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Bread And Enough

by Rickie Jenkins

https://focusmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/bread-and-enough.mp3 The story of the prodigal son intrigues us all. Perhaps we see ourselves in its timelessness. Maybe it speaks to our great need to be with the Father. Perhaps we only realize how great things are at home when we, like the prodigal, find ourselves in want.  When the prodigal asks for his inheritance, […]

Many Yet One

by Rickie Jenkins

  https://focusmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/many-yet-one.mp3 How much is 1 + 1? Of course, everybody knows it is 2. But, God said of the husband and wife that two shall become one. So, according to God’s math one plus one equals one. How much is many plus one? According to God’s math many plus one still equals one.  “For […]

Fear or Faith

by Rickie Jenkins

http://focusmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Fear-and-Faith-2.mp3 “The fear of a man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in Jehovah shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25). Fear is a terrible master. It ensnares us. It destroys love. It creates anxiety. It kills hope. When fear is the motivation there is always a snare, a trap. Think about Abraham.  Fearing men […]

Aged Preachers

by Rickie Jenkins

  http://focusmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Aged-Preachers.mp3 I love older preachers. May be it is because my dad is one of them. Maybe it is because they were and are my mentors and my heroes. Through the years my dad has been asked, “When will you retire?”  Well, he is 92 and still going. Older preachers deserve our respect.  They […]

Jubilee

by Rickie Jenkins

http://focusmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Jubilee-2.mp3 Every year had 52 Sabbaths. Also, there was at least an extra Sabbath in every month. At least 12 in the normal Jewish year which was the feast of the new moon.  So there were the monthly Sabbaths. Additionally, there was another day added for each one of the three major feasts: Passover, Tabernacle, […]

Can We Forgive?

by Rickie Jenkins

http://focusmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Can-we-forgive.mp3 We have at least one thing in common: We’ve all failed someone. And, each of us also knows the pain from someone’s failure toward us.  In a world characterized by this kind of personal hurt, even our most significant relationships are fragile. All relationships would eventually disintegrate if not for one healing and hard […]

Quietness

by Rickie Jenkins

Quietness. What is that! When was the last time you experienced quietness?  I suppose that is why I love one good ice storm per year. It makes us slow down and reflect; it imposes quietness on us we will not impose on ourselves willingly.  A walk along the sandy shores. A walk in the park. […]

People

by Rickie Jenkins

http://focusmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/People.mp3 People. That is what our work is all about. Let us not forget that we are just working with people. They come in all shapes and sizes. Each comes with varying dispositions from differing backgrounds. Each has a history connected with family culture. There is nothing more enjoyable, or frustrating, than working with people.  […]

Giving Preference In The Assembly

by Rickie Jenkins

  http://focusmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Giving-Preference-In-The-Assembly.mp3 “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another (Romans 12:10).” The New Testament passages which address the activities of believers in the assembly of a local congregation reveal that there is a two-fold purpose of our gatherings: 1) to edify one another and 2) to […]

“Vanity Of Vanities”

by Rickie Jenkins

http://focusmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Vanity.mp3 In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon writes about life under the sun. His evaluation is the same at the end as it was in the beginning. “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” Vanity simply means futile or empty. Occasionally he will add, vanity and vexation, or vanity and grasping after the wind (Ecclesiastes 1:14). […]