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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

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Bible Verses with Lessons about Trees

From Heather at Room to Breathe. God sure uses trees as a tool for comparison often!


  • 1 Chronicles 16:33 CSB
    Then the trees of the forest will shout for joy before the Lord,
    for he is coming to judge the earth.
  • Job 14:7-9 CSB
    There is hope for a tree:
    If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
    and its shoots will not die.
    If its roots grow old in the ground
    and its stump starts to die in the soil,
    the scent of water makes it thrive
    and produce twigs like a sapling.
  • Psalm 1:1-3 CSB
    How happy is the one who does not
    walk in the advice of the wicked
    or stand in the pathway with sinners
    or sit in the company of mockers!
    Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
    and he meditates on it day and night.
    He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams[a]
    that bears its fruit in its season
    and whose leaf does not wither.
    Whatever he does prospers.

 

Read the rest of the post here: Bible Verses with Lessons about Trees

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Just a Thought

Pride and self-seeking are real downers; literally, they will bring you down.


Luke 14:11 

 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Proverbs 25:6 

Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

James 4:10 

 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Follow Me-God Calls a Young Prophet

Daniel Chapter 1

Daniel 1:8

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Here we see what it seems like is the active call to ministry of the prophet Daniel, along with his three friends: Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego. These fine young men, the finest specimens of the captive Israelites, had clearly been lifelong believers in the true God but it is in our story that Daniel is first brought into prominence in the Bible. As I said, this was basically his call to active ministry. Daniel was….ready. His readiness and his response is the backstory for a couple of brief thoughts on the matter.

We all know the story, I believe. King Nebuchadnezzar had called for the finest of young men in his kingdom to be brought into his palace, provided all the best the King had(particularly the King’s food,) and be turned into a showcase for Babylonian superiority and domination of the world. This was a problem for those young men, as to comply with this program would have violated many of the Jewish dietary laws from the Law of Moses; this was a problem. How Daniel approached it is a good lesson to us all. The basics of his reaction are contained in our key passage.

Daniel was ready. He had purposed in his heart that he would not partake of this sinful behavior. It seems evident that this was likely not a surprise that this request was made of the young men. Daniel was ready. He understood the environment in which he lived and understood some of the temptations he would likely be facing. I like to think he had thought out his response before the temptation ever actually showed up. How many of us do that in our own lives? How many of us are seemingly caught by surprise by the temptations that beset us and quickly succumb, then claim we “just couldn’t help ourselves?” Maybe if we paid more attention to where, and among whom we live, we might likewise respond in a firmer, more intentional way to these things.

Daniel responded with reason and caution. My friends, we can speak our opposition to things and refuse to partake of things without being random and seemingly unhinged. I don’t see anywhere where Daniel screamed and lectured at the powers in place regarding the sin of eating the Kings’ meat. I am NOT saying that he would have been wrong to do that, and that might have been another’s calling. But, in this case, Daniel was clearly only responsible for his own behavior. So his response? He requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. We see later in the story that he laid out in a calm rational manner exactly why he had an issue with it; he also asked for the opportunity to show that his way(God’s way, actually,) could work. Without becoming PART of the system, Daniel worked within the system to live out a positive testimony of his faith in a faith hostile world. Daniel had credibility with the existing powers because outside of his faith, he was a good and loyal servant. “Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.” Daniel 1:9. Friends, there is absolutely a time and place to rail loudly against sin, but there is also a time and a place to simply live out the example. God grant us the discernment to know when to rail, and when to just stand on our own example.

The real takeaway in total here is to note that Daniel was never random or reactionary in his response to this serious dilemma. He had clearly spent time in Scripture and understood in his own mind how he was going to carry himself when this temptation presented himself.

Maybe we ought to try that ourselves.

 

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Some Did Not Believe in the Resurrection

by Wally Fry

Some Did Not Believe in the Resurrection

Matthew 22:23-33

“The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say
that there is no resurrection, and asked him,” Matthew 22:23.

In Jesus’ time, the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection. They believed that the spirit was not immortal and that there was no life after death; they also believed that humans were neither punished nor rewarded after death.

Although the Sadducees were quite religious, their worldview is not that different from the secular, humanist worldview that infects the world today. Under their view, what we have in this life is all there is; we make it good or bad totally on our own, and when it is finished, it is simply finished. In the end, they believed that we all just return to dust.

Under their view, morality is neutral—nothing is good, and nothing is evil. Morality has zero to do with any immutable, objective standard and is only based on what we can do for and get from each other. How sad is a world where the evil that we know exists, goes unjudged and unpunished?

Friends, life is not always the proverbial bed of roses; sometimes, it is just not good at all. The secular humanist simply has to live out his life and wait patiently for it to end so that he becomes nothing—so he thinks. The believer in Jesus Christ has the promise that no matter how tough things are a glorious eternity awaits after the resurrection.

JUST A THOUGHT: If this life is all there is, then is there a point?

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Are you willing to relocate?

From Efua at Grace Over Pain. Real food for thought here on how we respond to God’s call in our lives.


From the post:

Inasmuch as we don’t like change, the truth is that we change daily. From physiological changes, to personal views, from marital status to employment status. Change is something synonymous with life. Whether we like it or not, we are changing in some way.

Despite this, there are certain changes that we naturally don’t gravitate towards. The more we live, the more we realise that we have made several changes in life. Maybe our friendship circle has changed, we have changed church, if you are like me, you have changed location. All of which comes with their own challenges.

Some times change is necessary for growth. In the bible, God told people to leave their location. Some others relocated as a result of situations orchestrated by God. Abram, Sarah, Jacob, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Esther and many others left what they knew and moved into an environment where they became strangers.

Read the rest of the post here: Are you willing to relocate?

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Just a Thought

How often do we see a Brother or Sister do a good thing and not encourage them?

How often do we see a Brother or Sister headed toward disaster and not warn them?

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Follow Me-Jesus Calls a King

Acts 26:27-28

King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

Friends, I don’t have much time this morning so this will be just a quick thought on an instance of Jesus calling a man and his response.

As part of his long trip through the Roman legal system before ultimately being sent to Rome to finally be executed, Paul the Apostle had the opportunity to appear before King Agrippa and Festus the Roman Procurator of Judea and present his case before them. Paul preached one of his finest sermons and it ended with Festus declaring Paul to be a madman and Agrippa being “almost persuaded.”

This story is almost universally presented as a very sad ending, and it is very likely that it was. We actually don’t know, as Agrippa and his salvation never come up again. We actually don’t know either way how he ultimately dealt with Jesus. That’s actually our thought and lesson for today. Friends, we won’t get a positive response from all we present the Gospel to. We won’t even get that from a majority or even that many of those we tell about Jesus. That’s not our problem. Our job is to tell it. Our commission is not that we save anyone, as only Jesus saves. Our job is not to bring anyone to conviction, even, as that is the place of the Holy Spirit. Our job is to proclaim it.

How cool would it be if one day Paul and Agrippa encountered each other in Heaven? Maybe Paul just planted that seed, another later watered, and ultimately God brought in the harvest?

 

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