Welcome to the December edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
A Legendary Passion for God
by Jacob Hudgins
“Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar”(Psalm 132:6).
The ark of the LORD has languished in Kiriath-Jearim (1 Sam 7:1) for years when David makes a decision. He “swore to the LORD and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, ‘I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob’”(Psa 132:2-5). David wants to bring the ark to Jerusalem and build a house for it. Yet it is his intensity that is noteworthy: he (probably figuratively) refuses to even sleep until the transition is complete.
Have you ever looked at all that you have accomplished, and felt proud of it? We all have had those moments, feeling accomplished and proud of all that we have done. In the book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar exemplifies this attitude, and provides a blueprint on how to handle the issues of pride.
The book of Revelation challenges us to see Jesus in new ways. The one we know as a sacrificial lamb is actually a lion (Rev 5:5-6). The “prince of peace” is also a warrior on a white horse (Rev 19:11-16). This redefinition of Jesus begins very early in the book. John’s opening greeting is “Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth”(Rev 1:4-5). Let’s explore these three titles as three new ways to see Jesus.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people”(1 Tim 2:1).
Paul wants us to pray for “all people”—and one of the types of prayers is “thanksgivings.” We should thank God for people. Isn’t it a strange idea that we would thank God for people? We can understand thanking people for something they do for us, but why would we thank God for people?
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