The Incomparable Christ

By , February 16, 2019

“Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
Psalm 73:25

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Here we have a remarkably strong statement by the Psalmist. Can we call this hyperbole, an exaggeration for emphasis? Jesus said to people that if their hand causes them to sin cut it off Matthew 5:30. Did He pass around a sword to help them obey Him? Hardly, what He meant was go to extremes to keep from offending.

Now with the Psalmist can we understand that he is saying that he desires God’s presence so much that any others he loves are very far down the list by comparison? I think so. God desires first place in your life and mine or else He will have no place.

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Contentment is Gain

By , February 15, 2019

“Godliness with contentment is great gain”
1 Timothy 6:6

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Lack of contentment spoils life regardless of how much we possess. What fuels the spirit of discontent? A fine definition I once heard but cannot source is “Having what we do not what or not having what we do want.”

A contented spirit is needed in most societies if a person wishes to be happy and well adjusted. The gnawing desire for possessing something beyond our grasp, or else the abhorrence of some thing we unwillingly possess will drive us to distraction.

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Growth Through Suffering

By , February 14, 2019

“It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn Your decrees.”
Psalm 119:71

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As I sat and listened to the patient in hospital describe their medical difficulties I was amazed at the sequence and complexity of their issues. It seems that a domino effect had occurred as each problem caused another until they had to be hospitalized and undergo a series of surgeries.

I could not help being very distressed for the person and wondering on the human level how they would ever cope. Life would not be the same for them after this series of problems.

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Remember Me

By , February 13, 2019

“Lord remember me”
Luke 23:42

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We are in the midst of winter and have endured creation’s bluster and cold. This is the time of year that people seem most discouraged and depressed. Counsellors seem to be busiest from after Christmas until Easter. The nights are long and the days cloudy and short. We long for the warmth of the sun and the blooming of the spring flowers.

The man who uttered the words of our text was in spiritual darkness and was being crucified beside Jesus, the Light of the world. He was extremely aware of his need and sensed that the One beside him could give him light for the darkness of death that was descending upon him.

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Heaven, The Believer’s Great Hope

By , February 12, 2019

“I will gather you to your fathers,
and you will be buried in peace.”
2 Kings 22:20

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The Old Testament is full of vivid imagery that substitutes for abstract terms. For example it says, “the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them” instead of using the abstract term earthquake. Or, as in our text it uses the softer and more physical term “gather to your fathers” instead of using the term “death”.

The Old Testament is not full of information on those who have been gathered to their fathers. To people then it was not as clearly defined as in the New Testament. Yet there was a hope that gradually formed in the minds of God’s people over the centuries until the full revelation came in the New Testament.

Sadly today among the people of God, heaven is not talked about much. The New Testament gives us wonderful ideas about the future of those who love Jesus but we do not treasure those thoughts or meditate on them much except at the funeral of someone who has died in the faith.

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