Jesus asks: Who do you say that I am? His disciples had just told him others say he was John the Baptist, others that he was Elijah, and others that he was Jeremiah. But the important question for us: Who do we say that Jesus is?
It's the only question on our final exam. Answer it right and we have an eternal future in God's new heaven and new earth. Answer it wrong and it is eternal torment.
God, Himself, through His Spirit, opens our understanding to whom Jesus really is, just as Peter answered that Jesus is the Son of the Living God.
There is only two ways to live on this earth: Our way or God's way. God's way is far more satisfying and fulfilling than any way that we can dream up. In Christ is the only way to live it. God's way is the only way that automatically puts us in the new heaven and earth for our abundant and eternal life--our life with no disappointments, no sorrows, no pain or suffering; a life of eternal fellowship with God and with all who will live there.
Three traits that make a good mother in the sight of God. She was rightly related to God; rightly related to her husband; and rightly related to her family. Childless for so long, but God honored her faithfulness and blessed her with Samuel. Later, she was blessed with other children.
When you are rightly related to God through Jesus Christ, Everything that happens to you will work out for your good. Everything may not be good, but if we love the Lord and respond to His leadership, He will make it all be for our benefit. Heaven will be worth it all!
Candidates for deacon are charged with the responsibilities and personal requirements to qualify as a servant of God as a deacon.