What we do matters.

The Bible teaches that what we do matters.

The Bible teaches that what we do matters. “For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay each person according to what he has done” (Matthew 16:27). “The Son of Man is going to come.” That’s going to happen. Just as […]

persecution

How is being hated by the world motivating?

“You will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22). Wow. What an encouraging word. Not! You will be hated by a ton of people. But, if you can take it long enough, if you endure until you die… Well… Well, then […]

Less than our Sins Deserve

“What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins deserved” (Ezra 9:13). I remember throwing the football in the house as a kid. I was throwing the touchdown pass to my sister but she didn’t catch […]

known yet loved

Deeply Known yet Deeply Loved

“The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,     searching all his innermost parts” (Proverbs 20:27). Proverbs are often very straightforward to interpret. Sometimes, however, they are less clear. This is especially because sometimes the context does not offer a lot of clues as to the meaning.   Second, often other passages […]

Christmas and Christian Mission

“Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you’” (John 20:21). We don’t often think of Christmas as connected to missions but it really is. Let me show you. First, “Christmas” is actually shorthand for “Christ’s mass.” The English word “Mass” comes from the Latin word missa,[1] […]

singleness

Sometimes life gives you a gift that you want to lose but you have to use.

Do you view singleness as a gift? Sometimes we receive gifts that we don’t want to use, don’t know how to use, or don’t even want to possess. I am afraid many of us feel this way about singleness. We don’t know what to do with it, we don’t know why we’re stuck with it, […]

In the shelter of the Most High

Sunday morning in church we were looking at Luke chapter one and my attention was drawn to verse 35.  The angel said to Mary, “the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”1 This phrase brings us to Psalm 91 verse 1: “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in […]

Pride→disgrace. Humility→wisdom.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace,but with the humble is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2). When we see gray clouds we know a storm and rain are probably coming. Proverbs leads us to see other connections and correlations from other phenomena and make other important deductions. Just as if we see gray clouds we know rain is […]

Faith or Flounder

“My steps had nearly slipped.For I was envious of the arrogantwhen I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”Psalm 73:2-3 Our focus and our faith matter. Wrong Focus = Destruction It was when the psalmist was envious of people that had stuff that he didn’t have that he nearly fell. When we see a representation of […]

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