Not purposeless: 1 Thessalonians 2.1 VOTD

“For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, about our coming to you—it has not proven to be purposeless.”

1 Thessalonians 2.1

When the gospel is preached, God brings forth fruit. The truth is not without effect. Paul recalled the conversion of the Thessalonians. His work among them was the best answer to critics who charged him with disinterest or hidden motives.

How does our work show our purpose and motives? How can you be sure that the gospel will bear fruit?

#gospel #mission #VOTD

September 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 4)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Help Those Women (Wade Webster)
  • Towards Spiritual Success (Cody Westbrook)
  • I Can Do All Things (Rob L. Whitacre)
  • The God Who Supplies (John Baker)
  • Farewell (Kevin Rhodes)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

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Five More Studies from the Psalms

Hello Friends;

We are moving to a new house and will be off the internet for a few days. Therefore, I’m sending the next few Bible studies early so hopefully, we will not get behind in our Bible studying.

James

Sep. 23. PSALMIST SPEAKS OF A GLORIOUS KING. Ps. 45:1-17

Israel and Judah had seen corrupt kings during their history as God’s people. The psalmist recognized that there would be a different King in the future. Prophets had spoken of a new kingdom that God would establish in Jerusalem—a throne that would last forever. The writer of Hebrews in the New Testament referred to this psalm as he described the Son of God as being greater than the angels. After the new kingdom would be established, the King’s bride would be the church of Christ, the forever King.

Sep. 24. PRAISES TO GOD. Ps. 46:1-48:14

“Be still and know that I am God…” Whether this psalm was written during the exile is unknown, but the principles included could have applied to that era. God, indeed was their refuge and strength and help in times of trouble. However, since they had rejected Him, He had rejected them at that time. Those living in Babylonian captivity began to realize their need to trust Him for the flowing of His blessings. If they would return to Him, His strength could overpower the raging nations around them. The God of Jacob was their refuge.

With shouts of triumph and songs of praise, the people recognized the power and majesty of the Lord. If this psalm were sung during the exile, the people were looking forward to the great King of the earth subduing the nations and bringing them back to their homeland. The God of Abraham is supreme sitting on His throne and ruling over all nations. In a spiritual sense, Jews and Gentiles of all nations were brought together as one in the church hundreds of years later.

The psalmist continued his praise of the righteous Lord. Mount Zion has been highly significant for many centuries. Great kings saw God’s power and protection of his dwelling place in Jerusalem. In the beginning of the Christian age, the church saw its establishment in that great city. There is eternal guidance, refuge and safety with God.

Sep. 25. DEATH, THE GREAT EQUALIZER. Ps. 49:1-20

Man spends a lifetime through whatever means he can devise to accumulate wealth. The psalmist placed that philosophy into prospective with sobering words of wisdom to all—high, low, rich or poor. There is not enough wealth in the whole world to buy off death. The fool along with the poor and rich, whether they accomplish little or much will all pass from this earth just as the beasts of the field and leave their possessions to others. There is however, hope after death for the righteous. “The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning…But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, For He shall receive me.”

Sep. 26. PRAYER FOR GOD’S DELIVERANCE. Ps. 74:1-23

Many times when one is troubled, he will begin to question God. The psalmist began with this question to God. “Why have You cast us off forever?” He enumerated the various offences of the enemy. They had destroyed the temple of God and all of its furnishings. God’s people were captives under a vile and corrupt nation. The writer reminded the Lord of His care and protection during the deliverance from Egypt hundreds of years earlier and the covenant that had been made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He prayed for another deliverance and for the punishment of His enemies.

They had forgotten their history, so they were then reliving it.

Sep. 27. PRAYER OF THE SUFFERING. Ps. 102:1-28

The psalmist lamented his position in life to the Lord. He was writing either in the present tense during Jerusalem’s destruction and Babylonian captivity or as a prophecy of the future devastation of God’s dwelling place. In either case, he described himself as being miserable, lonely, humiliated and suffering separation from the Lord. He stated that his condition was due to God’s wrath. That wrath was the result the disobedience of a sinful people. He was confident in a future in which the Lord in His mercy would restore Zion/Jerusalem back to a prominence among nations.

As a man, the psalmist also acknowledged the brevity of one’s life compared to the eternal existence of God. His creation, whether man, beast or the earth on which man dwells shall grow old, decay and be changed like a garment, but He shall never change.

#chronological-bible-study

Saved: Mark 16.16 VOTD

“The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned.”

Mark 16.16

Jesus gave this command and promise to be preached in all the world, v. 15. The response to the gospel is a part of the message.

This command requires double obedience: first, to believe and be baptized; then, to proclaim it to all. Have you done the first, and are you doing the latter?

#Great-Commission #mission #VOTD

Sep. 22. Plea for Deliverance

Ps. 44:1-26

One person and God make a majority. The psalmist recounted the care and deliverance that God had for His people during the times of wilderness wandering and settling into the Promised Land. As had been commanded earlier, the fathers had related those events to their children for their remembrance.

During the current national distress, it seemed that God had given them up to their captors and turned His back upon His people. They had been scorned and dishonored. The psalmist observed that they still remembered His name and recognized His power. He begged Him to restore them from their affliction.

Sadly, it sometimes takes affliction, persecution or tragedy to cause one to realize the importance of God in his life and well-being. If we continue to look to Him in obedience, He will never forsake us.

#chronological-bible-study

When differences are not as wrong or as different as we think

An individual from Peru has been teaching a class at my day-job the last couple of days.

Yesterday, during a lull in the actual teaching, he was asked about some of the differences between Peru and America. One of the differences he mentioned was food. In one specific example he said people from certain areas in Peru will raise and eat Guinea Pigs. As would be expected, that bit of information garnered a few “not happening” comments.

During lunch I told the teacher to not let anyone give him a hard-time because around here people eat squirrels and rabbits … which, whether or not anyone realizes it, are rodents like the Guinea Pig.

There are times in life when differences between people and cultures are not as wrong or as different as we think – at least not in God’s eyes. So we should not allow these differences to create barriers that could prevent us from seeing people as persons who need Jesus like ourselves. God does not care about where we are from as much as he cares about where we are going.

By the way, I also told the teacher I didn’t mind trying a little of almost anything as long as it was not raw, and I have a good reason that has nothing to do with the taste (Acts 15:19-20).

Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.” (Acts 10:10-16 NKJV)

Sep. 21. Various Psalms Lamenting Separation from God

Ps. 42:1-43:5

The psalmist asked himself some very personal questions regarding his soul in a time of deep distress. His sorrow caused him to forget food and to question the presence of God. In his seeming absence from God, he felt an intense feeling of spiritual thirst. He remembered his former relationship with God and wondered why he had allowed himself to become separated from Him. Even his enemies had asked, “Where is your God?” The resolution to all of one’s doubts should be, “Hope in God…The help of my countenance and my God.”

This psalm appears to be a continuation of the supplication of the previous poem. As one looks to an attorney to plead his case before the judge, the psalmist looked to God for relief from his enemy. God is the source of strength, light and truth. If one will allow those to lead him, the soul that has been cast down can be lifted back to its previous heights.

#chronological-bible-study