Genesis is a book of beginnings. It introduces us to several biblical themes, including God's authorship of life. In a world that blames the Creator for disasters and credits luck or karma for life's blessings, God's people need reminding that he is crafting a wondrous story of redemption and grace. Within Genesis, we are called to play the part of faithful children so that we might overcome this world and inherit the one to come.
Christians are called to bear a cross. These crosses sometimes involve the general burdens that affect everyone. At other times, Christians bear specific burdens. The Lord promises us that our crosses and burdens can be transformed into small splinters if we focus on what really matters. How can this happen? You will find the answer in Splinters of the Cross...the same answer that was found by Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and many more: God's grace is sufficient for you.
The book of Obadiah may be among the most neglected in the Old Testament. It is a message of divine judgment against Israel's cousins, the Edomites. Descended from Esau, Jacob's brother, the Edomites taunted Israel and celebrated her destruction at the hands of the Babylonians in 586 B.C. In response to such arrogance and hatred, a little - known Judaean prophet named Obadiah predicted Esau's doom and Israel's restoration.
Out of the immense moral darkness of the Judges period comes a story of romance, redemption, and hope. The tale of Ruth has inspired countless generations. But Ruth isn't the star in this romantic drama; center stage belongs to God and his providence. Naomi and Ruth traveled the Bethlehem road - one of famine, abandonment, grief, and loss - unaware that the Lord had gone before them to redeem their heartache.
Jonah's story - arguably the most well-known of the minor prophets but also little understood - reminds us that God loves everyone crafted in his image, even terrorists and ancient empires guilty of war crimes and battlefield atrocities. Maybe the greatest miracle of Jonah isn't the large fish but the fact that wicked and mighty Nineveh threw herself at God's mercy, and the Lord forgave her.
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The Christian life can have as many heartbreaks as hallelujahs. Circumstances confuse us. Sin frustrates us. Satan likes to inflict pain on God's children. Wouldn't it be great if we could go to heaven as soon as we become Christians and skip the confusion, frustration, and pain? Sadly it doesn't work like that; we have to learn to overcome this world while awaiting the Second Coming of Jesus. In 1-2 Thessalonians, we are equipped to do just that.
In Fit for the Pulpit, a host of preachers dispense comfort and counsel to their brothers in the trenches, men who often work in ministerial isolation as they seek to build up the body of Christ. Chris McCurley, the editor of this volume, has assembled ten different writers to cover a wide swath of material. In eleven chapters, McCurley and his colleagues manage to cover many of the areas wherein preachers need continual encouragement.
More than a guide to Daniel, The Derision of Heaven is an urgent message for the exiled church. As you journey through the story and visions of Daniel, you will be awe-struck by the sovereign rule of God, emboldened to live a life that glorifies him, and encouraged to serve in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven.