Murder… adultery… theft… you won’t find any Christian who thinks those are God-honoring activities. Between Old Testament law, New Testament guidelines for Christian living, and the many righteous examples set by believers throughout the Bible, Christians generally know how they should (and shouldn’t) behave. But what happens when we don’t know? Christians have devoted huge […]
Is God fair to His people? One common stereotype about the God of the Old Testament is that He’s vengeful and capricious, quick to unleash punishment on straying sinners. But a closer look at the Old Testament suggests that the real story is different. In Jeremiah 18, God presents His side of the story—and challenges […]
If God loves us, why is life sometimes so hard? Hebrews 12 doesn’t answer every question you might have about suffering and the “problem of evil,” but it offers some important insight.
Have you ever seen firsthand the damage that internal strife can cause to a church? If it’s happening to your community, the New Testament book of Jude has some good counsel for you.
Genesis 22 contains one of the most unusual and challenging stories in the entire Old Testament. Beyond its value as a fascinating story about a famous Biblical hero, it has much to say about faith, humanity, and our relationship to God.
When Christians experience trials and setbacks, we’re often told by other believers that our bad experiences are happening for a reason—that when we look back at our difficulties with the benefit of hindsight, we’ll see how God was working everything out according to His perfect plan. Those are good and Biblical words of encouragement, but they’re not always easy to believe when you’re stressed out and weighed down by life’s problems….
Have you ever felt completely beaten down by life? Family trouble, bills, job worries, health concerns… when these and other troubles all strike at once, it can feel like God is singling you out for misery. Is this how God operates? Today’s reading from Lamentation brings a message of patient hope.
Today’s Bible reading explores one of the most challenging commands in the Bible: to love your enemy and repay evil with kindness.
How does the “Good News” of Jesus Christ relate to the holy Law of the Old Testament? Does the forgiveness and grace we receive through Christ render the Law obsolete? In 1 Timothy 1, Paul explores the relationship between law and grace.
Have you ever felt stretched to the limit… yet God asked for more? Did you respond with anger and bitterness, or with faith that God would provide? This might seem an academic question to many of us, but it was a very real, immediate problem for the widow in 1 Kings 17:7-24. How would you […]