“‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name. But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?'” Malachi 1:6.
After this last book of the Old Testament, there would be over four hundred years of silence from God until John would become the “voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for [Jesus].'”
So there is a lot of good and important stuff packed into these four chapters, split into two main sections. Continue reading
Scattering my ashes? How about scattering good deeds and the seed of the word of God? Tim Hall in Weekly messages from the light of God’s word.
Tim Hall makes a spiritual application of the UN World Food Day commemorated today. http://eepurl.com/5W5sb
Since 1945, October 16 has been celebrated as “World Food Day” (established by the United Nations) to draw attention to the needs of people throughout the world. It’s hard for many of us to understand chronic hunger. But occasions like this at least make me pause and try to understand.
Imagine this hypothetical scenario: people starving, even though food is within their reach. They simply refuse to eat what is before them! Would that not be a tragedy?
Tim encourages us, among other things, to “develop healthy habits.” Read this good meditation at the above link.
The scripture for today, May 4, is 1st Peter 5:4 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
Many denominations appoint someone to be the head of their religion at their world headquarters. He goes by different titles — bishop, high priest, father, president. Their headquarters may be a small office or an entire complex. From here the head meets regularly with others to make decisions for their denomination. Continue reading
The scripture for today, April 15, is 1st John 4:15 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”
The New Testament was written by people who walked and talked with Jesus. They saw his miracles, they heard his amazing words. They were eyewitnesses. Continue reading
“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” Ephesians 4:4-6.
Many like buffet restaurants that give us a good excuse to eat as much of our favorite foods as we want. We pick and choose what we like while rejecting what we don’t like.
That’s how most think of Christianity—that Jesus is the vine and denominations are the branches. We think it picky to point out teachings that oppose other groups or the Bible because if you don’t like a particular dish, just load up your plate from another. Continue reading
“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations” Psalm 89:1.
That God is faithful is well established. This entire psalm declares this truth. And, oh, how good that is! We could not long endure without the Almighty following through and staying true to the provisions He gives to us and the promises He’s made to us.
What is at stake is our faithfulness to Him. Faithfulness is one of the fruits of the Spirit that those who’ve obeyed the gospel are to grow in our lives, yet it seems we too easily sell the Lord out at the first twinge of temptation.
We have so far to go to imitating our God in whose image we’ve been restored in Christ. The trustworthy saying in 2 Timothy 2:13 tells us, “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
So, let us celebrate His great faithfulness while recommitting ourselves to growing this fruit. As another psalm says, “It is good … to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.”
Are you growing in the fruit of faithfulness?
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
a Christian historical fantasy