APPLES OF GOLD
Suggested Reading: Proverbs 25
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Key Verses: Proverbs 25:21-22
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
And the Lord will reward you.
Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory… [then this mighty King of the universe will say,] ‘I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you have me drink.'” The whole human race became God’s enemies when we rejected Him and went our own way. However, God’s love is so great that He entered humanity as a little Baby, grew into manhood, gave us teaching, and we, His enemies, crucified Him. When He returns, the first thing He will do is judge us as to how we’ve cared for the hungry and thirsty. Amazing!!! The least we can all do is help others in deep need, like the Filipino people in their current crisis. Here once again is a link and info as to how we can help. Our experience should be as if “coals of fire” were placed on us if we fail to respond to the needs we see around us. We deserve to feel the “heat” of judgement. Read Matthew 25:31-46 for a New Testament reading.
Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like APPLES OF GOLD…” Crossroads produced a movie by that title back in 1979. Part of the film detailed the atrocities committed by terrorists in Israel and beyond. Copies sold around the world and all proceeds went to help terrorist victims by procuring prosthesis for both Jews and Arabs in Israel and the Palestinian territories. It played first in the Jerusalem theatre and then for ten years weekly in major Jerusalem Hotels. The Crossroads Family of Ministries works hard as our partners (you) enable us to communicate in a wise way with words “fitly spoken” accompanied by powerful visual messages.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray for You to put a watch over my mouth so that I will say only what You want me to say. By Your grace may I communicate carefully like those “apples of gold,” crafted with tender loving care. Help me also to do my part in caring for needy people. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’m doing my blog here in Nashville, Tennessee. I must try to find my friend Rev. Jimmy Snow, son of the famous country singer Hank Snow and Pastor to the late Johnny Cash. Jimmy first introduced me to a senior’s discount at a restaurant here when I turned 55. Now, 22 years later, I’m here to meet with another great friend later today, Sam Moore. I’ve highlighted Sam’s vision over the last few days on this blog. If you missed the story of this great man, please click back to previous blogs. Over the years Sam has been an inspiration to me and I honour him highly.
Recently, the 100 Huntley Street daily telecast has featured a New King James Study Bible with Dr. David Jeremiah’s notes and commentaries. Thomas Nelson Publishers, the company that Sam Moore led for close to 40 years, has published this special edition of the Scriptures with excellent study materials and lots of excellent features. Here is a recent interview with Dr. Jeremiah about this new study Bible. Also, here is where you can purchase this new Bible for a Christmas gift! Good suggestion!!!
Yours for feeding the hungry, speaking words fitly, and for a new beginning in Bible study for the New year,