The only life pleasing to the Lord is one lived out in faith. In our lives we are promised many trials and hardships. It is these very trials that test our faith. James says that they do such a work in us that we should have joy when we encounter these tests.
In this second message on depression in the Healing and Dealing series we will focus on how we can help our loved ones struggling with depression and how truth from God’s word can help all of us when dealing with this terrible reality within our world.
“Depression is like a war: You either win or die trying.” This quote summarizes the terrible reality for many who struggle with depression. Christians are not immune from depression either although the church has largely ignored depression and discounted it as spiritual weakness. In part 1 of this Healing and Dealing series we will […]
We are encouraged throughout Scripture to be in each other’s lives; to bear one another’s burdens and to love one another. This necessitates that we be involved in restoring someone who has sinned. Paul says to the Galatians that if someone has been caught in sin that “you who are spiritual should restore him gently”. […]
There is a war within the human soul that trusts in Jesus as their Lord. That battle is between our fallen sinful nature that we are born into and the new nature given to us by Christ Jesus when we become born again believers. Paul admonishes us to “live by the Spirit and you will […]
A semi-truck barreling towards us is an easy cue for us to get out of the way or we will suffer major loss. However, smaller things that we may not see approaching us; or worse, something we may think is harmless can be our undoing. Allowing that ‘small thing’ that doesn’t fit with the purposes […]
Before we knew God we were slaves. Knowing God is not just mental assent; it is an intimate bond. We walk right back into a form of spiritual slavery when we bond to something or someone else other than Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul uses an illustration of two women in whom Abraham had intimacy […]
The gospel was announced in advance to Abraham, known as the father of our faith. Abraham was justified before God not based on anything he himself did or did not do, but rather because of his faith. He believed and it was accounted to him as righteousness. Jesus was revealed to Abraham centuries before Jesus […]
When we first embrace the grace of God through faith, we realize just how unworthy we are and how much we are in need of our Savior. Without God pursuing us through His Spirit and offering us redemption, we could not be saved. We didn’t deserve it and somehow we realized that—that is grace. Gradually, […]
All through scripture we see God’s heart for those who are poor in this world’s possessions. It seems to be also at the heart of Jesus’ ministry, His incarnation, and something by which we will be judged. Are we eager to remember the poor?
One of the most frequent charges leveled against the Church, unfortunately, is that it is full of hypocrites. A hypocrite is someone who plays a part; someone who pretends to be what they are not. A hypocrite says one thing and does another. Paul uses an example of opposing one of the pillars of the […]
In this passage in Galatians we read Paul discussing the ongoing challenge of the Christian Jews who were insisting that circumcision was required to be a believer. The object of the discussion is Titus, a Gentile who have converted to Christianity and was a companion of Paul’s and a servant in the ministry. Titus was […]
Everyone wants to be accepted and well liked. Who doesn’t? No one wants to be shunned or rejected, that certainly does not feel good, does it? Therefore, at a certain level we all seek approval from others. The danger is when we desire that acceptance or approval at any cost. It becomes our motivation and […]
There are many believers that quickly desert the true gospel message of Scripture for another one that seems pleasing to them; one that as Paul points out is no gospel (or good news) at all. Paul confronted this very thing at the church in Galatia. Here the church started to believe they must do works […]
In this second message in the Healing and Dealing series on Divorce, we focus on the impact divorce has on parents and on their children. Within our current culture, it is not a stretch to say children of divorce often times are modern day ‘orphans’ and the ‘fatherless’. God cares a great deal for them […]
This is the first of the Healing and Dealing series that will be ongoing throughout the years ahead. The purpose of this series is to take on common trials or challenges in a practical way through Biblical teaching and by testimonies given by those that have dealt with divorce and have experienced healing. In this […]
Within the book of Proverbs we find an essay on different types of women. Solomon gives his sage advice concerning silly women, an adulterous woman laying a snare, contentious wives, and King Lemuel’s essay on the Proverbs 31 ‘Virtuous Woman’. On this Mother’s Day, we spend most of our time celebrating the woman that has […]
One of the most often misquoted Scriptures is “Money is the root of all evil”. The Apostle Paul actually writes that it is “the love of money” (1 Timothy 6:10). Money is not evil. God gifts us and graces us with the ability to make money and provide for ourselves and our family. It’s what […]
There is no doubt that every society suffers from the phenomena called ‘peer pressure’. Peer Pressure can be defined as “The social influence a peer group exerts on its individual members, as each member attempts to conform to the expectations of the group.” The important word in this definition is ‘influence’ and the phrase ‘conform […]
‘Vision’ occurs when God gives you a glimpse of your purpose. To receive His vision God must communicate. In order for God to communicate, we must listen and hear his voice. The first part of Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no revelation (or vision), people cast off restraint.” Without a glimpse of who we […]