Posts from October 2016

Posts from October 2016

Hebrews 3-4 | Work Hard at Resting

You have probably heard the old adage: “work smarter, not harder”. The idea is that it isn’t really hard work that pays off but making sure we are working hard at the right things. Amazingly, God tells believers in Christ that we should put our greatest effort into resting!  How in the world do we do that? The book of Hebrews is all about how Jesus is better: he is better than the angels, he is a better mediator, and a…

Peace At All Times

Scott Wiens Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.                                                                                                            …

The Elect Effect

Garner Fritts Stop and think about all the things in life that affect one another all over the world each and every day. For example, think about when the temperature drops below the freezing mark; water turns into ice. It cannot remain in either a gaseous or liquid form under these conditions. The Great Lakes and part of the Niagara Falls can turn solid for several days or even weeks if the air is frigid enough. We traverse across such…

I Really Hope So

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this, we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself…
Neil Silverberg

Good News — God Chose You

We always thank God for all of you, remembering you constantly in our prayers. We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing your election, brothers loved by God,” I Thessalonians 1:2-3, HCSB If I were the devil, at the top of my agenda would be to take the really best aspects of what makes the good news — good news and…

Colossians 3 | You Ain’t From Around Here, Are You?

Have you ever felt awkwardly out of place? Several years ago I had a long layover in a very crowded international airport in Istanbul, Turkey. I remember being herded through security, through terminals teeming with travelers, and finally sitting in the main thoroughfare watching the diverse hordes of humanity streaming by while I waited for my flight. I could not imagine a nationality or a skin color that was not represented there. Almost none of them looked like me or dressed…

Philippians 4 | “What Do You Think?”

I recently came across a story about a guy who was just about to jump from a bridge. A police officer noticed and walked slowly and carefully over to the man and began to engage him in a conversation. The officer was finally able to get within inches of the man and then said, “Surely nothing could be bad enough for you to take your life. What’s going on? Talk to me.” The man who was about to jump then…

How A Loving Parent Instructs His Children | Eph. 5

When I was growing up, I loved my Bible. But, at the same time, I really thought of it as a rule book of dos and don’ts. Thou shall and thou shall not my King James Thompson Chain Reference would scream at me. It would cause me to just ignore or bypass verses or even entire books of the Bible and concentrate on the good stuff like heaven, rewards, and my enemies getting what they really deserved. Then something changed,…