Mar 2010

7583 - Mary Visits Elizabeth

Today we will look at Mary’s visit with Elizabeth.

Let me read Luke, chapter 1, verses 39-45:
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

God was surely working in this continuing saga. Mary, the one the Scripture calls a virgin, who has just received from the angel Gabriel the message that the Holy Spirit would fertilize an egg within her body so that she would bring forth a child; this Mary had been informed that her elderly relative Elizabeth was now six months pregnant.

We know nothing of their prior closeness, but the work of the Holy Spirit is drawing these two women, who are so different in age, into a very close and personal experience in both of their lives.

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7582 - The Chosen Maiden

Let’s look today at the life of a special young woman.

We have been studying the amazing events of Luke 1.

First God gives to Zechariah and Elizabeth the marvelous story of a child, which was born to this couple after much prayer and perseverance. But God also gave the world the news that this son John was sent by God to prepare the way for the Lord.

Six months later the same angel by the name of Gabriel made another appearance in behalf of God to prepare a young virgin, both emotionally and spiritually for an event unique in history. This virgin, who had never had sexual relations and who had lived to please God was told by Gabriel that she would indeed become pregnant.

But let me read a portion from Luke 1:26-35:
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

We can imagine the turmoil caused within a young virgin by such an experience. Having a visit from an angel would be trauma enough, but such a message.
In the Hebrew culture of Mary & Joseph, ‘pledged to be married’ meant that both families had agreed to the union; and, that the groom had settled the price of the bride with her family. At this point the relationship could only be broken by divorce or death. They were considered linked, but sexual relationship was not permitted. After a waiting period, often up to a year, the couple would be married and begin to live together.

Mary faced the stigma of pregnancy before marriage. She would be a tainted woman. What would her family say? How about Joseph and his family? It would take God’s intervention to prevent a divorce from occurring.

But the angel gave Mary some positive reinforcement. She was highly favored by God. That means that God cared a great deal for Mary.

Her composure in this passage is impressive. Here she is, perhaps about 16 years of age, and she is not broken up by all this turmoil. God extended peace to her heart along with this startling message.

Notice this was not a request. Mary was not asked whether she would be willing to serve God in this way. God was in charge.

The profound news that this baby Jesus would be great and would be called the Son of the Most High would be understood by this Hebrew woman that He was to be the Messiah. He would reign on David’s throne over the house of Jacob forever, this son which she was to bear.

Mary did have a technical question. How can a virgin bear a child and never have sex? The angel assured her this was no problem with God. The Holy Spirit would complete this miracle of fertilization so that God would be His father.

With faith and confidence Mary responded: “May it be to me as you have said.” In her heart she accepted that nothing is impossible with God. The Sovereign God could take care of all the needed miracles, even to protecting her purity and reputation. Mary passed the test, and was blessed forever.

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7581 - Digging Ditches for the Lord

Today we will look at the importance of digging ditches

I would like to share with you some insight into a passage of scripture from 2 Kings chapter 3. It is not a very well known passage, but I would like to share how this passage has been an encouragement to me in my recent work here at SONlight.

At the time of these events in 2 Kings 3, about 845 BC, the nation of Israel was split into a northern kingdom of Israel, and a southern kingdom of Judah. The northern kingdom was notorious for their ungodly and wicked kings, while the southern kingdom of Judah had at least many good kings amongst the bad.

Now, in the northern kingdom of Judah, Jehoram, the son of the wicked king and queen Ahab and Jezebel, had become king, and at that time the king of Moab decided that since Ahab had died, he didn’t really feel like continuing his tribute payments. So he stopped.

Jehoram was not really pleased with this rebellion from this subject nation so he went to the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, and requested him to go with him to fight against Moab.

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7580 - Announcement to Zechariah

Join us today as we learn about the father of John the Baptist.

It’s often very interesting to notice the events included in scripture, which God considered significant by including their record in Scripture.

Early in Luke 1, God introduces us to the priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth. Both were descendants of Aaron, so they were of the priestly line. Verse 6 tells us: “Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.” But they had no child, and prospects were bleak because they both were advanced in years; however, they had been praying for a child.

Many Christians find themselves in similar situations at some point in life. They are devout in their faith and they have lived in obedience to the Lord’s desires; yet, they have an area of heaviness in their life in which it seems God has not heard or else has not paid attention to their longing. Take heart in this excerpt from the lives of Zechariah and Elizabeth.

Rest assured God hears your prayers. More importantly He knows the longing of your heart and He cares. However, God answers according to His omniscience — His all- knowing nature. He knows and plans events to bring them to converge and bless in ways, which bring glory and honor to His name.

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7579 - Andy Benton - A Quiet Voice in a Quiet Heart

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An interview with Andy Benton, the Executive Director of Cornerstone Family Ministries in Houston, TX.

He shares how the Lord got his attention as a young man and has drawn him into service through ministry.

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7578 - The Gospel of Luke

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Today, lets look at the history and context of the book of Luke.

This is our second study in the Gospel of Luke. Through the Word of God many in the world have come to a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ. They have seen that Jesus is the only hope for today and for eternity. The four gospels in the Bible are the primary source of the story of Jesus Christ.

There are many testimonies of people who have had no other introduction to God than to have been privileged to read through certain portions of His Word and to come face to face with Jesus. Many invited Him to perform in their own life the miracle of “new life” about which they had read.

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7577 - Dr. Luke

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Today we begin a series on a book written by a gentile doctor.

I’m so glad you’re with us today as we begin a study through the Gospel of Luke.

Let me read chapter 1, verses 1-4 before further comment.
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Notice that Luke’s name is not mentioned in this preamble paragraph, but he is widely affirmed as the author of both this gospel and the book of Acts. But who is this man referred to as Dr. Luke?

We are first introduced to the person called Luke in Scripture in Acts 16:10, and his name is not used in that paragraph. Rather, we find the writer of Acts had been writing about Paul and his mission trip. He had been using the term ‘they’, but in verse 10 he writes: “After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready...” Did you notice the change of pronoun from ‘they’ to ‘we’? Thus Luke must have joined the traveling party of Paul on this, his second missionary journey. After this Dr. Luke is often involved with Paul in ministry, and his use of ‘we’ and ‘they’ give us clues of the many times when they worked together.

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7576 - Encouragement for Nigeria

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This message is directed to all of SONlight’s listeners in Nigeria

These 5 Minutes SONspot messages are played in many different states in the United States, and in several foreign countries. Five of our broadcasting stations are in Nigeria, Africa. Even in the city where recent riots and attacks have been happening.

This message is for each of our brothers and sisters in Christ living in Nigeria.

On our way to church recently, my wife and I happened to be listening to the news on the radio. There we first heard of the terrible tragedy that came to our Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria.

We listened to the reporter tell of the nearly 500 hundred men, women, and children that were attacked and killed for their Christian beliefs. Our hearts mourned to learn of the senseless violence and inhuman treatment of our Christian brothers and sisters. We grieve with you in your losses, and our hearts and voices join with you in prayer.

Here at SONlight we have had the privilege of broadcasting in Nigeria for 14 years, and over those years many letters have blessed us from our dear listeners in Nigeria. Thank you for the encouragement you have given us over the years. And today, I want to do my best to bring you a word of encouragement.

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7575 - Backward Glance - Highlights of 1 John

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God’s Word is so valuable. Its compared to gold and silver. Let’s examine the riches of the Word together today.

During the past months we have been engaged in a verse by verse study of the First Epistle of John. In our last study we completed this detailed examination. Today let’s take a backward glance at the major points of truth which John shares.

We have commented how the book of 1 John is so different. In this book John often circles back to a topic which he has discussed before for the purpose of adding an additional truth about that subject, or just to re-emphasize a point of truth.

The major focus is expressed in 1 John 5:13. John says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit John is seeking to bring every believer to the point of absolute certainty regarding their possession of eternal life.

It’s important to have this confident assurance that we are indeed children of God. Only from this base of confident assurance is a believer able to live the radiant, exciting life in Jesus. Only with these attitudes is the Holy Spirit free to flow from each believer as streams of living water to bring encouragement and refreshment to brothers and sisters, and to bring enlightenment of the truth into the lives of outsiders who do not have a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

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21 More Days

This message was written by Lydia Tate.

Thank you Lydia for all your support and encouragement, you are a blessing to me in so many ways. - David


“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!”
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Jo­ach­im Ne­an­der 1680, Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehre (Trans. Catherine Winkworth)

These past three weeks have been full of His help. In so many ways have we seen the Lord again and again answer us when we call on Him. For our car, our health, our home, all our day-to-day needs, even protection from uncertain situations. God alone deserves the praise for the things we have witnessed.

Up and Down
As David went in to work this past Tuesday, things were up in the air. Many questions arose: What would the Board say at the meeting? Has enough money come in? What next?

When I called in to check on him Tuesday evening before the meeting, situations had been up and down. This whole three weeks, that’s been the character of his days - up and down - a virtual roller coaster of situations and emotions. We can honestly say that the Lord has done all of the work these three weeks - and He has seen to it that He alone can receive the glory.

David saw an entire week away from the office simply due to his health and our car. Amid our frustration, we see that God alone can receive the glory when David is laid up!

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And what is the result of the 21 Days of Pursuit?
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7574 - Cornerstone Family Ministry - Andy Benton

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An interview with Andy Benton, the Executive Director of Cornerstone Family Ministries in Houston, TX.

Cornerstone Family Ministry has been serving their local Spring Branch community for 20 years. It was originally an extension of a local church, and has now grown into a ministry that reaches out to the children of their local area. They help with mentoring, tutoring, and other outreach programs to reach the children and families of this area.

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Waiting for the Lord - Day 21

But those who wait for the LORD’s help find renewed strength;
they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings,
they run without getting weary,
they walk without getting tired.
- Isaiah 40:31 (NET)

So, I’m waiting for the Lord.

For 21 days I have been really trying to raise financial support for SONlight. I have had a few people say they will start supporting SONlight, and a few increase their giving to SONlight, and a few generous one-time donations.

Part of me is excited and thrilled to be doing what I love, and to be growing in passion for what I am doing, but the other part of me is still a bit nervous. I know that I am to be obedient in pursuing what the Lord has called me to, and I know that He is capable of big things. But ultimately things are out of my hands, the battle is God’s.

So, I am trying to be obedient, and I am waiting.

Eagle’s Wings
Praise the Lord for His word. When I am dejected and discouraged, he brings a verse to my heart and mind, and I see something that I have not seen before.

“Those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength” - This was always the part of the verse that I remembered as the key point. The rising up, running, and walking, were just the outcomes of the “renewed strength”.

But, today for the first time, I got something I had not gotten before. The wings are the key... or rather an Eagle’s wings.

An eagle has powerful wings, and in Israel the large Golden Eagle has a wingspan of up to 8 feet.
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But I believe this verse is not alluding to the renewed strength in the power of these wings...
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7573 - No Idols

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Today we complete our verse by verse study of the First letter of John.

This last verse in 1 John is chapter 5 verse 21, which says:
“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.”

At first glance this seems like a strange thought for John to use as he ends his Epistle. He has not mentioned the word idol in any other place in this book. In fact, the only other place where John speaks of the worship of idols is in Revelation (9:20). In that verse John is writing about the independent, rebellious people during the tribulation period who will not repent or stop worshipping... idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood. He observes that such idols cannot see or hear or walk. In other words, they have no life & no power. Yet people worship them.

In this last verse of 1 John the Apostle John is warning these people about any attitude of tolerance or worship of such lifeless objects. The fallacy of idolatry is explained in Romans one. We are told that God has revealed Himself to every person through the intricate and marvelous design of creation. In the many beautiful and complex objects, which were created by the wisdom and power of God, He has revealed His invisible qualities, his power and character to all men everywhere. So no person on earth can say, “I didn’t know.”

Romans 1:21 says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” You see, people have not responded to the revealed God. We do not even have an appreciative attitude. So God took His mighty protective hand from over us, so that our rational minds have turned to foolishness and darkness.

This passage goes on to say (v25), “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator...” It is almost unbelievable that people would turn away from the awesome, invisible, Creator God, and start worshipping the objects which He created –– Oh how foolish we are.

Some define an idol as anything, which is worshipped and adored, and this extended to anything which takes the place in our life which is intended for God.

In modern society the idols are things like riches, power, prestige, pleasure –– anything which takes the place of God in our lives.

As I observe the slippery downward slope on which society is joyfully skiing today, my mind searches through history and the Biblical record; and I conclude that the two greatest obstacles to godliness and holiness are prosperity and being carefree. The wide road of time is littered with demised cultures and nations, as well as corpses of hopes and dreams of well intentioned people destroyed by opulence and indulgence.

God warned Israel of this danger before they entered the promised land. In Deut. 28:47 (RSV) He said: “Because you did not serve the lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of things.” He points out the punishment will be captivity and slavery. This is exactly what happened to Israel.

Egypt, the Roman Empire, the splendor of Greece and many other cultures testify to this principle. The prophet Isaiah tells us (44:10-11), “Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing? He and his kind will be put to shame.”

The Apostle John’s exhortation is timely for the children of God in a society, which is largely composed of unbelievers. We must not fall into the devil’s trap.

So let us keep ourselves from idols.
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Singing in the Rain - Day 20

It’s raining outside, but I hear a bird singing.

It’s a funny thing really. It has been a dreary and wet day, and the rain is coming down constantly, but there is a bird outside just chirping and singing away like it is a beautiful spring day.

If it can be raining outside, and miserable, and yet a bird without a roof or walls, or any food in the pantry can be singing and praising the Lord in her own way, how much more should we be singing and praising the Lord no matter what might be happening around us.

So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
- Matthew 10:31 (NET)


When it Rains...
I just got a phone call from my wife. She had taken our youngest, Josiah (21 months), to the doctor, and she was driving the family minivan home. She explained that the minivan started bucking and running rough, and that the check engine light started blinking...
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Men's Retreat - Days 16-19

No updates for the last few days, because amongst other things I was out of town on a men’s retreat with BridgePoint Bible Church. Now, this is not my home church, but my grandparents, Harold and Pauline Tate, have attended the church for many years, and recently my parents, Hank and Jeannie Tate, have started to attend as well.

So at this men’s retreat there were three generation of Tate men, and we enjoyed a good time of fellowship, worship, and study through the life of Elijah.

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We started in 1 Kings 17, and enjoyed learning through the life of Elijah as he served the Lord in faith and obedience.

There was also some free time, and as men, many of us participated in manly activities like hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and skeet/target shooting.

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This is me shooting the shotgun I got for my birthday last year. I had to leave early, but before I left I was in 2nd place having hit 7 out of 10 clay pigeons. (Not bad for the first time shooting it, and the first time skeet shooting in over 10 years.)
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7572 - Men for Missions in Mozambique - Warren Hardig

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An interview with Warren Hardig, the Executive Director of Men for Missions International, a part of OMS International.
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He shares about the work of Men for Missions and especially what they are doing in Mozambique.

Warren shares that Men for Missions is a group that is pursuing getting men involved in reaching out to the world, and although the name is “Men” for Missions, the group is not gender specific, they just have a passion for getting men involved in missions.

The simple questions put forth are: “Will you do whatever God asks you to do? Will you go wherever God asks you to go? Will you give whatever God asks you to give?”

To learn more, read Warren Hardig - Men for Missions in our Interview section or go to the Men for Missions International website.
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She Considers a Field - Day 15

My wife has always been fond of Proverbs 31:10-31. She reads it regularly, has most of it memorized, and really tries to apply the precepts of this example of an “ideal wife” in her own life. There have been many times where she has dwelt on a particular portion of this passage.

Lately she has been considering verse 16, and she wanted to get my opinion on how best to apply it in her life. I told her that I would study the passage and pass along what insights I am able, and I decided to share my thoughts here as well.

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Lets look at the context of this verse, before we consider the meaning and application of a specific portion of it.

Proverbs 31, as we see in verse 31 was written by King Lemuel. Some attribute only the first 9 verses to King Lemuel, and say that 11-31 were written by Solomon, or Lemuel’s mother, or some unknown writer. Now this is the only reference we have to King Lemuel, and we are not exactly sure who he was, although some seem certain that he was a king of the North Arabian nation of Massa. Jewish legend even likes to identify Lemuel as Solomon, and thus his mother as Bathsheba.

Regardless of the true identity of the author of Proverbs 31:11-31 we can rest assured that this passage is important, true, inspired, and worthy of being included in the Bible...
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7571 - Secure in Jesus

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As John closes out his first letter, he reviews three affirmations meant to strengthen the heart and walk of believers.

Today we focus on the third of these. 1 John 5:20 tells us:
“We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true –– even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

The first foundational truth in this verse is that we know that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to this earth as the Bible states.

A second truth follows close behind, and that is John’s assurance that this Holy One, Son of God, who came to earth has done a marvelous work within our comprehension. The visible, human life of Jesus Christ unwrapped the character and nature of God to mankind in an understandable way. He visibly demonstrated God’s character to us through His life. Thus the concept of a God who is removed from mankind, who is a distant God, was shattered as Jesus touched people, laughed with them, cried with them. Jesus made God known to the human race (John 1:18).

The purpose for which the Son of God came to earth to reveal God, was that mere human beings might actually experience a close, intimate relationship with the true God. By the work and life of Jesus we are afforded an opportunity to personally know the one who encompasses eternal Truth.

This revealed truth relates to what 2 Corinthians 4 (vv 3,4,6) tells us. “...even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness.” made his light shine in our hearts to give us “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

So we see that it’s necessary for the Holy Spirit to make truth known in the heart of any unbeliever so that he may comprehend the truth of this glorious gospel message. Only then may they choose to accept a personal relationship with Triune God.
The next truth is that every believer knows that he abides in God the Son, and that He is personified truth. That’s the only foundation upon which a Christian may live the Christian life so that others see and desire what is available.

Then John affirms for the last time in this Epistle that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Oh friend, we must know that we know this truth. This is a point John affirms many times in these pages. He is so strong in this truth that he has previously said (2:23) that, “No one who denies the Son has the Father.” And (4:15) “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.”

This links up with the sixth point of this verse: namely that Jesus is true God himself. Here again John emphasizes that we know this as believers.

Yes, this is another point of truth which the false teachers through the centuries have sought to cast doubt Let us stand firm in knowing truth.

The final point in this verse is to re-emphasize that Jesus Christ is eternal life. Jesus is the only source of eternal life. As we’re told in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” John refutes the error that ‘all roads lead to heaven.’

With affirmations such as God gives us through the Apostle John, we should be very secure in Christ.
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Ups and Downs - Day 13/14

So, if you were paying really close attention you have noticed that I had an update a couple of days ago that had a prayer request for me not getting sick like last week. And then there was no update yesterday.

Well, it seems that the answer to that prayer request was yes and no.

I did not get as sick as I was last week, but I did spend all of Monday night and all day Tuesday on the couch unable to think clearly, and quiet sick. I was so mentally foggy, that I did terribly when my wife and I took a break on Monday to play a few rounds of one of my favorite board games, Quoridor:
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She beat me 4 or 5 times in a row, which is more times than I have ever lost that game before, in total. So I was sick and really out of it...
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Weekend - Day 12

So this past weekend was not one of any significance. I played the good husband and worked on some household tasks, and finished some projects. I played the good father and played catch with my oldest son for the very first time (he is starting his first season of Little League Baseball), and we had a good time.

I did manage to get the application finished to Wilcrest Baptist Church, so be praying that it is received well. It was a large application, and it took more time than I anticipated. Hopefully the answers I have written will allow me to be more prepared for other church applications...
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7570 - Contrast

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Friend, it’s great to see you today.

We near completion of our study of 1 John. John closes his letter with three affirmations. Today we want to examine the second of these affirmations. It’s found in verse 5:19.

This verse reads, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”

There is a great contrast in this verse. First, notice that those to whom this book has been directed are children of God. This combination of words refers to God’s family.

Any person who has come to a trusting faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a member of this group. We see the tenderness of God in His use of this term for those who have been reconciled to Him.

God recognizes and points out in the Scripture (Rom. 3:23) that every person who has had residence here on earth is sinful in nature and in action. They have failed to live up to the perfection of Jesus. This condition has caused a separation between God and human beings. Adam was the first person in this long line of people to be separated from God.

But God did not create man for this alienation. God created men and women, boys and girls to have a loving, obedient relationship with Him. However, God is Holy and cannot endure a close relationship with sinful people.

So God sent His only Son, fully the essence of God, to enter earth and share in the humanity of man. He became flesh and blood. He was tempted like everyone else. One big difference –– He never sinned. Thus, he was qualified to become the atoning sacrifice to pay the penalty for the sin and failure of humanity. And that’s what He did when He died on the cruel cross.

However, Jesus did not automatically make everyone righteous. But He became the means of reconciliation between Holy God and sinful man. Any person may receive forgiveness and cleansing by calling out in faith for Jesus to be the Lord and Savior in and over their life. But it’s a matter of choice. Each person must decide to place their will and life under the control and direction of Jesus Christ. And when one does this, they become a child of God. They enter His family. The Bible calls this being born again (John 3:3), but it is also referred to as adoption (Eph. 1:5) into His family.

Back in 1 John 3:1, we read, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

That means we receive all the benefits of sonship. God loves us enough to discipline us and train us so that we will become like His beloved Son, Jesus (Rom. 8:29). Furthermore, He gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3.) Our filthy garments have been removed and we are now clothed in garments of righteousness. And we have open doors of communication. Although He is King of Kings He invites us to come talk with Him any time.

And one day, every child of God will join Him in His home in heaven and we’ll spend eternity together.

But there’s another phrase to verse 19. It says that we know that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

This is a truth which the enemy, Satan, seeks to hide. He does not want people to recognize that the world system is really His domain. However, it’s important that Christians know this truth so that we don’t become enamored with his kingdom. The glitter and dazzle of the world system is like a carnival. It promises pleasure and fun, but it is superficial, and behind the scenes lies evil and decay. There is no eternal value. In fact, the end of the world system is called the second death (Rev. 20:14,10) where torment lasts forever.
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