A Green Olive Tree
Beloved, this is what the God of grace and glory wants you to be. If you knew what it means, then like David you also would long to be like this, so that you might satisfy the loving heart of God; and when the Lord makes you so your heart also will be filled with joy.
A New Year Message (Psalm 122)
There are five beautiful and attractive spiritual characteristics of God's Dwelling place mentioned in Psalm 122, which make us glad to go to God's House, and with which we can decorate His House.
And When They were Come to the Place
In the act of crucifying our Lord, there were gathered around the cross every type of our humanity. The corrupt humanity of the whole of mankind was expressed in this, even by the most e9ucated, civilized and religious part of it. "And they crucified him"- that points the finger to all mankind.
Arrayed in White Robes
Heaven is the inheritance of saints. It is a place prepared for happy living. In heaven there is perfect joy and everlasting bliss. We must confess that the joy which God gives us upon the earth is no~ perfect.
Behold, I Am Alive for Evermore
We have seven great proofs of the fact that our living Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ rose again from the dead. If anyone questions us how we know that He is a living Saviour, we can give the following seven proofs.
Boaz is one of the most beautiful characters in the Bible, and he is an unmistakable type of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was the great-grandfather of king David, and his story is told in the book of Ruth-where he is seen as the great redeemer, and then as the loving husband of Ruth.
Christ...Shall...Apprear the Second Time
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Heb. 9:28).
Dwellers in the Rock
We all need to realize that the early Christians were a people wholly taken up with the thought of their living and Highly Exalted Lord and Savior, and a glance at the early chapters of Acts makes that very clear.
When we take part in the Lord's Table, what are we reminded of? Most of us will say that we are reminded of the Lord's death, but there is something deeper than that. In a very symbolic way the Lord is saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting love".
Flee from the Wrath to Come
This subject fills my heart with sorrow, but it is my duty to warn the readers about the great punishment that awaits sinners. Both curse as well as blessing come from God.
In the pages that follow, we shall seek to trace what it was that Paul mind especially in mind when he said to the Philippians, -"Be followers of me", We shall find our question clearly answered when we examine the verses which lead up to the exhortation, -so that is what we shall be doing.
Fulleness of Joy
That was the happiest home in the whole area, because the Lord Jesus Christ had done a great work in the family of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Every member of the family had become happy because of His grace and power.
God's Provision for Man's Prosperity
These six cities clearly show how every need of man can abundantly be met only in the Lord Jesus Christ. "Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption" (1 Cor. 1: 30).
The obvious immediate answer is that God loves you and me. The Bible says that "God is love" (1 John 4:8). The God of love looks upon the suffering humanity with compassion.
God's Word or Men's Opinions
A group of tourists bound for a certain ancient city, were in conversation with some men in their compartment, also going there, and who appeared to be citizens of that place.
Is this not a classic description of the human race? We are slaves to many sinful vices and serve the devil by carrying out his dictates.
Greater Works than these
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" (John 14:12).
I Have Overcome the World
In John's Gospel chapters 14-16 we have the last message of the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples, before His crucifixion. This is a very important message. We find much inspiration and instruction by hearing and reading these words over and over again.
I John ... Your Brother
In these end times no other book in the Scriptures assumes as much significance as the book of Revelation. While the world looks upon the future with horror, the Bible - taught Christian awaits delightfully the return of his Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I Know that My Redeemer Liveth
The Old Testament word for "Redeemer" is particularly interesting and informative. The Hebrew word is "GAAL", and that same word is also frequently translated "kinsman", that is, "relative".
I Will Make you to Become Fishers of Me
Then the Lord told Peter to cast the net on the right side. As he obeyed the Lord the net was found to be full of fishes. They were brought to the shore safely, where they were roasted on the fire.
If any Man...
In these words our Lord emphasizes that the decision to follow Him is by man's own free will-"if any man will come". This decision is a voluntary response to His call.
Is it your New Year?
The walls may receive anew paint but the brick and the mortar inside remain the same. With the fears and sorrows still locked in the heart, what newness can come just by wearing something brand new?
My Joy Might Remain in You
You are inspired as you go through these three chapters again and again. The messages in these chapters can be summed up in three small fragments.
My Peace I Give Unto You
Among many names given to the Lord Jesus in Isaiah 9:6, one is the Prince of Peace. It means, only in Him, by Him and through Him, people can find true peace. Then we find that the same message was brought to the earth at His birth in Bethlehem.
Numbering our Days
Psalm 90 contains the prayer of Moses the man of God, Who led the people of God, the Israelites, after He redeemed them from Egypt. In the wilderness he saw the wrath of God on the people when they rebelled against Him and also saw His loving kindness when they repented and turned to Him.
Peaceable Fruit of Righteousness
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the lord delivereth him out of them all ” (Psa.34: 19). When we see many believers God’s servants passing through various afflictions, it is comforting that the Lord has promised to deliver the righteous out of all these afflictions, however painful and hard they may be.
Put Away the Strange Gods
Having fled from Laban, he now wanted to live in peace at Shechem. But God told him that that was not the place of his rest.
Remember ye Not
New Year means many things .to many people: For some, sending and receiving gifts and greetings. For others, festivities, feasting, fun and frolic. For yet others, a time of reckoning and making new resolutions.
Repent and Turn to God
Do you know that the goodness of God is urging you to repentance? God wants you to be saved. He is not willing that you should perish. So He is leading, pleading and urging you to repent of your sins. You should not treat this matter lightly.
Have you repented of all your sins? Perhaps you have heard the voice of God and have decided to repent. But have you repented of all your sins?
Secret of Effective Ministry
That itself is a proof to us that our Lord had a very grand and lofty purpose in saving us and calling us to Himself. In the beginning, Moses never knew why God called Him.
Secret of Effective Service
All of us as fellow -believers are called by God to a high heavenly calling. He not only forgives our sins but He also wants us to serve Him as His co-workers. In two places in the Scriptures we are called God's co -workers.
Secret of a Happy Home
Many people want to marry only for the sake of happiness and honor. They have no real interest in the Word of God. They are more concerned about their own ideas than God's Word. In many cases marriages are a failure, because they depend upon their cleverness, wisdom, family or pr0perty.
Serve in Newness of Spirit
That is the desire of every man in every country. He longs for authority and power over fellow-men, and so by every possible means he tries to have that. You find such men in the assemblies also. Some believers have a desire to become elders in the church.
She Required Nothing
In this fragment "She required nothing", (Esther 2: 15) we see the secret of divine favor. Those who are going to be joined together as life partners in the presence of God and before His people have a longing to be blessed by God.
In the morning, Elisha's servant went outside and saw the great army and cried out to his master saying, "Alas, my master! How shall we do?" He was full of fear. Elisha told him that he had no need to be afraid because they had a greater and mightier army than the enemy.
If someone scratches they have a nice feeling. In the last days people will have itching ears. These days there are scratching preachers who leave out the truth and tell fables.
Spirituality in the Midst of an Evil Society
Some thoughts from the witness of Daniel and his companions. See also 1 John 4:4 and 5:19. The first six chapters of Daniel illustrate very beautifully the word of Paul in Phil. 2:15 about being "blameless and harmless, the sons of God... in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation".
The Bride, the Wife of the LAMB
The book of Revelation, which has been the subject of innumerable expositions and explanations, ends with the presentation of one radiant Church, wholly satisfying her glorious Head. And it has a message for us all.
The Church's Destiny
The Lord Jesus told His disciples that they were the light of the world. While that is true, it is equally true that the world is largely unable and unwilling to appreciate that light, even when it shines.
The Death Most Remembered
Why did Jesus die? Why should His death be remembered? Dear reader, the answer is twofold. Firstly, you and I had apart in that death. Secondly, Jesus' death alone has the solution for all our problems.
The Family Alter
This message certainly comes from a burdened heart, for it touches a matter of great importance, and bears down upon a vital secret which can be of untold value to the church of God in the days in which we live.
The Fellowship of the Mystery or All One in Christ Jesus
In the above verses, we are confronted with what the New Testament calls God's Mystery; -a "secret" previously hidden but now revealed (See Eph.3: 3-6). In eternity past, God planned that His SON become incarnate and then extended into a corporate form-Saviour and saints ONE ORGANISM TOGETHER in the power and splendor of His resurrection; -a mystery indeed, -beyond all comprehension.
The Fire of God
May the Lord find in you and in me something of that full satisfaction which He found in the fire of the burnt offering in the life of His beloved Son.
The Glorious Gospel
In a word, it was just the story of our Lord's death and resurrection, - historically accomplished, and abundantly attested and verified. And that is the message we are privileged to carry to the world today!
The Good Samaritan
Most Bible -lovers have a special love for this story, and, having ourselves traveled down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, we can easily visualize the whole event told by our Lord.
The Little City
"There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man" (Eccles.9: 14.15).
The Preaching of the Cross
The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was taken to the Corinthians through Paul, with great power and authority as we read in 1 Cor.2: 4,5. Yet the believers there remained babes for a long time.
The Runaway Servant of God
The story of Jonah is a true story recorded by the Holy Spirit, and the Lord Jesus Himself made reference to it while He was speaking to the Pharisees. We find many lessons in this short story.
The Vision of Lord Jesus Christ
The god of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Cor.4: 4).
Thy God Careth
The Lord spoke of this ENDURING after mentioning about the conflict amongst nations, calamities or catastrophes that would befall this earth besides the hatred of nations against Him and His own, and the spirit of deception that would tend to permeate this globe.
Voice of God in Creation
God has given humanity the gift of "sound". How dull and monotonous the 'world would be if the silence of the cemetery were to rule everywhere! The chirping of birds, the sound of a flowing stream, the loud whispers of a rainfall and the incoherent sound of infants fill us all with delight.
We Beheld His Glory
We as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should see the glory and the virtues of our highly exalted Lord. We pray that the Lord may help many of us to see His beauty, majesty and glory.
What Happened on the Day of Pentecost?
Nowadays more and more people everywhere especially among those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, ask this question, "What exactly happened on the Day of Pentecost and what does it all mean to me today?"
Why Did Christ Come into This World?
The first of our verses will be found in Matt.5: 17, where our Lord said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the Law: -I am NOT come to destroy, BUT to fulfill".
Ye are My Friends
God first appeared to Abraham in Genesis 12. But He took him to Mount Moriah about forty-six years later. God had to take Abraham through many different experiences during those forty-six years, before he was ready to come to Mount Moriah.
Ye are my Witnesses
We see in the Acts of the Apostles, that the Apostles preached Christ again and again. "Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities" (Acts 3:26). T
Your Companion in Tribulation
Such was the lot that John and other Christians found themselves in. Instead of looking upon the godly John and other Christians of holy faith as assets, Domitian declared them to be traitor and criminals.