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 ...

Modern-Day Idols

Apr 4, 2017 |

Perhaps you think of idols as objects of wood, stone, or metal worshiped by ancient civilizations or primitive peoples. That perception is accurate, but from the Bible’s point of view, idolatry fundamentally involves allowing anything or anyone to stand in the place of God. The ancient Babylonians fashioned many idols for both public and private ...

God’s Purposes Are Pure

Mar 3, 2017 |

God isn’t selfish. He isn’t vain or conceited. But He is God: Creator and sustainer of all, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ultimately holy. And He does know what He’s doing. God works for what is good. No ulterior motives, no selfish ends, no cruelties couched behind fake smiles. God truly works for the good of all. ...

Jeremiah’s Faith

Mar 3, 2017 |

Some might consider Jeremiah the model of faithfulness, while others might think of him as an example of failure and futility. He served as God’s prophet for over 40 years, yet the rulers and the people of Judah did not listen to his warnings. Jeremiah was put in prison, thrown into a well, and taken ...

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The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

Feb 2, 2017 |

No clearer statement of the intimate interworking of the triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and especially of the Spirit’s powerful role can be found in the Old Testament than in Isaiah’s prophecy of the Servant of the Lord (Is. 42:1–9). The passage summarizes the redeeming work of all three Persons of the Trinity in the ...

God Had an Eternal Purpose for Everything

Feb 2, 2017 |

God is eternal. He always was and always will be. Anything that is eternal is also ultimately powerful, because nothing created Him and nothing can destroy Him. God alone has all power. (See the concept notes on God at Isaiah 40:28, Genesis 1:1, Psalm 147:5, and Psalm 18:30.) On top of that, God has a ...

Rest for a While

Feb 2, 2017 |

When the Twelve returned from their tour with Jesus (Mark 6: 7, 12, 30), their Master pulled them aside. He modeled a habit that many of us could stand to practice more—the habit of rest....