Keep pressing on!
The example of the apostle Paul should inspire us older Christians to make the most of life’s final chapter. Paul wrote the book of the Philippians when he was prisoner in Rome around A.D. 62. His circumstances could easily have discourage him. He was aging. He was imprisoned. His future was uncertain.
Paul had many reasons to put his life in neutral and coast toward the finish line. Yet he wrote, “I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forget what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christi Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Powerful Reminders from Passionate Events
- Mark 14:1-26 comprises less than a third of the chapter, but it is filled with a whirlwind of passionate emotions and events.
We see envy, fear, anger, deception, malice, hatred, and evil plots:
“The chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill Him” (v. 1).
- We see gratitude, love, a sacrificial offering, some misunderstanding, an explanation, and a gospel message for the ages:
The Prayer Link" there are seven key points on how to pray:
Pray Psalm 91 over your families and nation.
Pray against fear and remind ourselves that God has not given us a spirit of fear.
Pray for wisdom for our leaders to contain the spread of the virus while protecting their people effectively.
Pray for courage for believers to share Jesus effectively through this time of crisis.
Pray for a worldwide move of God.
Make a decree that the coronavirus will cease worldwide, and that God will heal all who are currently affected by it.
Re-consecrate yourselves, your families, and your nation to God through the taking of communion.
Pastor Paul Leavens - Minister Lindsay Christian Church
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."