Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl (Matthew 13:44-46) A man stumbles upon a priceless treasure in a field. A  merchant discovers the most impressive pearl he’s ever seen. Both of them immediately sell everything they have to take hold of this priceless treasure. These stories of discovery highlight the indescribable value of God’s Kingdom, above and beyond …

Immanuel: God is With Us

This post is part of a series about the names of God in the Bible. This series is based off of the study that took place in our Ladies’ Bible Class. You can watch those sessions online at WestsideLife.org/media. Just look for the “Name Above All Names” media series. “Immanuel” in the Book of Isaiah Immanuel is a Hebrew name …

Qanna: The Lord is Jealous

This post is part of a series about the names of God in the Bible. This series is based off of the study that took place in our Ladies’ Bible Class. You can watch those sessions online at WestsideLife.org/media. Just look for the “Name Above All Names” media series. A Jealous God God is passionate about his people—whether it’s the …

Jehovah-Shalom (The Lord is Peace)

This post is part of a series about the names of God in the Bible. This series is based off of the study that took place in our Ladies’ Bible Class. You can watch those sessions online at WestsideLife.org/media. Just look for the “Name Above All Names” media series. In our previous post, we discussed the peace we have when …

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 …