For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:16a NRSV
What do you want to be doing the moment the shofar sounds Jesus’s return?
Defend The Truth. Live The Faith. Advance The Kingdom.
“I’m giving you a new commandment: Love each other in the same way that I have loved you. Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other.” Jesus, ~ 32 AD, John 13:34-35 NOG
Jesus did not say that people will know that we are his disciples if we promote His agenda, but rather if we love one another. We open a door for the salvation of the ungodly by letting them see the truth and ways of God by our love toward our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Christ has no hands, but our hands. No feet, but our feet. We are His ambassadors, representing Him to the world. When we love as He has loved us, it will make the difference.
Adapted from The Christian In Complete Armour, William Gurnall, lifeway.com, Rick Ezell
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Sabbath is a time to stop and focus on the big picture of life. On the most meaningful people and things in our lives. And, most importantly, on our relationship with God.
One such focus is our consumption of the Word of God. Do you consume a balanced diet and practice these spiritual disciplines? If not, use this Sabbath to start.
- Listen to the Word of God: So faith comes from hearing the good news. Romans 10:17 ICB;
- Read the Word of God: Uncover my eyes so that I may see the miraculous things in your teachings. Psalm 119:18 NOG;
- Study the Word of God: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 ESV;
- Memorize the Word of God: Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalms 119:11 NKJV;
- And, perhaps the most important, meditate on the Word of God: This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8 NASB.
Adapted from Final Conquest, Robert Jeffress.
As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him wholeheartedly and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but it you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9 NASB, David, King of Israel and a man after God’s own heart.
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 NLT, Jesus, Son of God.
Two verses, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Both strong admonitions to live and serve God fully and wholeheartedly. Put another way, there is no halfway compromise in the providence of God.
It’s not about you.
From the #imjustsaying series
Be strong, but not rude. Be kind, but not weak. Be bold, but don’t bully. Be humble, but not timid. Be confident, but not arrogant. h/t Nicky Gumbel.
What chivalry is not: some guy holding a door open for a woman.
What chivalry is: a man of prowess and faith performing noble deeds and habitual acts of generosity and kindness. Which might include holding a door open for a woman.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 NASB 1995
Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Our Saturday post was from Todd Beamer, one of heroes on Flight 93:
“Are you guys ready? OK, let’s roll.”
There is a particularly good article on Todd in this morning’s Wall Street Journal. We encourage you to read it: https://on.wsj.com/2Xcp3az
Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. Deutronomy 5:12-14 NLT
As Believers, you and I are bondservants of Jesus Christ. Our time is not our own. This minute, this hour, this day, belong to God. This is His story, His Providence. He has graciously given the time to us. He is not interested in our offerings or superficial piousness. He is interested in our obedience.
On this Sabbath, then, the question is how can we use it for His glory? The answer? Abide in His word and obey His commands.
Observe the Sabbath as a holy day. You will be blessed.