Forsake not – you “hypocrites”!

We have all heard people say they don’t attend church, or a particular church, due to all the “hypocrites”. However, is this not a hypocritical statement in and of itself?  Those “hypocrites”, as many accuse, are all sinners too, just like all of us (Romans 3:23)!  At least the so called hypocrites are practicing some humility by submitting to the command in Hebrews 10:25, which clearly tells us to continue meeting together as the body of Christ, and not to stop doing so, as many do.  

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Don’t be an “Esau”!

Esau desired food above his birthright, and refused to repent.  How many of us are guilty of choosing the temporary pleasures of sin in exchange for God’s offer of a covenant position in Christ?  Are our “Esau-like” appetites for temporary pleasures causing us to settle for so much less than what God desires to bless us with?
Psalm 84:11 tells us that no good thing will God withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Don’t be like Esau, but, repent, and trade your fleshly appetite for the covenant blessings God has for you.
See Hebrews 12:16-17 and Genesis 25:29-34

Cure for Starving Children

Rise during the night and cry out.  Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord.  Lift up Your hands to Him in prayer, pleading for your children, for in every street they are faint with hunger. Lamentations 2:19
Came across this verse and was reminded that this is true of so many in this present generation of youth, teens, and young adults (both the wealthy and the poor), who are fainting and dying due to spiritual hunger.  Many are literally “starving to death on the streets” (as The Message translation puts it), attempting to fill their hungry souls through peer acceptance, alcohol, sex, drugs, materialism, achievements, and the list goes on.
We are called to cry out in prayer, and then to go out and bring them the bread of life.
“I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again.  Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.” Jesus (John 6:35)
“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”  Jesus (Mark 16:15)