Statement of Confession: I believe in the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit; The Three are One in the Father. I believe that Jesus is the Savior to those that accept Him in genuine repentance of their sins through faith as their Lord and Savior. I believe that baptism--immersion, burial--is an outward show to the world of their acceptance of salvation by Jesus for His dying, resurrection and His sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. This ministry is FREE.
What is a Proverb?
Excerpt PROVERB (Heb. māšal, māšāl).† Basically a saying concerned with making an instructive comparison, in form-critical usuage called a mashal. The Hebrew noun is usually thought to be derived from a verbal root mšl “be like, be equal to” but includes a variety of related nuances.
In its most general usage, a mashal is described as a popular saying—sometimes with ancient roots—as at 1 Sam. 24:13 (MT 14) (cf. NIV, “As the old saying goes …”; cf. 2 Pet. 2:22; Gk. paroimía). Elsewhere such sayings are closely associated with the teaching of the wise men (1 Kgs. 4:32 [MT 5:12]; Prov. 26:7, 9;Eccl. 12:9). At Prov. 1:6 they are poetically paralleled with the phrase “the words of the wise (men)” as the most general and overarching of several characteristic forms of wisdom speech (proverbs, parables, riddles); in this connection, the term is employed in the title of the book of Proverbs (1:1) and appears in subsequent headings within the book (10:1;25:1). A number of ins…
The Lord's DayRevelation 1:10
Excerpt Lord’s day ... is the Christian day of worship, the first day of the week, the day of Christ’s resurrection (see Acts 20.7; 1 Cor 16.2). Only here in the New Testament is the expression the Lord’s day used, but it is found in early Christian literature: Didache 14 (the end of the first century), and Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians 19 (early second century). The same adjective that is translated the Lord’s is used in the phrase “the Lord’s Supper” (1 Cor 11.20). More
Bratcher, Robert G., and Howard Hatton. A Handbook on the Revelation to John. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.
Aquinas on Unjust Laws
Human law has the nature of law in so far as it partakes of right reason; and it is clear that, in this respect, it is derived from the eternal law. But in so far as it deviates from reason, it is called an unjust law, and has the nature, not of law but of violence. More
Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica. Trans. Fathers of the English Dominican Province. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.
In the morning came the word of the Lord unto me Ezek. 12:8
A quiet hour spent alone with God at the beginning of the day is the best beginning for the toils and cares of active business. A brief season of prayer, looking above for wisdom and grace and strength, and seeking for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, helps us to carry our religion into the business of the day. It brings joy and peace within the heart. And as we place all our concerns in the care and keeping of the Lord, faithfully striving to do His will, we have a joyful trust that however dark or discouraging events may appear, our Father’s hand is guiding everything, and will give the wisest direction to all our toils.
Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.
LEAD ME TO CALVARY
Jennie Evelyn Hussey, 1874–1958
Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:3)
This is the season of the year when we give special attention to Christ’s suffering, death, and victorious resurrection. In the church calendar, an awareness of these events begins with the Christian observance of Lent, a 40-day period (excluding Sundays) that is set aside each year prior to Easter to concentrate on the circumstances that led to the death of God’s Son on a Roman cross. (Easter is always the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after March 21—the spring equinox. This date was first set in A.D. 325 by the ancient church). The Lenten period should result in a spiritual self-examination and in rededicated living for each devout believer, preparing us for the celebration of our risen Lord.
Osbeck, Kenneth W. Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions. Grand Rapids…
Heartiness v. heartlessness towards others
It is Christ … who also maketh intercession for us … The Spirit … maketh intercession for the saints. Romans 8:34, 27.
Do we need any more argument than this to become intercessors—that Christ “ever liveth to make intercession”; that the Holy Spirit “maketh intercession for the saints”? Are we living in such vital relationship to our fellow men that we do the work of intercession as the Spirit-taught children of God? Begin with the circumstances we are in—our homes, our business, our country, the present crisis as it touches us and others—are these things crushing us? Are they badgering us out of the presence of God and leaving us no time for worship? Then let us call a halt, and get into such living relationship with God that our relationship to others may be maintained on the line of intercession whereby God works His marvels.
Beware of outstripping God by your very longing to do His will. We run ahead of Him in a thousand and on…
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.” — Song of Solomon 1:2
For several days we have been dwelling upon the Saviour’s passion, and for some little time to come we shall linger there. In beginning a new month, let us seek the same desires after our Lord as those which glowed in the heart of the elect spouse. See how she leaps at once to him; there are no prefatory words; she does not even mention his name; she is in the heart of her theme at once, for she speaks of him who was the only him in the world to her. How bold is her love! it was much condescension which permitted the weeping penitent to anoint his feet with spikenard—it was rich love which allowed the gentle Mary to sit at his feet and learn of him—but here, love, strong, fervent love, aspires to higher tokens of regard, and closer signs of fellowship. Esther trembled in the presence of Ahasuerus, but the spouse in joyful…
April 1: Moving OnDeuteronomy 1:1–46; 2 Corinthians 1:1–11; Psalm 31:1–9
“You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn now and move on” (Deut 1:6–7).
We have a terrible tendency to stay in one place or keep doing one activity longer than we should. Our meetings run long, we constantly work overtime, or we overstay a welcome. And then there’s the most significant problem of all: we ignore God’s command to leave a place, position, or role.
Change can be refreshing. But the countless decisions and the difficult and frustrating moments that accompany change can often keep us from moving forward. We become comfortable where we are, and we fear the unknown.
Indeed, the majority of people (including Christians) live seemingly meaningless lives. Most American Christians spend more hours per day doing comfortable things, like watching TV, than they do praying, reading their Bibles, or serving others (usually combined). Yet what do the elderly always tell us? “I wish I had taken more ris…