Weekly Article

JUST THINKIN’

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I long ago disabused myself of any notion that my preaching or writing would achieve widespread recognition. Even preachers who are not in it for the money or the prestige appreciate it when their efforts are widely recognized; but, very few preachers ever reach such a level.

  

The fact is, you have never heard of most preachers of the gospel. Their names never surface beyond a small radius of influence; they write for no large brotherhood organ; and they have no full docket of gospel meetings. But, they are invaluable to the work of the Kingdom. Long after Mr. Big has left town, the local evangelist plods on, doing his little part in his little corner of the vineyard. Thank God for their efforts.

 

A few preachers seek for fame; but faithful preachers who rise to prominence do so because they are able to effectively connect with an audience (through tongue, pen, or personality). Even so, the vast majority of preachers of the gospel simply go unheralded, laboring where they are, doing what they can. They should speak, and write, to the best of their ability ─ but be content to leave the increase to God.                                   - WKing

JUST THINKIN’

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It has been said that a woman should marry a man who will mess up her lipstick and not her mascara. That is certainly good advice for any woman seeking a man ─ and for any man who is searching for (or who has already found) a woman.

  

Peter put it like this: “give honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel” (1 Pe 3:7). While some liberated women may find that thought offensive, Peter actually paints a beautiful picture of how a husband should think of (and treat) his wife.

  

Albert Barnes, in commenting on this passage, uses the terms “tender” and “delicate” to describe that idea.  A husband should treat his wife tenderly, not because she is feeble, but because she is precious and valuable. He should treat her as he would treat a priceless heirloom. And so, in-stead of demeaning a woman, this passage actually exalts her true value and worth.

   

A tender kiss will do more for a woman than a dictatorial edict ─ and, blessed is the husband who figures that out early on.

THE THOUSAND YEAR REIGN

Sunday, June 11, 2017

“They lived and reigned with Christ for. a thousand years.”         - Re 20:4b

   

Many in the religious world look forward to the ‘thousand year reign’ of Christ on earth. In fact, it is a cornerstone of premillennial theology. But, before we get too caught up in the excitement and hype, consider a couple of things.

  

First, numbers in the book of Revelation are usually figurative.  From the “seven churches of Asia” (1:4) to the 144,000 who were “sealed as the servants of our God” (7:3-4), to the 666 “number of the beast” (13:18), the writer employed the customary symbolic language of apocalyptic literature. The “thousand years” of chapter twenty certainly falls in that category.

   

But more importantly, this “thousand. year” period marks the time of Christ’s reign ─ a time when His followers would reign with Him.  The reign of Christ began about two thousand years ago (Mk 9:1, Ac 2:30-32, Col 1:13) and will end at the resurrection (1 Co 15:24-26). We who are Christians currently reign with Him as kings and priests (a “royal” priesthood, 1 Pe 2:9, Re 1:6).   

 

The kingdom is now!  Are you a citizen of it?      - WKing

THE GAME AIN’T OVER YET

Sunday, April 30, 2017

“Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him.”         – Ec 8:12

 It is the age-old complaint of the righteous: why do the evil sometimes flourish, while the upright suffer setback after setback?  Solomon, in his wisdom, provided the answer: the game ain’t over yet.

Of course, Solomon was not the only inspired writer to uncover that nugget. Job discovered it (the hard way); and, other Old Testament worthies knew it, too (He 11:35).  New Testament writers understood that principle as well (Ro 8:18, 1 Pe 1:6-7). And, of course, Jesus was never in doubt (Jn 14:1-3).

Why, then, do we so easily lose sight of that fact? We get caught up in the injustice that was done to us, or the calamity that has befallen us, or the continued moral decline of the world (and nation) around us. Such things might prompt us to cast a doubting eye to heaven, wondering if God is still paying attention. 

Rest assured that He is; and, “that it will be well with those who fear God”.  Personally, I am sleeping very well at night.                  –WKing