Allegiance to Christ

I was sitting with a group of pastors this week when one of them mentioned that he was considering a new book where the author described our relationship with Christ in terms of our allegiance to Him rather than just faith. Allegiance is only used six times in the Scriptures. Four of those terms are[…]

Purity

See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall[…]

Pride

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety[…]

Patience

Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brethren, against one[…]

Honesty

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. – Ephesians 4:25 ESV I remember growing up as a young teenager I struggled with this quite a bit. It was not that I went around lying to people but I found[…]

Excellence

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to[…]

Contentment

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. – Philippians 4:13 ESV Contentment – the most basic definition tells us that contentment is about being happy (satisfied) with one’s situation in life. Paul is saying in this verse that regardless of his[…]