You’ve Got Mail (by  Ed Allen)

You’ve Got Mail (by Ed Allen)

In the summer, two of my grandsons and I were meeting weekly for bible study. When school started it became difficult to schedule time for the study. One of the boys mentioned that a friend had set a goal to read through the bible in one year. I made a commitment to the boys to also read through the bible during the coming year and send to them by e-mail my thoughts on some portion of the scripture I had read each day. An example follows: Numbers 19, 20, Psalm 28 & Mark 5 Mark 5:16 Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed man, and all about the swine. 17 And they began to implore Him to leave their region . 18 As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. 19And He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed. (Observation) When Jesus ordered the legion of demons to “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” they ask to be sent into a herd of swine. Jesus allowed it and the swine drowned. The people were afraid and ask Jesus to leave. The cleansed man wanted to leave with Jesus, but Jesus commanded him to be a witness...
Jesus Takes It Personal by (Ed Allen)

Jesus Takes It Personal by (Ed Allen)

Matthew 25: 31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.  34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’  (Observation) Jesus separates “all the nations” into two groups. The group on the right inherits the kingdom of heaven. Jesus sites God’s predestination...
Act Like A Man (by Ed Allen)

Act Like A Man (by Ed Allen)

1 Corinthians 16: 13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love. (Observation) Paul closes this letter to the Corinthians with a few requests concerning others who have and will minister to them. In the midst of those requests are these five exhortations. The first four exhortations are military like. The last urges love. (Interpretation) I suggest to you that Paul’s military style exhortation anticipates struggle for the Corinthians against evil and temptation. In battle, men fight and give themselves up out of love for their country, family and fellow soldiers. So also, in Christian service, men are to give themselves up for those to whom they minister, just as Christ “gave Himself up” for the church. (Cross-reference) Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 5: 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 1 Corinthians 13: 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. (Application) In my own life, I am also to do as Paul exhorted the Corinthians and “actlike a man” giving myself up for those whom God has given me to love. What do you think: Is Paul’s command to “act like men” carried out today by givingone’s self up for those (including your family) over whom you have...
Too Wonderful (by Ed Allen)

Too Wonderful (by Ed Allen)

Romans 8: 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.  26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Observation) We Christians wait for our redemption in hope, not knowing exactly what it will look like or when it will happen.  We wait in a temporary and chaotic world relying on the promise that “all things work together for good to those who love God.”  When we pray we pray about things (both worldly and heavenly) that we do not fully understand. “We do not know how to...
Thank for Everything! (by Ed Allen)

Thank for Everything! (by Ed Allen)

Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ! (Observation) In view of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, Paul tells the Thessalonians to encourage and build one another up and gives a series of commands while they wait. In the midst is verse 18 saying “in everything give thanks.” ! (Interpretation) If we are to give thanks “in everything,” then it follows that there is no circumstance in which we are not to give thanks. I submit to you that thanksgiving in the midst of worldly trouble is only possible if our hope is in the eternal provision of God through Jesus Christ. It is in view of the promised return of Jesus and eternity with Him, that this command is given. It is because of this hope that we trust that the circumstances, even troubles, in which we find ourselves, are in our best interest. Also because of this hope, we are able look upon current circumstances and trouble as being small in comparison to the life to come. Paul ends his letter saying in verse 28 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” It is by His grace that we have this hope in Him. It is also by His grace that we can “in everything give thanks.” ! (Cross-reference) Ephesians 5:20 “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;”  21 “and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” ! Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made...