The Book of Psalms begins with a song that underscores the themes throughout the entire book. The contrast between the righteous life and the unrighteous life is stark, and it calls us to ensure that we are on the right side of that line - and do our best to help others as well.
While Southern Baptists typically call the second ordinance of the church “The Lord’s Supper,” it is also known as “Communion.” Partaking in this ordinance is a call to fellowship with our Lord and with His Church; it calls us away from idolatry, reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice, and calls us to embrace our fellow believers.
The arrival of the Christ child represents the beginning of the final act of human history. Much of its significance is in the prophecies He fulfilled; what does that tell us about prophecies yet to be fulfilled? While we wait for their fulfillment, we must not neglect the great salvation He has provided for us.
God’s love is steadfast, strong, and true. This psalm rejoices in God’s enduring love, celebrates His loving acts, and does not give up even when life turns to chaos.
Joy can be a rare occurrence; this world is not a terribly joyful place. The “ode to joy” of Psalm 126, though, shows us how we can truly have joy – by trusting that the same God Who has moved in our lives before will do so again.
As we focus on peace, we look at a psalm that celebrates the salvation which Jesus brings. His coming brings gifts that restore our wholeness and remove threats, leading to a lasting peace.
It might seem strange to look at a psalm of lament as we open the season of Advent. However, this psalm shows us that, while things may be going poorly, there is hope for resoration and deliverance.
James finishes his letter with instructions to his readers on various aspects of life. The believer’s life should be marked with integrity, faith, and grace that clearly distinguishes us from the world.
As James begins drawing his letter to a close, he encourages believers to persevere throughout three different challenges of life: waiting for the Lord’s return, dealing with those around us, and enduring through suffering.
While we can make plans for the future, we truly do not know what the next hour, day, week, or year will bring, and our commitment level to these plans does little to change that. For the believer desiring to follow God, it is much better to seek His will and include Him in our plans; failing to do so amounts to little more than practical atheism.