Where Is Your Faith?

In Luke 8, Jesus asked his disciples in the middle of a terrifying storm, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25). In the middle of our displacement, we remind ourselves of the One in whom we trust. Just think—even the wind and waves obey him! The past months have been very turbulent times for us: we […]

My Heart Is Overwhelmed

In Psalm 61, the writer cries out to God, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2). Our current default mode is overwhelmed. The preparations are overwhelming, the packing and sorting is overwhelming, cleaning out our […]

Giving Thanks, A Good Thing

Psalm 92 opens with the statement, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High.” Giving thanks is always a good thing any time of the year. In fact, it is God’s will that we give thanks for everything (1 Thess 5:18)! We are […]

Our Fellowship in the Gospel

When Paul wrote his epistle to the Philippian church, he began with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for their partnership, or teamwork, in the gospel (Phil 1:3–5). He considered them all teammates, working together to see the gospel advance in their assembly as they grew in obedience to Jesus Christ, and throughout the world as the good […]

Praying for Growth

Have you ever stopped to listen to yourself pray? Do your prayers sound anything like the inspired prayers of the New Testament? The overwhelming focus of biblical prayers is on the spiritual needs of others, challenging us to pray for the greatest need of those around us: to believe and grow in Jesus Christ. Paul prays for […]

Mutual Encouragement

One of the blessings of our partnership in the gospel ministry is that we are encouraged by the very brothers and sisters we seek to encourage. The apostle Paul, who had never visited the church at Rome, spoke of this phenomenon in Romans 1:11–12. “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto […]

Do Not Be Afraid

Fear is part of life in a sin-cursed world, but it is unnecessary when we are rightly related to God through Jesus Christ. As God’s children, we can calm our hearts when we hear Jesus tell us, “Fear not,” and follow him openly and boldly. Matthew 10:24–30 gives us five reasons. First, when we identify […]

A Quiet Goal

Many times we enjoy the “highs” and excitement of life, but when those die down, we grudgingly return to the normal, everyday, boring routines of life. Paul commanded the Thessalonian church to make it their goal to live a quiet, drama-free life. “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, […]

Consider Jesus

We find it easy to complain and wonder why our life is so difficult, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we need only consider Him to put things into perspective. The writer of Hebrews reminds his readers, who are suffering the seizure of the property and being threatened with even greater persecution, to keep their […]

Let Your Light Shine

Jesus told his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt 5:16). This is a great reminder that Jesus’ followers need to open their lives and their mouths to proclaim Jesus Christ to […]

Clothed in Humility

The apostle Peter admonishes Christians, “Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he […]

A Praiseworthy Name

Every place values different things. Here in south Texas, a few cooler days (around 70°) are a refreshing and appreciated change of pace. Perhaps where you are, a warm, sunny day may have everyone talking. Your favorite hometown sports team may be a bitter rival in another city. But no matter where in the world […]