This We Celebrate

In a season in which many celebrate Christ’s birth, we should ask ourselves: What do we celebrate – and why? “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8 (English Standard Version)

Visions Of Zechariah (1)

The book of Zechariah contains some fascinating visions. Let’s consider some of these. “And the angel who talked with me came again and woke me, like a man who is awakened out of his sleep.” Zechariah 4:1 (English Standard Version)

Comfort My People

God may not take away all of life’s problems, but He does desire comfort for His people. How will this happen? “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18 (ESV)

A New Work Ethic

“Work” is a significant part of our lives for many years. How does Jesus propose to make “all things new” here? “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23 (English Standard Version)

Bible Backgrounds: Galilee

Why did Jesus spend so much of His ministry in Galilee? How does this region relate to Israel? “They replied, ‘Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.’” John 7:52 (English Standard Version)

The Root Of Bitterness

Hebrews 12:15 warns us about a “root of bitterness”. What does this mean? Does it concern us? “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (English Standard Version)

Don’t Be A Fool

Two different men in the Bible are presented as fools. What was the trait they each shared in common? “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (English Standard Version)

Receive One Another

When an unfamiliar face appears in our assembly, how do we respond? Christians have clear instructions. “And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” Matthew 5:47 (English Standard Version)

I Was In Prison

In Matthew 25 Jesus gives us a preview of how we will be judged. Prisoners are among those we should care about. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (English Standard Version)