Jesus

Angela Watkins Rivers: Sunday – God Starts the Church – Children’s Sunday School Lesson – Acts 2:1-12, 22-24, 36-41 – Christian Article

God sent the wind and the fire and gave the disciples the ability to speak in different languages. He did this so all the people would know that God had decided it was time to start the church. Peter wanted everyone to know that the man they knew as Jesus was the Son of God. People who belong to God’s church believe that Jesus is God’s Son. What makes the church special? What special thing about Jesus do people in…

Read More

When and How Much Should We Rely on Biblical Experts? (Video) – Christian Article

Cold case detective, J. Warner Wallace discusses Cold-Case Christianity with Brady Blevins from the Atheist Christian Book Club. In this clip, J. Warner answers an objection leveled by an atheist in the group: Readers see that you (J. Warner) seem to agree with some scholars in your book but disagree with others. How does this make sense? J. Warner addresses this issue as he describes the nature of circumstantial evidence. To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.…

Read More

Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: Prayer Light Tubes – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This is a fun way to celebrate Jesus as the light of the world, especially if you are celebrating Candlemas this Sunday! Traditionally at Candlemas (or the Presentation of Christ), the passage from Luke 2 where Simeon and Anna meet Jesus is read and we hear the famous lines: “Now, Lord, you can let me, your servant, die in peace as you said.30 I have seen with my own eyes how you will save your people.31     Now all people can see your…

Read More

You Are God’s Great Idea – Christian Article

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”. Psalm 139:15–16 (NIV) If you grasp “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18–19a NIV),…

Read More

Problems Have a Purpose | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15 NLT God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems. My dying dad in West Texas. The last three years of his life were scarred by A.L.S. The disease took him from a healthy mechanic to a bedbound paralytic. He lost his voice and his muscles, but he never lost…

Read More

When We Are Fearful | Devotional by Charles Stanlety – Christian Article

Read: Isaiah 41:8-20 (see bottom) Throughout the Bible, God encourages us not to be afraid or anxious, because as His children, we have no basis for fear. Of course, there are reasons to be cautious about what we do and where we go, but living in a state of anxiety is uncalled-for. We all have different fears—such as fear of criticism, illness, death, and poverty. These are universal worries, but they’re symptoms of something deep inside that feeds our concerns.…

Read More

Fixing the foundations – Living the life God intended – Christian Article

Hi how are you all? Well it has been a hot week here. On Sunday we celebrated Australia Day. It was also my youngest son’s birthday. Double celebration? How has your week been? Last time we talked about the fact that 2020 is the year of restoration. In last week’s blog, we talked about pulling the walls down that we have built around ourselves. This week I want to focus on fixing the foundations. For that I want to look…

Read More

Cultivating & Guarding Children’s Love for Jesus – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Why do children love Jesus so much? In the Gospels, it’s clear that they loved Jesus because He first loved them. Jesus wasn’t posing for future artists when He invited children to gather around him. Actually, He didn’t have to do any coaxing. Children loved Him. So did their parents, who were eager for Jesus to bless their children. Jesus With Children Like a beloved uncle or grandfather, Jesus would put His hands on their heads and pray for them.…

Read More

What are you aiming at this year? – Christian Article

Especially for our Chinese brothers, here is Nathan’s New Year blog that should have published on the 1st January. 新年快乐 A quick search on the internet reveals that only about 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually manage to keep them and hit their goals. Now, we know that after about 6 weeks a new routine or habit gets easier because your mind and body responds positively to it, and adapt it as a new pattern for your…

Read More

Is God Pleased with You? – Christian Article

No words can explain, nor describe the love of God. God is please with you.  Let me repeat that, God is pleased with you. Some of the greatest minds in history have struggled to categorize or give meaning to God’s love. It is far beyond our human understanding and definition. Despite our inability to ever comprehend the vastness and depth of God’s love, Christ made His love fully known to us when He sacrificed Himself to free us from the…

Read More

(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: The Sherlock Effect – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Our lives can boil down to two essential questions: Who do I say Jesus is? And who does Jesus say I am? How can discovering the answers to these questions help us discover our true purpose and identities? Join Rick in the last episode of a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at Matthew 16:13-20 and how this will help us find our true names. LISTEN TO…

Read More

Have You Let God Love You? – Christian Article

“Love one another as I have loved you” John 13:34 The Greek word used for love (agape) denotes an unselfish affection.  The final phrase is the essential one: “as I have loved you.” Have you let God love you?  Please don’t hurry past the question. We don’t love people because people are lovable.  People can be cranky, stubborn, selfish, and cruel.  We love people for this reason: we have come to experience and believe the love that God has for…

Read More

How Can We Trust What We Know About Jesus When There Are No Early Non-Christian Accounts? (Video) – Christian Article

In this video, J. Warner joins Stand to Reason’s Amy Hall to answer questions in an episode of #STRAsk. They answer a question submitted through Twitter: Why should we trust the Biblical authors, especially when there aren’t early stories about Jesus from non-Christians? Don’t we need a non-Christian source in order to be certain about the story of Jesus? Be sure to subscribe to Stand to Reason’s great lineup of podcasts. To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the…

Read More

Comforted in Trials | Devotional by Rich Vega – Christian Article

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Life is good, but sometimes it can be hard. Trials and temptations come to all of us, often arriving without warning. Some can be extremely difficult and different than anything we…

Read More

Bible Drive-Thru: Insults = Blessings? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: I Peter 4:12-19 TO CHEW ON: “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” I Peter 4:14 Which of these things has happened to you because you are a Christian?– called names – left out – teased – made fun of It’s not fun going through things like that. But it shouldn’t surprise us. People in the past were insulted and persecuted…

Read More

(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Fighting Warped Mirrors – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Words and “mirrors” can have a major influence on our lives. What would it look like to rely on the voice of Jesus to shatter all the false beliefs we’ve embraced about ourselves? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at how our identity has been formed by the “mirrors” surrounding us and how Jesus can shatter them. LISTEN TO THE FULL…

Read More

Underneath: Everlasting Arms | Devotional by Bill Bright – Christian Article

“The eternal God is your Refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He thrusts out your enemies before you…” (Deuteronomy 33-27, LB). “…with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles” (2 Chronicles 32:8, KJV).  (Deuteronomy 33-27, LB) and (2 Chronicles 32:8, KJV) Susan was broken-hearted. She had just lost her first child at birth. The trauma of that experience had affected her relationship with her husband and with everyone else around her. She…

Read More

Bible Drive-Thru: What time is it? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 2 Peter 3:3-13 TO CHEW ON: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8 How long is it from one Christmas to the next? From this summer holiday to next summer holiday? From your 10th birthday to your 11th? You know it’s only a year, yet it seems like a long time. So when we read…

Read More

Practical Life’s Lessons From The Nativity – Godinterest Magazine – Christian Article

1. Spend Quiet Time with Yahweh Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 The baby was soon to come and Mary had so much to do. In spite of all her preparations in the physical, she had to spend spiritual one on one time with God. Spending time alone with God is an important part of spiritual development. This week, amidst hectic holiday preparations, make time for quiet meditation. Stop the talking, working and rushing long enough…

Read More

Do Not Lose Heart | Devotional by Allan Mitchell – Christian Article

“Therefore we do not lose heart…for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”2 Corinthians 4:16a-18 During a difficult season in my life, affliction, anxiety, and doubt clouded my perspective. Overwhelmed by my current reality, my mind contradicted my heart. I slowly began to…

Read More

Come to Me | Year End Devotional by Phil Ware – Christian Article

[Jesus said,] “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28 Thought At the end of the year, it sure is nice to be invited to rest in Jesus. So before we begin a new year, let’s pause and place our hopes, our future, our dreams, and especially our burdens down at his feet and let him give us rest. Prayer Teach me, O God, to learn to rest in your…

Read More

(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Be a Holiday “Apprecianado” – Youth Ministry Christian Article

During the holidays, we have lots of opportunities to engage others beyond the surface conversations we normally have with them. So what would it look like to fearlessly engage them, paying ridiculous attention to their nuances and calling out their story? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at examples in the Gospels where Jesus digs past the surface with others. LISTEN…

Read More

A Miracle on Christmas Eve – Christian Article

“All who are oppressed may come to Him. He is a refuge for them in their times of trouble” Psalm 9:9 My father was born in the Ukraine and spent his first fifteen years there.  One Christmas his two older brothers bought a German-made Christmas musical wind-up tree stand for their parents. It was mechanical and played Silent Night. Their gift brought great delight to this family of ten. Not long after, the region experienced the horrors of World War…

Read More

Mary – a humble heart – Living the life God intended – Christian Article

Hi how was your week? Mine was good and activities are now slowing down for Christmas. Have you brought your presents yet? I have – now I am just expectant to see the faces of the receivers on Christmas Day. This week we are continuing our theme of looking at the Christmas characters. The next one is Mary. So first, what do we know about Mary? Well we know she was probably only a teenage girl. She was engaged to…

Read More

Whatever you do shall prosper – Godinterest Magazine – Christian Article

As the new year approaches, I want to remind you that God’s plan is for you to prosper, and be successful in every area of your life. Some people might say, “I don’t see how you can say that after the year I’ve had, with the economy like it is. All the experts are saying it’s going to get worse before it gets better.” That may be true in general, but it doesn’t have to be true for believers in…

Read More