We have considered previously what it means to be faithful. We saw from the scriptures that to be faithful is to be “dependable, trustworthy, and loyal” and to be a person “who can be depended upon in all of his relationships and who is absolutely honest and ethical in all of his affairs” (Bridges 2008, … Continue reading God is Faithful
John 4:1-26 records a conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. This conversation is significant for many reasons. For one, Jesus being a Jew, is conversing openly with a Samaritan and treating her as any other person (John 4:9). Another significant fact about this conversation is that Jesus does not compromise truth (John 4:17-18). But … Continue reading True Worship
In 2016, citing a turbulent election cycle and a dramatic exponential increase in usage, the Oxford Dictionary chose "post-truth" as the word of the year. They defined it as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief" (Oxford Dictionary, 2016). … Continue reading What Is Truth?
The last thing the Apostle Peter wrote, that we have a record of, is "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen" (2 Peter 3:18). I think we would all agree that Christians should be seeking … Continue reading Spiritual Growth
In John 3:1-21, we read of a Pharisee named Nicodemus who came to Jesus by night. Unlike some of the other Pharisees and Jews, Nicodemus did not outright reject Jesus. He saw the signs Jesus performed and concluded rightly that Jesus had come from God (John 3:2). However, Nicodemus did not see Jesus as anything … Continue reading You Must Be Born Again
I read an article from LifeWay Research the other day that spoke of tangible benefits to daily Bible reading. They surveyed 40,000 individuals aging 8 to 80 about their engagement with the word of God. What was interesting about the research was what a difference a day makes when it comes to engaging with the … Continue reading Tangible Benefits to Daily Bible Reading
When I sit down with someone to have a Bible study, most of the time, I will either draw or bring with me a printout of a box. Above the box, I have the Scripture 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Which reads, "All Scriptures is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for … Continue reading Establishing Biblical Authority
In the first week of my daily Bible reading plan for 2021, I read through Genesis 1-15. Something that grabbed my attention in the reading was how quickly the world falls apart once sin enters the picture. The rapid succession of bad to worse in Genesis 1-11 has led many Bible students to call this … Continue reading The Avalanche of Sin
In Galatians 5:22-23, we read of the fruit of the Spirit. Those qualities and character traits that every Christian should be seeking to grow in. While not all-encompassing, this section of Scripture presents a good portrait of what godliness looks like. While we could and should spend a lot of time on each of … Continue reading What Is Faithfulness?
One of the many descriptors that God uses for His people is strangers and pilgrims. We read in Hebrews 11:13 about Noah, Abraham, and Sarah, that "[They] confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (KJV). The word stranger in the text carries the idea of someone who lives in a place without … Continue reading Strangers and Pilgrims