Wednesday, February 25, 2015

THAT ROCK

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 10

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Looking to the north-east you can see Lykavittos Hill and Athens' urban sprawl viewed from the Acropolis in Athens. When Paul writes, "That Rock was Christ," (10:4b) he may have been thinking of one of the great rocks in the area.

Looking to the northeast you can see Lykavittos Hill and Athens’ urban sprawl viewed from the Acropolis in Athens. When Paul writes, “That Rock was Christ,” (10:4b) he may have been thinking of one of the great rocks in the area.

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Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:4

…and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

 

The word “all” stands out in our reading because it is repeated 10 times. Partaking of Christ is an “all” encompassing life. There is no area of our lives not impacted by Christ. In our readings in Genesis through Judges, we were given examples of how to live and how not to live. Examples are useless unless we learn from them. Here we learn the following: First, Christ our Rock was stricken for our spiritual drink. Go ahead and drink! Second, we learn not to lust after evil. Third, we are to control our tongues…no murmuring. Fourth, God will not force us to take the escape route He had provided. Fifth, God wants to be in every detail of our lives. Sixth, we must do “all” to the glory of God. Seventh, give no offense (don’t offend people). Why? Here’s the bottom line: The result of the totality of our lives is, “That they may be saved.” We need to ask ourselves the question…”How are we involved in saving precious people who are lost outside of Christ?”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear God, by Your grace given to me, enable me to live so passionately for You that my very life will be an example of Christ, so that my words, those things to which I give my time and my money, will be effective in seeing people saved. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I remember my preacher Dad saying, “They wobble in and wobble out, and leave the people all in doubt.” I don’t remember the occasion. He may have been referring to a politician or perhaps a preacher who spoke moral concepts without the power and authority of God’s Word to prove that he spoke God’s true message. Preparing this blog each morning is leading me more deeply into the mind of God as He expresses His thoughts through the Prophets, the historical record, and in particular, the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles.

As a child, I was very impressed by the effort my parents made in order not to give offense to others (10:32). Any chores had to be completed by bedtime on Saturday night. My job was to clean the little stems out of the beans which would be baked for Sunday dinner. I also churned butter, brought in firewood, etc. I knew that our entire community, with very few exceptions, attempted to keep the Lord’s day exclusively for worship, listening to the Preacher’s sermons, reading church publications, and perhaps going for a walk in the woods. Things have changed but the principles have not. My Dad prayed every day in family prayers, “O Lord, may the smile of Your approval be upon our lives.”

Yours for living to the Glory of God!

David

P.S. Are you accessing Crossroads360.com on your computer? There is so much to learn here from hundreds of topics. Also, have you ever sent my blog to a friend? I don’t know how to do this, but I’m told it’s done by a couple of clicks (my son says you can cut and paste the “100words.ca” web address into an email or on Facebook). The next generations make it look so easy, I sometimes feel that I’m still in the horse and buggy era. Ha! I’m enjoying life right where I am.

Looking toward the south-west from the Acropolis in Athens, you can see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus amphitheater that was built on the south slope in 161 AD. In the distance you can also see the Philopappos Hill.

Looking toward the south-west from the Acropolis in Athens, you can see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus amphitheater that was built on the south slope in 161 AD. In the distance you can also see the Philopappos Hill.

9 thoughts on “Wednesday, February 25, 2015

  1. Thank you David and family. May God bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon you and give you peace. Blessings on all the blog family too. In Jesus’ name, amen

  2. Such wise words from Paul. Our bible is so much easier to understand in this day and age with the revised versions.
    Thank u for all your comments and explanations Rev. M. So happy u have a great team working with u.
    Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army, said of her problems: “The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over.”
    May God comfort all saints.

  3. …“They wobble in and wobble out, and leave the people all in doubt.” I don’t remember the occasion. He may have been referring to a politician or perhaps a preacher who spoke moral concepts without the power and authority of God’s Word to prove that he spoke God’s true message.

    (I think your Dad was referring to people who were among us for a short time, God’s people – who weren’t properly ordained… I once had a mentor who questioned everything. He was an intelligent atheist. He made you think. Yes he stirred up some of my beliefs, but he made you think. Forcing one to study one’s belief strengthened some, and changed my perspective on others. As a young Christian, I listened, as opposed to trying to impose my beliefs on him.)

    Here’s some food for thought…
    The following is a recent quote from Franklin Graham:
    “Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken a lot of heat from the media for his remark that he’s not sure if President Obama really loves America. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do know that the president defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriages and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don’t agree. Our nation is ridiculed abroad and morally crumbling within. We are in trouble. We have turned our back on God.”

    Have a great day for God’s Glory blog friends

  4. I believe more than ever we need to pray for our leaders and pray that God would bring up good Christian leaders in our countries and that their goal should be peace…….

  5. Thank you David, for your commitment to this blog.
    I have been following you since the day you started and I’ve learned much from the Word of God & from your comments.
    I have a son who’s wife has left him( a year and a half ago) but he’s holding unto God for the restoration of his marriage.
    Just want to tell you that I’ve copied and pasted many of your comments & prayers to him , which have been a great encouragement to him.
    Thank you again .
    I appreciate you and the ministry of Crossroads , of which I’ve been a supporter for many years.
    God Bless,
    Mamie

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