Category: Daily Reflections

THE THIRD FAMINE

“In fact, all the world came to Joseph to obtain rations of grain, for famine had gripped the whole world.” —Genesis 41:57 In Joseph’s time, there was a worldwide physical famine. Amos prophesied a spiritual famine: “Yes, days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send famine upon the land: not a famine of bread, or thirst for water, but for hearing the word of the Lord” (Am 8:11). Today we have worse famines. While hundreds of millions starve to death physically, Chinese Communists and Muslim-dominated countries deny well over two billion people free access to the spiritual...

THE MARK OF A CHRISTIAN

“The Pharisees were saying, ‘He casts out demons through the prince of demons.’ Jesus continued His tour of all the towns and villages. He taught in their synagogues, He proclaimed the good news of God’s reign, and He cured every sickness and disease.” —Matthew 9:34-35 The Lord commands us to avoid evil and to do good. A further stage of holiness is to do good and not be appreciated. Next, we can do good secretly to make sure we are not appreciated (see Mt 6:3-4). The next level is to do good, knowing that we will not only be unappreciated...

GOD’S MERCIFUL TIMING

“When the crowd had been put out He entered and took her by the hand, and the little girl got up.” —Matthew 9:25 The Lord hears the cry of the poor. In His mercy, “the Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit He saves” (Ps 34:19). When Jairus was crushed by the news of the death of his twelve-year-old daughter, Jesus raised her from the dead (Mt 9:25) and turned Jairus’ greatest sorrow into his greatest joy (see Ps 30:6). When a woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years had reached “the end...

HOME COOKIN’

“On entering any house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ ” —Luke 10:5 Jesus ministered in the temple and synagogue, on the mountain and at the lake, on the streets and in the desert. However, He chose none of these places to be the base for world evangelism. The chosen place for the ministry of Jesus Christ was, is, and always will be, the home. The home is where it’s at in God’s plan of salvation. The large church building exists to serve the home-church and not vice versa. The home has priority. Dioceses, educational institutions, and international ministries are...

OUT OF ORDER?

“Rebekah had been listening while Isaac was speaking to his son Esau.” —Genesis 27:5 Rebekah loved her son, Jacob, more than she loved her husband, Isaac. Therefore, she had no qualms about deceiving Isaac so as to further Jacob’s interests. Rebekah put her motherhood before her marriage. Rebekah had her relationships out of order. This set the stage for a series of lies in which Jacob got a “dose of his own medicine” (see Gn 29:23ff; 37:32ff). Jacob suffered tragically throughout his life as a victim of his own deceptions and those of others. Are any of your relationships out...

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