The life of King David helps us to understand that God does not expect us to build spiritual edifices for him, that’s what he does for us!
Friend and Partner Letter from December 2022
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. – John 1:1-4
When we think of the birth of Jesus, and then of his subsequent life and teaching here on earth, we often forget the many things that happened at night. We don’t know for certain, but Jesus may have been born at night – if so his first meal at ...
Some believe and preach that the end is here… again! Is this the time of the end? Is it time for us to “hunker down”?
Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests" (Luke 2:14).
The night seemed normal—nothing out of the ordinary. The shepherds were watching the sheep, just like they always did. But suddenly something abnormal happened—an angel appeared. The shepherds were terrified. After assuring the shepherds they had nothing to fear, the angel announced the coming of the Prince of Peace.
Then God composed and arranged a musical anthem performed by a heavenly choir to emphasize the importance of the angel's message. The Bible ...
"Giving Tuesday" this year is November 29, 2022
PTM is a non-profit ministry. We rely on and deeply appreciate your financial help as we share the hope and inspiration of God’s love and amazing grace. As you benefit from our worldwide work, please Help Us Help Others. Thank you for your generosity! Following are comments from some we have helped.
Thank you so much for all your encouraging work. The messages you send out help make sense of what is going on in the world today. There is hope after all when we just stay focused on Jesus Christ. —Washingt...
The dynamic life of grace Jesus lives within us, flows out of us as we walk with him through the good and bad times. In troubled times, God’s grace will “watch over your coming and your going” (Psalm 121).
How does Matthew 25:31-46 not contradict the grace and mercy of God and God's desire that all shall be saved?
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.... 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Thanks for this important and well-stated question. In response, I think it best to start with how they DO, in fact, contradict a number of key New Testament ...
What do you make of the idea of "soul sleep"?
For our readers' sake, let's briefly define "soul sleep."Soul sleep is the belief that when Christians (specifically) die, the soul enters a state of unconscious rest until the final resurrection.
The biblical warrant for this view is that Scripture (including Jesus) does refer to those who've died (bodily death) as "asleep." Jesus says of Jairus' daughter, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep” (Mark 5:39). Again John 11, Jesus says, “Our friend ...
Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it (Matthew 10:38-39).
When Christ-followers take up their cross and follow Jesus, losing their own interests in the greater cause of serving Jesus, by the grace of God they begin to experience the “reckless” love of God. Reckless love is the self-sacrificial, serving love of our Savior, and as a priority of life in Christ, reckless love stands opposed to a greater commitment on our part to safety and ...
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Brad Jersak: Our Ultimate Caregiver – pg. 2
Greg Albrecht: Incomparable & Boundless – pg. 5
Richard Rohr: Christmas: Only One Message – pg. 7
The act of giving thanks is not natural - on the physical level it must be taught and learned, while on the spiritual level it is a divine gift, an expression of the evidence of the gift of God, granted by his grace.
When we give thanks to God we recognize we are not entitled to anything from him, for he owes us nothing. Yet, while we do not deserve his grace, he lavishes his grace and mercy on us.