Jesus is always there

 It never occurred to me when I married Doug and moved away from home how I would never be able to call home without it being long distance again. Of course, today we don’t even think about long distance calling or how much it costs. But back in the 70’s I was very conscious of it .

We were just starting out in marriage and Doug was in Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis working on a Master’s degree. I enjoyed talking to mother and writing her letters as we tried to stay in touch often. I’m sure she missed me as much as I missed her.

I can no longer call that familiar 897-2788 telephone number and hear her sweet voice on the other end. Today I dialed it once again and though I expected to get another voice, the recorded voice said, “I’m sorry the number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service.” I can’t call mama anymore but there is someone who knows where she is, what she is doing, and how she is doing. I can call Him anytime.

I remember in January 2014 the morning after mother went to heaven I woke up and said, “Well Lord, how is mother doing this morning? I know she is fine and that you are taking care of her now.” How comforting to know that she is in His care and no longer in mine after ten years of loving her in our home.

It gives me great joy to know that I can call my Lord at anytime and He will see and answer my prayer. He is:

Waiting – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).

Watching –  Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).

Longing – “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy ladened

and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).

Listening – “Ask and it shall be given unto you” (Matthew 7:7).

Concerned – “He cares” (1 Peter 5:7).

Happy to hear from me – “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). 

#jesus, #jesus-christ

What does the Bible say about the religion of Christ

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:26-27).

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24).

The above scriptures and others indicate the urgency and seriousness of the religion of Christ. At Acts 15:25-27, the Bible speaks of those “who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Yet, today, many times people do not feel that religion is anything about which to get excited. Like some modern clothing, religion has become casual and, in some cases, slovenly. But God doesn’t accept such easy religion that costs nothing. “Again,” Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

God has blessed us with a time of affluence, and a good life in so many ways. Compared to former generations, for example, we have air-conditioned homes and automobiles, and even farmers have air-conditioned tractors. Let us never take these blessings for granted, but always be thankful and use our blessings in service to others as we glorify God.

Remember, Jesus, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). Also, the following passage is so much needed by our materialistic society: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city” (of heaven) (Revelation 22:14).

 

#bible-study, #religion

What does the Bible say about quarantine?

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“The priest shall isolate the one who has the sore seven days,” and then the priest shall examine the person and if necessary “the priest shall isolate him another seven days” (Leviticus 13:4-5).

These verses refer to isolation, and in all probability most of us have heard more about quarantine and isolation in recent days than ever before. Also, notice the possibility of the isolation being for fourteen days. Sound familiar?

The context of the above verses refer to God’s laws concerning leprosy from Leviticus chapters 13 and 14.

Leprosy was a very terrible, dreaded, and fearful disease. The leper was not permitted to mingle with others, and in fact, if approached by people he had to cry out the warning, “Unclean! Unclean!” (Leviticus 13:45). Thus, the reference to leper colonies. This is shown when ten men who were lepers “stood afar off” and “lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!'” (Luke 17:11-19). By the way, this is a sad situation as Jesus healed these ten, and only one came back to thank Jesus.

Other examples of leprosy in the Bible: Moses (Exodus 4:6-7); Miriam (Numbers 12:10); Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14); Amaziah (2 Kings 15:1-5); Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:16-23); a man healed by Jesus (Luke 5:12-14).

Our problem of quarantine is not leprosy, but Coronavirus or Covid-19. We need to take pre-cautions and follow the guidelines that have been given, and pray much, diligently and fervently that this virus might soon stop the illness and death it is causing (James 5:16). God is still in control!

Let us be grateful to everyone who is working to stop this virus. We are all in this together even though we are apart!

 

#bible-study, #quarantine

What does the Bible say about patience?

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr

The subject of patience may remind you of the familiar Bible example of Job. James 5:11 states, “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

In the previous verse James said, “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of patience and suffering.” “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3).

“That we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

Patience means to have constant perseverance with calmness; uncomplaining endurance under distress or annoyance; long-suffering. Everyone would probably agree that patience is not something that comes naturally. We learn it as we grow and observe that we must wait for some things to take place. For example, the farmer knows there are several weeks between planting and harvesting, and he cannot make the crops grow faster. James 5:7 states “See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.”

Lack of patience causes people to do things, which they later regret. There are times when we must have patience and just wait. Don’t be like the fellow who prayed for patience, and said, “God, I want it right now!”

We have a lot of “instant things” and are sometimes impatient and want things immediately. But we need to learn to be more patient.

God is patient, or long-suffering with us (Romans 15:5; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 3:9, 15); and He wants us to practice patience as a fruit of the Spirit and one of the Christian graces (Galatians 5:22; 2 Peter 1:5-7).

 

500 members and no piano

Saturday afternoon I was talking with a friend and she related how she became a member of the church. She said the first time she went to the church of Christ, she remarked to her husband, “500 members and they can’t afford a piano?” He shushed her quickly lest someone hear her. She said she didn’t see a piano or an organ anywhere and thought surely with 500 members they could afford one. Continue reading

#instrumental-music-in-worship

What does the Bible say about Bible study

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

“Search the Scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

“These (in Berea) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

These people studied with an open mind and an open Bible, and such is a winning combination to learn God’s will for us today.

Some thoughts in this article are from A. L. Franks of the Magnolia Messenger. As he stated, it may be that you should lay this article aside (for a while) and start your daily Bible reading right now. Because you can go to heaven without reading this article, but you can’t go to heaven without learning and obeying the teachings of the world’s greatest Book.

We should make daily Bible reading and study a part of our daily routine like we do in eating, sleeping, etc. God bless each of us in our diligent daily Bible study. You will thank God throughout eternity for the time you spend reading and studying His precious Word.

These lines of an unknown author are titled, “An Unused Book”:

“Mother, I found an old dusty thing high on the shelf – just look!”

“Why that’s a Bible, Tommy dear; be careful – that’s God’s book!”

“God’s Book!” the child exclaimed; “then Mother, before we lose it,

We’d better send it back to God, for you know, we never use it.”

                    

 

#bible-study

How do you feel about praying to God

I have a “hang-up” I guess you could say. Maybe there is nothing to it, but it is a “thing” with me. I feel guilty praying to God and asking Him to bless me or those I love when I have not been faithful in my Bible reading. It is so hard for me to have a close relationship (conversation) with God when I haven’t “listened” (read my Bible) that day. It makes me feel selfish that I could ask Him to listen to me and respond favorably when I have not listened (read His word) to Him all day.

The Bible says, “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17). That is a close relationship with God to be able to pray without ceasing. That is like sharing everything with God. If we envision God with us all the time, and He is, then whenever and whatever happens to us, we can communicate with God about it. If we envision Him walking beside us everywhere we go (and He does), we can talk to Him openly. Have you had something good happen to you or hear something good and say, “Thank the Lord”? That is good, but what if He is right beside you, could you not say, “Thank you, Lord” as if you are communicating with your closest friend standing right beside you?

The Bible says Enoch walked with God (Gen. 5:24). If walking with someone means they are beside you, that you communicate with them, then it is more than just attending the services of the church one to three times a week. It is more than just picking up the Bible when you think about it. It is more than just praying to God when you need Him. It is indeed a personal relationship with Him, don’t you think? It is as if under your breath (or loudly if you choose) you talk to God. Pray without ceasing. Be in a prayerful attitude at all times. If we talk to Him in our innermost thoughts throughout the day, we will be drawn closer to Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).

The beautiful thing about our God is He is always there. He is always ready to welcome us home. No matter what we have done or how long we have been out of a close relationship with Him, He is standing ready to welcome us back. How beautiful is the love of our Father? Christians who have fallen away from God only have to pray and ask for forgiveness. Whether that prayer should be public or private depends on how public or private the sin has been. The safe thing is to make a public confession and ask the church to pray with and for you.

If you have never become a Christian you must hear the Word, believe it, repent of your sins, confess your faith, and be baptized to wash away your sins. Then walk close to God and remain faithful until death. It is beautiful to grow and continue drawing near to God, realizing He is drawing near to you. It is where He wants to be in your life and mine.  

#prayer

What does the Bible say about the value of the church of Christ

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 12:44).

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46).

These verses tell us of two of Jesus parables referred to as the parable of the Hidden treasure and the Pearl of Great Price. These parables teach us lessons about the value of the kingdom of heaven which is the church of Christ. Jesus says it is the “kingdom of heaven” because the church came from heaven, and one day it will return to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:24).

Notice, the first of these parables speak of an “accidental finding,” while the second indicates an “intentional finding.” But in both parables when the treasure is found he is willing to give all he has in order to possess it.

But what about spiritual treasure? These parables teach us of the unsurpassed value of the church of Jesus Christ. We must be willing to give up everything necessary (sin, habits, fame, friends, family, fortune, etc.) too enjoy the blessings of the church Jesus purchased with His blood (Acts 20:28).

Jesus said, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul” (Matthew 16:26)?

We must deny ourselves, and take up our cross and follow Jesus. A song states:

“Men strive for the wealth of this wide, wicked world,

They seek after honor and fame;

So lavishly sporting their diamonds and pearls,

They put the dear Savior to shame.

I’d rather live in Heaven, Than to own all of earth’s silver and gold.

I’d rather have Jesus than the diamonds of a palace to hold,

I’d rather be a beggar and live in a little shack by the road.

Than to own all earth’s treasures with no title to a future abode.”

  • Luther G. Presley (1935)

#church-of-christ

Eternity Awaits Poem

ETERNITY AWAITS

What can I say, my brother, my friend,

  To make you realize the danger you are in?

With your complacent attitude about the work of the Lord,

  You are flirting with danger and will lose your soul.

A visit, a call, a letter written in love,

  Will it make you think of Heaven above?

Is there something I can do to shake you awake,

  About spiritual things and the dangers you take?

Week after week you let His day pass by,

  Missing His supper, you are too busy, you cry;

You’re sleepy, you are tired from a hard day before,

  So another day passes without worshiping the Lord.

Death is coming to you and to me,

  No more excuses can be offered then, you see;

Your doom will be set, eternity awaits;

  No welcome home sign for you at the pearly gates.

  • Glenda Williams 1-2006

#eternity

A Prophet without honor

As I was reading the last few verses in Matt. 13, specifically verses 53-58, I was touched with emotion at how the people of Jesus hometown could not accept Him for who He was and what He could do. The people He probably would have wished to help the most were jealous of Him and they really messed up big time. They were amazed at His wisdom and His ability to perform miracles and they asked:

  1. Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?
  2. Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?
  3. Isn’t his mother’s name Mary?
  4. Aren’t his brothers names James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
  5. Aren’t all his sisters with us?
  6. Where did this man get all these things?

And then the clincher, the scripture says, “And they took offense at him.” They were overcome with jealousy. I can imagine our Savior realizing this saying, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor” (v. 57b). And because of their jealousy, they missed a lot of blessings. They lost! Verse 58 says, “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

We might feel a bit of anger creeping in toward those people in his hometown for their jealousy. Think of the blind that did not get their eyesight healed. Think of those with broken bodies who were left unhealed. Perhaps there were people who died who could have been saved or restored to life. All because the hometown folks were jealous. They couldn’t accept Jesus for who he was, and for what He could do with his miraculous powers. They couldn’t accept his wisdom, for wondering where he got it. Why, he was just a carpenter’s son. They knew his mother. Her name was Mary. They knew his sisters. They were there with them. They knew his brothers and could name each of them. But they took offense, the Bible says, to Jesus instead of rejoicing in Him. Because of that Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Jesus must have been very sad as he left his hometown, the people he knew and loved and wanted to help.

We may think, “Ah, I wouldn’t have done Jesus that way.” Ah, wouldn’t you? How do you think it makes Him feel when we reject Him by failing to worship Him, to give our life completely to Him, to fail to study our Bible, to lead others to Him? If the shoe fits, let’s wear it!! 

Are you making Jesus sad? Think about it! Do something about it while you are on this side of eternity where you can make a change.

#jesus, #jesus-christ

So you’re growing old

By Bettye Beck (Mrs. Bill) deceased

I suppose that no one relishes the idea of growing old. Most of us do not want to think about it, in fact, our society encourages us to follow the impossible dream of staying perpetually young, While we cannot do that, we do not have to grow old before our time. There is nothing unrealistic about being “young at heart,” and wanting to stay “alive” all of our life. We must not stop living just because we have reached a certain age. Look at some who kept on going:

Michaelangelo was 71 when he was appointed supervising architect of St. Peter’s.

Grandma Moses did not even start to paint until she was 76.

Galileo published a book at the age of 74.

Duke Ellington was passed over by the Pulitzer Prize Advisory Committee when he was 66 years old. His response was, “Well, God didn’t want me to be famous too early.”

Pablo Casals played a concert at the White House at 85.

George Bernard Shaw fractured his leg at 96. How did he do it? He fell out of a tree he was pruning.

Do you fear the signs of encroaching age? Listen to the instructions of the apostle Paul. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:16, 18).

Faithful Christians have nothing to fear in death. We have a mansion in heaven that is far beyond anything we see here on earth and Jesus says he has gone “to prepare that place for us.” We don’t ever need to fret and frown over our wrinkles and the gray hair.

Life is for the living and what ever amount of time we have it should be spent in loving others and serving our Master. We as Christians have every reason to be positive about the future. As the apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” We can’t lose.

  • Bettye Beck (Mrs. Bill)

 

#growing-old-wisely

What does the Bible say about forgiveness of sins

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“Forgive all my sins” and “cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 25:18; 51:2).

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”…For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neitherwill your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:12, 14-15).

“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do’” (Luke 23:34).

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14).

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Since sin is real, and separates one from God (Isaiah 59:1-2), everyone should be interested in how to be forgiven of sin. As stated above David often wrote about being forgiven of sin in the book of Psalms, and there are many other references both in the Old and New Testaments.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

The gift of God is the forgiveness of sin that God provided for everyone through the gift of His son to die as a sacrifice on that old rugged cross.

This gift of God must be received according to the conditions given in God’s word. For a gift to be a gift it must have a giver and a receiver. God is the giver and we receive it by obedience to His commands. These commands, or conditions, are faith (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6); repentance (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38); confession of faith (Matthew 10:32-33; Acts 8:37; Romans 10:9-10); baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21); and a faithful Christian life (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 10:22).

 

#bible-study, #forgiveness-of-sins

What does the Bible say about sin

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:2-3).

In referring to Jesus the Bible says, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29)!

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15). 

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

Sin is that which is contrary to the law of God. Sin is doing wrong, and violating the requirement of what is right. The Bible defines sin as “transgression of the law,” that “all unrighteousness is sin,” and “whatever is not from faith is sin” (1 John 3:4; 5:17; Romans 14:23) There are two forms of sin:

  1. The sin of commission, which is, doing anything forbidden by the law of God.

2.  The sin of omission, which is, not doing what is required by the law of God.

The Bible has much to say about sin. Jeremiah 51:5 states, “their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel,” and 1 John 5:19 says, “The whole world lies in wickedness.”

From the time that Adam and Eve first sinned, people have always been guilty of sin. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of sin God destroyed everyone by a flood, except Noah and his family. In view of the above thought, we can understand and know that, sadly, sin is rampart in our world today.

Young’s concordance lists about 700 references to sin. We can see that the Bible has much to say about sin. Sin is a terrible thing to God, and separates people from Him. The Bible lists sins in Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8, and says sin cannot enter heaven. But God has made it possible for us to be forgiven of sin as we obey Jesus who died on the cross for us.

#bible-study, #sin

God has blessed us with special talents

In the book of Exodus, chapter 31, the Lord was talking to Moses. He gave Moses the instructions on how to build the tabernacle. In verses 6-11 God told Moses he had given special skill to all the naturally talented craftsmen so they could make all the things He had instructed them to make. Then He named the different things. All of it was difficult work, it seemed to me, but the thing that really caught my eye as a seamstress was the job the men had to do in embroidering the priestly garments. As priests, Aaron and his sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar would be set apart from the common people. They were to make a chest piece, an ephod, a robe, an embroidered tunic, a turban, and a sash. These items were to be made of the linen cloth and embroidered with gold thread and blue, purple, and scarlet yarn. I read where the way they got their gold thread was taking gold and beating it flat, then slicing it in thin pieces with which they could use to embroider. This was sewn in with different colors of yarn.

God said he had given special skill to all the naturally talented craftsmen. They were given wisdom by God in order to do their tasks. All of us have special skills. God wants us to use them for His glory. Think about the special talents and abilities that you have and how you might use them for God’s work in the world. A talent must be used or it will diminish. It is like a broken bone. You use it or you lose it.

As a man you may have a good singing voice. You can use this in leading the singing in the services of the church. God has given you this voice to use for Him.

As a lady, you may be a good cook. What better way can you serve God than by preparing a dish and taking it to someone less fortunate? Look for opportunities to use your talent.

As a young person you may feel there is nothing for you to do. Not so! Many young people have the “gift of gab” and a kind word spoken to the elderly by a young person is a prized gift. A kind, “You have on a pretty dress,” “I’ve always admired you,” “I missed you,” can really make a person’s day when spoken sincerely.

Many of us can take a minute to make a telephone call to show we care. We can address a Get Well card and mail it. We can pray for others. We can use the special skills God has blessed us with in His service.

We are not put on earth for our own satisfaction! It was not God’s will to put us here to survive, making a living, do our own thing with our own little family, and attend the services of the church. We were put here for a purpose, HIS PURPOSE. We are here to teach others, to grow His church. We must not face God on the day of judgment and say, “My voice wasn’t good enough,” “I didn’t think they would enjoy my cooking,” “I didn’t know what to say,” or God forbid, “I didn’t have time to call, send a card, visit, or pray.” He has equipped each of us with special skills. Let us do the work He has placed us here to do. Let us sing with fervor, “Here am I Lord, send me.” 

#bible-study, #talents

What does the Bible say about gluttony

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

In speaking of an incorrigible son, and the duty of parents, the Bible says, “And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel                        shall hear and fear” (Deuteronomy 21:20-21).

“Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty” (Proverbs 23:19-21).

“Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons” (Titus 1:12). This word is defined as, “one who eats voraciously, or to excess.”

Much has been said in the media about the problem of obesity in our country among young and old alike, but we may not have seriously noticed what the Bible teaches on the subject.  It is significant that the above Bible verses mention gluttony in connection with drunkards. Instead of “lazy gluttons,” other translations say, “slow bellies” or “idle gluttons” at Titus 1:12.

Even though the Bible makes these plain statements, it also teaches the same thing in principle. For example, the Bible says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (I Corinthians 3:16-17).  And the Bible talks about sinful things and the works of the flesh that would include gluttony in feastings and revelries. Philippians 3:18-19 refers to “enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is their shame –who set their mind on earthly things.” We are not to do anything that would harm our bodies, so gluttony would be included with alcoholic drinking, misuse of drugs, tobacco, and other immoral things.

Gluttony is not a popular subject that is often mentioned, because we are blessed with an abundance of food and we like to eat, but it is a serious matter in regard to us taking care of our health. Many times the problem is not how much we eat, but what we eat.

God gives us instructions about this subject, and all we need to know about life and salvation from sin. Peter says, God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Weight loss, diet books and pills are big business in our world, but as we use these things wisely, let us not forget the teachings of God’s word about these things.

 

#bible-study, #gluttony