Ephesians 3 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts…
The Persians had defeated King Belshazzar’s army and were encamped at the very gates of Babylon. An axe was suspended over his head. So what did Belshazzar do? He threw a party.
The number of singles in the U.S. has risen sharply in the last few decades, and lots of people aren’t happy about it. If you want to get married, the story of Isaac and Rebekah’s courtship deserves a long look (Gen. 24:1-67).
Are all sins created equal? Do some sins cause more harm than others or spring from worse motives? Is there perhaps a chief sin, a wicked thing at the root of every wrong ever done? The humiliation of King Nebuchadnezzar may point to some answers.
When Americans hear the word “gentleness,” they think of tenderness. The kindness of a wise old man or the delicate touch of a little girl. Christian gentleness includes tenderness, but it’s something far more robust than that.
King Nebuchadnezzar demanded that all his officials worship his idol, a tall golden image set up on the plain of Dura. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused – and that meant death. Their trust in God challenges us to make faithful choices when the state punishes righteous behavior.
The popular new hymn “In Christ Alone” is a powerful and biblical proclamation of the all-sufficiency of Jesus. He isn’t just enough. He fills us to overflowing.
Nebuchadnezzar has a disturbing dream. He sees a great metallic image that is smashed by a stone. What does it mean, and why does it matter?
Self-control is both a gift (Gal. 5:22-23) and a goal (2 Pet. 1:5-6). The self-controlled person must master his body, his speech, and his mind.
Young Daniel was removed from his homeland in Judah and enrolled in a Babylonian training program aimed at re-educating him for service as an adviser to King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel and his three best friends resisted full assimilation into Babylonian culture – but they did so without being obnoxious.