Why I Preach the Cross
“We preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23).
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:17–23; 2:1–5
There are so-called experts today in the field of religious authority who believe that the day of preaching is gone. The sermon is looked upon ... Read more
The Man Who Loses the Battle of Life
“And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: when I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty sh... Read more
The Lord Needs You
“The Lord hath need of them” (Matt. 21:3).
Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1–11
The last several decades have witnessed a steady succession of public demonstrations for special causes. A nonviolent demonstration in Montgomery, Alabama, i... Read more
The Sunday after Easter
“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and re... Read more
When People Listen to God
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bou... Read more
When God Turns His Back
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isa. 59:1–... Read more
While Men Were Busy
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6).
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:14–53:12
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The Empty Man
“Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, ‘Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?’ ” (Isa. 44:20 NIV).
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 44:1–20
Despite the economic downturn in recen... Read more
The Good News Concerning God’s Present Activity
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12–16
When Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, he gave them a statement of the good news about God in ... Read more
Belonging to God
“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine” (Isa. 43:1).
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:1–24
The loneliest... Read more
A Goose in the Chicken Coup
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).
Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, told a story about a goose who was wounded and landed in a barnyard with some chickens. He played with the ... Read more
He Only Had Eyes for God
“But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed—he only had eyes for God!” (Acts 7:55 The Message).
It is one of the great, dramatic moments in Scripture—Stephen giving his defense before the High Court of Israel. His presentation was... Read more
The Good News about Heaven
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:2).
Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1–4
Most of us do not spend very much time giving consideratio... Read more
The Good News of Divine Sonship
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
Scripture Reading: John 3:1–15
John, the belo... Read more