When it came to observing the Lord’s Supper, the church at Corinth grossly missed the mark. It was their practice to hold “suppers” in which the rich and esteemed ate and drank first. They gorged themselves with the finest food and choicest wine, leaving little to none for those considered lower in status. Their gluttony and drunkenness caused Paul to chastise them for their distorted view of communion. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we do so in remembrance of the broken body and spilled blood of Jesus. It is a holy and sacred practice of praising the sacrifice of Christ and His gift of salvation. And we do it as one. As the body of Christ we eat of the bread and drink from the cup proclaiming the Lord’s death until His glorious return.
Cape Cod fisherman Michael Packard made headlines around the world last week when he told reporters about being swallowed whole by a humpback whale while diving for lobsters off Provincetown, Massachusetts on Friday. But not all are buying his story. Packard said that he felt a “huge shove” and then everything went “completely black” and he realized he was inside the mouth of the whale. “Then all of a sudden [the whale] went up to the surface and just erupted and started shaking his head. I just got thrown in the air and landed in the water,” Yet a doctor and fellow fisherman call it a tall tale. However, while rare, there have been incidents of humpback whales swallowing humans. Read more about this fishy story here.
Dr. Charles Stanley Victim Of Internet Hoax
Beloved Pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley has been the latest subject in an internet hoax. A web page that resembles the Fox News website, replete with the network’s logo in the left corner, claims that Baptist pastor Charles Stanley is selling CBD and that he said he “wouldn’t be here” without it. This story isn’t authentic, and Stanley isn’t selling CBD, a chemical found in cannabis plants. Neither are Joel Osteen and Pat Robertson, two other television evangelists whose names and fabricated quotes endorsing CBD gummies are mentioned in the fake stories. Stanley did not address the scam during his televised sermon on Saturday, but he did preach about the dangers of deception. Read more about the hoax here.
Bebe Netanyahu Out As Israel’s Prime Minister
Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned rival, became prime minister after the 60-59 vote. The vote, capping a stormy parliamentary session, ended a two-year cycle of political paralysis in which the country held four deadlocked elections. President Joe Biden quickly congratulated the new government saying, “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations,” Read more about Netanyahu’s exit here.
Colorado Woman Spends Vacation Picking Up Trash
Deciding to spend her vacation doing something to help the environment, a Colorado woman has spent 23 days picking up 126 bags of trash across the country. 24-year-old Stefani Shamrowicz has driven over 70 hours through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, cleaning up everything from bottles to lawn ornaments. Now her good deed has caught on. People donate $10 a bag for Stefani to clean up in their name, which she uses for lodging and gas. The person’s name is written on how many bags they’ve donated towards and Stefani posts a picture on her Instagram when they are filled, thanking them for helping clean up the city she’s in. Read more about her efforts here.
Jesus suffered greatly during His time on earth. He was ridiculed, scorned, beaten, tortured, and made to suffer a thief’s death. And as His followers, we too will face such suffering. For as Jesus tells us, “You will be hated by everyone because of My name…” (Matt. 10:28) And though no one likes hardship, Peter tells us not only to expect suffering, but to rejoice in it. For when we suffer because of our faith, we suffer for Christ as His body on earth. We rejoice knowing the privilege it is to share the suffering of our Savior who suffered so much for us. And as Paul reminds us, our momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that is far beyond comparison. (2 Cor. 4:17) Jesus will soon be returning. And on that day, we can rejoice exceedingly when His glory is revealed to all!
During His time on earth, Jesus taught about the kingdom of heaven using parables. In chapter 20 we learn the story of the workers in the vineyard. At first glance it seems a tale about an unjust landowner who pays his workers unfairly. But in actuality it’s a lesson on grace and how “the last shall be first, and the first last”. …
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples asked what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. The Lord responded with a series of warnings of the things to look for which would signal His soon return. And like birth pains which grow in frequency and intensity before the delivery, when we see prophecy fulfilled at increasing speed, we know Jesus is on His way. Many prophecy experts agree that we are indeed living in the season of the Lord’s soon return. And the current convergence of signs means that we are the generation of which Jesus speaks. The generation that will not pass away before all these things take place. The fig tree is blooming, and Jesus is standing at the gate. Are you ready for His return?
I once read that as Christians, our relationships should be both vertical and horizontal. Of course first and foremost is our relationship with the Lord. But our horizontal relationships with fellow believers are just as important. For God never meant the Christian walk to be a solo journey. And living in a fallen world ruled by the Enemy, means we need all the support we can get. Support from godly men and women with the same goal; living lives that glorify God. As the time for Jesus’ return grows closer, the days grow darker. That’s why the love and fellowship from Christians to encourage, edify, teach, and worship each other is so important. So we until that glorious day when we are called to be by His side, we can be the church Christ intends us to be!
I love having a garden. Whether it be flowers or vegetables, there’s nothing better than the satisfaction of a good crop. And although I’d love to instantly see the results of my time, attention, and work, I have to have patience. Yet having patience isn’t easy, especially in a world that covets instant gratification. But life is full of waiting. And to those who patiently endure until He returns, God promises a glorious reward. An eternal bounty of love, peace, and endless joy. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, and one that produces endurance. An endurance to stay the course and strengthen our hearts for the soon coming of the Lord!
When the storms of life rage around us, we wonder where God is. How could He allow the wind to howl and the waves to crash? We cry out, “Don’t you care that we are perishing?” The truth is that of course He cares. And even if He sends a storm straight our way, we can trust that He will see us safely through it. …
Did you know that the rapture could occur at any time? There is no prophecy that has to be fulfilled, nor definite sign marking the day and the hour. Jesus could literally call us home at any moment. Before He ascended to the right hand of the Father, Jesus told the disciples about His soon return. And until that time they were to stay aware and be ready. Jesus gives us that same warning. We too are to be spiritually alert and ready. And until that glorious day, we should be living productive lives focused on working and advancing God’s kingdom. Our goal is to take with us as many as we can on that wonderful trip to meet our Savior in the sky!
We all grew up reading fairytales. Books filled with wondrous stories of heroes and villains from long ago, hailing from far away and magical places. The Bible is a book that is filled with amazing, miraculous, stories and people as well. But far from a work of fiction, the Bible is the Word of God with every sentence, paragraph, and chapter true. Christianity isn’t based on legendary myths and fables, but the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A gospel taught to us by the eyewitness’s of Christ’s life, ministry, majesty, death and resurrection. We serve the true, living, God Almighty. And one day soon He will He return to call home those who belong to Him.