1 Corinthians Bible Reading Plan

This summer, Westside will be studying the book of 1 Corinthians together. We’ve put together a Bible reading plan that you can use to read through the book of 1 Corinthians with us over the next seven weeks. We tried to break the book down into manageable sections that will either recap the Sunday message you just heard or prepare …

Read the Bible in Our App!

One cool feature about the Westside app is the Bible tab! From the app home screen, click on the Bible in the bottom right corner and you’ll have access to the entire Bible–for free! And for anyone who wants to get more serious about being in the Word this year, you can follow along with a Bible reading plan to …

Choosing the Right Bible Translation

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between all the different translations of the Bible? According to the BibleProject, “Every translation balances two goals: faithfulness to the wording of the original language and readability in everyday English. Those two priorities have led to translations that lean more toward one or the other—or fall somewhere in the middle.” Some translations …

Reading the Bible Chronologically

This month we are highlighting Bible reading, and today’s post is about reading the Bible chronologically. What does that mean? Good question! One great way to read the Bible is from cover-to-cover just as it’s written (i.e. Genesis to Revelation), but another popular strategy is to read the events of the Bible in the order in which they occured throughout …

Faith & Grace: Two Surprising Conversions in Acts 10

In Luke 14, Jesus tells a story about a generous host who invites his inner circle to dinner. They say yes initially, but then back out at the last minute, so the host extends the invitation to the outcasts in the city and the travelers (strangers!) out in the middle of nowhere. This parable is about God’s invitation to come …

Transformed by the Word: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we explored the dramatic transformation that Israel experienced between Ezra 4 and 5 when God sent his prophets Haggai and Zechariah to speak to them. What could Haggai and Zechariah have possibly said that led to this sudden change of heart? Consider these four big ideas from the book of Haggai. 1. Don’t Build …

Transformed by the Word: Part 1

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22 (NIV) One of the most admirable things about the people of God in the book of Ezra is their willingness to let the word of the Lord transform their lives. Consider the situation at the end of Ezra 4: “Thus the work …

Stories of Revival: Caught in Adultery

Read: John 8:2-11 One day as Jesus was teaching the crowds, the local religious leaders brought forward a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. As a pastor, I’ve sometimes had my sermons interrupted by various distractions, but I can truthfully say I’ve never experienced anything quite like that. There’s no denying that this woman had broken …

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Stories of Revival: A Sinful Woman

Read: Luke 7:36-50In Luke 7, Jesus is invited to dinner at the home of a prominent religious leader named Simon. A woman from that same town who lived a “sinful life” (which was a nice way of saying she was a prostitute) learned that Jesus would be there, and rushed to the scene with a special gift in tow: an …

Stories of Revival: Jairus’ Daughter

There’s nothing like a parent’s love for their child. In Mark 5, an important religious leader named Jairus came to Jesus because his daughter had become gravely ill. He was terrified that without some kind of miracle, she wouldn’t make it. For those of us who are parents, we know the fear and desperation that this father felt. It’s a …