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Deserted by All My Friends: How Should I Respond?

Perhaps you’ve had this experience: Something was troubling you. It was consuming your life, weighing you down, distracting your attention. You decided to share this with your brothers and sisters in Christ. You needed their help. You longed for their prayers. Then the moment came—perhaps in...

Render to God the Things That Are God’s

The religious leaders in Jerusalem sent certain men to Jesus “to trap him in his talk” (Mark 12:13). They began by flattering him, falsely implying that they admired him as a man of integrity who always said what was right and true. Then they asked him...

The Goodness of Light

As I grow older, I find myself noticing darkness more and more. Perhaps my increasing awareness is due to a mild decline in my vision, my 20/20 days being long past! In any case my awareness of darkness was accentuated a few weeks ago when we...

Five Hard Questions for Bible Discussions

Can you start a lively Bible study that would be a great benefit to those who participate? The answer is “yes!” This is a simple Bible Discussion Guide for any group. Using this approach, your study can be as deep as you wish to make it,...

Why Satan Cannot Stop Gospel Advance

Satan hates the progress of the gospel.  This was quickly evident once Paul and Barnabas went out from the church in Antioch on the first local church effort to reach the nations with the gospel (Acts 13-14). Early on that journey they were in Paphos on the island...

The Future of Crying

It’s okay to cry. Perhaps the most obvious verse to prove this is John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” And not only did Jesus cry, so did the the apostle Paul. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish...

Now that Camp, or the Retreat, or the Conference, is Over

There is a spiritual “high” that is often experienced toward the end of a church camp, retreat, or conference. A few days of solid Bible teaching, intentional fellowship, and extended personal time with the Lord has a way of making a believer’s heart full. “I wish...

What Do You Do When You Have Nothing to Do?

You probably have more free time than you think you do. By “free time,” I mean time that is not already allocated for some scheduled, necessary, daily or weekly routine type of activity—in other words, time when you are free to choose what to do, with...

Three Non-negotiables for Christians In the Upcoming Presidential Election

It is a blessing to live in a country where citizens are free to participate in the political process, deciding through a voting system who governs and, to some degree, how they govern. It is also a reality that even this comparatively good system is not...

Gospel Potency

I stood on Colossae’s hill overlooking the beautiful Lycus Valley 100 miles inland from Ephesus. It was a small valley town in its best days. For some reason that moment made an impression on me when we toured Turkey for its biblical sites. Not far off...