What do you have that you did not receive? With this searching question, we are invited to deepen and broaden our life of Christian thanksgiving.
Thank God takes us beyond the memes and self-help books that have made gratitude a popular yet superficial topic in recent years. True thankfulness focuses on the good and gracious Giver of all things. It is grounded in Christ and expresses itself through the Christian’s joyful response in heart and life.
Weak Pastor, Strong Christ
The second letter to the Corinthians is a touchstone for pastors seeking advice on effective ministry. Although Paul loved the Corinthians dearly, their relationship was marked by the tensions and challenges that are acutely familiar to church leaders today. Be encouraged by Paul’s vision for Christ-shaped gospel ministry!
Jesus drew the message of his perfect prayer from the Psalms, Israel’s ancient prayer book. In the Psalms, believers approach God in worship, seek him for life’s necessities, confess their sins, and ask for his mercy. Echoing these prayerful voices, Jesus taught us a profound lesson in what delights God when his people pray.
Most Christians are familiar with the Ten Commandments, and will read Proverbs for a bite-sized piece of God’s wisdom. To apply these ancient words in the 21st century, it is instructive to study God’s law alongside Proverbs. These words relate to areas of life such as words, worship, money, sexuality, and our fears, loves, and desires.
Failure and Prospect
The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31) is one of the most intriguing parables of Jesus. Through this comprehensive study, we answer some of its difficult questions and explore the meaning this story. Through his parable, Jesus teaches a right response both to poverty and to One who has risen from the dead.