Koinonia: What the Bible Means by "Fellowship"
When we overuse a word, it can lose its meaning. Our overuse of “fellowship” makes some important points in the Bible fall flat.
For the Sake of the Name
In his third letter, John doesn’t use the phrase “in Jesus’ name” or “the name of Jesus”; it’s simply, “for the sake of the name.” Why this phrase? Is John trying to keep a secret?
Beyond Sunday: Only One Fear
Where the fear of God rules in the heart, it will preserve it from the snare which the inordinate fear of man brings.
Knowing God’s Will
We were looking for God’s will as if it were buried treasure. But that didn’t make sense. Wouldn’t God want us to know His will? Why would He hide it from us?
Psalm 27: Breathing Violence
Perhaps no two words in Scripture more dramatically capture the powerfully damaging presence of sin than these two words.
Being Like Jesus: 8 Weeks in the Beginning of Colossians
The beginning of Colossians tells us how we can be like Christ. We learn the theology necessary to fight evil and the practicality of loving Jesus.
Rest in the Shadow of the Almighty
Resting within the protection of God’s glory, I find peace from the burdens of the world.
Beyond Sunday: When God Gives Gifts
Man’s gifts will eventually crumble into dust, but God’s gifts last an eternity.
What Happens to Us When We Die?
In answering questions about life after death, we are left with only two sources to consult. Either we turn to human experience or we turn to the Word of God. If we turn to human experience, we find many guesses, many ideas, many theories—but no sure answers.
Taking a Look at Babel
On the surface, the Tower of Babel story seems like a power struggle between God and humanity. But when you look at the literary and cultural context, another picture emerges.
I say, “Help comes from God.” I tell people, “You’re not alone.” Both are empty phrases if I don’t live like I believe them. The author of Psalm 121 spotted this problem.
Zeal Needs Humility
Anyone who uses commitment to his Lord's doctrines as an excuse to violate his Lord's commandments reveals that he holds neither gospel nor law as fervently as he thinks.
Beyond Sunday: How Paul Preached
The subject matter of his ministry was not any of the liberal arts and sciences, or the philosophy and dry morality of the Gentiles, but salvation by a crucified Christ.
Solomon's Song of Love
The Song of Solomon teaches that intimacy within marriage is received with thanksgiving, as all of God’s created gifts should be. Here right love is rightly exalted. Here desire and the fulfillment of that desire are celebrated.
How's Your Love Life?
Part of godliness is loving—as He loved—sacrificially, selflessly. Loving others not just with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
How to Guard Your Heart
Why is the thought life so important? Why did Solomon tell his son, “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life?” Because the thought life controls the rest of your life.
She Just Happened to Go There and Just Happened to Meet Him…
How many times in our lives do we just “happen” to go somewhere or meet someone and later find out it was God’s wonderful providence?
Beyond Sunday: The True Nature of Love
The word "love" is often misused in our world. But true love starts with denying our selfish ways and seeing things from God's perspective.
The reality that God tests His followers is among the most difficult to fathom fully in Scripture, especially the Old Testament.
Falling in Love?
The phrase "falling in love" isn't a biblical expression. In fact, the Bible reveals that love is much greater than just a feeling.