Inherent within the idea of the Sabbath rest was the expectation of God’s people to work (Exodus 20:8-9).
Work is good for humanity. It is good for the soul.
I’m not talking about slavery, abusive employment, or unhealthy work conditions. I’m talking about the satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something with the effort of manual labor.
Knowing “you did that” by the sweat of your brow is good knowledge. This is knowledge that we should become acquainted with early in life.
Workers create, invent, enhance, beautify, set goals and gain strength. Work gives avenue to the part of our brain that needs to do more than think.
The lazy may be “intelligent”, but they lack the drive it takes to get where we need to be in our work ethic! No work ethic often leads to the lack of any good ethics (Proverbs 6:6-11, 24:30-34, 26:13-16). Not “having” is not wrong in-of-itself. Not “having” due to laziness, which often leads to taking from others, is wrong (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12).
Work is good for us because work is good, and if we fail to work at something then we are missing something.
“I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:10-13 NKJV)
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1 NKJV)
We all have a past.
If we are saved then we were saved from something.
If we are a member of God’s church then at one time we were a member of the world.
Don’t have a past you say? Then you don’t have a future with God!
The thought that Paul shares in Ephesians 2:1 keeps arrogance and haughtiness out of our lives. It reminds us about the importance of humility. It tells us that we were on track for Hell, but God’s grace changed our destination (Ephesians 2:4-9).
Forget this and we become like the Pharisee named Simon (Luke 7:36-50).
Our present is not meant to be our past; our past is not meant to control us. But that does not mean we should forget it to the extent that we lose the benefit of remembering it and allowing it guide our new life in Christ.
“in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:2-3 NKJV)
Believe homosexuality (trans-gender behavior) is wrong and a perversion of the family and you’re labeled an extremist.
Believe it is wrong to have a father and daughter dance because those “gender definitions” are too narrow-minded but somehow you’re not an extremist?
I guess it’s hard to be an extremist if your rationality includes morality without boundaries.
“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13 NKJV)
When it comes to preaching, some people cannot be pleased.
With Matthew 11:16-19 in mind, a question in Lesson 11 (Week of February 11, 2018, p. 135) of the Gospel Advocate’s Foundations Study (Elijah the Tishbite) asked, “Why did Jesus contrast the approach of John with His own approach?”
With his statement, Jesus was not implying that John erred with his “delivery” method of preaching to the people. Jesus’ point revolved around the fact that the two “delivery” systems of John and himself were completely opposite each other in style but some people still could not be pleased!
I’ve heard people say one preacher preaches too soft. I’ve heard people say one preacher preaches too hard. I’ve heard people say one preacher tells too many stories. I’ve heard people say one preacher never uses enough stories. I’ve heard people say one preacher uses too much humor. I’ve heard people say one preacher never uses enough humor. I’ve heard people say one preacher uses too many scripture references. I’ve heard people say one preacher never uses enough scripture references. And sometimes it’s the same people who say both of these things!
Often times, if the truth is being delivered, the delivery method of the preacher isn’t the problem when it comes to the message and a person’s reaction. The problem is that people do not want to hear what is being said because they do not like it.
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”” (Matthew 3:1-2 NKJV)
“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” (Matthew 4:17 NKJV)
My family and I had the chance to go the movies this weekend. We watched Paddington 2. To say the least, we were pleasantly surprised!
We watched Part 1 on DVD. It was okay. Because of that we somewhat knew what to expect with Part 2. To be honest, we (my wife and I) weren’t expecting much. But the thing is, Part 2 is so much better than Part 1.
The graphics are great (Paddington is the only animated character, but there are other animated scenes that are supplemental to the movie). The directing and acting are great. The screenplay is great. The storyline and plot are great, even for adults. And when it comes to being family friendly – the movie is simply great.
Unlike several of the movie previews that preceded the movie (especially Gnomeo & Juliet – Sherlock Gnomes, which should not be watched by children), Paddington 2 contains no “adult humor” or innuendos that often “go above the head” of children. The movie contains one “OMG” phrase. Best as memory serves, that is the only bad mark I can give it.
The movie places a high priority on family values, honesty, treating people the right way, doing the right thing, looking for the good and redeeming qualities in people, and kindness.
Paddington 2 deserves much more hype that it has received. If you’re looking for a family movie, this movie deserves to be watched. You won’t be disappointed.
With this link you can read a great article from Glad Tidings of Good Things by Neil Richey called, “Relationships are like old barns”.
Whether you’re a farmer or not, the point is too simple to not understand.
The illustration gets tied to family relationships but any relationship worth having can easily be involved.
It’s worth reading and sharing with others.
Let me first say, to be completely honest, I am not interested in the least when it comes to having an electronic “assistant” that listens to everything in my home (Siri is turned off on my phone), so while I can’t personally verify the following information, it is still interesting nonetheless.
This is what happens if you ask Google Home who Jesus Christ is…
The soulless Google Home has nothing to fear (except maybe a really bad virus), but whoever calls the shots for its developers may fall in to a different category, whether they believe in their own soul or not (Matthew 10:32-33).
Greater privileges bring greater responsibilities, especially when it comes to teaching others. This goes for individuals, congregations, communities, cultures, countries and everyone who participates in the world wide web.
“Whoever is not with me is against me; and he who does not take part with me in getting people together, is driving them away.” (Matthew 12:30 BBE)