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Read It

Why is it that the Bible sits on tables and shelves in the homes of believers and is barely opened? What is it that keeps one from reading it on a daily basis?
The Bible is God’s memoirs in connecting to man. It is what He desired for us to know and if that be the case, then why are we not reading it? From its early books to its dramatic last revelations it helps us to see ourselves, see others and see God clearly. Its climatic story of Jesus’ life on earth reveals the most important information that we should know.
John said, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25) Think about that…libraries and libraries and libraries of books just about Jesus’ actions, so many books that the square footage of the world would not be enough to store them! We have only sixty-six books and of them only four share Jesus’ story. How much more did he do? There wou…

Self-Preservation

What is it that will protect and preserve your life? Is it the protection that you give yourself by gun or self-defense? Is it who you run around with; the gang that protects you?
The Psalmist identifies three elements that can protect us temporally as well as eternally. He mentions them in Psalm 119:154, 156, and 159. He says, “preserve my life according to your promise…preserve my life according to your laws…and preserve my life, O Lord, according to your love.”
The repeated request he makes is not so much about spiritual quickening, as in the revival of my life, as it is about preserving your life through the many burdensome things that tend to weigh you down and keep you from feeling the joy and freedom that life can give.
The first is the burden of living without hope or promise. To live without hope is burdensome; every day endured until sleep comes in the night. But the promises of God bring hope and cannot be broken for they are as eternal as He is. They strengthen us for the lon…

Appease No One

Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940, is best known for his appeasement foreign policy that gave Adolf Hitler the northern and western regions of the then Czechoslovakia, mostly inhabited by Germans, in September of 1938. This appeasement didn’t stop Hitler for less than a year afterward he invaded Poland and World War II burst upon Europe.
There is no need of compromise with those who make themselves your enemies. Proverbs 16:7 states, “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.” Appeasement is the policy of giving in to a hostile power in an attempt to prevent trouble and contains an element of fear. If the passage is correct, then why would you fear any man more than you would fear God?
God’s omnipotent power should always be respected above any individual’s seeming power. God controls the hearts of all and even when evil persons seem to gain the advantage, God is still working out good.…

Significant Message

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ has so many messages within it each stands out like the facets of a diamond. In all its gore and cruelty one is not dying for himself but for the many, in fact for the entire world. This is clearly seen by the language of the notice nailed with Christ to his cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” (John 19:19)
It caused a disturbance among the leaders of the Jews for they wanted it to say that Jesus “claimed” this, not that he was this. They had already said no king could come out of Nazareth, and “we have no king but Caesar” and certainly they were not ready to believe the crucifixion prophecies of their Messiah in the Old Testament. Pilate passed off their objection by saying, “What I have written, I have written.” (John 19:22) As far as Pilate was concerned, the case was closed.
But what is most significant about the notice is that it was written in three languages, Aramaic, Latin and Greek. It was written so that not one person in …

Who’s Will

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 These fourteen words have provoked centuries of discussion from students of theology. It’s good to have plans; to be a person who thinks ahead and anticipates the future; but it is also good to be flexible and adjustable to the circumstances that happen to those plans.
God did not make robots of man, neither are His hands tied by what they do. He exercises His own power in permitting, overruling, and furthering the acts of individuals. Remember Joseph’s brothers determined to rid themselves of their pesky younger brother but God used it to prepare a way for their family in the future. Saul decided to destroy all the Christians but on the way Christ appeared to Saul and changed his name and direction to develop Christians. A servant girl was captured and taken to a foreign land only to be the instrument God used to send Naaman to Israel’s prophet for healing. Many counteractions done by God will neve…

Affliction Perspective

When were you last afflicted? Was it enjoyable, pleasant, and rewarding? I think you would say, “No, it was terrible, pressurized, and very unpleasant.” But even if that is accurate, how limited a perspective on affliction is it?
The Psalmists said, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71) Okay, how was it good for you to suffer affliction or pressure from the world? He says, so that it might drive you into the Word of God and God might draw you nearer to him. That certainly is a good outcome of a bad situation.
Further, the Psalmist recognizes that the God who made him, vs. 73, afflicts in “faithfulness,” vs. 75. Okay, I’m not getting this. How is allowing affliction to us a revealer of His faithfulness? Think of it in this light: if God was not allowing you to be afflicted, then you would not grow in His grace (2 Peter 3:18), meaning to spiritually mature. He is faithful to His objective to “conform you to the image of his son” (Romans 8:…