April 29, 2019

How can believers remain patient when everything around them is going wrong, when people are treating you unfairly, and when you’re about to run out of patience? Patience The dictionary defines patience as the ability or capacity to remain patient, the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, persevering in the face delay or provocation without acting upon it. Someone who is patient remains steadfast even when they are being treated unfairly, including being insulted for the cause of Christ. Jesus… Read more

April 26, 2019

Does it seem that humility is disappearing from society today and is being replaced with pride? Opposed to the Proud The antonym to pride is humility or humbleness, and this makes sense of James statement that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (4:6). Grace is like water…it always seeks the lowest areas. It is those who are abased that will be exalted, but those who exalt themselves will be abased someday (Matt 23:12), however “The reward… Read more

April 24, 2019

Even though it may be difficult at times to love our brothers or sisters, we are commanded to love them, and here’s how you can do that. A Friend for Adversity Scripture teaches us that “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Prov 17:17), and I’ve lived long enough to be on both ends of that; the one receiving the help and the one giving it. When we go through times of adversity, it’s… Read more

April 22, 2019

God’s Word says believers were chosen by God, but for what reason and purpose? Why? The main question I have about why God had chosen me is, “Why?” I know there was nothing in particular that God saw in me and made that decision based upon that. The only reason I can think of was that God loved me. Even here, there is no human explanation for God sending His Son to die for me; someone who was an ungodly,… Read more

April 19, 2019

The Apostle Paul explains the reason for God’s laws, which makes God’s grace even more amazing. By Faith or by Works The Apostle Paul addressed a very big problem for the Galatians, but also for a lot of believers, and that was legalism. Just after they were introduced to the gospel of salvation by grace and not by works, some cunning Jews came in to subvert the gospel by adding works to it. Even though many of them had been… Read more

April 17, 2019

The meaning of the resurrection and the consequences of it, have changed millions of people’s eternity forever. Redeemed by the Lamb There is no sacrifice that could have satisfied the wrath of God except the life of the Holy Son of God, Jesus Christ. His perfect, sinless life was the only way that we could be reconciled back to God. Jesus came to give His own life as a ransom for those who would trust in Him (Mark 10:45). Near… Read more

April 15, 2019

Jesus’ sinless life and death on the cross are where judgment and mercy meet. The Judgment The Apostle Paul writes about those who are practicing evil deeds which is only serving to store up more wrath against the Day of Judgment (Rom 2:5), so there will be a day when God “will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but… Read more

April 12, 2019

Isaiah the Prophet wrote a stunningly accurate portrait of Jesus’ all-encompassing work before, at, and after the cross. Before the Cross Isaiah the Prophet wrote Isaiah 53 with the Messiah in mind. He starts out by a statement that could have been made during Jesus’ earthly ministry: “Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed” (Isaiah 53:1). Not many did follow Jesus after some of His hard teachings… Read more

April 10, 2019

How can we endure when grief and sorrow wash over us like a wave? Come to Him More often than not, just before God brings a person to repentance and faith, they are broken. Things in life may have brought them to a dead end, or they may have a shattering report from their doctor, but the ironical thing is, God cannot fix what is first not broken, so Jesus Christ says to all who are overloaded with trials, troubles,… Read more

April 8, 2019

What’s different about the Brethren Church? Read for yourself. The Brethren Church Years ago, when I came to the Brethren Church (offices in Ashland, OH.), I found a church that was devoted to the Word of God and not the traditions of men. I discovered a church that was totally devoted to Christ or was “Christocentric” in their thinking, and a church that upheld the Bible as their standard for worship and practice. Their only creed was the Bible itself,… Read more

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