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 […]

Serving Others

How can we serve God? Sometimes we look a the examples of Paul and Peter and think that there is no way we could do what they did. But God calls all people to use their gifts in service to him. We look at four Christians in the New Testament and how they served God in their own way.

Following God “Today”

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  Hebrews 3:13 The book of Hebrews aims at encouraging Christians to stay faithful. Jewish Christians might turn away from Christ due to all of the external pressures they faced. They had changed from the beliefs […]