Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lessons From a Lemon Tree

If you put a lemon tree on a hill, in a valley, city, countryside, or next to an apple tree, it still produces lemons. It’s our nature to focus on our circumstances, personal life, work life, or financial life, but Messiah doesn’t focus on those things. Your circumstance has little to do with the walk God called you to. Salvation is unconditional.

Messiah won’t ask you about your circumstances on the Day of Judgment. He came that you might bear fruit. If you abide in Him, you’ll bear fruit, and that’s God’s will for your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the mountain or in the valley, if people love you or hate you. You bear fruit not because of what’s around you, but because of what’s inside of you. This world, with all its circumstances – good and bad – can’t stop you from bearing fruit.

Learn from the lemon tree: bear your fruit no matter what, because He loves you. His love is unconditional, so your fruit should be unconditional. Fruit doesn’t come because of circumstance, it comes because of the tree.

[Jonathan Cahn]

Matthew 7:17 ... Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Colossians 1:10 ... That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

James 3:17 ... But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. ❤

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mom Wants to Make Abortion Unthinkable

Thirty years ago, a doctor told Pam to abort because there were complications with the pregnancy that endangered her health. The physician said the baby was similar to a tumor – which is to say, not a person – that should be removed. Like the unborn child was a disease. She and her husband, both Christian missionaries, never hesitated to choose life.

If they had aborted, the world would have been denied a Heisman Trophy winner and a sports personality who has inspired millions with his faith and his witness for life.

That unborn child, now an adult,  is Tim Tebow.  "We have the incredible privilege to be the voice for those unborn babies who have no voice of their own."

Source and full story: Life Site News

Mark 10:27 ... And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. ❤

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Terms

The terms upon which God in the gospel offers Christ, are:

1. That we shall receive a broken Christ with a broken heart.  A broken Christ with a broken heart is a witness of our humility.  A broken Christ respects His suffering for sin.  A broken heart respects our sense of our sin.

2. That we shall receive a whole Christ with the whole heart.   A whole Christ with a whole heart is a witness of our sincerity.  A whole Christ includes all of His offices as King, Priest, Prophet, and Mediator. Without any one of these offices, the work of salvation could not have been completed.  A whole heart includes all our faculties.

[Matthew Mead]


Psalm 51:17 ... The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Ephesians 3:17-19 ... That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.❤

Monday, March 20, 2017

Christ Exalted

If we look at the comparisons which are made use of by the Holy Spirit to set Christ forth we behold something more of His loveliness.

He is compared to a MOTHER, and is said to have more than a mother's tenderness, kindness, and care. His concern for His people is constant, He never loses sight of them for a moment, and He pledges His Word that He will never forget them!

He is the CITY of REFUGE, with  the broad and clear road,  the gates wide open, and the hearty welcome awaiting every sinner who approaches to escape the threatened vengeance!

He is the STRONGHOLD, which emboldens, supplies, and secures all the prisoners of hope.

He is the ROCK, which shades, shelters, and refreshes the weary traveler.

He is the DAY-STAR, which betokens brighter scenes, and guides the vessel of mercy across the boisterous deep to the haven of perfect redemption and safety.

He is the SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS, whose rising cheers the benighted pilgrim, makes glad the weary citizen of Heaven, and  produces moral beauty and fruitfulness in our world.

He is the APPLE-TREE among the trees of the forest whose blossoms are beautiful, whose shade is refreshing, and whose fruit is sweet to the taste.

He is the BREAD of LIFE, which came down from heaven satisfying the hungry, strengthening the weak, and giving life unto the world.

He is the BRAZEN SERPENT, which heals easily, instantly, and perfectly all who look to Him by faith.

He is the WATER of SALVATION, which cleanses the filthy, refreshes the weary, and makes glad the city of God.

He is the only WAY, which leads from sin, condemnation, and wrath to life, holiness, and heaven!

He is the HEAD, which thinks, plans, and contrives for the welfare of the whole of His mystical body.

He is the DOOR, which admits to the pastures of Divine truth, the privileges of His Church below, and His Father's glorious presence!

He is the FOUNDATION on which all must build for eternity, and which alone is able to support our hopes and sustain our souls amidst the wreck of matter and the crash of worlds!

He is the CORNER-STONE, which unites, beautifies, and strengthens the whole building of divine mercy.

He is the TEMPLE, where God meets with us, accepts us, and imparts His blessing to us.

He is the ALTAR, which sanctifies both the gift and the giver.

He is the VINE, which communicates life, nourishment, and fruitfulness to all its branches.

He is the ROSE of SHARON and the LILY of the VALLEY fragrant, lovely, attractive, perfuming, and unequaled in beauty and grace!

He is the FORERUNNER, who is gone before His flock removing the obstacles, marking out the road, and ready to receive them as they finish their course.

He is the FRIEND who loves at all times, whose mind never changes,  whose love never cools, and who never neglects a friend in distress.

He is the greatest, best, and most glorious GIFT of GOD including, securing, and conferring every good thing upon those who sincerely receive Him.

He is the KINSMAN who redeems the forfeited inheritance, who ransoms all His poor relatives from slavery, and whose name is held in renown.

He is the LAMB of GOD, who took up, expiated, and forever put away the sins of all who trust in Him.

He is the MESSENGER of the COVENANT, who brings good news from God, carries all our requests to God, and ever stands as a Mediator between us and God.

He is the PEARL of GREAT PRICE, or the priceless pearl, which all who sincerely seek find, all who find may claim, and  all who possess are enriched forever!

He is the PHYSICIAN, who heals all spiritual disorders, restores every patient to perfect health, and bestows medicine and care, freely.

He is the RANSOM, which procured our release, ensures our liberty, and  preserves us from going down into the pit!

He is the RIGHTEOUSNESS, which justifies us from all charges, entitles us to eternal life, and enables us to lift up our heads with boldness in God's presence.

He is the TRUTH, which enlightens the mind, purifies the heart, and regulates the life.

He is the FIRE, which  purges our dross,  brightens our graces, and  cleanses our consciences from works which deserve death.

He is the SHEPHERD, who knows every sheep, watches over the whole flock, and never loses a lamb, by disease, accident, or beast of prey.

He is the CAPTAIN of SALVATION, who collects His soldiers, disciplines His troops, and leads them forth to certain victory over sin, the world, and the devil.

He is the LADDER, by which we  rise from this earth, lose sight of carnal things, and ascend to the presence of God!

He is the SURETY,  who engaged for us in the everlasting covenant, who is held responsible for our salvation, who has pledged to set us before His father's throne forever.

He is the WALL of FIRE, which surrounds, enlightens and infallibly protects all His redeemed people!

He is the chief among ten thousand, and the ALTOGETHER LOVELY ONE!

Precious Lord Jesus, allow me  to know You more fully,  to trust You more heartily, to serve You more diligently, to enjoy You more frequently, to imitate You more closely, to exalt You more highly, and to show forth Your salvation from day to day!

Your love is my Heaven, Your presence is my delight, and Your service is the joy of my heart!

Let me daily walk with You, work for You, and bring glory to You!

Oh, send Your Spirit to my poor heart to exalt You, to honor You,  to endear You to my soul!

Use me to bring lost sinners to Your cross,  believers to Your throne of grace, backsliders to the path of obedience.

Be my strength in life,  solace in death, and  eternal portion beyond the grave!

[James Smith]

Colossians 3:11 ... Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.❤

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Being Bullied?

If you are being bullied, either as a child or a teen or even as an adult at work, don’t seek to get even, seek to pray for them. That’s not easy but it is biblical. Pray for those who hate us and then ask God to bless those who curse us and abuse us but it cannot be done in our own strength. It takes the Spirit of God to enable us to do good to those who do bad things to us and to pray for God’s blessing on those who are cursing us, therefore, as Jesus said, we must love our enemies, knowing that at one time, we were enemies of God, but the truth is, He died for us so that we might be spared the wrath of God.

[Jack Wellman]

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Luke 6:27-29 ... But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.

Romans 12:18-19 ... If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Matthew 5:44-45 ... But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.❤

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Moral Cesspool

Ephesus was one of the great centers of paganism. It was adorned with costly and magnificent heathen temples. It was rich and voluptuous. Both private and public life were utterly corrupt. Even the religious practices of the Ephesians were unspeakably vile. This city was a moral cesspool, a sink of pollution, filled with all corruption, and reeking with vileness! It was a second Sodom. Vice stalked abroad everywhere and was honored and worshiped.

We might therefore well say, "Can any good thing come out of Ephesus? Can Christianity flourish in such surroundings?"

Yes! There were saints in Ephesus and faithful ones, too. They were such in their lives and characters as to win the commendation of that great apostle to the Gentiles. Out of that obnoxious cesspool of iniquity, were growing the pure white lilies of Christian character! That is the glory of Christianity and of Christ. Those who were now Christians were not superior to the other Ephesians, they were not by nature different. In fact, Paul tells them that they had been the children of wrath, even as the others and that they had been such by nature. What a triumph of divine grace, which raised these people up out of such unspeakable filth and made them faithful saints! And yet that is the power of our great Christ!

[Charles Naylor]


Ephesians 1:1 ... Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 5:8 ...  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Matthew 25:21 ... His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.❤

Friday, March 17, 2017


On April 28 and 29, 2017, Protest PP will conduct the second annual National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood the nation’s largest abortion chain.

Protest against the deadly business and call on Congress and the States to bring an end to the abortion giant’s massive half-billion dollar taxpayer subsidy and cut off all government funding to Planned Parenthood.

Get updates and march forward ~ Protest PP

Psalm 139:13 ... For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

Isaiah 44:2 ... Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.

Jeremiah 1:5 ... Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.❤

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Father Knows Best

Let the Lord do as He wills to us! He will never be unkind to us! He has always been our friend, He will never be our foe!

He will never put us into the furnace unless He means to purge the dross out of us. Nor will there be one degree more heat in that furnace than is absolutely necessary there will always be mercy to balance the misery and strength supplied to support the burden to be borne.

Oh, children of God, your Father knows best! Leave everything in His hands and be at peace for all is well.

[Charles H. Spurgeon]


Job 2:10 ...But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

Job 1:21 ... And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

1 Samuel 3:18 ... And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 ... Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:  Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.❤

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Desiring God!

We may know the kingdom of grace is set up in our hearts by having true desires after God. By the beating of this pulse, we conclude there is life.

A true desire after God is sincere. We desire God for Himself, for His intrinsic excellencies. The savor of the ointment of Christ's graces draws the virgins' desires after Him. A true saint desires Him not only for what God has but for what He is; not only for His rewards but for His holiness. No hypocrite can thus desire God. He may desire God for His jewels but not for His beauty!

A true desire after God is insatiable. It cannot be satisfied without God; let the world heap her honors and riches, they will not satisfy. No flowers or music will content him who is thirsty. Just so, nothing will quench the soul's thirst but the blood of Christ! He faints away, his heart breaks with longing for God. (Psalm 84:2; Psalm 119:20)

A true desire after God is active. It flourishes into endeavor. "With my soul have I desired you in the night, yes, with my spirit within me will I seek You early." (Isaiah 26:9.)  A soul that desires aright says, "I must have Christ! I must have grace! I must have Heaven, though I take it by storm!"

A true desire after God is supreme. We desire Christ, not only more than the world but more than Heaven! "Whom have I in Heaven but You?" (Psalm 73:25.) Heaven itself would not satisfy without Christ. Christ is the diamond in the ring of glory!

A true desire after God is increasing. A little of God will not satisfy but the pious soul desires still more. A drop of water is not enough for the thirsty traveler. Though a Christian is thankful for the least degree of grace yet he is not satisfied with the greatest degree of grace. He still thirsts for more of Christ, and His Spirit. A saint would have more knowledge, more sanctity, more of Christ's presence. A glimpse of Christ through the lattice of an ordinance is sweet; but the soul will never stop longing until it sees Him face to face! It desires to have grace perfected in glory! It desires to be wholly plunged into the sweetness of God. We would be swallowed up in God, and be forever bathing ourselves in those perfumed waters of pleasure which run at His right hand!

Surely this sincere desire after God is a blessed sign that the kingdom of grace has come into our hearts. The beating of this pulse shows life! Desires for God are from God. If iron moves upwards contrary to its nature it is a sign some magnet has been drawing it. Just so, if the soul moves towards God in sincere desires it is a sign the magnet of the Spirit has been drawing it!

[Thomas Watson]

Psalm 73:25 ... Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

Psalm 145:19 ...  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.❤

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Shine As Lights

Around the coast of Great Britain and Ireland are found more than 200 light-houses. They are so placed, that while ships are within ten or fifteen miles of shore one or more of them may usually be seen; so that guidance is afforded to ships that need it, and many a vessel is thereby saved from the rock and the quicksand, and brought safely into the desired haven.

It were well if Christian people in a similar way were fulfilling their office to be as lights in the world. It were well if nowhere in our country could a man's lot be cast but some earnest, devoted servant of the Lord were to be found not far distant; so that by the light of a holy example, or a word of friendly counsel, he might be warned in the hour of danger, and guided into the safe harbor of salvation by Christ.

Shine as lights in the world! It is the plain command of Christ that you should do so. Carry a bright and clear light, so that all around may see it. Do not "hide it under a bushel" of timidity, of sloth, of self-indulgence, of worldly-mindedness but hold it up aloft. Let it be like the light from the light-house, firmly resting on the solid rock beneath; so let your soul be resting on the firm foundation of a true faith in the word and work of Christ trusting only in the name and merit and mediation of God's dear Son. Hold forth the light, that numbers of life's wearied voyagers, tossed hither and thither over the dark and surging billows, may see it and be saved, and rejoice forever in the help which you have afforded them.

[George Everhard]

Matthew 5:16  ... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Philippians 2:15 ... That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Titus 2:10 ... Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.❤

Monday, March 13, 2017

10 Reasons Planned Parenthood Should Be Permanently Defunded

1. Planned Parenthood takes the lives of over 300,000 innocent children every year

2. Planned Parenthood has broken numerous federal and state laws.

3. Planned Parenthood continues to fail minor girls, turning them back to their abusers after profiting off their suffering.

4. Planned Parenthood commits Medicaid and taxpayer fraud.

5. Planned Parenthood acts as though it is above the law and pretends it shouldn't have to answer to the people.

6. Planned Parenthood lies to the American public about fetal development, mammograms, and its own business practices.

7. Planned Parenthood has widespread health and safety violations at its locations throughout the country.

8. Planned Parenthood breaks political donation laws, using taxpayer money to do so.

9. Planned Parenthood sends aborted baby remains to landfills instead of complying with state laws.

10. Planned Parenthood can be replaced by effective health care providers.