1 Chronicles 16:11, 12 – Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, the miracles, and the judgments He pronounced. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – When we are seeking a thing of wonder in our lives, we should try recalling all the wonders He has done for us in the past. This will help our faith in the present and give us hope for the future.
My Advice – Make it a regular habit of yours to remember all the things that God has done for you and blessed you with. Do not forget to give Him thanks.
Hebrews 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – When I was young, my family’s social life revolved around the church and its gatherings. If the doors were open, we were there. At a minimum, this meant Sunday school, morning worship, Sunday evening services and Wednesday prayer meeting. Our church also had one to two week “revivals” in the fall and spring. If we missed, Continue reading “Estranged Fellowship”
Destinations Require A Journey
My Musing – I suppose we all had a destination in mind when we began adulthood. But less frequently do we consider what kind of journey might be required to get us there. Take marriage for instance. When we say for better or worse we think only of the better, giving little thought of the worse parts of the journey that may be required to get us to the better. Or for richer or poorer, of course we may have to go through some lean times in the beginning of the journey, but we have our eyes fixed on the ultimate richer. And don’t even get me started on in sickness or in health.
But marriage is just one example of many life’s journeys. Continue reading “Destinations Require a Journey”
JOHN’S SALUTATION – Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4b – 8)
The salutation is given in the name of the Father, the Spirit, and the Son.(1) Continue reading “John’s Salutation”
In God We Trust
1 Chronicles 5:20 – He [God] answered their prayers, because they trusted Him. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Prayer should be all about trust, not merely an act of desperation or last resort.
My Advice – Trust God with your requests, and your expectations can be high. Request without trust and your expectations are lower.
THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST – The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: (Revelation 1:1-4a)
The Purpose – The opening words of the Book indicate that the purpose of the entire book is “to show his servants what must soon take place.” As previously noted, the word revelation is a translation of the Greek word apokalypsis, meaning Continue reading “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”
2 Kings 22:19 – Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord…I have heard you, declares the Lord. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It is much better for us to humble ourselves before God, than for God to have to humble us.
My Advice – Be a man of humility, who is responsive to God’s commands.