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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Beatitudes read like a list of sacred paradoxes. The Lord began His Sermon on the Mount with a series of seemingly incongruous promises. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:3-4). Taken at face value, they don’t make sense.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Of course we all know the story of the two builders. For some of us, the lesson was musically drilled into our heads all the way back in Sunday School. But do we give enough thought to the “rock” on which we’re meant to build our lives? If we mistakenly detach the parable from the rest of Christ’s sermon, we’ve missed the point entirely.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Today a new American president will be sworn into office. Maybe you like him. Maybe you don’t. Whatever the case, your view of the president should not determine how you relate and respond to the government as a Christian. Romans 13:1 provides the standard: “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.”
Thursday, January 19, 2017
In times of disappointment and trials, believers take great comfort from the apostle Paul’s reassuring words: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). The promise of that verse is often a beacon of hope for suffering Christians, giving them confidence that the Lord is not indifferent to their plight.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
How can a good and powerful God tolerate all the evil in the world? That question—frequently posed by skeptics and liberal theologians—is a not-so-veiled attack on the God of the Bible, and an easy excuse for those looking to undercut or ignore the authority of His Word.
Monday, January 16, 2017
One of the most common excuses given by those who reject the God of the Bible is the issue of evil in the world. Skeptics and theological liberals ask, “How can the God portrayed in the Bible as good, holy, and loving allow massive injustices and evil in the world?” Some ask, “How can an all-powerful God be loving and tolerate all of the effects of evil which inflict so much suffering around the world?” In fact, many skeptics and theological liberals believe this dilemma backs Christians into an impossible position.
Friday, January 13, 2017
On Sunday, January 2, John MacArthur stepped into the pulpit to deliver his first sermon of the twenty-first century: “A Church for the New Millennium.” If the church is to survive in a new millennium what should it look like?
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The contrast between Jesus and Judas is striking. Set against the backdrop of Judas’s hatred, Jesus’ love shines even brighter. We can have a better sense of the magnitude of Christ’s love when we understand that in the heart of Judas was the blackest kind of hatred and rejection. The very same words of love by which Jesus gradually drew the hearts of the other disciples to Himself only pushed Judas further and further away.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Much of the discussion about Martin Luther these days seems to focus on his flaws rather than his faith, and that’s a pity. It’s quite true that some conspicuous blemishes mar the great Reformer’s reputation. His most glaring faults arose from a brooding disposition. He seemed naturally prone to melancholy, impatience, a vehement temper, and a sharp tongue. Even Luther’s most devoted friends recognized those traits as serious shortcomings.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
In the final hours before His arrest and execution—at a time when our feeble minds would have been consumed with anxiety and panic—Christ put His friends first. The Lord spent His fleeting moments of freedom faithfully ministering to them, preparing them for their own ministry, and laying the foundation of the church He would build through them.
Monday, January 9, 2017
We live in an egotistical, narcissistic generation. Our culture is obsessed with self-esteem, self-love, self-fulfillment, and every conceivable kind of selfish pursuit. People relentlessly promote themselves, praise themselves, and put themselves first.
Friday, December 23, 2016
Christmas signifies Christ’s entry into humanity. It’s wonderful to ponder the birth scene in Bethlehem and marvel at the fact that God tabernacled among men (John 1:14). But we need to remember that was His first coming. The obscure and humble surroundings that accompanied His earthly arrival will one day be overshadowed by His second glorious coming.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
We shouldn’t be deceived by the size and seeming vulnerability of the baby in the manger. Jesus Christ is the creator and ruler of the entire universe—and His incarnation didn’t alter that. Even in His infancy, He was supreme to everything else, in every possible way.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Many believers fall into a myopic trap around this time of year. Caught up in the trappings and traditions of the season, they quickly lose sight of why we’re celebrating Christ’s birth in the first place. In simple terms, their emphasis on Christ’s infancy blinds them to His supremacy.
Monday, December 19, 2016
What do you think about when you see a nativity scene? We might recognize the baby in the manger as God in flesh. But seeing Christ as a helpless and vulnerable infant can delude us into thinking that the humility of the incarnation was not isolated to His physical form—that somehow, His deity was also diminished.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Have you considered how dangerous Christmastime is for believers? Throughout the rest of the year, the spiritual dividing lines are clearly delineated. But as the world pauses to pay lip service to Christ’s birth, Christians can be easily swept up in the pomp and traditions, and forfeit a tremendous opportunity to proclaim the truth about our Lord.