“Secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those that are revealed belong to us and our descendants forever, so that we might obey all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29 NET).
When I read this verse I thought how applicable this is, not just to the Israelites as they were about to enter the Promised Land, but to Christians today. It seems that many are not satisfied with what God has revealed to us but want more – we want to know the “secret things.” Continue reading “Secret things”
What do you say to someone as your life comes to its close?
As Paul wrote the second letter we have to Timothy, what memories he must have had of this younger man. He had taken Timothy with him on his travels and Timothy had learned from Paul to the extent that Paul could leave him to get on with the work that needed done for the Lord.
Yet there is always something more to say, some advice that you think the other person might need once you are gone. Listen as we read some of what Paul wrote as he knew his life was almost over. Continue reading “Living a godly life”
“This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you…” (Titus 1:5 ESV)
The need for good leadership in congregations is necessary. Despite the trendy and progressive ideas that we often see around us, the leadership of God’s people is to rest in men – those who are “above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers” (Titus 1:6). Continue reading “The need for knowing God’s word”
Popularity doesn’t concern itself with reason or practicality. We just join the crowd without asking the right questions.
For example, Christians have built a fake war between Bibles and cell phones. They say, “What if you spend as much time with your Bible as you do with your cell phone?” Continue reading “Let’s abandon the fake war between Bibles and cell phones”
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:38-42 ESV).
When we think about those people who were close to Jesus, there is a family of siblings who seem to have held a special place in his heart. This was the family of Mary, Martha and Lazarus (although Lazarus is not mentioned here). We don’t know when Jesus met this family – it could have been that this is his first visit with them. Although it isn’t found in this text, we know that they lived in the village of Bethany, which was about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from Jerusalem. Today we would have said it was a suburb, but back in Jesus’ day it would have taken about a half-hour to walk from one to the other. Continue reading “Choosing the best”
There is a reason why the patio chairs are not being used much in June. It has been oppressively hot, and dining outside isn’t nearly as pleasant as it was in April and May.
However, it wasn’t until I saw the morning glory vine reaching all the way up to the top of the bistro chair that I realized how long it had been since we sat there for a morning coffee!
It’s not just the lack of use of that little table and two chairs that bothered me. It is just a symptom of a life that gets filled with chores and cares, and which doesn’t have room for a little quiet time as a couple. Continue reading “Unused and neglected”
“We proclaim him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to his power that powerfully works in me” (Colossians 1:28-29 NET).
Do we want to be mature as Christians? I believe that is a goal that all Christians desire and should be working towards. But how do we become a mature Christian? Continue reading “Becoming a mature Christian”
Women often complain that the man they’re with does not communicate. “He must be the strong silent type,” they will say. “I wish he would talk. He talks all day at work, but he doesn’t talk with me.”
Of course, if a man (or a woman, for that matter), wants his partner to do something in a certain way, he might consider using actual words to communicate this. Continue reading “Can we understand the Bible?”
“This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:21).
A recent article told how people can acquire more clicks on their websites by using “listicles.” Listicle is a newly coined term that refers to the trend of framing articles around lists. The titles often sound like this:
- “Four things you need to know about Forthright.net”
- “Five reasons why Forthright.net is the best site you’ll visit this week.”
- “Three websites you must visit right now (hint: you’re on one now).”
Continue reading “One thing you should know about the Bible”
“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1).
We can’t just decide on the basis of ignorance or prejudice what a church’s educational program should look like. We will have to ask what the Bible says about the process and aims of such a program. As it turns out, the Bible places a great deal of emphasis on this subject! Continue reading “The church’s education”