The Philistine armies defeated Israel and captured the ark of the covenant. Although they had conquered Israel, the Philistine soon discovered that they were no match for Israel’s God. When the people of God cry out to him with true repentance, God helps them recover the glory he has made them to enjoy.
Marriage is God’s idea, so having an ideal marriage requires us to follow God’s plan. God designed marriage in order for a man and a woman to experience a oneness with another that is unlike the experience of any other relationship. In this real union, marriage reflects the greatest love story and testifies to its […]
After speaking about the reconciliation accomplished by the cross, Paul elaborates on the awesome rescue plan that God has now fully disclosed. He wants his readers to be more than acquainted with it. He wants them to master it, to be experts in it, and to be impressed by it. Only then will believers be […]
The unveiling of God’s eternal plan calls for God to be praised for what he has determined to do. This is especially true for Christians who discover that God’s predetermined plan is what is decisive in their salvation. Because of God’s love and his glorious grace, believers can begin to see that in Jesus Christ […]
Salvation is entirely due to God’s free grace. Human effort receives no credit. But throughout history God has been pleased to communicate his grace to his people through physical, visible signs. Although we may be tempted to worship the signs rather than that which they signify, we must not make the opposite mistake of despising […]
Christians, like most people, do not enjoy talking about death. And when we do, we often don’t do so in a distinctively Christian manner. Much confusion abounds about what happens after life, when death steals away the ones we love. The Apostle Paul instructs us how to think rightly about death. We will know how […]