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.
In reading biblical historical narratives many readers may be ignorant of the fact that always the protagonist (or main Actor) in them is God, not the human characters so prominently featured in their pages. Always remember that the Scriptures represent not just the one authoritative written revelation from God, but the Bible also represents the […]
In church history, our day is not unique in terms of the ever-present peril of false teachers and false teachings. However in this digital age with 1001 sources of information or disinformation, believers are more easily than ever exposed to heresy parading under the banner of “Christian ministry.” Combine that accessibility with massive biblical illiteracy […]
The Book of Revelation is a favorite Bible study for all those who look forward to our Lord’s return and the events surrounding it on all sides. Because of its literary genre (apocalyptic – rich in symbolism, some of it internally interpreted, much not) the book contains some mystery and tons of fascination for students […]