A Great Multitude

Scripture Reading — Revelation 7:9-17There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.— Revelation 7:9In our campus ministry we gather at 5:30 on Thursday afternoons for a time of worship, Bib


The Kingdom Continues to Grow

Scripture Reading — Acts 8:1-8A great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. . . . Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.— Acts 8:1, 4History has shown that the church has often grown


God’s Growing Kingdom

Scripture Reading — Acts 2:1-21Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.— Acts 2:5On the day of Pentecost, God-fearing Jews from many nations were staying in Jerusalem. They were gathering to celebrate the Feast of Weeks that God had established for his peo


Who is My Neighbor?

Scripture Reading — Luke 10:25-37“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”— Luke 10:27Soon after we moved into our house, new neighbors moved into the house next door. Their children


Obey the Governing Authorities

Scripture Reading — Romans 13:1-7Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.— Romans 13:1I have never met a president or a prime minister. (I did see Queen Elizabeth II of England from a distance on two occasions, though!) As


The Foreigners Among You

Scripture Reading — Leviticus 19:33-34“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself. . . .”— Leviticus 19:34The Bible includes a number of stories about God’s people fleeing their homes to find refuge elsewhere. Abram and Sarai took refuge in Egypt beca


Building With Care

Scripture Reading — 1 Corinthians 3:10-15If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.— 1 Corinthians 3:14My wife is an accomplished pianist. On occasion we attend a local symphony. When possible, she arranges for us to sit in a location that gives a clear view of the pianist’s


Using Our Resources for the Kingdom

Scripture Reading — Luke 16:1-15“Use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”— Luke 16:9The parable of the shrewd manager is one of Jesus’ most puzzling teachings. It can seem confusing because the dishonest manager is comm


Treasures in Heaven

Scripture Reading — Matthew 6:19-21“Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”— Matthew 6:20Some people have called this the greatest investment tip of all time.Jesus tells his followers to store up treasures in h


Flee From Sinful Desires

Scripture Reading — 2 Timothy 2:15-26Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who . . . correctly handles the word of truth.— 2 Timothy 2:15A woman from a local church volunteers three hours each Wednesday with our campus ministry. She gives grandmotherly advice, prays with


Your Will Be Done

Scripture Reading — Matthew 6:9-13“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”— Matthew 6:9-10When we pray, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we are asking God to help us follow the example of the angels and other cr


Your Kingdom Come

Scripture Reading — Matthew 6:9-13“This . . . is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. . . .’”— Matthew 6:9-10Most of us face many, many choices each day. What clothes will I wear? What will I have for breakfast? What route will I take to work? What do