We have all been given a faith conviction from God regarding His purpose for our lives. That conviction, however, is personal to us and not necessarily shared by my brother or sister. Paul calls us to respect these different convictions in the church.
The Apostle Paul reminds us of the importance of peace in our relationship with other believers. This peace, however, does not come cheaply. To pursue it will mean following the example of the Lord Jesus.
In Romans 14:10-12 the Apostle Paul reminds the Romans that each onrle of them would stand before the Judgement Seat of God and confess to Him. They were not to take this role on themselves but instead prepare each other for that day.
Paul shows us that there were believers in Rome who esteemed certain days as special. On the other hand there were others esteemed all days alike. The Apostle reminded the Romans that though different in theology and practice, both groups were accepted by God.
In Romans 14:2-3 the Apostle Paul reveals a division in the church in Rome over the place of Jewish food laws and holy day in the Christian Church. In these verses the Apostle shows that God was pleased to welcome the worship of believers from both sides of the debate.
The Apostle Paul challenged the Romans to open their heart and welcome the weaker brother. This not in only implies that we are at different levels in our understanding and walk with the Lord Jesus, but also that our unity is not in practices and beliefs bit in the Lord Jesus and His work alone.
Philip the evangelist had an important and quite public ministry. He ended his life, however, in relative obscurity. This aspect of his life reminds us that we are not all called to minister in the spotlight. God also calls is to minister in dark corners as well.
After the flood the descendants of Noah travelled to the region of Shinar where the settled in the comfort of the fertile valley. The comfort of that valley, however, kept them from fulfilling the commission of God to fill the earth.
While it is human for us to rejoice over the downfall of our enemy, the Lord God calls the nation of Israel to wail for the pain of Babylon. Jeremiah 51:8 shows us the attitude that God requires toward those who have offended us.
In a day where offending another person is a very serious matter, as Christians we need to consider what our response to offense needs to be. In this episode we will examine how Babylon offended the nation of Judah.
The writer to the Hebrews tells us that the wisdom and strength to run the race marked out for us is not found in ourselves but in Jesus. He, therefore, challenges us to keep our eyes focused on Him.as both the founder and Perfector of our faith.
God has marked out the race He has for us to run. This race calls for perseverence. There is only so much time available to us and it is easy for us to be distracted. The challenge is for us to be focused and disciplined so that we can finish the race God has given us to run.
If we are going to run the race marked out for us, we will need to identify the hindrances. The writer to the Hebrews challenges us to cast of the weigh that hinders and the sin that entangled so that we run the race before us.
Hebrews 12:1-3 challenge us to run the ract that has been marked out for us. One of the inspirations for us to be obedient to this call is the great cloud of witnesses that surround us testifying to the enabling and provison of God.
As those who belong to the Lord Jesus we have been equipped with all that we need to live a life of victory. Why then do we see so many Christians live defeated and powerless lives? The answer lies in the next great work of God in the life of Israel --the work of bringing them to maturity.
The people of God were facing the greatest trial they had ever faced as a nation. They lived under the oppression of slavery and hatred in the land of Egypt. Unable to save themselves from this cruelty, they cried out to God for deliverance. Exodus 13:17 is a declaration of defeat to the enamy and victory for God's people. This same victory can be ours in the circumstances we face in life.
The apostle Paul told the Philippians that the peace of God would guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The peace of God is not a passive feeling or an optional benefit for the believer but a guard watching over us and keeping us in times of anxiety and trouble.
The apostle Paul promises that those who make their requests known to God by prayer and supplication will know the peace of God that surpasses understanding. What is this peace? In this episode we will look at four aspects to the peace that God gives.
The apostle Paul told the Philippians that if they were going to deal with their anxiety, they would have to let their requests be made known to God. In this episode we will take a look at what it means to make our requests known.
Paul encourged the Philippians, in light of their anxiety, to be thankful. How can we be thankful when everything seems to be falling apart around us. In the episode we will examine what it means to be thankful and how this thankfulness is a powerful tool as we deal with anxiety.
Paul told the Corinthians that he experienced the "daily pressure of anxiety for all the churches" (2 Corinthians 11:28). Yet here in Philippians 4:6 he told the Philippians that they were not to be anxious about anything. How do we reconcile these two statements?
What is our response to the trials that come our way? In Philippians 4:4-6 the apostle Paul encouraged the church of Philippi to rejoice and demonstrate the truth of what they believed through their reasonableness.