Employers have been dishonest with employees. People were lied to by parents, or other family members. Politicians are not honest about government discussions and decisions. Financiers are involved in wheelings and dealings of their clients affairs. Much of our media is giving us twisted truth. Truth will set you free.
This month we will think about what God says concerning work. His work and ours! We will start with this encouraging and challenging psalm written by Asaph, who was a musician in the priestly tribe of the Levites. Today we would say he was a worship leader and song writer.
I was pondering and praying over a subject for our study in April. And as I reflected on this month, I thought about the weather, because it is the month when we can really expect weather changes. At least in the places where I have lived. Winter is now passed.
If I had been writing the Old Testament, I would not have finished like that! Would you? Is it a warning to the fathers, to the children, or to Elijah? What could the curse be? Ask yourself at the beginning of this study if your heart is totally for God.
Forgiveness is a major theme of the Bible. This verse, spoken by Jesus follows His teaching on how to pray when His disciples wanted to know more about praying as Jesus did. They recognised that Jesus was not just using words, but was in a real relationship with His Father.
The seldom read book of Philemon is tucked in between the short letter to Titus and the long book of Hebrews. It has only 25 verses and is rarely talked about or used as a subject for a sermon in church services. It is a letter about a runaway slave.
As we begin a new year it seems appropriate to look at an encouraging subject! Hope. We all must be hoping that this new year will be better than the last few have been. We are all hoping for no more covid, that we can get on with normal life.
This month we are thinking about joy. A sentiment usually connected with this season. These shepherds who were just doing their regular work were not immediately joyful at seeing an angel! For many of us, anything out of the ordinary fills us with fear. The same happened to these shepherds.
The Bible is very clear that we, as believers in Jesus, will not be appreciated by the world systems. It happened in Biblical times, and it is still happening today. Jesus was not appreciated by the authorities, neither were his disciples, and St. Paul had several clashes with civil authorities.
The symbolism of light and darkness are carried all the way through the Bible. And it is never once suggested that they cohabit. There is always a suggestion of separation. This very first act that God performed on the earth is symbolic of the way we should live.