Welcome to the April 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 click here to forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
The Audience that Matters
by Jacob Hudgins
“Then each one will receive his commendation from God”(1 Cor 4:5).
Writers, speechmakers, and artists are often instructed to consider the question “Who is your intended audience?”. The implication is that our message or performance will be affected by remembering those whom we are trying to target. Politicians understand this implicitly—what is campaign fodder in Florida may fall flat in Wisconsin.
Joshua challenged Israel: “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?”(Josh 18:3). Waiting to act, especially in difficult, undesirable tasks, is common to all people. However, Joshua’s words open our eyes to the reality that there is a thin line between procrastination and sin when it comes to God’s commands. Why is procrastination dangerous?
Abigail was married to a fool named Nabal who had disgraced David and angered his many soldiers. When she learns that David is coming to destroy her husband and family, she rushes to him and begs him to reconsider. We can learn from her advice about anger.
Once, when Jesus was on His way back to the temple, “he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again’ And the fig tree withered at once. When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, ‘How did the fig tree wither at once?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive,if you have faith.’’” (Matt 21:18-22) Faith is the key to having our prayers answered.