When it doesn’t make sense!

When It Doesn't Make Sense Perplexed, but not in despair (2 Cor. 4:8). A few Christians seem to move through this world on an ever-ascending scale: health, success, happy family life, serene old age, and a glorious exit. But with most of us life does not follow the Alger pattern, and with many it goes exactly the other way, through disappointment, pain, grief, broken dreams, and often into sinister situations that simply do not make sense. These days we are listening to ever-increasing read more...

Willing and Working

Willing and Working Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in your both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12, 13 This combination makes it all the work of God and yet puts us to work. He does the willing and the working. But we “work out what He works in.” It is a blessed thing to know and to remind ourselves as we move through each day, “God is working in me to will and do of his good pleasure.” But let us remember the read more...

Praying?

“Faith asks no signal from the skies, To show that prayers accepted rise, Our Priest is in His holy place, And answers from the throne of grace.”

JESUS is Lord!

Jesus Is Lord If I were to ask any Sunday-morning congregation, "Do you believe in the lordship of Jesus Christ?" I would get an easy reply in the affirmative. But if I were to ask each individual in that congregation, "Is He Lord of all you are and have?" We might have a very disturbing and revealing morning! Any church gathering can sing, "Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all," but not all who are willing to crown Him with their lips will make Him Lord of their lives. The read more...

The Departing Angel

The Departing Angel And forthwith the angel departed from him. Acts 12:10 The angel had brought Peter out of prison through the gate and safety outside. Now the miracle was over and the angel took his leave. Peter was on his own. God intervenes by His angel many a time to loose our souls from prison. He does the supernatural thing when the occasion demands it. But He does not perform miracles when we can get along without them. He let us do the thing we can do for ourselves, all within read more...

Praying “Accordingly”

Praying "Accordingly" An accordionist is one who plays an accordion. A praying Christian should be an "accordingist," praying by the "accordings" of God that underlie successful praying. We must pray according to His Word. The man who prays Scripturally prays successfully. We must pray according to His will (1 John 5:14, 15). We must pray according to our need (Phil. 4:19). We do not always want what we need or need what we want. We must pray according to our faith. Several read more...

Pattern for Perilous Times

Pattern for Perilous Times The Gospel message is foolishness to this world, of course, and, incidentally, if the message be foolishness what can the messengers expect but to be called fools? But the time has come when the church cannot endure sound doctrine, not the liberals alone, but plenty of fundamentalists. Alexander Whyte spoke of those who "will be thankful to you for telling them the particular times when the Gospels were writ or for explaining the meaning of Euroclydon or anathema read more...

Acceptt it, affirm it, and assert it.

Almost twenty centuries after it happened, churchmen are still sitting in panel discussions arguing over whether or not the resurrection really took place. If we have not arrived at head-certainty by now, we had better explore some other avenue. The shortest and surest road to assurance in this matter is to accept the Bible as God’s Word by faith and see what happens. It proves itself, and men who have dared to say, “Let God be true but every man a liar,” have found themselves in possession of a read more...

If You Can’t See, Look!

If You Can’t See, Look! Looking unto Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 We are looking unto Jesus, not at Him. There is a world of difference. F. B. Meyer says something to the effect that if we cannot see Him we can look in the direction where we know Him to be. Alexander Whyte puts it: “He does not say, See; He says only, Look.” The snake-bitten Israelite, far to the rear in the multitude, may not have been able to make out clearly the outline of the serpent, but he looked that way. What matters read more...

What is it that we delight in?

What is it that we delight in? Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. The psalmist shows the Lord just how he feels about following the Lord. No doubt there were struggles between "thy will" and "my will". It is what we choose to follow that makes the difference. There will never be any satisfaction in doing "my will". We may wander how does this take place, the Lord gives us the answer in the end. Thy law is within my heart, allowing there to read more...