In Revelation 2, we read the letter from Jesus to the church in Thyatira, where it was difficult to make a living without belonging to a guild, and guild membership was intimately related to the worship of the patron god of the guild. This put many Christians in an awkward position, and some compromised.
In Revelation 2:12-17, we read the letter sent to the church at Pergamum, where Satan’s throne is and where Satan dwells. We share much with the context of the church in Pergamum, and the words to them are equally relevant to us today.
In Hebrews 12:12-17, the author admonishes his readers to live holy lives and calls out a number of specific sins to be watchful for in the church.
In 1 Timothy 6:1-2, Paul addresses the relationship of Christian employees to their employers.
In Genesis 3 we see the fall of Man, and Matt Balocca walks us through the errors of Eve and Adam, the triumph of the second Adam in his hour of temptation, and how we should respond to temptation.
In Hebrews 12:1-11, Paul uses the metaphor of a race to encourage his readers to cast aside those things that hinder our pursuit of Christ.
Zephaniah 3 gives us an unusual perspective: an Old Testament prophet speaking of the Day of the Lord. In this passage we consider three things:
In 1 Timothy 4:11-16, Paul exhorts Timothy to not let anyone despise him for his youth. Instead, he is to: Paul’s exhortation does not apply only to Timothy, nor only to pastors or young people, but rather to all of us! We all should take these exhortations to heart as we begin a new year and resolve, in humble reliance upon the Holy Spirit, to endeavor after new obedience.
In Psalm 46, the psalmist sees the chaos, turmoil, and strife in the world around and finds comfort in stillness and the knowledge of God Most High.
In Luke 2:10-11, the angels deliver God’s Good News to the shepherds.