February 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Honor to whom Honor is Due)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Jesus the Master Teacher (Carl Garner)
  • Honor to Whom Honor is Due (Cody Westbrook)
  • Implicit Commands (J. Noel Merideth)
  • Speaking the Truth in Love (Thomas B. Warren)
  • The Church-The Lord’s Bride (Bill Jackson)
  • Blaming God (Guy N. Woods)
  • Things that Count (Johnny Ramsey)

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

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#accusations-against-god, #christian-worker, #honor, #intentions, #jesus, #metaphors-of-the-church, #obey-commands, #priorities

Where you will find Acts 20:35 in the gospels

I had not been a Christian very long when I heard a lesson on the inspiration of the scriptures (in direction connection to 2 Timothy 3:16) that used an example from Acts 20:35. The example left such an impression that I have repeated it a few times throughout the last decade. Perhaps you are familiar with the example.

During the lesson the speaker used Paul’s quotation of Jesus (it is more blessed to give than to receive) and then “challenged” someone to show him where Jesus could be quoted in the gospel saying such. Although none doubted the truthfulness of Acts 20:35, an answer could not be provided.

While the general point of the lesson on inspiration is still true (think Jannes and Jambres in 2 Timothy 3:8), I have found where Acts 20:35 can be “quoted” in the gospels. I realized it last December during a lesson about “the attitude of giving”.

Perhaps you already know where to find Acts 20:35 in the gospels, but in case you do not …

Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”” (Luke 14:12-14 NKJV)

#giving-gifts, #inspiration-of-the-bible, #jesus

Everyone wondered: Luke 3.15-16

“The people were in suspense about John. Everyone wondered if he might be the Messiah. John addressed them all, saying, ‘I, indeed, immerse in water, but one is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie his sandal strap. He will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and fire.'”

Luke 3.15-16 LOR

John the immerser was not the promised Messiah. But people wondered. John pointed to another. He gave them the sign of the Christ, coming in power and judgment.

Many people today wonder about Christ. Like John, we point them to the truth about him. What do you say about him?

#John-the-Baptist #Jesus #VOTD

My intercessor, my friend: Job 16.20-21

“My intercessor is my friend
as my eyes pour out tears to God;
and he contends with God on behalf of man
as a man pleads for his friend.”

Job 16.20-21

In the midst of his pain, Job looked to heaven, v. 19, for help. He seems to sense that there is someone who will witness to his righteousness, who will help him before the Creator. He was not wrong, even though he had little idea.

We know him who intercedes for us. The Lord Jesus Christ was sent by the Father. He even now serves in this function. What difference does this truth make in the way you talk to God?

#intercession #Jesus #VOTD

This is What Happens if You Ask Google Home Who Jesus Christ Is…

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)

#electronics, #google, #jesus, #religious-questions

What most people have in common with Pilate

Most people have something in common with Pilate.

It’s not being Roman. It’s not living in a foreign country. It’s not political power or aspirations.

What most people have in common with Pilate is their opinion of and reaction to Jesus:

Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.”” (John 19:4 NKJV)

Most people hold Jesus in high-opinion! They believe Jesus was a good person. They believe Jesus was innocent, without guilt. They believe Jesus did not deserve to be crucified. But they’re still not interested in following him.

People are too busy to follow Jesus. People are not interested in giving up anything to follow Jesus. People are not interested in their own relationship with God to follow Jesus.

Whatever the reason people give for not following Jesus, most people find no fault in Jesus … but they are not willing enough to get involved with him. Or perhaps it is that most ·people are not willing enough to let Jesus get involved with them.

When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”” (Matthew 27:24 NKJV)

#following-jesus, #jesus, #pilate

Consider Jesus: Hebrews 3.1 VOTD

“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.”

Hebrews 3.1 CSB

To counter the temptation to return to Judaism, the writer of the Hebrews letter calls attention to Jesus as being superior in all respects.

What aspect about Jesus will especially help you to remain faithful in your present circumstances and difficulties?

#Jesus #faithfulness #VOTD