|“Those who say that they look forward to retirement testify that they have lost their purpose for living here on earth. God did not give you your life to spend as you see fit. Paul teaches that it is unthinkable that one for whom Christ died should live for himself (II Corinthians 5:15). The desire to retire is an expression of despair. It means that you have lost your rudder and do not know why you are here or where you are going (Matthew 6:25-34). Numbers 4 says that the various Houses of the tribe of Levi may serve in their respective capacities for twenty years, but does not speak of retirement either before or after their years of service.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words), that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” Ephesians 3:3, 6
Paul taught that one of the mysteries, unknown to the Old Testament saints, was that Christ would unite Jews and Gentiles into a new entity called the Church. People in the Old Testament knew that God would some day save Gentiles; they didn’t know He would combine them with Jews, forming the Church. In Christ they are co-heirs, co-members, and co-partners.
The world divides on the basis of prejudice: black verses white, male verses female, rich verses poor, etc. Jews considered non-Jews unclean and were forbidden to associate with them in any meaningful way. Historically Gentiles have maintained a prejudice against Jews, evidenced by the Holocaust. The world works hard at eliminating differences; communism sought to create a classless society. Human efforts at unity continue to fail, evidenced by strong nationalistic and ethnic tendencies around the world.
All who own Jesus as Lord and Savior are united into one Body. If a person is a child of God, that person is your brother or sister. When you view it otherwise you repudiate what Christ has created. The term Christian prejudice is an oxymoron. You cannot reject those Christ accepts. We are one in Christ.
Jeremiah 20-21 2 Timothy 4 (New King James Version)
2 Timothy 4
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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