Christians are like bees. Bees can be a blessing when they remain focus. They help pollinate flowers and plants. Strong healthy colonies of bees produces honey. But each working bee also possess a sting. Each of them can also be a bee sting. When Christians have strayed from the “bee-line” of the Gospel we are thrown into confusion of the moment and more prone to being a bee sting towards others.
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A few days ago I wrote a post on how to get the most out of Matthew 6 in applying it to worrying. I found this message by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and thought it was quite relevant in light of the previous post.
This is a look at another alleged Bible contradiction from Luke 9 according to the Skeptic Annotated Bible.
Today’s question: Who is for or against Jesus?
Those who are not with Jesus are against him.
He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” Luke 11:23
Those who are not against Jesus are for him.
for he who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50
I think when we examine the passage carefully this will be shown to be not a contradiction. Let’s take a closer look:
A few days ago I listened to a sermon by Mark Dever for this year’s Together For the Gospel’s Conference in which Dever spoke on “Endurance Needed Strength for a Slow Reformation and the Dangerous Allure of Speed.” I thank Vincent for sharing them with us! I was blessed by the message and while it wasn’t expository preaching Mark Dever instead shared some important wisdom as to why pastors, church leaders (and by application, all of us) needs patience and aim for slow progress rather than believe the lie that many and quick is the goal.
It is a longer message but I listened to it while doing other things. I was blessed and perhaps you would too!
In another forum online someone asked the following question:
What are some good scriptures that can help through depression anxiety and other issues? I have a lot of these issues and sometimes I find it hard to find the right things to calm me down.
Personally Matthew 6 have been very helpful for me in my own life. Specifically Matthew 6:25-34. Here’s my quick thoughts and expanded from the original comment. Perhaps it might be helpful for others on WordPress and Social Media as well.
Note: This Sunday I had a more unusual apologetics’ styled sermon that took up more time preparing than usual so I didn’t get to post earlier. Contrary to what appears on my blog, I don’t preach apologetics as a hobby horse. I am more of an expository and Gospel driven preacher on Sunday morning (or at least I work hard to try to be).
I try to write posts each Sunday to encourage God’s people concerning attending and serving God in the local church.
Tonight as I got home I was thinking about how the word labor appear so frequently in the Book of 1 Thessalonians from when I preached this five years ago: