“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted,
help the weak, be patient with everyone.”
1 Thess. 5:14; NASB
It is impossible to live a life without making mistakes. It also seems impossible to see a mistake before you make it, although at times we might think we “see it coming.” These four things Paul is telling us to do are all about holding each other accountable. If you are insecure or overly prideful, it might be irritating to have someone around who sees things about yo...
“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you.”
Deut. 31:8a; NASB
Think about how different life would be if you lived every day without doubting the Lord’s love and protection. Imagine the opportunities you would take advantage of if you had no fear of failure. That’s not to say you wouldn’t fail from time to time, or even many times. But what if you weren’t afraid of what those failures could do? Many times, it’s the fear of what will happen if we fail that keeps us from trying so...
“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us
an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison”
2 Cor.: 4:17; NASB
We all experience differing levels of affliction in our lives. The Greek word translated “affliction” in this verse means anguish, burden, persecution, or trouble. What seems like a life changing burden to you might seem like nothing to someone else. You might think what someone else is going through shouldn’t be bothering them at all. It can be said that burdens are best unde...
There is an important truth in Christianity that seems to have been ignored or misunderstood by many in the church today. This truth, as this week’s verse states, is that God disciplines His people. This discipline is because He loves us. Because of the deep love He has for us, He wants to give us the opportunity to change our ways and grow closer to Him.
The Bible tells us: “My son, do not regard lightly...
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the
kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col. 1:13; NASB)
Life is full of ups and downs. One day it can seem like everything goes in
your favor. The next day not so much. One challenge of life, should you
accept it, is to keep a good attitude regardless of your circumstances. You
don’t have to accept that challenge, but we all know a good attitude will
help even in the worst situations. The question is, how do you do it?
“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart”
(1 Sam. 16:7b; NASB)
Technology has given us some amazing capabilities. In less than forty years personal computers, the internet, smart phones, and other devices have completely changed the way we interact with one another. Personal contact is no longer necessary to know what is going on in someone’s life. Birthdays automatically pop up on our phones, news from practically every place on earth can be...
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”
Heb. 10:24; ESV
Community and relationships can be two of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of a believer’s life. Being involved in a church family should bring a feeling of security and acceptance to its people. As in any family, there will be struggles at times. But when godly love is the root of the relationships, they will grow stronger through the good times and the bad.
Accountability is a large part of those relationsh...
“And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
(Rom. 8:27; NASB)
All believers know they should pray every day. It is the most basic tenet of Christian behavior. Through regular prayer we grow closer to God and learn to recognize His voice above the noise of the world. It is where we can give Him our deepest gratitude and praise, as well as seek His guidance in everything we do. Unfortunately, not all who have...
“Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there,
so that you may believe”
(John 11:14b-15a; NASB)
Do you trust God? In my experience, the most common answer to this question has been, “I do trust Him, but not as much as I should.” Have you ever asked yourself why your trust is so conditional? We trust Him with the small stuff, but when the stakes are high, fear and uncertainty replace the trust. And yet, any control we think we have is a delusion. Not trusting Him gives us permissi...
Think about how different life would be if we would live by this one verse. It sounds so simple. Seven simple words, yet for some, such a tall order. Grumbling is something many people do without even realizing it, which is unfortunate. It comes from dissatisfaction, and if it continues unchecked, will lead to other negative conditions. If two or more habitual grumblers are together even for a short time, there will probably be a disp...