We begin a series in 1 Thessalonians. This first letter written by the apostle Paul encouraged a young church to build spiritual stamina, the ability to maintain effort while withstanding deterioration. A strong foundation is vital for establishing this stamina; and Paul shares the three key ingredients to this foundation: faith, love, and hope.
Every change we face in life brings fear. We think that what we are facing must surely be the end of it; but it rarely is. If we only knew the whole story, wouldn’t life be better? Wouldn’t life be better without fear? Mike Beyelia shares insight from 2 Timothy that teaches us how to […]
The promise of the Bible seems to be that if a person structures his life after Jesus’ pattern, he will definitely suffer for it. The Christian life is not meant to be easy or understood. So how does one live that way? We are told to “be strong and brave” but what does that look […]
Grief often strikes with the triple reality that life is short, eternity is real, and death is certain for us all. The follower of Jesus is not immune from grief; but how should we face and deal with grief? Paul’s words to Timothy give us a pattern to follow as we face days of sorrow […]
The process of mentoring is of great value to the both the mentor and the one being mentored. In a church setting this is especially true! Today, guest speaker Richie Shade from Crossroads Baptist Church in Tracy, CA, shares how the mentoring process works in a church.