Posts with the tag “christian-living”
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
July 26th, 2023
In I Peter 5:6, the apostle wrote, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” It is not hard to imagine a much more mature and a much old...
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
July 19th, 2023
Peter wrote two of the letters that we have in our Bible. Both letters bear his name—1 Peter and 2 Peter. We find them near the end of the New Testament. In the second letter, Peter cho...
Monday, July 17, 2023
July 17th, 2023
In Acts 12, we find that Peter has been imprisoned. James was “put to death with the sword” (Acts 12:2). The reaction of the Jewish leadership to James’ death was so favorable and supporti...
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
March 15th, 2023
Salt is found on most tables and in most kitchens. But did you know that salt can be found in the Bible too? Of course, Jesus tells His people that we are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5...
Monday, March 6, 2023
March 6th, 2023
In Ephesians, Paul gives some extremely valuable lessons on how to live as a follower of Christ. He wrote about matters like marriage, parenting, the full armor of God and holiness. This ...
Monday, February 20, 2023
February 20th, 2023
Can you imagine someone growing tired of God? Can you imagine someone wondering what good comes from a relationship with the Lord? How would one grow tired or bored by the amazing ways a...
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
February 14th, 2023
We can easily recognize apples, grapes, oranges and bananas. You may have some or all of these fruits in your house. The Bible often speaks of how we live in terms of fruit and fruitfuln...
Thursday, February 9, 2023
February 9th, 2023
In Song of Songs 7:4, we find these words “your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus.” What does this mean? At first read, we might think it is not very kind or neig...
Thursday, January 26, 2023
January 26th, 2023
The last book of the Bible is known by the name we find in the opening verse, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ...” (Revelation 1:1a). Near the end of Revelation, John wrote, “Then the angel ...
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
January 24th, 2023
In his first letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul wrote, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation ...
Monday, January 23, 2023
January 23rd, 2023
We occasionally find ourselves in embarrassing circumstances. Often, those situations can be funny. And it is probably good to laugh at ourselves at times and to laugh along with others a...
Thursday, January 12, 2023
January 12th, 2023
As he neared the end of his life, David summoned his son Solomon and issued a charge to his successor. The dying king stated, “’I am about to go the way of all the earth,’ he said. ‘So, ...
Thursday, January 5, 2023
January 5th, 2023
On Sunday mornings, we are working our way through the last book of the Bible—the book of Revelation. Broadly speaking, Revelation shows us how God will restore what was lost in Genesis w...
Monday, January 2, 2023
January 2nd, 2023
3 John is a small letter. This letter is tucked away almost at the back of the Bible. It can be easy to miss or overlook. It is rarely read or studied by individuals or classes. It cou...
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
December 21st, 2022
We might not expect to find much about Christmas or the Christmas story in 2 John but we actually do. There is an important truth to be gleaned from this small, one- chapter book near the ...
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
December 14th, 2022
John is a standout figure in the New Testament. He was a fisherman prior to hearing the Lord’s call to become a fisher of men. His gospel is distinctly different from the way Matthew, Ma...
Thursday, December 8, 2022
December 8th, 2022
In I Peter 2:6-7, Peter the disciple spoke of Christ as the cornerstone or capstone for our faith. He wrote these words, “For in Scripture it says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chos...
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
December 6th, 2022
Boasting is not something that most people enjoy hearing. Bragging and braggarts can become trying and tiresome before long. The Bible warns against boasting many times. In James’ lett...
Monday, December 5, 2022
December 5th, 2022
Christmas is the season of gift giving. Children share gift requests with Santa while sitting on his lap. Some retailers allow you to sign-up for a gift registry. Some online sellers ev...
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
November 15th, 2022
Titus was a young pastor who had been charged with spreading the gospel and building disciples for Christ on the island of Crete. Paul wrote a three-chapter letter to Titus to encourage him...
Monday, November 14, 2022
November 14th, 2022
Paul wrote a second letter to Timothy. Some people believe this was either Paul’s final letter that we have in our Bibles or at least one of his last letters. He gave some parting words to...
Thursday, November 10, 2022
November 10th, 2022
Paul and Timothy shared a special relationship. They were more like a father and son than merely co-laborers or co-workers in the gospel. They were bound together in Christ and their share...
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
November 9th, 2022
Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians cleared up some misconceptions that the believers in that town had about the Lord’s second coming and how they were to prepare for such an event. ...
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
November 8th, 2022
In our Bibles, we have two letters that Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica. Paul had likely founded this church during his second missionary journey. Paul’s message to the Thess...
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
November 1st, 2022
Near the end of Galatians, Paul wrote in a rather tongue-in-cheek way. He wanted to call emphasis to the importance of the message that he was sending to the Galatian believers. This messa...
Monday, October 24, 2022
October 24th, 2022
I recently had my annual eye exam. My optometrist asked me to fix my eyes on certain locations as he conducted the exam to test my vision and the health of my eyes. Where I fixed my eye...
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
October 11th, 2022
We do not know everything there is to know about heaven in perfect detail and understanding. Indeed, we, as humans, are not going to possess that kind of perfect understanding in this worl...
Monday, October 10, 2022
October 10th, 2022
There is much conversation about the end of time and the end times. And, frankly, this topic has been a popular conversation for a long, long time. People often wonder about how to get...
Thursday, October 6, 2022
October 6th, 2022
We often encounter evil in the world today as we experience the sinfulness of others. There is the natural and human tendency to want to lash out at or against evil and injustice. If we ar...
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
October 4th, 2022
As a missionary, Paul always maintained a passion for the Jewish people to know Jesus as their Messiah. He preached often at synagogues and labored to show his listeners that Jesus was t...
Thursday, September 1, 2022
September 1st, 2022
Mark is likely the earliest of the four gospels. This gospel was also a source for both Matthew and Luke. Together, the first three gospels are often called the synoptic gospels becaus...
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
July 27th, 2022
Proverbs is known as a book of wisdom. It was written by Solomon—a man blessed by God with wisdom and understanding. And, incidentally, Solomon gained his wisdom simply by asking God for...
Thursday, June 16, 2022
June 16th, 2022
In I Kings 2, David is nearing death. He’s enjoyed a prominent place in Israel as a musician, writer, defeater of Goliath and Israel’s second king. He was not perfect but he was called...
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
June 14th, 2022
The word “power” can bring a lot of images to mind. We can think of political figures, imposing generals and massive armies ready to spring into action. We can think of the engines on a l...
Thursday, June 2, 2022
June 2nd, 2022
Near the end of the Old Testament, we come across a minor prophet named Micah. He was from Moresheth and spoke the word of the Lord during the reigns of three kings of Judah—Jotham, Ahaz ...
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
June 1st, 2022
In I Samuel 8, the people of Israel complain about their lack of a king. They voice their discontent and anger to Samuel. Many in Israel desired to be like other nations with a king to ru...
Thursday, May 26, 2022
May 26th, 2022
People are often passionate or excited about a variety of things. Some people are passionate about their hobbies. Others get energized going to work and completing the duties of the day....
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
May 17th, 2022
In 2 Corinthians 9:12, Paul wrote, “For I know your eagerness to help and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians.” The backdrop for this statement was Paul’s collection for the sa...
Thursday, March 31, 2022
March 31st, 2022
It has been said that we can enjoy as much of God as we wish. Think of these words in terms of a relationship with a spouse or child. You may have some casual contact and a few perfuncto...
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
March 30th, 2022
We have probably all heard the expression that “we reap what we sow.” Indeed, it has a biblical origin. Galatians 6:7 says, “a man reaps what he sows.” Generally speaking, the verse is s...
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