5 Reasons Why People Doubt Their Salvation

I am confident of this: that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). The Bible teaches not only does Jesus save us, but He keeps us in the faith. It teaches God not only gives eternal life, but will preserve […]

The Power of Patience: Part 1 (James 5:7–12)

James is still addressing the suffering saints when he writes, “Be patient.” This is his counsel at the beginning of his letter (1:1–5) and is still his counsel at the end of his letter. He knows God is not going to right all the wrongs in this world until Jesus returns, so we must patiently […]

Favoritism Forbidden, Walking the Talk: Part 2 (James 2:8–13)

In Part 1, we learned James examines four basic Christian doctrines in the light of the way we treat other people. Today, we will look at the last two. The Word of God (James 2:8–11) In recent years, believers have waged battles over the inspiration and authority of the Word of God. Certainly, it is a good thing […]

Quit Kidding Yourself: Part 2 (James 1:22–27)

There are true believers who are fooling themselves concerning their Christian walk. If a Christian sins because Satan deceives him, that is one thing; but if he deceives himself, that is a far more serious matter. In these verses, James says we have three responsibilities toward God’s Word; and if we fulfill these responsibilities, we […]

Quit Kidding Yourself: Part 1 (James 1:19–21)

The emphasis in this section is on the dangers of self-deception: “deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22); “deceives his own heart” (James 1:26). If a Christian sins because Satan deceives him, that is one thing; but if he deceives himself, that is a far more serious matter. Many people are deceiving themselves into thinking they […]

How To Be a Man of God: Part 1 (1 Timothy 4)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy. Today, we will be looking at chapter 4, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions for church leaders. If you were to write a job description for your pastor, what would it contain? How would it compare with the description he might write? A pastor preaches regularly, performs […]

Hearers and Doers (James 1:22-25)

Many people think their spirituality is based on how much they know about the Bible, not on how obedient they are to the commands in Scripture. I know many people who have superior knowledge of the Bible, but it never changes them. It never impacts their lives. They are just not growing. They look into […]

Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13)

“Then Jesus told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up…” (Matthew 13:3-23). In the first of seven parables in Matthew 13, Jesus told about a farmer who sowed seed in […]

Will of God

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2). I have been asked many questions about the will of God. “How do I know the will […]

The Godly Person

In the Bible, nothing negative is written about Joseph or Daniel. Both were promoted to the king’s court. Both stood alone for what is right. Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den; Joseph was thrown into a pit by jealous brothers and later into prison. Daniel interpreted dreams, Joseph interpreted dreams. Neither changed the interpretations […]