Sunday, May 22, 2016
You can either be a slave for money/things or a slave for God. You will be a slave of one. You cannot be a slave for both. If you slave for wealth you should feel anxious about your needs. If you slave for God you do not need to worry about having your needs supplied.
In the challenging section of Romans 9-11 we began by seeing that it is God who determines who is or is not in Israel, i.e. God's chosen people. We began answering the assertion that, indeed, the Gospel (9.6) has not failed.
No matter what life throws us, so long as we remain in Christ, nothing can sever Christ's love away from us. God has predetermined to bring us from our present salvation to ultimate Glory.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Paul reassures suffering Roman Christians that from eternity past "The Lord knows those who are his," (2 Tim 2.19 ESV) and that God has predetermined how he will get his saints to ultimate glorification on the Last Day.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
King Jesus was blunt: you either are his slave or you are a slave to your own money and the possessions and worldly pursuits they buy. Is Jesus or your wealth master of your life?
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Jesus uses a metaphor of the human eye being a lamp that allows in worldly pursuits or heavenly affections. Do we want God and his will more than we want money and the things it can buy? It depends on if our orientation is set on earth or if it is set on heaven.
Third World Christians would look with amazement at the riches that choke American believers. Jesus ordered his disciples to stop living to accumulate stuff and thus be tied to this earthly existence which is temporary. Rather, he ordered his Christians to seek things of eternal worth. What are the implications of King Jesus' teachings for 21st Century Christians today?
It's common for Christians to be bewildered at times on what to pray for how or even how to pray. During these times believers can take comfort from knowing that the Holy Spirit is our prayer partner.