"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (I John 3:2).
The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ will bring to reality all that our hearts have longed for.
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as … Continue Reading ››
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
I was reading some time ago in a devotional by Dr. John MacArthur and came across … Continue Reading ››
"Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations" (Deuteronomy 7:9).
When we consider the faithfulness of God, we first of all must say that the Bible declares the fact that God is faithful. Here are just a few passages for your consideration:
"God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord" (I Corinthians 1:9).
"There hath … Continue Reading ››
"So will not we go back from thee: quicken [revive] us, and we will call upon thy name" (Psalm 80:18).
Several times in Psalms, the writer uses the word "quicken," which is what "revival" really is (e.g., Psalm 71:20; 119:25, 37, 40, 88, 107, 149, 154, 156, 159; 143:11). "Quicken" here means "to live again, to revive, to renew, to refresh, to restore, to repair, to be made whole." He wasn't referring to the initial work of salvation, but of God doing a new or fresh … Continue Reading ››
The Faith Promise Offering for missions is a method of giving with a biblical basis. Chapters 8, 9, and 10 of 2 Corinthians is where we find the scriptural concepts upon which we base this practice. In a nutshell, the Faith Promise Offering for missions is the amount each church member promises to give by faith above his or her tithe during the coming year. What does the Bible say?
1. Giving to God is Part of Our Worship
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto … Continue Reading ››
"Be still, and know that I am God..." (Psalm 46:10a).
Since several people have made this statement to me recently, I thought I would change things up a bit and instead of writing a devotional this time, just share with you my thoughts on how to have an effective devotional life in God's Word. This involves a simple four-step process. I truly hope this helps some of you. Others of you who are already doing this, just keep it up!
First, find a place where you … Continue Reading ››
Circumstances and people can rob us of our joy, but so can things; and it is this "thief" that Paul deals with in Philippians 3.
In Philippians 3:18-19, he describes professed Christians who "mind earthly things." Then in Philippians 3:20 he describes the true believer who has his mind on "heavenly things." It's been said that, "some Christians are so heavenly-minded they are no earthly good." However, I have found the opposite to be generally true today. Unfortunately, some Christians are so earthly-minded that they are … Continue Reading ››
The greyhound is the second fastest land mammal on earth, reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour in three strides, or less than 2 seconds! What is it that makes the greyhound run so well? One key to the speed of a greyhound can be found in the way it runs. The greyhound uses the double suspension gallop where all four feet are off the ground and the greyhound is literally flying through the air. During this time of suspended animation the greyhound … Continue Reading ››
Despite the fact that some are revising their views on when the Rapture of the Church takes place, I am still convinced of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture described in I Thessalonians 4:13-18. Yes, it is true that the word "rapture" doesn't occur in Scripture, but neither does the word "Bible;" yet we still call the Word of God the Bible. The word "rapture" comes from a Latin word meaning "to catch up or carry away" or "to seize suddenly." Here is why I believe this event … Continue Reading ››
"And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him" (Matthew 4:19-20).
Peter and Andrew heard the call of Jesus as they were casting their nets into the Sea of Galilee, trying to catch some fish. The Bible says that they "straightway" left their nets to follow Jesus. The word "straightway" means "immediately" - an indication of how determined they were to follow Christ. The word "followed" carries the idea of being … Continue Reading ››