Our natural response to suffering is resistance. But if we welcome rather than resent it, suffering gives us the opportunity to stretch our faith and deepen our confidence in God.
All who work with babies and bottles, toddlers and high chairs, building blocks and toy boxes enjoy one of the special delights life offers. Yet with all the thrills, there are also the threats unique to newborns. Being so tiny and dependent, their little lives often hang perilously close to danger and death. What is true of infant humans is equally true of infant believers in God's family.
Many who’ve accepted Christ are still enslaved to their former lives—they haven’t allowed Christ to release them from their old habits and destructive lifestyles. But He’s waiting to unlock the chains and grant a life of freedom.
We don’t hear the words “I love you” enough. And we certainly don’t say it often enough. If you can think of someone who needs to hear this from you don’t wait.
The Apostles’ Creed is the Church’s statement of faith—but it is not often explained! For personal study, it’s helpful to use a Bible commentary. A commentary examines Scripture verse by verse and sheds likes on difficult passages.
Verbal restraint is a virtue, which applies to both men and women. If you struggle with this quality consider the three-second pause. Waiting before speaking gives you time to think about your words—are they true? Are they kind? Are they necessary?
Knowledge of God’s Word is helpful because it gives our faith substance, stabilizes us when we’re tested, enables us to handle Scripture accurately, equips us to detect error, gives us confidence, and erases our fears.
Marriage, as God intended it, is a mutual thing. It goes both ways—God never asks more of one than the other, though He asks the maximum of everyone.
In order for a marriage to be successful, both partners must submit to the roles God ordained for them. Submission is a simple plan, but it demands patience and it requires the Holy Spirit.
Never underestimate the power of friendship. Friendships give us comfort. They strengthen, nourish, and encourage us. They take the grind out of life.