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?!”
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Meditating on Who God Is
How would you describe Father God? David, the shepherd boy who became King, beautifully describes our heavenly Father with key words and analogies to help us grasp His nature. Meditating on the meaning of this Psalm will help us know God even better as well as to set our hearts and minds on spiritual matters.Continue reading “Meditating on Who God Is”
In 1976, every person who attended the weekend workshop at the Williamstown Church of Christ received a “Don’t Quit” badge. Not only did it remind us of the theme of the workshop, but it encouraged us to PERSEVERE as Christians. “Don’t Quit” needs to be the theme of every Christian in every age! Worldwide events ofContinue reading ““DON’T QUIT!””
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!””
What Are You Focusing on This Year?
Do you make new year’s resolutions? While the beginning of a new year is a good time to set new goals and create new plans, it is also a great time to examine our hearts and minds with the set purpose of growing closer to the Lord Jesus, Father God and Holy Spirit. What willContinue reading “What Are You Focusing on This Year?”
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”
Rooted or Shallow?
by Jo Umberger “A farmer went out to sow his seed . . . Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root . . .Continue reading “Rooted or Shallow?”
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”