When Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia they were in trouble. Evil forces had impressed themselves on the minds and lives of the Christians there and were attempting to lead them away from Christ and His pure gospel. This was a shock to the apostle who wrote, “I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel, which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-7).
Elsewhere in this issue of the Hobbs Street Herald is notice of a Ladies Day to be held April 26th with Judi Dean as speaker. The women here at West Hobbs Street have been working diligently to make this day a great success and I know it will be. The reason for my confidence is that for almost twenty-four years I have seen these women at work! Our ladies are great teachers, workers and examples for the faithful.
From time to time our granddaughter Lucy comes to stay with us overnight. Grandparents know what a blessing these visits are. She is a great joy to have around, although as most grandparents also know, she requires an enhanced energy level. Her presence reminds us why God generally gives us children while we are young.
I spent a number of formative years in a neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia known as Lakeside. It was a solid working class area where my friends and school mates lived and where I worked most days after school. One of the things about that city was that you really didn’t have to have a car. As a young teenager I wanted one, for sure, but that didn’t mean I could have one. As time moved along I used my father’s cars (a ’53 Buick Special and a ’63 Falcon) until I finally was able to get a ’57 Ford.
I was in the toy aisle with granddaughter Lucy recently (imagine that) and we came across the “Play-Doh” section. I told her about it but she was not interested at that moment. Her mind was set on some sort of flying unicorn princess thing. I showed my concern but she said, “They are not real granddaddy, just pretend.” “But you can make things with Play-Doh” said I. Well, as you might imagine, we got the flying unicorn princess creature.
“I FEEL GOOD”
Please forgive me for this reference to a somewhat troubled person who was not a New Testament Christian, but those of us of a certain age will remember James Brown. He was a tremendous force in the world of rhythm and blues music when I was much younger. My peers and I were quite taken with his work at that time and I admit to turning up the radio when one of his old hits comes on.
According to the “World Population Clock” there are over 7,151,705,400 people on the earth right now. When you look at this clock online it is amazing to see the rapidity with which it moves up. The same source has the population of the United States at 317,630,369. I also saw, and was a little shocked to learn, that the population of the USA is over twice that of Russia (142,470,272). Whatever all this may mean to you, to me it means that there are a whole lot of folks in this world!
From Ephesians 4:30-32 we have these words from Paul: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Our spiritual destiny is the most important element of our existence.
Sadly, it is most often neglected or considered carelessly. Most folks don’t think
about eternity until they are faced with their physical demise. The problem is,
of course, by then it may be a bit late.
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