Paul is not commanding Christians to always have happy feelings. He is exhorting those who continually serve the Lord to joyfully worship the Lord
We read that the “prayers of faith” of the righteous accomplish much — even physical healing. But what is a “prayer of faith”? And, who are the “righteous”? Is James promising that every time we confess our sins and pray we will be healed?
Throughout the Book of Proverbs, (godly) wisdom is contrasted with (worldly) foolishness (Prov 1:7, cf. 9:10, etc.). Proverbs 10:19-21 offers godly wisdom concerning word economy. In a nutshell, when it comes to words: “the fewer the better.” Like a rare treasure, the words of the wise are often few but valuable.
Today, C4C is studying Proverbs 9:1-18 — a juxtaposition of rival feasts hosted by Woman Wisdom and Women Folly. While the fools, scoffers, and mockers accept the invitation to the feast that leads to death, the wise accept the invitation of the feast that leads to life and understanding. The theology of the ‘Two Ways’ continues in the New Testament, leaving us all with Christ’s invitation to the Great Banquet — and a choice to make.
Our actions are influenced by our ideology. And, if our ideology is not grounded in good theology, we may consistently engage in — and even enjoy! — things that are not of God (i.e., wickedness). For, despite our moral inclinations, God is the ultimate standard of morality (Prov 16:2, 21:2).
Let us delight not only in wisdom, but in the One from whom wisdom begins (Prov 1:7, 9:10, etc.).
Today, C4C is studying 2 Samuel 6:1-15, which tells of how, following the coronation of David, the holy ark of the covenant was brought into Jerusalem — the newly conquered city of David. The new king learned a valuable lesson concerning the holiness of the ark, and the holiness of the God whose power and presence it symbolized.
In spite of Israel’s less-than-perfect faithfulness to the covenant, God, in His perfect faithfulness to the covenant, fulfilled the promises He had made to the Israelite patriarchs. They were given the Promised Land.
Today, C4C is studying Matthew 5:1-16. After the Beatitudes, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exhorts His followers to be the figurative salt of the earth — seasoning the land with Christ-like character and conduct (Mt 5:3-12), and preserving the world from moral decay…
We ought to give thanks for our election, salvation, and sanctification (2 Thess 2:13) through our trust in the gospel. C4C Translation: For this he called you through our gospel, in order to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thess 2:14)…
Whereas those with “bad eyes,” who demand miraculous signs (Lk 11:29), betray their unwillingness to accept the teachings of Jesus, those with “pure eyes” manifest their willingness to conform to the teaching of Jesus. Spiritual darkness entails a primary allegiance to self instead of the Savior…