Gratitude is a mark of a follower of Christ. We should never cease to recall God's past work in our lives, as well as His continuing work, and praise Him for it all.
The death of Jesus' friend Lazarus provides an amazing opportunity for the Lord to present the truth of who He is. This truth exposes the hearts of people as they choose to either acknowledge Him as the Son of God or obstinately reject Him in the face of undeniable proof.
Following the Lord Jesus means directing our lives away from ourselves and toward God and others. Humility, integrity, forgiveness, faithfulness, and selfless service should characterize our lives.
Outward circumstances have nothing to do with a person’s eternal destiny. All people must personally respond in faith to the gospel of Christ. That gospel is available to them in the Bible, as we simply present it to them and allow the Word to do its convicting work.
Marriage is not easy. And it becomes extremely difficult when serious sin enters the picture. For believers, is divorce an option; and if so, under what circumstances? We need to look to the Bible for God's instruction concerning this challenging issue.
Money is a useful tool, but it can also be a deadly temptation. Jesus teaches us that it is only when we use money wisely as good stewards of God that it produces benefits of eternal value.
Only when we see ourselves as sinners can we understand and appreciate God's marvelous grace. And it is in offering grace to others that we demonstrate Godlike character. Jesus' story of two prodigals illustrates these truths.
Those who seek the "joy" of being free from God end up in the despair of enslavement to sin. Jesus’ powerful parable of the prodigal son reminds us of this truth.
Jesus tells two memorable parables to remind us of the love of God for sinners. Do we love people as He does, and do we rejoice in their salvation? Our attitude toward the gracious work God is doing in the lives of other people reveals a lot about us.
Being Jesus' disciple is not a matter of saying the right words but of having the right attitude, perspective, and commitment. And nothing about it is easy!
Being a faithful disciple of Jesus is not about making Him a part of your life; it is about giving Him your life. As Jesus Himself puts it, you are to deny yourself and take up your cross daily.
Righteous living is not a legal matter but a heart matter. It is concerned not only with doing what is legal but also with doing what is most honoring to God in all our relationships and activities.
Righteousness means not just right actions but proper thoughts and attitudes as well. Consequently, the perfect righteousness required to enter God's kingdom is unattainable by our own efforts. It is ours only by God’s grace through Jesus Christ.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are sheep under the care of our Good Shepherd. We can rest in the truth that He knows us, loves us, and desires and initiates a relationship with us. How could we be any more blessed? How could we be any more obligated to serve and worship Him?
There is no fast and easy route to serving the Lord. Every experience, every day, is preparing us to follow and serve God tomorrow. The challenges and even the temptations are God's means of teaching us, strengthening us, and preparing us. This is the path Jesus Himself followed.