Jehoshaphat’s Advice For Your Job

Judah was a mess. The people had gone after pagan gods. Judah’s national security was at risk. Then came Jehoshaphat.

Jehoshaphat was a reformer, and one of the main means of reform he brought was his appointment of judges.

But it wasn’t  just the appointment of judges that brought reform but the implementation of the instructions Jehoshaphat gave to them. See 2 Chron. 19:6-9. What is important to note is the job of a judge is essentially “secular,” and Jehoshaphat’s instructions are generally applicable to any non-ministry position.

The first thing Jehoshaphat told the judges, and what initially grabbed my attention from this passage was the instruction, “Consider what you are doing. . . .” (2 Chron. 19:6).

How many people go through the motions at their job, punching a time clock, collecting their pay, never considering the significance of what they are doing and how it fits into King Jesus’ plan for the earth? Don’t do that. Consider what it is you are doing. Jehoshaphat then follows with instructions that can be summarized as follows. Continue reading…

History About the Temple in Jerusalem You’ve Never Heard

As I have noted in other posts, in 312AD Constantine the Great became the first Christian emperor of the Roman Empire. This ended nearly three centuries of state sponsored persecution against the Christians and was a fulfillment of Jesus’ promise that the Gates of Hades would not prevail against the Church.
Constantine’s successor, following the rule of Constantine’s sons, was  “Julian the Apostate.” Julian the Apostate, rightly named, attempted to reverse Constantine’s policies regarding Christians and Christianity.

As I mentioned in the prior post, Julian re-established paganism as the state religion, reopened pagan temples, confiscated church property, prohibited Christians from teaching, and allowed heretics who had been exiled to return to foster schism within the church. Julian’s strategy was to eradicate Christianity, particularly from the governing class, in the empire.

One of Julian’s tactics against the Christians was to  attempt to rebuild the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. In approximately 30 AD, Jesus had told his disciples the temple would be destroyed within a generation. Matthew 24: 1-2, 34. In 70AD Jesus’ prophecy was fulfilled when the the Roman general Titus sacked Jerusalem and left the temple in ruins. This was significant because it put an end to the Jewish sacrificial system, and in both a metaphorical and literal sense said to Israel that Jesus was the only sacrifice for man’s sins. Continue reading…

A History Lesson For The Philippine Atheists

I read an article the other day about atheists in the Philippines trying to do good works to convert people to atheism.

They admit they are copying what they have (wrongly) interpreted as a strategy Christians have successfully used in the past.

Interestingly, this is not the first time a concerted effort has been made to copy Christian conduct for a non-Christian purpose. It failed in the past, and it will fail again for one very good reason.

In 312AD Constantine the Great became the first Christian Roman emperor, ending nearly three centuries of state sponsored persecution against the Christians. What many people don’t realize is Constantine’s successor, following the rule of Constantine’s sons, was  “Julian the Apostate.” Julian the Apostate, rightly named, attempted to reverse Constantine’s policies regarding Christians and Christianity.

Julian re-established paganism as the state religion, reopened pagan temples, confiscated church property, prohibited Christians from teaching, and allowed heretics who had been exiled to return in an effort to foster schism within the church. Julian even attempted to rebuild the Jewish temple in Jerusalem to get back at the Christians. Julian’s strategy was to eradicate Christianity, particularly from the governing class, in the empire.

Julian noticed how Christians’ charitable acts attracted pagans to Christianity. Julian wrote, These impious Galileans not only feed their own poor, but ours also; welcoming them into their agapae, they attract them, as children are attracted, with cakes.” So, Julian, much like the atheists in the Philippines, attempted a similar strategy by engaging in state sponsored acts of charity in the name of paganism. Continue reading…

A Life Lesson On Whom To Trust

So, this doesn’t really have anything to do with the kingdom per se.

I’m going off topic.

But I was recently hired to defend a company sued in an overtime case by a young attorney who used to work in the same building with me. In fact, because he was a young attorney and knew I was a specialist in employment law, he would ask me for advice on and questions about employment law.

When I was hired to represent the defendant in this case, because of our cordial relationship, I thought it would be an enjoyable experience working with him. Boy was I wrong.

As it turns out, he won’t agree to anything—even the most basic rudimentary procedural protocols that everyone agrees to—because he seems to think I (or my staff) always have an ulterior motive. I thought it bizarre that someone who so eagerly sought my advice just a few months before would so eagerly distrust me or others in my office on the simplest of issues. I also thought it odd because I have a reputation for being a straight shooter.

So, one of my associate attorneys decided to do some research on this attorney. Continue reading…

How Your Sanctification Happens

“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and work according to His good pleasure.” Phil. 2:12-13.

This scripture has always interested me.

In speaking about salvation here, Paul must be talking about sanctification. As I mentioned in my last post, this is the “being saved” part of the salvation process.

What interests me is that in admonishing the Philippians, Paul reveals insight into the process by which we are conformed into the image of Jesus. We are to “work out” or bring it about through our own will because God is at work in us. It is a partnership, or as we say in the law, a joint venture. Continue reading…