"Wonderful" By Billy Sunday
"His name shall be called Wonderful" -- Isaiah 9:6
IN olden times all names meant something, and this is still the case among Indians and all other people who are living in a primitive way. Whenever you know an Indian's name and the meaning of it, you know something about the Indian. Such names as Kill Deer, Eagle Eye, Buffalo Face and Sitting Bull tell us something about the men who possessed them.
This tendency to use names that are expressive still crops ou
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" Psa. 8:4
Has anyone ever asked you “Why am I here?” or “What is life all about?” The Bible has the answers to those questions. The Bible says that we were created by God, for His pleasure (Rev. 4:11) and for His glory (Isa. 43:7).
JOB asks "What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?" (JOB 7:17)
The Bible gives us at least three reasons as to wh
“Followers of Christ”. If we were to take a survey, and ask born again believers “What does it take to be a disciple” I am afraid that many would answer that a disciple is merely a follower of Christ. Though this is true in one sense, it falls short in another; to follow Christ--to really follow Him--entails much more than walking in a crowd that is headed in the same direction--it is giving Him our all, our entire self, from a heart of dedication and a faith that is sincere,
A Tree of Life
“In the midst of the garden” (Gen 2:9).
It is the center of paradise.
The central tree of beauty in a garden of peace.
The fruit of the tree (Gen 3:22)
They had to eat of it. (implies that they had to eat of it daily, not merely one time to have eternal life. They would live forever as long as they ate of it.)
NOTE: Man was free to eat of this tree before he disOBeyed; it seems that he may have eaten of it already, yet the eternal life was not eternal, it
(13 references in the Bible)
Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Gen 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
Gen 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
I suppose, when it comes to discussing the tithe, that we must start at the beginning. In Gen 14,
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
(a Practical look)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: (v. 1)
We often forget that the title of the Book teaches us that it is a revealing of Christ. We like to focus on the prophetic aspect of this great Book, but too often we shove Christ in the background as the Laodicean church did (Rev. 3
(Jail ministry) “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55)
Never underestimate the power of Satan. He is wily; He is deceitful; he is a destroyer. The devil has deceived every man that ever lived, since the beginning of time! No one has ever escaped his mighty grasp—no one that is, except Jesus. The greatest of men have fallen to Satan’s tricks; the greatest generals, conquerors of the world, have all fallen to the wooing and
Soul winning messages
The Maniac of Gadara
We see here several wonderful things about soul winning. OBserve:
First, Jesus came seeking;
It seems, when we read the text, that Jesus had no other reason for sailing to Gadara than to seek out this “maniacal” man. Jesus sought no other man there, but many came to Him as a result of His miracle.
Even this wild man knew where to find peace and healing.
He was intrigued by death (a sure sign of devil possession)
He was suic
1 Timothy 6:10 “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
What a fantastic verse this is. We cannot see how the love of money can affect, say sins like adultery, but the Bible says it is the “root of all evil.” Every evil act finds its root in the love of money. Again, this is more than amazing to us. As I mused on this verse, I realized that the roots seldom resembl
A Fisher of Men
“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (v. 19)
Forgive me if I take this verse out of context, but there is an illustration that one can apply here that teaches us a great truth. You see, Satan too is a good “fisher of men”. It is as if he casts the bait out into the sea of life, and just waits to see who bites. The bait may be drugs, sex, or alcohol, or anything; it may be simply a proud heart, or a mood of despair, but the
The invincible church
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mt. 18:16)
Did Christ die for the church, or for the work of the church? We must ponder that question in our hearts, each one of us. He came and ministered unto men as an example of our work as a Christian, but did he die for the work? Those who are “church builders” would be interested to know. We see an invincible c
Jude 1:1 A very important verse here, we see that we are "preserved in Jesus Christ and called." Not only that, but we are "sanctified by God" the Father, for His use toward His honor and glory.
The preservation of the saints is seen here, and, along with them, the preservation of the Truth of God, in His Word. Some skeptics deny the preserved Word of God today (KJB), and misunderstand, or outright reject the preservation of His Word. I believe He directly preserves His Word accordin
How tragic that we hear little preaching about the precious blood of Christ nowadays. This doctrine seems to have been shoved aside by the church for...who knows what?
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
As we can easily see, our redemption is OBtained through the blood of Christ. We make much of the death of Christ, and the resurrection, but it seems little is said these days about the blood. So, let us look at some s
The Beauty and the Beast
I’m sure all of us have heard the story of the “Beauty and the beast”, but I’d like to tell you about the Biblical version of it. It begins first with:
The beast of oppression
The oppression of sin; we are slaves to evil, the captors of sin. There is little deliverance if any, from our captor, the devil. If we are delivered in one area, we are enslaved in another, there is no escape among men. Turning over a new leaf will not deliver us; Doing good deeds will n
This is the place for devotions, am I right? Here goes:
Exodus 5 Stubble instead of Straw “So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw” (v.12)
The Egyptians were tyrannical taskmasters, and their desire to make things hard for Israel actually weakened their own cause more than they ever seemed to think it would. When wickedness seeks to hinder righteousness, it always hurts itself in the long-run. In t
“Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, he punished them by withholding both dew an
Spreading the Seed
Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you. (Hag. 2:9)
Though the immediate text speaks of the blessing of God, and the lack of it, one cannot ignore the question he asks “Is the seed yet in the barn?” I wonder if the Gospel seed is lying dormant in your barn?
Friends, we need to get the seed out of the barn; we need to spread the Word and a
We Need Men
(chapel message and boys camp)
Boys, we need men today. This country is in a drought for real men. We have too many sweet smelling, long haired, earring clad, aqua-net pretty boys trying to be men nowadays. We need real men! Men work; men spit; men stink of sweat, and are not afraid to talk up; be a man! We don’t stand in front of a mirror all day primping, and spraying our hair with hair spray! (They don’t make a man’s hair spray, it is all the same inside the can!) We
Sin in 3-D
1. Deemed delightful, but desperately dismal.
A. Full of Delusion;
B. Dupes us;
C. Disappoints us;
D. Defeats us;
E. Deprives us
(of the blessings of God; of family, friends and fellowships; of self respect, of life itself, etc.)
1. Destroys dignity
2. Darkens, defiles.
A. Causes Divisions
B. Destroys Decency
What is sin?
James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Sin is clearly defined in the Bible. Here we have the first of seven definitions of sin, most of which are OBvious by the fact that the Bible outright says, “this is sin”.
Called “sins of omission” because we fail to do what we know we should.
Romans 14:23 “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is s
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“For God so loved the world…that whosoever believeth in him…” But not only those that believe were loved by Him, but the entire “world”. Some teach that Jesus died for “the elect” or only for those that would receive Him as savior, whom He foreknew, but He died for all mankind, including the elect. He provided a “way of escape”(1 C0r.
The 91st psalm He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (v.1)
Many verses are addressed to a certain person or group, here we see that the ninety-first psalm is for all that are in Christ, God’s people. We all assume that we dwell under the shadow of the Almighty, and in the secret place of God (salvation). Thus, this Psalm, as most other Old Testament passages, cannot be cast aside under a new dispensation. If our Lord choos
A psalm of praise
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (v. 1)
The twenty-third Psalm is actually a psalm of praise. One cannot help but rejoice in the Lord’s blessings as he reads this psalm. It begins with praise for the Lord and His provision, and reflects this theme all the way through the psalm. It is prOBably the most popular and oft-quoted psalm in the entire Book of Psalms. The implication of verse one is that “because the Lord is my shepherd…” because He is, and
Daniel 3 (Devotion) “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (v. 25)
In Daniel three, we have one of the more interesting Bible stories in the entire Bible. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, they had a unique experience; they had the privilege of walking with Jesus! Had they not went through the fire, they nev
Making a Difference
(A chapel message-preached at the Landmark Baptist Temple Oct. 30, 1989))
“And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 1:22,23
I stand before you today a broken man, ruined by the foolishness of life. Ruined by bad choices; by self gratification; ruined, and never more restored to innocence. I’ve wasted many years, ignored many joys, and shattered many