In Name Only

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016 Key Bible Verse: “A disciple is not above his teacher; but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40, ESV) Dig Deeper: Luke 6:43-45 A “follower” who doesn’t follow. How does that make any sense? Yet many people in the church have decided to take on the name … Continue reading In Name Only

The “Real Man’s” Guide to Holidaying

A few helpful hints for the perfect summer vacation By Gerry Bowler WARNING: The following article contains humour and therefore should only be taken somewhat seriously. A while back the Mormon church ran a series of ads encouraging domestic togetherness. In one of them a family, tired of being neglected by the workaholic father, lures the busy man … Continue reading The “Real Man’s” Guide to Holidaying

Called to Follow

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016 Key Bible Verse: Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (Matthew 4:19) Dig Deeper: Matthew 4:18-22 What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? The answer is fairly simple, but it changes your life completely. The word disciple refers to … Continue reading Called to Follow

Just Ordinary Guys

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016 Being a disciple of Jesus means that we are being transformed into his image. – Francis Chan (Church planter and former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California) Key Bible Verse: “You will see greater things than this.” (John 1:50) Dig Deeper: John 1:35-51 Two thousand years ago, Jesus walked up to … Continue reading Just Ordinary Guys

Don’t Just Skip It

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016 Key Bible Verse: Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. (2 Timothy 3:16, The Message) Dig Deeper: Romans 9:14-24 Studying the divine anger sections of the Old Testament many not make us … Continue reading Don’t Just Skip It

Anger and Love

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016 Key Bible Verse: [Christ’s] sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. (Romans 3:23-25) Dig Deeper: Isaiah 42 [Let’s] reflect briefly on what … Continue reading Anger and Love

Judgment Deferred

THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016 Key Bible Verse: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV) Dig Deeper: 2 Peter 3:3-10   While I understand why people advocate on behalf of the … Continue reading Judgment Deferred

Steadfast Love

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016 Key Bible Verse: “Oh, how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go? … My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows.” (Hosea 11:8) Dig Deeper: Hosea 11 The Exodus pattern seems to generally fit the entire Old Testament: Yahweh delivers [his people]. They complain. He is … Continue reading Steadfast Love

Slow to Anger

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016 Key Bible Verse: The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. (Psalm 145:8) Dig Deeper: Psalm 145 Throughout the Old Testament, Yahweh is repeatedly described as “slow to anger” (literally, “long-nosed”). This description of Yahweh is found across the diverse genres of the Old Testament. It … Continue reading Slow to Anger