Ben Locklar, a lawyer in our firm, furnished a verse for this issue. Ben says in reading Job 1:5b he was convicted that those of us who are parents need to intercede for our children as part of our “regular custom.” He says we should ask God to forgive our children if they have acted inappropriately toward their Heavenly Father in any way. Job was a man who God referred to as His servant, describing him as someone who was “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8. So if God approved of Job interceding for his children, all of whom were adults at that time, Ben says that we, as Believers, should be interceding for our children. While we no longer need to offer sacrifices, as was the case in Job’s day, we need to pray for our children daily.
Early in the morning [Job] would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, ‘Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ This was Job’s regular custom.
Matt Horne, who serves as Barbour County District Court Judge, sent in Psalms 23:4 to be included in this issue. Matt, who was a very good lawyer before becoming a judge, is doing an excellent job on the bench.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Kathy Eckermann, who is my Executive Assistant, furnished a timely verse for this issue.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.
My good friend, Paula S. Hill, who is a Vice President at Sterling Bank in Montgomery, furnished her favorite verse this month.
The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
Vicki Dearing, a new lawyer in our firm, sent in some verses that are set out below. Incidentally, Vicki is married to David Dearing, who also is a Beasley Allen lawyer. The verses Vicki sent tell us a great deal about Jesus’ mission on this earth. She says they also give each of us a challenge.
So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
Lynn Mathison, who owns Mathison Interiors in Montgomery, sent in two verses for this issue. Lynn is married to my good friend John Ed Mathison, who incidentally is my only retainer client. John Ed pays me a one dollar a year retainer. Fortunately, the retired pastor doesn’t get in any real trouble, so it’s a good deal for me.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 29:11 & 12
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
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