Yes, my religion can be bad. The word religion is used negatively in the New Testament for what doesn’t please God. So when is my religion bad? Continue reading
The so-called Christian world celebrates a date that is most certainly wrong in order to mark the coming of the Christ into the world, rather than obey him as Lord and put him on as Savior. Christendom prefers the ritual of a yearly observance to the daily carrying of the cross of Christ.
Let us be clear: As we speak to those outside of Christ, as we will certainly do this evening and tomorrow, we will seek to use the moment to point people to the Lord Jesus Christ. But let us not work under the delusion that people, just because they might think at some time during this holiday of the God who came in flesh, will be more disposed to obey the Lord. On the contrary … Continue reading
The prophet Haggai wrote concerning the children of Israel, “Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1:6).
The Israelites were apparently working hard but not gaining very much. What was it that prevented them from prospering according to their efforts?
Back in verse 2, the Israelites declared that even though the temple of the Lord needed repair, now was not the time to do it. They were too busy taking care of their own homes to worry about the house of the Lord. But God rebuked them for this attitude in saying, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste” (1:4)?
Too often Christians today put off doing the work of the Lord because they think their family obligations cannot wait. Sometimes taking care of the church building is put off because everyone is too tired from working at their secular jobs all week. Visits cannot be made because there are chores to do around the house.
We seem to forget the words of Christ who said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-27).
Taking care of our family and work obligations are very important but certainly not more important than the work that our God gives us to do. Our lives should revolve around service to God not service to home.
In Christ, Steve Preston
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