A mother planned a gathering to mark the birth of her newborn son. She wanted others to share in the joy, so she invited a bunch of friends over to celebrate his arrival. She put up decorations and made special treats for everyone to enjoy. All the time she was putting everything together she was worried about getting everything “just right” for guests. But she need not have worried. The party was a success. As her guests arrived, she welcomed each of them warmly, and they all had a great time with eating, drinking, and rejoic...
It’s been a challenging year. A global pandemic, racial unrest and misunderstanding, harsh political rhetoric, and a lot of division. Hurricanes, flooding, and fires. And on top of all that, each of us has our own personal struggles to deal with. At times it may feel overwhelming. But you can be confident that God is still in charge and still in control. He loves us and He is there for us in the midst of every challenge we face.
Being prepared for your calling is like going to a pizzeria. I’m talking about a real pizza place, one where they make the pies on the spot. It all starts with a ball of dough. They roll the dough, pressing and mashing it. Then they start pounding on it. After banging it around for a while, they start throwing it up in the air and twirling it. That dough goes through a whole lot so that you and I can have the pleasure of eating it.
Second Corinthians was a follow-up letter to Paul’s earlier letter to the church in that city. It seems that after penning the first letter, Paul made a visit there that proved to be painful (2 Corinthians 2:1). Clearly the church in Corinth had not responded with the changes Paul had urged upon them in 1 Corinthians. Sometimes God’s people need a firm reminder to stay committed to God and His purposes.
Ruth is a small book with a big message. It is personal, prophetic, and filled with theological insight. The book centers on a gentile woman named Ruth, and through all the challenges she faces we see a demonstration of God’s providence, grace, love, and redemption. It’s a story with a happy ending.