Love overcomes evil by doing good, and one of the marks of genuine love is that it is generous. Paul spells out what this looks like in Romans 12:9-21: Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not...
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Christian articles around the web, including the often overlooked difficulty of the Christmas season, and a post offering a biblical framework for why financial giving is an important aspect of the Christian life.
What the Bible Says to the Jaded, Discouraged, and Worn Out (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
Christ gives his Spirit to those who hope in him so that something of his divine power may touch us in our human weakness. Strength comes as we ascend by faith into the presence of the Lord and commune with our living Savior. Here’s what will come from that: You will keep running. You will keep walking. You will keep pressing on.
Did We Finish Any Good Work This Year? (Autumn Kern, Risen Motherhood)
But God prepared the work before us, which means making lunches and scrubbing toilets can become eternally important work. He uses everyday activities and moments to bring about his plans and glory. He wills and works in all things for his pleasure and our good. And since God prepared these works, his standard remains: perfection.
5 Reasons to Financially Support Christian Ministries (Brad Wetherell, Unlocking the Bible)
We worship when we give. Giving is not merely about supporting a person or a ministry. Giving is not merely about following a command. More than this, giving is about heartfelt worship to the Lord. You are acknowledging, “God, you own everything. All that I have is a gift from you. So, I willingly and joyfully release your resources for your work.”
What the driving-home-for-Christmas feeling tells you (Rachel Jones, The Good Book Company)
Best of all, waiting eagerly at the door to welcome us in is Jesus himself. He’s the One who knows us and loves us more deeply than we can imagine—the One who left his home in heaven, lived the life of a roaming preacher and died the death of a social outcast to bring us home. Now he’s standing at heaven’s door, ready to embrace us and say, “Welcome home.”
Christmas Light Shines On Humanity’s Wounds (Chad Bird, Unlocking the Bible)
Are you joyless? He is born as the light that no darkness can overcome. Counts our every tear. Sits with us in ICU. Stands with us at the graveside. And promises, though weeping may last the night, that joy comes in the morning, for he himself is our joy.
Christmas Is For The Lonely And Grieving (Leah Baugh, Core Christianity)
He came into this world, with all its sufferings, loneliness, and tragedy. Christmas is a season for meditating upon this great and comforting truth: that the Son of God came down and took on flesh, took on the sufferings of this fractured and estranged world, to draw near to us.