Lent is typically associated with Catholics, though some Protestants observe it as well. Customs surrounding Lent are various and their origins are uncertain. Lent is neither a biblical mandate nor a biblical tradition, but is instead a liturgical tradition. In general, it can be said that Lent is a six-week, or 40-day (excluding Sundays), period of fasting prior to Easter. The … [Read more...] about Lent – Forty Days of Fasting and Prayer
What is the Christian Life? Lists are very convenient. Being able to check off items on a list gives us a feeling of accomplishment and closure. But God's to-do lists in the Bible aren't about what we are supposed to do; they're guidelines that show who we are in Him. And who we are is a much bigger picture than a list of priorities. The Christian's master list is simple: … [Read more...] about Christian Life – What are our top priorities?
The origin of Christmas is the "Christ mass" or the yearly church gathering in which the birth of Jesus was celebrated. The Bible offers many reasons for why believers celebrate the birth of Jesus as the true meaning of Christmas. First, the birth of Jesus fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies. Isaiah 7:14 notes, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, … [Read more...] about The True Meaning of Christmas – What Is It?
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal." (John 6:26-27) Many sincere seekers for God are puzzled about … [Read more...] about How to Work for God Effectively
What does it mean to be a disciple? To put it simply, a disciple of Jesus is someone who has chosen to follow Jesus. That's the command Jesus gave to those he recruited as his first disciples: "Follow Me." In Jesus' culture, religious leaders called rabbis would gather a group of followers called disciples to follow in their footsteps and learn their teachings. In the same … [Read more...] about What is a Disciple?