When people do well in a performance, the common response is to give them a round of applause. The better the performance, the longer we clap. What does God see and feel when we clap for one another? Is it an innocent thing of encouragement?
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.
Second Timothy is the last letter that Paul ever wrote. The letter is Paul's final farewell. He was in prison because of his faith—jailed for preaching Christ and the resurrection from the dead. This article covers three main points from Paul's final exhortation.
Human beings come and go, in one hundred years most of the people alive today will be gone and largely forgotten. Only God remains the same. Every generation finds Him the as the generation before had found Him—unchanged, and still worthy of our confidence and hope.
Jesus chose to use a child to teach His disciples. What do we learn when a child is our teacher? We observe them and learn humility, obedience, teachableness, faith, generosity in giving, forgiveness, dependence, innocence, transparency and adoration. Let us become as little children!
Asking for advice is good, but you must follow it for it to be of any use. Rehoboam is an example of someone who ignored wise counsel from older men and turned to the advice of his friends instead. The results were far worse than he could have imagined.
Bitterness is like a leech. It attaches itself to and feeds on you, draining the life from you. Bitterness is rebellion against God. How do you respond to life? Do you let the unpleasant circumstances make you bitter?
The privilege of belonging to God's family brings with it rare blessings, and certain restrictions. Theirs is the delight and pleasure of being personally guided and jealously guarded by the Holy Spirit.