Christmas is a very stressful time. All the things we do leading up to, during, and following Christmas stress us. Even the good things—shopping, cooking, gifts, family gatherings, spending, eating, and extra church, work, and school events—stress us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. And as with most times of high stress there follows a time of backlash we refer to as the blues.
Q & A
As a Bible-teaching ministry, we receive many questions by phone, email, and letter. This series is an attempt to answer some of the most common questions we receive.
The last thing Jesus said before He left this earth was “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). All of us who have received Christ as our Saviour have the assurance of His abiding presence. When we feel afraid we need consciously to choose to seek the Lord and look to Him to provide what we need.
Reading the Bible is unlike anything else because it is a book unlike anything else. Here are five ways to get the most out of your Bible reading and five tips for learning to observe Scripture.
Contentment comes through choices we make. The Apostle Paul said he had learned how to be content (Philippians 4:11–13). Following Paul’s teaching and example can help us learn how to be content.
We tend to focus on the negatives of growing older. Our youth-obsessed society often ignores the benefits and blessings of growing older and instead focuses on the physical challenges. The Bible presents aging as a normal, natural part of life in this world. In fact, growing old is a blessing of God and the elderly are to be honoured (Deuteronomy 5:33; Leviticus 19:32).
The Word of God instructs us to pray for something according to God’s will until we get it. Matthew 7:7 says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (NASB). We are exhorted to practice persistent repetition of our requests, not a formulaic repetition of words, which Jesus condemned (Matthew 6:7–8).
There’s a saying, “No one likes change except a baby with a dirty diaper, and even then the baby will cry about it!” Embracing change involves three attitudes: acknowledgement, adjustment, and acceptance.
People ask this question because there is no reference to God or the Law in Song of Solomon and it seems explicit in celebrating sexual love. Through the centuries it has been one of the most controversial books in the Bible.
One way is by being encouraging and affirming. When we see the value and potential in others and then convey to them what we see, we are making a positive impact. Here are eight ways we can learn to affirm others and make a positive impact in their lives.
The key to loving our enemies is to consider God’s love for us. Christ died for us when we were still God’s enemies (Romans 5:10). He loved and forgave us and commanded us to do the same (Ephesians 4:32). How can we refuse to love our enemies when God loves us?