|All the Rules I Followed Gave Me Pride
I used to get up early and work hard ‘most every day. There were, of course, those times when it was good to rest and play. I used to feed the chickens, milk the cows, and stack the wood. I went to church, obeyed the rules, and I was pretty good.
With so many modern families affected by divorce, unhealthy marriages and relationships, it is good to look again briefly at the Biblical model of a family. Due to our sinful natures, we still have disagreements and we still get irritated and even angry at times, but our goal ought to be to become more like Jesus every day—leaving the sin behind and becoming a loving, forgiving, happy, healthy, godly family.
|Letter from a Reader
Dear Friend, I have been receiving your publication, The Amish Voice, for some time. Your publication has a lot to say about justification through faith only. This last one's title was "The Fivefold Appeal to be Justified by Faith Alone." In reading Hebrews chapter 11, the old patriarchs or elders through faith obtained a good report (verse 2). Ironically, it (the good report) came about through the works they did through that faith. Noah in verse 7 says, "By faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house by the which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." How do we know he had faith? I believe it is because of his works that we know he had faith, and the two together need to be evident.
|Prepare your Heart!
In the parable of the sower and the seed that Jesus told, the seed is the word of God. All of the seed sown was good. The problem was the condition of the soil—the heart. How is your heart? Is your heart prepared to hear from God? Are you seeking Him? Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy.
"Joe and Esther, it surely was good to have you with us two weeks ago! We love the two of you very much, you are precious to us. Your presentation was EXCELLENT! It makes us proud, like parents! The spirit of both of you is so sweet-it is easy to tell that you love the Lord with all your hearts. How wonderful, and praise the Lord!"