Our following Christ in this world requires endurance in all kinds of circumstances. Knowing Christ gives us a different perspective on this life and its values. Health and strength are not as valuable as faithfulness to Christ and sharing in His resurrection. A Christian is ready to endure anything for Christ and the resurrection.
How important hope is for the Christian. It is so important for living in this world. The passage we look at today is from the Apostle Paul’s letter to Titus who was one of his converts who accompanied him to the island of Crete to share the Gospel. Paul left Titus on Crete to finish […]
Three virtues that stand out in the early church theology undergird and supports the Christian life. They are faith, hope, and love—virtues that were radically different from the rest of the world at that time. These virtues were not well received by the world, and caused Christians to be mocked and mistreated! The one we […]
Today we look at the farewell discourse Jesus gives to His disciples the night before His crucifixion. This comes in the midst of a season of great hope (it was Passover that looks for the coming Messiah and it was just after the Palm Sunday procession of Jesus into Jerusalem. Their hopes were high. Yet […]
Advent comes from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” The historical church has used the theme of Advent to prepare Christians to celebrate the coming of Jesus. The First Advent to the birth of Christ, the incarnation of God with us. The Second Advent refers to Christ’s return for us. This lesson focuses on […]
This Sunday is between Thanksgiving week and just before the season of Advent and the celebration of Christ’s birth. We go a step further from last week regarding the power of gratitude in our lives. In a world of great disagreement, resentment and anger, God calls us to thanks-living.
The University of California San Diego led a study on the impact and importance of gratitude on peoples’ attitudes, physical and emotional well being. The results are surprising. The Bible not only teaches us to give thanks, it commands us to give our thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).There are many important reasons why; today we cover […]
The book of Jonah seems to end without a real conclusion; it is God’s question to Jonah who remains angry at God’s mercy. The message of chapter four points not at Jonah’s problem but of God’s grace and compassion, who is slow to anger and abounding in love. (v. 2).
Jonah, the reluctant missionary gets a second opportunity to fulfill God’s call. This time he goes to Nineveh willingly, if even for the wrong reasons. What is that message to us today?
Part two of four part series: Running to God—Jonah 1:17-3:10 This is part two of the story of Jonah, the reluctant missionary. Jonah is the outstanding missionary book of the Old Testament. Jonah demonstrates God’s heart for the Gentiles. It brilliantly depicts the sovereignty of God, the issues of racial and cultural bigotry, of God’s […]