Amy Miller is a stay-at-home mom and homeschools her two children, 12-year-old Tony and 10-year-old Lexi. She is the coordinator for High Tower Home School Ministries, a thriving homeschool group based in Southern Oregon. Amy is co-owner of The Writer's Friend, a writing and editing firm that provides pre-publication services for individuals and small businesses. Amy is also a second-year Bible college student and hosts a weekly women's fellowship in her home. Amy enjoys cooking, crocheting, researching and studying Biblical and historical information, and reading expositional books by Christian authors. Amy desires to have a positive impact on the lives of others by supporting and encouraging other homeschooling moms, and living her passion for God and His Word.
Many readers who make it through the books of Samuel and Kings find the accounts in First Chronicles to be redundant. While it does duplicate much of the text, hidden truths are found in this book and it offers a unique perspective not found elsewhere. In short, the book of First Chronicles is God's perspective of Israel.
Believers were expected to conduct themselves in a way that identified them with Jesus Christ, not with the pagan culture surrounding them. These things were important to the survival and growth of the Corinthian church, which Paul included in the letter.
John, in several places throughout his letter, emphasized love as the confirmation of abiding in Him. The believers were not to love the world or anything in it, but instead were to love their Christian brothers and sisters.
The events recorded in 1 Kings cover a span of about 120 years of Israel's history. The book is divided into two obvious sections: the unified kingdom under the reign of Solomon recorded in chapters 1-11, and the divided kingdom under the reign of many different kings recorded from chapter 12 to the end of the book.
According to 1 Timothy, personal integrity is a greater responsibility for those who desire to be a leader. And only those who have proven themselves faithful over time are to be selected for such a role.<
Like 1 Chronicles, this book is made up of two distinct sections. The first covers the reign of Solomon, and the second covers the rise and fall of the remaining kings of Judah. Altogether, 2 Chronicles reveals God's heart toward His people: though they were a rebellious nation who continually rejected Him as their King, He still continued to watch over them, and fulfill His plan of redemption through them.
Paul was providing the Corinthian church an example of Godly restoration when it comes to church discipline. Just as he had reassured them of his love and concern after rebuking them for their behavior, they, too, were to show forgiveness and love so that a fallen brother could be restored back into fellowship with them.
The book of Second Kings is like the tragic ending of a movie. The nation of Israel had deteriorated to the point of no return. What began as a promise to Abraham took shape as a unified nation that God rescued from the hands of Egypt with mighty signs and wonders. But it ended when divided and rebellious people were too prideful to seek the one true God who gave them every opportunity to repent.
Peter's desire as an apostle and follower of Jesus Christ was to not only strengthen the faith of the believers, but to warn them of the sheep in wolves' clothing that were coming in to destroy the flock.
The book of 2 Samuel follows the life and reign of David. God used David to bring Israel back to Himself, and to set the standard for the reign of future kings. Many kings after David were judged by whether they had done what was right in the sight of the Lord according to their father David. But more importantly, 2 Samuel records the personal covenant God made with David for an everlasting kingdom.
Paul's heart was fixed on the spiritual growth of the Thessalonians, as well as their accuracy in Christian doctrine. So in a brief letter, he took the time to clarify that indeed the Lord's Day had not come yet, and that there were events, or signs, which had to occur before that day.
Timothy came from a long line of believers. His grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice, were both Christians. They passed down their spiritual heritage to Timothy, who embraced the faith with incredible tenacity.
Unity among the believers was of utmost importance, and any uncharitable actions disrupted the harmony of the church. It was Gaius' responsibility as a church leader to continue to set the example in love, faithfulness and holiness.
Mom and Dad go to bed for the night, knowing that the school bus will come all too early in the morning. But for now, they rejoice in knowing that the restless and bored children will finally be going back to school. And such is the end of a traditional Labor Day weekend in America.
A good person consciously and consistently maintains a standard of right conduct, even in the face of temptation or negative influence. However, being good is not merely based on the outward behavior or appearance, but on the state of the heart.
A Christian woman is called to fulfill the great commandment, to love God with all her heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love her neighbor as herself. That seems like a tall order, but God does not give assignments without first equipping the individual to carry out the task.
A woman who is prudent is one who manages her time well, always looking ahead to plan and prepare for upcoming activities, appointments and even potential schedule changes. Nothing knocks her too far off course.
While a believer today may not experience extreme persecution, there still will be challenges for those who choose to faithfully follow Christ. But God has incredible rewards for those who, with confidence, set an example for godly living and continue to be ministers of truth.
Christianity cannot be lived alone, and Christians are called to work together toward the common goal of strengthening the believers and leading the lost to Christ. This takes not only patience, but unity, faith, and incredible humility.
God intended for His people to understand that kindness is not something that is merely kept closed up in the heart, but it must first exist in the heart. Likewise, kindness is to be displayed by actions toward another person. It cannot be impersonated or artificial.
The possibility of even entertaining the thought of someone or something taking the place of their Savior should be the farthest thing from a believer's mind. They know in Whom they trust, and their mind is fixed on the One who called them out of darkness.
Each believer has the responsibility to consciously make the choice to release the offender and forgive them. This mirrors the incredible forgiveness of God, who sent His Son to die on the cross, when all of mankind was dead in their sin and not even aware of their need for a Savior.
a woman should protect her purity at all costs. The commitment to purity is not just to escape an unwanted pregnancy or an STD. It's to keep a woman's heart safe. It's to keep her mind and spirit intact. Pure thoughts and actions won't grieve the Holy Spirit and will ensure that a woman maintains a close and interactive relationship with Jesus Christ.
God has called Christians, including women, to live a life worthy of their calling. Women are to let their gentle and quiet spirit spill out from within, so that every part of their life may be a testimony of the work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus did the will of His Father, and He knew that His Father was pleased with Him, and that He loved Him. Despite the suffering that He was about to partake, there was no doubt in Jesus' mind that He was the Beloved Son of God.
This series on Budget Cutting Tips is simply meant to be an opportunity for readers to survey the ground of their finances and determine if there is preparation that needs to be made in order to overcome the looming economic crisis. It also is meant to be a faith-building journey; a reminder that the God who caused Isaac to reap a hundredfold during a time of famine is the same God who can supernaturally supply for the needs of every believer today.
Since the spiritual condition of humankind hinged on the life and ministry of Jesus, God took great care in announcing through an angel the birth of John the Baptist, the one who would prepare the way for Jesus' ministry.
Gabriel is an archangel who serves as a prophetic leader in the angelic hosts of heaven. While prophetic is most often thought of as foretelling, Gabriel's ministry was to simply be a mouthpiece for God. His name means 'strength of God,'ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â� a fitting title for the angel appointed to deliver the words of God.
Although it may have its challenges, badminton is a fun and energetic sport that will attract youth of all ages, as well as some adults. And organizing a tournament is easy. Much of the behind-the-scenes preparation for a badminton tournament is similar to that of a volleyball tournament.
The foundation of a successful homeschool parent comes from a servant's heart and a passion to see their child thrive in Christ. If a parent can read, they can teach. The most successful homeschool parents are those who understand where they are going, and who they are in Christ.
Jesus was fully aware of His purpose, to fulfill the whole of the Scriptures. This included subjecting Himself to the same pain that David experienced in betrayal. Isaiah spoke well when he stated in Isaiah 53:3 that the Messiah would be despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
By being meek and making a habit of considering others before themselves, believers can be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ. As a result, they will experience and receive everything that cannot be bought: long-term friendships, reconciliation of broken relationships, salvation of loved ones, and more.
In the fifth Beautitude, God promises that He will care for the needs of those who set aside their own needs to care for someone else. This kind of attitude comes from a heart that is fully trusting in God.
Jesus emphasized the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven as a benefit for those who are humble enough to admit their dependence on God. In truth, this is the first step to salvation: acknowledging sin and the inability to self-save. Without this kind of humility, salvation is not available.
Those who keep their hearts pure have the promise of seeing God, that is, the promise of truly knowing and understanding who He is and what He wants to accomplish through them. As described in the sixth Beautitude, God will reveal Himself and make His presence known.