The bold apostles who proclaimed Jesus’ Messiahship at the Feast of Pentecost were not always so convinced. They went through a period of transition – from confused followers to dedicated disciples. Three realities shaped their thinking and lives; and they will transform yours if you will allow it. Notice these
As Paul nears the end of his discussion of the Pathway of Hope, he warns his audience that not everyone they meet along the way will be their friend. Some will appear to be friendly, but hide less than pure motives. As he encourages his readers to continue forward, he
The life that is surrendered to the gracious mercy of God finds that God’s love impacts every area of living. We have seen that it affects our relationship to God, to others, to those traveling the Pathway of Hope with us, and those yet to set foot on the pathway.
We come to another stage in the Pathway of Hope. We have seen the FAITH God rewards, heard of the HOPE God gives, and now find the ENCOURAGEMENT for life along the way. Paul begins to show how the person made righteous by God travels the Pathway of Hope. The
We are privileged to have Jonathan Facenda sharing from God’s Word and his own personal testimony how God uses everyday circumstances and situations to highlight His great power and presence. Jonathan and his family live full-time in South Korea where they serve the city of Daegu through International Baptist Church.
Paul mentions slavery in this passage. Slavery in his day was much different than what we imagine. In Paul’s day, 35 – 40% of the populace of Rome were slaves. To equate the Roman slave with the relationship between employer/employee is to miss the idea completely. An employee puts in