While we have our struggles in this world, we know that there is a better life coming. We as believers are caught between two worlds. The day will come when everything will be rectified, but for now we are “caught in the gap.” Paul the apostle experienced this very same dilemma. As we move deeper into 2014, I pray that we would come to understand the realities that the Apostle Paul understood so personally and powerfully.
Some naïve and theologically uninformed persons think that being a Christian means one is not supposed to have trouble in this life. That is a falsehood. Jesus Himself made it clear: “In this world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33, emphasis supplied). The rest of the verse provides a ray of hope: “But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” For some, trouble comes in the form of personal sickness. The sickness may […]
After Christmas this year, I will be traveling to Israel once again. In fact, I have already been to Israel once this year, as well as last year after Christmas. I love the land of Israel and believe God has a special place in His heart for the chosen people. I love many places in Israel. I love to imagine the Lord Jesus walking with his parents up the southern steps of the Temple Mount […]
I have recently returned from an arduous period of travel visiting many state convention and associational annual meetings and fall church events. In many of those meetings, I heard mention of the upcoming emphasis upon international missions during the Christmas season. I have heard our personnel from the International Mission Board give reports, calling Southern Baptists to rise to the challenge of our $175 million Lottie Moon Christmas offering goal. That has been a goal […]