Church Upside Down

Ephesians 4:11-13 ESV “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to … Continue reading Church Upside Down

Great Persecution Against the Church

Acts 8:1a ESV “And Saul approved of his execution.” Saul, later called Paul, was a Pharisee. As a Pharisee, he was convinced that he should do many things to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth, our Messiah and Lord. So, he falsely imprisoned and persecuted many followers of Jesus Christ, and he cast his … Continue reading Great Persecution Against the Church

Serious-Minded for Christ

1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, … Continue reading Serious-Minded for Christ

Are You Living a Lie?

Proverbs 29 (Selected Verses) ESV He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. Do you profess faith in Jesus Christ? Many people in America do. Yet, not all who profess the name … Continue reading Are You Living a Lie?

For Your Progress and Joy

Philippians 1:12-14 ESV I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord … Continue reading For Your Progress and Joy

For This I Toil

Colossians 1:21-23 ESV And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the … Continue reading For This I Toil

The Church Revived

Jeremiah 33:1-3 ESV The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard: “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and … Continue reading The Church Revived

Firm and Steadfast

James 1:2-4, 12 ESV Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for … Continue reading Firm and Steadfast

Tell the Truth

I read 1 Peter 3 (Select vv. NIV) In this life, we live with real flesh and blood people, of whom we are also a part. Even though many of us have trusted in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, and thus we have been crucified with Christ in death to … Continue reading Tell the Truth