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Remember Lot's Wife

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“Remember Lot’s wife”

-Luke 17:32

This is a fresh reminder from our Lord Jesus not to look back. The context in Luke is the second coming of Christ. Jesus is describing His return as something that is expected yet sudden. Expected in the sense that there will be signs and warnings leading up to it. Sudden in the sense that most people will ignore those signs and simply live their lives. Noah experienced this willful ignorance when he warned the people of rain and built the ark in their very presence. The people “went on eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day Noah entered the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Lk. 17:26). Jesus says His return will be similar to this. People will be involved in things they see to be important. After all isn’t marriage important? Don’t you want you kids to grow up and marry a godly spouse? Sure, you do and this is important. However, we can’t cling so tightly to temporary things that we neglect eternal things.  

          Apparently, Lots wife had something to look back upon. Something she longed for. Perhaps she just wanted one last memory overlooking her home. Whatever it was, the Lord turned her into a pillar of salt. The lesson here is don’t look back! Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk. 9:62). If you follow Christ don’t look longingly on your past life and wish you were still there for the former way we conducted ourselves will be burned with fire. “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away! (Gen. 19:17).

The famous puritan preacher John Bunyan wrote about this reality in the Pilgrims Progress. In the beginning of his analogy of the Christian life he describes a scene in which he must flee from his home, the city of destruction, in order to be saved. Let us follow the example of Paul when he says, “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Phil. 3:13). I will leave you with the forth stanza of Martin Luther’s famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress is our God” when he writes, “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still, His Kingdom is forever.”

Posted by Matt Williams

To Do, Or Not To Do?

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To Do, Or Not To Do?

Should a Christian dance, go to the movies, or play cards? What should he or she wear? What kind of music should be listened to? Can a child of God go out to lunch after church or mow their lawn on Sunday? How should a Christian decide whether or not to engage in certain activities that represent differences of opinion?

Here are some questions to help you apply wisdom to some gray issues of disputable matters.

1.  Is the activity within the moral will of God?

2.  Is the activity being done under the control of the flesh or the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:13-26)?

3.  Could this activity become an addiction or enslave others (1 Corinthians 6:12)?

4.  Does this activity go against my conscience (Romans 14:14)?

5.  Could this activity damage my reputation as a follower of Christ (Romans 14:15)?

6.  Can this activity be imitated by others (1 Corinthians 10:33 – 11:1)?

"3 Signs That Your Church Is A Rescue Boat"

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3 Signs That Your Church is a Rescue Boat

The church should never be compared to a cruise ship. The church is more of a rescue boat. The difference is stark.

1.  Sacrifice
If the church is to be a rescue boat for those without a relationship with Christ then we must be characterized by sacrifice. God has uniquely equipped His people to give out of the gifts and resources that He alone provides.

2.  Humility
We must be others-oriented. The church does not exist to fulfill any one person’s personal preferences. Our goal is to glorify God by bearing much fruit. That is done by making disciples.

3.  Trust
Just as rescue workers have to trust their equipment on their rescue boat, we have to trust the Bible. Trust Christ. Trust each other.
 

A church that has its eyes on itself to the neglect of the community and the Great Commission will not be around very long. Yet, a church focused on evangelism and discipleship will bring glory to God.

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