How Do We Know God Loves Us?

Jul 7, 2018 |

The seeds of doubt were planted in the Garden of Eden. The serpent began his temptation of Eve with four devastating words: Has God indeed said …? He spoke the words with one purpose in mind: to separate us from God’s love. The words triggered feelings of uncertainty and confusion in Eve. They continue to ...

Why Christ’s Resurrection Should Matter to You

There are a lot of questions about the resurrection of Jesus Christ in today’s culture.  Did it really happen?  When did it happen?  How did it happen?  Perhaps the most important question people should be asking is, “why does the resurrection matter to you and me?” Josh and Sean McDowell look to answer many of ...

God’s Purpose for You Is Active

Jul 7, 2017 |

To honor the purposeful and pure God: • Do justly. • Love mercy. • Walk humbly with your God. Those three commands are a tall order. But in one sense they are clear and can be completed by any believer. A child can cut the last brownie and let the sibling choose. That’s a way ...

Faith and Works

Jul 7, 2017 |

The great reformer Martin Luther, champion of the doctrine of salvation through faith alone, never felt good about the epistle of James. He called it an “epistle full of straw” in the preface to his 1522 edition of the New Testament, and he put the book in the appendix. He preferred Paul’s wording of the ...

Beyond the Mess

Jun 6, 2017 |

Benjamin West, a famous portrait painter at the time of the American Revolution, remembers one of his earliest attempts to paint. He had been left to care for his little sister and used the time to paint her portrait in colored inks. He was oblivious to the mess he made; when his mother, Sarah, returned ...

God’s Purpose Requires Response

Jun 6, 2017 |

We cannot go through life passively if we want to live in accord with God’s purpos¬es. If we are passive, opportunities to join in the work of God will pass us by. Now that you know your purpose is designed and given by God, it’s time you become active by living according to it. Quite ...

Determining God’s Will

May 5, 2017 |

Christians believe that they should carefully obey God’s will. But how can we know what His will is? How should we go about making decisions that honor the Lord? The example of Gideon is frequently cited as a model for godly decision-making. Before acting, Gideon carefully considered whether the Lord wanted him to rally an ...

Yield to God’s Purposes

May 5, 2017 |

Consider this: God is perfect. Eternal. Almighty. He knows everything about everyone (Ps. 139:1–4). On the other hand, we are imperfect. Sinful. Our lives are but a vapor (James 4:14). The more we learn, the more we realize we don’t know. So why in the world wouldn’t we align our plans with God’s purpose? We ...

The Handbook for a Life’s Work

Apr 4, 2017 |

In his final and intimate letter to his “son in the faith,” Paul reminded Timothy of the essentials of the faith, the basis of Christian ministry. Paul did not want Timothy to drift away from the truth, as Phygellus and Hermogenes had done (1:15). Therefore he passionately exhorted Timothy to hold on tightly to the ...

America the Beautiful

Apr 4, 2017 |

At a time when the country was mourning the murder of President John F. Kennedy, weeping for the brave men lost in the unpopular war in Vietnam, and struggling with the wounds of racism, Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson used her influence as First Lady to give America comfort. She looked at the country ...

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