Reflections on Success: Part 1 – God as the Source of Success

Reflections on Success: Part 1 – God as the Source of Success

July 23, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

God is the ultimate source of all goodness, including success in the workplace. This does not mean that human effort makes no difference; but, the example of Joseph shows us that success is not a matter of simply getting the right principles, laws, or mindset. Our success depends on God, on God’s grace, wisdom, provision, and sovereignty. If we want to be successful in our work—not to mention other aspects of life—we begin by relying on God in all things, seeking his ways and his glory.

Downpour

Downpour

July 22, 2018By Deidra Riggs

Tasha sat slumped on the bench in the corner of the fitting room. Tears formed and spilled over into her lap, just like the rain outside. Tasha’s friend (she can be Nikki) said, “But we’re getting through this. We are doing this together.”

Failing in Public

Failing in Public

July 21, 2018By Deidra Riggs

Through the years, I have learned that some of what we call “failure” is really just growth, or transition, or a lesson being learned. It is the act of discovering something new about ourselves and the world, or entering in to a new season, or becoming more fully alive.

Good Reminders for Good Worship

Good Reminders for Good Worship

July 20, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Though we are often inspired, formed, encouraged, and instructed in worship, God is the primary audience for our worship… Psalm 117 calls “all you nations” to “praise the LORD” and “extol him.” Worship is not just for Christians. It’s not just for Jews. All people are invited to join in. Our worship should never feel like some closed club. Rather, it should be something we make available to our neighbors as we welcome them into our worshiping communities.

Live as God’s Temple

Live as God’s Temple

July 19, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

In the first-century Mediterranean world, people thought they knew where to find the gods. They lived in temples, holy places set apart for them and the rituals associated with their worship. So, if you needed healing, you would go to the temple of Asclepius, the god of healing… The New Testament also teaches that God dwells in a temple (or in temples), but with a radically different sense of the nature of that temple.

Build on the Best Cornerstone

Build on the Best Cornerstone

July 18, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

God guides us in a wide variety of ways. The Bible teaches us. The Holy Spirit leads us. The community of God’s people discerns with us. Moreover, Jesus Christ can be the cornerstone of our lives, that which orients and supports everything we do. A literal cornerstone is the first piece of a building that is put into place. Yes, the cornerstone helps bear some of the weight of the edifice. But, more importantly, it determines the precise location and orientation of the building.

Rethinking Your Citizenship

Rethinking Your Citizenship

July 17, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Ephesians 2:19 reveals that Gentiles “have become fellow citizens with God’s people.” Once we were “separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” (2:12). But now, because of what God has done through Jesus Christ and his reconciling death, we who were once excluded from God’s people have become “fellow citizens.”

The Power of “Consequently”

The Power of “Consequently”

July 16, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

“Consequently” tells us that what we’re about to read depends logically on what has gone before. Specifically, we are going to discover some implications of the fact that Christ has reconciled Jews and Gentiles through his death on the cross, reconciling both groups to God and giving both groups access to the Father by the Spirit (2:14-18). The consequence of Christ’s reconciling work will reiterate the inclusion of the Gentiles among the people of God.

In Plain Sight: Part 3

In Plain Sight: Part 3

July 15, 2018By Breon Wells

Rejoicing in the midst of trials, tragedies, and difficulties does not require the denial of the present pain. What you are seeing, and experiencing is real. Nevertheless, you should rejoice because your success is not rooted in your situation, or even in your ability to fix it—but it is firmly grounded in the track record of God. This is why Psalm 43 instructs us to place our hope in God as the remedy for a downcast soul. This is also why we are encouraged to rejoice in the Lord.