Is Idolatry More Than Bowing to Graven Images?!

The Bible often refers to images made by humans when speaking against idols, which God Himself describes in Habakkuk 2:18 (New International Version). “Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman?    Or an image that teaches lies?For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;    he makes idols that cannot speak.” In the previous two lessonsContinue reading “Is Idolatry More Than Bowing to Graven Images?!”

Jesus said, “Take Heart!”

In John 16:33 (New International Version), Jesus addresses two conflicting themes when he said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” PERHAPS the reason we feel somewhat overwhelmed when trouble comes is becauseContinue reading “Jesus said, “Take Heart!””

Living at Peace in a World of Hostility

Does it seem like the division, hatred, and pain in the world is getting worse? Satan, whom Jesus refers to as “the thief,” seeks to ruin this world and our lives. Consider the evil, turmoil, trouble, and destruction we see and hear about. Jesus said that Satan “comes only to steal and kill and destroy”Continue reading “Living at Peace in a World of Hostility”

Take time to truly consider how much God loves you.

We have read Scriptures about God’s love. We’ve heard sermons and lessons, read articles, and perhaps taught others about His love. But do we take the time to GRASP, FULLY UNDERSTAND, REALIZE how much God loves us? Perhaps. Maybe. **Take a break from reading and ask the Father to help you more fully grasp HisContinue reading “Take time to truly consider how much God loves you.”

Controlling Our Minds

by Jo Umberger The more we grow in faith in Jesus, the more we learn about self-control (see 2 Peter 1:5-8). Each time we are tempted but choose not to sin, we are exercising self-control. When we have the opportunity to do good and do it, we are demonstrating self-control. If we stop ourselves beforeContinue reading “Controlling Our Minds”

Joy on Our Journey

by Jo Umberger Have you ever noticed that some Christians seem to be joyful most of the time? Are they simply happy with their circumstances? Perhaps they have always made it a habit to smile, which makes them appear to be joyful, even if they are suffering inwardly. Or are they truly aware of God’sContinue reading “Joy on Our Journey”