Instructions from Jude, Part 3
We are continuing our look at these few verses in Jude. I encourage you to read through the passage again before we move to our next verse. Continue reading “Instructions from Jude, Part 3”
Instructions from Jude
Toward the end of Jude’s short letter we find a section that is packed with a lot of great advice that we may miss if we speed our way through it.
Jude 17-23, “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt, save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” Continue reading “Instructions from Jude”
I want to remind you…
1 Corinthians 15:1-11, “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”
As Paul reminds his readers of the Gospel, (the Good News about the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ), we reflect and remember again this week what God has done for His people. Each Lord’s Day is a reminder that Christ has risen from the dead. Each Lord’s Supper is a visible picture for us to remember our Lord’s death until He comes again.
Even those outside of the visible church cannot help but pause in December and in the spring because Jesus came. Many may not realize why, or even acknowledge who it is they should be worshipping. But because Jesus came, the world is a different place. We have hope. We have forgiveness in Christ. May we encourage others and take advantage of the fact that those around us realize something significant happened in the past. May God give us the opportunity to invite a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor to worship with us this upcoming Lord’s Day. And let us not do it merely because the word Easter is on a calendar date, but let’s invite him the next week and the week after as well.
God of the Storm
Matthew 8:23-27, “And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” Continue reading “God of the Storm”
In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah expresses the pain of the fall of Jerusalem.
Lamentations 3:19-24, Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Continue reading “Be Encouraged”
Sin is Painful
Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Sin is very painful. Sin separates us from God. It alienates us from other people. It affects us both spiritually and physically. There is no upside or benefit to sin. Continue reading “Sin is Painful”
Matthew 9:35-38, “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Continue reading “Pray!”
Do we care more about each other’s comfort or about each other’s souls?
That is a difficult question to answer. Most of the time we would answer, of course we care about the soul of our brother. But in practice the opposite appears true. Now in talking about the soul I am referring to your spiritual health. Are we living in unrepentant sin? Do we apply the things we learn from God’s Word as we should? Are we striving to live consistent Christian lives? Continue reading “Do we care more about each other’s comfort, or about each other’s souls?”