Peter wants us, his readers, to understand the process in the Christian life. Maturity doesn’t just happen; it takes time and comes in stages. In the first chapter of this book, he begins to spell out what is required for spiritual growth. He cautions us to beware of false teachers, and he reminds us that
Introducing: The Books of the Bible
The Women of Faith Devotional Bible is a fabulous resource packed with stories, devotions, quotes, things to ponder . . . and all that is in addition to the actual text of the Scripture. One of our favorite features is the series of introductions, one for each book of the Bible. In 2013, we’re featuring a new introduction every week in our newsletter and on our blog. Over the course of a year and a bit (there are 66 books in the Bible and only 52 weeks in a year) we’ll go from Genesis to Revelation. In case you missed a week—or would like to review—we’ll gather all the intros here in one convenient place. Feel free to chime in on the discussion or leave a comment!
Peter had walked with the Savior; he’s seen the risen Christ. He was and experienced mature believer when he wrote this book, but he doesn’t deny the suffering believers face day after day. He gives tremendous hope to us all. There’s no inference that we should not suffer, that we somehow deserve the suffering we
Hebrews gives us two very important things. First, the emphasis of the book is the absolute superiority of Jesus Christ as our High Priest. We need no one else or nothing else to give us complete assurance before the Father. He delivers us to the throne of grace perfect and completely forgiven of all sin.
Paul wrote letters to the churches and their leaders, but the Book of Philemon must have been just a postcard. It is a very important part of Scripture, however – equally as important as anything else. And it’s all about grace. Paul wanted Philemon to extend grace to Onesimus. We would do well to memorize
In Titus 3:8, Paul gets right to the point of what it means to be a child of God. He says, “This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable.”
There is a portrait of the apostle Paul that hangs in the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Rembrandt painted it in the seventeenth century. Here is Paul (as seen in the mind’s eye of the artist) – old, weathered, and worn out, sitting at a desk, working on a piece of parchment, quill in hand.
There’s nothing quite so inviting in life as having someone come alongside you when you have a huge responsibility. Most of us appreciate the counsel of someone older, wiser, more experienced. The best ones are those who have walked this path before and know what to expect and how to help. They don’t “lord” it
When the apostle Paul wrote his second letter to the church at Thessalonica, it was to encourage them to persevere through the storms of life. He knew suffering brings maturity to one’s faith, and he carefully instructs them how to walk through difficulties and challenges that always come. And, as if that is not promising
In this short letter, we have one of the most helpful and practical verses in all of Scripture: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18). We could almost get through anything in life simply by believing that verse. Our lives are in His
When you have Christ, you have everything. When you don’t have Christ, you don’t have anything. That’s pretty clear in the Book of Colossians. “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in Him” (Col. 2:9, 10). Period. Knowing that He is our all in all – nothing