Speaking the Truth in Love

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Sitting in the Ashes

Job is a wealthy Arab sheik. His 10 children are his delight, and he enjoys the deep respect of a community that admires his wise judgment and generosity to the poor. Job revels in the knowledge that God is good to him. He is a man at peace with the world and its Creator, a…

When Things Go Wrong

was a wealthy Arab sheik. His 10 children were his delight, and he enjoyed the respect of a community that appreciated his wise judgment and kindness to the poor. Job reveled in the knowledge that God was good to him. His possessions were gifts, and he knew where they came from. He was at peace…

Joy in the Lord

Paul encourages the Philippians to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4). Is he talking about happiness? Most people do want to be happy. Happiness is the good feeling we have when everything goes our way – when our football team wins a big game, when we head home for the holidays, when several inches…

When Maturity Comes

spiritual gifts Paul predicts that prophecy, tongues, and supernatural revelations will end (1 Cor. 13:8). But when? He explains that “when the perfect comes, the partial [the spiritual gifts] will pass away” (v. 10). The phrase translated “the perfect” can mean “the mature thing.” The immediate context in 1 Corinthians 13 supports this idea: “When…

The Gift of Tongues

The only narrative in the Bible describing tongues in detail appears in the book of Acts. Luke said that the apostles “were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4). The people who witnessed this sign were shocked: “Are not all these…

Training Children, Not Controlling Adults

Brent Smith      Solomon says to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22.6). Some commentators suggest that this proverb has to do with each individual child’s talents and natural abilities. Others think that Solomon is talking about a…

Teaching Rocket Workshop

Teaching Rocket Workshop Last fall (on October 15, 2017) Michael Whitworth presented his Teaching Rocket seminar. His messages were superb and inspiring. And so he’s been invited back to present Part 2 on September 23. Below are a few of the glowing reviews posted on his website: “I want to thank you again for an…

A Crazy Prophet

In one of his letters Peter speaks of the “madness” of Balaam (2 Pet. 2:16). This foolish prophet was hot-tempered, violent, stubborn, and greedy. But why does Peter mention him? Peter’s second letter is a warning against false teachers ready to take advantage of unsuspecting Christians. “False prophets also arose among the people,” Peter says,…

I Don’t Have Any Friends

I don’t have any friends” is a complaint that makes a parent’s heart ache. Mom and dad can provide lots of things—food, clothes, medical care, a loving home environment. But they can’t force other children to befriend their kids. How do children (and adults) make and keep good friends? Jonathan’s relationship with David suggests an…

Father Knows Best

“Father Knows Best” was a popular sitcom with a six-season run (1954-60). The show portrayed the life of the middle class Anderson family. Jim was in the insurance business. He and Margaret had three children—Betty, Bud, and Kathy. Human fathers don’t always know best, though. But our Father in heaven always does. Hezekiah’s experience is…