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The Day of Visitation

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Mark 11,  ( Behold the Lord shall come suddenly into His temple. Malachi 3:1 ) We are living in unprecedented, difficult times. Riots, unrest, and divisions plague our nation and our world like never before. Each generation has said pretty much the same thing, and each generation has been right, in a sense. With each generation, the end draws closer and closer. In 1 Timothy 4:1 and following, the Holy Spirit warns us that there will be an increasing turning from the truth in the Church as the end draws near. And 2 Timothy 3:1 and following tells us that evil will increase in the world. We need to be aware of the times we live in and how they relate to God ’ s plan for the world. The people of Jesus’ day were misled and thus missed the day of their visitation. Jesus and the Apostles tell us to watch and be sober. (Parable of the virgins and 1 Thessalonians 4) There are two things that must concern us. One concern is that we are prepared for His return, and the other is that we ar

Love

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  Love 1 Corinthians 13 Valentine’s Day is not an official holiday in any nation, yet it is celebrated worldwide. Valentine’s Day is recognized for its celebration of love and affection. Mass-produced cards saying “Be My Valentine” are passed around in our schools, and we see hearts and cupids during this time as symbols of romantic love.  Courtship and marriage are where we experience romantic love. The Bible book “Song of Solomon” is dedicated to the passions of romance. Interpreted in the context of the relationship between a man and a woman, Song of Solomon can be rather explicit. Romance of this kind is exciting and causes our hearts to race.  Some of the tamer expressions of the Song of Solomon are as follows: Song of Solomon 2:2–3 (NKJV) [man speaking] 2 Like a lily among thorns, So is my love among the daughters. [woman speaking] 3 Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, And his fruit

Conflict

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Ephesians 4:1-3 Dr. Emerson Eggerich wrote a book titled “ Love & Respect.” The book centers around Ephesians 5:33. Ephesians 5:33 (NKJV) Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. As I understand it, and it has been a long while since I read the book, Dr. Eggerich builds his marriage philosophy around the man and the woman ’ s differing needs. Men need respect. Women need love. If a woman wishes to motivate her husband, showing him respect is the magic bullet. If a man wants to motivate his wife, showing her love is the trick. This is an oversimplification, but considering he wrote a whole book and I have written just a paragraph, I think I have done a pretty good job. There is truth in what Dr. Eggerich says, but it can also be a problem. For example, love and respect can become weapons.  “ If you showed me more love, I would show you more respect.” “ Oh yah! Well, if you showed

Companions

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Malachi 2:13-16 At the end of the Old Testament, in the book of Malachi, God confronts His people, Israel, about a number of sins. One issue God addresses is divorce. Malachi 2:13–16 (NKJV) 13 And this is the second thing you do: You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, With weeping and crying; So He does not regard the offering anymore, Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands. 14 Yet you say, “ For what reason?” Because the Lord has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant. 15 But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. “ Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. 16 “ For the Lord God of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one ’ s garment with violence,” Says the Lord of hosts. Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously.” M