We are living in an age where old divisive pagan idols are being reintroduced into an already divided church through the anti-Christ/humanist/secularist/communist principles of Critical Theory. The apostle Paul asks in 1 Corinthians 1:13, "Is Christ divided?" and the obvious answer is (or ought to be), "No!" (or "He shouldn't be!").
God calls his people out of paganism and into Jesus Christ. As the body of Jesus Christ, the church, members come from various backgrounds, with diverse gifts given by the Holy Ghost, to unify and to build the church.
The apostle gives the church at Corinth rules and guidance to accomplish the unification and edification of the church through gifts, administrations, and operations for the profit of all.
Faithful Unto All Generations: In Haggai, God does not only confront Israel with their failures, He confronts them with His faithfulness. It is His faithfulness that stirs and strengthened the people to work. In the end, it is HIs faithfulness that causes us to be faithful to Him.
(A Song of degrees for Solomon.) Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
What do ancient psalms, modern hymns, old songs, and new songs all have in common? All are demonstrated in different times and with different generations in the Bible. David penned several Psalms that other people centeruies later adapted for their generation. Psalm 108 is an example of this. Your life and your music/art, can praise the Lord.
Because God was faithful to cause uprooting and destruction (Jer. 1:10), exiles can trust God to be faithful to re-build and re-plant.
The slaughter of the nation's leaders (religious, military, & government!) (v.24-27a)
The uprooting of Judah from its homeland. (v.27b)
The carrying away captive the surviving covenant people. (v.28-30)
After the loss of the land, is there hope?
Why did they lose the homeland? Jer. 52:3
Why are these verses repeated in 2 Kings 25:18-21?
How did God provide for us? Hebrews 10:10-18
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for September 28, 2023. Today we continue our study in the book of Acts in chapter 12 with a warning about stealing God's glory and the encouragement of knowing that the Lord will build His Church. Thanks for joining us!
That the Tree Might Grow!I Corinthians 9:19-23This message was inspired by the real-life story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández, "A Million Miles Away", follows him on a decades-long journey, from a rural village in Michoacán, Mexico, to more than 200 miles above the Earth in the International Space Station. The schoolteacher had come by to tell the father of mother that you keep moving around too much and you need to stay in one place so that "the Tree might grow." With the support of his family, José's drive & determination culminates in the opportunity to achieve his seemingly impossible goal. Paul was saying we need to have a "Whatever It Takes" attitude about reaching the unchurched. José Hernández was turned down as a astronaut until the twelfth time. Paul had a desire to break down barriers and to build bridges to reach the unbeliever for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Both success and defeat tempt you to stop paying the price. When an athlete stops paying the price, he not only stops winning, he stops competing. He ends up on the bench. It's the same for a believer. That's why Paul said that he didn't want to be disqualified.
We've known many believers who disqualified themselves. Some of them do it by headline-making sinful behavior. But most people disqualify themselves by way of apathy. By way of laziness. By way of selfishness.If you want to thrive, put this character check in place. Decide today that you will continue to take the road less traveled, the road of self-discipline, and you will continue pay the price as long as there is a race to be run.
We finish up in 1 Thessalonians as we look at the final one another commands in the letter:
Comfort and edify one another
Highly esteem the pastor/elders
Be at peace with one another, with patience and zero vengeance
Greet one another with warmth and affection
How does the eternal and glorious Lord respond to the low condition of His people? Psalm 102:12–17 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these six verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the Lord invests the glory of His Name in rebuilding His church.