Whatever is Lovely...
Philippians 4:8 admonishes us to think about things which are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Are these only spiritual things?
Beyond Sunday: No Difference
Though men differ greatly in the nature and extent of their sinfulness, there is absolutely no difference between the best and the worst of men.
Facing Today with the Book of Hebrews
When we read the book of Hebrews, we encounter a community of Christians living in a time of trial, struggling to understand God in the midst of suffering. Their story is our story.
And Be Thankful: A Thanksgiving Meditation
By submitting our requests to God with a thankful heart, we receive peace that transcends all understanding.
The God Who Provides
Do you see spiritual things clearly? Or is your vision of God and His will for your life clouded by spiritual cataracts or near-sightedness brought on by an unhealthy preoccupation with things?
God Has Dealt Bountifully with Me
Thanksgiving is almost here. Sometimes, though, we have trouble entering into the full spirit of Thanksgiving. And we feel sad, and even a bit ungrateful as Thanksgiving approaches.
The Quest for (Self) Justification
Even our expressions of thanksgiving can be a form of self-justification, and this is what we discover from this man in our text. Such self-justified thanksgiving is unacceptable to God.
Beyond Sunday: Worthy of Thanks
When we focus on our problems, we forget that giving thanks must be as natural as breathing.
Uzziah: God-Given Success
The "self-made" person, so revered in modern society, is a myth. No one creates themselves. The Bible is clear that everything about our lives is a gift.
Turn Your Cash into Thanks and Praise
We tend to think of the blessings WE will get through our generosity. How WE will reap. Or we think of the joy we will give OTHERS. But don’t forget what GOD will get when we give – thanksgiving and praise.
A Week of Thanksgiving
Cultivating a thankful heart will result in speaking thankful words. But we all need periodic reminders to be thankful, and, for most of us, developing the habit of thankfulness may require some practice! Here are some practical suggestions for devoting one week to practicing thankfulness.
Service to Others as Thanksgiving to God
The clear (and abundant) principle here is that our service to others results in thanksgiving to God on many different levels and by many different people.
Beyond Sunday: The Elements of Giving Thanks
Three elements enter into our appeal to God: Prayer, the outpouring of the soul; supplication, stating our desires; and thanksgiving; we must always come to God, not in a complaining spirit, but with thankfulness for present mercies.
Ditches and Canyons: How the Bible Helps with Contemporary Issues
Although the Bible does not give an exhaustive, step-by-step approach to modern problems, it does provide a comprehensive view of people and problems that allows us to wisely dive into the thorniest issues of contemporary life.
5 Ways to Stop Discouragement from Getting the Best of You
Discouragement and disappointment are normal emotions we all experience even as Christians, but it’s important to know how to make sure those debilitating emotions don’t get the best of us.
Theology at Midnight
You discover your theology at midnight. Until then, it's all theoretical. When midnight comes, you discover the difference between theory and reality.
The Lord is with You
Take a moment and savor this verse. Read it. Read it again. Read it one more time! Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
Beyond Sunday: Death for the Rebels
When we were without strength and were powerless to save ourselves (in God's own chosen time), Christ died for the ungodly - for the rebels.
Connecting the Bible with Real Life
On difficult or "modern" issues, we often treat the Bible as irrelevant. But there are answers in God's Word to even the toughest problems.
Forgetfulness is a common, yet deadly spiritual disease. That is why God's Word gives so much emphasis to calling us to remember.