When Love Leads to Hate

When Love Leads to Hate

February 16, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

I’m not quite sure how my parents, Bible-loving Christians, dealt with Psalm 97… I do wonder what they thought when they came to Psalm 97:10: “Let those who love the LORD hate evil.” What’s surprising about this verse is not just its unsettling use of “hate.” The context is equally or even more unnerving: “Let those who love the LORD hate evil.” Love and hate in one short sentence of one verse!

Open Your Heart to God in the Season of Lent

Open Your Heart to God in the Season of Lent

February 15, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Lent is a time to come before God with consistency, to open your heart to his mercy, to make yourself available to his grace. No matter what you do or don’t do during the weeks before Good Friday and Easter, I would urge you to draw near to God regularly so that you might be renewed in your relationship with him and so that you might be ready to experience more deeply and truly the passion and resurrection of Christ.

Living Ash Wednesday at Work

Living Ash Wednesday at Work

February 14, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Ash Wednesday has everything to do with work. We see this in the biblical passage that provides the basis for the Ash Wednesday worship… Until we die, we will do battle with “thorns and thistles” in our work (3:18). We will be productive, but only “by the sweat of [our] brow” (3:19). Thus, our mortality, which is signified through the ashes of Ash Wednesday, is first experienced in our work, which, because of sin, can be painful and unhappily toilsome.

Does God Have a Wonderful Plan for Your Life?

Does God Have a Wonderful Plan for Your Life?

February 13, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

If we were to compose a new set of “laws” or basic truths from Ephesians, we might begin with something more like this: God loves all things and has a wonderful plan for everything… including you! If we want to know God’s plan for us, we begin not with ourselves, nor with our passions, nor with our struggles, but with God, God’s amazing grace, God’s transforming love.

Why Unity Matters: A Look Ahead in Ephesians

Why Unity Matters: A Look Ahead in Ephesians

February 12, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

The central mystery of God, his plan to unite all things in Christ, isn’t just lofty theology that makes no earthly difference. In fact, this mystery revealed in Christ has everything to do with who we are as God’s people and how we are to live each day in the world. It speaks to how we live in our families, churches, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

Blueprints: Organize, Organize, Organize!

Blueprints: Organize, Organize, Organize!

February 11, 2018By Breon Wells

In my last devotion, I underscored the need for clarity at the beginning of our pursuit of God’s vision for our lives. When you turn on the lights at the infancy stage of your project, you can clearly see what you have. Resources are made visible, and inadequacies are often highlighted. So what do we do once the lights are on?

Becoming Lead Servants: Going First

Becoming Lead Servants: Going First

February 10, 2018By Uli Chi

As Christians, it’s easy to see God’s hand when we flourish in our work. But can we trust that God still calls and sends us into our work when, despite our best efforts, we are “sold out”? Perhaps some of you are facing just such circumstances. Today’s text is both reminder and encouragement that God’s providence is at work in our lives in the most difficult circumstances, and for the most unimaginable results.

God’s Plan for All Things Transforms Your Work

God’s Plan for All Things Transforms Your Work

February 9, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Ephesians 1:8-10 is one of those passages that have transformed my understanding of work. This passage reveals that God’s big plan is “to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (1:10). There it is, plainly spoken. God’s plan is not just for souls and heaven. It has to do with all things, including things on earth. If God cares so much about the things of earth that his grand plan for the future includes them, then surely God cares about earthly things now.

God’s Plan Includes “All Things”

God’s Plan Includes “All Things”

February 8, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Because of what I have seen throughout the Scriptures, I no longer believe that getting into heaven is the only thing that matters in life. If this were true, then, presumably, God’s plan for the fullness of time would be “to bring to heaven as many souls as possible through Christ.” But that’s not God’s plan. His plan, according to Ephesians 1:10, is “to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”