We talk a lot about discipleship but don’t often make the connection between the word disciple and the word discipline. Be it children at home or adults at church, discipline is not popular, but it is often necessary. In today’s passage we find that disobedience calls for discipline. It did then, and it still does today.
Often when we read of the exploits of those God used in His Word, we think of them as supermen or super women. Even in our day and time as we see those who are making a real difference in the lives of others, we might ask ourselves, “Who am I?” and “What can I do? I’m just an ordinary person.” It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Using ordinary people is God’s specialty.
One of the amazing dynamics of God’s character is His incredible patience with us. Psalm 86:15 says it well: "But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." The Bible is full of people who received second chances, and even third and fourth chances: Peter, Jonah, Mark, Samson, David, and others. And thankfully, you can add your name to the list.
What did Jesus mean when he said that He came not to bring peace, but sword? Does that sound radical? It does and it is. Dr. Andrew Hart takes a deep dive into these words of Christ and challenges us to do likewise.
The results of a survey administered to 54 students and faculty from a small, private Illinois college and 35 students from a small community college in Illinois give us insight into how a person’s faith relates to their personality characteristics. The findings showed that people who rate a high personal relationship with God experienced increased joy in their lives- even through times of testing. Faith is defined as an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence. For Christians, faithfulness to God allows one to find fulfillment in life. In today’s teaching we’ll find that many other benefits come from our faithfulness to Him.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” It may be an old saying, but it’s a true saying, and in today’s teaching we learn about preparing for the tests on life that God allows to come our way.
Today we honor Mother’s Day with a special message from the story of Jesus’ miracle at the wedding in John chapter 2. There, his mother exhibited the godly traits that all moms should strive for.
That’s wise advice, not only in politics, but in life! When choosing who and what will govern our decisions in life doing our homework is critical. Today’s teaching contains some excellent advice.
In today’s teaching the Bible indicates some things that accompany the anointing of God. It’s a great study, and we invite you to open your Bibles and follow along.
Many of us are running ourselves ragged chasing after the things of life. Some are things that we need, and others are things that we don’t need, but we want anyway. Today’s teaching reminds us that if we seek after God, He’ll add all the other things.
Fellowship. Biblically it is defined as association, community, communion, joint participation and intimacy. It is the lifeblood of our connection as believers and today’s teaching underscores its value- it’s priceless.
Some say He was a good teacher. Some say that He was one of the prophets. Some say that He was no more than a just man. What others think is irrelevant. What do you think?
We don’t follow Christ because of the benefits- but thank God there are many!
Even in the midst of all that is happening around us, we can still be thankful. Today in Colossians chapter one Paul outlines some of the reasons why.
Each of us should aspire to be a blessing in the lives of others. Today we start a new series in the book of Colossians. Paul thanked God for the saints there. How many thank God for you? Full message here: https://gogfministries.org/media/