Lord of peace: 2 Thessalonians 3.16 VOTD

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

2 Thessalonians 3.16

The Lord is the source of peace. For the readers undergoing persecution, they must know that peace does not depend upon circumstances. Christ will give it all the time, anywhere, regardless of the situation.

What events or situations tend to rob you of peace? How can we retain the Lord’s peace independent of circumstances?

#peace #Jesus #VOTD

Flashy Numbers

There’s a bottle of soap in my bathroom that has “33% MORE!” printed in large font across the top.

Beside the large print numbers and words is a little, tee-tiny asterisk.

Look at the bottom of the bottle and you’ll find the purpose of the asterisk spelled out (with a little, tee-tiny font that rivals only the asterisk) – “Than 18 oz.”

In reality, there is no real substance to the flashy numbers on the soap bottle. The only thing the company did with the “33% MORE!” print was solve a math problem.

Don’t fall prey to the flashy numbers of pop-religion.

Sow the seed (Luke 8:4-15). Be respectful to others, be faithful to your brothers and sisters in Christ and to God, and don’t be a troublemaker (1 Peter 2:17). And don’t keep caught up in the confusion that swaps what we get from worship with what we bring to worship (John 4:20-24).

For out of all to whom the good news has come, only a small number will get salvation.” (Matthew 22:14 BBE)

#advertisements, #impressing-others, #popular-religion, #spiritual-analogies

Dec. 5. Desolation before Deliverance

Zech. 11:1-12:14

Zechariah described an era in which great destruction would befall God’s people. It was characterized by the rule of incompetent leaders. The period in which that destruction would occur is uncertain as there were many times during the history of the Jews that they were persecuted because of the actions of their leaders. Evidence indicates that the time of Christ and the early church could have been the era of Zechariah’s prophecy. Jesus would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. Those thirty pieces would soon afterward be used to purchase the potter’s field to be used as a burying place for strangers. Not many years later, Jerusalem would be destroyed by the Romans in 70 A. D.

Jerusalem suffered many hardships caused by their own shortcomings. In turn, their persecutors were also punished. It was God’s plan from the beginning for Christ to eventually reign as King of His kingdom. However, through the turmoil of His day, He was crucified for man’s sins and arose victoriously from the tomb. As the people realized their sinful condition, they mourned for Him whom they had pierced and turned to Him in repentance.

#chronological-bible-study

Hugh’s News & Views (. . . A Watchman)

“SON OF MAN, I HAVE MADE YOU A WATCHMAN”

From time to time, I feel compelled to deal with matters of a controversial nature, especially erroneous views and false teaching being advanced in some churches of Christ and often “incubated” in various institutions of higher learning connected with the church. I use my Facebook page, my “Hugh’s News & Views,” and other venues to point out that which I believe is contrary to God’s word, but I am aware that some of my brethren would prefer that I not do this. They think it is “hanging out our dirty laundry” for all the world to see, and they would rather I not do that. I am sorry that they feel this way, but the erroneous views and false doctrines are publicly disseminated (via the pulpits of churches, lectureships, journals, and books), so why should the warnings not be publicly disseminated as well? Continue reading

#apostasy, #doctrine, #hughfulford

Ahab the king of culture change

Ahab was the king of culture change. His 22 years of reign greatly contributed to the multiplied years of misery the northern tribes of Israel would experience.

He married a woman with a name directly related to pagan god, and he had a father-in-law with a name of Ethbaal! (1 Kings 16:31)

He setup an altar for sacrifice to Baal, within an actual temple to house it, in the capital city of Israel. Furthermore, he created an additional place specifically for the worship of other idols. (1 Kings 16:32-33)

Ahab wasn’t content in allowing other Israelites to worship Baal. He served and worshiped Baal on a personal level. (1 Kings 16:31)

And, for the “cherry on top”, he intentionally disregarded Joshua’s plainly spoken warning by allowing the city of Jericho to be rebuilt under his reign. (1 Kings 16:34)

Indeed, Ahab was the king of culture change, and he continues to set the mold for all the politicians of the western culture who are hell-bent on creating a new morality, standard and way of life for any nation built upon biblical principles.

For look! The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes behold, his eyelids test the sons of men.” (Psalm 11:2-4 NKJV)

#culture-wars, #king-ahab, #spiritual-analogies

Not alone: John 8.29 VOTD

“And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do those things that please him.”

John 8.29

Jesus was certain of his Father’s presence with him. He did not feel alone, because he saw demonstrations of his approval. He was certain of pleasing the Father, because his will is clear and simple.

How may we have certainty of God’s presence? What to do when we feel alone?

#Jesus #will-of-God #VOTD

Dec. 4. Zechariah’s Prophecies Continued

Zech. 9:1-10:12

The time that Zechariah continued his prophecies is not certain. However, he predicted the fall of great cities into the hands of a conqueror, probably Alexander the Great of Greece. Tyre was a rich and well located seaport that had overcome previous attempts to conquer them, but they also fell during that time. The Lord promised to protect Judah while her neighbors were falling. Zechariah wrote of the coming King (Messiah) who would bring salvation as He came to them riding a foal of a donkey. His kingdom would extend in all directions from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth.

God, through Zechariah promised continued blessings upon His people. He sends the refreshing showers of rain whereas idols and diviners speak lies and deliver nothing. A restoration of His people to their former lives as a nation was promised. Conversely, their enemies would be brought down.

#chronological-bible-study