The Bond of Peace, August 31, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."  Ephesians 4:3 As the people of God, the Church represents God to the world. Our unified stance on the foundation of Jesus Christ is essential for our witness to be compelling to the world. If we can't [...]

August 31st, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|

Empathy, August 30, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."  Romans 12:15 Over these past few days, many of us have had the people of south Texas on our minds. Empathizing with their pain is an essential Christian quality. Jesus was regularly moved with compassion. He felt the pain of others before He [...]

August 30th, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|

Persevere, August 28, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."  Hebrews 10:36 Discipleship is a lifelong race. As long as you keep moving forward, you will reach the end. There are days when we struggle along and may feel like giving [...]

August 28th, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|

By Its Fruit, August 26, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler "Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers."  Luke 6:44 We are known by our actions -- the choices we make, the words we say, and the attitudes we harbor. If we want to see more good fruit come from our [...]

August 26th, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|

Our God, August 25, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler "So you will be my people, and I will be your God."  Jeremiah 30:22 Our relationship with God is like a marriage. God makes a commitment to us and we make a commitment to Him. He is our God -- our Father, Master, Helper, and Friend -- and we are His people [...]

August 25th, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|

The Thief, August 24, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10 God is only good to us. He is the good shepherd. His every intention is to provide, protect, and prosper us. The Lord never has an [...]

August 24th, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|

Strength and Protection, August 23, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”  2 Thessalonians 3:3 The Bible is full of many wonderful promises of God's goodness to us as believers. We need to take those promises to heart. We should own them. We should memorize them. We [...]

August 23rd, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|

Endurance in Suffering, August 22, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."  2 Corinthians 4:8-9 This life is filled with difficulties and disappointments. Just because we're God's children doesn't mean that He shields us from all earthly sorrow. We experience real [...]

August 22nd, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|

Universe by Design, August 21, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler "And God said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.'"  Genesis 1:14 Today's solar eclipse reminds us that God made our universe with order and precision. God could [...]

August 21st, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|

New, August 19, 2017

by Chuck Hetzler "Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch -- as you really are."  1 Corinthians 5:7  Don't you love it when you have something new? It works perfectly, it looks nice, it gives you something to look forward to, and it even smells good. We [...]

August 19th, 2017|Today At 12th and Maine|