The message of the power of the Cross was preached by Paul to a congregation very much embroiled in the practical meaning and effects of power. Power and its irresistible influence were thick in the air at Corinth. Powerplays, if you will, were being instigated in Corinth by divisive parties simultaneously following Paul, Peter, Apollos and one who sought to trump them all, the “Christ party.”
I relate not only to Peter's zeal for drawing closer to Christ, the desire to serve him, the desire to make things right and to motivate people, but also to his desire to be an example. Those around Peter saw not only his successes, but also his failures. And through these experiences, they could learn and grow.
In The Shelter of God's Promises, Sheila Walsh searches Scripture for what God has promised us, what God's promises mean, and how encounters with Christ are the eternal fulfillment of His unrelenting commitment to us.
"Lord, I do believe, but help me to overcome my unbelief," said the father of the boy with an evil spirit (Mark 9:14-29). Do you ever doubt? Doubt that God is in control? Do you question God's work in your life? His decisions of what is best for you? I do, all the time.
The Bible has been the world’s bestseller not only because it discloses God and gives meaning to our lives, but also because it is good reading. One of the greatest personal discoveries for readers of the Bible is to step beyond favorite verses and stories and start comparing Scripture with Scripture.
There are times in all our lives that we may question God. We may question if He is really there. We may question that Jesus was His son. We may question if He really cares about us and is listening to us. We may question if He loves us and why.
Jesus always called His disciples one by one. Matthew was a tax collector—not anyone’s favorite type of person by a long shot. Who wanted to be friends with someone who could financially ruin you? No one wanted to be around or befriend people like this—except Jesus.
Is saving faith merely a matter of saying a "sinner's prayer?" Instead of calling men and women to surrender to Christ, modern evangelism asks them only to accept some basic facts about Him. Do such people really belong to the family of God, or are they deceived?
Zacchaeus, was another person who had a bunch of junk in his life. The town did not like him for the kind of work he did. But like myself, I believe he had one foot in the world and one foot in Christ. And he needed one step (up a tree) to cross the line where he, too, would know his purpose.
Bartimaeus decided he didn't want to stay where he was. He wasn't content sitting along the road, day after day, doing the same thing and basically getting the same result. He was ready for real change. So he not only prayed, but he yelled it from the mountain tops: "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"