You won't find lasting joy gift-wrapped at the base of an evergreen three, adorned with a red bow. But you can find it at the foot of a much uglier tree, cross-shaped and blood-stained. Christ came, not to remain a baby, but to give His life on that tree as the perfect sacrifice for sins.
Romans 12 is a survey of attitudes by which Christian people should live. The three main categories are our attitudes toward God, other Christians, and our enemies. Have you checked your attitudes recently?
To respect the rich and despise the poor is inconsistent for the Christian. Partiality shows a lack of God's love for others in our hearts. In His sight each person is of equal value, no matter what their income is or what family they come from.
Barnabas deserves a spot with other noted New Testament saints—a disciple of Jesus on the level with Paul, John, Peter, and James. Each generation in the ongoing march of the church needs more saints like Barnabas—people who give generously, and encourage others to persevere in the faith.
A happy marriage sounds like a dream come true! But for far too many husbands and wives, the dream becomes a nightmare instead. If they will make the choice to follow the instructions of the One who designed marriage, they may still know the beauty of a marriage that glorifies Him.
Every human experiences the struggle of existence in a world that is marred by sin. The pain some people encounter makes them stronger Christians, others become bitter. How can we avoid this root of bitterness?
Good homes don’t just happen. They are the result of careful planning and thought and discipline and prayer. The Christian home is intended to be far more than a bed and breakfast. God wants it to be the headquarters where the spiritual needs of the children are met.
We have only one hope of salvation. That is to crucify our carnal mind, receive the “mind of Christ" and be born of the Spirit. The Bible teaches us that sin is overcome, not by determination, but by giving up—by surrendering our all in faith to Christ, and being born of the Spirit.
Even the most sincere "walk down the aisle" or the most passionate "sinner's prayer" is no substitute for Jesus' words, "take up your cross daily and follow me." Christianity is a life—not a one-time decision.