Contentment and Sundry

by J. Randal Matheny, editor
Contentment is a direct line between God and me. I permit no one to come between us, for that will be the end of contentment.
The upsets in life offer us spectacular opportunities to show that God can do all things. Arriving on the banks of our Jordan, will we cross for the victory or return to Egypt?
Music, when it is good, is moving and sublime. When it is bad, nothing grates worse on the ear. Perhaps this is why God gave us the simple song in the church, whose high note is the thought and not the beat. And we sing as participants, not critics or stars.
Death surprises us. Why is that, I wonder?
Piety, or godliness, in the biblical sense, means attention and dedication to religious obligations. Many are pious in their wants, go-getters for their passions, but laid back and ignorant of their responsibilities. The true pious person shines for his rarity.
The Word is near us. Are we near to the Word?
When two or three meet together, there Christ is in their midst to bless and strengthen. If we have this minimum number, why do we think we are small and impotent?
There is not only safety in numbers, but pride.
Only genuine faith will save our children. They may reject the genuine, but the false will never take them to God.
I do not know about tomorrow. I do not know where the money will come from to put bread on the table and clothes on our bodies. But I know him who does not lie, who keeps his promise and who cares for his own. That is enough.
Our region of the Paraiba Valley has 38 municipalities (similar to counties), 34 of which continue without the gospel of Christ. In only four is there a church of the Lord. And in these we have barely begun. We give thanks for the progress of the past, and ask God to open more and more opportunities to preach his message.
Finally, a wise word: “How can we understand the road we travel? It is the Lord who directs our steps” (Proverbs 20:24 NLT).

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