We Meet on the Lord’s Day
“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus. . . . On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet” (Revelation 1:9, 10).
I’ve always been intrigued by that designation: “the Lord’s Day.” From childhood I’ve been taught the importance of gathering around the Lord’s table on the Lord’s Day.
This is the only time the phrase is directly used in Scripture, though it must be the day referred to in Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2 and John 20:19.
"I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:1,2)
Five Dangerous Ways of Praying.
They are me centered.
They could literally change our prayer life and our relationship to God.
These five Me Prayer’s work in conjunction with our verses in Romans chapter twelve. When prayed from the heart and put into action we can learn what it means to become a living sacrifice and to be used by God for His purpose and pleasure.
BENEFITS OF THE FAMILY MEAL
Close your eyes and picture a family dinner. A “June Cleaver” mom is in an apron and pearls, “Ward” in a sweater and tie. The children’s hands are washed and their hair combed. The savory aroma of a home-cooked meal fills the air. Everyone, including the family dog, listens intently to what is being said.
Is this what dinner looks like at your house? In real-life families dinner can be messy—there might be cooking and dining mishaps, arguing and complaining among family members, and other things competing for our attention. Though a sit-down meal as a family can be challenging to pull together regularly, and sometimes may appear dysfunctional, there are clear benefits. Countless studies have concluded that children who eat several times per week with their family are at lower risk for poor eating habits, weight problems, depression, and alcohol/substance dependencies, plus they tend to perform better academically than their peers who frequently eat alone or away from home.
The word valentine speaks to us of love. And to love is to be the most like God we can be. Let me repeat that: to love is to be the most like God we can be. For God is love. The disciple who most sensed the love of God wrote to early Christians and to us, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8) and “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (4:7).
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