Topical Studies


What Does Hallowed Mean, and What Do We Hallow?

When we understand that hallowed means holy or sacred, we can understand the necessity of purification and making ourselves ready for worship. The Lord’s prayer reminds us that we are to make the name of God holy. We are to show our praise and adoration to our Lord....

4 Indications That a Church Is Making Disciples

What would you think of a mom who gave birth to her baby and then said “my job is done, you are on your own?” You would probably think that mother is irresponsible and possibly unfit to be a mother. Yet, this is what we often do to new converts....

Does God Still Speak to Us?

If you’ve been around church people for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard them say, “God spoke to me, and told me to….” And maybe you’ve wondered, whatever do they mean by that?Did He send a text message or leave a voicemail? Did He send an angel to appear...

Is Your Life Pointing the World to the Right Jesus?

In the book of 1 Timothy, Paul gave Timothy – a young pastor of the church in Ephesus – an instruction. This is what he said:“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in...

5 Prayers for Guidance as You Make Big Decisions

Typically, seeking godly counsel from the Holy Spirit can help with big choices like moving, witnessing to a neighbor who may not be saved, or making other big life changes. Going to the Lord should be a Christian’s primary source for guidance, complemented by Scripture, and consulting godly brothers and...

Bezalel and the God-Given Gift of Creativity

We see that the Lord called Bezalel by name. He selected Bezalel for a specific task. This connects to where the Bible tells us that we are God’s workmanship to do His work (Ephesians 2:10). How has Got gifted you? Has he fashioned you to have a certain skillset? Are...

Should We Be on the Lookout for Angels – Especially Guardian Angels?

Have you ever had an encounter with an angel? Perhaps I should rephrase that: Have you ever been aware of an encounter with an angel?As a little girl, I often asked God to allow me to see His angels. I would look up during church services, hoping to see an...

What Is the Mercy Seat, and Why Is It Important?

The mercy seat in the Old Testament was God’s dwelling place among his people, and that is really a good description of Jesus as well. He was God, wrapped in human flesh, and dwelling among us – Emmanuel (Matt. 1:23). In a very real way, Jesus was the fulfillment of...

Store Up the Good Things in Life

Scripture instructs us to layer our hearts with God’s Word, building a firm foundation. When storms rage in our lives, the bedrock of faith we have built matters exponentially. Change, even good change, is a difficult adjustment. When our hearts and minds are stored up with the good things of...

Should We Also Be Concerned That "Sin Is Crouching at Your Door"?

In the book of Genesis, we find this admonition that God gives to Cain.“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is...

10 Ways to Better Enjoy Reading the Bible

The Word of God is full of history, wisdom, poetry, warnings, and truth. When approached with a heart open to the Holy Spirit’s whispers and a mind focused on understanding, the Bible can be one of a Christian’s greatest resources and treasured objects. But it also takes time. It can...

How to Live Out God's Plan for Your Life

When God calls you to walk out His plan for your life, it doesn't matter what others think about your chances for success, or where you must begin the journey toward your destiny. When we look at David's inspiring life story recorded in Scripture – a shepherd boy who became...

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