The Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada released a statement rejecting all forms of racism.
Week after week in this church and in thousands of other churches in hundreds of languages across our world we will say the words “Heavenly Father.” In most cases it will mark the beginning of a prayer. It is a form of address to God. It reminds us of His place and our future home. It also speaks of our relationship to God.
I wish I could understand the purposes of God. If I am His and I will live eternally with Him, why in the world do I have to experience all these negatives?
Proverbs 24:3-4: "By wisdom, a house is built, and through understanding, it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures."
But what if the things we put on our list are pointless? What if some of those items make no difference whatsoever? What if they take so much time that we neglect the most important things? Rather than have a “to do list” what if we had a “stop doing list” for all the things that are so far outside our purpose that they actually became both a distraction from good goals or a deterrent from reaching life’s important objectives. Jesus had something to say on the subject.
She'd reached the age in life where national emergencies didn't constitute personal meltdown.
When I'm drivin' in my car
And a man comes on the radio
He's telling me more and more
About some useless information
Supposed to fire my imagination ...
here are likewise personal spiritual considerations where we cannot afford to be wrong. Has a bitter loneliness possessed your soul? Perhaps you serve the Lord in a solitary condition in your family. Perhaps you are misunderstood by everyone you know who is close to you. You are never forsaken. You are never alone. God is present, as He was with Jacob, even in the unexpected places.
Jesus’ first destination was south to a region of the Jordan where His cousin, John, was baptizing those he had called to repentance. There was a fresh consciousness of sin and need that followed John’s preaching. He was preparing the way for the Messiah. He was the new Elijah right down to his camel’s hair sport coat and his lunch of fresh locusts in honey sauce.
Death leaves us struggling for perspective and it is no doubt that the ugly face of terror has made us long for the Messianic age spoken of in Micah 4:3: “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Against the backdrop of mass murder in Egypt it is easy to understand how the disciples and the friends of Jesus must have felt as they recalled their helplessness and the brutality of the crucifixion. They felt they had watched the final act of the life of Jesus and it had ended in tragedy.