Lessons for the wise

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever (Daniel 12:2-3). Many will be purified, made spotless […]

Pay It Forward

In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart. (Matthew 18:34-35). In this day and age, we like to think of God as always […]

Sacrifice for the Trusted

 “The greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends” (John 15:14). The greatest love is to die for your friend. To die for someone is to give up everything you have for them. All future comforts, business successes, children (and future generations), all beloved relationships and of course life. It’s […]

I’m a Gomer

“I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as LORD” (Hosea 2:19-20). An incredible percentage of the Bible is devoted to describing humanity’s despicable record of depravity over the ages. From […]

Mercy for the Unfaithful

“Go and marry a prostitute, so some of her children will be born to you from other men. This will illustrate the way my people have been untrue to me, openly committing adultery against the LORD by worshipping other gods” (Hosea 1:2). In Hosea, God compared spiritual idolatry with sexual adultery. Both are betrayals. Both […]

I’m Angry Enough to Die!

Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see if anything would happen to the city. And the LORD God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from […]

Big Hearts … 1 Corinthians 13

Gifts and passions are important. And finding a place to serve in God’s Kingdom is vital to the health of the church. After all doing church is a team effort. But even the most awe-inspiring gifts like true prophecy and miraculous signs are meaningless without love. All the things that we do here on earth, […]

Paul’s Burden

Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do in freedom from these things” (Galatians 4:12). I can see that Paul really loved the Galatians. He had concern for them like a father would for his children who had gone out partying and still hadn’t come home even though it was […]

Unjust Sacrifice

“The crowd shouted louder and louder for Jesus’ death, and their voices prevailed. So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded. As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he delivered Jesus over to them to do as they wished” (Luke 23:23-25). Jesus lived a perfect, […]

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