Embracing Trials

Keeping a Proper Attitude “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” (James 1:2, 3 NAS). Alex Zardja Listen to audio:  Are trials to be embraced, to be avoided, or to be suffered? Should we as Christians take pleasure in pain? Or should we react to trials by complaining, murmuring, and getting upset? It is our suggestion that trials should be embraced as an important part of Christian development. Our []

That They All May Be One

Promoting True Unity   “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21). Evhen Dovhan, Ukraine Listen to audio:  We do not see unity among the world of professed believers today. But was Jesus really praying for unity among all who call themselves Christians? No, Jesus’ prayer was for the true Church — those who []

In the Beginning

Exhortations, with a Deeper Side Exhortations to Godliness are a bulwark of the New Testament. Even the Gospel accounts, which are the foundation of the New Testament, are intertwined with exhortations by recounting the words, advice, and teachings of Jesus. The record of what Jesus did and how he conducted himself also constitute exhortations by way of example. In this issue, Exhortations, with a Deeper Side, we look at some of the exhortations from the New Testament epistles, and exhortations by example []

The Greater Context of Hebrews Six

On to Maturity “Every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised … Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on” (Hebrews 5:13,14, 6:1). Hebrews chapter six, in which Paul itemizes the fundamental issues of our faith, is actually a parenthesis to his ongoing argument. Paul has been []