It’s fascinating to watch a building go up on a construction site. Builders, architects, engineers, owners, suppliers, and workers participate in a highly coordinated process to make it happen. Sometimes, however, the process is interrupted, and the construction is slowed or stopped. The finished product is always a sight to behold.
Christ is that first and living stone in the spiritual temple of God. He is God’s firstborn, for he brings other living stones to build up this temple. Our work is to bring still more of these living stones into this temple. This is our priestly work. Continue reading “Holy, spiritual and acceptable sacrifices”
A couple traveled recently to another continent and toured a famous religious building, still under construction after almost 100 years. They were awed by the edifice, which used new techniques for the time, with a unique style. They shared their photos online of both the exterior and interior.
A friend of theirs who didn’t belong to that religion claimed to feel the presence of God there. The couple wrote that they hoped others might be inspired and convinced by the stories written on its walls. They saw the building as a way to make converts to their religion. Continue reading “No physical remains”
The concept of seasons has symbolic and spiritual application. All activities of men have an appropriate place in life, and even those which are unpleasant may be found useful. Continue reading Seasonable
In our midst, we use the phrase from Romans 16:16, “All the churches of Christ greet you” (NET). It’s a wonderful phrase. In context, however, Paul says much more about the churches of Christ than this single phrase. Continue reading All the churches of Christ greet you
The editor explores the meaning of Jesus’ statement for non-Christians, wavering saints, and discouraged preachers, that “the seed is the word of God.” Continue reading The Seed Is the Word of God
Today’s columnist spends a lot of time in south Asia, watching the coconut palm trees sway in the wind. They remind him of the psalmist who compares the righteous to a palm tree. He makes several applications of this figure. Continue reading Like a Palm Tree
“The more I understand and contemplate Jesus’ surrender of Himself for me, the more I give myself again to Him.” -Andrew Murray
The gift of God is himself. The focus of the New Testament is this gift. Every line of logic, every doctrine leads back to God’s giving of Christ and Christ’s surrender of his life. Continue reading “The More I Give Myself Again”
“History is bunk,” said Henry Ford. At the other end of the opinion scale, poet and philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So which is it? Continue reading Remember
One of my favorite pastimes is watching. Sometimes I just sit somewhere and watch people walk by. When my family lived in Missouri we would often sit by the Mississippi river and watch the boats go by. Watching the rain come down is another activity that I enjoy. Not by coincidence, watching is required of all Christians. Continue reading Watching