5 Views of Mark 16:16

Jesus pointed a nail-pierced hand at a world for which He had just died and commanded, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized...

The First Christian in Europe

Jesus forever changed such hateful culture. Whenever His gospel is preached, women are equally invited to receive it (Matthew 11:28–30); everywhere Christianity goes, it elevates women to heights rarely seen in human history (Galatians 3:28); wherever the church is established, women have as important roles to fill as men do (although they differ) (1 Timothy 2:1–15). Of the thousands converted in that first generation, what made Lydia one of eight included in Acts? What does she teach us?

Picking God’s Pocket

Read Malachi 3:8–10    Hundreds of times each day an accomplished pickpocket steals another’s wallet undetected. Imagine such a person in the first century, trying to take valuables from Jesus as He walked down a Nazareth...

Make Jesus Your Banker

Newspaper headlines read: “FDIC Must Rescue Major Banks;” “Embezzlement and Fraud;” “Insurance Companies File for Bankruptcy;” “Stock Market Takes a Tumble.” One wonders, “Is there financial security today? Where can I put my money and...

Things are Looking Up

Paul and Timothy were great friends. Paul converted Timothy, counted him the son he never had (1 Timothy 1:2), and watched him follow in his footsteps to become a preacher and missionary. He said...

A Study in Prayer (Psalm 32:6)

Prayer is of interest to every Christian, whether they are beginning the journey or nearing its completion. Perhaps neither ever feels really competent at it. Surely no one has ever gotten from prayer all...

The Safe Channel

A ship’s passenger on the Great Lakes became alarmed as the ship passed near a rocky shore. Fearing that rocks were hidden beneath the surface, she approached the captain. “Do you know where all...

Four Just One Soul

God will move heaven and earth rather than allow a soul to miss heaven. A case in point is the providence involved in the conversion of Lydia of Thyatira (Acts 16). Providence refers to “that...

Satan’s 4 Lies about the Bible

The devil is a liar (John 8:44). He lies about God (He’s not there; doesn’t care). He lies about Jesus (He never lived; still in the grave). He lies about you (insignificant; in control)....

How to Face Your Golgotha

Read Matthew 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:39–46 Jesus faced the greatest test of faith in His life. He did not look forward to the events that would culminate in His own funeral.  He knew exactly what...