Power and Purpose

Jeff Munroe

READ : Jude13-16 They are . . . wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame. (v. 13) Have you ever had sea foam candy? It’s a mixture of white sugar, brown sugar, and corn syrup (liquid sugar) whipped up into little airy, spongy balls and coated with chocolate (dark sugar). When you eat it, it just melts away in your mouth. Wouldn’t it be nice if real sea foam was as sweet as sea …

The Christian Leader

Jeff Munroe

READ : Jude10-12 These people slander whatever they do not understand. (v. 10) Integrity, honesty, character, trustworthiness—these traits top any list of the qualities of a great teacher, leader, parent, or coach. Jude was encountering the opposite in the church. Beginning with verse 10, Jude presents a series of accusations against the false teachers who were leading people astray in the church. He really lets them have it! The negative tone is understandable when we remember he was addressing a …

The Lord Is Enough

Jeff Munroe

READ : Jude 8-9 The archangel Michael contended with the devil and disputed about the body of Moses. (v. 8) Jude just got more obscure. If you are reading about Michael, the devil, and Moses’ body and wondering, Where is this in my Bible?, you are asking a good question. Quite simply, this story isn’t in the Bible. It was from a work known to Jude’s readers but lost to us. The story went like this: after the death of …

A Change in Plans

Jeff Munroe

READ : Jude 3-7 I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith. (v. 3) It was Easter Sunday, and moments before we were to sit down to a wonderful meal our hostess accidentally sliced open her finger. Unable to stop the bleeding, our host and hostess rushed to the hospital emergency room while we guests were left to entertain ourselves. Our hostess was more disappointed than we were—we wanted her to get the …

The Obscure Jude

Jeff Munroe

READ : Jude 1-2 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James. (v. 1) Ever heard a sermon on Jude? That’s sort of like asking, “Is there a meal on this flight?” It’s possible the answer is yes, but not likely. Jude’s little-known book comes at the end of a series of letters called the General Epistles, right before the mysteries of Revelation. Unlike Paul’s letters to specific churches or individuals, these seven “general” epistles were addressed to …