When Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave us His final command, to proclaim His Gospel to all nations. But what does that look like and how do we accomplish such a challenging task? In this final chapter in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus maps out for us how we are to proclaim His Message.
Fear and the pit and the snare
Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall be
That he who flees from the noise of the fear
Shall fall into the pit,
And he who comes up from the midst of the pit
Shall be caught in the snare;
For the windows from on high are open,
And the foundations of the earth are shaken. (Isaiah 24:17-18 NKJV)
This chapter is purely on what happens during the Great Tribulation. I know we talked a little about the tribulation but now I wanna talk about us and the Great Tribulation.
The Book of Revelation, writing of this time of Great Tribulation, makes constant reference to those who dwell on the earth (Revelation 3:10, 6:10, 11:10, 13:12, 13:14). This is in contrast to those who dwell in heaven (Revelation 13:6)……
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As a child, I remember this story being taught to me by my father. He focused on the immorality of the Israelites with the Midianites and the audacity of the young man who even in the face of God’s anger thought it wise to commit evil right in the full glare of all.
As a growing young adult, the Holy Spirit put it in my heart to share what I believe are great lessons we as modern-day Christians can learn from that passage of the bible. I pray that as you read this piece, the Holy Spirit Himself will minister to you and bring about changes within us in Jesus Name.
Please read the above passage (it is quite short) to gain full knowledge of the sequence of events and for the Holy Spirit to minister new things to you. This is a brief summary:
The young zealous youth: Phinehas
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4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
5 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
Proverbs 9:4-6 ESV
A walk through the pathways, gates, and notice boards of any tertiary institution will be greeted by posters and banners with bold headings such as “Uyo Calling!!” “Ndigbo Calling!!” or something else in like manner. These posters are to arrest the attention of students and members of staff of such institutions and to inform them of proposed meetings of such ethnic or socio-cultural associations.
In our text, from the highest points of the city, “wisdom” calls. Wisdom here is the ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding. The apostle Paul declared that the message of the…
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The enemy tempts us to do what feels good, puts our needs first, fits our own understanding, requires no faith, brings immediate but shallow acceptance, causes the least resistance, or feels most comfortable now and then laughs and jeers when we get hit with the consequences that inevitably come later: guilt, shame, worry, poverty, embarrassment, lack, bondage, emptiness, rejection and isolation.
God gently directs us to do what may be uncomfortable, difficult, selfless, contradicts our own understanding, gets us rejected temporarily, and requires faith and then delights to bless our socks off with the consequences that inevitably lead to highest hearts fulfillment, purpose, freedom, peace, love, joy, and intimacy.
Don’t fall for it! Do today what you are going to be glad you did long term. Follow Christ’s example at all cost and do not grow weary in doing what is right!!!
‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such…
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In this excerpt in my story, we meet Carrie for the first time. We also learn why Simon is the way he is.
I was inspired when I learned about the Prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. I first heard about it through this series by Walter Bright. I never knew that such a powerful prayer was hidden in plain sight in these two verses, in a book of the Bible that contains mostly genealogy. So when I was asked to deliver a message for the youth last July 15 (Saturday), I immediately thought of writing my own blog about the powerful prayer of this man named Jabez.
9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.”
10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause…
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Take a good hard long look at this tree. What do you see? It started out as one and then grew as two. If you were to split them up I believe the tree would die. The two are intermingled and thrive off of each other. They both have just enough sunlight and rain to live together, and grow together off of the same root system. When you get married God designed marriage perfectly. In Mark 10:8 He said, “The two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” In Genesis 2:24 He said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh.” The seed was planted long before we could see the tree. God knew the marriage would happen long before we know who we are going to marry. The seed…
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I recently attended a meeting where the facilitator asked each of us to summarize our backgrounds and the number of years we had served in parish ministry. At the time, I thought of my response as a matter of fact and without embellishment. As I reflected on the event later, however, I recognized within me a deeper motive of pride in my past accomplishments. As it turned out, I was the only volunteer leader among a group of professional lay ministers, and I unconsciously felt the disparity in position and wanted to elevate myself in their eyes.
In I Kings 19:9-13, we read about Elijah coming to stay in a cave on the mountain of God, Horeb. Outside the cave, he hears, sees, and feels a driving wind, an earthquake, and fire. Yet, Elijah determines that God is in none of these. Rather, upon hearing a “tiny whispering sound,”…
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