In Psalm 1, we saw the picture of an alive and life-giving Christian in the image of a fruit-bearing tree planted by streams of water. In Psalm 78, we see that healthy Christians grow in the context of a healthy congregation. Healthy congregations gather in Christ with his Spirit and Word and rehearse the history […]
God has put before our eyes the vision of what he intends to make of us by his grace. In Psalm 1, the image of a healthy and flourishing tree is designed to stir our imagination for the kind of Christian we are becoming. By God’s grace in Christ and through the graces of his […]
This psalmist is looking at the sad state of Israel’s relationship with God and praying that he would restore them to himself. Today we consider our own need for spiritual renewal and we take up this psalm as a guide for our prayers to be restored. We rejoice that the prayer for a Man to […]
Paul began his letter to the Romans declaring the gospel as the power of God for salvation. He now ends his letter telling these Christians that God is able to strengthen them by the gospel and the preaching of Christ. Today we reflect back on Romans and see the ways that we, a congregation, become […]
The voice of God in his word speaks warnings, instructions, and promises. God’s voice is clearly heard in this passage. The church of Jesus Christ is warned of the divisions and doctrinal error that Satan promotes through false teachers. We are instructed to be wise, discerning and avoiding evil while clinging to what is good. […]
The personal greetings of Paul to the Christians in Rome reveal the beauty of friendships forged in Christ. These Christians shared life in Christ and gave service to Christ. They expressed their friendship with affection for one another. This is another picture for us of a healthy congregation.