Christian scholar claims ‘shocking similarity’ between biblical ‘antichrist’ and Muslim messiah called the ‘Mahdi’
As biblical counselors, we’re always looking to suggest practical ways of living out what we believe. How often do we hear from friends and counselees (herein just “friends”) that they know what the Bible says, but are unsure what to do or how to connect doctrine with their struggles? In response, we typically remind them to remember God’s purposes for trials, to trust, to pray, and to fill themselves with God’s Word. All of which should be done. But most of us forget about Peter’s prescription of hospitality to a suffering people (1 Peter 4:9) as a way to demonstrate faith even in the midst of persecution and hardship.
Hospitality offers a vital prescription for growth, because it touches so many aspects of how we live our lives. According to the New Testament we need to consider the needs of others, to share the gospel, to love, and to be intentional with our resources; hospitality provides a tangible way to practice all of that. This post aims to encourage counselors to understand hospitality biblically and to prescribe it as one way to help friends grow in Christ-likeness and connect belief with action.
What Biblical Hospitality Entails
In case you are missing this series, a taste from Don Merritt
This passage opens with Jesus giving instructions to the disciples about the arrangements for the Passover meal that remind us of His instructions to them in 21:1-3 about the arrangements for His entry into Jerusalem. After everything had been arranged, the scene opens at the meal itself. This narrative is broken into two sections, each beginning with the words “while they were eating”. The first, 26:20-25 is all about the betrayal of Jesus, the second (26:26-30) covers Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper.
Matthew’s account, though it gives these details, omits most of the details that John includes, such as Jesus’ washing their feet, and John’s lengthy account of the final discourses, and in this, Matthew is continuing the choppy pace that began at the beginning of this chapter; he reminds us a little of the way Mark covered most everything. Yet while he is leaving out some of the dramatic discussions of that evening, Matthew is once again focusing our attention of the ultimate mission of Jesus: His appointment with the cross.
In the first part, notice that when Jesus tells them that His betrayer is in their midst, the disciples are “sad” and say “surely you don’t mean me, Lord” (26:22). Matthew gives a direct quote from the denial of Judas in 26:25: “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi”. It may be nothing, but there is a slight difference between the eleven who said “Lord” and the one who said “Rabbi”, for in calling Jesus “teacher”, Judas seems to be expressing respect for Jesus as a teacher, but withholding his obedience to the Lordship of Jesus. Whatever his intent, Judas’ remark was disingenuous at best.
In His reply to Judas, Jesus seems to be revealing that He isn’t buying the denial.
In 26:26-30, we have the institution of the Last Supper, one of the most hotly debated aspects of the Faith traditionally, as disagreements among believers have literally divided the Body multiple times for the past thousand years or so. Ironically, however, everyone agrees that the partaking of the bread and the cup point us to the cross, the one thing that unites all Christians.
When you think about it, the sheer stupidity of this behavior almost makes a person want to stop debating altogether… almost.
found on The Berian Call
Keeping the faith and praying the Word of God defeats negativity every single time. Prayer and faith is powerful in any storm.
~ Ann V. Friend ~
Hello friends. Keeping the faith and praying as we weather the storm. I love the Book of Psalms. It provides comfort to dwell and abide in The Lord with faith and trust in him.
These days, almost everything spoken is negative.
Thank God for balancing life by raising up encouragers with the gift of faith. Thank you Lord.
Abundant blessings and keeping the faith as we weather the storm praying and meditating on his Word.
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“And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.”(Mark 14:3)
What some called a waste, Jesus honored in the highest possible terms. From Cape Town to Bejing, everywhere the gospel is preached, he said “tell of what this woman has done.”
The one who for eternity enjoyed the adoration of angels, laid all that aside. As he prepared to die for us, someone did something special for him. Costly sacrifice. Precious praise. All in.
When we remember how much he has done for us, surely we too should say “thank you Lord, what can I do to show my appreciation for you?”
Worship that is halfhearted is not worthy of the King who gave his all. Praise that prevaricates devalues his glory. Turning Sundays into a spectator sport is an insult to our savior. A lifestyle that mimics this world mocks his majesty. Passivity belittled his passion. Greediness forgets the gratitude we owe to the one who gave us everything.
Hmmm – interesting read