“Scalpels, Divorce & Biblical Counseling” January 6

 

Scalpels, Divorce & Biblical Counseling - Do you need to perform some radical surgery before something in your life causes you to sin? Do you need to take a scalpel to some habit or attitude? Do you need to set some boundaries to protect your marriage or someone else's?Do you need to perform some radical surgery before something in your life causes you to sin? Do you need to take a scalpel to some habit or attitude? Do you need to set some boundaries to protect your marriage or someone else’s?

What does the Bible say about divorce? Is it ever allowable? Is it OK if you’re just not happy?

And what about loving your enemies? Jesus addressed all these very real issues in the “Sermon on the Mount” in today’s New Testament reading.

Have you wondered why God doesn’t seem to be blessing your plans? Has He, seemingly, withheld some promotion? Could it be that you failed to seek His wisdom beforehand and, merely, asked Him to bless what you wanted? Read more about this in “Hey, by the Way, Lord …” from our Old Testament reading.

Also, read about “The Lord Who Hears” and “The Fruit of Going Our Own Way.”  Continue reading

“Last Chance? What About Purgatory?” December 24

 

Last Chance? What About Purgatory? - In the final days of the Tribulation, people will be given one last chance to hear and believe the gospel. An angel will offer them that chance and another will warn them that if they take the mark of the beast, their eternity will be sealed for all time. Those of us who die before then must decide, too, because there's no purgatory, no more opportunities to earn our ticket to heaven, no last chance to realize, "Oops, I made a mistake!" So we must choose wisely. #salvation #purgatory #lastchance #tribulationMerry Christmas Eve,

Like all great books, the last chapters in God’s Word are “hold-your-breath” exciting. Today we’ll talk about “The King” who was born as a babe but will one day return in power and glory. The climax will be a great battle where the fighting will be so fierce that the blood will be four feet deep in places and cover an area of 200 square miles.

In the final days of the Tribulation, people will be given one last chance to hear and believe the gospel. An angel will offer them that chance and another will warn them that if they take the mark of the beast, their eternity will be sealed for all time.

Those of us who die before then must decide, too, because there’s no purgatory, no more opportunities to earn our ticket to heaven, no last chance to realize, “Oops, I made a mistake!” So we must choose wisely.

 

Speaking of great books, did you know that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time? Of course, it’s not just any book. It’s God’s revelation of Himself to mankind, penned by men, but breathed out from the heart and mind of God. How will you get to know this greatest of all books better?

Also, The MacArthur Daily Bible would make a great and reasonably priced last-minute Christmas gift or gift to yourself. It may be just the motivation you or someone else needs to get started reading the Bible regularly!

I pray that today will be a restful day without too many last-minute things to do. Let’s all remember to take time tonight and tomorrow to think about what it all means … which is so much more than all the commercial hustle and bustle. And I hope you will make time to attend a worship service if you haven’t already.

On to today’s readings …  Continue reading