A lot of Christian sentiments don’t carry the same force when they are written from ‘Happy Valley’ as when they are penned from harsh conditions. This very personal letter, full of tender feeling for a church close to the heart of the Apostle Paul, was written from the bowels of a dungeon in Rome. Paul’s faithful, enduring example and his hopeful spirit, his remarkable perspectives, his practical counsel and his firm principles are challenging benchmarks for us all in our walk with Christ. No believer can read this epistle, understand it and follow its teachings and fail to be a faithful and fruitful light for Christ in this dark world.
As an illustration of the marvelous, secret hand of God working through circumstances, events, and human beings to orchestrate His desire and design, the book of Esther is an absolute classic example of God’s wonderful providence at work. Some have been troubled that God is never mentioned in this book, strange for a sacred book. But that omission is by design, for the emphasis in Esther is on the work of the hidden hand of God in human affairs, not the miracle-working God of Exodus, say. The fact is, God’s regular way of working out His plan is by secondary means, not direct intervention, as in the case of miracles, which are exceptional acts of God for exceptional circumstances. Study the hand of God in Esther and learn to appreciate how the smallest and most insignificant things in life can come together and make for a great monument of divine intervention.
The Psalms comprise perhaps the most generally beloved literature in all of God’s word. The reason for that is not a puzzle. The psalms, many penned by King David, are so personal and addressed to God “out of the pits” where, at one time or another (or better yet many times) all of us believers […]
Penned by Luke, the author of the third gospel, which recounts the beginning of the ministry of our Lord Jesus, the book of Acts is the sequel, narrating the continuation of His ministry through His chosen apostles. It describes the birth of the church and the fulfillment of the OT promise of the outpouring of the […]
Following Jesus is our conviction, our passion and our vision. That is what we are all about. But sometimes it helps a lot to flesh that out a bit, because following Jesus, which is the reflex of an honest-to-God faith, is really a pretty radical thing. In this short series of four messages, Pastor Jim […]