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Thought – How angry God will be on the Last Day

“There is always trouble with men who have polluted minds. They don’t have the truth anymore. They think that religion is a way of making money.” I Tom 6:5 (Simple English Bible)

When I was a young Christian and read the Word, I had always assumed that many of the problems facing churches and individuals stemmed from the “old ways” in the “old days”. Certainly, I never considered that King David’s problem with Bathsheba would reoccur in modern times. And Paul’s advice to Timothy would also seem a little redundant.

A Christian widow recently donated money she could ill afford to a tele-evangelist, who promised prosperity and a guaranteed solution to her health problems. Of course, she was disappointed when the promises were not speedily fulfilled but it didn’t stop her from donating more money when she was advised that it was her lack of faith that prevented God’s blessings from being realized. I tried to talk to her but she was adamant that this was the only way she could be blessed!

I often wonder how angry God will be on the Last Day. I wouldn’t want to feel His wrath when these tricksters must stand in front of Him.

God does heal, I believe this to be so. But I also believe that we must be healthy in our thinking and adhere to God’s wisdom rather than those with polluted minds and motivations.

Stand strong!

Steve

Friday – Society seems more fractionated today

“For God’s glory, accept one another as Christ accepted you.” Rom 15:7 (Simple English Bible)

Society seems more fractionated today than it did a few decades ago. People want to be identified with a particular group. Folks are hunting down their ancestors and going for DNA testing to see where their roots are. Nationalities appear to be more of a label and cause for conflict than a fact of life. And anyway, patriotism seems to be a peculiar type of loyalty to a geographical boundary.

It isn’t this way in God’s family. We are instructed to accept one another no matter where we come from, what language we speak or ethnicity. We are all God’s children, included by virtue of our faith and obedience to His Son. But it doesn’t end there.

For God’s glory, we accept one another. This isn’t a personal benefit — what do I get out of it, huh? — but a realization that we are all sinners, we are all forgiven and we have already been accepted by God! None of us have any reason to point a finger at another. Since we all want to glorify our Father, then we should be more forgiving, more loyal, more helpful and more understanding of our fellow Christians.

We have been accepted because God loved us so much that He sent His Son. We accept others because we return this love to our Father for His glory.

Steve

An Unexpected Call From Prison

This photograph is the exterior of Goodwood Prison, where Ray and Rodney are jailed. I couldn’t get any closer because I don’t think the guards wanted any close-ups!

This is where one of my son’s friends, Ray Miller, is serving time behind bars. Kyle (my middle son now living and working in LA) befriended Ray who is an orphan. At Christmas or special occasions, Ray came to our home and enjoyed good food and a hearty welcome. Last year, he tried to steal a car and was sentenced to three years. I was surprised when he called me from prison.

Since then, I have visited Ray several times. He has asked that as soon as he gets out on parole that he wants to be baptised. He has accepted the Lord but has learned that he needs to be immersed. Ray is attending Bible classes run by a local pastor and has made a few Christian friends. One of them, Rodney, has asked me for a Bible and more study books! I have visited Rodney a few times, too. They have a mutual friend with whom they have been sharing their teaching and who is now wanting to be baptized, too.

Since then, I have visited Ray several times. He has asked that as soon as he gets out on parole that he wants to be baptised. He has accepted the Lord but has learned that he needs to be immersed. Ray is attending Bible classes run by a local pastor and has made a few Christian friends. One of them, Rodney, has asked me for a Bible and more study books! I have visited Rodney a few times, too. They have a mutual friend with whom they have been sharing their teaching and who is now wanting to be baptized, too.