Heaven: How Do We Get There?
Which of God's commandments would you say is the most difficult for you to obey?
I'm sure some of you would say, "Well, the commandment not to lie is difficult because if you're in a tight spot and you can twist the truth just a little, it's hard not to lie."
Some of you might say, "Well, the commandment not to covet is really difficult to obey in a materialistic society. If somebody you know gets richer or they achieve a status that you want for yourself, it's hard not to be jealous of them."
Some of you might point to Jesus' command in the New Testament not to lust as one being very difficult to obey in a sensual society.
Or what about Paul's commandment in Philippians 2:
"Don't complain about anything"?
Some of you think complaining is your spiritual gift.
It's hard to obey that one.
I think one of the hardest commandments to obey is this one: "Don't let your hearts be troubled."
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)
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.
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