Serious thoughts on the Faith

Concern for the direction of some churches in some places calls for a stronger feeling of gratitude for those in many locations who hold fast to the true gospel.

Even rational people in religion think it normal to speak of denominations and fail to see themselves in the Bible’s condemnation of divisiveness. They’ve been led to a total disconnect between spiritual truth and their practice.

The one hope of Ephesians 4.4 is summed up by Paul in Romans 5.2: “we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory.” For mankind who distanced himself from his glory, Romans 3.23, this is wonderful news.

God will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from God.

Dalai Lama told his followers to deny him, in order to save themselves from persecution. Jesus requires us to confess him before others, in order to be owned by him in the final day, Matthew 10.32-33.

In heaven, won’t Christians be sad about loved ones who were lost? In The Right Kind of Christianity, Bill Clary wrote that “a God who can save mankind from sin can surely remove the cares and problems that seemingly could be carried over the threshold of death.”

Jesus said the one who seeks will find, Matthew 7.7-8. What a comforting promise! Disturbing, however, that few avail themselves of it.

It is good to mark the years of progress, as long as we don’t live in the past.

Contrary to the opinion of some, the Faith exists for relationship with God and one another. We are purified for love, 1 Peter 1.22. Reconciliation means a restored relationship with God. Whoever says otherwise has missed the meaning of the gospel.

Some things cannot be dealt with or reasoned away, so to speak; they must be fled from, 1 Corinthians 10.14. Joseph knew this instinctively. Would that all servants of God knew it.

What Jesus does, his disciples do. His power is ours. His lesson on the cursing of the fig tree is about the power of believing prayer, Matthew 21.18-22. Oh, God, I believe!

What God does, he can undo, if conditions are not met, if evil is done, Jeremiah 11.17.

The world hangs on to its possessions tightly; saints hold them lightly, 1 Corinthians 7.29-31.

When the children ask, be ready with an answer. For they will ask.

Jude, who felt it necessary to write on a topic that was not his first choice — the presence of false teachers — also wrote that we ought to “keep [ourselves] in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life” v. 21. No threat should blind us to this.

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet. His microblog is randal.us.

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