Rubbish

Rubbish "... there is much rubbish."Neh. 4:10 At was another device of Satan to stop the building of Jerusalem's wall. Outside opposition had failed so he started boring from within. The burden bearers were weary and so much rubbish had accumulated that they grew discouraged. If you are building a life upon the one foundation, Jesus Christ, you will face the problem of rubbish. You cannot build a house without the accumulation of odds and ends, broken pieces, waste material that must be read more...

Overtaken

Overtaken Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Overtaken- catch up with and pass while traveling in the same direction. To go in front of, surprise. Fault- side slip, a deviation, unintentional error, fault, to fall aside. Restoration is a preventive maintenance step for the spiritual. To see a brother struggling, and to pass on by, is to wound read more...

Comforting words.

Comforting words. Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. In this chapter we find the Lord telling of the trials and test that the disciples would face. The Lord gives them truth about the hardness of the journey, yet here in these verses we find words of comfort for their journey. The Lord read more...

Head Weight

Head weight. Psalm 3:3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. We all have had a time where we walked around with our head hung down. The psalmist in the previous verses no doubt had his head down, but he was not willing to stay in this condition. How long will we stay looking at the ground? David was fleeing at this moment from his son, so this weight not only caused his head to hang but no doubt his heart to ache. We may face trials in order to read more...

Revival—or Else

Revival—or Else Thou hast left thy first love.Revelation 2:4. In the course of history, Christianity periodically clutters up with its own projects and paraphernalia. Then God raises up a new fellowship of fresh Christians somewhere, all aglow in simple faith and obedience. Sometimes this happens in a local church, either when the old crowd has a revival or there is a blood transfusion of new converts. In individual experience we tend to get away from our first love, not always into false read more...

Stopping Short of God

Stopping Short of God O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.Psalm 63:1. Any spiritual exercise that stops short of God Himself stops far too short. We can become taken up with the means and forget the end. Our Bible reading may bring us profit and we may lay down the Book with a comfortable sense of duty well performed, but does the heart say, "Beyond the sacred page, I seek Thee, read more...

Peace In The Valley

Peace In The Valley It is mid-April and I am still waiting for spring. Officially it is due to arrive on March 21 but that doesn't mean a thing except that it may come about a month later. If I spent the winters in Florida I would never return to Carolina until May. There are minor indications in advance, however, and how welcome! The carol of the robin at daybreak this morning, for instance. The first tender green is here and never will it be lovelier. I go down by the lake every day to see read more...

Take Hold!

Take Hold! "The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces."Prov. 30:28 The spider is not popular but she is diligent and aggressive and gets things done. If one web is swept away she spins another and doesn't hesitate to take up quarters even in kings' palaces. So might you and I dwell in the spiritual King's palace if only we took hold by the hand of faith. If we took hold of God's grace and took hold of opportunity and took hold of life with a positive eye to business read more...

Why are you so sorry?

Why Are You Sorry? "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned...."Ps. 51:4 When you sin and then feel sorrow in repentance, why are you sorry? Are you sorry because you have been untrue to the Lord and have grieved the Holy Spirit? Or are you sorry merely because you have failed, and have not come up to your expectations? There is a great deal of selfishness in much of our repentance. After all, it is not we who live the Christian life but Christ in us. We should never be looking at self read more...

Nazareth Or Cana?

Nazareth Or Cana? And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58 Here we have the Person (“He”), the Place (“there”), and the People (“their”). Jesus, the Person, was in Nazareth, the Place. It could have been a place of blessing but for the People. “Where”-there is the place-“two or three are gathered in my name”-there are the People-“there am I in the midst of them”-there is the Person. If revival does not come to your church, it will be because of read more...