Walking through a strange land home

Do you ever feel a longing for home, but a home not of this world? If so, there is a very good reason, and First Peter just might be what you need to see you through this day. Written originally to Christians in five Roman provinces, it is clearly a legacy for the church at large, consisting of individuals Peter describes as God's chosen ones but strangers in this world. That double (and … [Read more...]

what our people must learn

"You will know them by their fruits," Jesus said when warning his disciples about false teachers (Matt. 7:15-20). Teaching and living go together. Say something often enough, or just hear it said, and you will soon be living as if the thing being said is true. Which brings us to Titus. Paul stationed Titus in Crete to amend what he found defective and to ordain elders in every town. The Cretan … [Read more...]

COMMUNITY OF THE RESCUED

The following is an edited excerpt from Edward's latest book, The Divine Rescue: The Gripping Drama of a Lost World and of the Creator Who Will Not Let It Go, scheduled for pre-release at Pepperdine University Bible Lectures on May 4-7, 2010. For more details, click here. Jesus himself envisioned a community of faith, a fellowship of the Rescued, created by his intervention on their behalf. As … [Read more...]

FEEDBACK: ‘KNOWING ONE ANOTHER’ – 3

Judging from your feedback, the gracEmail for May 18, 2008 titled "Knowing One Another" touched a live nerve. Following are a few responses (some edited for space or form). Thanks to all who wrote! * * * "Can you imagine ACTUALLY 'confessing our sins to one another'??? Yikes!" -- Mike (msecuro777@yahoo.com). * * * "Rarely, I'm convinced, do individuals share themselves on a deeply personal … [Read more...]

FEEDBACK: ‘KNOWING ONE ANOTHER’ – 2

Judging from your feedback, the gracEmail for May 18, 2008 titled "Knowing One Another" touched a live nerve. Following are a few responses (some edited for space or form); we will share others from time to time. Thanks to all who wrote! * * * "A few weeks ago my husband John needed to see two men about two different matters and he scheduled separate appointments. Eeither one ran late or the … [Read more...]

FEEDBACK: ‘KNOWING ONE ANOTHER’ – 1

Judging from your feedback, the gracEmail for May 18, 2008 titled "Knowing One Another" touched a live nerve. Following are a few responses (some edited for space or form); we will share others from time to time. Thanks to all who wrote! * * * "People everywhere are longing to be known. The desperation of alcohol addiction has led to transforming life-sharing help through Alcoholics Anonymous … [Read more...]

KNOWING ONE ANOTHER

Sara Faye and I participated in our congregation's food-and-fellowship network the other Saturday. It was a joyous event which convicted me regarding the shallowness of my friendship with our hosts Don and his lovely wife Vee. I thought I knew them -- after all, we had exchanged pleasantries almost every Sunday morning for 26 years. I knew, for example, that Don and I shared an emotional bent, … [Read more...]