When we open God's word, are we seeking to find information that simply reinforces what I already believe? Or am I coming to be shaped into God's image? We look in Acts 18 and 19 to discuss what we need to do if and when God's word shines a light on our shortcomings or ignorance.
In the first days of God's kingdom being established in the church, a man obeys Christ's gospel and finds new identity in the power of God. Yet like so many of us, he meets challenges and pitfalls early on in his walk with God. What does he do in order to make sure he is right with God? And how can we make application?
Eleazar was a mighty man of David. He confronted an army of Philistines alone and emerged victorious. As he stood on the field of battle, he couldn't seem to let go of his sword. How can God's people cling similarly to the sword of the Spirit, that is, the Bible?
Jesus came to offer us life abundantly. When a person abides in Christ, they have access to every spiritual blessings, immeasurable riches and God's unfailing grace. Following this course of life, though, requires dying to self and living to God.
In the beginning, things were perfect. Man and God walked together. Then, man chose poorly and severed our connection with the Almighty. Yet the Tree of Life, the perfect garden--God's very presence--is promised for those who turn their hearts back to Him.
The most remarkable and important birth in human history took place over 2,000 years ago: God's Word, His Son, took on flesh and dwelt among us. The wise men who sought out this child-to-be-king demonstrate important principles for us to practice ourselves if we would pursue Jesus with our whole lives.
It's a simple question: do you want to get well? We may have tried to live a certain way for so long that we have lost hope of getting well, or maybe we just get used to our infirmities. Jesus offers true healing--spiritual healing and restoration to God.
"Be holy, for I am holy." What an honorable, albeit daunting, calling! Yet God charges His people to keep themselves pure and unstained from the world. The only way we can answer this calling is with God's help: not only the grace He lavishes upon us, but the perfect example He gives us through His son and the men and women of faith recorded in the scriptures.
Whether it's a first name, nickname, maiden name or surname, the proper names we use convey a sense of identity. They are the shorthand we use to acknowledge and interact with one another. Some wish they could have any name besides the one they own, while others don't want to give up their name for anything. In this episode, we open God's word to examine what He says is important in the names of His children.
Everyone wants to be rich. The question is, what kind of rich? The material wealth of this world will not last, but the God and Creator of the cosmos wants to lavish His riches--spiritual riches--upon us. But, we must prove ourselves faithful stewards of what God entrusts us if we are to receive the riches He has prepared for us.