Are you ever struck by how God seems to speak directly to us through multiple Bible passages, saying the same things and reinforcing the message? Today, a unifying theme seems to run throughout our readings: God’s purposes and plans in our lives may not be clear, but we can trust in His grace and mercy. … More A unifying theme: God’s purposes
According to this song, popularized by the Statler Brothers, Well the Lord looked down from his window in the sky And said I created man but I don’t remember why Nothin’ but fightin’ since creation day I’ll send a little water and I’ll wash’em all away So the Lord came down to look around a … More God’s grace is not grace if it is earned.
The opening words of the Bible: “In the beginning, God…” and then repeatedly, “And God said….” Here we are at the begining of 2013. We are blessed with another year of God’s grace! God is at the beginning of it all. He is at the beginning of 2013, too. And He speaks! He is a God who spoke this very … More God’s Powerful Word
“I know your works—behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it—for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.”—Revelation 3:8 Here is encouragement from Horatio Bonar, Scottish hymn writer and pastor: It is Christ’s gracious character and tender heart that … More Horatio Bonar: Our Little Strength, and the Lord’s Great Love
Steven Cole on Nehemiah 9: God’s abundant mercy is the dominant theme of this prayer. It begins by exalting God and His glorious name (9:5) and then it starts where the Bible does, with God as the almighty Creator of everything, who gives life to every living creature. All the angels bow before Him (9:6). … More God’s abundant mercy
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 J.C. Ryle comments: We learn, firstly, from … More Ryle: Grace frequently causes a collision of opinion
Phillip Graham Ryken writes in Thermelios: Ezra was a great man—one of the all-time heroes of the faith. He had the will to lead; he had a heart for holiness; he had a mind for biblical truth. If we want to follow his example, we should ask what made him so great and so good. What … More The gracious hand of God