Christian Character: Hospitality

May 13, 2020

10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. (Romans 12:10-13) In this passage the word translated “hospitality” is a combination of two terms, one meaning “love” and the other meaning “stranger.” The word “hospitality,” therefore, means “lover of strangers.” As we see this idea developed in the New Testament, it becomes obvious that this Christian characteristic is very broad in…

Gracious Obedience

May 1, 2020

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) The Scripture teaches that it is by God’s grace (unmerited favor) that we are saved. By grace, we are forgiven and regenerated, and by grace we persevere through life. Apart from God’s grace, we would remain under His condemnation. Our entire lives, therefore, are lived in a state of grace. This devotional is about two of the primary implications of our salvation by grace. First, the blessing of God’s favor implies that our redemption, due to our fallen natures, required His grace. Grace was essential for our deliverance from…

He Cares for You

April 24, 2020

He Cares for You The Bible gives us directions concerning how we are to handle our worries. For example, in one of His many exhortations to the disciples, Jesus addressed this issue: “. . . do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matt. 6:25) The Savior’s followers were wrestling with the personal implications of serving Him; one such implication centered on their ability to secure the…

April 22, 2020 Rejoice in the Lord Always

April 22, 2020

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Phil. 4:4) Notice that Paul commands us to rejoice in all things and at all times. He does not say that we should be joyful as long as we are content and free from worry or as long as we are not facing challenges to our faith. As a matter fact, the apostle doesn’t even mention circumstances; he simply orders us to rejoice in the Lord always. It is as though he is telling us that we don’t have another option. You are a Christian, so you are filled with…

April 15, 2020 Coronavotions (devotional thoughts for the lockdown)

April 15, 2020

For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:4) In Genesis 8, we read about the end of Noah’s experience in the ark. For more than a year, Noah and his passengers endured all the trials and tribulations that you might imagine would arise in such a situation. When the day came, however, for Noah and company to relieve the ark, his first inclination was not what we might have imagined would be the case. As soon as Noah left the ark, he built an altar…

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