“In the same way, when you see these things happening, recognize that he is near–at the door. . .Now concerning that day or hour no one knows–neither the angels in heaven nor the Son–but only the Father.” (CSB – Read the chapter)
Something a little different for you this morning and we’ll get back to Habakkuk early next week. With all the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world there is a growing question on the minds of many folks with even the slightest amount of spiritual sensitivity: Are we in the end times? Personally I’ve been asked this twice this week. So then, are we? Let’s talk about it.
“Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; Judah has also multiplied fortified cities. I will send fire on their cities, and it will consume their citadels.” (CSB – Read the chapter)
Jesus once observed that where our treasure is, our heart will be also. His point was that what we consider the most valuable will be where we invest our dearest devotion. His exhortation in saying that was for us to make sure that God is our chief treasure so that we are most devoted to Him. But what if we are most devoted to something else? What then? God gives us a hint here through the prophet Hosea.
This past Sunday, we continued our new series, Being Useful, by looking at the first character trait on Peter’s list that will make us more useful to Jesus. Item number one: Faith. What is faith? What does it look like to have faith? And how does growing in faith make us more useful to Jesus? Read on to find out.
Making God Happy
We were sitting in
a restaurant the other day and over my shoulder a family had been seated at a
pretty large table. They needed the
space. The waitress came over like she
would for any customer and took drink orders.
Not long after, they called her back.
They wanted to make some special requests. Then they called her back again. Then she came to take their food orders…and
they made some special requests. Then
the drinks came out. And those weren’t
right. The appetizers were wrong
too. So was their dinner. The manager came to the table at least once,
maybe twice. It took a couple of trips
by the waitress to get dessert ordered and right too. Now, this was a busy restaurant and certainly
mistakes are occasionally made in the industry.
But as we looked around the room, we didn’t notice anybody else getting
the amount of specialized attention they were getting. Now, they were never ugly that we could tell,
but the fact that just about all of their stuff wasn’t quite right began to
suggest a pattern. The pattern wasn’t a
restaurant that couldn’t get its stuff together. The problem was a family that was hard to
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Where’s your mind? Ever been asked that? It was probably asked sarcastically when you said something that was possibly suggestive in some way. Or perhaps you were not paying as much attention in some sporting event as you needed to be and your coach told you to get your head in the game. Our minds are amazing things. The amount of information, they can process effortlessly and their ability to analyze complex data to find patterns is jaw-dropping. But sometimes it’s hard to keep them focused, isn’t it?
“But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it?”” (ESV – Read the chapter)
What do you expect from people? We live in a day in which there is a growing deficit of public trust. People are generally suspicious of one another and expect the worst out of them. The thing is, this blanket distrust doesn’t come naturally to us. It is a learned skill. But once it has been learned, it’s hard to unlearn. Read the rest…