Read 1 John 3:16 … On the heels of John 3:16 where Christians are told that God gave his only begotten Son for the whole of mankind, it seems almost too coincidental that in 1 John 3:16 one sees exactly what the Son gave: his life. What an incredible responsibility Christians have been given! In … Continue reading Living a Paradox
Read Revelation 3:15-16 … The Laodiceans, from what can be found in the historical records, were a prosperous people; perhaps not the congregation in particular, but certainly those of the area generally. The town was a banking center so there was money about. The area was known for the production of black wool which was … Continue reading Just Right is Just Wrong
Read 1 Peter 3:15-17 … In his first letter, Peter is addressing those that can be variously described as pilgrims, sojourners, or temporary residents in that part of the world. The problem Peter is addressing is the persecution that will be coming from all sides; the letter is to comfort them and help them deal … Continue reading Christians Will Be Persecuted
Read James 3:13-18 … The importance of wisdom is so prominent for the child of God that an entire genre of Biblical literature is devoted to finding wisdom and walking in its paths. In the book of Job there is the struggle of the good man to find wisdom and understanding while in the grip … Continue reading Above or Below?
Read Hebrews 3:16-19 … There is hardly a more prominent motif in the Scriptures as release from captivity, and the epitome of this theme in the Old Testament is the release of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. After 400 years under the whip of their masters, Moses leads a nation of about 2½ million people … Continue reading In Freedom
Kevin DeYoung enters the fray with a book about the will of God in which he makes pains to keep the Scriptures as the source of its authority. The full title, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will, adequately describes the overall thrust of the work – that the typical approach to … Continue reading Just Do Something
Read Philippians 3:12-16 … Have you ever been watching one of the foot races in the Olympics? Whether it’s the 50-meter dash or the 26.2-mile Marathon, they both have one thing in common. When the runners are almost to the finish line, they start running as hard as they can. When they are almost to … Continue reading Lean Into It!