“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (ESV).
Galatians 4:4a “But, when the fullness of time had come,……” (ESV, NKJV)
“When the time came to completion,……..” (HCSB)
“When the right time had come,…….” (NLT)
“But when the set time had fully come,……..” (NIV)
INTRODUCTION: You may be familiar with the “best practices” terminology that is used in various training contexts. Usually, after researching “successful” organizational functions and procedures, the presenter will recommend the best practices for a particular business. These practices are the best ways to handle the operations and challenges that are being faced.
TEXT: “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart” (2 Cor. 4:1-7 ESV, Full text 2 Cor. 4:1-18).
In our text, the Apostle Paul is speaking very personally. He definitely is not putting on a seminar. But, what he states in these verses is an inspired record of Paul’s approach to his own ministry. And this passage of Scripture along with many others provides us with ‘best practices’ for those who are seeking to be faithful in the ministry of God’s Word, especially during difficult seasons.
In the broader context,...
I would like you read Isaiah 55 (ESV) written below. Our focus will be on verses 8-11, but the whole chapter needs to be read, if not the whole prophecy of Isaiah!
55 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
This beautiful Psalm is a poetic celebration and response to God’s personal revelation both through His Creation and through His Word.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
Dear Friend of Olford Ministries International, Inc.,
Greetings in Jesus’ Name!
I hope you are sensing the grace and the strength of the Lord as you walk with Him during these critical days. Most of us, if not all of us, have been impacted by the pandemic and/or natural disasters that have taken place this year, 2020.
I needed to be tested for the virus two days ago, and I was positively negative! We can be sure, of course, that God is sovereignly orchestrating all things to work together for good in relation to God’s people (Rom. 8:28). That is a truth that we must hold close to our hearts even when we don’t see “the good.”
I want to present something to you that is unusual for me, especially on our website.
As I think about the focus and the goals of our ministry, I think it is appropriate that churches be made aware of the possibility of supporting O.M.I. financially. We are an interdenominational ministry committed to the faithful...
Jeremiah 36 gives us a detailed picture of how God’s words given to Jeremiah and written down by Baruch are preserved. These words are ruthlessly rejected and apparently destroyed by King Jehoiakim. This comes at a critical point in Judah’s miserable final years before exile as Judah faces judgement through the instrumentation of the Babylonians. But, the King’s rejection of God’s Word is not the end of the story – for the king is to be punished and God’s words are to be re-written. This is a great account of the triumph and preservation of God’s Word.
Read Jeremiah 36 (The Whole Chapter!)
This text has all sorts of details, lessons, and applications. I want to focus specifically on what we can learn about the Word of God itself. It is very important to have a firm belief and an accurate understanding of the nature of God’s Word. This Word...
“Thus says the Lord:
Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where
The good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
— JEREMIAH 6:16
If you have traveled “on land” for any distance, you may have had this experience. You are traveling and you think you are going in the right direction. But, you find out at some point that actually you are not on the right road or path at all. The question is, will you seek direction? Will you ask someone who knows the right way to go, listen to what they say, and then follow their directions?
How long will it take before you admit that you are actually lost and need help?
The imagery in our text is familiar. It is as if God’s people are traveling on a journey. They are instructed to stop at the crossroads and to ask for the right way to go. Indeed, God Himself is giving his own people...
Scripture: Mark 14:1-11 (NKJV)
Sometimes we may think that what we do for the Lord doesn’t really matter. What we do may not be appreciated by some people, and it may be misunderstood by others. It is possible to be weary in well-doing, and if that is you today, I have an encouraging word for you. What really counts in our daily lives is what Jesus thinks about what we are doing, as we will see. On the other hand, it is possible for our devotion to Christ to lose its passion, its fire, its focus. There is also a lesson here from the Word of God for those who may need the fire of devotion rekindled.
A meal is being served in a home. A simple and yet sacrificial act of devotion takes place — an anointing with oil. This was not uncommon in those days. But, as we will see, this act of appreciation and love took on a very special significance. It became part of a much bigger story with a message to be proclaimed.
Jesus will soon be arrested, He will be tried, He will...
“….Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18a).
Reading: 2 Peter 1:1-11 These opening verses of 2 Peter are the focus for our message, but the theme is summarized in the closing verse of this Epistle, 2 Peter 3:18a.
INTRODUCTION: “Real men ……” Real women……” “Real Christians ……. grow!” To be more precise (according to the Apostle Peter) a real knowledge of Christ and a real experience of His grace will lead to growth in Christian character. This is the Apostle’s “thesis” as he exhorts his readers in 2 Peter and confronts false teachers and teaching.
Let’s consider how Peter addresses this matter of Christian growth in the first part of his Epistle. We will consider three fundamental truths related to Christian growth. There is much more to this subject than we can cover at this...
Read Joshua 14:6-15, 15:13-19 (ESV)
Few would question that faithfulness a very important attribute or quality. We know that our Lord is forever faithful, and we praise Him for that. One of my favorite hymns is “Great is The Faithfulness.” Starting with His daily mercies towards us, continuing with His faithfulness throughout the seasons of life, and concluding with the many blessings He has and will provide, this hymn helps us celebrate our God’s faithfulness.
At the same time, we are called to be faithful, and especially faithful to the Lord Himself. Faithfulness can be described as a PERSONAL CONSISTENT CONTINUOUS COMMITMENT to a person or community in relationship. Faithfulness can be spoken of in relation to a responsibility received, in relation to a pledge made, in relation to a practice or lifestyle undertaken, or...