Water drips from the chin. Smiles abound. God’s power has created a new life in Christ Jesus. Yet, major questions remain.
What can we expect in living this new life? Clearly, God plans for Christians to be transformed into the image of his Son (Romans 8:29). Continue reading “Christian transformation”
Among the top bestsellers this year are coloring books for adults. Apparently, the rage is another technique for people to deal with their stress. One publisher of the books said that “People are stressed and anxious all the time. Coloring is a way to calm down and unwind at the end of the day.” Continue reading “Adult coloring books or the Word of God?”
We know their stories. The Laodicean Christians had become complacent and lukewarm. In Pergamum, some of God’s people had allowed greed to infect their lives. The list goes on.
What might rekindle dedication and faithfulness among God’s people? What might motivate those who claim to serve God to shine like stars in the darkness of their cities?
Continue reading “City lights”
“But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house’” (Mark 6:4 NKJV).
It can be difficult to determine just how people in other places really feel about you. On the one hand, there are often expressions of great honor and respect for the foreigner who has come to their land. Visitors are often assumed to be of higher social or economic status than the local inhabitants. They often are given special legal privileges which ensure favorable treatment. Much of the time it is assumed that such treatment may produce advantage to the good host. All of these and other factors argue for a generous welcome with appropriate honor to the guest. Continue reading “Familiarity and honor”