“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen.” 2 Corinthians 1:20

The apostle Paul declares in 2 Corinthians that all God’s promises are “yes” and “amen.” This particular portion of Scripture can be a bit confusing. This part of chapter one in 2 Corinthians appears to be Paul explaining to the Corinthian church why he had vacillated about keeping his commitment to visit them.

While some of that is true, verse twenty is not referring to his travel plans. …

“For I know the plans I have for you.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Called into ministry before his birth, the priest and prophet Jeremiah soon became known as “the weeping prophet.” He had plenty of reasons to weep during his forty years of ministry. Israel was deep into idolatry and immorality, and its kings successively turned away from the Lord.

Despite Jeremiah’s many warnings of God’s impending judgment, often resulting in physical harm to him or outright threat of death, no one listened, and Israel paid a costly price. …

In the Similitudes of the famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says we are the salt of the earth. Some Christians may take this simply to mean we are supposed to be the nice guys — kind, dependable, honest, and always wearing a big smile. While that may be true, that is not what Jesus is saying. Instead, He is instructing us about our role in the world and the responsibility we have.

We are the Salt

Long before refrigeration, people used a variety of techniques to preserve their food. Some of the more common methods were drying, smoking, salting, and burying food in…

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before swine.” Matthew 7:6

During His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lays out an important principle about proper judgment, among many other things.

Beginning in Matthew 7:1, Jesus first instructs us not to judge others. He then presents practical applications and the consequences if we judge incorrectly. Jesus finishes His point with a direct instruction, using dogs and pigs as an illustration in verse six.

Jesus’ symbolic use of dogs and pigs in explaining the godly principle of judgment has confused many believers. It is easy…

“But be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians to put on the whole armor of God. Verse seventeen of chapter six specifically tells us to put on the helmet of salvation. Like the other pieces of armor Paul writes about, the helmet covers our mind as we work out our salvation. But to work out our salvation, we must transform our mind. Philippians 4:8 explains how to do it.

Saving Your Mind

As Christians, we know we must be in the world, but God calls us not to be a part of…

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have unwittingly entertained angels.” Hebrews 13:2

Early in the book of Genesis, God appears to Adam and Eve. He continues to appear multiple times throughout the Bible in what are called theophanies (from the Greek theo meaning God, and phaino meaning “to appear”). Angels also appear, sometimes as a man.

How does a reader discern whether it is God or an angel or just a man? Thankfully, the Bible gives us certain clues to understand who it is.

An Angel or the Angel?

God appears in many forms throughout the Old Testament. He appeared…

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” Psalm 118:26

For centuries, the Jewish people have rejected Jesus of Nazareth as the promised Messiah despite overwhelming biblical prophecy. Many Christians may find it difficult to understand why. The Jews’ beliefs are usually not personal. Instead, they are based on what has been taught by a long line of rabbis and sages, who rely on the Torah and religious commentaries called Mishnah for what they perceive to be the truth.

So, what are the reasons why the Jews reject Jesus, that He is the Messiah and Son of…

“When he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance.” Hebrews 12:17

When Isaac and Rebekah gave birth to twins, the Bible tells us Isaac loved Esau, and Rebekah loved Jacob. And the boys loved their parents. But as the boys grew, Esau became a confident son while Jacob sought his blessings by devious methods. Later in their lives, God blessed them both, but Jacob’s blessings were more challenging to obtain. But, when he finally got it right, God made sure he didn’t forget.

In the book of Genesis, Jacob’s life shows us…

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:4

Every late Spring, people around the world celebrate Pentecost. Unfortunately, it is a holiday that many churches never mention, yet it is very significant and deserves proper attention. Its history directly affects both Christian and Jewish faiths, and it fulfills one of God’s greatest promises. Here are five ways Pentecost is a special day worth celebrating.

What is Pentecost?

Approximately seven weeks after Moses led them out of Egypt, the Israelites camped at the base of Mount Sinai. The people stayed in the camp while God called Moses to go up the…

“We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.” Hebrews 13:10

According to statistics, more and more people do not attend church regularly. Many do not even identify as a Christian or to any religious philosophy at all. The reasons vary. Some have experienced church hurt. Others have been led to believe their sin is beyond grace. And some have walked away from the faith (or even considered joining it) out of confusion because of rituals, ceremonies, and false doctrines that make no sense leaving them to wonder if Christianity is a farce.

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