“By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NCV).

When we go through major disappointments in life, our natural reaction is to pull back and isolate ourselves. We want to handle it ourselves. We want to keep our losses and failures and mistakes and crises a secret. We want to withdraw. This is a terrible idea!

When you go through disappointment or crisis or loss, that’s when you ne..

TITUS 1:2 NKJ
2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised
before time began,

It's not just that God has decided He will not lie — He CANNOT
lie.

God only speaks truth!

JOHN 17:17 NKJ
17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Whatever God says comes to pass. God cannot lie, because
anything He says will come into being — even if it did not
exist before He said it.

GENESIS 1:3 NKJ
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

So God's Wo..

“Get up, cry out in the night, even as the night begins. Pour out your heart like water in prayer to the Lord” (Lamentations 2:19a NCV).

Think you’ve had a bad day? The biblical character of Job had a Ph.D. in pain and loss. In the very first chapter of Job, after everything fell apart in his life, “Job stood up, tore his robe in grief, and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped” (Job 1:20 GW).

Passage1 Corinthians 7:25-35
PrayerDear Father, head of our one enduring spiritual family,Thank you that you have not left us uninformed in matters of family relations. Thank you for the apostle Paul's instructions, which tell us to be holy in body and spirit and to give ourselves up to please you. Help me, Father, to do that.May we be content in the situations in which you have placed us. May those of us with spouses live, in a sense, as if we had none. May those of us who mourn over lost ..

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NRSV).

Dictionaries usually define “conviction” as a fixed or strong belief. Conviction is really much more than that. Your convictions include your values, commitments, and motivations.

I like the definition of conviction I once heard from the great Bible teacher Howard Hendricks: “A belief is something you will argue..

Passage1 Corinthians 7:10-24
PrayerDear Father, lover of families,May my spouse and I both strive to satisfy the spiritual, mental, economic, emotional, and physical needs of the other so neither of us will ever be tempted to look to someone else for companionship. Help us both to exercise perfect self-control, never giving Satan any opportunity to deceive us.Father, grant that there may never be any rupture in our marriage relationship that would lead to quarreling, unfaithfulness, separation, ..

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded” (Hebrews 10:35 NIV).

Faced with attacks on a biblical worldview, how do you live with uncommon courage? There are two things you need to do:

1. You need to accept God’s Word as your authority. Why? Because it is the only source that will never lie to you. If you’re going to be a man or woman of courage, you need to build your life on the rock that never..

Passage1 Corinthians 7:1-7
PrayerDear Father, third party to our marriage,Thank you that in matters of family relations you have not left us uninformed. Thank you for your apostle Paul's instructions. Help me take all these to heart.While it may have been better for me to remain unmarried and to have dedicated my life wholly to your service, I am married now, so please help me to fulfill all my vows and obligations to my wife and to freely give to her my love. Help me constantly to show aff..

“Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you?” (Matthew 10:32-33 MSG).

To live with uncommon courage and stand up for Christ, you have to learn how to clarify your worldview — the foundation on which you base your beliefs. You also have to understand the non-Christian worldviews that compete for your devotion every da..

Passage1 Corinthians 6:14-20
PrayerDear Father, powerful and holy God,This body of mine is not just temporary, meant for the decay of the grave. You have promised to redeem it, to make it glorious like Christ's. It will be my instrument to glorify you throughout eternity. Let me use it with that thought in mind.Surely you, God, who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead by your power, will also raise my body by your power. Make me ever aware that my body is a member of Christ's body. Shal..