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May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6) The ESV says “together you may,” other translations get at the sense of the…

Christian Hospitality

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) Every human being is made in the image of God. One profound implication for us is that we will never meet anyone who does not carry that image. This means that…

Multiply Thyself

Multiply Thyself “Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and…

Ultimate Value

“Finishing the race” is a Pauline illustration of completing the task, completely obeying, and persevering to the end. Near the end of his life he would draw on this metaphor again and say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) Acts 9 tells…

A Heart That Breaks for the Lost

“Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.” (Acts 17:16) The word for “full” insinuates that the city is “swamped” with idols. There were idols everywhere. One writer said about Athens that it was easier to find a…