Like Joseph, we need to realize that God—not ourselves—is the Creator, engineering events that form us into what He wants us to become.
God's sovereignty and free moral agency set up a seeming paradox. Just how much choice and freedom do we have under God's sovereign rule?
For His Own reasons, God has chosen not to reveal His plan to those the world considers wise, but, instead, to work with the weaker sort of mankind.
Martin Collins, reflecting on the martyrdom of Stephen, affirms that his martyrdom indicated that this wholesale persecution on Christianity, from the leaders to the rank and file, indicated that Christianity was a revolutionary idea whose time had come. The institution feeling the greatest threat was Judaism, with the Pharisee …
Grace implies empowerment for growth. It is the single most important aspect of our salvation, and His giving of it is completely unmerited on our part.
Repentance is something we must do with our God-given free moral agency. Reconciliation is an ongoing process that enables us to draw closer to what God is.
The New Covenant, wherein God writes His law on the heart and gives His Spirit, empowers God's people to obey without the need for external control.
Deuteronomy constitutes instruction for the Israel of God, serving as a compass and guide, preparing God's people to enter the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom parables allude to the process of spiritual maturity, depicting a planted and cultivated seed becoming a sprout, eventually bearing fruit.
God has a vision for us, a vision He has been planning from the foundation of creation, an awesome plan to bring us into His very family, giving us His mind.
Martin Collins, reflecting on an incident years ago when a member of God's church exclaimed 'I don't mind being Laodicean; they are part of God's church too,' felt an inward horror that one would not mind remaining lukewarm and subject to being vomited out. The Laodicean temperament falls seriously short in promoting the …
Both food and information are readily available in the West. What is our approach to them? Our attitude toward and application of them makes all the difference.
Liberty without guidelines will turn into chaos. We will be free only if we submit to the truth. All authority, even incompetent authority, derives from God.
John Ritenbaugh warns that the narrow "pay and pray" mentality experienced by many in our previous fellowship took our attention away from the more important overcoming and growing aspect, preparing for the Kingdom of God. We desperately need to become immersed in a cause, yielding to God's creative power, personally …
Wives are admonished to submit to their husbands, children to their parents, servants to their overseers, and we all are admonished to submit to one another.
As members of Christ's body, we must function for the good of the whole body, not competing with other parts. We must continually function as a son of God.
We limit God through our willful sin and disobedience, pride and self confidence, ignorance and blindness, and our fear of following Him.
As the lives of the major biblical figures were predestined, so are our lives. God chooses, moves, and manages the lives of His servants.
Have you ever wondered what 'all in all' means in relation to God and Christ? This term has great significance to us today.