(1) What Is Honest Money?
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
The Bible tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Money itself is not evil. But the love of money is a grievous sin.
The Apostle Paul warns that while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10). Beware of the lure of a materialistic life-style that enslaves men and women in every generation.
Wine Is a Mocker
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
“Total Abstinence” is a distinctive of the Bible-Presbyterian Church at its formation in 1937, predominantly through the efforts of such conservative Presbyterian clergymen as Carl McIntire, J. Oliver Buswell and Allen A. MacRae. The First General Synod of the Bible Presbyterian Church was held in 1938 in Collingswood, NJ.
Two main issues made the existence of these factions within the Orthodox Presbyterian Church evident. The first had to do with a classic Reformed piety over against a piety of fundamentalism. It came down to a conflict of the use of alcoholic beverages. The “Orthodox” side condemned drunkenness, but nevertheless, did not agree that Scripture taught total abstinence from alcoholic beverages. The “Bible” side asserted that Christians ought to abstain totally from alcohol.
Keep the Lord’s Day Holy
The Westminster Larger Catechism provides a succinct summary of Scriptural injunctions on the keeping of the Lord’s Day.
The fourth commandment is:
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11)
Be Diligent to Search the Scriptures
Proverbs 2:1-5 “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
God’s people ought to be diligent in seeking the things of God, because these are things that count and last for eternity. Life does not end when this earthen vessel perishes. The decisions and the paths we take in this life have eternal consequences. We are faced with choices daily! How do we know which is the right choice? How can we walk in the path of God’s blessing?
If we diligently search the Scriptures we will understand “the fear of God and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:5). The fear of God and the knowledge of His will, help guide our choices.
Spiritual Leadership At Home
– Abraham’s Example
Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
God’s approval was given to Abraham for his spiritual leadership in guiding his family to walk in the way of the LORD.
(1) Now Thank We All Our God
– A Table Grace in Time of War
When we sing the stately hymn of thanksgiving and praise “Now Thank We All Our God,” we might not realize its birth in one of history’s greatest periods of suffering.
Nothing brings more suffering and tragedy to our world as war. Even if one believers that war may be the necessary instrument for peace in some situations, it still leaves an aftermath of death and destruction.
One of history’s longest and most terrible wars, the last of the great religious wars of Europe, was the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-48. H.G. Wells described it as “one of the most cruel and destructive” of history. Germany, the main battleground between the warring Catholics and Protestants from various countries of Central Europe; suffered misery beyond description, with the German population decimated from sixteen million.
Finding Spiritual Growth
1 Peter 2:1-3 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Pre-requisite for Growth
To grow spiritually, we are to remove hindrances to our spiritual lives. The words “laying aside” describe putting off garment, putting off the old man and putting on righteousness, putting on Christ. The emphasis is on the action of putting off. It has to be done by each one personally. It is a call to self-examination. We are to do so continuously – “laying aside”.
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus – From a Husband’s Tragic Drowning
Louisa Stead (1850-1917), her husband, and their four-year-old daughter Lily went to enjoy a sunny day on the beach on Long Island Sound.
While they were having their picnic lunch, they suddenly heard cries of help and spotted a drowning boy in the sea.
Thank God for 70 campers gathered for our 4th Annual Family Bible Camp at the Pan Pacific Singapore.
The theme of our camp is “The Making of a Spiritual Man”. There were eight messages to speed us along our spiritual journey till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13)
So Shall We Ever Be With the Lord
(1 Thessalonians 4:17)
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
This is the glorious future of God’s people. It is the day the praying church of God awaits with great expectation. The day our Lord Jesus Christ returns to receive His saints into everlasting gladness. Our text tells us, “So shall we ever be with the Lord.” We want to spend time to meditate on this truth, that we may be comforted in our a hearts in our present temporal sojourn here on earth. The days of our lives are but a vapour in the light of eternity. God wants His people to see time with a heavenly perspective so that we may live wisely in the light of that day. Several thoughts arise from this truth.