John the Baptist paved the way for Jesus' ministry with a brief ministry of his own. As people came to be baptized by him, he preached a message calling them to repent before judgment came upon them. In response to hearing his message, they asked: What then should we do?Luke 3:10 John went on to… Continue reading What Then Should We Do?
Older men are to be self-controlled, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance... In the same way, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.Titus 2:2, 6 In Titus 2, Paul encouraged Titus to "proclaim things consistent with sound teaching" (2:1). This meant, among other things, Titus was to encourage the older… Continue reading Generational Encouragement
Answer me when I call, God, who vindicates me. You freed me from affliction; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.Psalm 4:1, Christian Standard Bible Prayer is relationship. Two people are friends or family or lovers. How does their relationship grow? There are acts of kindness and the giving of gifts, but there also… Continue reading Cry Out – Psalm 4 (Psalm Saturday)
We've heard the saying, "Actions speak louder than words." It is a saying that reminds to avoid hypocrisy and pursue integrity. The life of Jesus was one where actions and words melded together seamlessly. As his followers, we won't have such perfection in this life, but we're to aim in our spiritual growth to repent… Continue reading Actions Speak
Walk through a graveyard. Gaze at the headstones. On almost every one there will be carved two dates with a dash in between. That dash tells a story. It is a story of love and hurt, of joy and pain, of adventure and stillness. For most people in most graveyards, a generation or two removed,… Continue reading What legacy will you leave?
I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me.Psalm 3:5, Christian Standard Bible Of the moments of life, we are most vulnerable as we sleep. When we are asleep, we cannot see what is coming. When we are asleep, enemies can sneak up on us. In a way then, every night… Continue reading Confidence- Psalm 3 (Psalm Saturday)
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction.1 Timothy 6:9 Don't long to be rich. Life, after all, is not about money. He who dies with the biggest house and nicest car still dies. And you can't take… Continue reading Don’t long for wealth
How many people are in the world today? The best estimates place the number around 7.8 billion. With that in mind, consider this verse: First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.1 Timothy 2:1 Read that last word again: Everyone. Sound daunting? It should. One of the… Continue reading Praying for everyone
Serve the Lord with reverential awe and rejoice with trembling. Pay homage to the Son...Psalm 2:11-12, Christian Standard Bible Every sin, ultimately, is a rejection of God's authority and rule. We're okay with Jesus being a good teacher or a moral example. But for him to be the King that we must obey? We've been… Continue reading Honor – Psalm 2 (Psalm Saturday)
"I can't believe what those people are doing." Let's admit it. We've all had that thought. Usually "those" is related to people different than us. For the Christian we think this of the non-Christian. We act shocked and offended when non-Christians act like, well, non-Christians. Why do we do this? Pride. Pure and simple. Like… Continue reading The worst of them