THE REGRETS OF HELL (1)

Scripture Reading: Luke 16:19-28

Let us continue on the series of the four precious things we must not lose. Today the Lord charges us to keep alive the fear of going to hellfire. The scripture says, Job tells us that life is short. In Job 14:1-2 the scripture says, “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble coming up like a flower and withers, like flitting shadow, they do not endure.”

THE FEAR OF GOD

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:50

A Christian writer cautions believers to be mindful of the four things that believers should guard as treasure: They are the fearof theGod, the regrets of hell fire, the hate for sin and the joy of Heaven. The truth is that the direction at which the world is moving makes a believer stand the risk of losing these four most precious gifts that a child of God must possess till he or she enters heaven.

THE PRAYING PATIENT

Scripture Reading: John 17:6–19

The obituary for Alan Nanninga, a man in my city, identified him as “foremost, dedicated witness for Christ.” After a description of his family life and career, the article mentioned nearly a decade of declining health. It concluded by saying, “His hospital stays . . . earned him the honorary title of ‘The Praying Patient’” because of his ministry to other patients. Here was a man who, in his times of distress, reached out to pray for and with the people in need around him.

WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT (2)

Scripture Reading:1 Kings 18:1

The second thing to do during “the dark night of the soul” is to confront known sins in your life. This wasn’t the problem of silence for Elijah, but for the Israelites chasing after other gods and living in total disobedience to God. Sin may not be the reason you don’t sense closeness to God right now, but if you have a known sin in your life it will affect your intimacy with God.

WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT (1)

Scripture Reading:1 Kings 18:1

Elijah had been used by God to hold back rain from the people for over three years, because of their sins. Obviously, he was not well liked as a preacher. I can imagine the stress he experienced during those years. Something strikes me, however, that seems to further complicate Elijah’s situation. “After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.”

GLIMPSE OF HIS GLORY

Christ’s Tabor radiance is a kind of mirror in which we glimpse the glory that God wills to give His friends. The Transfiguration invites us to configure our lives to Christ

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