A Promise Kept

An ancient promise still being kept

The other day a vee of birds passed overhead, heading south. Soon leaves will fall, the temperature drop, and a sweater will feel good.

After Noah’s Flood, God promised, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). God is still keeping His promise.

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An ancient promise that will be kept

“While the earth remains” implies the earth won’t always remain. God ended Noah’s world with the Flood. He will end ours by fire (2 Peter 3).

And in its place: “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (v. 13).

Do you believe God will keep this promise too? If so, how then should we live? (vv. 11-14)

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Context, Context, Context!

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Those who are new to texting may be befuddled by all the abbrev. It takes some getting used to.  I received a text yesterday that said simply, “Yw.” That was new to me, but what made it easy to decipher was the context: “Yw” was a reply to my previous expression of thanks for help with a computer problem.

And so with interpreting the Bible

A cardinal rule of Bible study is: Consider the context—what precedes the passage and what follows.

Satan deliberately ripped a passage out of context to tempt Jesus (Matthew 4:5-6; Psalm 91:11-12). Jesus wasn’t fooled. He replied with another passage, properly applied.

Warning!

The Bible warns against the danger of misusing Scripture (2 Peter 3:15-16). It is one of Satan’s favorite ploys, and he’s still at it!

Like Jesus, don’t fall for it!

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Follow the Directions

When my dad asked for directions on a trip, there were two things he hated to hear. One was: “You can’t miss it!” The other: “Now there’s another way you can go . . . .”

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The trip of a lifetime!

Life has no greater destination than heaven. God has given us the route in His word.

But He never said, “You can’t miss it.” Oh, but we can–by failing to follow directions (Matthew 7:13-14, 21-23).

Nor has God said, “There’s another way you can go.” There’s only one way: Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

The destination we can’t afford to miss!

That may not be politically correct, but it is correct, nonetheless.

While there is only one way, thank God, there is a way!

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The Typo

In a study Bible I found a reference to “the scaredness of the marriage vows.” Scaredness?

This brings to mind the July evening in 1969 when Sara and I faced the preacher in front of a gathering of family and friends. Because of all I’d been taught about the permanence and significance of the marriage covenant, my palms were sweaty, and I kept telling myself, “I must not faint!”

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To God, marriage vows really matter!

Our society is hurting because of lightly-taken, easily-broken marriage vows. God intends for these vows to be kept! (Malachi 2:13-16; Matthew 19:6)

How much do they matter to us?

Could brides and grooms could use a bit more “scaredness” when they say, “I do”?

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Good Question/Bad Answer

When our son Monte was 11, he called from the next room, “What is consumption?”

I explained that it is an old-fashioned word for tuberculosis.

He then came into the den where I was and read the small print on a one-liter plastic soda container he was holding: “For immediate consumption.”

I had a good laugh over that one. Once again, I had not communicated.

A matter of life-and-death–for our souls!

No harm done. But what if his question had been a really big one, and my answer failed to give him the truth he truly needed to live his life?

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Ever since Eden, Satan has been supplying misinformation to hinder us from salvation.

“Accept no substitutes”

Should we accept what some preacher says, without checking it out for ourselves, using the standard God Himself provides—His Word? (Acts 17:10-12)

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