Sin’s Consequences

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 Sin affects each of us, and it affects the people with whom we are in […]

Responding to the Invitation

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. II Peter 3:9 It is the Lord’s desire for all people to know Him. He is infinitely more patient than our minds are able to comprehend. […]

Understanding God’s Word

… all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel. So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made […]

Divine Protection

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. II Thessalonians 3:3 When the ship that was taking Paul as a prisoner to Rome ran aground off the island of Malta, the soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners before they could swim ashore and escape. But the centurion […]

The Pride of Moab

He will bring down your high fortified walls and lay them low; he will bring them down to the ground, to the very dust. Isaiah 25:12 The self-sufficiency of Babylon, the materialism of Tyre, and the independence of Moab all had pride as the root of their sins. Isaiah describes the people of Moab as […]

Wisdom Through Godly Counsel

May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands. I Samuel 25:33   David sent word to Nabal, who was shearing his sheep, that he would like for Nabal to give his men food and supplies. David’s men had at […]

Slaves to Sin

For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. Romans 6:14   Why is it easier to live under law and not under grace? It is so difficult to believe that God loved us enough to send His only son in order for us to live under grace. […]

Fear

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. II Timothy 1:7   The most important thing to recognize about fear is that it is not of God. Fear is a tactic of the enemy to get us off course, to make us anxious, […]

Wearing the Wedding Garments

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Romans 13:14   Paul tells us in Romans to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus has prepared a banquet feast for us – a wedding celebration. He is the bridegroom, and […]

Rebuilding Ancient Ruins

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. Isaiah 58:12   The Lord promised in Isaiah 58 to satisfy His people in a sun-scorched land and to restore Jerusalem, His holy city. He is the Repairer […]