God is Rich in Mercy… For You!

God is Rich in Mercy… For You!

May 9, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Mercy is something we desperately need from God or we are utterly without hope. As we have seen, the first three verses of Ephesians 2 lay out the bad news of our living death as we are in bondage to sin and Satan, standing under God’s judgment. But verse 4 makes a sharp U-turn: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy…” Notice that God doesn’t merely have mercy. He is “rich in mercy.”

Fantastic News in Two Words

Fantastic News in Two Words

May 8, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Throughout the past two weeks, we’ve been hearing the bad news of our condition outside of Christ. I’ll admit that hasn’t been much fun. We’ve seen that we were in bondage to sin, Satan, and the God-opposing power of the world. Yesterday, we learned that we were worthy of God’s righteous judgment… [Yet] the next chapter of God’s story begins in Ephesians 2:4 with fantastic good news captured in two little words: “But God.”

Ghostbusters and the Wrath of God

Ghostbusters and the Wrath of God

May 7, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

At times in Scripture, such as in the book of Revelation, God’s wrath is indeed pictured dramatically as an experience of natural horrors, such as fire and brimstone. But in this theatrical imagery, we can miss the point of God’s wrath. It isn’t just about God’s anger. Rather, the wrath of God is his righteous judgment of sin and sinners. God’s wrath hates evil, despises injustice, and holds all of us accountable for the sin in our lives, our systems, and our world.

Help Me Help You: From Bad to Good to Best

Help Me Help You: From Bad to Good to Best

May 6, 2018By Breon Wells

In today’s scripture passage… [Paul] admonishes these believers to consider the differences between lawfulness and expediency—in other words “just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should, nor that it is the best course of action.” As leaders, we often have the right and the ability to do whatever we choose. However, when a team is involved, our actions affect every member of our team.

Leadership Vows: An Introduction

Leadership Vows: An Introduction

May 5, 2018By Uli Chi

In Christian circles, there are a lot of conversations about holding each other accountable. But, as my friend Walter Wright, former Executive Director of the De Pree Center, has said, you can only hold people accountable if they desire it, and if they are willing to articulate that for which they want to be held accountable. Vows are the ultimate biblical means for formalizing that process.

Encouragement to Give Thanks to God

Encouragement to Give Thanks to God

May 4, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Psalm 107 reminds us to “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good” (107:1). The bulk of the psalm consists of four vignettes that illustrate God’s saving grace. Each one calls for our response of thanks and praise. Whether people were lost and hungry, chained in gloom, suffering from sin-induced illness, or tossed about in a stormy sea, the Lord demonstrated his “unfailing love” by delivering them.

God, Help Me to Think Clearly!

God, Help Me to Think Clearly!

May 3, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Through his grace in Jesus Christ, God is at work in us, renewing our minds so that our thoughts might be full of truth and goodness. The renewal of our minds can make a difference every day in all that we do, including our daily work. As you face difficult challenges in your workplace, God will help you think rightly and wisely about them. The Spirit of God will lead you if you seek God’s guidance and truth. Taking time to pray, even quietly for a few moments in your workplace, can make all the difference.

Whose Side is Your Body On?

Whose Side is Your Body On?

May 2, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Do you ever feel as if your body is on the other side, fighting against you? Perhaps you’re trying to lose weight but your cravings always get the better of you. Or perhaps, as you age, you begin to feel aches and pains that you never had before. Or, more seriously, maybe you’re fighting a disease that threatens to take your life. Your body just doesn’t seem to be on your side. According to Ephesians 2, our bodies are indeed fighting against us in a way… Yet we must not forget that God created human bodies as good.

What’s Even Worse Than a Bad Boss?

What’s Even Worse Than a Bad Boss?

May 1, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

No matter the specifics, it’s no fun to have a bad boss. According to Ephesians 2:1-3, we have all had a bad boss, one more worrisome and pernicious than what I’ve just described. Here’s how Ephesians 2 begins: “As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air…”