A famous politician once told his two sons, “Boys, always be as good (morally) as people think you are.” Upon a quick examination of this quote you may think it is good advice, but what if society accepts certain things God does not? Is it possible to look good in the eyes of people while looking poor in the eyes of God? Absolutely, in the same vein, it is possible to look good in the eyes of God though people may view you as odd or even crazy at times. We must recognize the old cliche “keeping up with the Joneses” could not be further from the truth. How the world views us does not set our standards nor does it determine our spiritual destination. Our moral standards stem from a higher and divine being, God. We have examples all throughout the Scriptures of both people who looked good in the eyes of the world but poorly in the eyes of God, as well as people who looked good in the eyes of God even though they looked strange in the eyes of the world.
Some people are fascinated by seemingly unknown things or unexplained things and so they search for answers.
The 26th chapter of Matthew records one of the saddest moments in the life of Christ. Jesus sat in the midst of the people who knew Him best, people who had traveled countless miles and shared many meals with Him. Most of the men who dined with Christ that night were unaware that it would be their last meal with Him, however, one man knew. Judas knew these would be Christ’s final hours for he had already made a deal to betray our Lord. Even in the wake to betray the Lord, Judas still chose to dine with Christ that evening. During the course of the meal Christ made a statement of fact that concerned many of those around Him. “And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” (Matt. 26:21) After hearing this news they all began to ask Christ “Is It I?” (Vs.22) “And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?” Each man, guilty or innocent, had to do some self examination, whether he was the one Christ was speaking of or not.
When something is viewed there are simple things that can be seen and described. When you look at the glass in the photo, what do you see? If you are presenting the facts you will only describe the picture. A clear glass with some water in it.
John 17 records Jesus’ beautiful prayer to His father shortly before His crucifixion. In this prayer Christ prayed for all His disciples and set forth at least four principles to be used as a guide for us concerning our relationship to the world.
In 1905, the mother of Ann Jarvis Reeves passed away. She wanted to honor her memory and began petitioning for a “Mother’s Day”. A day for each family to honor their Mother. She never intended for the day to become so commercialized and, in fact, protested against that practice. She encouraged people to handwrite notes and cards and not just buy something. The day was officially made a holiday in 1908 and in 1914 the second Sunday of May was officially designated as Mother’s Day in the USA. Many other countries also celebrate a Mother’s Day, but not all of them do so on the same date.
There are many things that could be written about in articles like these. In congregations all over the world there is someone that has written an article. It will be read by some of the members and some will not even deem it necessary to pick up a bulletin, let alone actually read the article.
Have you ever heard the term “practical atheism”? I first heard this term used a few years ago. At first I didn’t really understand what it meant but as it was explained, I knew exactly what it was. Practical atheism was explained to me as the following “Someone who claims to be a Christian, but lives as if there is no God.” We have all seen people act this way, we may even be guilty of acting this way ourselves from time to time. This type of lifestyle is completely unacceptable so we need to consult the Word of God to fix our problem.
Whenever there is a major event in our lives, asking for prayers is what many Christians will do. Those who are not may even ask for prayers. For some, prayer is a last ditch attempt to help the situation. For Christians, it should be the first thing that comes to mind. Not just for major events, but for everyday ones also.
Acts 8 records the account Philip had with Ethiopian Eunuch, it is in this account that Philip approaches the Eunuch’s carriage and ask the Eunuch if he understood what he was reading in Scripture. The Eunuch answered by saying “How can I, except some man should guide me?” (Acts 8:31). After realizing he didn’t understand what he read, Philip sat down with the man and taught him the Gospel. Imagine if Philip said to the Eunuch “Well you may not understand, but at least you are reading the Scripture!” and proceeded to walk away. That wouldn’t have helped the Eunuch at all! Instead Philip taught him the Gospel, but why? While reading the Word of God is a good thing to do, Philip knew that understanding was crutial to the purpose of Scripture. In the same manner, we need to understand why we do the things we do as Christians. Today I want to ask the question “Why do we worship?” We all know that Worshiping God is a good thing, but why? Let’s study by asking a few questions about worship: