How do you interpret the events of your life? Are they random, unfair, deserved? When we pull back the curtain on the life of Joseph, we find a man who has encountered the deepest depths of mistreatment and the highest accomplishments of his world. But there was more to what happened to Joseph. There was his “why.” How do you interpret your life?
Life presents situations where we wonder where God could be. It happened to so many in the Biblical text and happens every day to us. We ask the same question the psalmist asks, “Where can I go from your Spirit?”It is a good question to ask whether captured by guilt or facing struggles.
When you visit a flea market, you are looking for a trade. What you get may not be what you want. The temptations of Christians is to trade their faith for something of little value. Jesus asks, the question, “What shall a man give in exchange for your soul?” What’s your soul worth to you?
People struggle to discover how God wants them to live.Yet, both Jesus and Paul point the way to the best interpreter of God's word.
In life, some lessons are intellectual but not as practical. Others cause us to stare eternity in the daily mirror. One such lesson is the one with which Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 7:24-28). He tells us that ever day we live in a way that will be one day revealed. What kind of a builder are you and what does what you do today, get revealed in eternity?
On Sunday nights in 2018, we have focused on going through the Bible. We have read it and reached the end. What do you do when you get to the end and you know what the Bible says? Why should you keep reading the Bible even if you have read it before?
Sometimes, you find yourself in front of a threshold. It is something unfamiliar, something even uncomfortable. Do you cross it? Why? Peter knew that feeling. He saw animals that were not to be eaten yet God told him to eat. Then, he told him to do something else he had never done. Do we have the courage to respond as Peter did?
Truth has become a casualty of the moment. When needed, we shave the truth, or at least, cross our fingers behind our back. It is a sign we don’t want to really tell the truth. The 9th commandment directs honesty. Dishonesty comes in many forms but honesty has one form—tell the truth in love all the time.
In a nation granted rights under their government, we are used to saying, "I have my rights." Our human side flexes our wills and no one can make us do anything. Yet, Paul had to address the question about the Corinthians who said, "we have the right to do anything." As Christians are rights the most important thing or something else? How do our rights affect others? More importantly, how do they affect eternity?
Every mother has momentos. They really are moments treasured in the heart. Mary, the mother of Jesus had them. What is the mother's best moment?