In this letter, Paul requested that Philemon reinstate his runaway slave and accept him back in a spirit of forgiveness.
The world needs a return to integrity, not sinless perfection but absolute honesty and an absence of duplicity. Impossible? Let's let Daniel's life answer that for us.
Once the still, small voice of God nudged those words into my mind and heart I knew my loitering with my grudge must come to an end.
Onesiphorus played a vital role in Paul's life through his rare yet wonderful ability to give breathing room, to provide cooling relief, and to help in the healing process.
As a result of Abigail's godly character, a murder was avoided and God was given room to work His will in a most surprising way.
Just as infallibility assures us that each page of the Bible is without error or deception, fallibility reminds us that each person is capable of both.
By way of introduction, we want to get our foot in the door of this series by looking at the great biographical chapter in the New Testament—Hebrews 11—which has been called “God's Hall of Faith.” These men and women lived lives worthy of being remembered, so let's remember them—for they, being dead, still speak.
Since Satan’s aim is to trip us up Scripture warns us repeatedly to be aware of his schemes and to be on the alert. We cannot stop his attacks but we can fight back with the truth of God’s Word aimed directly at the lies.
How would you define hope? In what way would your definition apply to a local church? What if hope were missing from a congregation? Would anybody notice? We’ll think about these and other things as we allow Peter’s words to guide us into the truth about hope. These passages of Scripture suggest several ingredients that must be present if hope is to remain a vital part of a church’s life.
Christians are unwise when they remain out of touch and live in secrecy. Being responsible includes being accountable, not just to God but also to one another. If carried out in the power and under the control of the Holy Spirit, accountability can be one of the most secure and reassuring facets of our Christian experience.