I want to insist that following Jesus is first of all a matter of the soul – heart, mind, and conscience. Unless we are inwardly devoted to Jesus, focused on Him, and committed to knowing and growing in Him, and doing His will, no amount of external involvements will make us true disciples.
The book of Ruth starts with tragedy, as a faithless man leads his wife into exile in Moab. What Naomi did not know was that God was preparing great blessings for her and her faithful Moabitess daughter-in-law, Ruth.
Everyone needs encouragement. Just as important, every believer is called to encourage others. But what is encouragement? What does it accomplish? How does being encouraged affect us? How can we become better and more consistent at encouraging others?
These are the questions we’ll be exploring in the ReVision series entitled, “Encouragement.” We begin by looking a two really great encouragers at work, and then briefly examining the work of the great Encourager.
This first week in the Gospel of John is logical instead of chronological. Jesus is introduced as the Word. Then John tells us that the Word is the Life and the Life is the Light that gives light to all men. John also brings in John the Baptist to testify to who this Light is. Those who receive this Light are given the right to become children of God!
I don’t know of any place in Scripture that so concisely outlines the salvation we have in Jesus Christ as 2 Timothy 1.12 and the surrounding texts.
Here Paul shows us that faith entails action. It’s not just some form of intellectual assent – nodding agreement to doctrinal truths. Salvation engages us in every aspect of our lives, so that we take up a journey into Christlikeness day by day.
God promises that if we will seek Him for revival, daily and together with others, He will do great things and mysteries the likes of which we've never seen. These readings can help you work into a daily regimen of praying for revival. Download and share these readings with as many people as you can.
The book of Deuteronomy consists of a series of messages Moses delivered to the people of Israel, east of the Jordan River on the plains of Moab.
These are Moses’ last words, and they are powerful. He begins with a brief history lesson, because he is speaking to a new generation of Israelites, many of whom were born during the years of wandering in the wilderness. Moses needed to make sure they understood both the promises of God and the mistakes of their forebears, before he turned the reins of leadership over to Joshua.
If we want smooth sailing to a safe destination in the life of faith, we have to understand the winds that are against us.
When Nebuchadnezzar moves the temple treasures into the temple of his God, he makes it all about who is God, instead of about his personal wealth. Good. The battle is now joined. Next, he tries to erase the captives’ culture by changing their names. But their personalities are unchanged. There will be conflict.
- Daniel Week 1: Who Is God?
- Daniel Week 2: God Speaks Through Daniel
- Daniel Week 3: A Test of Faith
- Daniel Week 4: Sinful Fear
- Daniel Week 5: Discipline and Restoration
- Daniel Week 6: Arrogance
- Daniel Week 7: Agendas - God's and Others
- Daniel Week 8: Power
- Daniel Week 9: Worry
- Daniel Week 10: Humble Yourself
- Daniel Week 11: For His Sake
- Daniel Week 12: Big Vision
- Daniel Week 13: The End
We see with more than just our eyes; we see with our minds. Christians have a different mindset. This allows them to see things non-Christians don’t see — God’s hand in things, His purposes, His kingdom. Through the examples of Paul and Silas, Ananias, Simon the sorcerer, and Martha, we explain the difference between regular eyesight and seeing with Christian eyes.
Why is the world so troubled? Why are people so angry and distressed? Why is there so much sorrow, sadness, violence, want, confusion, and despair? Jesus explains it all, because Jesus is the Explanation for life as it should be – life filled with peace, joy, goodness, kindness, and love.
Read the Gospel of John and discover for yourself how Jesus can be your Explanation as well.
The Christian’s highest calling and privilege is to know Jesus Christ. To know Jesus is to know God the Father, and thus to know eternal life in Him.