The Gospel of Matthew was written by a tax collector named Matthew. Of the four Gospels, Matthew is the most systematic in presenting the teachings of Jesus. The book of Matthew was used almost universally by the early church as a source book for instructing new converts in the faith.
In following Christ, a Christian is not taught only to avoid taking the offensive, but even in what could be considered legitimate self-defense, he responds by overcoming evil with good and loving his offenders, just as His master.
Music can calm people or it can arouse whole nations. It moves soldiers to bravery, punks to immorality, and the godly to worship. What is your music doing for you? More importantly, what should it be doing for you? What does God want music to work in you?
UP amongst the hills, perched like the nest of a bird on one of the long low ridges,
lies the little town of Bethlehem. It was but a small town at the time this story begins,
and there was nothing about it to make it at all famous.
Is there a God that cares about what happens to man? Does He love mankind? Is He powerful enough to do anything He chooses? If so why is there so much suffering in this world? Why do some people seem blessed and others just struggle along? If He loves man so much why does life seem so unfair?
How delightful this world is! At least it was meant to be. God virtually crammed His creation with various pleasures. However not all pleasures are for the Christian. How can we know God's will in this?