“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” Daniel 2:20-22 Constant criticism and offensive remarks about political leadership dot the landscape of our newspapers, c
1 Corinthians 9:13-14 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
Many pastors like to use this verse as a means to justify extracting financial support from their congregations. The pastors who do this are wrong. This passage is not speaking of stationary pastors of Churches. Rather, it is s
I want us to study the whole prophecy of Habakkuk to understand his message to the people of his time, AND to see how his message speaks to us in our day.
We will also look at how Paul took up Hab's message of living by faith in his letter to the Galatians.
In order to understand the prophetic books we must first consider the context – the time when they were written, & the condition of the people of Israel & Judah that the prophet is addressing.
H prophesied around 620-600 BC, in t
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
My mind has jumped ahead, focusing on the upcoming Christmas season. Many celebrate the birth of Jesus by giving Christmas gifts to others and paying tribute and honor to old St. Nick or Santa Claus. Christmas is truly about the one gift not many will seek but inwardl
"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:" (Isaiah 55:6) The devil has little to fear prowling around seeking individuals he can overwhelm, confound, and bury in doubt and fear. Many are living a rushed existence, struggling to provide for their family, living defeated lives, lacking hope, seeking love, consumed with anger, worrying about the state of our nation, and drowning in heaps of stress. Prayerless churches, prayerless bible studies, prayerless home
Many today feel that they shouldn’t have to work a second jOB while serving as pastor of a Church. They seem to want the Church to provide for their every need. House payments, car payments, utilities, medical, vacations, etc..
Does the Bible allow for pastors to take a salary from the Church? Let us look, shall we?...
Acts 20:33-35 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were wi
Many teach that repentance is simply changing one's mind about who God is.
I contend that it is turning from sin, as is evident in this passage from Revelation:
]20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast
Nehemiah 10:37-38 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our
What is the purpose of the Church?
Are we to attend it because we have wants? or are we to attend because we have needs? What does the Word of God tell us?
Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
1 Peter 5:1-4 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of
"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity: and in sin did my mother conceive me." - Psalms 51:5
There has of late been some discussion as to the destination of those who die in their infancy, before they are old enough to understand Jesus. Of course, the feel-good, tree-hugging, whale-loving liberals assert that God couldn't possibly send babies to hell as this would be "unfair" or "cruel", and that by some mysterious loophole in the rules for Salvation God allows those who are too young to be "accoun
A slice of Truth
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. ” (Hebrews 4:12-13) Prominence is justly placed upon the sharpness of the truth of God’s Word. Th
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” (v. 6)
I thank God that He gave the New Testament church a special promise; that he would never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13: 5 c), which is an indirect quote from Joshua 1: 5. Our God is “there” for us all the time. The first part of this is still t
A balloon pilot strives to keep the balloon afloat in the lower atmosphere, just above earth. Ascending or descending as necessary by means of hot air. This hot air causes the balloon to rise in the cooler air of the atmosphere, or allows the hot air to dissipate as the balloon descends towards the ground. The hot air is heated by large propane burners at the bottom of the balloon and this air can be vented out at the top of the balloon as necessary, for lowering the temperature inside the ba
A Rainbow, with an emerald glow about it, surrounds the throne in heaven. This rainbow forms a complete circle. The apostle John saw the whole circle of God’s great comfort and assurance firsthand. The throne was hedged roundabout with the brilliance of His divine promise. John was overcome by the sight of this royal throne and the magnificence of His presence. This illuminating rainbow surrounding the throne had a brilliant emerald hue. Straightway John fell to the floor in awe and humili
The LORD our Righteousness – Cranford, July 21, 2013.
Tony:Jeremiah 23:5 – 6
152 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer's ear
Ian:Children's talk (children stay with parents.)
578 I once was a stranger to grace and to God (Jehovah Tsidkenu)
568 My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness
Jer. 22:28 – 23:8
516 I hear thy welcome voice that calls me, Lord, to thee
Tony: Blessing 2 Peter 3:13-14
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Revelation 2:17)
God promises hidden manna, a white stone, and a new name to those that are overcomers of this world and the devil, sharing in eternal victory with God with Jesus Christ at His right hand. To “cash in” on these promise
Today many have no conception of Hell, Sheol in the Hebrew, or Hades , Tartarus, and Gehenna in the Greek language. It is a literal place where men are in the process of dying but never succumbing to death, subjected to incessant agony and physical torment. Churches need to unapologetically preach the clear truth about Hell. Christians need to be able to witness about Heaven to others, and plainly delineating about the horror of an authentic place called Hell. All men must come to terms with
“Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. ” (Zechariah 3:3-4) The world places a great emphasis on outward appearance, often neglecting their inner spiritual heart condition. People often choose to either adorn themselves with the l
“Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests; And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee, And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears sha
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Genesis 2:18) The Creator God intimately anticipated the needs and desires of man. He fashioned man with certain innate longings. Man was fashioned to have need of a help meet, or companion. The help meet was fashioned to fulfill these desires and becoming one with man, intimately sharing in fellowship together. God created man and woman for this relationship and a connection to fulfill
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (1 Timothy 6:10-11) “The Cat in the Cradle” is a famous older song about a father who is too busy to spend time with his son. Though the son repeatedly begs his father spend time with him, the father offers little mo
“But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her h
“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit,which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” (Isaiah 48:17) The Lord places a hedge about His sheep as they roam about in the “field” of life, like a shepherd who guards His own sheep against wolves and other predators. The Lord guards and protects His sheep on all sides against the wiles of the devil and his dark spiritual forces, false teaching, and any harm that comes al
It is my hope that the Lord is using the series devotions on the life of Joseph in Egypt to encourage and strengthen your walk with the Lord.
Ocean Waves on the East Coast of Taiwan north of the city of Tai Tung.
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