I have mixed feelings about making New Year's resolutions. In the first place, I'm not certain that it's biblical. But if anyone should have reason to make a New Year's resolution, it should be Christians.
Far too many miss God's divine plan for their lives as they’re bent on pursuing all the things in this world, hoping to find some sense of joy. But pleasure doesn't come in the pursuit of happiness. Rather, it comes in the pursuit of holiness.
Scripture memory is a wonderful discipline, but people need to internalize more than a Bible verse or two. Stories - in particular biblical stories - entertain us, but they also encourage us, challenge us, and even show us how to live.
We err by honoring Mary too much or by honoring her too little. Mary clearly has a central role in the unfolding drama of redemption, but is not the central character. Nothing makes that more obvious than her very own words…
The protests that were publicly nailed to the Wittenberg Cathedral door on October 31, 1517 began the most dramatic reform within Christianity—one that also prompted their author to also pen a hymn of bold affirmation of our mighty God.