My son and I went downtown to a shelter last month with a bin of winter coats, gloves and hats to pass out. We expected to find a regular group of men and a couple women lingering outside the shelter, where we regularly hand out bars of soap, coats and gloves. This Saturday, there was only one man out in the cold - a regular from the shelter named Richy. I asked him "Where is everybody today?"
If you were not aware – this Sunday commemorates a special day on the Jewish Calendar known as Purim! In a world of blizzards, earthquakes, and Tsunami’ s, it’ s always good to reflect on God's promises and protection of his people. This year, March 20-21, 2011, Jews around the world will celebrate two days of joyful activities and reminders of God's faithfulness in preserving their people. For several reasons all disciples, Jewish and Gentile, would do well to recognize and celebrate this popular Jewish holiday.
Sometimes when we resist an obvious temptation, the residual seed of danger can still be lodged in our mind and heart...
"When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time." Luke 4 :13
As the curtain was torn open between God's presence and mankind's veiled faces, the first person to confess the glory of Christ was one of his executioners...
"Surely this man was the son of God"
Remember how David was described as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22)? Studying the Psalms definitely helps us have that same goal. There is a similar thought seen in Paul’s life, which he is passing on to Timothy.
Paul’s relationships were always outstanding. His relationship with Timothy is one that we know most about because of these two letters.
Week Two II Thessalonians
A Persevering Church
It’s amazing, when you think about it, what God has done to prepare us to be what He wants us to be in this life and to allow us to experience what He has in store for us in the next one.