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I Was Just Thinking … About Exulting in Tribulation

“Exult in tribulation.” says Romans 5:3. And James joins with Paul, telling us to “count it all joy when you meet various trials” (James 1:2). But how is it possible to do this when life’s adversities inflict real pain and seem to darken our future prospects? These commands seem nonsensical until we remember that God’s … Continue reading

Mentoring #3—Self-Spoken Mentoring

By the fruit of your mouth your hunger will be satisfied; you will be filled with the product of your lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love that power will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:20–21 We can confidently hope to “speak what is good for building up” … Continue reading

Servants #1—Merciful Servants

God designed us to be stewards of his grace by serving one another in his name. Since each of us is difficult to serve, we all need to be motivated to overcome these difficulties. Moving beyond ourselves, out of our comfort zones and into the messy details of one another’s lives, takes great confidence that … Continue reading

Grateful Imitation

Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. … Jesus knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, and that he had come … Continue reading

Civility #5—Imitation Civility

When Christ suffered for you, he left you an example to follow: … When he was maligned, he did not respond with a curse; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but placed his future in the hands of God, who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:21–23 How did he do it? How did Jesus resist … Continue reading

Praise by God #3—Marvelous Praise

The centurion said, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” … When Jesus heard this, he marveled and exclaimed, “I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.” Matthew 8:8–10 We know that during Jesus’ three years of ministry in Israel, he traveled around the country proclaiming the good news … Continue reading

Strength #6 — Strengthening Prayer

Not all have faith; therefore pray that we may be delivered from perverse and evil men. But the Lord is faithful, who will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:2–3 It seems obvious that not everyone knows and trusts God. So why bring it up? We need to be reminded because … Continue reading

Help #5 — Teaching Help

Abraham said, “God will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.” … Then Abraham saw behind him a ram caught in the thicket. Abraham took the ram, and offered him up in the place of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place “the Eternal Will Provide.” Genesis 22:8, 13-14 Abraham was not … Continue reading

Sustenance #4 — Sustained Rescue

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom; to him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:18 At the end of his life, the Apostle Paul knew that he could trust Jesus to keep him going, even in the face of seemingly … Continue reading

Sustenance #3 — Certain Comfort

Thus says the Eternal, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and the vegetation, who gives breath to the people on it. … “I am the Eternal, that is my name; I will not give my glory to another.” Isaiah 42:5-8 Comfort rests in the arms of confidence; and … Continue reading