Vexed By The Ungodly?

by Michael Mickey

In 2nd Peter 2:6-8 we are given a glimpse into the wickedness that run amok in Sodom and Gomorrah prior to their destruction, as well as how difficult it was for just and righteous Lot to exist therein. We are told the environment of his time was so troubling to him his righteous soul was “vexed” on a day-to-day basis.

Based on the word ‘vexed’, what are we to perceive the condition of Lot’s soul was? In the original Greek it is kataponeĊ, the meaning of which is to “tire down with toil, exhaust with labor.” (Strong’s G2669)

Is Your Soul Exhausted?
If you’re a Christian and your soul isn’t troubled these days, even weary, it may be time to evaluate where your loyalties lie. As the saying on a popular bumper sticker goes, if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention! Either that or, once again, your priorities and loyalties are out of whack.

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Nations in Distress With Perplexity

by Jan Markell

In Luke 21 there are several references to troubled times. In verse 25 it says nations will be in distress with perplexity suggesting that problems may be so grave, no one knows how to solve them. In verse 26, it refers to men’s hearts failing them from fear, especially when they see what may be coming upon them. In this context, the perfect storm is coming.

Rahm Emmanuel made the often-quoted statement that we should never let a crisis go to waste. Greece has a crisis. You may think that it is such a small nation that it isn’t worth exploring the deeper meaning. The real problem is contagion. Greece is just one of many socialist nations in Europe. Thus, Greece has been funding massive social programs and accumulating huge debt. Nations that could follow right behind Greece — and soon — include Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Great Britain, among others. All wobbly European nations are hoping the European Union will bail them out of trouble. They may try but the financial issues are so formidable that it will not work.

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