Study 2: God’s Plan For Us
It is an impersonal world and all too often we create God in our image and assume that He is an impersonal God who is not interested in us at all. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
These are His words. They should be enough to convince us. He is, after all, God. But we also live in a world of skepticism. Continue reading “Study 2: God’s Plan For Us”
Persecution of the Saints – “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” (Matthew 24: 9)
Most are familiar with the persecution of the early church, which lasted until the 4th century AD when Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and declared the Roman Empire to be a Christian empire. So, this part of Christ’s Olivet prophecy did in fact play out within a generation’s time. But what about today Continue reading “Persecution Of The Saints”
Walk The Walk
1 Kings 2:2, 3 – “So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in His ways, and keep His decrees and commands, His laws and His requirements.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – In God’s eyes, “being a man” is not about bravado or physical prowess. Being a man is about having a Godly character: observing His laws and walking in His ways.
My Advice – Be strong in character and in integrity. Be someone that others can admire and look up to because of your goodness, kindness, convictions and moral fiber.
Famine and Natural Disaster – “There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” (Matthew 24:7b).
This verse lists two signs, which can occur independently or in tandem (natural disasters often lead to famine). Continue reading “Famine & Natural Disaster”
The Cost of Sacrifice
2 Samuel 24-24 – “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
My Musing – We need to live a sacrificial life for God. Giving to God things of little value or sacrifice speaks volumes about our motives and true desire to serve Him.
My Advice – Do not give God your leftovers or your extras that mean nothing. Give Him your best, whether this is time, talent or tithes. Be sacrificial. He was sacrificial for you.
Wars and Rumors of Wars – “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Matthew 24:6-7a)
Jesus was speaking during the period of history known as Pax Romana (Latin for Roman peace). This was a prolonged period of relative peace and minimal military expansion that was experienced during the Roman Empire in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Continue reading “Wars & Rumors of Wars”
Above cartoon from: The 2:7 Series, Course 3, NavPress, 1979.
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