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I Was Just Thinking … About Present Contentment

Hebrews 13:5 commands us to be content with our present financial circumstances, so that we don’t act unlovingly. A literal rendering of the Greek is “Be content with the present things.” While the “present things” surely include our possessions and money, they refer also to everything that is a part of our life situation. Surely … Continue reading

Conquerors #7—Kings and Queens

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my knocking and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together. To those who conquer I will give permission to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:20–21 … Continue reading

Conquerors #4—The Morning Star

Hold on to what you have until I come. To those who conquer and who continue in my deeds until the end, I will give authority over the nations … just as I have received the right to rule from my Father—and I will give the morning star. Revelation 2:25–28 In the dark of the … Continue reading

Conquerors #1—For the Tree of Life in Paradise

In troubled times, when our hearts are in turmoil, the fight of faith increases in intensity. We know that Jesus achieved victory, that he overcame, that he conquered Satan as he tried to foil God’s plans. Therefore, our hearts can be at peace … but we can’t be complacent. We too need to vanquish the … Continue reading

Habakkuk #4—Time and Treasure

The vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the goal; it will not fail. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 Treasure terminates time: “If it takes forever, I will wait for you …”  “Anticipation … is keeping me waiting!” “You can’t hurry love; … Continue reading

Team #5—Loving Investment

Jesus said, “Love your enemies, and do good. … Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:35–38 The economics of God’s relational strategy seem … Continue reading

Transformation #6—Beneficial Transformation

To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the benefit of all. 1 Corinthians 12:7 First, creation; then, recreation. When God first assigned human beings the task of exercising authority over creation as his representatives, he intended for us to continue subduing chaos so that he, and we, could label the end … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … about Grace in Action

When the Apostle Paul described the synergy undergirding his ministry he said, “God’s grace toward me has not been in vain. I worked harder than anyone; nevertheless, it was not I, but the grace of God that was working with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). As my wife and I talked with our children during the … Continue reading

Servants #4—Efficient Servants

Through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13–14 Killing two birds with one stone is the model of hunting efficiency. Serving someone through love is the model of godly efficiency. We don’t have to worry about remembering … Continue reading

From Love to Hope to Faith

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect longsuffering as an example for those purposing to believe in … Continue reading