(17) If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us…
(18) But if not, …we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Daniel 3 records for us a pivotal moment in the lives of three young men who made a choice to stand up to peer pressure, bullying, and persecution. Even with death staring them in the face, these men stood because they’d already made up their minds about whom they would serve and why.
Living for Christ is not an event. It is a way of life — and it is a way of life with sure reward. All God requires of us is faithfulness founded in trust. Continue reading
Living for Christ is not an event. It is a way of life. The church at Philadelphia understood this. Only this church and the church at Smyrna received no rebuke from the Lord – not because they were perfect, but because they were steadfast. These were not perfect Christians. They were faithful and growing ones. Continue reading
The church at Smyrna lived recklessly for Christ for one simple reason: They had their eyes on eternity.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Continue reading
Acts chapter 4 records the first persecution of the fledgling church. In the previous chapter, Peter and John had gone up to the temple for public prayer. When they got there, they saw a man whom the Bible says was “lame from his mother’s womb” (Acts 3:1). Today we would probably refer to the man as a paraplegic. Typical for the day, because the man could not work, he made his living begging. He was a regular there (Acts 3:2) and received alms from the temple goers all the time.
When Peter and John happened upon the man, they offered him something better. They showed him Jesus Christ and they healed the man (Acts 3:6-11). That the man was healed was irrefutable because he did more than thank Peter and John, he leapt about praising God! It was the equivalent of an end zone celebration after a touchdown.