Living in the Last Days (1 Thessalonians)
We believe in the resurrection of the saints because we believe in the resurrection of Jesus
When we show that our faith makes us better workers, truer friends, better neighbors, kinder men and women, then we are really preaching. The best sermon is the one you preach by your good example.
When we walk in purity, the world notices because people are looking for hope.
Pray, pray, and keep on praying. Do for others what others have done for you.
When your trials are over, you will come forth as gold.
Don’t build your ministry and then add God. Build on the rock called God, and let your ministry rest on that divine foundation.
Where do religious liberals come from? Several years ago Gregory Wills discussed this question in an article called What Lessons Can We Learn from the History of Liberalism? We make a mistake when we assume that liberalism starts outside the church, as if it were a kind of alien invasion. Liberalism arises as a kind […]
Will we believe the Bible, all of it, every word of it, from first to last, and everything in between?
The real impact of the gospel will be seen when we don’t feel joyful, when we don’t want to pray, and when we can’t think of a reason to be thankful. That’s when we discover if our Christianity is the genuine article or a spiritual counterfeit.
A friend sent me an email telling about a question posed to her by a co-worker. Here is the exact text of the question: How is a Christian defined? It used to be that if you were not Jewish or Hindu or Buddhist, you were a Christian, whether Catholic or Lutheran or Episcopal or Baptist. […]
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” A few days ago a friend asked me if I would share some […]
“The mark of true Christian faith is that it changes everything you do and say.” Ray Stedman We have come to the last few verses of 1 Thessalonians. As we begin our study, I would like to remark for a moment upon the words quoted above from Ray Stedman. In his sermon on this text […]
Billy Graham says it. Pope John Paul II says it. Even some Orthodox Jewish rabbis have been saying it. They all agree that the coming of the Messiah is very near. Now why would a Protestant evangelist, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, and Jewish rabbis agree on anything? Because so many Bible prophecies […]
As Christians, we have been given the best news in all the world. It’s too important not to share with others. May God help us to invest our lives in the things that will last forever.
The debate over the nature of the Bible is so crucial. If it is only the word of man, then it is changeable, fickle and unreliable. But if the Bible is the word of God, then it is utterly and completely authoritative. If God has spoken in the Bible, then what he says has final claim on my life.
We are called to be a kingdom of people living in a foreign land, representing the King himself in a world that thought it best to crucify him. In his long absence we are called to stand in his place, taking care of his interests, spreading his Word, and inviting others to join his cause. This is a high and noble calling: Let us live so that no one will be surprised to discover who it is we represent.
Conversion begins when you turn to God. It is nothing more or less than “an intentional turning of oneself to God.” Because it is intentional it does not happen by accident. Nor does it happen automatically. Nor can anyone else turn for you. You yourself must decide to turn to God. No one can make that decision for you.