"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? "
(Micah 6:8 KJV)
"The author, Micah, was of the town called Moresheth which may be the same town mentioned in 1:14, Moresheth-gath. If so, Micah came from a little town not far from Jerusalem (25 miles SW of Jerusalem near the Philistine city of Gath)." This was written by David Malik for bible.Org on the internet (http://bible,org/article/introduction-book-micah) and seems to agree with the thinking of most Bible scholars.
Micah, at Our Awesome God's request, came from a country setting to tell the rich and powerful that they needed to be less abusive to the poor of Israel. He prophesied concerning the upcoming captivity and that a Ruler would come out of Bethlehem. He prophesied during the reigns of Kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah or from 750 to 686 B.C.
He was a contemporary of Isaiah, the prophet. His main theme was that Our Awesome God insists that His people must reflect His holy character in the way they live; if they refuse, judgment is the inevitable result. Yet God will never abandon His covenant people and He sent Jesus Christ, the Messiah to save us from our sins if we will accept Him as our savior.
Micah says Our Awesome God gives us warnings so that we will not have to suffer His wrath if we obey. But judgment is certain to happen if His warnings are not obeyed and Jesus Christ's salvation is rejected. Though God may need to chastise us, it will be in love if we have accepted Christ's salvation. Our Awesome God has had a plan to redeem us since before the foundation of the world. He knew we would sin and still He created us. He loves us!
Micah was Our Awesome God's Prophet giving warning about what needed to be done. Just like His covenant people, we, His adopted children, need to reflect His holy character in the way we live, what we say and do. Do you? You need to know Him well. So read His Word in His Holy Bible, pray to Him and listen to His pastors. His Bible and His pastors have already told us about the coming judgment but we must believe them, repent of our sins and accept His salvation by grace through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study from 6:00 to 7:00 PM along with AWANA for children lasting until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"
(Luke 6:37 KJV)
"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing."
(1 Peter 3:9 KJV)
Jesus, the Son of Our Awesome God, passionately taught us to forgive others, to let go, to let Him handle it. He wants us to be at peace and for that to happen, anger must be replaced by forgiveness.
A few years ago, Christianity Today featured a cover story entitled, “The Forgiveness Factor: Social Scientist discover the power of a Christian virtue” (January 10, 2000). In it, they discussed how researchers have discovered the importance of forgiveness. What was most interesting was that they had come to the conclusion that the one who does the forgiving is the one who benefited the most. Jesus has been telling us this since He was on earth as a human in 33 AD and now scientists admit it.
Forgiving others is a commandment because stored anger often turns to bitterness. Not forgiving others is a sin. Our Awesome God will not forgive us if we do not forgive others (Mark 11:26).
Therefore, as Our Awesome God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12-13). Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Forgiving is necessary if you want to be at peace with God and yourself. The consequences of not forgiving others is not good for you and usually ends in you becoming bitter. Our Judge told us what we should do when He was on earth. It will not be easy but it is worth all our effort to forgive others. Our Awesome God will take care of revenge or consequences. It is God's job not ours to give judgment and sentence because He knows all things and is just. Our job is to obey and forgive others. Read Numbers 14:19-20, Matthew 5:23-24, Luke 17:3-4, and John 8:7. See you in heaven if not before!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. Wednesday we have Prayer Requests and Bible Study at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest."
(2 Kings 4:7 KJV)
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?"
(Luke 14:28 KJV)
If you have tried the exercises described in the first two parts of this personal finance series, you have the beginnings of a Financial Plan for your family. However, as it stands, it is a simplified effort lacking the assistance and reviews that come with a more complete program like Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Be assured that each family is different and needs to have their financial planning work overseen by an objective, knowledgeable mentor beside those implementing it. This mentor will watch out for Possible Problems that may cause your Financial Plan to fail. (This will help your children as well as yourself). These include (your family may have more problems): 1) Emergencies, 2) All people with access to the family money are not committed to the plan, 3) Failure to keep daily records of money spent and amount that is left. If you know of other potential Possible Problems, add them to your list. The Possible Problems and their answers will differ from family to family but they must be provided for before starting on your plan, if possible. A complete program, as above, will discuss options and help you choose what is right for your family.
Our Awesome God wants your devotion and your obedience. It distracts you from God if your finances and your debt are out of control. If you have accurately followed #1 and #2, (#1 is the hardest to get right) you have a plan to pay for your bills, taxes and needs. The remaining money can be used to give to God, to provide for the Possible Problems to reduce your debt and allow for some wants, all of which will become part of the plan.
Starting on your plan may not be easy since you have to give up many of your wants. This is temporary because one purpose is to reduce your "must pays" so you can increase your giving and have more of your wants. So get your Needs and a 6 months' average income together. Our Awesome God wants to bless you even more than He does now but you need to know how to handle those riches when He gives them to you. There is one more important tool for your plan. On Sunday, May 24th, we will discuss the Budget as a part of the Financial Plan.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church at 10:30 AM every Sunday and Bible Study is at 6:00 PM on Sunday evening. We have an Intercessory Prayer Team and Bible Study at 7:00 PM Monday and Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time and money with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
"And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan."
(Numbers 13:27-29 KJV)
Why, of all places in our world called earth, did Our Awesome God choose Canaan to give to His chosen people? We can only guess what God thought. We can ask Him when we get to heaven. But knowing the people He chose, God prepared a special place for them, midway between the two major civilizations of that day, yet separated from them by large deserts. Was this the ideal place for God’s “kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6) to begin exporting Him to the world?
Here was a fertile land depending on Our Awesome God sending the rains for crops to grow and develop with little effort by the people. There is a wide variation in climate in this area. The area along the coastal plain, where the tribe of Dan settled, can receive up to 40 inches of rain a year and En-gedi in Judah, near the Dead Sea, only gets about 3 inches. Winters are wet while summers are usually hot and dry. This means that while the mountains in northern Canaan can be covered with snow, crops can be growing along the coastal plain and a nearly bone dry desert can be to the south at the same time. So these special people who were to tell all people about God would be near the most knowledgeable and those with the least knowledge on their continent, near the richest and the poorest people. They were near the water and could travel by land as needed. They had all they needed. But they wouldn't obey.
Israel has yet to become God’s kingdom of priests. When they took Our Awesome God's goodness for granted and did not live as He had told them to (Joshua 1:7-8), drought and famine came (Amos 4:7; Hag.1:11). The prophets would call the people to repentance and to acknowledge that God was in control of all His creation including the seasons and weather. They would repent and God would send relief. This continued in a cyclic fashion while they lived in Canaan.
Our Awesome God has a purpose for everything. He rarely tells us His purpose but He always tells us what He wants us to do if we are listening. If we obey Him, His purpose may be accomplished sooner but, sooner or later, His purpose is always accomplished. Our Awesome God wants us to follow His commandments and acknowledge that He controls our world and follow Him.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Our programs include AWANA and an Intercessory Prayer Team but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
Flo & Bill