by Chris Allen
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Luke 23:34 (ESV)
He who never needed it gave it freely. Why won’t you?
When you hear this utterance from the mouth of Jesus, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” our natural minds immediately say, “There is no way I would forgive them, while they’re hanging me on a cross.” The people knew exactly what they were doing, or yet, they should’ve known; they knew the scriptures. The scriptures foretold of the Messiah — the Messiah they had been earnestly praying for, waiting and anticipating for years while under cruel Roman rule. How could Jesus make this decision, how could He extend this kind of compassion when the people had absolutely no compassion for Him? They knew He was innocent, yet they were screaming, and advocating for His demise. The One who never needed forgiveness was willing to give it freely to those who didn’t deserve it. How could He make this decision Continue reading
by Latricia C. Bailey
“These are the wise sayings that King Lemuel’s mother taught him:
I prayed for a son, and you are the son I gave birth to.
Don’t waste your strength on women.
Women destroy kings, so don’t waste yourself on them.”
Proverbs 31:1-3 (ERV)
A mother’s job can be both rewarding and challenging. King Lemuel’s mother’s role was certainly such. In Proverbs 31, King Lemuel tells of his mother’s wisdom and the careful advice she taught him to use while he served in his role as a king. Many scholars and commentators believe that King Lemuel, a king of Massa, was actually King Solomon, one of the wisest men in Biblical history. The name Lemuel when translated means “towards (lemo) God (el). Yet others believe Lemuel was actually King Hezekiah, or maybe an imaginary man. While no one really knows who he was and if he indeed was real or not, we do know Continue reading
by Tammy Phillips
“Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
Proverbs 30:5 (NKJV)
In Psalm 119:9a (WEB) says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.” There is nothing in the world more powerful than God’s Word ingested, memorized and walked out daily. God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, is our Shield, our Protector. Our reverence for God is often seen in how seriously we take His Word.
God’s Word is called inspired because He divinely influenced a select group of people to write the scriptures. In other words, the scriptures are “God breathed.” So God’s Word is not to be altered.
In Genesis 2:15-17 (NLT), God gave clear instructions to His brand new creation: “The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, ‘You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden — except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.’” The next time God’s instructions about the tree in the middle of the garden were addressed was in Genesis 3:2-3 and Continue reading
by Tammy Phillips
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
Proverbs 29:2 (NASB)
I have had some splendid supervisors and a few, not so much. My work life has included a major evangelical organization, small ministries, a Christian college and several temporary assignments in secular organizations.
The evangelical ministry I served with for many years had been using a singular workbook in all of their training sessions. Our department was tasked with expanding that resource. We looked at the programs the ministry was doing and decided we needed a series of workbooks. Our supervisor, who always made each of us feel like we could do anything, said we could get everything done in six months. Continue reading