David speaks of how he is so miserable that he feels like his bones are all dried up. Ever feel that way? Have you been (or are you now) so oppressed in spirit that the pain of life seems to have penetrated into your bones, and even beyond your bones into your very soul?
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and […]
Real Christians functioning within a real church have a real job description to fill. The main theme of this is the love of others, and we hear plenty about it in the New Testament. In this passage Paul is touching upon it in a very practical way: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. –Philippians 2:3–4 It’s probably smart not to get Paul wrong here or we’ll miss a very important point […]
Living in an achievement-oriented society I suppose it’s inevitable that we would end up in an achievement-oriented church culture. We want (demand) success in our lives, and in our churches. But is this right? Are we trapped in a “feel free to succeed” theology that regards highly successful churches and Christians as the earthly goal of Christ’s body? If so, the mega-church would be the pinnacle of spiritual life since it’s the perfect reflection of today’s corporate world — bigger, higher, and better. What’s missing here? If we were living in some other country — say, North Korea, North Africa, […]
Lies, false witness, denial, slander, scheming, injustice, rejection of truth, hypocrisy—human sin and daily life are played out vividly in the events of Holy Week. I recommend reading Matthew, chapters 26 to 28, either by yourself, together as a family, or with your friends. In Matthew 26:1-5, we read: When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose […]
This free eBook is offered as a prayer guide for the eight days of Holy Week! The booklet takes you from Palm Sunday, and up to Easter. Click here to download your free ebook. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” –John 11:25–26 Most of us are familiar with the verses above, but think about the last part of the Scripture again—do you believe this? This is the heart of what […]
In the good times and the bad, we're always and totally in God's hands and in his providence. This means that how and where we are born, the place we live, how many years we exist on the earth, the trials we go through, and all the boundaries of our lives are within the mind of God.
If there’s anything in life that awakens us to the fact that we’re not immortal, it’s aging, disintegration, loss of some kind, or the onset of a disability. Clinical depression? Chronic fatigue? Life in a wheelchair? Loss of hair? Wrinkles? Overweight? We can very easily get angry and blame God for allowing such depressing and painful things to happen in our lives. “You could have done something to stop this, or to fix it after it did!” When we hear this kind of thing coming out of our mouths or slipping into our thoughts, we’re faced with a genuine theological […]