God sends, Jesus calls, here’s how to respond.
When I say that the year 2023 is for me the Year of the Mission, what do I mean? It’s not that other years weren’t mission years, nor that future years won’t be. It is a way of organizing my plans and my teaching. Something I do each year, using a theme for emphasis. Continue reading “Is 2023 the only Year of the Mission?”
QUESTION: “It’s confusing. Who’s telling the truth?”
ANSWER: Exactly what the Devil does – “gaslighting” so people are without a solid grasp of complete truth. Since “the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32), we should always “buy the truth and sell it not” (Proverbs 23:23). Continue reading “Who’s telling the truth?”
The sorrow produced when someone points out our wrong can be good or bad.
Have you ever had to say something to someone you cared about yet you knew that it would hurt them? Sometimes people avoid such situations yet, when someone is involved in something that is sinful and they need to change, do we have a choice? Continue reading “The loving thing to do”
A life lesson from Titus 1.15.
When I was a teenager I would spend hours each weekend reading my Bible. I still remember how Titus 1:15 jumped out at me as a life lesson. It provided the first step toward a practical realization.
Continue reading “Revealing Ourselves”
These principles put into practice what Jesus did.
When inventor Thomas Edison watched his laboratory burn to the ground, he supposedly commented that he was happy to be able to begin again from scratch. That attitude has reminded me over the past several days that God gives us many opportunities in the midst of trials, disasters, and suffering. Continue reading “3 important principles for starting again”
Jesus’ cure for hating others is two-fold.
The Jews hated the Gentiles. The Dead Sea Scrolls contained a teaching that Jews should “hate all the sons of darkness each according to his guilt in God’s vengeance.” Some might say the Jews had cause to hate the Gentiles for the number of times they were mistreated, taken into captivity and slavery. Continue reading “Love your enemies”
Two principles are at the core of restoration.
“Now to him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began” (Romans 16:25 NKJV).
The effort to restore true Biblical Christianity is, as we discussed in last week’s article, an unending and never fully accomplished goal. In order to pursue it seriously, however, certain essential principles must be followed. Continue reading “Principles of restoration”
She went to the source of her promise years ago.
Shine the light of your eternal love in our hearts today.
They said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?’ Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44 ESV)
Тому будьте готові й ви, бо прийде Син Людський тієї години, коли ви не думаєте! (Матвія 24:44 Ukrainian)
Continue reading “Good examples of Christ living in us”
8 points each under two headings: According to the purpose of God, and only through Jesus Christ.
By Doyle D. Gilliam, Topical Index of the Bible (Singapore: World Literature Publications, 1978): 43-44. The following outline was reproduced from a PDF version of the author’s book. Bible citations have been adapted to Forthright style. Continue reading “Eternal life”