GOD’S KINDNESS LEADS TO REPENTANCE

July 14, 2024

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4 ESV). Don’t presume upon the riches of God’s kindness, thinking you will not appear before God’s judgment seat in the end. Don’t let the apparent way that

THE FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS

July 13, 2024

“…to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless” (Psalms 10:14b ESV). The psalmist began by questioning where God is when the wicked persecute the poor. For the wicked appear to prosper and take advantage of the widow and the fatherless. Like a lion they lay in wait to attack

THE MUTUAL ENCOURAGEMENT OF FELLOWSHIP

July 12, 2024

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:11-12 ESV). God made us for Himself and fashioned within us a deep need for fellowship. As Christ-followers our spiritual

WHEN GOD USES DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES FOR GOOD

July 11, 2024

“He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance” (Acts 28:30-31 ESV). What Satan meant for evil, God used for good. The Jewish leaders that brought charges against Paul

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

July 10, 2024

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 ESV). This proverb contrasts the difference between having “many companions” and one close “friend.” For which is better? To have many fair weather companions who disappear at the first sign of trouble, or

MARRIAGE IS A GOOD THING FROM GOD

July 9, 2024

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22 ESV). We live in a day when marriage is not highly respected. It is often joked about and devalued. But marriage was God’s idea. It is not a mere social construct, but of Divine design. It is God’s

GOSPEL-CENTERED TESTIMONY

July 8, 2024

“I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles” (Acts 26:22-23 ESV). Paul’s testimony

LAYING OUR MORNING PRAYERS BEFORE THE LORD

July 7, 2024

“O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Psalm 5:3 ESV). David wrote this psalm describing his habit of seeking the Lord in prayer in the morning. He spoke of how he cried out to the Lord and then watched and waited for

PAUL’S TWO YEARS BY THE SEA

July 6, 2024

“When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison” (Acts 24:27 ESV). Paul was arrested in Jerusalem and delivered to Marcus Antonius Felix, the Roman Governor of Judea, at Caesarea Maritima. He was kept in custody there for two years,

TESTIFYING OF JESUS WHEN WE ARE WEAK

July 5, 2024

‘The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”’ (Acts 23:11 ESV). Paul had testified one last time before the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, but their hearts continued to be hardened. After being