Why did you come to Jesus? Why are you a Christian? Why did God give you the identity of being â€œa chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession who have received mercy?â€ The answer is crystal clear in these verses. He saved you so that you would say how great He is. In short, He saved you for His glory. ...Keep Reading
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Spiritual maturity requires standing firm on core gospel issues, but favoring love and unity over disagreement on non-essentials. There are times when conceding to others' consciences is right, wise, and loving. ...
Unity that compromises the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone is destructive....
Paul and Barnabas return to the cities they preached in, not as evangelists, but as shepherds to organize the believers into churches with elders. ...
We should especially pay attention to the seemingly strange statements in the Bible; they may be there for our encouragement. Here is the gist of what Peter is saying, â€œNo matter what you are going through in your life, if you have embraced Jesus the cornerstone, then you will never regret it; you will never be put to shame.â€ ...Keep Reading
A clear reading of this text confronts us with the question, â€œHow well are you doing in getting away with the Lord over the Bible? Not just because you are supposed to, but in order to be filled with His Spirit and strengthened for each dayâ€™s work?â€ If in our musing over this question we realize that we donâ€™t have enough time in the day to fi...Keep Reading
Verse 2 is stunning. God, through the Apostle Peter, commands us to have desires or yearnings, that at the moment, we may not have.... So here I am, absorbed in the day to day worries and busyness of life. If we had an instrument to measure desires in my heart, we would find very little â€œdesire for the goodness of God in the Wordâ€ at a particular given momen...Keep Reading