God’s Opinion Alone Matters

Read: Hebrews 12:1-4

Imagine you are in an unfamiliar city, far from home, friends and family, when suddenly you are tempted to do something wrong. Is your first thought, “What would others think?” Or is it, “What would God think?” God’s opinion is the one that really matters, and it is never right to do wrong. But have you ever considered why you do what you do when faced with temptation?


From Outer Space?

Read: Job 38:4-18

Many astronomers speculate about how life originated on Mars and then came to Earth. They say, “Microbes from Mars fell on the very early Earth…, and the offspring of those microbes are still here, and they are us.” Many students of science are looking to outer space for the origins of life on earth, not willing to believe and accept the Bible’s explanation that God placed humanity, animals, and plant life on earth through special creation. How can they assume that supposed microbial life started on a hostile planet? Why is it so difficult to accept that the earth, uniquely created for life to exist, is where God created and placed living creatures?


Standing Alone for the Lord

Read: Matthew 10:30-35

Nabeel Qureshi was a former Muslim who accepted Christ. He had to leave his Islamic faith and culture to stand for the Lord. Although he was the only person in his family to accept Christ, he was able to share his faith to millions worldwide before succumbing to stomach cancer in September, 2017. Nabeel personally testified that he experienced the emotional pain after his parents came to know that he was a Christian. The Bible strengthened him to follow Christ. Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matt. 16:24).


Only a Rough Outline

Read: 1 Corinthians 13:8-12

In the book The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis tells the story of a woman who gave birth to a son while confined as a prisoner in a dungeon. Since the boy had never seen the outside world, his mother tried to describe it by making pencil drawings. Later when he and his mother were released from prison, those pencil sketches were replaced by the actual images of the beautiful world.


Mocked by Others

Read: Mark 15:16-32

When people mock or isolate you for your faith in Christ, it can be very hurtful. If you are the only one in your family, workplace, or community to accept Christ, many people would threaten, mock or persecute you. Be not alarmed. Jesus was insulted and rejected by His own people. During His years of ministry, Jesus performed miracles, healed and brought the dead to life. But the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked Him. “He saved others,” they said, “but He can’t save Himself!” (Mark 15:31). He was mocked several times by several people (Jewish people, Jewish religious leaders, Roman soldiers) during His trial and crucifixion. During Jesus’ trial and crucifixion, He was spat upon, flogged mercilessly, His tunic was torn, He was paraded with thorns on His head and crucified naked on the cross. Christ bore all that mockery and shame for our sins. He bore the pains, the humiliation, and the isolation for us.