Prayer is one of the divine privileges granted to God’s children. The Bible says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions … More How to Know When to Pray
One great sentence on two great blessings of God: “God’s grace: God’s giving us what we don’t deserve. God’s mercy: God’s not giving us what we do deserve.”
Whether we read the Book of Ecclesiastes as a description of the search for happiness as it is in progress, or as a memoir of one who is reflecting on detours in life that turned up empty, the message is the same: Nothing on earth can bring real fulfillment; genuine satisfaction is found only in … More Ecclesiastes: Man’s True Purpose
Solomon, one of the wealthiest men of ancient times, had quite a bit to say about how we may acquire and use financial resources. One volume of Solomon’s writings – the Book of Proverbs – contains a large catalog of passages dealing with money, including (open your Bible and follow this list through that book): … More Principles from Proverbs: Finances
The Book of Proverbs is a collection of concise observations about life and how to navigate it successfully. Success is synonymous with living wisely. And wisdom entails doing what is good for yourself and others, today and into the foreseeable future. These four considerations provide a framework for discerning the best way to live, from … More Principles from Proverbs: Character
Jesus gave us some very specific teaching about having a forgiving spirit: “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” 5 The … More Do I Have Enough Faith to Forgive?
Jesus mentioned the mustard seed three times in His teachings: in a parable about His family, the kingdom (Mark 4:30-32); in teaching about faith Matt. 17:15-21), and in teaching about forgiveness (Luke 17:3-6). In each instance, He used the tiny item as the star of a different lesson. It wasn’t necessarily the very smallest seed … More Small Seed, Big Harvest: In Jesus’ Family, the Kingdom