A Prescription for Perilous Times

As Paul wrote the second letter to his prot g Timothy he provided a warning: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1). Paul meant to help Timothy even though the news he told him was not good. When the apostle spoke of the last days he spoke of the days in which he and Timothy were living. We, too, live in the last days. The "last days" are the days of the Christian dispensation (which was preceded by the Patriarchal and Mosaic periods or dispensations). When it ends, this old place will be finished (see 2 Peter 3:9ff.). Many of the problems Timothy faced in his part of the last days are still present here in out part of the last days.

How Are Feeling Today?

How are you feeling today? Pretty good? OK? Not too good? Lousy? Great? We have all had days to fit each of these responses. As Ecclesiastes 12 makes plain we expect to have a few more "not too good" days as we get older.

"Man's Brother Raised From Dead"

Can you imagine seeing this headline in your local paper? Well, anything can happen in the papers these days, local or otherwise but such a headline would indeed stir no little interest. Good Bible students know the passage I have in mind. Hebrews 2:14-18 in the NKJV reads, Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be like His brethren that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

The Young Moses

Hebrews 11:23-26 provides insight into the early life of Moses, the great deliverer of God's people from Egyptian bondage. Exodus 2 is the source of the narrative account upon which this passage in Hebrews is based. The two passages together provide for us compelling instruction on the subject of living by faith.

I'm Satisfied?

Satisfaction can be a good thing. We all know the old song that speaks of being " satisfied with a little cottage below." The songwriter used a symbolic material comparison ("a gold one that's silver lined") to express the idea Heaven will be much better than anything we experience here. Jesus taught that we should not worry so much about material circumstances in Matthew 6:19-34. He said, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

Faith: The Primary Thing

Delight in Abomination

LAZYBONES

When I was young and didn't want to get up in the morning, my mother would come into the room and say tersely, "Get up, lazybones!" She meant it and between her, my father, and desperate necessity, I learned early that hard work has built in rewards and that laziness carries with it its own doom.

Hope From Old Words

I am a firm believer in the old saw that "Circumstances change but people don't." Human beings have the propensity to make the same mistakes they've always made. Thankfully, we also tend to repeat the good and kind acts of our collective past. This set of obvious truths resonates with Paul's statement in Romans 15:4: "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope."

The Problem of Religious Error

In these postmodern times to be critical of certain religious systems is frowned upon. An expression of disagreement with one religious group by a member of another is not politically correct. Our society is uncomfortable with religious discourse altogether. One exception is the criticism, indeed, the ridicule of any form of conservative Christianity. It is of profound interest that the world feels free to make light of the one set of ideas that holds any hope for anybody, the ideas of Jesus Christ.