Generosity – A Christian’s Duty

Abe’s timely lesson for today was on the need for a Christian to be generous with their lives. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, we all know that living a life with generosity as part of our nature is NOT easy. In fact, it can often be a source of great contention in many of our relationships – especially our marriage relationships. ‘Shall I keep giving for others to take?’ Well, the answer to that is both YES and NO.

God does not expect us to set ourselves up to be taken advantage of, but he does give us very good lessons on ‘going the extra mile’ and ‘giving our cloak to those without’.

In essence, we need to look at God and Christ to see how this behavior needs to be meted out. God keeps giving us life, health, sight, food, even when we sin and don’t show Him respect. This is true with Christ too. He came and died for our sings, saves us from sin, and reserves all things for us eternally including forgiveness, yet so often so many never know Him or seek Him out.

Abe’s 2 lessons below can be heard by clicking the play button, then adjusting the volume to listen to at home, work, or wherever you are. If you want to share or download the lessons, go ahead! We’re generous with out recordings! :^)

Generosity – A Christian’s Duty, Martin, part 1

Generosity – A Christian’s Duty, Martin, part 2

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The Benefits of Constant Requests

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8 NKJV)

For the Christian, this parable is a lesson on asking our God and Savior for the things we need and for our protection from Satan and wickedness. Certainly He would like to have our thanks for all He does for us. Regardless, we need that constant dialogue to make change in our lives and in the lives of others.

Another lesson for the Christian is in teaching the lost. Never stop trying to teach them. Eventually they too will give in if we have love and compassion in our hearts.

The sinner has learned how to bend this lesson to their own interests too. But instead of petitioning God, they petition those around then and the leaders of government so their wicked lifestyles might be accepted, perhaps even celebrated. Think it is not possible? Look at some of the large cities who celebrate “pride” days. As Isaiah 5:20 says, there will be some who call evil “good” and good “evil”. But they will pay.

Finally, let us remember that the government is in God’s control. He has a plan in the works, even now. But we can intervene with the fall to wickedness and tell those we pay taxes to that we are tired of wickedness and want to see more good, more of what God asks for. So make your requests to God, and then to your leaders.

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Persecution – Be Prepared

From the beginning of the Christian faith, persecution has been a part of life. Even beyond the Christian faith, persecution was part of life for Jesus, His disciples, even back to John the baptizer or the prophets. So recognizing “persecution” as something NEW is error plain and simple. If we want to do God’s will on earth, we WILL face opposition. That is a fact.

If we want to truly “be prepared” we need to know what others faced and what we may face on our own. We need to look at what the Bible teaches us not only may happen, but will deal with IF we are being truly faithful to God and the cause of Christ.

Abe goes a good job presenting this subject to us in the 2 lesson recordings below. To hear, just click the buttons and you can adjust the volume and even download the recordings if you choose to.

Persecution – Be Prepared, Martin, part 1

Persecution – Be Prepared, Martin, part 2

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