This passage pulls no punches. If we are called to do God’s work, we must do it with pure hearts and motives. Because if we lose that, we lose everything. And we can’t be successful outside of the Holy Spirit’s divine leading and power in our lives.Read More
Warning: Trouble WILL come when we commit to serving Christ. And we WILL make mistakes.
No one likes to make mistakes. But the reality is that we will need to be corrected from time to time. It’s how we respond that builds our character and faith.Read More accountability, correction, encouragement, repentance, restoration
It’s easy to start but then abandon projects, initiatives, or relationships because we “don’t have enough time”…or money, as was the case in the Corinthian church.
We see in this passage that Paul is exhorting the Christians who have so little to give generously and finish what they started.Read More finishing, generosity, responsibility
The psalmist begins by affirming God’s goodness to his faithful followers (v 1), but he didn’t always feel that way. After all, as he looked around his world, he observed evil people thriving, while he, one of God’s devoted people, struggled. At some point or other in our lives, we have all dealt with these feelings of envy and the sense that God is not fair.Read More jealousy, priorities, the temple, the wicked
In a world where lip-service, distorted truths and blatant fabrications dominate the Internet and every “alt-media” piece going, it’s difficult to know what is real and what isn’t. This uncertainty has created mounting frustration and a widespread yearning for authenticity, whether it’s from news sources, the restaurant we’re dining at, or the people we surround ourselves with.Read More authenticity, relationships, words
This is a tantalizing passage, because we don’t know who some of these people are. We would like to know more about Titus, too.
At this time Paul was collecting money for the Christians in Jerusalem, where there was a famine, and he needed people he could trust to convey the gift.Read More integrity, recognition, respect
Have you ever sung “Onward Christian Soldiers?” One of the stanzas reminds us, “Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane…” Some of us are more interested in politics than others. We’re all living in kingdoms that are either rising or waning in their strength.Read More consequences, convictions, lifestyle