Monday, April 19, 2021

The apostle Paul writes of God reaching out to His people and bringing them together into His church. Ephesians 1:18 [The apostle Paul wrote] I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling . . . (NASB) The apostle Paul prays

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  The apostle Paul encourages Christ-followers to discipline themselves so they can live a life pleasing to God. I Corinthians 9:25  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  (NIV) When athletes want

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The apostle Peter reviews the basic characteristics of a Christ-follower. II Peter 1:5-6 . . . make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control;  (NIV) The apostle Peter is writing to remind a group of Christians of a few things they had forgotten — important things.  It reminds me of the

Monday, April 12, 2021

  King Solomon describes the virtues of not being vengeful, but rather forgiving. Proverbs 16:32  Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.  (NIV) American culture does not exalt those who “turn the other cheek”.  Yet, recall the emotional ripple that went across this country, first in

Friday, April 9, 2021

The apostle Paul writes about the pain of his Christian experience and the sufficiency of Christ no matter what. II Corinthians 6:10 Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, yet possessing everything. (NIV) When a group of 5 missionaries were martyred in South America in the 1950’s the families were devastated

Thursday, April 8, 2021

  The apostle Paul is writing to Roman believers about the basis of their salvation. Romans 9:23-24  He also has the right to pour out the riches of His glory upon those He prepared to be the objects of His mercy — even upon us, whom He selected . . . (NLT) It’s wonderful to consider