Victory Over Death

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church, he addresses many doctrinal issues. Some of these they asked him to teach them on. In other cases, he had heard that false doctrine had spread among them. One of the issues he addresses is the resurrection […]

Slow to Anger

know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20 In the book of James, he warns us about the dangers of anger. While anger does have a time and place, we must guard against it controlling us. […]

The Joy Set Before Him

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 In Hebrews 11, the author lists pillars of faith. These are men and women who served after God in trying circumstances. […]

A Time for Every Season

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 Focusing on the material things of the world is vanity because those things are fleeting. As a part of this insight, he mentions that everything has its own time and place. There is an ebb and flow to life that means things are always […]

Appropriate Fear

And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,  knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb […]

Perspectives from the Psalms – Psalm 1

The Psalms are called the heart of the Bible. Every second week of the month, we will choose a Psalm and study it. The Psalms help us to better understand and navigate our emotions. But it’s also important to understand that the blessings of the Psalms are conditional. We discuss those conditions by reviewing the first Psalm, setting the stage […]

Not Ashamed

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:16 In Hebrews 11, the author encourages Christians to remain faithful by looking at heroes of faith in the Old Testament. He focuses on Abraham and Sarah […]

The Humility of Christ on the Cross

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8 It is truly amazing what Christ did on our behalf. Philippians 2:5-8 explain to us how much of a servant mindset Jesus had. In this context, Paul exhorts the Philippians to put one another first, to […]