Colossians 3:12-17 On any given day, we may encounter frustrating people and situations, such as a mischievous child, uncooperative coworker, or slow commute. We might feel like lashing out, but God wants us to stay calm and be patient with everyone (1 Thess. 5:14). Scripture has a number of things to say about believers developing … Continue reading Developing Patience
Psalm 62 At certain moments throughout history, God literally shook the earth. The ground quaked as His Son died on the cross (Matt. 27:51), and there will be an even greater upheaval in the future when Christ returns (Zech. 14:4). But even in our present day, the Lord often lets the various foundations of our … Continue reading Our Firm Foundation
The cross has become a symbol of Christianity, but it’s so much more than a mere piece of jewelry hanging around someone’s neck. The crucifixion of Christ is such an important doctrine because understanding it correctly determines whether or not we have eternal life. This was not simply the execution of a Jewish man by … Continue reading THE CROSS: GOD’S PLAN
Romans 5:1-5 The Holy Spirit’s presence is essential for the Christian life. Despite our best efforts, we have no ability to produce Christlike character on our own. Although we’ve been declared righteous through faith in Jesus, we still succumb to sin, pressures of the world, and the deceptions and temptations of the devil. Thankfully, as … Continue reading Spiritual Growth
Psalm 42:1-5 We all have expectations, and if our hopes fail to materialize, we feel disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with this emotion as long as we don’t let it become all-consuming despair. In such a state of mind, we might find our circumstances dominate us, which can lead to sinful responses. For example, we may … Continue reading Discouragement, Hope
Do you want to have a beautiful life?A beautiful life is not just about having a beautiful physical appearance. It is actually about having a beautiful heart before the Lord. Sin makes life ugly and rotten. But God’s word and Spirit will make your life beautiful from the inside- out. 1 Peter 1:23For you have … Continue reading BEAUTIFY YOUR LIFE!
Brokenness is not a topic we like. It makes us feel powerless when our sources of protection fail. However, when that happens, we also receive a gift—the true understanding of ourselves and, better still, of the God who loves us. Proverbs 18:24 says, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” And in Hebrews … Continue reading Blessed to Be Broken
1 Kings 17 We’d all like to have great faith that stands firm in the face of challenges and difficulties. But God doesn’t enlarge our faith instantly; it’s a slow process that happens over our lifetime and often involves trials. Each time we choose to believe the Lord and step out in obedience, we gain … Continue reading Increasing Faith
Genesis 3:1-7 We’ve all occasionally fallen for a lie, whether it was something as trivial as false advertising or as serious as a scam that emptied a bank account. Whatever the trickery was, it can be traced back to the Father of Lies—Satan (John 8:44). And his most devastating deceptions are those that lead us … Continue reading Don’t Fall for Satan’s Lies
Psalm 73 Doesn’t it sometimes seem that certain people never face consequences for their sin? Perhaps you know folks whose ungodly choices have caused them great trouble and suffering, yet there are also those who are prosperous and apparently happy despite their sinful lifestyle. Like the writer of today’s psalm, have you wondered why it … Continue reading Can People Get Away With Sin?