Over the vast expanse of Scripture, a variety of admirable people cross our paths. Because God not only preserved the record of their lives but also used each one to model particular character traits, it seems appropriate for us to become better acquainted with both the people and their individual qualities, which are worth emulating.
Sometimes as believers we become preoccupied with what we do wrong—we live as though we’re still slaves to sin. Instead, our focus should be on following Christ. He has set us free, and gives us the power to live free.
Have you ever wondered about the name, “Baalzebub?” The name is comprised of two Hebrew words—Baal meaning “lord or god,” and Zebub meaning, “to move here and there quickly,” referencing flies.
How would you define hope? In what way would your definition apply to a local church? What if hope were missing from a congregation? Would anybody notice? We’ll think about these and other things as we allow Peter’s words to guide us into the truth about hope. Of special interest are the essentials involved in keeping a church’s hope strong and constant. These passages of Scripture suggest several ingredients that must be present if hope is to remain a vital part of a church’s life.
Your child needs you to help know who he is. Parents, spend more time affirming and encouraging your child for what he does right than for disciplining and correcting for what he does wrong.
Children get security from their parents to know who they are, to like who they are, and to be who they are.
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