The angel’s announcement certainly got the attention of the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night. But it was something else that sent them hurrying toward a manger in Bethlehem. The Star of Wonder guided the Magi across the miles, but it was something else that fueled their journey. It was the same thing
There are many words of comfort and encouragement in the Psalms. Here is your guide to a few chapters that will build you up and remind you of God’s faithfulness. When you feel abandoned: Ps. 10. When your world seems to be falling apart: Ps. 46. When you are afraid: Ps. 23; 91. When you
The most detailed passage on giving in the New Testament is found in 2 Corinthians (chs. 8; 9). The primary reason that Paul addressed this topic here was that false teachers in Corinth were questioning Paul’s motives for ministry. Evidently they were suggesting that Paul was pocketing contributions earmarked for the poor believers in Jerusalem.
In his final and intimate letter to his “son in the faith” (2 Timothy) 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
Today’s world is full of pain and bitterness. So many groups feel deep disappointment. So many problems seem to defy solutions. A glance at the daily headlines reveals a tide of distrust, discord, and disharmony sweeping the planet. Can Christians be effective in such an environment? Not unless they recognize the pain and perplexities that
In Galatians 3:28, Paul emphasizes that three major social distinctions no longer matter in Christ: Ethnicity: “neither Jew nor Greek.” Socioeconomic status: “neither slave nor free.” Gender: “neither male nor female.” First-century culture was deeply divided along these lines. So was the church. But Paul stressed, “You are all one in Christ Jesus” (emphasis added).
Recent studies suggest that over 40 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. That number, which represents roughly 18 percent of the population, probably doesn’t surprise you. Anxiety is practically a natural byproduct of the culture we live in. A Steady Stream of Bad News: Blame the 24/7 news cycle. Positive stories—the kind
“Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” A consummate communicator, Jesus began His sermon with a sentence that certainly must have riveted His audience. Probably most of them were poor. Their lives were far from easy; their rough, worn hands attested to that fact. The difficulties and hardships of their lives
There is neither godliness nor contentment found in accumulating the things of this world. What was Paul’s message to Timothy about contentment? Paul’s young disciple Timothy had his hands full in Ephesus. The apostle had left Timothy in that city to oversee the organization of the church. Timothy was to provide consistent teaching, help
Mark dedicates more of his account to Jesus’ miracles than any of the other Gospel writers. For Mark, these miracles were demonstrations of Jesus’ power—His power over disease, the forces of evil, even over nature. Many flocked to Him to be healed and fed. Some wondered who Jesus was. But others followed Him. Here