Pastors Letter – April 2, 2020 – Love and Hate

I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.

Psalm 119:113

Dear Church and Friends,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying (as much as you can) this corona life. Today, I want to go back to the Psalms. I think that for this Thursday newsletter going forward we will treat ourselves to a passage from David’s Treasure.

What is biblical love and hate? Let’s imagine that Jim is unemployed. He looks for a job and finally the AXYZ company makes him an offer. To take their offer Jim has to sign a contract. It states that for a period of five years Jim has to work for AXYZ to receive all the employee perks. He cannot entertain any offers from another company during that time. So, Jim signs the contract. Two years into his employment the Fury YAXZ company makes Jim an offer. Jim immediately turns them down even though they offer him more than he is currently making.

Jim’s actions demonstrate covenant love and hate. His faithfulness to the AXYZ company shows covenant love and his rejection of the Fury YAXZ company illustrate covenant hate. Love, in this case, is faithfulness and hate is discrimination. Check out the video for more.

Today’s Daily Dose Radio episode.

Special Needs Requests: Yesterday I gave you suggestions for pantry items. Thanks for adding those to your shopping list. Just so you know, I have an appointment tomorrow with a family who will be stopping by for food assistance. Your donations make this ministry possible.

Also, many of you have asked about what Bill Lyons needs to replace the loss of his house. They lost everything so any extra furniture or clothing or cash donations will help. Once they find a new place to rent I’ll let everyone know so we can help them restart.

Prayer requests: Please pray for our missionary Kirk Kirkland right here in Cincinnati.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

  • Question 40: What is the sixth?
  • Answer: Every member of the body is become a ready instrument to put sin into execution.
  • Question 41: What are the fruits that proceed from this natural corruption?
  • Answer: Actual sins: whereby we break the commandments of God in the whole course of our life.
  • Question 42: How do we break God’s commandments?
  • Answer: In thought, word, and deed: not doing that which we ought to do and doing that which we ought not to do.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

All my best.

Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

Psalm 119:117

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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