God has given many wonderful promises to humankind. Some promises were received with joy, such as the deliverance from Egypt. Some were missed with sorrow, such as the Israelites’ failure to enter Canaan. The scripture above offers one of the greatest promises of all. A promise must be received before its value can be realized. A promise is like a check. It is not good until … [Read more...] about Precious Promises Received
Second Corinthians must have been a difficult letter for Paul to write because he had to list his credentials as an apostle. Paul was reluctant to do so as a humble servant of Christ, but he knew it was necessary. Paul also knew that most of the believers in Corinth had taken his previous words to heart and were beginning to mature in their faith. He affirmed their commitment … [Read more...] about Second Corinthians – Be Reconciled to God
In First Corinthians, without Paul’s presence, the Corinthian church had fallen into divisiveness and dis order. This resulted in many problems, which Paul addressed squarely. We must be concerned for unity and order in our local churches, but we should not mistake inactivity for order and cordiality for unity. We too must squarely address problems in our churches. The … [Read more...] about First Corinthians – Be United In Mind & Thought
Paul clearly sets forth the foundations of Christian faith. All people are sinful; Christ died to forgive sin; we are made right with God through faith; this begins a new life with a new relationship with God. Like a sports team that constantly reviews the basics, we will be greatly helped in our faith by keeping close to these foundations. If we study Romans carefully, we … [Read more...] about Romans – Justified Through Faith
For a Christian, giving thanks is a response to the goodness and mercy of God. Additionally, it is a mark of obedience because we are commanded to give thanks. This is because God knows giving thanks is good for our relationship with Him and good for our well being. First Thessalonians 5:16–18 says, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for … [Read more...] about Why does giving thanks to God matter?