The Birth of Jesus Through Joseph's Eyes
When we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmastime, our attention is most often given to Luke’s account, because it gives us so much information. But Matthew's account is just as important in our understanding the event through the eyes of Joseph.
Preaching Advent as the Return to Paradise
The words of the prophet Isaiah speak to a longing to recover what is now only a memory. So no wonder that Christmas is so marvelous, that Advent is such an important group of Sundays for us.
When Did Jesus See Satan "Fall Like Lightning"?
In one of the more enigmatic verses in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells His disciples, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" (Luke 10:18). When did He mean?
Beyond Sunday: Holding On
Although the world often threatens to break Christians down, Christ is never worn out from guarding and protecting us.
The Message and the Messenger: In Sync with the Heartbeat of God
Can we get on board with the big picture of God's purposes? Will we align our hearts with the missionary heart of God?
Verses for Giving Thanks
As you celebrate Thanksgiving today, use these verses to remind yourself the real reason we have to be thankful.
What's the Best Thanks to Give?
In the harried frenzy that surrounds the holiday season, we sometimes forget the purpose of it all—to give thanks. So what's the best thanks to give this year?
An Attitude of Thanksgiving
Psalm 136 is a psalm that Spurgeon called one of Israel’s favorites because it was so simple. The refrain of this psalm is a refrain of praise to God’s grace--grace, mercy, and loyal love that leads us to thanksgiving.
And Be Thankful: A Thanksgiving Meditation
By submitting our requests to God with a thankful heart, we receive peace that transcends all understanding.
Who Are You Serving This Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is a great day to imitate Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve. Here are a few ideas.
Why Should We Pray?
Prayer is so vital to all that God wants to do on the earth, and it is so essential to us, that He commands us to do it all the time. Here are a few reasons why.
Beyond Sunday: Not a Burden
Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden... Hebrews 13:17 Pastors and other church leaders walk around with a target painted on their backs.
Deborah provides a picture of leadership that wasn't normally seen in the society of her time.
Did Paul Write Philippians in Rome?
While some have suggested that Paul writes to the Philippians from Caesarea or Ephesus, I am persuaded the evidence points to the traditional view of Rome.
The Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and You
The Holy Spirit’s presence in the life of the reader is essential to his total understanding, appreciation, and implementation of Scripture.
Beyond Sunday: The Election that Matters
God has called you by his word and his Spirit; he has elected you, separated you from the world, through sanctification of the Spirit.
The Sacrament of Evangelism: We're Missing Out
This book is about evangelism and discipleship, but on an even deeper level it is about the presence of God in the life of the believer.
All Saints' Day, November 1
The Bible doesn’t teach us to pray to the saints, through the saints, or for saints. Rather, we remember the saints and to allow the testimony of their faith spur us on.
The Truth Behind the Magic: Dumbledore Meets Philip & Peter
"Simon the Magician" tried to purchase the power of the Holy Spirit from Peter. His name consequently has not been remembered for any great deeds, but for the payment of money for church office ('simony'). But is that all there is to the story? Hardly. Don't look away now or you'll miss what's behind the "magic."
Beyond Sunday: A Mask of Devotion
Works of utility should never be set in opposition to the promptings of self-sacrificing love.