A Welcome Wave

Tim Beals

READ : 2 Timothy 2:1-13 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead . . . that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship. (vv. 8-9) She was a remarkable young girl even before the incident that would make worldwide headlines and change her life forever. Bethany Hamilton longed to know what God would have her do with her life. So, kneeling by her bed one evening with Mom at her side, she prayed earnestly from her island home in …

The Greats

Tim Beals

READ : Matthew 28:16-20 Go . . . and make disciples of all nations. (v. 19) Good things often come in pairs: Romeo and Juliet,peanut butter and jelly, Lucy and Desi. Even the Bible has great pairs – where you can’t have one without the other – like the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20), for instance. When Jesus taught us what was most important, he told us to “love the Lord your God” and “love …

A Second Chance

Tim Beals

READ : 1 Corinthians 3:1-15 The fire will test what sort of work each has done. (v. 13) Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) woke up one morning to find his own obituary in the local Stockholm newspaper. Surprised, he read it and found that the only thing of note mentioned was his invention of dynamite. The newspaper had intended to print the obituary of Alfred’s brother, but when they mistakenly tapped Alfred instead, Nobel was dismayed to think that if he were …

Wise Words

Tim Beals

READ : John 17:1-5 This is eternal life. (v. 3) What ever happened to the English language? Where are the good old days when dude meant “city slicker” and chill referred to a process of refrigeration. I am amused and sometimes bewildered by the pace at which words and meanings change. But that’s nothing new. Jesus even threw us a word curve in the first century. In John 17, Jesus defined a phrase he had used many times before: eternal …

Fair and Balanced

Tim Beals

READ : James 2:1-9 If you show partiality, you commit sin. (v. 9) Mahatma Gandhi was in the wrong place (church) at the wrong time (Sunday). The famous pacifist and political leader said in his autobiography that during his student days in London, he was very interested in the Bible. Deeply touched by reading the Gospels, he seriously considered becoming a follower of Jesus. Christianity seemed to offer the real solution to the caste system that was dividing the people …

Weak and Strong

Tim Beals

READ : Acts 15:36-41 Mark is useful in my ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11) It’s not hard to be forgetful or careless or clumsy. Most of us can do it with our eyes open. Everyone knows that stuff happens. But messing up never has to be the end of the world. Paul’s associate John Mark also failed to come through (see Acts 13:13). His motto could have been: “When the going gets tough, the weak take off!” He deserted Paul and …