Welcome to the September 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!
He Came to Himself
by Jacob Hudgins
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!’”(Luke 15:17).
The prodigal is in a far country, penniless and hungry. He can only find work feeding pigs and would be happy to just eat alongside them. But when he comes to himself, the story turns dramatically. He sees what he has done and what he must now do. He returns home to his father and all is forgiven.
Haman was the Persian King Ahasuerus’s highest official, and in charge of every other official in the king’s court. Haman was a very prideful character, and eventually we see him jealous of another official, Mordecai. Mordecai was praised by the king for various deeds he does, which includes thwarting an assassination attempt. As Haman’s jealousy grew, we see how dangerous it is.
We all have moments where we need comfort. We deal with so many trials and struggles that we just need someone to tell us that it’s going to be okay. We can turn to different hobbies or passions to get us by, but those do not always work. However, there us something that can give us comfort forever. In Romans 8, Paul shows us how God’s love comforts us.
“For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins”(2 Pet 1:9)
I’m nearsighted. Without glasses I have trouble making out faces and letters until they come close. Glasses and contacts solve the problem, but it is frightening to imagine what it would be like to have no help—to be continually imprisoned by the ability to only see a few feet around you. Perhaps there are important things—or dangerous things—just outside your vision, but you are powerless.