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Thought for the Day (Page 201)

Why should I sing?

Eleven of the 150 psalms begin with these three words, “Praise the LORD!” (including the last five psalms, 146-150).  The word “praise” is found over 150 times in the book.  Oftentimes, the word “praise” and the word “sing” are used synonymously (cf. Psa. 7:17; 57:9; 104:33; 135:3; 146:2).  Study Psalm 147:1 and you’ll find three reasons why we should sing praise to…

“I don’t want to be a burden to others!”

I recognize that the Bible teaches that Christians must “love one another” (1 Pet. 4:8), “care for one another” (1 Cor. 12:24), “serve one another” (Gal. 5:13) and have “compassion for one another” (1 Pet. 3:8).  We have a responsibility to “do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10).  But, as brethren, we also…

Should we change our position?

I ran across this quote yesterday and found it very interesting:  “Effective 24 January 2006, the NAC has changed its position on Holy Baptism…. A specially scheduled information evening in Uster (Switzerland) was transmitted via satellite to all NAC congregations around the world.” At least two things stand out in this announcement.  First, someone (or some ones) felt it was necessary to…

“Work out your own salvation”

It is not a popular idea in some religious circles, but as one reads through the Bible he will not be able to escape the truth that work is inextricably tied to our salvation.  Philippians 2:12-13 is just one of those plain passages:  “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in…

Our Chief Shepherd

In 1 Peter 5:4, Peter calls Jesus “the Chief Shepherd.”  Take a few minutes and read the book of First Peter with that thought in mind. The Chief Shepherd keeps us (guards us, watches over us, protects us) by the power of God (1:5); redeemed us with His own precious blood (1:18-19); will not allow His disciples to “be put to shame”…