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What Makes the Difference?

I have met quite a few sincere people who try their best to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” (Titus 2:12). Despite attempting everything humanly possible to succeed, they ultimately fail. And in their failure, they come to the conclusion that it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to “put off [their] old [selves]” and “put on [their] new [selves]” (Ephesains 4:22-24), and, as a result, they assume that their lifestyle must be an acceptable…

HOW TO MAKE PEACE

In Romans 12:18, Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” In issuing this statement, Paul established an expectation that as Christians we would be peacemakers. While peacemaking is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:9), it is not a quality valued in the kingdoms of men, and, as a result, knowing how to make peace is a skill many people lack. Thankfully, God did not establish an expectation of…

The Blessing of Freedom

  Today is Independence Day in the United States. It is a day that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress, which declared that the thirteen original colonies were free of the rule of Great Britain. Thus, Independence Day is a day on which we celebrate our national freedom. And since this day which celebrates our nation’s political freedom, falls on the Lord’s Day, it serves as a great catalyst for us to be reminded…

Would God Choose You?

Everyone wants to be chosen. Do you remember in elementary school when kickball teams were selected at recess? Likely, your primary concern was not to be chosen last because being chosen last essentially meant nobody wanted you on their team. Do you remember when the high school prom rolled around? Whether you were waiting to be asked by a boy or hoping not to be rejected by a girl, your primary concern was not to have to go to prom…

Prince of Peace

  Peace is not the easiest state to achieve. At times we find ourselves caught in stressful and even painful situations that rid us of hope, compassion, or maybe even faith, and the Bible indicates that one reason Jesus came to this earth was to provide peace. In Isaiah 9:6, we read, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful…

Hope Saves

We need power from God for us to continue toward eternal salvation. We need power that belongs to God that helps us in times of need and difficulties. We need it to walk in the light, to return to God in case we drift away, and to accomplish the will of God. Therefore, we have to understand how we can have God’s power in our lives. Ephesians chapter 3 verses 16 and 17 give us an answer to this question.…

Have you been Chosen?

Being chosen is a big deal. Think about when you were a kid, and teams were being picked at recess for a game. The one thing you did not want to be was the last one chosen because that meant nobody wanted you on his or her team. Think about when you got engaged. Whether you were the one proposing or the one being proposed to, the moment was special because someone chose you to be their spouse. Think about…
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Small Obedience

Naaman’s story in 2 Kings chapter 5 is intriguing. We can learn many things from it, but I want to focus on what we can learn about obedience in particular. Sometimes, what God requires of us seems irrelevant to what we desire to accomplish. When we think so, it’s easy for us to choose not to obey Him. A principle, however, we need to realize is that God requires us to stay obedient to Him, trusting God in that He…

How to Make Peace

  In Romans 12:18, Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” In issuing this statement, Paul made it clear that Christians are expected to be peacemakers. While peacemaking is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:9), it is not a quality valued in the kingdoms of men, and, as a result, knowing how to make peace is a skill many people lack. Thankfully, God did not establish an expectation…

Faith and Works

    Do you realize how often we give and receive contrasting pieces of wisdom? Several popular proverbs in our culture are diametrical. For example, some people say that “birds of a feather flock together,” but others claim that “opposites attract.” One saying contends that similarities bring people together, while the other alleges that differences bring people together. It has been said that “actions speak louder than words,” but it has also been said that “the pen is mightier than…

Why is Salvation a Hope?

  The Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:15-23 is intriguing. According to English Standard Version, these nine verses make two sentences. However, taking verses 22 and 23 as another dependent clause following the “when” of verse 20, the nine verses make only one running sentence. Because this sentence is so long and its structure is very complicated, it is not easy to get what the prayer’s main point is. Nevertheless, it is crucial to understand the passage because it gives…

At the Foot of the Cross

  When you read about the crucifixion, you’ll discover that several different groups were present at the foot of the cross, and each of these groups related to Jesus differently. In this article, I want to challenge you to consider which of these groups you would have been associated with based on your current spiritual standing. The first group we encounter at the foot of the cross is the crowd “who passed by” and “derided” Jesus (Matthew 27:39). This group…