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July-Aug. 2013

TRADITION—Mark 7: 7,13

Man is ever prone to suppose that formal religious observances will be acceptable to God as a means of procuring the divine favor. But religion as such has no saving value. If forms and ceremonies could purchase a place in Heaven, there would have been no need for Christ’s redemptive work. And even on the part of those already regenerated, the only thing that gives value to outward observances is a right state of heart before God, who desires […]

GOD WITH US—ISAIAH 54:10

Moses was an old man of eighty years. For forty years–the springtide of his life–he had basked in court favor. The son of the palace, though born in a slave hut. According to Stephen, he was renowned in deed and word, was eloquent in speech, learned in the highest culture of his age, accustomed to leading victorious armies in the field, and assisted in raising pyramids and treasured cities in peace. All that the ancient world could offer was […]

WAITING

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried,
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied,
I pled and went for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, “Child, you must wait.”

“Wait? You say, wait!” My indignation reply,
“Lord I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith, I have asked and am claiming your word.

My future and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I’m needing a “yes”, a […]

THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD—Jer. 7:4

From the tower of Babel through the Old Testament to the present day man has struggled with ‘fear of group opinion’ as recorded in Jer. 7;4. “Trust ye not in lying words, saying, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these.” The people were playing church, perhaps paying tithe, attending regularly but the truth was not in them and the Lord was not pleased, a condition that surrounds us today.

True […]

GOD’S PROMISES IN THE BIBLE—JOEL 2:25, ISAIAH 64:4

Someone has counted over 3574 promises in the Bible. And if you ask most any Christian (in a general sense) he or she will respond by saying that they believe those promises are true. However, when it comes right down to how that applies in our own life in a very personal and specific situation, how faithful are we or putting it another way, do we really believe those promises are true? Often we begin to back peddle, and […]

THAT ENCREDIBLE CHRISTIAN

The Christian believes that in Christ he has died, yet he is more alive than before and he fully expects to live forever. He walks on earth while seated in heaven and though born on earth he finds that after his conversion he is not at home here. Like the nighthawk, which in the air is the essence of grace and beauty but on the ground is awkward and ugly, so the Christian appears at his best in the […]

THE POWER OF GOD—Joshua 1;3

There is almost no limit to the power of God that is available to the Christian. And that power, according to Scripture, is available to every committed believer. There are, of course, conditions. We must be obedient, truly believe all that He said in His Word, and embrace and rest in the fact that He will accomplish His will in our lives, even to the point of “healing our land”, “redeeming the time” and granting us “the […]

CHEAP GRACE—Matt. 16:24

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote “Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church….Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks wares…Grace without price; grace without cost! The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing….An intellectual assent to that idea is held to be of itself sufficient to secure remission of sins. In such a church the world finds a […]

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM ABLE TO DO THIS?—Matt. 9:28

Time after time in Scripture and throughout history the Lord has done miraculous things ACCORDING TO OUR FAITH. There are literally hundreds of accounts in the bible and in the writings of many saints of God doing the impossible. When we finally get the picture of how willing and powerful He is, it would almost appear that He prefers to do the things that would seem out of human reach. Why then, is it so difficult for us to […]

LIGHT TO MY PATH—Ps.119:105

As True Christians we have only one authority, the written and living Word of God. There are a thousand different voices out there; family, friends, preachers, churches, experts, written rules, denominations, doctrines and an endless number of others all the way from a casual acquaintance to the Pope of Rome. And they all claim a certain amount of authority. But, when it comes down to the bottom line, or as one preacher used to say “where the rubber meats […]