The Apostle Paul exemplified the patience and grace of God in dealing with spiritual infants. Here are three ways we can be like him in our care of new and young believers. [Note: This post is based on last week’s reading:1 Corinthians]. Pen Pals Paul wrote this letter to the church in Corinth which he had established on his second missionary journey. We call it the “First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians” because it is the first one that we have in our Bibles. But this w
Many learn the hard way that without God’s grace to repent, we will hold onto unbelief until it kills us. Sin is truly a lethal weapon. Today’s Reading Jonah 1-4; Revelation 9 Selected Verses And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” Jonah 4:8-9 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues,
No fallen human being is able to merit favor with God, but He, by the work of His Son, changed His elect people from a cloud to a kingdom. Today’s Reading Hosea 5-8; Revelation 1 Selected Verses What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes early away.
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;
I have slain them by the words of my mouth,
and my judgment goes forth as the light.
For I d
Beware! The conflict of lawless people versus God’s people began in the Garden and continues to this day. Here’s how to handle it. Today’s Reading Ezekiel 45-46; Second Peter 3 Thus says the Lord God: “Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people, declares the Lord God.” Ezekiel 45:9 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error
Seeing yourself correctly is important but here we meet someone with an inflated view of himself. Is your view of yourself clear and accurate? Today’s Reading Ezekiel 32-33; 1 Peter 1 Selected Verses “You consider yourself a lion of the nations,
but you are like a dragon in the seas;
you burst forth in your rivers,
trouble the waters with your feet,
and foul their rivers.
Thus says the Lord God:
I will throw my net over you
with a host of many peoples,
and they will h
God never lets us go. But what if we sin, grievously? Does He still hold on to us? His Word gives us a clear and certain answer. Today’s Reading Ezekiel 16; Hebrews 12 Selected Verses I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord God.” Ezekiel 16:62-63 And have you forgotten the ex
Those who find God’s forgiveness and restoration always recognize two things: their own sinful unworthiness, and God’s loving kindness. Today’s Reading Jeremiah 33-35; Titus 3 Selected Verses Give thanks to the Lord of hosts,
for the Lord is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever! Jeremiah 33:11b For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one ano
God controls history including every large and small event, every good and bad situation. Those who trust Him can rest that His grace will get us home. Today’s Reading Isaiah 7-9; Galatians 4 Selected Verses For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
We need to be watchful never to forget that the horror of our sin and the holiness of God put Christ on the cross for us who believe. It’s heart check time. Today’s Reading Isaiah 4-6; Galatians 3 Selected Verses Man is humbled, and each one is brought low,
and the eyes of the haughty are brought low.
But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice,
and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness. Isaiah 5:15-16 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a
Eternal salvation is no do-it-yourself project. The gospel tells us that the law was given to point us to Christ, never to save. Why does legalism die hard? Today’s Reading Isaiah 1-3; Galatians 2 Selected Verses What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of goats. Isaiah 1:11 For through the law I died to the law, so t
Here we meet a group who did not let their desperate need stop their generosity. How God is glorified by such people who give despite their circumstances! Today’s reading Proverbs 30-31; Second Corinthians 8 Selected Verses She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:20 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy an
God uses two trees to give a warning and a promise about our relationships to each other and to Him. Expect fruitfulness. Beware of arrogance. Today’s Reading Psalms 90-92; Romans 11:1-21 Selected Verses The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the Lord is upright;