Eligible for God’s Help

September 18, 2019

If you look closely at the beginning of Psalm 34, you’ll find that it doesn’t say, “I am happy at all times,” but “I bless God every chance I get” (Psalm 34:1). These aren’t the words of a person whose moods are always ebullient; they’re the words of a person who has simply decided to […]

Everything Depends on God

September 9, 2019

The concept of rest is central to living the Christian life. Two things happen when we rest. First, we understand where we’ve come from. And second, we understand where we’re going. When we rest, we look back and see how God has providentially led us along the way, how he has protected us and provided […]

A Network of Care and Compassion

August 22, 2019

When Paul came to Corinth, he was apprehensive, not only because of what was behind him but also because of what he feared might be ahead of him. For Paul, Corinth was a time of transition from hopelessness to hope, from bleakness to brightness, from an intractable situation to an exciting community. The first thing […]

Fellow Worshipers

July 18, 2019

James was concerned about the way his congregations were treating prominent people. Instead of simply welcoming them as members and inviting the to share in the church’s worship and mission, people were rushing around, fawning over the rich and famous, putting them in honored seats. And in the rush, the poor were being pushed into […]

Work It Out Between the Two of You

July 9, 2019

Read: Matthew 18:15-20 “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, […]