Day: May 14, 2011
This bird nest of tiny eggs was under the hood of our pickup…Looks like 7 of them. I don’t know if it was a wren or some other kind of bird, but we felt so sorry for her, that Bobby wouldn’t drive our pickup for about a month.
Bobby checked on it later and it had gotten so hot where he had it parked, that the mother bird had vacated the nest, and in doing so, she lost 7 little birds. I guess she found a place more suitable to start her family. I surely hope so!
This little bird reminded me of Lot, Abraham‘s nephew…who pitched his tent toward Sodom? Genesis 13: 12-13. Lot should have left as soon as he arrived there and saw how evil the people were. But Lot stayed faithful to God even though all around him were evil people…and was led out of the city when it was destroyed. Genesis 19
Many people move their families to “Sodom” today without realizing their mistake until it is too late and they are already grownup. Don’t wait until your children are grown to start putting God first….when you think you will have more time for ‘religion’. Share Him with them now while they are still growing up…you will be so glad you did!
WHAT TO DO WITH “SELF”
As one considers the philosophies of this world and the philosophies set forth in the teachings of the New Testament, it becomes apparent that there are vast differences. One area where these differences are so vivid is in the attitude that one has toward “self”. The world tends to view “self” as the center of attention and the ambition of those with this worldly philosophy is to please and satisfy “self”, to promote “self” and to make “self” priority number one.
When this attitude is taken into relationships, the results are devastating. How many times in our society do we see communities, churches and even families torn apart by this selfish worldly philosophy? When this philosophy is taken into the marriage relationship, it is a guarantee of unhappiness and that marriage will likely fail.
Yet, in the New Testament, the teachings of Jesus Christ promote a much different philosophy than that of the world. In Matthew 16:24, Jesus states: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself….” Yes, to be a disciple of Christ we must first rid ourselves of this self-centered, worldly philosophy.
In Mark 9:33-35, Jesus responds to an argument which His disciples were having concerning which of them was the greatest. In verse 35, Jesus states: “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last and servant of all.”
We are told in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, that this attitude of self-denial is one of the characteristics of love. “Love is not self-seeking.” In Philippians 2:3-4 we are told, Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a place where everyone holds to this philosophy of self-denial, where everyone considers others better than “self”, where everyone is concerned more with the interests of others than the interests of “self”? Wouldn’t it be a wonderful place to live? It would be almost like “HEAVEN”.
-Wendell Ingram, 2008
SUNDAY WAS “MONDAY” TO THE JEWS
Can you imagine the sweeping changes that must have taken place in the lives of the first disciples that responded to the preaching of the apostles? Many of the first disciples were Jews living in Jerusalem, still very much connected to the traditions of Judaism and yet they had embraced the teachings of Jesus and and were being introduced by the apostles to a new and better covenant.
One of the changes these new disciples faced was a new day of assembly. Under the Old Covenant, they had kept the seventh day of the week, or the Sabbath, as a day of rest and of sacred assembly. (Leviticus 23:3). Yet, under the new covenant of Christ, they met upon the first day of the week to “break bread” or observe the Lord’s Supper.
The problem that these new disciples faced was that the first day of the week was a work day for the Jews. Sunday was to the Jews of that day, as Monday is to us today. They were expected to be at their respective jobs and businesses ready to work as soon as the sun was up and most had to remain on the job until the sun had set.
Have you ever considered how these early disciples were able to assemble and observe the “Lord’s Supper” on a regular work day? The answer to this question is simple…they met either before sunrise or after sunset. In Acts 20: 7-11, we are told that the disciples in Troas came together on the first day of the week to break bread and that Paul preached to them until midnight, that they ate together and then Paul talked until daylight.
Apparently the disciples at Troas had met together after sundown and had stayed at the assembly all night. No doubt many had to be at work the next morning. In a letter to the Roman Emperor Trajan from Pliny, Governor of Bithynia, he tells how the Christians met together “on a stated day before it was light.”
Can you imagine the dedication it would require to get up and get the family ready to be at the assembly by 3:00 or 4:00 O’Clock in the morning so that everyone could get to their jobs by sunrise? Would we have that kind of dedication and commitment today? Let’s all give this some thought as we enjoy our leisurely Sunday mornings and as we struggle to get up, get ready and be on time for our 9:00 or 10:00 Sunday morning assemblies. -Wendell Ingram
TREAT THEM CAREFULLY AND PRAYERFULLY!
Angela and Tiffany puckered up for Baby Daniel…Little babies will do that to you.