There are many things that describe a Christian and the things that one should do. One word that may not immediately come to mind is servant, or more accurately, a bond-servant. The New Testament writers, Paul, Peter, James, and Jude all describe themselves in this manner.
This is a busy world that we live in and sometimes we get so busy that we lose sight of important things that we should do. For instance, how many of you set a goal for reading through the Bible this year? How is that going? What kind of plan did you make?
In the book of Genesis we read the account of the first murder in the fourth chapter. In this account jealousy took root in the in heart of Cain and he killed his brother Abel. One of the most interesting statements during this exchange came when God asked Cain where his brother was, to which Cain responded “Am I my brother’s keeper?” While Cain really wasn’t looking for an honest answer, the answer is yes! One of the responsibilities of being a part of a family is that you look after each other. This is true with the physical family as well as with the spiritual family. Note the following:
Remember the good old days? People may look around at all the bad things in their generation and fondly remember the past with a mind focused on only the good things that happened. It is easy to forget that there are good and bad things with every generation.
The church is a divine institution appointed by God to show forth and declare Him to the world. The called out people, the church, Christians are to shine the light of God’s love through Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) It is these words “I am not ashamed” that acts as a staple that holds all of Christianity together. After all, if we were ashamed of the Gospel why would we ever obey it or want to tell others about it?The truth is, we wouldn’t. If we claim that we are not ashamed of the Gospel, then we should not be ashamed to teach the Gospel.
In 1951 Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell sat down and began to write a song. In 1970 the blues artist B.B. King would take this song all the way to the top of the charts. This song’s title was “The Thrill is Gone.” It was in this song that the “King” sang about a woman who did him wrong and stole the thrill from their relationship. While there is certainly a disconnect between the lyrics of this song and our relationship with God, I do see a similar trend in the Lord’s Church. Many people start off their walk with God with enthusiasm and joy, over time this joy begins to fade until they look around and say “The thrill is gone.”
Sunday is a special day of each week in many ways. In the USA it is part of a weekend. For many, not all, it is a day of rest from the busy work week. For some it is a time to be with their family. Others treat it as a day of recovery from a busy Friday and Saturday, before returning to work on Monday.
This past January 7, we experienced an exceptional snowfall. The snow arrived late Friday night and continued through early Saturday morning. It fell steadily, evenly, and heavily. It was a wet snow. For anyone who wanted to build a snowman or a snow fort it proved to be a “good packing snow.” It presented an opportunity for the reading of children’s books about snow, The Snowy Day, Frosty the Snowman, Snowflake Bentley, The Big Snow, and others. Low temperatures kept the snow in our neighborhoods through most of Saturday.
Have you ever felt like the world just doesn’t want you to succeed? Maybe you have felt the odds were stacked against you. While you may feel that way when dealing with the world, we can take pride and comfort in the fact that God truly wants you to succeed in life! This fact is […]