Posts Tagged ‘World’


2 John 1:7-11
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.

These are very uncertain times and there seems to be a great search for the truth to life and God as there is little or no hope left for us here. Many twist the word of God to suit their pursuit of power and contort God’s word to the way that would benefit them. John wrote this letter to a matronly lady and praises God for the way her children have turned out. This lady provides hospitality to Christian teachers who travel through her town and John warns her about entertaining teachers who do not teach the truth of Jesus Christ as she could actually be hosting a deceiver. In these uncertain times, how do we know who holds to what belief and what is the truth? What is God’s word speaking to us today? (more…)

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1 John 2:15-17, 22-25, 27
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever… Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—even eternal life… As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

In recent days, I have been exploring the web  to understand what non-believing christians find contentious about the christian faith. As expected, there are thousands of articles and videos that cast doubt on the very existence of God, let alone the christian God and there are many christians who have responded to some of these challenges either successfully or not. Believing is the most critical part of our faith and knowing why we believe is critical as well when we hope to share what Christ has done for us. Questions like the need for a God, the authenticity of the Bible, the worth of a God who does not save people from suffering, etc. are hard questions and because we cannot get an answer, it might cause us to doubt if our faith is correctly placed in the first place. How then can God remind us to hold firm to our faith when we do not have answers to basic issues such as these? (more…)


James 4:4-10
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

I have recently started gardening as our home has a little patch of lawn and some space for a few plants. The first day I noticed the garden, it was a mess with dry grass all over, dead plants and wilted flowers. My first job was to weed and it seemed to take forever because the garden was not cared for and after an hour of back-breaking work, I found that I had taken the big weeds out but had lots of small weeds to clean up and had no energy left. If we compare our lives before Christ to a garden, wouldn’t it look as bad, if not worse with no care, fully clogged with the weeds of sin and left forgotten? Is there any connection to what God is speaking to us today in the James 4 and do you find some of the words used rather harsh? (more…)


Hebrews 9:24-28
For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Sacrifice is a gory part of the old testament and I cannot imagine how horrid the sight must have been for many. I recently was asked by a dear friend who is Hindu about the need for blood sacrifices by God as the whole thought of blood and gore repelled her and I wish I had read this chapter before I responded. We know that Jesus was God’s own son who was sent into this world to live among us and die for us because the Bible tells us so time and time again. In fact the Jews who do not accept Jesus Christ as their messiah are still awaiting a messiah to come and establish them as God’s own people because of God’s promises in the old testament. What was the purpose of all the blood sacrifices and is Jesus’ blood sufficient to cover the sins of the whole world? (more…)


1 Timothy 3:15-16
If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:
He appeared in a body,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.

Earlier in the chapter, Paul explains to Timothy what pre-qualifications one needs in order to be made an overseer or deacon in the Church. An overseer also referred to as an elder are people who should be peacemakers, prayer warriors, teachers, leaders by example, and decision makers. Deacons are generally more like servant-leaders helping out with non-teaching roles whereas elders can be described as teaching-leaders. When we look at the pre-requisites, very few people in every Church fit that role and might be willing to perform that role. Obviously the role involves serving the body of Christ and therefore there is much at stake. The draw of power and prestige should not be the earmarks of the role but instead the focus should be on whom God calls and how the chosen are able to serve with servant-hearts. What then is the mystery of godliness?

As we look at the 6 lines that explain it, we understand it as:

1. Appearing in body: Jesus Christ was fully man and yet fully God

2. Vindicated by the Spirit: After his condemnation to death, the power of God raised Him from the dead

3. Seen by angels: The angels were at the open tomb and told the women about Jesus’ resurrection

4. Preached among the nations: To Paul, a Jew who was taught that Gentiles (Non-Jews) were not chosen, it was significant to Him that God came to die for sinners regardless of their culture or heritage

5. Believed on in the world: Two thousand years later, Christ is still preached and lives in the lives and hearts of millions today

6. Taken up in Glory: Christ’s resurrection

Those who seek to take up office in the Church need to be mindful most importantly that they are called to serve Jesus Christ and his bride, the Church, which is the people in the body among them. This calling is a fulfillment of how God wants His body to be led and instructed and served and those called into it His servants.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

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Colossians 2:20-23
Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

If I was standing right now before God and He asked me the same question that Paul is asking, I fear that I will have no response to give because as much as I desire to be one with Christ, my humanness craves to live in sin. I was at the public library last evening checking out some books and DVDs when the librarian looked at a DVD I had and remarked that my kids might enjoy it too. I told her that I did not think so and she went on to share a new learning she had about how ratings in the US and Canada differ. In Canada, violence seems to be an issue and in the US sex is. How different views can be across a virtual border and this affects what we consider safe standards to live and grow in?

Hitting the lotto jackpot seems to be the greatest desire of my colleagues and most people I see here. It seems that the more we have, the better we live and the less we want. Another human standard and it fuels a significant amount of money into the coffers of the lottery companies but robs the average Joe of his money for a chance only a few will have. Are we to live by these standards? We are reminded that these are destined to perish and so are we. Why would we wager on selfish human standards when the highest standards set by God are available, the access is free, the invitation is open, the payout starts now and lasts an eternity and all we need to do is submit? What wisdom are you leaning on and how is that helping you?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

1 Corinthians 6:13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.

Ephesians 1:3-6
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

I am imagining myself sitting in a prison and the last thing on my mind would be to write out letters of encouragement to others because I would be trying to find a way out. Paul did just the opposite and this book is a letter written to the church in Ephesus from the dark annals of a prison. He certainly was a different man whose only motivation was to serve the Lord with his all and we praise God for filling in Paul that desire and drive which we desperately need. He starts this letter with a HOT topic, the predestination of the children of God. The reason I call this topic hot is because it is a revolting thought to some that God would chose whom He wants to have in His family and whom He does not want and in so doing is not giving us the freedom to chose. That’s a hard one to crack!

Paul starts off by praising God the Father for choosing us in His Son Jesus Christ before the world began for the purpose of being holy and blameless in His sight. God did this for His own pleasure and not because of our goodness or to justify us. We are given the honor of being called His own sons through faith in His Son Jesus Christ and we owe our lives as gratitude for God’s unmerited favor (grace). We can never know whom God has chosen and why, for it is His own will but we do know that He has called us to direct the world to Him by glorifying His Son Jesus Christ with our lives. Rather than argue about the justice in God’s decisions, we should be expending our every ounce of energy praising Him and His Son Jesus Christ like Paul did. Shaking our fists in God’s face is as futile as throwing a stone at the adulteress because we are sinful in our own selves that we cannot see right in the first place. Submission and praise is what will keep us focussed on God.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world