King David sinned against God, but he realized his mistakes and repented. He cried to God and said, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge...

Nicodemus who was a dignitary Pharisee secretly approached Jesus Christ to learn about the gospel that most Pharisees revolted against. Despite the unusual approach of a possible critic, Jesus seized the moment to enlighten Nicodemus about the gospel. The encounter might have meant something different to Nicodemus, but it was an opportunity for Jesus to...

King David became complacent with God and he ran into trouble within a short time. While he ought to be at the war front defending his country, he remained at home to enjoy the comfort of his palace, but he sent his servants. Meanwhile, Satan noticed David’s complacency, and he set him up for a...

Mary persuaded Jesus Christ to make use of a circumstance to showcase his miracle-working power. She refused to stop until Jesus performed his first miracle. The dramatic event took place at a marriage ceremony in Cana of Galilee. The scripture reported, “And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him,...

King David honored Mephibosheth for the sake of the covenant that he had with his father (Jonathan). David and Jonathan were good friends, and they have promised to stand by each other for a long time. Unfortunately, Jonathan died prematurely. Prior to his death, Jonathan protected David against King Saul’s assaults. Jonathan acted against his...

Andrew and his friend heard John attesting that Jesus is the Christ sent by God to save the world, and they immediately followed Christ to become his disciples. Andrew later invited his brother Simon Peter to meet Jesus. The scripture reported, “One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon...

Persistent prayers helped the early church to be steadfast and successful. Despite persecutions from without and divisions from within, persistent prayers helped the early Christians to continue to prosper and advance to other regions of the world. Holy Spirit instructed the saints and taught them their next line of action. For example, the Holy Spirit...

Jeremiah ran into trouble for prophesying the mind of God. The government and religious leaders of Judah arrested him for cautioning them to desist from evil or face consequences. The scripture reported, “Now it happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the...

Paul rose above the challenges of shipwreck and turbulence, and he encouraged others to follow in his footsteps. Paul encouraged others to eat food after 14 days of their sailing crisis. He openly ate his meal as reported, “And as day was about to dawn, Paul implored them all to take food, saying, “Today is...

God considered Israelites’ rebellious acts as a serious crime, and he promised to make them suffer the dire consequences if they refuse to repent. God spoke through Jeremiah, “‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant which I commanded your fathers in the...

Paul (a gospel minister held as a prisoner) alongside others suffered a shipwreck. None would have survived the accident due to its severity, but God spared them all – since his servant was involved. Paul described the encounter he had with God on the ship in order to assure other prisoners of God’s safety. Paul...

God is more interested in blessing people than punishing them. He is willing to see a sinner repent from his/her sin and be blessed than to remain adamant in sin to receive eternal condemnation. Also, God wants repentance of backslidden Christians; he will accept them with open arms if they could turn a new leaf....

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