Remembering that Jesus rescues us in both future and present ways encourages us to live with energy and purpose today.Read Article
Turning to God from Idols
We do have our own “idols,” the things we value most of all, the things that can keep us from full devotion to God. The example of the Christians in Thessalonica encourages us to turn away from our “idols” so we can serve God completely.Read Article
Are You Jesus’ Type?
The more we grow in our relationship with Christ, the more we will become like him. As this happens, our example will inspire others to become Jesus’s type of person as well.Read Article
Are You a Leader People Should Imitate?
People will imitate you, especially if you’re a leader. So, it would be good to ask yourself the question: “Am I a leader people should imitate?”Read Article
Whom Do You Imitate?
From our earliest days, we imitate the people around us. This is one of the main ways we learn how to live.Read Article
Are You Living the Gospel?
You may want to ask yourself today: Am I living the gospel I believe? Is the good news of Jesus evident in the way I treat others?Read Article
You Are Beloved by God
The Bible celebrates the fact that God loves the world. But God’s love is not just for the whole world. Scripture teaches us that God loves each individual, including you.Read Article
Steadfastness of Hope, Part 2
Centuries ago, some Christians in the Greek city of Thessalonica had hope in Jesus Christ and his future kingdom. This hope enabled them to hang in there even in difficult times.Read Article
Steadfastness of Hope, Part 1
We live in a time of increasing hopelessness. Yet genuine Christian faith leads to “steadfastness of hope.”Read Article
Labor of Love
Love isn’t always a matter of sweetness and romance. Often, genuine love leads to labor, a difficult and even painful action.Read Article
Work of Faith
Genuine faith isn’t just something inside. It is expressed in action, in words and deeds, even in our daily work.Read Article
Encouragement to Share Your Thanks with Others
When we share our thanks for people with those people, it encourages them. It strengthens our relationships.Read Article
Encouragement to Be Thankful
The Apostle Paul and his colleagues consistently thanked God for the Christians in Thessalonica. Their example encourages us to give thanks on a regular basis for the people who matter to us.Read Article
Grace to You and Peace . . . Really
New Testament letters often begin with the salutation, “Grace to you and peace.”Read Article
When the Church Is Not the Church
The biblical use of ekklēsia reminds us that our churches are not to be self-contained and self-absorbed groups of Christians. Rather, we’re to be assemblies of God’s authorized people who bring the good news, peace, and justice of God to the places where we live.Read Article