This blog has been dormant for a while. I hope to “wake it up” soon (and I see a backlog of comments that need to go through moderation). This article is not a “waking up”, really.
I wrote the following, this weekend, for someone who had a loved one, a professing Christian, who was abusing drugs. In part because of the help it provided, he has checked into a Christian drug rehabilitation centre in America, a wonderful answer to a long-term prayer request.
His relatives asked me to make it public so that it might help others. After removing personal details and with minor modifications, here it is. This is a painful topic to many families and I am closing comments on this post, but I can be contacted through my contact page if needed.
I wanted to post this a week ago, but it’s been a very busy week for me, so the blog has had to wait.
A few weeks ago, I posted A New Name, Written Down in Glory, as our church rejoiced over the salvation of a young boy who had placed his trust in Christ. Last Sunday, we again had glorious news and were able to sing that song again. Another child had come to Christ on her way to school one morning that week.
A quick thought from our Bible Study this week.
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
This verse tells us that Jesus is interceding for us, speaking to the Father on our behalf. This is a present and continuing work of our Saviour. The next time you are tempted to sin, remember, the Son is talking to the Father about you. Will you yield to temptation, will you sin, while the One who died for you is pleading your case in Heaven?
Well, will you?
Something to think about, isn’t it?
On occasion, someone makes a comment on one of my posts that stimulates my thinking to write a long response. If the topic at hand is one of importance to many of my readers, I may “front page it” with a full article. This time, it will be more than one article. 🙂
Some American Christians believe one candidate in the upcoming election is a good choice for Christians to support, but others find both major candidates unacceptable. This article is not intended to make that evaluation, but to provide some Scriptural perspective on the question of voting generally, especially in a case where one feels neither candidate is a good choice. I hope to add a later article on some Biblical principles for evaluating candidates.
There are many questions we face for which Scripture gives no direct answer, but we can find principles that apply. The Scriptural principles in this first part apply to believers who have been given the opportunity to vote in any nation, whether they think they have good choices or not.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Many Christians have read this passage and believed it, but never known what these “Jewish fables” are to which Paul referred. I thought it might help believers to understand not only this passage, but also to understand more fully the kinds of errors which concerned Paul, by looking at an example from the Jewish historian Josephus in his work, “The Antiquities of the Jews” (8.2.5).
I couldn’t post this when it happened, because his grandparents hadn’t been told yet (and they read my blog sometimes, and I didn’t want to give it away before he had a chance to tell them himself!). Then other things intervened the last couple of days. But I suppose it is never too late to sing this song, so here it is.