Friday, February 5, 2016

O Shame Upon Every One of Us

O shame upon every one of us, that our thoughts are so buried in the perishing things of the world! Why are we so taken up with our little cares, or even our heavier crosses, or our daily duties that we so seldom lift up our eye heavenward and behold our Friend, who is so ready to aid us by His counsel and strength? Why does the prospect of a little present gratification, so soon draw the heart away from Him who is the source of endless joy?

Reader, watch against this dangerous snare! Give not your heart even to lawful enjoyments, but reserve it for Christ. Thankfully use in their right measure, the blessings that God confers but strive evermore to rise above them and hold communion with your Lord.

[George Everard]


 




Colossians 3:1-2 ...  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.


Psalm 73:25-26 ... Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.


Matthew 6:19-21 ... Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.❤

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Look Upon a Humble Christ

Our sins were the cause of Christ's sufferings!   It was our sins which smote Him, and bruised Him!   It was our transgressions which gave Christ His deadly wounds!

Every Christian may look upon Christ and say,  I was that
Judas who betrayed You!  I was that soldier who murdered You!  It was my sins which brought all those sorrows, and sufferings, and evils upon You!  I have sinned and You have suffered!  I have been wicked and You have died!  I have wounded You and You have healed me!"

Oh, that we might look upon  a humble Christ with a humble heart,  a broken Christ with a broken heart, a bleeding Christ with a bleeding heart, a wounded Christ with a wounded heart!

[Thomas Brooks]


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Isaiah 53:5 ... But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.




1 Peter 2:24 ... Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.




1 Corinthians 15:3 ... For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;❤

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gaining Christ

They lose nothing who gain Christ.

[Samuel Rutherford]





Philippians 1:21 ...  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.



Philippians 3:7 ... But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.


1 John 5:13 ... These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.❤

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Influence of Home

If it were possible to trace back to their beginnings, in each individual, those good or evil impulses which have become ruling affections in most cases the origin would not be found until we had reached the home of childhood. Here it is that impressions are made, which become as enduring as existence itself. But the influence of home is not  beneficial or baneful in early years alone. Wherever a home exists, there will be found the nursery of all that is excellent in social or civil life or of all that is deformed.

Every man and woman we meet in society, exhibit, in unmistakable characters the quality of their homes. The wife, the husband, the children bear with them daily a portion of the spirit pervading the
little circle from which they have come forth. If the sun shines there a light will be on their countenances; but shadows if clouds are in the sky of home.

If there is disorder, defect of principle, discord among the members, neglect of duty, and absence of kind attentions then the sphere of those who constitute that home, can hardly be beneficial. They will add little to the
common stock of good in the social life around them. We need not say how different will be the influence of those whose home-circle is pervaded by higher, purer, and truer principles.

[Timothy Shay Arthur]



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Proverbs 22:6 ... Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ❤

Monday, February 1, 2016

Life!

The God who created, names and numbers the stars in the heavens also numbers the stars of my head. He pays attention to very big things and to very small ones. What matters to me matters to Him, and that changes my life.

[Elisabeth Elliot]








Isaiah 40:26 ... Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.



Daniel 12:3 ... And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.



Luke 12:7 ...  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.❤

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Omnipresent

When you look into the heavens, it is good to remember God.  But God also resides in all the creations of this Earth.  Wherever you look, you are seeing a part of God.  Tread gently.  Speak with reverence.  God is everywhere.



Psalm 139:7-12 ... Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.   If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.   If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.   Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.❤

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Let Us Go Forth

The call of God is sounding clear,
O Christian, let it reach thine ear;
Endeavor now of souls to bring
A band, to love and serve the King.

Let us go forth, as called of God,
Redeemed by Jesus's precious blood;
His love to show, His life to live,
His message speak, His mercy give.

The Christ of God to glorify,
His grace in us to magnify;
 His word of life to all make known,
Be this our work, and this alone.

[D. W. Whittle]


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Matthew 28:19-20 ... Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.❤

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Transformed Pastor

A pastor transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service. Only 3 people said hello to him, most looked the other way. He asked people for change to buy food because he was hungry. Not one gave him anything.



He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was told by the ushers that he would need to get up and go sit n the back of the church. He said hello to people as they walked in but was greeted with cold stares and dirty looks from people looking down on him and judging him.

He sat in the back of the church and listened to the church announcements for the week. He listened as new visitors were welcomed into the church that morning but no one acknowledged that he was new. He watched people around him continue to look his way with stares that said you are not welcome here.


Then the elders of the church went to the podium to make the announcement. They said they were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. "We would like to introduce you to our new Pastor." The congregation stood up and looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle.


That's when all the clapping stopped and the church was silent. With all eyes on him....he walked up the altar and reached for the microphone. He stood there for a moment and then recited so elegantly, a verse from the bible.....


Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.  Then the righteous will answer him,  Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply,  Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.  (Matthew 25:34-45)


After he recited this, he introduced himself as their new pastor and told the congregation what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and bow their heads in shame. "Today I see a gathering of people here but I do not see a church of Jesus. The world has enough people that look the other way. What the world needs is disciples of Jesus that can follow this teachings and live as he did. When will YOU decide to become disciples?


He then dismissed service until the following Sunday as his sermon had been given.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Best Things

The best things are nearest;   

breath in your nostrils,

light in your eyes,

flowers at your feet,

Duties at your hand,

the path of God just before you.


[Robert Louis Stevenson]





Proverbs 3:6 ... In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.



Psalm 16:11 ... Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.❤

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Be Like Jesus

This is Jesus.
He loves you.
He saved you.
Be like Jesus.







Romans 8:29-30 ... For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.



Ephesians 5:2 ... And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.



John 13:34-35 ... A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.❤

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Christian Liberty

We should keep watch over our words and deeds, not only in their intent and purpose but also in their possible influence over others. There may be liberties which lead to no danger for us but which to others with less stable character, and less wholesome environments would be full of peril. It is part of our duty to think of these weaker ones, and of the influence of our example upon them. We may not do anything in our liberty, which might possibly harm others. We must be willing to sacrifice our liberty if by its exercise, we endanger another's soul.

[J.R. Miller]


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Romans 14:19 ...  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.


Romans 14:21 ... It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.


1 Corinthians 8:9 ... But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.


1 Corinthians 10:23-24 ...  All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.❤