“Trust and obey” (the fifth essential in this series) are words so simple, so basic, that their importance can easily escape us. As the primary expressions of faith, though, they’re vital to grasp.Read More
Dr. Boa continues his discussion of Jesus’s spiritual practices and his invitation to us to practice God’s presence, just as he did on earth. Today’s lesson picks up in John 10.Read More
Emotional, intellectual, and volitional obstacles can keep us from trusting and yielding to God, both for the first time and after we become followers of Christ. Trusting Him is especially challenging when life is difficult or doesn’t make sense from our perspective. But if we turn toward God, his Spirit in us will help us overcome these barriers, so that we’re able to trust Him at all times, no matter what’s going on around us.Read More
This article borrows heavily from Walter Henrichsen’s A Layman’s Guide to Applying the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1978).
Of these four, the one most heavily emphasized in Scripture is application.
The Bible consistently emphasizes faith as a commitment to what God says—and acting on it. Those mentioned in Hebrews 11, often called the “Faith Hall of Fame” in Scripture,Read More
Continuing to build the biblical foundation, Dr. Boa examines the four Gospels to see how Jesus practiced the presence of God in total dependence and submission.Read More
Peter talks about the surprising power and gift of grace that comes upon us which overcomes adversity and suffering. When we keep an eternal perspective, God gives us peace, patience and comfort in a way that transcends the circumstances of life.Read More
Peter invites his readers to see that our outlook will determine the things we pursue and treasure and value. And so we want to pursue the will of God and His promises. We want to live a life that demands an explanation as an agent of light, grace and love; giving rather than expecting in return and entrusting ourselves to Him for the outcome.Read More
Dr. Boa addresses the practical application of the spheres of God ordained authority. We are people under divinely ordained authority and we are called to a lifestyle of submission. Dr. Boa encourages us to press on to the higher calling of God and to walk in obedience to the things He has called us to pursue.Read More
Peter invites his readers to embrace God’s narrative not the world’s narrative; to embrace a biblical perspective on life and not what we often would construe for ourselves. This epistle gives a perspective of wisdom, faith, hope, and love and calls us to put our hope in the Living God and His unchanging character and promises.Read More
We all have broken stories and Peter wants us to understand that we can rewrite our story. We can imbed our story in a greater narrative that begins and ends well. When we are a part of God’s story our life matters. When we keep an eternal perspective we understand that the adversity and afflictions of this life will only be brief and the glory will endure.Read More