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Labor Day is set aside to celebrate the value and dignity of work. The Bible has some concrete things to teach us about work. Work is not a curse, but part of our created purpose so that we can serve God. The curse is increase hardship, not work. In fact, work is a reflection of the God who has been working from the beginning. By design, work bring…
 
Mt 5:5 - The blessedness of meekness is for those who are meek even in their anger because their disposition is controlled by God, not by self-centeredness. As a result, meekness serves others with gentle humility because it knows that blessedness comes not from what you can aggressively grasp for in this earth, but from the inheritance God has pro…
 
Mt 5:4: Even though Christians mourn, they have blessedness even in their mourning because they will be comforted through the Lord. Whether mourning is caused through affliction, though the world's estrangement from God, or from one's own sin, God extends blessedness. This challenges the belief that Christians are to always be happy, even God himse…
 
Mt 7:21-27; 5:3-16: The Sermon on the Mount instructs us how to actually think and to act, which means it is not just an impossible idealistic goal for us, but instructions on what we are to put into action in our lives. This means that God has set the bar high for Christians and expect great things from them.…
 
Scripture gives several pictures of eternal life for the righteous when we pass from this life. Among them are God's house which has plenty of room prepared by Christ, a banquet or wedding feast in which we are at Abraham's bosom, the seat of honor, the eternal, heavenly kingdom in which God reigns and all enemies are destroyed, the garden of God, …
 
A picture is worth a thousand words. The Bible gives several pictures of Hell which indicates that Hell is endless emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual anguish that comes from being eternally cast away from the presence of the Lord. But God has provided a way of escape at great cost through the Gospel, the death and resurrection of his so…
 
Proverbs 31:1-9: Honoring our mothers I not just a nice thing to do, but a biblical imperative that comes with life altering results. One of the ways to honor a godly mother is to heed her words carefully. Mothers instruct and guide their children from childhood to kinghood, if that is where their child winds up. A mother's instruction in Proverbs …
 
Acts 18:1-22: Rather than focus on the content of his message or persecution as the text does in other places, the account of Paul in Corinth focuses on how Paul got his "second wind" after the difficult circumstances in Macedonia. These sources of encouragement include Christian fellowship, faithful persistence, and the reassurances of our Lord. T…
 
Acts 16:16-40: Since we as Christians are not of this world, and the world loves its own but not Christ, we can expect persecution when we follow Christ fully. The characteristic Christian response to persecution is confident faith, persistent focus, and public pride, as is demonstrated by Paul and Silas in Philippi. We reject the fear and shame th…
 
(Acts 16:6-15)God, the Bible, and pure Christianity are not demeaning to women or chauvinistic, but regard women highly as an indispensible part of God's creation and team to carry out God's redemptive purposes in the world through worship, faithfulness, hospitality, and service as exemplified in people like Lydia…
 
(Acts 16:1-5) We see in Timothy a model of what some desirable characteristics are in a Christian who is godly and able to effectively fulfill God's purposes. These qualities include a discipleship that results in a good reputation in one who is willing to go the distance to connect and identify with people out of love and kindness…
 
(Acts 15:19-41) The ideal for the church is for it to be unified, which does not necessarily mean uniformity in all things. When we have differing convictions, we need to be open and up front about it, and honor the judgment call of leaders who graciously work toward having unity so that the church can be edified and continue sharing the Gospel to …
 
As Christians, we avoid buying into the lie that romantic, erotic, and other kinds of love does not come from Hollywood, Hallmark or any other place of this world, which has a tendency to twist and distort what God has created as very good. True love comes from God who expresses his intense love for us in various ways, including betrothal and marri…
 
(Acts 15:1-35) When people who are "different" choose to believe in Christ and accept his lordship, we need to remember that salvation is extended by Christ equally and in the same way to them and us by his grace, and that God values all humans and extends redemption to them equally, regardless of ethnicity, culture, social status, etc. Therefore, …
 
(Acts 13:42-14:28) To avoid being paralyzed by intimidation, fear and shame, we need to remember that persecution and opposition is normative for the Christian life because no one can stay neutral when confronted with the life altering message that says we must turn from vain things to serve the true God. Our response to persecution may be to stay …
 
(Acts 13:13-43) The Bible provides not only the message, but models for how to present the message of Christ. God’s message is presented as God bringing about his purposes throughout history up till the present time with Jesus the promised Messiah as the focal point because he was crucified and demonstrated to be the fulfillment of God’s promises w…
 
As the historical Nicholas of Myra has been distorted and morphed from Nicholas, to Saint Nick, to Sinterklass, to Santa Claus, we must be careful not to do a similar thing with Jesus, but to come to the real Jesus, not a caricature, and devote our lives to him as God who came to earth in the flesh and became our crucified and risen Lord and Savior…
 
The reason we have traditions is to pass on and root us in our inherited identity. God has given us certain traditions for this and he also allows us to have our own traditions as long as they do not conflict with his will and instructions for us. Therefore, we ought to sanctify all of our traditions, otherwise they are nothing more than an empty h…
 
(Ex 3:1-6; Hos 11:1-11; Isa 6:1-8) We need to avoid caricatures of God that emphasize his love and compassion to the exclusion of his righteousness and holiness. Otherwise, it will cause us, in serving something of our own making, to twist the idea of purity and holiness, and to cheapen the idea of grace and mercy, which will in turn affect our mis…
 
(Luke 10:25-37)Thee great commandment to love God and your neighbor involves being willing to minister to people who may be different from you because they are precious to God and made in his image. It may involve taking some sort of risk to minister to them. It is worth the risk because people are important to God and love trumps ritual.…
 
(Acts 13:1-12) When the church follows the lead of the Holy Spirit in advancing the Good News, it will collide with many "Bar-Jesus" types, but the church needs to be frank in exposing false teaching while making meaningful connections with those who are open to hearing the word, which is what ultimately will bring faith and salvation.…
 
(Acts 10:1-11:26) God did something exceptional in the way the Holy Spirit manifested himself in the conversion of Cornelius, showing us that regardless of a questionable background on one hand, or devoutness on the other, all people need Jesus in order to be saved, which means we as Christians need to take the Gospel to all who will listen.…
 
(Acts 9:32-43) The story of Dorcas inserted in a cluster of conversion stories reminds us that in the midst of all else we do, we must never underestimate the importance of ministries of mercy. It was important enough that when Dorcas, a servant of widows, died, we was brought back to life and presented to the widows. Like Dorcas, we are at our bes…
 
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