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
The cross is so much a part of Christianity that a cross-shaped emblem or pendent is immediately identified with Jesus and His followers. In a symbolic sense, every follower of Christ should have a cross-shaped life. In the last chapter of Galatians, Paul emphasized the primacy of the cross in the life of every Christian, … More Cross-Shaped Christians
Christians have plenty of reasons to be opposed to sin: It defiles the innocent; it degrades society; it destroys the soul. Another significant reason: It costs Jesus His life. Paul explained that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” (I Cor. 15:3b). Any sin that might be committed will likely fall into one … More The Five Most Popular Ways to Sin