Acts 28: 22: “But we desire to hear from you what your views are; for concerning this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere.” We know that there had been a decent-sized Church in Rome for some time, for Paul had written it a letter several years before, and some of them had met Paul upon his arrival in the Eternal City. Yet these leading Jews seemed to know nothing of them, nor of their message. But we shouldn’t criticize; does today’s church have a
1 Kings 5: 6: “Now therefore, command that they cut for me cedars from Lebanon, and my servants will be with your servants; and I will give you wages for your servants according to all that you say, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.” Do you want to know wisdom? Here it is. Solomon, in his strength and wealth, could have commanded Hiram to give him the timber. If Hiram refused he could have fought a long, bloody war an
Acts 27: 40: “And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders, and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach.” These were the last of seven sailors’ tricks, strategies which seafarers used to avoid shipwreck. They didn’t work, either (v. 41). What did work was the purpose of God. He had already told Paul that He was going to get him safely to Rome (vv. 25, 26) after first g
Mark 14: 7: “For the poor you always have with you, and whenever you wish, you can do them good.” It’s one of those promises of God that His children rarely claim: the poor will always be among us (Deuteronomy 15: 11). But why, don’t His principles work? Sure they do. And one of those principles is that God’s people seek out the poor, go to where they are, and even invite them into their own homes, if necessary. If there are no poor in the Church, the Church isn’t doing
Psalm 10: 1: “Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?” Sometimes we find ourselves in a mess and wonder where God went. “It’s not a good time to be playing ‘hide and seek,’ Lord!” Chances are, we are the ones pulling a Jonah. We left the Lord, and that’s why things aren’t working anymore. But nationally, personally, or world-wide, if you don’t feel the Lord is close any more, guess who moved?