Practical Implications of the Resurrection

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58

How does the resurrection of Jesus Christ impact our lives in the present? We often quote this final verse of 1 Corinthians 15 without considering its wider context. Yet the word “Therefore” is of paramount importance. It is because of what we read in verses 1-57 (the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ) that we come to our exhortation in verse 58.

Biblical Discernment—Necessary for All Believers

Sadly, a growing number of believers are “ignorant” (lacking knowledge and wisdom as well as the application of that knowledge for life and godly behavior), not only when it comes to knowing the chronology of end-time events and the effect that such knowledge should have on daily living (1 Thess. 4:13; 5:1) but even about some very basic gospel truths (Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Cor. 11:3-4). They fail to earnestly embrace “sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1; Heb. 5:11-6:8). The inability to discern biblically is far more serious and prevalent than most would care to acknowledge.

Christian Love

The word for love in the New Testament is a new word and is to be found nowhere else. The real meaning of it is “unconquerable benevolence, invincible goodwill.” If we regard with this love, it means that no matter what that per­son does to us, no matter how he treats us, no matter if he insults us or grieves us, we will never allow any bitterness against him to invade our hearts, but we will regard him with that unconquerable benevolence and good­will which will seek nothing but his highest good.

Turned Back in the Battle

Please take the time to read Psalm 78:1-11. Many believers have little or no awareness of the spiritual con­flict that is going on in the world today between truth and error. There is a continual battle being waged by the opposing forces of light and darkness, with the angels of God pitted against the hordes of Satan. In this battle, there are no spectators—ALL are participants! Every child of God, whether he or she is aware of it or not, is involved in the fight. When we have on the “armour of God” (Eph.

Stewardship, Contentment, and God's Grace

While many Americans realize that the United States of America—and the world as a whole—is enveloped in a financial and economic crisis, fewer tend to realize that on a smaller level, their own homes are equally in trouble. Of course, those who have been affected by a layoff or some other dramatic consequence of the economic downturn can feel the sting of troublesome economic times. Yet others who still have jobs or regular income are doing very little to plan for the future or make life-altering financial adjustments.

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