Saturday, April 29, 2017

Like The Catbird

There are very many things that may choke out love in the home. One of these is the lack of kindness. If you have grown less kind in your feelings, in your actions, and in your words then love cannot thrive. Kindness is one of the best fertilizers for love.

There are so many people who have two sets of tones in which to speak and two sets of manners in which they act. They have their company manners and their family manners. When they have company then the voice is soft and pleasant, and the manners are agreeable and kindly. They treat their friends with the greatest consideration; but as soon as their friends are gone, the pleasant voice changes into crossness or harshness and fault-finding and the pleasantness of manner disappears! In how many homes is this true!

The greater consideration, the greater kindness is due the home folks. Otherwise, love cannot flourish. If you wish to have love for your home folks then you must show them the consideration that is due them.

Some professors of religion are like the catbird! When it is away from its nest then it is one of the sweetest of the northern warblers; but when it is close to its nest then you will hear only a harsh, discordant note. It has no sweetness in its voice while at its nest.

In the same way, some people reserve all their kindness, tenderness, and sweetness for those outside the family circle. Is it any wonder that love dies in such a home?

[Charles Naylor]


Ecclesiastes 5:2 ... Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Romans 12:9 ... Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

2 Corinthians 6:6 ... By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,❤

Friday, April 28, 2017

Abortion Survivor

Many Americans have no idea that babies can live through abortions and are often left to die, but this does happen.  Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen recounted to a House panel on Friday how she survived being “burned” in her mother’s womb for 18 hours, the result of a saline abortion at an abortion clinic.

"Apart from Jesus himself, the only reason I am alive is the fact that the abortionist had not yet arrived at work that morning. Had he been there, he would have ended my life by strangulation, suffocation, or simply leaving me there to die."

Jessen said instead of death at the hands of the abortionist, she lived but developed cerebral palsy, the result of a lack oxygen to her brain during the saline abortion. She considers her cerebral palsy “a tremendous gift.”

Full Story and Source:  Abortion Survivor - CNS News

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, April 27, 2017

This Unravels The Mystery

The path of providence is often paved with difficulties and beset with perplexities with which we can hardly cope. Our way to Heaven is through an intricate wilderness, and across a circuitous desert. To many even of the Lord's people, this is literally the case. Visit their abodes, and ponder the struggle passing within. All is poverty and discomfort, penury of bread, scantiness of clothing, pining sickness, loathsome disease, excruciating suffering, with no human friends, no soothing alleviation, no earthly comforts. And yet this dark picture is not entirely unrelieved.

Christ dwells in that obscure abode! God's eye is watching over it! There is  gnawing poverty and yet boundless wealth;  deep need and yet a rich supply;
acute suffering and yet exquisite pleasure; keen sorrow and yet unspeakable joy! And why these paradoxes? How are we to understand these strange contradictions?

The apostle gives us a clue in a page of his own history. As unknown and yet well known; as dying and behold, we live; as chastened and not killed; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet making many rich; as having nothing yet possessing all things!" This unravels the mystery!

The possession of Christ explains it! He who has Christ in him, and Christ with him, and the hope of being forever with Christ in glory is not a poor, nor a sorrowful, nor a suffering, nor a lonely man. He can say, "I am not alone, for my Father is with me! I am not poor, for all things are mine! My body is diseased but my soul is in health! I have all and abound!"

Can we for a moment doubt His perfect power to undertake all the cares, to cope with all the difficulties, to solve all the doubts, and to disentangle all the perplexities brought to Him by His saints in all places and at all times!

[Octavius Winslow]

Isaiah 43:1-3 ... But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.❤

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Return Unto Your Rest, O My Soul

To rest in God, is  to be satisfied with Him as our portion, to take Him for our supreme good, and to feel that we have enough and abound while possessing Him though everything else is taken away.

"Give me," says the believer, "the enjoyment of my God and I desire no more. Allow me to feast on heavenly truth and I shall never complain that I am poor. Let worldlings divide the globe among themselves let emmets contend for this little heap of dust; I have God and I ask no more. Come wars and pestilence, come poverty and death you cannot rob me of my portion."

Must it not be substantial rest  to have the infinite God for a portion, to have all the restless desires of the mind composed, to feel no anxious apprehension for the future, to know that if everything which time or death can destroy, were removed the whole of one's portion would remain;  to feel that nothing can injure, nothing impoverish, nothing perplex or disturb?

Ah, give me this portion instead of thrones and kingdoms!

[Edward Griffin]


Psalm 116:7 ... Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.

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 11:28 ... Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.❤

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Quiet Hour

A quiet hour spent alone with God at the beginning of the day, is the best beginning for the toils and cares of the day. A brief season of prayer, looking to God for wisdom and grace and strength, and seeking the assistance of the Holy Spirit helps us to carry our religion into all of the events 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.

[Charles H. Spurgeon]


Ezekiel 12:8 ... And in the morning came the word of the Lord unto me, saying,

Psalm 5:3 ... My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Psalm 143:8 ... Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.❤

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fanning the Inextinguishable Fire

If you would learn the full extent of that wretchedness which sin produces, then you must follow it into the eternal world, and descend into those regions where peace and hope never come. There behold sin tyrannizing over its wretched victims with uncontrollable fury, fanning the inextinguishable fire, and sharpening the tooth of the immortal worm!

See angels and archangels, thrones and dominions, principalities and powers tripped of all their original glory and beauty, bound in eternal chains, and burning with rage and malice against that Being in whose presence they once rejoiced, and whose praises they once sang!

See multitudes of the human race, in unutterable agonies of anguish and despair, cursing the Giver and Prolonger of their existence, and vainly wishing for annihilation to put an end to their miseries.

Follow them through the long, long ages of eternity and see them sinking deeper and deeper in the bottomless abyss of ruin! View them perpetually blaspheming God because of their plagues, and receiving the punishment of these blasphemies in continued additions to their wretchedness.

Such are the wages of sin, such the doom of the finally impenitent!

From these depths of anguish and despair look up to the mansions of the blessed, and see to what a height of glory and felicity, the grace of God will raise every sinner who repents. See those who are thus favored in unutterable ecstasies of joy, love, and praise, beholding God face to face, reflecting His perfect image, shining with a splendor like that of their glorious Redeemer, and bathing in those rivers of pleasure which flow forever at God's right hand!

[Edward Payson]

Matthew 25:46 ... And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Luke 16:23 ... And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Romans 6:23 ... For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.❤

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Joy in the Desert

On a pilgrimage tour to Israel, our accommodations varied. We were in a luxury hotel with waters flowing in from the Dead Sea. Then we stayed in a kibbutz, an Israeli farm community. It was in the middle of the desert. It was so bare and yet, it was one of the most special experiences on that pilgrimage.

Your pilgrimage on earth is the same way. Often what you think is the most meaningful: gaining money, riches, comfort, big houses, reputation or status turns out to be nothing in the end. But those things you didn’t expect, the times of prayer, of love with your family, giving, helping, those times that maybe weren’t comfortable, but were God’s will, growing closer to Him, worshiping Him, persevering in righteousness, being faithful in Him are the things at the end of the journey that have the most glory.

Because it’s not the luxury hotels that are going to mean anything, but the places you spend being faithful, doing His will, loving, rejoicing, blessing, close in His arms, your kibbutz in the desert that’s what will mean everything in the world.

[Jonathan Cahn]

Exodus 6:4 ... And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

Psalm 119:54 ... Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. ❤

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Payson Quotes

Every Christian is in the exact situation, which God in His infinite wisdom sees best for him!

The mind which has contemplated eternity thinks lightly of the things of time!

If you sincerely search your heart, then you will find pride, like the different layers of an onion, lurking one beneath another to the very center of it!

Praise Christ for everything. He is the foundation of every good thought, desire, and affection.

It should be our aim to draw all we can from Him by prayer and return Him all we can by praise.

He who falls from a pulpit--seldom stops short of the lowest abyss in Hell.

[Edward Payson]


Friday, April 21, 2017

You Keep Track of All My Sorrows

Not a single sigh for past sins, escapes His ears; not a groan of the heart, but is heard by Him; not a tear falls to the ground, but He puts it into His bottle!

Not a breathing of the soul after His holiness; not a loathing of our own unholiness;  not an act of self-abasement, or humbling ourselves for sin; not a yearning of the soul for a purity which it has not; not a single act of mercy; not one act of self-denial;every fragment of our poor sorrow and service
God gathers and stores up! Nothing is forgotten or lost!

[The Preachers Book]

Psalm 56:8 ... Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?❤

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Better Land

How familiar with Heaven, how well acquainted with that "better land" must Jesus be! He calls it "My Father's home!" Sweet view of our eternal residence!

Dying is but 'going home!' Going home to our Father! Going to our Father's home!

And shall we fear this? Fear it! Can we do anything other than eagerly desire it? Do we not wish to go home and see our Father? We shall not be strangers there so many of our Christian friends have gone home before us. And even if some of our loved ones are not there, we could not possibly feel unhappy where JESUS is!

"I am leaving the world," said Jesus, "and am going to the Father!" Such should be our language, in the prospect of death. O that, with child-like simplicity, we could receive into our minds the testimony of God's Word! O that we could view death and Heaven just as the Scriptures represent them!

Where would our doubts and fears be then? What would become of our reluctance to leave the world then? Then, if we spoke of departed Christian loved ones we would use similar language to that of Judah in reference to his younger brother Benjamin, "He is this day with our Father!" We would no longer talk of losing friends or relatives. Oh no! we should speak of them as being in our Father's house, or of being with our Father!

My soul, I charge you, in future to look to Heaven, simply as your Father's home!

[James Smith]

John 14:1-3 ... Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. ❤

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Biblical Patience

Patient Christians endure negative circumstances, cope with difficult people, and accept God’s plan for everything. In our instant, microwave, drive-through, “I want it now” culture, patience is hard to come by. We get upset if we have to wait too long in the supermarket line or get stuck behind the guy driving ten miles per hour under the speed limit.

But today’s Scripture tells us that our lives need to be marked by patience. The Greek word translated “patience” literally means “long-tempered.” A patient person doesn’t have a short fuse or lose his temper.

There are three aspects to biblical patience. First, patience never gives in to negative circumstances, no matter how difficult. God told Abraham He would make him into a great nation and give Canaan to his descendants (Genesis 12:2, 7). When God made this promise, Abraham and Sarah had no children. They had to wait far past their childbearing years before God gave them a son. But Hebrews 6:15 says, “Having patiently waited, [Abraham] obtained the promise.” “He did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20). He trusted God and patiently waited for Him to fulfill His promise.

A second aspect of patience is coping with difficult people. Paul tells us to “be patient with all men” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). This is applied gentleness, a spirit that refuses to retaliate. Our normal reaction is to be defensive when provoked. But a patient person bears insult, persecution, unfair treatment, slander, and hatred. You can’t start a fight with a patient person. He defends God, not himself, knowing that He will repay all wrongs at the right time.

Third, patience accepts God’s plan for everything. It doesn’t question God. A patient person says, “Lord, if this is what You have planned for me, that’s all right.” Romans 8:28 says, “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Since God is in control, we can be patient, waiting for Him to work out His will.

[John MacArthur]


Ephesians 4:1-3 ... I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.❤