The best athletes in the world know that in order to perform at the highest level, they have to develop a high level of self-control. Similarly, Christians practice self-control in pursuit of a prize greater than any athlete could ever win. The Holy Spirit is the Christians’ trainer and coach, keeping them in step with […]
Faithful churches will be missional churches, looking for the opportunities that God has given them to proclaim the hope of the gospel. Each of us is privileged to be God’s “sent ones,” and we need to be prepared for the missional opportunities God sends our way. The mission will be challenging, but it will not […]
The Christian is exhorted to put on the armor of God and thereby to withstand the attacks of the enemy. To this is added the need for prayer. In prayer we express our dependence on God. By devoting ourselves to prayer, we are able to see God accomplish his work through us, which both encourages us […]
The gravity of sin and guilt is overwhelming, comparable to the horrors of drowning in the ocean. But with God there is forgiveness that rescues the one who is drowning. The response of those who are rescued is fear, service, and waiting for the Lord while sharing the good news of salvation with others.
Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection in order to complete the creation of his new community. He then sent them out, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to bring others into the joy of believing in Jesus. Through the witness of the resurrection, Jesus shows up to convert even the hardest skeptics and to […]
Following his conversation with the woman at the well of Samaria, Jesus proceeds to instruct his disciples on the priority of the mission of God in the world. So central was this mission to his own life that Jesus referred to it as his food. And we are invited to share this food with him because […]
Many Christians mistakenly think of making disciples as something complicated; something to be left to the professionals. But Jesus invitation to his first disciples, and their invitation to others was very simple: “Come and see.” We look at the last part of John chapter 1 to learn the surprising truth that we already know how […]
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