[forthright] Ides of March

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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:44:07 -0300
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: FINAL PHASE 

Ides of March
  by J. Randal Matheny, editor

Odd thoughts on the Ides of March.

* The most impressive point about the story of the rich
man and Lazarus? Not the picture into what lies beyond
the portal of death. Not the striking contrast between
the earthly condition of the two and the reversal of
their situation in the world of the dead. Not even the
pitiable pleas of the rich man in torment. What most
impresses is that our Lord ends the story by telling us
to read the Bible (Luke 16:29-31).

* If you could start your life in Christ over again,
knowing what you know now, how would you live it
differently? I was encouraged and amazed at the candor
of the participants on The Fellowship Room. Check out
their answers, among other posts made today.
http://fellowshiproom.org/2010/03/15/

* Amazing how the evidence can be ignored. One person
insisted in a conversation that no one be supported to
preach the gospel. He had a valid point that everyone
is responsible. But the multiple strands of evidence
make for an irresistible conclusion that there is a
place for supporting evangelists. Paul says it plainly,
"In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim
the gospel to receive their living by the gospel" (1
Corinthians 9:14 NET). Again, he says, "Now the one who
receives instruction in the word must share all good
things with the one who teaches it" (Galatians 6:6).
Irresistible, for the one who doesn't have an ax to
grind.

* Social networks like Twitter and Facebook need that
conversational salt that makes everything sound good to
those outside of Christ. "Conduct yourselves with
wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the
opportunities. Let your speech always be gracious,
seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should
answer everyone" (Colossians 4:5-6). Include emails in
that, as well.

* Speaking of Facebook, a little game is going round to
name the place where you were born. Most people are
proud of their birthplace. It is, certainly, a part of
who we are. Paul mentions that he was "born in Tarsus
in Cilicia" (Acts 22:3). Of course, Jesus was born in
Bethlehem and fulfilled Scripture. Barnabas was from
Cyprus (Acts 4:36), Apollo from Alexandria (Acts 18:2),
Aquila from Pontus (Acts 18:24). But aside from our
Lord, there isn't much interest in people's
birthplaces. The interest of Scripture is in our final
resting (or suffering) place. I can't help where I was
born. (Texans would say that differently.) I can help
where I am going.

* Beware the Ides of March! It has come and gone for
me, to no harm. There are some prophecies I'm still
heeding, however, about the arrival of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Maranatha!

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