May 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm (Just a Thought)
Rev. A. Linford
THE WORST CAN BE THE BEST
“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord” - Habakkuk 3:18
It is not easy to live the Christian life – but by the grace of God it is possible, The gate to God’s life is open always, and access is easy but, as Jesus said, “Narrow is the way that leadeth unto life”. Nevertheless, He who saves us, keeps us. His pardoning grace is followed by His be providential care.
Faith rampant: Things could not have been worse for the prophet. Figs, vines and olives, three staple comestibles, had failed. Flocks and herds had succumbed, lack of are fodder – Times were bad. But faith is triumphant through all but bad times, under all dire circumstances and in all difficult cases. In fact, faith nourishes by trial, hope brightens in black nights of test, and love defeats all bouts of gloom.
Joy Triumphant: If we believe God we overcome the world, doubts are dispersed, questionings quietened, and mourning dispelled. We rejoice in the Lord, for He who permitted our troubles will either remove them or give us be strength to overcome them. In any case we joy in God. On the high and slippery slopes of life He gives us a safe footing. Like the stormy petrel we can sing while the tempest blows; for God is our salvation.
May 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm (Word Studies)
Rev. K. Munday
Word Studies is presented by Rev. K. W. Munday, retired minister and former General Secretary of Assemblies of God for many years. He has served the body of Christ with grace and distinction, is an excellent, quality preacher and speaker, broadcaster, writer of books and still active in Christian service. His contributions here on Word Studies should prove a great means of blessing, inspiration and instruction.
Over recent years the word global has figured largely in our vocabulary. It has emphasised how nations and peoples are becoming inter-dependent upon each other.
This has clearly been seen in the financial breakdown. It seemed to have started in America when mortgagees were unable to make their re- payments to the balks, then, soon after, almost every country were reporting financial set-backs as though a mysterious virus had attacked the fiscal system. The eject was . . . well, global!
This international relationship has always existed in one way or another. Trading has made it necessary as deferent countries have different resources and mutual trading became a kind of global bartering. Travelling has become easier, migration popular, so folk of a dozen deferent nationalities may live together. We are told that we now live in a global village. Communications, particularly the Internet have lessened the distances between us.
So what are we ‘globalites’ to make of this rapidly emerging situation? One thing is for sure, its development is well-nigh unstoppable. Some form of world-government has long been an ideal for many people. The thing seems to be hurried now by sheer necessity. International response is sought to deal with climate change and economic arrangements. Immigration and terrorism are also high on the agenda.
Students of eschatology (the study of prophecy the Bible) follow these trends with great interest as there will come a time – and possibly fast- approaching – when a world dictator known as anti-christ will appear on the world stage. He will give all the appearances of a super president with all the answers. The majority of world citizens will be impressed and go after him. His reign however will be temporary because he will be ousted by the true and legitimate global King, The Lord Jesus Christ and as Handel’s great oratorio declares so magnificently, ”He shall reign for ever and ever!