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Consider Your Ways: Build the House

Do you need to be encouraged? You carry about your day half-heartedly, routinely or unproductively. It could be that this discouragement is the reason why you don’t contribute like you ought to build into your local church. The origin of discouragement is ignorance of what God is doing and how God is working. We lose sight of His purposes. In the book of Haggai, we find about 50,000 who have been released from exile and begun to settle again in the land of their origin. Building the House of the Lord was once thrilling but now they’re discouraged to restart the project that was halted. The LORD raised up prophets Zechariah and Haggai to encourage the people. Hearing and obeying the voice of the LORD is the sure remedy to discouragement. May we all hear the word of the LORD by Haggai and be encouraged to build the house.

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Why did God save Lot out of Sodom?

There are several facets to what occurred when God dealt with Sodom and Gomorrah by destroying it with fire and brimstone. We are privileged to see the whole picture with Sodom regarding Lot, Abraham and even the LORD. Abraham’s conversation with God at the end of chapter 18 demonstrates God’s willingness to spare many for the sake of the righteous around them, but there were fewer than ten righteous. Yet Genesis 19:29 states that “God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow…” Though Abraham never expressed it to the LORD, He knew that at the heart of Abraham’s request was the deliverance of Lot. We could say that Lot was delivered because of Abraham, and we can be encouraged that likewise, the Lord knows the heart of our requests even if we can’t express them properly.

News from a Far Country: Mexico

Are you considering mission work? Gospel work abroad or in the homeland are the same, just with different circumstances. If we are praying or considering mission work, our life while secularly employed should be marked by similar work for the Lord we would do in a foreign field. The following thoughtsshould apply to both, though it is slanted more toward missionary focus.

The Proverbial Leader

A leadership role should never just fall into someone’s lap. A path of spiritual education is needed to equip men for the tremendous responsibility of leading God’s people. Joshua was no exception. He too needed to be challenged, encouraged, and made willing to learn from others. This godly man saw victories for God long before he was formally recognized as Moses’s successor.

The Lord’s Prayer: The Son of God Prayed for Me

It is a humbling experience to hear another believer pray for you, systematically and deliberately laying out requests on your behalf. Greater yet for the believer is that before your parents even thought of you, the Son prayed for you. We can see this clearly in John 17:21 when He shifts His attention away from the apostles toward, “them also that believe on me through their word.” This is you and I; on the night of His betrayal He prayed for you.

The Lord’s Prayer: The Apostles and the World

How could the apostles live in the world without the Son’s physical presence? Doesn’t the Son care about them? As we continue to observe the communication between divine persons, we learn that individuals, yourself included, are precious to God, being possessions of the Father and the Son. He has given us the means of living for God in the absence of Christ in the key phrase, “Thy word is truth”. The word of God is the vehicle that God uses to set us apart as we live in the world.

Moral Quandaries in the Workplace: Vice

The ‘shop window’ of every workplace looks pristine and morally impeccable. Many companies and employers present an image of consummate professionalism; however, behind the polished exterior there are a few skeletons lurking. Since the Bible teaches the depravity of man, we should not be surprised to see corruption and vice in every area of life - workplace included.

The Lord’s Prayer: The Son and Glory

We each know individuals whom we would call real men and women of prayer. Often times when we hear such men pray publicly, we feel our collective thoughts elevate to a new level during corporate prayer. The prayer in John 17 was not made corporately, but it was made audibly for the purpose of teaching the disciples. He did this to elevate their thoughts of both Christ and God, and that John might record the words for our benefit. To sit and listen to Jesus Christ communicate with His Father is a privilege since we can listen to lengthy prayer from one person of deity to another. It is a prayer that deepens our insights into divine things and spurs our hearts to worship.

Turn Away My Eyes

With videos replacing, photographs, emoji’s replacing words and our society becoming more and more image based, our eyes have never had more time to look at things. All around us people are addicted and distracted to death, constantly glued to small black boxes with HD pixels. What’s everyone looking at? Says the Psalmist - worthless things.

Moral Quandaries in the Workplace: Introduction

The modern workplace can be a moral minefield for some people, where issues aren’t always black and white, and from time to time we all feel the pressure of compromise pressing in on us. Whether it’s the socialising, the gambling, the gossiping, the complaining, the slandering, the coveting, the jesting or a host of other dubious issues, there are days when we struggle to stay afloat in the moral quagmire of the 21stcentury workplace. The people of God have always faceddifficulties in this sphere, but the word of God can lead us through the murkiest of waters and help us not only to survive but to thrive in our work. Before addressing the specific dilemmas we face, this article will have a cursory glance at the Bible’s theology on work.

The Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is pivotal in our Christian walk. Understanding this key concept will enable us to push forward in the things of God without getting bogged down. Although Solomon wrote to instruct his son Rehoboam in these wonderful truths, we too can learn from the steps which lead us to the fear of the Lord.

The Errors of Phariseeism

Taking away from the word of God constitutes serious error, and we all shudder at the heresies of theological liberalism – going doctrinally askew is something we scrupulously avoid. However, adding to the word of God is equally wrong and equally erroneous (Rev 22:18-19), and one that we should be at pains to eschew. This seemed to be part of the reason why the Pharisees went so wrong; adding to the word of God might have started small and with good intentions, but it quickly spiralled out of control into a convoluted, hypocritical, and legalistic system.

Teaching in the Upper Room: The Fear of the Unknown

Losing the perceived control of our lives is unnerving. Future events hang over our heads as our thoughts race to the worst possible scenario while waiting for a diagnosis, the results of an exam, or other life-changing news. The trepidation the disciples experienced in the Upper Room was no different as they struggled to understand the Lord’s sayings. If they could have understood what the Lord was telling them that night, they would have learned, as we need to learn, that there is no need to fear the unknown will of God since we are loved of the Father. The unknown would bring joy and victory without fear.

My Genuine Child

Paul wrote to two younger men on separate occasions to reiterate the work he had given them while with them. Timothy, he left in Ephesus, while Titus he left on Crete. When you read what they were to do it becomes clear that these were not shy and retiring young men. They were emboldened and prepared to face down error where it reared its ugly head. They were commendable young men.