Ye Are the Salt of the Earth

BRO. PAUL PHILLIPS (CALIFORNIA, USA)

“Ye are the salt of the earth…” How much have you thought about the worldwide current event of this day? What has it brought to your mind? I have observed the reactions of people around me. Some of their reactions are based in fear. Some reactions are based upon reasoning. Christian, what has been your reaction? Has it been one of peace? Have you a calm resolve within? We are to be a blessing; our lives are to be a saving and preserving of this world from total, universal corruption. Read more

Social Distancing or Spiritual Connecting?

“Social distancing” is a term that is being used frequently. It is deliberately increasing the physical space (i.e. six feet) between people to avoid spreading the virus. It includes avoiding large crowds and has caused governments to close businesses and schools. The result is that many people are staying in their homes with little social interaction and without the weekly fellowship and/or support of other people.

This is an opportune time for “spiritual connecting.” First, use this time to connect more closely to the Lord Jesus and strengthen your relationship with God. Secondly, while you may not be able to physically be with someone, you can be a friend. Take time daily to reach out by text, social media, and phone calls to increase the spiritual connection you have with other people and point them to Christ. There are many people that are feeling isolated, alone, and fearful. The government is calling for social distancing and the Lord is calling for spiritual connecting. You can make the difference in someone’s life today.
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Praying at Mealtime

On multiple occasions we read in the Scripture of Christ praying before eating. “Looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples” (Matthew 14:19). In different passages, the gospel writers sometimes used the word “blessing” and others “gave thanks.” It is interesting to note that Christ was most probably following the Jewish custom not of blessing the bread itself but giving thanks to God. Jews were forbidden to eat or drink without first acknowledging God by giving thanks.

The Jewish blessing reads thus: “Blessed are you O Lord, our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth!”

The custom and pattern then was not to “bless” the food but to give thanks or blessings to God who provided the food. Paul “took bread, and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat” (Acts 27:35).

It is a custom worthy of following to give God thanks for His provision at every meal in all settings, public or private.

Types of Prayer and Famous Prayers

 

Types of Prayer
Adoration

Praising God

Contrition

Asking God’s forgiveness

Petition

Asking God’s favor

Intercession

Praying in Behalf of Others

Thanksgiving

Showing God gratitudeRead more

Lift Up Holy Hands

I will lift up my hands in thy name. — Psalm 63:4

It has been a long practice of God’s people from the Old to the New Testament to lift their hands in supplication and praise to the Lord. In prayer, it shows a humility and neediness to the giver of all things and the hands are extended as a show of entreaty and request from the Lord. In praise, it is a show of honor and homage to our Savior and Heavenly Father.

When the songs of Zion are being sung, lifted hands in the air signify praise and honor to the Lord. It can be a sign of affirmation or signify a prayer of neediness and desire for more of what is being sung or spoken.