Choose Life

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Deuteronomy 29-30 & Acts 3

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 29- Hidden Things

Deuteronomy 29:29

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

 

Recently, I arrived at the church, only to discover that since I drove a different vehicle than usual, I did not have my key. First, I was frustrated at myself, then I looked for someone else to blame, and finally, called one of the other pastors to come open the office for me. When I got in, settled down, and began to unpack my bag, I discovered the key was in my bag all along. I had simply failed to take… Read More

Deuteronomy 30- Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:19
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live”

As Moses’ final hour quickly approaches, he pleads with the people to turn to the Lord. He has personally experienced the suffering that comes with rebellion against God. Forty years in Horeb, and forty years in the wilderness wanderings, have forever etched in his mind, the importance of trusting in, and following after, the Lord.

The same offer is set before each of us today. We have the choice to receive Christ… Read More

New Testament: Acts 3- What Do I Have I Give

Acts 3:6
“Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, . . .’”

Peter makes reference to a simple rule of life. We can only give away what we personally possess. By his own admission, Peter had no money to give this man. It is interesting to note that from an economic standpoint, Peter’s condition was no different than the beggar’s. In the world’s estimation, a man in his thirties who… Read More

 

2 thoughts on “Choose Life

  1. Renee Rithianos April 3, 2017 / 7:10 am

    I have a tough nut to crack. My brother in law. He sends these messages to us. It’s not the first but they are all pretty much the same and they all start out with his political views. Here’s his latest:
    So if you don’t know what you don’t know and you don’t know anything about Jesus … like the staving child deep in the dark jungles of Africa … will that child go to heaven when he finally dies of starvation? The wars in Iraq, Aphganistan and Pakistan have taken a tremendous human toll on those countries. Approximately 210,000 civilians have died violent deaths as a result of the wars. There are an estimated 1.6 billion museums around the world, making Islam the worlds second largest religious tradition after Christianity.
    Is Jesus going to turn all these people away from heaven?
    Just want to know.
    My husband quoted Eph 1:15-21
    Please tell me what scripture I can suggest for him to read. I’ve been coming to Calvary for almost a year and have learned more in that short time than I’ve learned my whole life. Still like a child though, I have so much more to learn. I have deep respect and admiration for you and I know if anyone can help me with this, it’s you.
    Thank you so much for your time and knowledge concerning this.

    Peace and Blessings
    Renee Rithianos

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    • pjimgallagher April 3, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Renee,

      When we have a loved one who challenges us with hard questions, oftentimes it’s because in their heart they are wrestling with Jesus, whether they know it or not. This was certainly the case with Saul of Tarsus who would later become Paul (Acts 9). So make sure that you’re praying for and loving your brother in law.

      Second, regarding the question of human suffering in the world, and those who die without having heard the gospel: people are turned away from heaven because of their own sin, not because of some fault in Jesus. All men everywhere are sinners by nature, in thought word and deed (Romans 3:9-19, 23). The world is already in a state of condemnation right now, and Jesus actually came to remedy this hopeless situation, which was not His fault but ours (John 3:16-17). He took our fault upon Himself.The answer that God would give your brother in law concerning the gospel and the unreached world is twofold.

      He is the one that has heard the gospel, and he is accountable to respond to it. The bible teaches that to whom much is given much will be required (Luke 12:48). He cannot use other people’s ignorance of the truth of God’s salvation to excuse his own refusal to accept it.
      If he truly loves the people in Africa, or the Muslim world (and I believe that there may be some sincerely compassionate and tender part of him that does), then God would tell him “Receive my Son, and then go tell those people about Him!” In other words, he is the answer to the problem (Romans 10:14-15). He should become a Christian and go!

      Lastly, regarding children. There are scriptures that suggest that children must reach an age of accountability before they can have judgment passed on them (Deuteronomy 1:39). Jesus said to permit children to come to Him and that the kingdom of heaven is theirs (Matthew 19:14). In any case, we can trust judgment into the hands of a God who loved us so much that He would sacrifice His beloved Son for us who were in rebellion to Him. As Abraham said “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25).

      Hope these help.

      Pastor Pete

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