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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Preparation

Abe’s lessons for today were on preparation. Ever felt unprepared for something? We all have! To be ready for the things in our lives requires preparation. Going to work? Are you dressed and clean? That is preparation. Getting married? Got plans for the wedding? That is preparation (or lack of preparation).

Well, what about when it comes to God’s kingdom on earth (the church)? Are you prepared to say you are truly a part of it? Is the one you are part of the right one? How can you tell? What about eternity? Prepared for that?

Preparation has many factors in our lives. From what are we going to eat, to will we see God after our lives are over? Really being prepared means knowing what you are about to face, and then finding the resources for giving us the knowledge on what to expect and how to succeed. Failure is the only alternative. Don’t take the test, you fail. Miss too many answers, you fail. Preparation is key.

The recordings below give some good insight on what good preparation is all about, and some humorous ways others discuss a lack of preparation. Just click the buttons below, listen and adjust the volume, or click the download button to save the lesson on your computer.

Preparation, Martin, part 1

Preparation, Martin, part 2

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