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May 28, 2016 (Saturday)
Sabbath Message
 
"Promises are plastic; feelings are steel...or so it seems"

Feelings rule and the idea of allegience to pledges, promises and covenants seems lost in a culture that has thrown away its moral compas and "trash canned" its Judeo-Christian heritage.  
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  Ken Westby & Noel Rude

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“Promises are Plastic; Feelings are Steel… or so it seems” – Ken Westby & Noel Rude


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In the Lord’s Interest

by Brian Knowles

In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul expressed the idea that Jesus Christ had “interests” and that these interests might come into conflict with the self-interest of some in the Body. In this article, we will seek to learn what some of Lord’s “interests” might be, and how we might accommodate them.

The Philippians congregation had been particularly zealous about partnering with Paul in his work (Philippians 1:3-5). Paul, though in a Roman prison at the time of writing (1:7), was deeply concerned about the welfare of the Christians in Philippi. Since he could not personally visit them, Paul sought to send someone who could minister to their spiritual needs. His young colleague Timothy seemed the ideal candidate.

“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you” (Philippians 2:19). What was so special about Timothy that Paul wanted to gift the Philippians congregation with his presence? Paul answers: “I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare” (verse 20). The King James translation renders it: “…who will naturally care for your state.” 

Timothy was a rare bird in that he, unlike so many others, naturally, or genuinely, cared for the general state of a particular congregation.  Others, who ought to have been more spiritually mature, were still intent on pursuing their own interests: “For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 2:21). Jesus’ interests apparently lie in the general welfare of his Body, which is his instrumentation in the world. A crippled, spiritually dysfunctional Body cannot do His work well. The health, or ill-health, of a congregation often reflects the concerns of its leadership. Timothy had worked closely with Paul, and the young man was a known quantity to him. In the Lord, they had had a father/son relationship (verse 22). Paul knew Timothy’s heart. He knew that his care for the people was genuine and not motivated out of self-interest.

Jesus’ Example

When Jesus was a child of twelve, he said to his parents: “I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49, KJV). Already, Jesus was more concerned with what his Father wanted him to do than with anything else. At age 12, he had entered into a time of preparation for the work he would begin to do at age 30. He learned all that he could from the top Jewish scholars of his day (Luke 2:46), and everything he learned was to prepare him to serve His Father’s interests.

A person who is serving God’s interests seeks to produce fruit for the Kingdom. Merely performing religious acts doesn’t qualify. One can dress in elaborate, ornamental garments, perform impressive ritualistic acts, and quote Scripture passages ad nauseum and yet still fail to produce any real fruit for God. Jesus taught that the difference between a true prophet and a false one was the quality of fruit they bore (Matthew 7:15-20), not the display of outward religiosity. … Read Full Article.

 

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