It is correct to say God wants me happy. But He doesn’t want us to value it above other things or base our happiness in superficial temporary circumstances. God built us to desire happiness but He wants us to find it in relation to Him.
The main reason why it is important to understand figures of speech in the Bible is to interpret Scripture accurately. Serious misinterpretations of Scripture come from calling something figurative that is literal and calling something literal that is figurative.
Through our various resources available online, in print, and over the airwaves we come alongside pastors, church leaders, and lay people to augment the work of local churches.
An angel appears to lowly shepherds on a Bethlehem hillside, inviting them to meet the Saviour of the world, and that is followed by a choir of thousands more angels! This was not an invitation they considered declining.
At the end of the year, many Christians, brimming with optimism and motivation, assess their walk with Christ and resolve to turn over a new leaf by cultivating their spiritual life. Sadly for many, the leaf wilts, the resolution dissolves, and the motivation stalls as their lives become complicated.
Jesus stated His goal when He said, “I will build my church…” and throughout the gospels we see Jesus doing that and ministering with His disciples. But then He was then crucified, buried, and that was the end of His ministry, right? Wrong!
Both Judaism and Christianity have the same Old Testament. The essential difference is that Christians accept Jesus as the Messiah and their personal Saviour while Jews do not.
This letter is your invitation to continue being involved in the work the Lord is doing through Insight for Living Canada, building His church in this country. Isn’t it marvellous and exciting to be invited by the Lord to participate in His work together?
Some joy experienced at Christmas is seasonal. Is our joy only related to Christmas because of all the pleasant things associated with it? Or is it “all-weather” joy like the tires, good to run on all year through all seasons?