Family relationships are bound to strain at times and in many cases fracture, leading to feelings of failure and guilt, but there is a way to repair and rebuild damaged relationships—whether or not we’ve chosen them.
“Lord” is used as a title of respect toward people and God. It is also used to describe God in the Old Testament and by Jesus’ disciples as their Master. After the resurrection it was used to refer to Jesus as God with power and authority over all.
Part of what makes stories so effective as teaching tools is their ability to stick with us. But what gives the best stories staying power?
Jesus Christ’s main purpose in coming to the world was to provide salvation for those who put their trust in Him. Jesus saves us from the righteous wrath of God the Father upon all who have sinned against him.
In John 10:12-18, Jesus contrasts Himself with the Pharisees, implying they don’t know or care about the people. Jesus loves each person and willingly gives up his life for people of all nations.
Let’s face it: some days are uppers and some are downers. “Upper” days lift our spirits and send them soaring. “Downer” days leave us sad and discouraged. On a few occasions we get both on in one day!
Few things are more clearly set forth in all of Scripture. This single prediction is woven through the teachings of Christ, especially during His final months of ministry, as well as the writings of the apostles.
By saying “I am the bread of life,” Jesus is saying He is essential for life—eternal life. He is also claiming deity. He invites people to place their faith in Him as their Saviour in order to live and be truly satisfied.
When it comes to caring for widows, it’s easy to be pulled by emotions into unwise decisions. That’s why Paul’s instructions are so helpful. And so are his practical reminders.