READ: Ecclesiastes 2, Luke 21, Revelation 13 THE PATIENCE AND FAITH OF THE SAINTS Revelation wrecks havoc on any theology that has a high view of man. It is pretty clear that in the last days things will get pretty rough. In fact, “it was granted to him [the evil beast] to make war with…

READ: Psalm 111, Nahum 2, John 15, Colossians 1 LIVE DEAD JOY The Joy of Being Hated. Jesus intends for His joy to abide in us and that our joy be full (John 15:11). In the same breath as bestowed joy, Jesus reminds us that being chosen for His joy demands being hated by the world…

READ: Psalm 80, Hosea 9, Luke 8, 1 Corinthians 15  GRACE LABORS  Missions is a marathon, not a sprint. Current strategy puts undue emphasis on the rapid expansion of the church, yet that which grows rapidly does not tend to be as sturdy as that which steadily matures over years. When quantity is praised above…

READ: Psalm 44, Jeremiah 25-27, Matthew 16, Acts 23  WINNING ENEMIES If you speak God’s Word, you will have enemies. Jeremiah was told to “stand… speak…do not diminish a word” (Jer. 26:2). As a result of his fidelity to God’s person and message, he was threatened with death: “When Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that…

READ: Job 34-36, Psalm 11, John 4, Revelation 12 OUTLASTING THE DEVIL One of the best ways to defeat your enemies is to outlive them. Enemies have a way of self-destructing if you give them enough time–time is always on the side of the righteous. The good news is that we will be standing long after…

READ: Numbers 7-9, Psalm 43, Mark 15, Romans 15 PATIENCE AND COMFORT In Romans 15:1, Paul exhorts believers to bear with the scruples of the weak, to not please ourselves. In 15:2, we are instructed to please our neighbors for their good. Love can be defined as doing what is best for our neighbor, regardless…

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