Essence of True Conviction

Isaiah 6:5-8 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar; And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips: and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sins Continue Reading

Discovering God’s Design: Heart, Mind and Possessions

Heart, Mind and Possessions =========================== Acts 4:32–37 They were “one in heart and mind” (Ac 4:32). The unity that Jesus had prayed for, the “great power” and “grace” with which the Spirit had infused them were being abundantly expressed in their immediate and practical concern for one another (see Ac 4:33). Pastor and author Gene Getz offers these thoughts on this passage: As the church continued to grow and expand, the Continue Reading

Discovering God’s Design: LORD of ALL

Lord of All =========== Acts 17:22–34 Paul begins his famous speech about the unknown God by proclaiming that God made the world and therefore is the Lord of his creation. Acknowledging that God is the originator of all things is the beginning of lifestyle stewardship, declares pastor and author Ray Stedman (1917–1992). What is [Paul] saying here? First, that God is the Maker and not the one who was made. God was not created by man; he is Continue Reading

Three Eternal Unchangeable Facts

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him, He will forsake you. 1: The Lord is with you, will you are with Him. 2: If you seek Him, He will be found of you. 3: If you forsake Him, He will forsake you. These eternal facts are true of an individual or a Continue Reading

GOD is a Spirit Being

John 4:21-24 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: FOR SALVATION IS OF THE JEWS. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. GOD IS A SPIRIT: and they that worship Him must Continue Reading

Unanswerable Argument for the existence of GOD

Psalm 94:9-11 He that planteth the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not He correct? He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not He know? The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. This is an unanswerable argument for the existence of God and His creation of all things. Whatever is found of excellence in a creature or created thing is derived from the Continue Reading

Discovering God’s Design: The Expanse of Redemption

Zechariah 14:20–21 The book of Zechariah ends with a remarkable statement about the expanse of redemption (see Zec 14:21). Above and beyond God’s ownership as Creator stands his ownership as the Re-creator who extends redemption “far as the curse is found.” God cares even for the little things that were spoiled by the fall, and he wants to restore it all. By affirming God’s redemptive interest in minuscule details like cooking pots, Zechariah Continue Reading

Discovering God’s Design: Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace ============= Romans 3:21–31 At the heart of stewardship is receiving. With open hands we give, but our hands have to be open first to receive, first and foremost, the gift of redemption that God has given us. And that gift is all about grace. Best-selling author Philip Yancey talks about the apostle Paul’s reliance on grace. Paul knew better than anyone who has ever lived that grace comes undeserved, at God’s initiative Continue Reading

The High and Lofty One Who inhabits Eternity

Isaiah 57:15 The high and lofty One, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy. [RSV] God is holy. That is both His name and His nature. Several features are implied in this attribute. God’s holiness involves His divinity. What makes Him God and distinguishes Him from heathen idols or ethnic deities is the fact that He is holy. ‘To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.” [Isaiah 40:25] God’s Continue Reading

Discovering God’s Design: All Things New

All Things New ============== Revelation 21:1–27 This passage presents the vision of shalom—wholeness, restoration—as we have not seen since the fall. All things will be made new! Author Eugene H. Peterson says that John’s vision shows us not only what is to come, but what is—though imperfectly—already ours. Heaven reasserts the beginning. It clarifies the conditions of our basic humanity by putting us in touch with the abundant, Continue Reading