Kingdom is found in the Bible 342 times (158 in the New Testament; 127 in the Accounts of the Gospel, 31 in Acts through Revelation). The kingdom was a popular topic for sermons among New Testament preachers.
The Lord despises those who say that bad is good and good is bad. It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a rebel who has no heart for truth. A true friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. It is poor judgment to countersign another’s note, to become responsible for his debts. Sinners love to fight; boasting is looking for trouble. An evil man is suspicious of everyone and tumbles into constant trouble. It’s no fun to be a rebel’s father. A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick. It is wrong to accept a bribe to twist justice. Wisdom is the main pursuit of sensible men, but a fool’s goals are at the ends of the earth!
The Olympic Games date back to Olympia, Greece, in 776 B.C. Although there was a break between the ancient and modern eras, they have generally been held once every four years for the past millennium and a half. They originally consisted of wrestling, boxing, leaping, running, and throwing the quoit (discus).
The church of the Bible does not have a proper name. by definition “church” (eklesia) means “the called out” and refers to those who have been called out of the world into fellowship with God by faith and obedience to the gospel (Hebrews 5:8-9;2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
- It has the endorsement of the leading men of our nation.
- It is a profitable investment of your time on Sunday morning.
- It has a class for every age-the whole family can attend together.
- It presents an interesting program for your delight and spiritual uplift.
- It affords an opportunity to serve God and the church.
- It teaches the Bible, which is the basis for obedience to God.
- It helps you to learn of Christ who died for you.
- It provides friendship and fellowship of real Christian.
- It helps to develop Christian character.
- It helps you to realize that you must prepare for a life beyond the grave.
It is interesting to note that Psalm 73 and Psalm 37 both deal with basically the same theme. Both deal with envying evil doers (It might help us to remember this by observing that when you turn the number 37 around it is 73.) The problem of why bad things happen to good people has haunted man since the beginning of time. And the reverse is also true, why do good things happen to bad people? The book of Job is probably the oldest book in the Bible and this was the problem that Job’s three friends could not understand. (See Job 4:7-8 & 8:6) In fact, Job himself struggled with this question. Observe what Job said in Chapter 21:7-15;
2 CORINTHIANS 8: 5-10
Best of all, they went beyond our highest hopes, for their first action was to dedicate themselves to the Lord and to us, for whatever directions God might give to them through us. they were so enthusiastic about it that we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to visit you and encourage you to complete your share in this ministry of giving. you people there are leaders in so many ways-you have so much faith, so many good preacher, so much learning, so much enthusiasm, so much love for us. Now i want you to be leaders also in the spirit of cheerful giving. I am not giving you an order; I am not saying you must do it, but others are eager for it. This is one way to prove that your love is real, that it goes beyond mere words. You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus was: though he was so very rich, yet to help you he became so very poor, so that by being poor he could make you rich. I want to suggest that you finish what you started to do a year ago, for you were not only the first to propose this idea, but the first to begin doing something about it.
- Set aside quality time for you and God.
- Listen carefully to God’s word! God has a message for you.
- Review your daily inventory with God. Admit your wrongs and errors.
- Ask God for wisdom and knowledge of His will and the power to carry it out.
- Ask God for direction in your thoughts and actions
Inscribed on the wall above an ancient sundial in Cluny, France, are these memeorable words: “of all these hours, fear but one!” There is an hour of hours to which all your life is leading. All history flows to the final appointement at which the destiny of each person who has ever lived will be sealed forever. “Inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained.” (Acts 17:31). God is keeping the book of your life where each thought and deed is recoreded. Soon, perhaps much sooner than you think,” . . . we must all be mad manifest befor the judgment seat nof Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or evil.” (2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20: 11-15).