Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Certainly spending just one day in your temple courts is better than spending a thousand elsewhere. I would rather stand at the entrance to the temple of my God than live in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is our sovereign protector. The Lord bestows favor and honor; he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity. Psalm 84.10-11
Where is my heart’s desire? Where do I prefer to spend my time? Do I prefer spending it with God and his people? Do I make time for God in my life daily or do I grudgingly spend time in prayer and reading his word? God is my protector. He provides for my every need. In Matthew 6.33 Jesus taught the multitude to pursue God’s kingdom and righteousness above all other things. If I pursue his kingdom first, he has promised to provide me with clothing and food. God gives favor and honor. But, these are given for a purpose. That purpose is to reflect glory back to him. He withholds no good thing. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9.8 regarding giving back to God that he is able to make all grace overflow. This overflow provides me with enough of everything in every way at all times. Not to be selfish and keep it to myself! But to overflow in every good work, to share with others about God who bestows favor and honor. To reflect glory back to Him!
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By William Woodson — The statement made in the title is not only the desire of many in the religious world, but it is becoming the philosophy of many Christians, because many of us are seeking a religion that “meets my needs.” The phrase itself has virtually become a new religious term. Many persons praise or blame a particular congregation because it is or is not “meeting my needs.”
Let me hasten to say that if the phrase means that we need to satisfy spiritual hunger, then it is a good expression, for surely everyone ought to be in a Christian community where his/her deepest spiritual longings are being addressed. Continue reading
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My friend and brother in Christ, John Parker is a preacher of the Word and Marine Corps veteran. John is currently on the donor list awaiting a kidney. In the meanwhile he has been hospitalized for quite some time due to other health complications. He and his family of a wife and two children are in need of prayers and financial assistance. Please consider making a contribution to help this family. You can mail a check or money order made out to John or Sametta Parker to Highland Heights Church of Christ, 3587 Macon Road, Memphis, TN 38122. No amount is too small. We appreciate your prayerful support.
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When you feel troubled and need a friend, what do you hope or look for in that friend, for that moment?
A good part of the day — today is my day off, of sorts — has been spent looking at Bibles, versions, Internet offerings, and thinking of the Brazilian church and society at large, and wondering what best will serve the moment. One conviction, which was always present, is how people need to read the Bible more. Individually, and in groups. Preaching and teaching and writing is all good and fine, and I do my share of it, but nothing, yea and behold, nothing, trumps the Sacred Text which is able to instruct us for salvation, as per 2 Tim. 3:15.
Last night in our home study, we read the entire first chapter of Mark. Yes, with comments, and questions, and explanations, but we read more than usual. Recently, we read through the book of James. How can we do more reading and less talking, but still help comprehension and obedience? Since the power is not in my words or wisdom, but in the oracles of God.
In his always excellent LightGrams, Tim Hall today quoted Deut. 32:47, where Moses told the people of Israel to keep the words of the law. “For this is no idle word for you – it is your life!” (NET).
That being so, if possible, more today than then, it seems imperative to create more opportunity and greater space to read, to read, to read the word of God.
UPDATE: I offer 10 ideas here on how to encourage Bible reading.