November 30, 2015
“You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2.10-12).
Within these three verses we see the character, conduct, and catalyst of the Christian. Character precedes conduct, but it is formed by incentive, namely the catalyst that drives every believer.
November 26, 2015
To the born-again Christian, Thanksgiving is far more than a designated day in autumn. It is — or should be — a state of being. With Jeremiah we can say, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
November 25, 2015
Prepare your heart for Christmas … and Black Friday!
Last summer our garage acquired a new addition to its collection of lethal chemicals: a bottle of fungicide now adorns a high shelf. The chemical’s intended purpose is to keep the tomatoes alive and prospering, and it has proved to be wonderful stuff. But it came with a whole booklet of instructions and dire warnings. Too little water in the solution or too many applications to the plants, and the blessing can become a bane, killing what it was intended to nurture.
The Christmas season reminds us that there is also a potent agent in our American homes that can become toxic to us and our families. It is the wonderful but deadly phenomenon called prosperity.
November 24, 2015
John C. Vaughn
The Christian doctrines of inspiration and preservation explain the reverence that Bible believers have for the Word of God, but there are also Islamic doctrines of inspiration and preservation that explain the Muslims’ loyalty to the Qur’an. Some unbelievers are quick to argue that the “holy books” of various religions have only subjective value to the adherents of those religions, or even that they are alike. We even hear the claim that the Qur’an is the “Bible” of Islam. The Muslims consider it to be the revealed “Word of Allah” preserved without error in perfect Arabic, but it is so different from the Bible that the only thing they really have in common is that they are both books.
November 23, 2015
Part 1 is here.
“You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2.10-12). These three verses of Scripture outline the character, conduct, and catalyst of a Christian. Character precedes conduct, but it also finds incentive in the kingdom and glory of God. Part one of this series defined the first aspect of a Christian’s character. He is devout. A worthy walk is devout or holy. Therefore, it must be produced by the Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5.22-23).