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Taken too soon

Taken too soon By: Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
Too often we hear “Taken too soon” of the death of a person by family, friends, and newscasters. There are Christians that utter “Taken too soon” also in the death or hearing of a death of a family member, friend, enemy or church member. Are the words “Taken too soon” spoken by Christian’s, atheist, and secular persons correct? Or do God speak of taking a life too soon? The answer to both questions is a resounding, NO! We must look at why God shortens man’s life: And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” (Gen. 6:3, NKJV) Man’s lifespan is shortened because of sin. Is Genesis 6:3 contrary to God’s word? The answer is a resounding, NO! Why then is this false charge against God’s word believable in the secular and portions of the Christian world? Can the news media's be a contributing factor? Yes. The latter has broadcasted lies of people claiming to …

Jesus Preaches in Nazareth: The Time of Fulfillment Has Come

Jesus Preaches in Nazareth: The Time of Fulfillment Has Come Excerpt Jesus appears to speak during the reading of the Prophets. He reads from Isaiah 61:1–2, a passage that promises the coming of God’s salvation. His commentary, unlike most sermons, is brief, declaring simply, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” The claim is so great that we need to work through the elements of the Old Testament passage carefully. The passage starts with Jesus’ claim that the Spirit of the Lord is on me. Jesus claims to be directed by God to minister and preach. The details follow, but interestingly, the reader of Luke’s Gospel knows more about what this means than Jesus’ original synagogue audience would have known at the time. The first hearers would have heard a claim for a divinely directed ministry, but they may not have realized that at his baptism Jesus had been anointed not just for a prophetic ministry but as Messiah. Readers of Luke have the memory of the anointing fresh in t…

Burdens

BurdensExcerpt Paul addressed his advice to “those who are spiritual,” the pneumatikoi. Again, there has been much scholarly debate about who these “spirituals” were. W. Schmithals, among others, has argued on the basis of this word that Paul was addressing here an incipient party of Gnostics whose disruptive activities among the Galatians had occasioned Paul’s letter in the first place.115 Although later Gnostics did use the word pneumatikoi as a term of self-designation, there is no reason to believe that Paul was here addressing such a self-conscious heretical group. Another, more plausible interpretation has been set forth by those who detect a note of irony and sarcasm in Paul’s use of this term in the Galatian context. Given the picture that has already emerged of a group of fractious Christians consumed by arrogance, conceit, and selfish ambition, we can well imagine that a group of “Holy Joes” and “Pious Pollys” had formed themselves into a cadre of moral watchdogs and were sel…

The Census in Luke

The Census in LukeLuke 2:3 Excerpt Luke’s reference to the census under Quirinius serves two purposes in his Gospel. First, it provides a date for the birth of Jesus. Second, it explains why Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem at that time. The census under Quirinius was probably for purposes of taxation, since the Romans exempted the Jews from military service. The requirement to return to one’s hometown, reflecting the patriarchal element in Hebrew religion, probably also reflects the general willingness of Caesar Augustus to let the Jews follow their own customs. More Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary 2001 : 260. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.

Aquinas: God Loves All Things

Aquinas: God Loves All ThingsExcerpt God loves all existing things. For all existing things, in so far as they exist, are good, since the existence of a thing is itself a good; and likewise, whatever perfection it possesses. Now it has been shown above (Q. XIX., A. 4) that God’s will is the cause of all things. It must needs be, therefore, that a thing has existence, or any kind of good, only inasmuch as it is willed by God. To every existing thing, then, God wills some good. Hence, since to love anything is nothing else than to will good to that thing, it is manifest that God loves everything that exists. More Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica. Trans. Fathers of the English Dominican Province. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne. Print.

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

Morning, January 12                   Go To Evening Reading
“Ye are Christ’s.” —1 Corinthians 3:23
“Ye are Christ’s.” You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you ar…

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments

January 12: Fear God Genesis 21:22–23:20; Matthew 15; Ecclesiastes 5:1–7 In Ecclesiastes 5, the author stops to consider God’s place in the heavens and our place on earth. He acknowledges that there is a great gulf of understanding between who God is and who we think He is. This realization should affect our entire posture before Him.  “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God,” he says. “Do not be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth.” Don’t attempt to offer the “sacrifice of fools” with your lips, or even your heart, he adds. Instead, we should come prepared to listen (Eccl 5:1–3). Coming to God ready to listen doesn’t mean neglecting to bring our troubles or needs before Him. He wants us to do this—but not rashly. Rather, we should offer acknowledgement that He guides our lives. Like Rachel and Leah, in Genesis 30, we may sometimes use God to justify the pursuit of our own goals, rather than seek…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, January 12                   Go To Evening Reading
“Ye are Christ’s.” —1 Corinthians 3:23
“Ye are Christ’s.” You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you ar…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

January 12th Have you ever been alone with God? When they were alone, He expounded all things to His disciples. Mark 4:34. Our Solitude with Him. Jesus does not take us alone and expound things to us all the time; He expounds things to us as we can understand them. Other lives are parables. God is making us spell out our own souls. It is slow work, so slow that it takes God all time and eternity to make a man and woman after His own purpose. The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters. It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves! We do not know envy when we see it, or laziness, or pride. Jesus reveals to us all that this body has been harbouring before His grace began to work. How many of us have learned to look in with courage? We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves, it is the last conceit to go. The only One Who understands us is God. The greatest curse in spiritual life is conceit. If we …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 12 Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed John 20:29 The seen are shadows: the substance is found in the unseen.… No doubt, in Christ, the foundation of our faith is unseen; but so is that of yonder tower that lifts its tall erect form among the waves over which it throws a saving light. It appears to rest on the rolling billows; but, beneath these, invisible and immovable, lies the solid rock on which it stands secure: and when the hurricane roars above, and breakers roar below, I could go calmly to sleep in that lone sea tower. Founded on a rock, and safer than the proudest palace that stands on the sandy, surf-beaten shore, it cannot be moved. Still less the Rock of Ages! Who trusts in that is fit for death, prepared for judgment, ready for the last day’s sounding trumpet, since, “The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants, and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.” Guthrie

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour.…