Nov 212017
 

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:11).

In the 1800s, an American tourist stopped by the home of Polish rabbi Chofetz Chaim.

The tourist was surprised to find a simple dwelling place filled only with books, a table, and a bench. The tourist asked the rabbi, “Where is all your furniture?”

To which the rabbi replied, “Where is yours?”

The puzzled American said, “Mine? But I’m only a visitor here. I’m only passing through.”

To which the wise Chaim replied, “And I am simply a visitor here on this earth. I’m only passing through.”

Scripture talks about heaven in three different ways:

The celestial and magnificent universe. Psalm 19:1.

The great expanse of space surrounding the earth or its atmosphere. Genesis 1:8.

And the sought-after home of God. Hebrews 4:14.

Heaven is a reality for believers.

The fact that we will one day live forever in the presence of God Almighty is a fundamental doctrine of our faith.

However, the Bible gives several other glimpses into what this heavenly dwelling place will be like.

Heaven is a place prepared for believers where we will spend eternity with God. John 14:1-3.

In heaven, there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain. Revelation 21:1-7.

It will be in heaven that we will be like Christ and will recognize one another.1 John 3:2.

I want to challenge you to live in the light of eternity!

– as if you’re just passing through this old earth!!

(PA)

Jul 292017
 

“The Evening and the Morning were the First Day” (Genesis 1:5). 

How different is God’s method from man’s!

The creature works from day to night!

His best is first.

The Creator’s days begin with the preceding eve.

To Him-

Evening first!

Then morning!!

Are you disappointed in Christian life/work?

Remember that God wrought on through long dark ages-

– before His plans were evolved in order and beauty!

The foundation-stone of redemption was laid amid the gloom of Calvary!!

Are you passing through the bitterness?

For weeks there has been no ray of comfort, no sign of deliverance.

Yet every dark hour is hastening toward the dawn.

You shall see your Beloved walking toward you in the morning light.

Are you in despair?

The times are dark, and threaten to get darker.

But if the first creation began in the dark,

Can it be wondered at that the second must begin there to?

But as the one emerged in daylight, so shall the other.

The morning comes!

See the star of day standing sentry!

“For…weeping may remain for a night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning!” Psalm 30:5.

(PA)

Jul 222017
 

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:11).

In the 1800s, an American tourist stopped by the home of Polish rabbi Chofetz Chaim.

The tourist was surprised to find a simple dwelling place filled only with books, a table, and a bench. The tourist asked the rabbi, “Where is all your furniture?”

To which the rabbi replied, “Where is yours?”

The puzzled American said, “Mine? But I’m only a visitor here. I’m only passing through.”

To which the wise Chaim replied, “And I am simply a visitor here on this earth. I’m only passing through.”

Scripture talks about heaven in three different ways:

The celestial and magnificent universe. Psalm 19:1.

The great expanse of space surrounding the earth or its atmosphere. Genesis 1:8.

And the sought-after home of God. Hebrews 4:14.

Heaven is a reality for believers.

The fact that we will one day live forever in the presence of God Almighty is a fundamental doctrine of our faith.

However, the Bible gives several other glimpses into what this heavenly dwelling place will be like.

Heaven is a place prepared for believers where we will spend eternity with God. John 14:1-3.

In heaven, there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain. Revelation 21:1-7.

It will be in heaven that we will be like Christ and will recognize one another.1 John 3:2.

I want to challenge you to live in the light of eternity!

– as if you’re just passing through this old earth!!

(PA)

Jun 252017
 

Are you facing a problem-

– that you need to be solved?

We can learn a lot about problem-solving-

– by reading the miracle Jesus performed in the feeding of the 5,000.

When Jesus and the disciples discovered thousands of hungry people-

He asked Philip, “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” John 6:5.

Jesus wasn’t asking for information.

He already knew what He was going to do. 6:6.

Instead He was trying to give Philip a revelation-

– that we should never assess our problems in the light of our own resources or strength.

We have no right to ask the world to believe our message-

– unless there is something about us that is unexplainable and supernatural.

There must be a divine dimension to our lives.

What does Proverbs 3:5-6 tell you to do-

– when faced with a problem?

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight”.

(PA)

May 312017
 

“Set me free from my prison” (Psalm 142:7).

The heading given to this psalm by the ancient scribes invites us to think of David, falsely accused, on the run, hiding in a cave (1 Sam. 22:1).

We might also think of Paul in Ephesus (and quite possibly in prison), “under great pressure,” feeling he had received “a sentence of death,” forced to rely on “God who raises the dead” (2 Cor 1:8-11).

Our prisons may be literal, economic or a depressive state of mind in which it seems that everyone is against us and no one cares. If that is what we face or feel, we need to see that the psalmist did not stay in prison. He reached a point where he was able to declare: “You are … my portion” (v 5).

These words recall the tradition that the Levites who served the tabernacle received no share when the land was divided (Num 18:20). Instead God said to them, “I am your portion.” How

does the psalmist move-

– from “prison” to “portion”?

Through this prayer!

If we read the psalm 142 in three sections, vs. 1-3a, 3b-5 and 6,7:

– we will notice that each section begins with a description of the psalmist’s plight and ends with an expression of confidence! This surely is what it means to wrestle in prayer. Pouring out complaint gives way to the realization that God knows my way. The feeling that no

one cares gives way to the conviction that God is both refuge and portion. Desperate need is replaced by the expectation of deliverance!

Is there any “prison” from which you need to be released?

– A debt, disease, depression, den of lions, demonic habit or an actual prison?

If so –

Use this psalm 147 as a model for “wrestling” with God in prayer!

May the Lord set you free from that prison! And grant you His glorious freedom and portion!! Any you will be filled with His praises!!!

(PA)