“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ,” writes the apostle Paul (Rom 10:17). Since we are saved by grace alone through faith alone, it is everlastingly essential that we pay attention to God’s word, to the message of Christ. Failure to
Jesus Christ was a story-teller. He was the Master story teller. The Gospel writers all include numerous accounts of him telling stories. Thankfully so, for stories have a way of illuminating our understanding, perhaps better than by direct instructions. Aesop’s Fables—The Tortoise and the Hare;
Of the forty or fifty calls to one another one another in the New Testament, this is the first occurrence, and therefore it sets the precedent for how we should approach these instructions given to the community of faith. This particular instruction to “have peace
“Talk is cheap,” they say. Perhaps this is particularly and painfully true when it comes to love. Perhaps this is why we are exhorted by John, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).