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 Vol. 9, No. 1 

January 2007

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As the Rain Cometh Down

By Mark McWhorter

Image Rain is a wonderful thing. Water is very important for all living things. Without water everything dies. Plants need water. Animals need water. Humans need water.

The rain comes down and is soaked up in the ground. It is taken in by the plants through the leaves and roots. The water helps the plants to grow. Eventually the plant produces its fruit or vegetable. Then humans are able to eat. The rain has a purpose and fulfills its purpose.

In Isaiah 55:10-11, we read, "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."

God's Word is like the rain. It comes down to us for a purpose. It is needed. Without it all humans die a spiritual death. We have to take it in. We have to put it to use like the plant puts water to use. If we take it in and use it, then we will produce fruit. God's Word will produce fruit if used. It does not produce fruit if it is not used.

Are you taking in the Word of God? Are you using it to produce fruit? Study your Bible. Learn what it says. Use it. And if any of this is hard to understand ask an adult to help you.Image

An Acceptable Time

By Mark McWhorter

In Isaiah 49:8, we read, "Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages."

God gave Christ as a covenant to the people of earth. It is through Christ that we can have hope of salvation. It is through Christ that we have hope of living in heaven for eternity. It is by accepting the terms of the covenant given by Christ in the New Testament that we enter into the covenant. It is by obeying the terms of the covenant that we gain the promises of the covenant.

In 2 Corinthians 6:2, we read, "For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Every day should be lived as the day of salvation. This means that we must live according to the terms of the covenant every day. We should not put off accepting the covenant. Nor should we delay obeying its terms.

Today is an acceptable time. Are you obeying God? Have you been studying your Bible? If not, then you should begin right now doing so. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.Image

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