Age is relative, isn’t it? In our own way, we still search for the fountain of youth. We resist the aging process by camouflaging the spots and wrinkles. Still, aging continues its relentless march.
Many people desire to be involved in the activities of the church but are not sure what exactly they should do. They may think to themselves that they do not want to do something that is already being done. The idea being they do not want to “copy” someone else but want a distinct or unique identity with their activity.
In First Corinthians chapter five, the inspired apostle Paul calls out the sin happening in the congregation at Corinth.
I can’t believe it, but it is already December. The lights are up and the tree is decorated. Christmas time is almost here (18 shopping days left by the way…). I am glad for this time of year. For many, Christmas time brings about openness to religion that is not always present. As Christians, we know that there is no religious significance to Christmas and we are not to treat any holiday as a religious observance. However, most people in America put Christ in Christmas and, therefore, are more open to discussion during this time of year.
Every day I thank God for my family. I try not to take the blessing of having a loving Christian wife and two healthy daughters for granted. I know of so many who have not been as fortunate. I’ve lived long enough to appreciate the wisdom that the writers said about a godly wife and children – a godly wife (worthy woman) is more valuable than rubies (Proverbs 31:10) and children are a heritage of God and man’s reward (Psalm 127:3-5). If I truly believe these things (and I do) then I would be remiss if I didn’t thank God for them every single day.
There were once 10 men who had leprosy. This debilitating disease is caused by a bacterial infection. Today, leprosy is still present but no longer prevalent. It is treated through the use of several different antibiotics over the course of 6-12 months. However, in the first century, leprosy was untreatable and ultimately fatal. Under the Law of Moses, lepers were commanded to abstain from contact with others and to keep themselves distant from everyone. We now know, that leprosy is contagious and can be spread through contact. God, in His infinite wisdom, caused lepers to remain distant for this reason (thousands of years before mankind knew what a germ or contagion was).
Some things you need to know first. I am not the best driver on the road, we have a key holder right by our front door, there is only a key fob for my Jeep (no door key), oh and I have a lousy sense of smell. Got all that? Okay, here is the rest of the story.
We have all said the title word before. Maybe in the context of something that you had not seen before. Or perhaps it was said in the heat of an argument to someone close to you. Maybe something like, “You never listen to me” or “You never appreciate the things I do”.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3. knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:2-3). We all deal with “divers temptations” or various trials from time to time. As long as we live on this earth, hard times will come our way. How we handle those issues show our character and maturity in Christ.
There are a lot of Christians in the world who are no longer involved in the church. Some of them left for very specific reasons. But some of them didn’t leave for any reason at all, they simply fell away. Maybe they just didn’t feel like going one Sunday morning. One week turned into two, and two weeks turned into three. Before they knew it, they had been away from the church for years. Now they are afraid to come back. They are afraid they will be scolded and criticized, and they just can’t bear to face their brothers and sisters. I am confident there are many Christians wondering right now, “If I come back, will you welcome me with open arms?”