Loving First Place (3 John 1:9-10)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

Dear ones, how important is it for you to be first? To be prominent, to be recognized, to be listened to, to be admired, to be the one in charge? If you’re like me, it’s more important than it should be; it’s more important than our Master wants it to be.

Pride and Prejudice

“My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.“ (James 2:1, NIV) One of the problems with the church in the first century (and still today) is prejudice.  James begins chapter two with a clear injunction against it, reminding Christians that it is incompatible with the Christian faith. And just to […]

How Do You Want to Be Known? (James 1:1)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

Why is it so important to us that others realize how much we know, how much we’ve done, and how impressive we are? Why do we so need to have titles and to give them to our leaders? Why isn’t it enough to be known simply as servants of Christ? Why isn’t that the highest honor we could covet?

It’s OK to Be like Christ (Heb. 5:5-9)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

“A disciple is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master. It is enough for a disciple to become like his teacher and a slave like his master” (Matt. 10:24-25). If you don’t have higher ambitions than that – If it’s enough for you to be like Jesus, today’s chapter provides some profound insights into what the Person you want to resemble was like.

VP of Peas

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you….Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.“ (John 13:14-15, 17, NIV) Being humble isn’t the […]

Doing Things God’s Way

“But doom to you who fight your Maker— you’re a pot at odds with the potter! Does clay talk back to the potter: ‘What are you doing? What clumsy fingers!’” (Isaiah 45:9, The Message) Do you ever feel like God gets it wrong?  That he should do this or that?  That he should do it […]

I Will Worship!

“For this reason God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth— and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory […]

What to Wear?

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity (Colossians […]

Footnotes in History

Acts 18:1-4 (HCSB) 1 After this, he left from Athens and went to Corinth,2 where he found a Jewish man named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul came to them,3 and being of the same […]