Resources by Adam Pursel

Jesus Loves His People Enough to Comfort and Confront

SCRIPTURE Revelation 2:1-7, 12–17 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.  2 “ ‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my…

A Compelling Vision of Christ

SCRIPTURE Revelation 1:9-20  9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and…

Can You Believe It?

SCRIPTURE John 3:12-18 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only…

Jesus Came to Fix Broken Things

SCRIPTURE John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness,…

The Word Became Flesh

SCRIPTURE John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness,…

Clothing Yourself in Humility and Love

SCRIPTURE Colossians 3:12-14; 22; 4:1 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity… 22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the…

Live Like You Love Jesus

SCRIPTURE Colossians 3:1-17 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity,…

Don’t Get Taken Captive

SCRIPTURE Colossians 2:6-23 6 So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in him, 7 being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.  8 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ. 9 For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, 10 and you have been filled…

Is Jesus First in Your Life?

SCRIPTURE Colossians 1:9-23 9 For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance…

Stop Eating the Bread of Anxious Toil

SCRIPTURE Psalm 127 A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.  1  Unless the Lord builds the house,  those who build it labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city,  the watchman stays awake in vain.  2  It is in vain that you rise up early  and go late to rest,  eating the bread of anxious toil;  for he gives to his beloved sleep.  3  Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,  the fruit of the womb a reward. …

You’re Invited to Live with God

SCRIPTURE Psalm 23 A Psalm of David. 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.He leads me beside still waters.3     He restores my soul.He leads me in paths of righteousness    for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,    I will fear no evil,for you are with me;    your rod and your staff,    they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me    in the presence of my enemies;you anoint my head with oil;    my cup overflows.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me    all the days of my life,and I shall dwell in the house…

Bless the LORD

SCRIPTURE Psalm 103 Of David.  1  Bless the Lord, O my soul,  and all that is within me,  bless his holy name!  2  Bless the Lord, O my soul,  and forget not all his benefits,  3  who forgives all your iniquity,  who heals all your diseases,  4  who redeems your life from the pit,  who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,  5  who satisfies you with good  so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  6  The Lord…

What Do You Do With Your Guilt?

SCRIPTURE Psalm 51 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.  1  Have mercy on me, O God,  according to your steadfast love;  according to your abundant mercy  blot out my transgressions.  2  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,  and cleanse me from my sin!  3  For I know my transgressions,  and my sin is ever before me.  4  Against you, you only, have I sinned  and…

God is with you

SCRIPTURE Psalm 139 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.  1  O Lord, you have searched me and known me!  2  You know when I sit down and when I rise up;  you discern my thoughts from afar.  3  You search out my path and my lying down  and are acquainted with all my ways.  4  Even before a word is on my tongue,  behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.  5  You hem me in, behind and before,  and…

Is Evil Winning?

SCRIPTURE Psalm 10 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;    let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,    and the one greedy for gain curses[a] and renounces the Lord.4 In the pride of his face[b] the wicked does not seek him;[c]    all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”5 His ways prosper at all times;    your judgments are on high, out of his sight;    as for all his foes, he puffs at them.6 He says…

Go to God

SCRIPTURE Psalm 42-43 To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.  1  As a deer pants for flowing streams,  so pants my soul for you, O God.  2  My soul thirsts for God,  for the living God.  When shall I come and appear before God?  3  My tears have been my food  day and night,  while they say to me all the day long,  “Where is your God?”  4  These things I remember,  as I pour out my…

Committing to the God of Life and Joy

SCRIPTURE Psalm 16 1  Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  2  I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;  I have no good apart from you.”  3  As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,  in whom is all my delight.  4  The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;  their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out  or take their names on my lips.  5 …

Jesus was Dead; Jesus is Alive

SCRIPTURE Luke 24:1-53 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do…

Jesus Gave His Life to Give Us Life

SCRIPTURE Luke 22:1-34 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an…

Is Jesus Right?

SCRIPTURE Luke 20:27-47 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and…

Jesus Saves Lost People

SCRIPTURE Luke 19:1-27 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up…

What is the Kingdom of God Like?

SCRIPTURE Luke 13:18-30 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” 20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour,…

You Don’t Have to be Afraid

SCRIPTURE Luke 12:1-34 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on…

Jesus is the King who brings Heaven

SCRIPTURE Luke 10:1-20; 11:14-32 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no…