 18: “Ministry in 2020: The Pastor, the Church, and Challenges Today.”

I want to say thank you to Scott Aniol for letting me post this invitation. What follows below is what I believe will be an outstanding conference at my church this year. The conference website is http://ccggrockford.org/. We’d love to see you come! — Dear Pastors, Deacons, and Fellow Believers in Christ, Please mark your… Continue Reading

Churches Helping Churches to Keep Pastors in the Word

Churches Helping Churches to Keep Pastors in the Word

Acts 18:5 records, “When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.” It might seem that Luke is merely telling us that Paul was evangelizing the Jews when Silas and Timothy arrived in Corinth from Macedonia. A closer look at Acts 18,… Continue Reading

God’s Grace in the Midst of Rapid Leadership Change

God’s Grace in the Midst of Rapid Leadership Change

From time to time, Luke records dual-episodes in Acts to show the similarities and contrasts between events in the life of Paul. We see this in Acts 17:1–9 and 17:10–15. In both instances (in Thessalonica and Berea), Paul and others evangelized (Acts 17:1–3, 10), people believed (Acts 17:4, 11–12), others persecuted the missionaries (Acts 17:5–7,… Continue Reading

Silent Separation: What to Think When Leaders Part Ways and Keep Their Reasons to Themselves

Silent Separation: What to Think When Leaders Part Ways and Keep Their Reasons to Themselves

We typically think of separation between Christians in negative terms because it typically involves an implied or explicit rebuke by the one initiating the separation. Separation can take place over denial—separating from those who claim to be Christians but obviously deny the gospel through heresy or evil works (e.g., Rom 16:17–18; Titus 1:10–16). Separation can… Continue Reading