- Published 03 Mar 2014
Many readers of the Scripture have come to the Book of Revelation and wondered if it was a locked treasure chest. They sensed that it contained something very valuable, but opening “the chest” seemed difficult if not impossible. However, when we apply diligent and prayerful study to this last book of the Bible, we will most certainly be granted access to its rich blessings.
While reading the first chapter of the Revelation, I was inspired to devote more attention to this book. The first verse clearly states that the book was written to give “His servants” more knowledge. This book is intended for us as believers. The third verse tells us, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear.” We are encouraged to read and listen. Therefore, the book of Revelation should also be preached to us.
- Published 14 Jan 2014
We all know the relief we experience when after a long period of clouds and rain the sun suddenly pierces the grey mist and gradually dispels the overcast skies with its glorious beauty. All of nature again basks in its golden rays, and the pleasure of living is wonderfully increased.
- Published 07 Jan 2014
- Published 18 Dec 2013
Connie sighed. Every year it seemed she spent hours planning for Christmas, and even more hours cooking, cleaning, and decorating. Although she loved to do all of these things, it always seemed as though it was over so fast after all that effort. She loved shopping for gifts, but she already knew that the joy those gifts would bring would be short-lived. She wished she could make it all last a little longer. As she surveyed the pile of gifts she was getting ready to wrap, she thought about the question her children had asked her that morning: “Mom—if it’s Jesus’ birthday, how come we buy each other presents? Why don’t we give Jesus something?”
- Published 14 Dec 2013
Why did God become man in the form of the Lord Jesus? Our text verse gives the best possible answer to this question: “For God so loved the world...” God’s nature is love. The entire universe, everything in heaven and on earth, gives evidence of this love. There exists no greater power and no greater good than this godly love. It is the best and most precious of all that is. True love can be expressed in a multitude of ways. We see this in our human expressions of love. We could say, for example, that joy is love that laughs. Peace is love that rests. Patience is love that waits. Faith is love that trusts. Hope is love that anticipates. The Fruit of the Spirit named in the Bible can therefore be seen as different forms or expressions of love.
- Published 11 Dec 2013
We are approaching the end of the year. Christmas is before us, a time when we should reflect thankfully on the birth of our Savior. We have the opportunity to step out of the rhythm of our everyday lives, forget about our daily cares and pursuits for a moment, and look to Jesus, who wants to share His love, peace, and joy with us. Jesus is love personified, and He offers Himself to us all!
- Published 10 Dec 2013
We have shared a number of profiles of local congregations over the past few years. We do this to provide our readers with some insight regarding how God plants and builds His church, often from very humble beginnings. The Savior told His disciples and apostles 2000 years ago to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). The people of all nations are to hear the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.