Enduring trials is “pure joy?” Surely not. Perhaps our struggle with this idea is the thought that “joy” equals “happiness.” In this lesson, Callahan explores this and other powerful ideas presented in James 1.
A mother’s influence is difficult to overestimate, but we should try! Remembering the value and impact of our mothers is something we should do often. In this lesson, Mike pays tribute to mothers on Mother’s Day.
Obeying God is an essential part of the Christian walk, but we cannot obey what we do not know! That said, reading (or hearing) the Word, and doing what the Word says, are two completely different things. Sometimes we’re hearing but not listening.
The walls of Jerusalem are completely rebuilt. Now it’s time to rebuild the people, because the walls alone are not enough to secure the city!
In this lesson, Mike explores the idea of “integrity” and it’s role in the Christian life.
We are, in many ways, like Mephibosheth – broken and subject to death – but we have gained our freedom, because “anyone who has died has been freed from sin” (Romans 6:7). But Christian freedom is based on the decision to first…die.
As he leads the efforts to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah simply refuses to “see” the obstacles, to acknowledge the very real obstacles that exist. He refuses to give fear a foothold. From Nehemiah 6:9: “They were all trying to frighten us, thinking ‘Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.'” What has that got to do with chasing rabbits?