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THE PROMISE OF GOD The one who has the right to rule and reign is none other than the King Himself, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ. Psalm 2:6–8 says of Him, “I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain. I will surely tell of decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Thy possession.’ ” Isaiah 9:6 says “the government will rest upon His shoulders.” Jesus Christ is the One who fulfills the promise of a coming King. He was to be the Messiah—the “anointed one.”He is the hope of Israel, the hope of the church, and the hope of the world. In one of his dreams, Daniel saw a statue representing the kingdoms of the world smashed to pieces by a flying stone, which represents Christ (Dan. 2:34–35). Then the stone fills the whole earth. The symbolism is clear—Christ ultimately crushes the kingdoms of men and establishes His ow…
May 8

Civilla D. Martin, 1869–1948
  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father in heaven. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than sparrows. (Matthew 10:29–31)
Mrs. Civilla Martin, author of this gospel hymn text, tells of a visit in 1904 to a bedridden Christian friend. Mrs. Martin asked the woman if she ever got discouraged because of her physical condition. Her friend responded quickly: “Mrs. Martin, how can I be discouraged when my heavenly Father watches over each little sparrow and I know He loves and cares for me.” Within just a few minutes Mrs. Martin completed the writing of her new text, which has since been a source of much encouragement to many of God’s people.
It is interesting that our Lord chose the most common of all birds, sparrows of little value, to teach a profound truth: In God’s eyes, no one is insignific…
The Light in the Kitchen

A couple weeks ago, Paola Hernandez told me that she just changed jobs and got a significant raise when she did. I was excited for her when she told me the news, but as she told me more about the change I became very proud of her. When she was interviewing for the job, she told her potential employer that she would work hard and do whatever he needed her to do except that she wouldn’t work on Sundays. “That day belongs to the Lord,” she said. “I attend Lighthouse Baptist Church on Sundays and it is important to me to have that day off.” He agreed to always give her Sundays off and told her that he respected her for her convictions. As you know, people in the restaurant industry don’t always get to dictate their own schedule, but Paola had the foresight to negotiate this important detail up front.

This last week, she got a call from a former employer asking her to come back to work for her because she said, “You always brought light into my kitchen.” Even thou…