Psalm 78 rehearses sad events from Israel’s past and does so for a purpose. The psalmist “give[s] instruction and explain[s] the mystery of what happened long ago” (v 2). God gave his people his law so they would know how to obey him in a way that would please him and allow their lives to flourish (vv 5-8).Read More
Wisdom, or using knowledge to make good decisions, is a highly desirable trait. When God asked King Solomon what he wanted, Solomon chose wisdom. The book of Proverbs is linked to Solomon, and helps the reader to gain wisdom.
There are four animals within God’s creation that, though they seem small and insignificant, are full of wisdom.Read More animals, wisdom
Have you ever been in a situation where the Lord has done something significant in you, through you or revealed something to you? What did you do? Did you keep it to yourself or did you tell others about it? My first reaction is to tell others what happened. I often lack wisdom at times like this.Read More God’s strength, grace, pride
Paul is writing to the Corinthians about coming to make sure they are being truly faithful to Jesus. He urges them to evaluate themselves before he gets there. He wants them not to sin so that when he comes he does not have to be hard on them. Finally, he prays for their restoration (v 9).Read More faithfulness, peace, readiness, self-examination
In today’s reading we get a glimpse of what Paul’s missionary life was like. He has just left a riot in Ephesus, caused because his message of Christ was bad for the silver-smiths’ idol business. Only his Christian friends prevented him from being lynched by the mob.Read More evangelism, gifts, suffering, technology
We have no record of who founded the church in Rome. But Jews from Rome were present at Pentecost, and may well have returned with the gospel. By the time Paul wrote this letter to the Romans the Jews had been forced out of Rome by the emperor Claudius, and the church no longer had its founding teachers to lead them.Read More credentials, Rome, who Jesus is