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The Tongue as a Revealer of Maturity or Immaturity

The Tongue as a Revealer of Maturity or ImmaturityJames 3:1–12 Excerpt Since the teacher’s work is performed primarily through the use of his tongue, control of this instrument is of utmost importance. The greater the privilege regarding knowledge and education, the greater the accountability for the utilization of that information (Luke 12:48). The tongue is a symbol of the overall discipline and maturity of the whole person (James 3:2). The images of bridle, rudder, fire, untamed animal, poison, fountain, and fig tree all illustrate the cause and effect relationship between maturity and words. James has clearly shown the relationship between inner lust and outward expression (James 1:14–15). The images applied to the tongue illustrate the outward effects of internal lusts (cf. James 4:2–4). The questions of James 3:11–12 uncover the real issue: external behavior in sharp contrast with claims to purity and righteousness before God. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Conci…

The Greek Word for “Send”

The Greek Word for “Send”John 3:17 Excerpt [In the Gospelof John,] ἀποστέλλωdenotes commissioning and authorization fromGod. The sending discloses the unique manner in which the Son is bound to the Father; a believing acknowledgment of the phrase “that you have sent me” therefore constitutes the goal and content of confession (11:4217:38212325). Along with ἀποστέλλω there also appears the formula ὁ πέμψας με πατήρMore Balz, Horst Robert, and Gerhard Schneider. Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament 1990– : 142. Print.

Trusting God’s Covenant

Trusting God’s CovenantExcerpt This is the first use of the wordcovenant in the Bible. The word appears often in Scripture because the covenantconcept is an important part ofGod’s great plan of redemption. (God would explain His covenant to Noah after he left the ark; 8:20–9:17.) A covenant is an agreement that involves obligations and benefits for the parties involved. In some of the covenants, Godalone is the “covenant party” and makes unconditional promises to His people. But there were also covenants that required His people to fulfill certain conditions before God could bless them. More Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Basic. Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor Pub., 1998. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.

The Children of God

The Children of GodExcerpt The kind of loveGod demonstrates is active and creative love, which “calls” us the children of God.Calling means more than naming. It means the inauguration of a relationship, of a reality that can best be pictured by the metaphor of being God’s own children. By God’s creative act of love, we belongto God as surely and permanently as children belong to their parents. The Elder emphasizes this new relationship when he writes, And that is what we are! and now we are children of God. We do not simply look at a love that is external to us and marvel at its greatness; we know a love that resides within us. As Westcott comments, God’s love is not simply exhibited, it is imparted to us (1966:93). More Thompson, Marianne Meye. 1–3 John. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series

Connect the Testaments

March 28: Risk: Oversold and Underplayed Numbers 32:1–42; 1 Corinthians 14:26–15:11; Psalm 27:1–14 The fears of the psalmist are not our fears today, and the fact that they aren’t should bother us. The psalmist remarks, “Do not give me over to the desire of my enemies, because false witnesses have arisen against me, and each breathing out violence. Surely I believe that I will see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:12–13). How many of us have legitimate enemies because of our faith? And how many of us experience violence because of the way we believe? There are many problems with Christianity today, but one of the most pervasive is the lack of willingness to take major risks for Jesus. Likewise, there is unbelief in God’s incredible abilityto overcome all that we face. We may say that we affirm God’s power to beat all odds, but we don’t face the odds as if that were true. If we did, there would be far more world-changing Christians than there are. Instead, most Ch…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 28Go To Evening Reading
“The love of Christ which passeth knowledge.” —Ephesians 3:19
The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fulness, its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension. Where shall language be found which shall describe his matchless, his unparalleled love towards the children of men? It is so vast and boundless that, as the swallow but skimmeth the water, and diveth not into its depths, so all descriptive words but touch the surface, while depths immeasurable lie beneath. Well might the poet say,
“O love, thou fathomless abyss!”
for this love of Christ is indeed measureless and fathomless; none can attain unto it. Before we can have any right idea of the love of Jesus, we must understand his previous glory in its height of majesty, and hisincarnation upon the earth in all its depths of shame. But who can tell us the majesty of Christ? When he was enthroned in the highest heavens he was veryGodof very God; by him were the heavens made, and al…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 28th Isn’t there some misunderstanding? Let us go into Judea. His disciples say unto Him … Goest Thou thither again?John 11:7–8 . I may not understand what Jesus Christ says, but it is dangerous to say that therefore He was mistaken in what He said. It is never right to think that my obedience to a word of God will bring dishonour to Jesus. The only thing that will bring dishonour is not obeying Him. To put my view of His honour in place of what He is plainly impelling me to do is never right, although it may arise from a real desire to prevent Him being put to open shame. I know when the proposition comes from God because of its quiet persistence. When I have to weigh thepros and cons, and doubt and debate come in, I am bringing in an element that is not of God, and I come to the conclusion that the suggestion was not a right one. Many of us are loyal to our notions of Jesus Christ, but how many of us are loyal to Him? Loyalty to Jesus means I have to step out where I do not see a…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 28 God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness Gen. 1:4 No sooner is there a good thing in the world than a division is necessary. Light and darkness have no communion; God has divided them, let us not confound them. Sons of light must not have fellowship with deeds, doctrines, or deceits of darkness. The children of the day must be sober, honest, and bold in their Lord’s work, leaving the works of darkness to those who shall dwell in it forever. We should by our distinct separation from the world divide the light from the darkness. In judgment, in action, in hearing, in teaching, in association, we must discern between the precious and the vile, and maintain the great distinction which the Lord made upon the world’s first day. O Lord Jesus, be Thou our light throughout the whole of this day, for Thy light is the light of men. Spurgeon

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Pub…