Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Such people claim they know God, but they deny Him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good. Titus 1:15-16 NLT
As I was considering a title for the bulletin article this week, I chose a title that might be somewhat controversial. As I am semantically challenged, a disclaimer might be in order. Please read everything before doing or saying anything!
The Devil depicted in
The Temptation of Christby Ary Scheffer, 1854
Does God really transform lives? Belief that He does is a core tenant of our faith. One example is the story of “The meanest man in the State of Texas”, Clyde Thompson.
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After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”
A sickly widow had two sons on whom she relied for financial support. One son sold umbrellas. The first thing the mother did every morning was to look out to see if the sun was shining or if it looked like rain. When it was cloudy, her spirits went up because there was a chance of rain, and her son would have the opportunity to sell umbrellas. However, if the sun was shining, she was miserable because no one wanted umbrellas.
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There is an old preacher’s story about a young man who wished to marry a farmer’s beautiful daughter.
The Farmer’s Daughter by La Thangue
There’s a reason animals don’t talk.
They have nothing to say.
In the 32nd chapter of Jeremiah, the Lord is still speaking to His people through the prophet. The “God of Heaven’s armies” has reminded Judah of the covenant made with Abraham and the promise of the relationship that comes through the promise. The people are faithless.
Some cite the very creation of man as a manifestation of God’s unconditional love.
In first Samuel 10 Saul, at 30 years of age, is proclaimed King of Israel. Israel has defeated the Ammonites and continues the struggle with Philistia. Saul divided his army. A portion of the men follow Saul and the remainder follow Jonathan to Gibeah.
Jonathan encountered the Philistines at Geba and was victorious. This caused the Philistines to hate Israel even more. The outnumbered army of Israel was called to Gilgal. The enemy army was described as “grains of sand on the seashore!” Fear caused the men of Israel to hide or run away.
As discussed in our last lesson, “free will” is a distinctive gift from God.
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:19-20, NKJV
Last time we discussed the wisdom Israel displayed by heeding Joshua’s call to embrace Jehovah and turn away from serving and worshiping idols (Joshua 24). This week we will look at one of Israel’s unwise choices. It may be the greatest error a nation ever made in choosing a leader. Of course, I am referring to Israel’s desire to be like other nations and have a king rule over them.
David plays the harp for Saul