An act of repentance is not a symbol of cowardice; it is a symbol of honesty to the living God. True and humble people are not ashamed to repent from their sins. They refuse to rejoice in sin but repent from them. Repentant people are also hopeful in God to have the strength needed to...

The church at Jerusalem made a judgment call on whether to exempt non-Jewish believers from Jewish traditions. They concluded that it was essential for brethren to serve God in the liberty of their spirit – without giving room for human traditions that could inhibit gospel expansion. Church elders wrote Paul and said, “…But concerning the...

The scripture raises sure hope for believers; we are assured that all world crises would soon be over for God’s saints, and we shall be with the Lord permanently! It is written, “He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares...

God’s prophets advised Paul not to extend his evangelistic campaign to Jerusalem. They warned that he may be persecuted and die in the adventure. However, Paul insisted on his mission despite the warning of imminent danger. “Paul responded to his counselors, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready...

God hates wickedness, and he mandated wicked people to repent from their evil ways. Jehovah will bless those who repent, but the end game will be rough and tough for wicked people who persist in evil. God said, “Woe to those who devise iniquity, and work out evil on their beds! At morning light they...

A lady called Phoebe caught Paul’s special attention with her exceptional servant heart. Paul recognized her efforts as she ministered to people’s needs. Paul mentioned in his letter, “I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner...

God accused Israelites of playing double games with him; he claimed that Israelites – his children – enjoyed his benefits to become robust and dumb him afterward. Israelites received God’s benefits and returned to their idolatry. The Creator promised to punish Israelites for their actions. God said, “When Ephraim spoke, trembling, He exalted himself in...

Paul’s objective was to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. His primary goal was to reach distant lands where people have not heard the gospel. Paul quoted Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 52:15). He said, “but as it is written: “To whom He was not announced, they shall see; and those who have not...

God reminded Israelites that there would be punishments to be awarded for their sins unless they repent. Meanwhile, the Creator promised to avert evil from his children if they exercise a change of mind and pursue righteousness. God said, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time...

Paul prayed for Christians to have the spirit of unity so that they can serve God together with one mind. Paul prayed, “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and...

God was furious with his disobedient children and he charged his prophet to announce what calamity would befall them. God said to Prophet Hosea, “Set the trumpet to your mouth! He shall come like an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant and rebelled against my law. Israel will...

Christians must understand the importance of unity and act together as one. The scripture admonished us to shun segregation, and avoid unhealthy rivalry which is detrimental to the propagation of the gospel. No Christian sect should assume superiority over others; rather, we should serve God with a humble spirit and consider others to be more...

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