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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Esther (2)—Drinks in Abundance

The king made a feast lasting seven days … They served drinks … in abundance, according to the generosity of the king … The drinking was not compulsory … they should do according to each man’s pleasure … On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded …

It is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes intoxicating drink; lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted.

Esther 1:5–10 NKJV; Proverbs 31:4–5 NKJV

Esther (2)—Drinks in Abundance
Just as among celebrities and high-ranking people in present...More



Tuesday, June 18, 2024

No Room to Boast

When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us?”
Matthew 13:54–56 NKJV

No Room to Boast
We read about four brothers of the Lord Jesus—sons of Joseph and Mary—but we only recognize two of the names. Many consider that James and Judas, who were the instruments God used to write the epistles which bear their names,...More



Monday, June 17, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (17)

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 62:5–6 ESV

Living a Life of Hope (17)
David’s life is a picture of hope! He was the last of eight sons and, it would seem, often neglected in some ways. But while he was still fairly young, the prophet Samuel came to anoint this young shepherd boy as the future king (1 Sam. 16:13). While all those around David saw only a young shepherd boy, God saw a king! But we are reminded in 1 Samuel 16:7, “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the...More



Sunday, June 16, 2024

Messiah the Suffering Servant (6)—The Two “Alls”

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6 NKJV

Messiah the Suffering Servant (6)—The Two “Alls”
Today’s text is the story of the Bible in one verse. The message of the Bible is twofold: it is the record of the history of man’s sinfulness, and it is also the unfolding plan of redemption through God’s grace and counsels in Christ. These two features are exactly what is revealed in Isaiah 53:6.

The godly Jewish remnant in the time of the Great Tribulation will gradually come to...More



Saturday, June 15, 2024

What Is Fruit

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
John 15:4 NKJV

What Is Fruit?
What then is the spiritual significance of fruit? May we not say that fruit is the expression of Christ in the believer? We read in Galatians 5:22–23, that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” What is this, however, but a beautiful description of Christ as He passed through this world in humiliation? Hence, if such fruit is seen in...More



Friday, June 14, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (17)—Titus

This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
Titus 3:8 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (17)—Titus
Titus, meaning “nurse,” is again individual. Its subject is not exactly that of godliness in maintaining the truth in the Church of God, as in Timothy, but rather the truth producing godliness and order in the Church. If there is truth, it “accords with godliness” (1:1).

Titus had remained in Crete for the purpose of appointing...More



Thursday, June 13, 2024

David’s Mighty Men (12)

All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel were of one mind to make David king.
1 Chronicles 12:38 NKJV

David’s Mighty Men (12)
Hebron is located in southern Israel, an important city for Abraham and his descendants. While Saul was still reigning, some people from his tribe of Benjamin left him. They publicly identified with David, who was happy to receive them with honor (1 Chr. 12:18). From other parts of the country, faithful Israelite soldiers also arrived to help David. Once Saul had died, God...More



Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Transformation—The Renewal of Our Mind

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

Transformation—The Renewal of Our Mind
Our mind, or rather our thinking, is shaped by what we deal with every day—for better or for worse. Those things we hear, see, or think about influence our inner attitude, even if we may not always be aware of it. This is true of worldly music and films, among other things, as well as many internet sites and forms of social media, which often—without us...More



Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Esther (1)—Introduction

Israel is not forsaken, nor Judah, by his God, the Lord of hosts, though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water, He turns it wherever He wishes.

Jeremiah 51:5 NKJV; Proverbs 21:1 NKJV

Esther (1)—Introduction
The books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and of the prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, trace the history of the remnant of God’s earthly people who returned from captivity in Babylon to rebuild the temple and later the city wall. The book of Esther shows God’s faithful care for His people...More



Monday, June 10, 2024

Living in an Unbelieving World

After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island.
Acts 28:11 NKJV

Living in an Unbelieving World
Acts 27 recounts the shipwreck that cast Paul and 275 others onto the island of Malta. There they spent three months, awaiting suitable sailing weather; and here in Acts 28, the voyage to Rome was to continue on another ship.

As was common, this vessel had a figurehead, a carved image on the prow and likely also the stern of the ship. It served as both an ornament and an expression of religious devotion. The “Twin...More



Sunday, June 9, 2024

Messiah the Suffering Servant (5)—Wounded for Me

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

Messiah the Suffering Servant (5)—Wounded for Me
Notice how this verse puts an emphasis on the word “our” by mentioning it three times: “our transgressions,” “our iniquities,” and “our peace.” The Jewish nation will confess this and make it personal, but we should never lose sight of the fact that the “our” recorded in this prophecy belongs to us as well. We who were “sinners of the Gentiles” and who...More



Saturday, June 8, 2024

Forever Settled

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
Psalm 119:89 NKJV

Forever Settled
What a mercy, in the face of the unrest and uncertainty of the present moment, to be able to say, “I have gotten something settled forever and in heaven!” What effect, we may ask, can the bold and insolent reasoning of unbelief have upon the soul that can say, “My heart is linked to the throne of God by means of that Word which is settled forever in heaven”? None whatever. Unbelief and superstition, the two great agents of hell in this day in which we live, can only affect those who really have nothing...More



Friday, June 7, 2024

The Old-Fashioned Gospel

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Romans 1:16 NKJV

The Old-Fashioned Gospel
Dr. Berry, a preacher famed throughout the English-speaking world, was a liberal theologian when the following incident took place:

“One night there came to me,” he says, “a Lancashire girl with her shawl over her head and clogs on her feet. ‘I want you to come and get my mother in,’ she said. ‘She is dying, and I want you to get her into salvation.’ I did all I could to get out...More



Thursday, June 6, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (16)—2 Timothy

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.
2 Timothy 1:8 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (16)—2 Timothy
Like 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy also deals with individual responsibility in connection with the Church or Assembly, two English words used to translate the same Greek word. Paul wrote this epistle from prison. It is his last epistle, written knowing that he was about to be put to death for his witness to the Lord. Here he no longer speaks of “the house of God,” but of “a...More



Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Aligning Our Life by the Word of God

Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book.
Deuteronomy 17:18 NKJV

Aligning Our Life by the Word of God
Has there ever been a perfect political system? In practice, no. In concept, yes. God had specified, down to many details, how His people Israel should be governed. He had foreseen a time when they would desire a king. Already here, in Moses’ farewell speech, provision was made for that time.

What was true for the Israelite king according to God’s will is, in principle, true for every leader. Moreover,...More



Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (16)

Since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
2 Corinthians 3:12 ESV

Living a Life of Hope (16)
We have heard stories of Christians who live in countries where the gospel is not allowed to be freely proclaimed. Christians in these countries live with the constant threat of imprisonment, and even death! Yet these believers display such great courage for the gospel of Christ when they meet together for worship or even seek to share their faith. There have been many stories of those who have stood for their faith in spite of the consequences.

This leads us to ask what enables them to have...More



Monday, June 3, 2024

The Sufficiency of the Grace of Christ

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
2 Corinthians 12:7–9 NKJV

The Sufficiency of the Grace of Christ
God encouraged the despondent apostle Paul with the thought, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9). We do not know what this thorn in the flesh might have...More



Sunday, June 2, 2024

Messiah the Suffering Servant (4)—Smitten by God

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:4 NKJV

Messiah the Suffering Servant (4)—Smitten by God
One of the interesting features of this great prophecy is that it is written in the past tense though it would not be fulfilled until 700 years after the time of its writing. Bible scholars call this the prophetic perfect tense. Indeed, it looks to a time beyond our own era, to a future time, when a godly Jewish remnant will make Isaiah 53 their confession. What a wonderful testament to the truth and power of...More



Saturday, June 1, 2024

David’s Mighty Men (11)

Of the sons of Judah bearing shield and spear … armed for war; of the sons of Simeon, mighty men of valor fit for war … of the sons of Benjamin, relatives of Saul … (until then the greatest part of them had remained loyal to the house of Saul).
1 Chronicles 12:24, 25, 29 NKJV

David’s Mighty Men (11)
Chronicles describes the history of God’s people as He views it. This view of the past helps us appreciate God’s thoughts for today, as well as His plans for the future of this nation. The above verses describe the sons of Judah being well equipped for battle. This had an impact on those...More



Friday, May 31, 2024

Five Words

Yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
1 Corinthians 14:19 NKJV

Five Words
How important for all speakers to remember this! We know that tongues had their value. They were for a sign to the unbelieving.

The grand end of speaking in the assembly is edification, and this end can only be reached when people understand what is said. It is impossible for a man to edify me if I cannot understand what he says. He must speak in an intelligible language and in an audible voice, else I cannot...More



Thursday, May 30, 2024

Come to Me (2)

In the last, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, If any one thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He that believes on Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this He said concerning the Spirit.
John 7:37–39 JND

Come to Me (2)
We looked previously at Joseph, then Moses, and our blessed Lord saying, “Come to Me.” We find at least one other occasion where the Lord Jesus gives the invitation, “Come to Me.” In John 7, we find it was at the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles (v. 2). This feast was to be a time of celebration and...More



Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Come to Me (1)

Come to Me, all ye who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls.
Matthew 11:28–29 JND

Come to Me (1)
In the Old Testament, we find several people who said, “Come to me” as an invitation. Joseph said to his brethren “Take your father and your households, and come to me; and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land” (Gen. 45:18). Joseph, who had been rejected by his brethren, now invites them to come to him to enjoy the best of...More



Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Exercised by Discipline

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when reproved by Him … No chastening at the time seems to be matter of joy, but of grief; but afterwards yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those exercised by it.
Hebrews 12:5, 11 JND

Exercised by Discipline
These verses teach the importance of God’s chastening His children. The word chastening refers to child training and education. God’s chastening is not an angry revenge; it is an evidence of His fatherly love and care. From these verses we learn that there are three possible responses to chastening:

1. A...More



Monday, May 27, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (15)—1 Timothy

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.
1 Timothy 3:16 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (15)—1 Timothy
First Timothy, whose name means “honoring God,” was written to an individual, a young man for whom Paul had deep affection. Being of a timid, retiring nature, and yet gifted by God, he needed to be stirred up to a sense of responsibility as to proper behavior “in the house of God, which is the Church of the living God”...More



Sunday, May 26, 2024

Messiah the Suffering Servant (3)—A Man of Sorrows

He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Isaiah 53:3 NKJV

Messiah the Suffering Servant (3)—A Man of Sorrows
Are we surprised that God’s beloved Son was despised? We only have to read the Gospel accounts to see the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prediction. It is written, “They hated Me without a cause” (Jn. 15:25; Ps. 69:4). The word translated “without a cause” means “gratuitously” or “freely.” He loved freely and was hated just as freely. Anyone involved...More



Saturday, May 25, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (15)

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
Hebrews 11:7 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (15)
Noah is a beautiful example of one who lived a life of hope. He lived in a culture where men and women had forgotten God. The Lord Jesus describes the culture of Noah’s day, saying, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and...More



Friday, May 24, 2024

Love the One You Married

[Isaac] took Rebecca and she became his wife, and he loved her.
Genesis 24:67 NKJV

Love the One You Married
The Holy Scriptures present Isaac as a type of Christ. God said to Abraham, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love … and offer him there as a burnt offering” (22:2). Abraham took him to the appointed mountain, built an altar and piled the wood, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar. In all this we have a foreshadowing of what took place about two thousand years later when God offered His only begotten Son, the Son of His love, at Mount Calvary. The Son of...More



Thursday, May 23, 2024

Titus (6)—Bondservants (Employees)

Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Titus 2:9–10 NKJV

Titus (6)—Bondservants (Employees)
What! Is it possible that the Bible addresses slaves, and gives them the directions we have above? Yes, though God did not institute slavery. Sinful man did this, but God recognizes what is, what man has done to his fellow man. He never tells Christians that they must attempt to reform or improve the wicked world system....More



Wednesday, May 22, 2024

It Is Good to Follow

And when [Jesus] had spoken this, He said to [Peter], “Follow Me.”
John 21:19 NKJV

It Is Good to Follow
This final chapter of John’s Gospel describes the occasion at the Sea of Galilee when “Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples” (21:1). Their presence in that region was not surprising. On the day of Christ’s resurrection, they were told to go to Galilee, for there He would see them (Mt. 28:7, 10; Mk. 16:7). Of course they had rejoiced to see Him in that upper room in Jerusalem! But now they were in Galilee, waiting to see Him again.

What thoughts might occupy our...More



Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Called to Be Witnesses

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Acts 1:8 NKJV

Called to Be Witnesses
That Christians should be witnesses to the Lord Jesus Christ is a fact that is made very clear in the Word of God. That many Christians have failed to be witnesses for our Lord is also a fact, and a very lamentable one. To be satisfied with the fact that one is saved and feels no responsibility beyond that is a sad situation, and may cast doubt about the reality of one’s faith. This should...More



Monday, May 20, 2024

The Necessity of Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

The Necessity of Faith
Have you faith in God? Do you know Him? Is there a link between your soul and Him? Can you trust Him for everything? Are you at this moment consciously leaning upon Him, upon His Word, upon His arm? Remember, if there is any darkness or hesitation as to this, devotedness is and must be out of the question. All steady devotedness rests upon the solid ground of personal faith in the living God. We cannot too strongly insist upon this in a day of profession as widespread as it is...More



Sunday, May 19, 2024

Messiah the Suffering Servant (2)—His Humble Origins

He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
Isaiah 53:2 NKJV

Messiah the Suffering Servant (2)—His Humble Origins
Messiah’s humble origins are predicted by Isaiah. Of course, when we say His origins, we mean His coming into the world in Manhood; He is the eternal Son. The apostle John wrote, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of...More



Saturday, May 18, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (14)—2 Thessalonians

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (14)—2 Thessalonians
Second Thessalonians, like 1 Thessalonians, is pastoral in character, but deals with those subtle influences that so soon threatened to rob this young assembly of its fresh, ardent affection for the Lord, as well as its vigorous faith and endurance of persecution. Faithfully, the apostle warns of the future coming...More



Friday, May 17, 2024

David’s Mighty Men (10)

These were the numbers of the divisions that were equipped for war, and came to David at Hebron to turn over the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord.
1 Chronicles 12:23 NKJV

David’s Mighty Men (10)
The Lord had given a final test to Saul after he had disobeyed a few times. Sadly, Saul completely failed (1 Sam. 15). Yet God allowed him to continue reigning, during which time He called Samuel to anoint David in private, as the king after God’s heart (1 Sam. 16). Marked by obedience and love of God, young David took on the giant Goliath (1 Sam. 17), an unbelievable victory!...More



Thursday, May 16, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (14)

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:11–13 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (14)
In today’s text, Paul describes Christ’s coming as a “blessed hope” for every follower of Jesus Christ. This hope is a direct result of the grace of God in our lives. The glorious appearing is when Christ returns to the earth with His own after the seven years...More



Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Has God Said?

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said … ?
Genesis 3:1 KJV

Has God Said?
Satan made Eve doubt God’s word and thus God Himself, and this was her downfall. Doubting God’s word made her doubt God and His goodness towards them. Satan tried the same strategy with the Lord in that he used God’s very Word, endeavoring to have the Lord deviate from the path of obedience and dependence (Mt. 4:1–10).

Satan does the same to us today, trying to entice with instant gratification, with arguments...More



Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The World After the Flood—Who Holds the Reins?

I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.

You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.

John 8:50 NKJV; John 19:11 NKJV

The World After the Flood—Who Holds the Reins?
After God had judged the world through the flood, He made a new start with Noah and his family. But again, the people failed. Instead of obeying their Creator, trusting that He only wanted the best for them, they tried to reach heaven by their own efforts at the Tower of Babel. Their pride even led them so far that they wanted to make a name for themselves and...More



Monday, May 13, 2024

Titus (5)—Younger Men’s Lives

Likewise, exhort the younger men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
Titus 2:6–8 NKJV

Titus (5)—Younger Men’s Lives
After instructing Titus to exhort older men and women, often a delicate task for a younger man, Paul gives Titus instruction about exhorting younger men, men like himself. His own life was to be the practical example to illustrate his teaching. This is an...More



Sunday, May 12, 2024

Messiah the Suffering Servant (1)—Two Questions

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
Isaiah 53:1 NKJV

Messiah the Suffering Servant (1)—Two Questions
Isaiah 53 is one of the great prophecies of Christ found in the Old Testament, through one of its greatest prophets. It reveals Him as the Suffering Servant who would bear the iniquities of His people under the wrath of God. It also reveals He would be raised from among the dead and share the spoils of His victory with His redeemed people! It was written some 700 years before the birth of Christ, and when the specific details of the prophecy are...More



Saturday, May 11, 2024

Faithfulness and Character Are Greater Than Gift

O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you.
1 Timothy 6:20 ESV

Faithfulness and Character Are Greater Than Gift
I think Timothy is a most encouraging example for young believers today. He was young, not strong in body, and probably knew what it was to be despised. He seems to have been timid by nature, and at times in much need of encouragement. He knew what tears meant. He knew the temptation to be a coward (2 Tim. 1). But I know of no fellow-servant whom Paul so delights to honor. Listen to what he says of him: “Timothy, my beloved child” (2 Tim. 1:2); “Timothy, my beloved and faithful...More



Friday, May 10, 2024

Abraham and Calling on the Name of God

[Abraham] built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Genesis 12:8 NKJV

Abraham and Calling on the Name of God
After the Lord appeared to Abraham, we immediately read, “he built an altar.” This surely speaks of worship. In the Epistle to the Hebrews, those who go forth to Christ outside the camp, not only take up their pilgrim character, as having no continuing city, but they become worshipers who “continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God” (13:13–15).

Abraham not only realized something of the glory of the land in the far future, but he caught a...More



Thursday, May 9, 2024

Keeping Ourselves

Abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.

Keep yourself pure.

Keep [yourself] unspotted from the world.

Acts 15:29 NKJV; 1 Timothy 5:22 NKJV; James 1:27 NKJV

Keeping Ourselves
The wonderful prayer in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 gives confidence that God is faithfully working in our lives: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” If God can...More



Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Have You Wandered?

As for me, it is good for me to draw near to God.
Psalm 73:28 JND

Have You Wandered?
There is no living comfortably, and there is no living with the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit in the heart, if we wander from the simplicity of our confidence in Christ. There are many believers who wander out of their place. What now is a believer’s place? A believer’s place is in the bosom of his Lord, or at the right hand of his Master, or sitting at His feet like Mary. Ah! Some of you never woke in the morning without thinking of Him, and all day long a sense of His presence was in your heart. How you...More



Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (13)

Making mention of you in my prayers … that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
Ephesians 1:16, 18 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (13)
When asked, “How much money does it take to make a man happy?” John D. Rockefeller answered, “Just one more dollar.” Money cannot buy you hope or happiness. If money is the goal, the more a person has, the more they want! I once spoke to a man who became a millionaire before He was fifty years old, but his son was very ill. He told me, “All my money can’t buy my son’s health! I...More



Monday, May 6, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (13)—1 Thessalonians

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (13)—1 Thessalonians
Thessalonica means “victory over that which is false.” First Thessalonians chronologically is the first of Paul’s epistles. It is full of freshness, energy, and warmth. Pastoral in its character, it is addressed “to the church of the Thessalonians,” thus exemplifying...More



Sunday, May 5, 2024

Obedient Unto Death

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV

Obedient Unto Death
It is well to recall to our minds what the meaning of this Supper is, and what we do when we partake of it. We have now again broken the bread and drunk of the cup; and what has that meant? We have shown the Lord’s death, and this will go on until He comes. Death is an awful thing, and man does not like to think of it. It is the king of terrors to man; it is the wages of sin, the ending of all the pride of life, the end of flesh as fallen. Who among...More



Saturday, May 4, 2024

Abraham Walking by Faith as a Pilgrim

By faith [Abraham] dwelt in the land of promise.
Hebrews 11:9 NKJV

Abraham Walking by Faith as a Pilgrim
The great principle on which Abraham acted was the principle of faith. Obviously, if he has left one world and has not reached the other, he has nothing for natural sight. It is not that he did not see, but, what he saw was by faith. Thus we read, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance” (Heb. 11:8).

Answering to the call of God on the principle of faith, Abraham, and those with him, became “strangers and...More



Friday, May 3, 2024

Titus (4)—Older Men and Women

Speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discrete, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
Titus 2:1–5 NKJV

Titus (4)—Older Men and Women
The writer of this epistle now addresses Titus directly, telling him to teach what...More



Thursday, May 2, 2024

David’s Mighty Men (9)

Some Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle shield and spear.
1 Chronicles 12:8 NKJV

David’s Mighty Men (9)
Courageous men joined David during the perilous days when King Saul was trying to kill him. These details have been written for our instruction to help us identify with our rejected Lord. We are also “in a wilderness” in the sense that this world does not provide any support to believers who serve the Lord Jesus. We must rely on Him for all our physical or spiritual needs and for the necessary direction....More



Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Full of Grace and Truth

The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we have contemplated His glory, a glory as of an only-begotten with a father), full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 JND

Full of Grace and Truth
Here it is not what the Word was, but what He became. He was God; He became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. It was no transient vision, however momentous—it was a contemplation of His glory granted to His witnesses, not that of an earthly conqueror, nor messianic even, but glory as of an only-begotten from beside a father.

No sword girds His thigh, no riding to victory, no...More



Sunday, April 28, 2024

Dwell on This Astonishing Truth

Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 8:58 NKJV

Dwell on This Astonishing Truth
I know of nothing that has so astonished my mind as this revelation of “I am,” or the real thought that Jesus could say, “I am.” How manifest it is that nothing but the gift of faith could, even in a single atom, understand or know the truth in the Person of Jesus! While yet, by the perfection of its manifestation in the flesh, every soul was put under the responsibility to receive it as the true word of God. The broad penetrating fact, “I am,” the...More



Saturday, April 27, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (12)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:1–5 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (12)
I am sure everyone reading this has been through difficult...More



Friday, April 26, 2024

Give the Glory to God

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, and a part of the vessels of the house of God; and he carried them into the land of Shinar, to the house of his god.
Daniel 1:1–2 JND

Give the Glory to God
Nebuchadnezzar’s action in relation to the vessels of the house of God was meant to honor his false gods, and to elevate them above the true and living God, the Lord of Hosts. Approximately 450 years before, the Philistines captured the ark of the covenant and...More



Thursday, April 25, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (12)—Colossians

Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
Colossians 1:12–13 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (12)—Colossians
Colossians, meaning “monstrosities,” has much in common with Ephesians. However, it does not present the saints as seated in heavenly places, but rather considers them as still walking through a wilderness world. Yet provision for the journey is heavenly, and the blessed fullness of this provision in the person...More



Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Death Is Yours

Whether … the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours.
1 Corinthians 3:22 NKJV

Death Is Yours
In the old creation, man belongs to death. Hence it has been truly said that the very moment man begins to live he begins to die. Solemn fact! Man cannot escape death. There is not so much as a single thing which man possesses in the old creation that will not be wrenched from his grasp by the ruthless hand of death. Death takes everything from him, reduces his body to dust, and sends his soul to judgment. Houses, lands, wealth, and distinction, fame and influence,...More



Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Titus (3)—Problems Then and Now

There are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. One of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.
Titus 1:10–13 NKJV

Titus (3)—Problems Then and Now
Crete, where Titus was working, was a difficult place. A Cretan prophet, a heathen writer, had said of his own people,...More



Monday, April 22, 2024

Abraham and Separation From the World

I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great.
Genesis 12:2 NKJV

Abraham and Separation From the World
As separated from this present evil world, God says to Abraham, “I will make you a great nation” and “I will bless you and make your name great.” The men of this world seek to make a great name for themselves; they say, “Let us make a name for ourselves” (Gen. 11:4). But God says to the separated man, “I will bless you and make your name great.”

The tendency of our natural hearts is always to seek to make a name for ourselves, and the flesh...More



Sunday, April 21, 2024

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (6)—His Courage

Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
John 19:39 NKJV

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (6)—His Courage
This is the third and final time that Nicodemus the Pharisee appears in the Gospel of John. The first time, he had visited the Lord in the evening and was awakened to his spiritual need (3:2). The next time we hear of him, he confessed Christ before his pharisaical peers (7:50).

In today’s text, we find Nicodemus at the cross of Christ. It is moving to think that while many of the disciples had fled...More



Saturday, April 20, 2024

Victory Through Defeat

Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
Genesis 32:24 NKJV

Victory Through Defeat
In Hosea 12:3, we are told that Jacob struggled with God Himself. His mystery opponent was the Angel of the Lord. In a sense, Jacob had been wrestling with God from the moment the sun set on his flight to Padan Aram (28:11). He had outmaneuvered his brother, deceived his father, and in the intervening twenty years had found a worthy opponent to his cunning schemes in his father-in-law, Laban. Now he was frantically trying to appease Esau with droves of gifts. Jacob wrestled all...More



Friday, April 19, 2024

The Consumer in These Frenetic Times

Piety with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:6 JND

The Consumer in These Frenetic Times
Abel is murdered and Seth is born. He names his son Enosh, which means “weak” or “mortal” man. The awareness of their own weakness and dependence drives believers to prayer: “Then people began to call on the name of Jehovah” (Gen. 4:26). The story of the descendants of Cain, on the other hand, is quite different—pride and self-confidence dominate the world. They build cities for themselves and increase their possessions without seeking the will of God (vv. 17–22).

We are all in...More



Thursday, April 18, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (11)

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

Living a Life of Hope (11)
What brings you satisfaction in life? Paul reminds us all here in our verse, that true satisfaction is not found in our wealth, but in the God who not only provides everything we need, but also wants us to enjoy what He provides. This is the secret to true contentment: to enjoy the Blesser more than we enjoy the blessings!

Moses is an example for us in this. We...More



Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Abraham—Called Out of the World

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”
Genesis 12:1 ESV

Abraham—Called Out of the World
The word to Abraham is, “Get out of your country, and from your family, and from your father’s house.” Abraham is not told to remain in the city of Ur and deal with man’s wickedness, or attempt to improve its social condition, or reform its domestic ways, or attempt to make it a better and a brighter world. He is called to come out of it in every form. He is to leave the political world: “your country”;...More



Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (5)—His Conviction

Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.
John 7:52 NKJV

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (5)—His Conviction
Nicodemus had stood up for the Christ, telling his unbelieving colleagues that they should at least go to Him and hear what He had to say. This was fully in keeping with the Law of Moses (7:51). The other Pharisees quickly turned on Nicodemus: “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.” But they were wrong. Jonah the prophet’s hometown was Gath Hepher, which was situated in the lower Galilee region...More



Monday, April 15, 2024

David’s Mighty Men (8)

Of the half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, who were designated by name to come and make David king; of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.
1 Chronicles 12:31–32 NKJV

David’s Mighty Men (8)
The faithful among Israel who identified with David as God’s chosen king were steadily increasing in numbers. The term “David’s mighty men” refers to those faithful ones. We may apply that term to all true believers who identify with the Lord Jesus Christ, past or present. They do so despite the world’s rejection of Him, honoring Him as...More



Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Fairest Among Ten Thousand

This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 3:17 NKJV

The Fairest Among Ten Thousand
How marvelous it is for us to contemplate the perfections of our Lord Jesus. God the Father Himself twice exclaimed, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” He is the one who is able to have a true appreciation of His Son, and yet we are encouraged to be engaged with Him, meditating on His lovely, glorious Person and work.

In Matthew 9, when the Lord saw the multitudes, His heart went out to them. He had compassion on them, preaching the gospel to them, healing every...More



Saturday, April 13, 2024

Titus (2)—Qualifications of an Elder

If a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
Titus 1:6–9 NKJV

Titus (2)—Qualifications of an Elder
The apostle Paul had left Titus in Crete with the...More



Friday, April 12, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (11)—Philippians

Indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Philippians 3:8 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (11)—Philippians
Philippians, meaning “lovers of horses, or of the race,” is a pastoral epistle, encouraging and refreshing. It was written to an assembly afflicted by poverty, which had yet maintained a devoted affection for Paul since being converted through his labors eleven years before. The epistle presents true Christian experience as a...More



Thursday, April 11, 2024

Solomon and the Slippery Path of Sin

The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold.

Solomon had horses imported from Egypt.

King Solomon loved many foreign women.

1 Kings 10:14 NKJV; 1 Kings 10:28 NKJV; 1 Kings 11:1 NKJV

Solomon and the Slippery Path of Sin
In the event, foreseen by God, of Israel’s having a king, he was forbidden to multiply his wives or his riches, and to go down into Egypt to multiply horses (Dt. 17:16–17). Now, with whatever blessings we may be surrounded, we can never forsake the law of God with impunity. God had bestowed abundance of...More



Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (4)—His Confession

Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”
John 7:50–51 NKJV

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (4)—His Confession
Nicodemus now appears for a second time in John’s Gospel, but on this occasion it was with a group of his peers, the Pharisees, and the chief priests (7:45). His religious colleagues had sent out officers of the temple guard to arrest Jesus, but they had returned empty handed: “No man ever spoke like this Man!” (v. 46). Evidently, Christ’s words had been so...More



Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Practical Christianity

You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:3 NKJV

Practical Christianity
It is a very blessed thought, a very solemn truth, that there is nothing of any value in God’s account except the outflow of the life of Christ from His members here. All that is not the direct fruit of that life is utterly valueless in God’s thoughts. The activities of the old nature are not merely worthless but sinful. There are certain natural relationships in which we stand, which are sanctioned by God and in which Christ is our model. For example, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ...More



Monday, April 8, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (10)

Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not He, O Lord our God? We set our hope on You, for You do all these things.
Jeremiah 14:22 ESV

Living a Life of Hope (10)
Jeremiah ministered the Word during difficult times. The people of God had turned their backs on their God, and He allowed them to pass through deep waters, both spiritually and physically. In chapter 14, they had experienced a physical drought which should have reminded them of their spiritual condition. Jeremiah sought to bring them back to a place where they would...More



Sunday, April 7, 2024

The One Perfect Sacrifice

But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.
Hebrews 10:12 NKJV

The One Perfect Sacrifice
Oh, the wonders connected with that which is expressed in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven, the one sacrifice never to be repeated! It not only puts the conscience in peace with God, but it forms the conscience. If God is satisfied with the blood, I will be too. In every way it has lessons. It teaches the character of the whole system of iniquity out of which I have come, teaches the enormity of sin, as none but God can.

It shows...More



Saturday, April 6, 2024

Abraham and the Call of God

The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, and said to him, “Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.”
Acts 7:2–3 NKJV

Abraham and the Call of God
For over four hundred years God bore with this world, and then the God of glory appears to a man on earth and commences to act on an entirely new principle: that of the sovereign call of God. It does not set aside the government of the world; it makes no suggestion as to improving or reforming the world, or correcting its evil. It leaves the...More



Friday, April 5, 2024

Titus (1)—Introduction

Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His Word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior; to Titus, a true son in our common faith: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
Titus 1:1–4 NKJV

Titus (1)—Introduction
This brief but very important epistle begins with the...More



Thursday, April 4, 2024

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (3)—His Conscience

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.
John 3:19–21 NKJV

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (3)—His Conscience
The story of Nicodemus occurs three times in John’s Gospel, and on each occasion it is stated that he was the one who came to Jesus “by night” (3:2; 7:50;...More



Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The Troubles of the Double-Minded

He who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind … he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 1:6, 8 NKJV; James 4:8 NKJV

The Troubles of the Double-Minded
The term “double-minded” appears only twice in the New Testament, both times in the Epistle of James. It is a picturesque expression. Other English translations give the sense as being “a man of two minds” or “a soul-split man.” When we think of those in the Scriptures who tried to follow the Lord while...More



Tuesday, April 2, 2024

David’s Mighty Men (7)

Some from Manasseh … helped David against the bands of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and they were captains in the army.
1 Chronicles 12:19, 21 NKJV

David’s Mighty Men (7)
People from Manasseh came to help David when he was staying at Ziklag. In many respects, those were very trying times for David because Saul was seeking to kill him. As one of the Philistine leaders, King Achish, protected David, he even wanted to join the Philistines in their fight against Saul. The Lord prevented this plan because the other Philistine leaders refused to let David join them. When he...More



Monday, April 1, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (10)—Ephesians

Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (10)—Ephesians
Ephesians, meaning “one desire,” is an epistle with no reproofs. It declares in fullest terms the grand counsels of God concerning the saints of God in this present dispensation of grace. It gives their present spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ and their position “in Christ.” The believers “sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (2:6). Christ, in...More



Sunday, March 31, 2024

The Lord Is Risen

He preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.
Acts 17:18 NKJV

The Lord Is Risen
Let the reader note this: Jesus and the resurrection. Why was it not Jesus and the incarnation or Jesus and the crucifixion? Was it because these profound and priceless mysteries held no place in apostolic preaching and teaching? Read 1 Timothy 3:16 and Galatians 4:4–5 for the answer. These passages settle the question as to the foundation doctrines of incarnation and crucifixion.

But Paul preached and taught and jealousy insisted upon resurrection. He himself was converted to a risen and glorified...More



Saturday, March 30, 2024

What Is the Cross? (2)

God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Galatians 6:14 NKJV

What Is the Cross? (2)
As to grace, what free-gift actings in love are there seen in the cross! The only begotten Son was sent down from the glory on high to bear the wrath due to us, that we might be enabled to share the glory given to Him, and be loved even as He is loved.

And the marvel of His Person must not be passed by, God manifest in flesh. Such was the Lamb of God. Sin in man was the denial of God being over and above...More



Friday, March 29, 2024

What Is the Cross? (1)

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV

What Is the Cross? (1)
In the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ I see God’s plan to make good His ends, and to give effect to His counsels and purpose, in contrast with man’s schemes.

As to man: it was two pieces of wood nailed together, and a few nails, with a hole in the ground. This was an ingenious but malicious mode of death for a hated object. This was man’s scheme, though Satan took care to put in his power through the world, as...More



Thursday, March 28, 2024

Silver Trumpets

Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
Numbers 10:2 KJV

Silver Trumpets
The first use to which these trumpets were put was “for the calling of the assembly.” The tabernacle was the God-appointed center for His redeemed people in those ancient days, and from that center His words went forth, and to it He summoned them when He would. That was the shadow, the picture; Christ is the substance, the reality; and if we are obedient to the word of God, Christ will be our...More



Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (2)—His Crisis

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 NKJV

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (2)—His Crisis
Nicodemus, a Pharisee, a leader, and teacher of Israel, had come to the Lord Jesus by night. He believed that the “signs” connected with the Rabbi from Nazareth indicated that God was with Him (3:2); perhaps He was a prophet. Nicodemus was curious; he needed to know more. He would not lightly dismiss Him or condemn Him, as many of his Pharisee colleagues had done. Did not Moses say that a prophet...More



Tuesday, March 26, 2024

In God’s Light

The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but Jehovah shall be thine everlasting light.
Isaiah 60:19 JND

In God’s Light
This descriptive prophecy will be fulfilled for Israel during the Millennium and for all saints in eternity. God’s thoughts have been from everlasting and they are to everlasting. In eternity there will be a nobler light—a peerless Sun—to supersede the need of all luminaries. There also, in John’s vision was “no need of the sun nor of the moon, that they should shine … for the glory of God has enlightened...More



Monday, March 25, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (9)

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Ephesians 1:13–14 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (9)
The Christian hope finds security in the facts of Scripture and not in the feelings or emotions of the human heart. The Word of God helps us realize that our salvation is not based on anything we have done to be saved or anything we must do in order to stay saved....More



Sunday, March 24, 2024

Our Substitute

Who Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, in order that, being dead to sins, we may live to righteousness: by whose stripes ye have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24 JND

Our Substitute
Christ was an example for us, for we are called to His path, and to follow His steps. The consideration of Christ in all the glory of His perfection cannot fail to have its effect on us, conforming our thoughts and ways to His. Yet even so, we are not as He was, for we have sins and He had none. We needed, therefore, the atoning sacrifice of which verse 24 speaks. He who did no sin “bore our sins in His body on...More



Saturday, March 23, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (9)—Galatians

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Galatians 6:14 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (9)—Galatians
Galatians, written to the assemblies in the region of Galatia (possibly meaning “milky”), is an earnest remonstrance against the evil doctrine that works of law form the standard for a believer’s walk and conduct. Though saved by grace through faith, yet they had added law as the principle of maintaining their salvation. This mixture is abominable to God, the God of all...More



Friday, March 22, 2024

Enoch (2)—Prophesying Judgment on the Ungodly

Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Jude 14–15 NKJV

Enoch (2)—Prophesying Judgment on the Ungodly
Enoch walked with God and pleased God. He did not die, for he had faith God would take him to Himself before the judgment that would come before the death of his son Methuselah....More



Thursday, March 21, 2024

Enoch (1)—Walking With God

Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Genesis 5:21–24 NKJV; Hebrews 11:5 NKJV

Enoch (1)—Walking With God
The patriarchs before the flood in Genesis 5 were descended from...More



Wednesday, March 20, 2024

For the Glory of God

Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV

For the Glory of God
As a boy I worked for a Scottish shoemaker named Dan Mackay, a forthright Christian. It was my responsibility to pound leather for shoe soles. A piece of cowhide would be cut to suit, then soaked in water. I had a piece of iron over my knees and, with a flat-headed hammer, I pounded these soles until they were hard and dry. It seemed an endless operation, and I wearied of it many times.

What made my task worse was the fact that, a block away, there was another shop, and in it sat a jolly, godless...More



Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (1)—His Confusion

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
John 3:1–2 NKJV

Nicodemus Comes to the Light (1)—His Confusion
Historians tell us that there were only 6,000 Pharisees living in Judea during the time of Christ, a very small sect with an influence greater than their numbers would suggest. When reading the Gospels, they seem to be everywhere, but this is because they were interested in derailing the...More



Monday, March 18, 2024

Truly God Is Good

Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart … It is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.
Psalm 73:1, 28 NKJV

Truly God Is Good
Psalm 73 is a very honest psalm. The author, Asaph, tells us about the time he almost stopped following the Lord. He saw the arrogance of the wicked, envied their success, and wondered why they were permitted to prosper. Had he cleansed his heart in vain? He had troubles every day while the wicked seemed to be carefree (vv. 5, 13).

But by the time he composed the psalm, Asaph had...More



Sunday, March 17, 2024

Every Believer Is a Priest

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:5 NKJV

Every Believer Is a Priest
Had we approached one of the sons of Aaron and asked him how he became a priest, he would doubtless have told us that it was, firstly, by his birth; and that, secondly, being born of the priestly family, he was put into the priest’s office by the washing of water, the sprinkling with blood, and the anointing with oil, as ordered in Exodus 29. We, too, are priests by birth. Being born of God, we...More



Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Blessedness of Fearing God

Joseph said to them … “I fear God.”
Genesis 42:18 NKJV

The Blessedness of Fearing God
Joseph’s declaration was not just empty words; it was a reality in his life. It was not that he was afraid of God; it was that he respected God—no, it was more than that: he reverenced God. And this reverence was displayed throughout his life. It molded him and defined his life.

Joseph knew that God was holy, and thus when tempted to sin, he resisted, saying, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (39:9). When placed in prison in very undesirable circumstances,...More



Friday, March 15, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (8)

For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
Romans 14:8 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (8)
The hope that we possess as followers of Jesus Christ should have an impact on every area of our lives, including the way we view death. The apostle Paul could say, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). He could say this because he knew his hope was anchored to a Man in the glory who had secured his place in heaven, laying down His life for Paul and every single person who would put their faith in...More



Thursday, March 14, 2024

David’s Mighty Men (6)

Some Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as gazelles on the mountains.
1 Chronicles 12:8 NKJV

David’s Mighty Men (6)
It took great courage to identify with someone who was fiercely pursued by King Saul. David had retreated to a stronghold in the wilderness, not a pleasant or attractive place. However, the men who joined David there were drawn to him because of love, as God moved their hearts. King...More



Wednesday, March 13, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (8)—2 Corinthians

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (8)—2 Corinthians
Second Corinthians deals, not with the order of the assembly, but with ministry in connection with the assembly—the manifestation in practical life and service of the Spirit’s presence in the assembly. Paul is himself the example of this self-denying labor, spending and being spent for the sake of the saints of God. His sufferings because of his...More



Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (5)—His Responsibility

The living, the living man, he shall praise You, as I do this day; the father shall make known Your truth to the children.
Isaiah 38:19 NKJV

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (5)—His Responsibility
The life history of Manasseh is a fascinating study; the lessons drawn from it reveal much about the character of both man and God. Man’s tendency toward sin and wickedness, and God’s abounding grace are on full display. We are thankful that Manasseh repented of his sin and was restored. If this had not been recorded for us, it would have left us with a dark picture indeed, and a dark...More



Monday, March 11, 2024

Passing Time or Redeeming the Time?

The world is passing, and its lust, but he that does the will of God abides for eternity.
1 John 2:17 JND

Passing Time or Redeeming the Time?
After the fall, the descendants of Cain tried to make their lives as pleasant as possible through possessions, music, and inventions of all kinds in order to be happy without God (Gen. 4). This very attitude is what still characterizes the world today.

How many things people have invented in the last 6,000 years that distract them from focusing on what is linked with eternity! Just think of the explosive development of technology and means of...More



Sunday, March 10, 2024

Christ’s Love for His Own

Jesus, knowing that His hour had come that He should depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, loved them to the end.
John 13:1 JND

Christ’s Love for His Own
The opening verse of chapter 13 is introductory to the last discourses of our Lord. The occasion was that at last, “His hour had come.” In the course of our Lord’s earthly path we have heard of other “hours.” At Cana of Galilee, He could say to His mother, “Mine hour has not yet come”—the hour of His manifestation in glory to the world. In John 5, we read, “An hour is coming, and...More



Friday, March 8, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (7)—1 Corinthians

But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:23–24 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (7)—1 Corinthians
Corinth means “satiated or satisfied.” The first letter to the Corinthians was written by Paul to correct the disorders allowed at Corinth in the early Church. This epistle lays down solid, practical principles of local assembly government and order, most necessary for the Church of God worldwide. This authoritative universal...More



Thursday, March 7, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (7)

He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.
Psalm 147:10–11 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (7)
Psalm 147 is a psalm of praise to our God for His infallible and unchanging Word, as well as His providence in the lives of His own. It is a psalm that reminds us that He is a God who “counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the...More



Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Speculations and Suppositions

Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
John 21:23–25 NKJV

Speculations and Suppositions
The Lord Jesus had told Peter, “Follow Me.”...More



Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (4)—His Restoration

Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel.
2 Chronicles 33:18 NKJV

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (4)—His Restoration
After Manasseh repented, God brought him back to Jerusalem and restored him to his kingdom. It was then that the reality of God’s power and grace hit home to his heart: “Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God” (v. 13).

Repentance is an inward change in our soul’s view of our sin in light of...More



Monday, March 4, 2024

All the Frankincense (2)

He shall bring it to Aaron’s sons, the priests, one of whom shall take from it his handful of fine flour and oil with all the frankincense.
Leviticus 2:2 NKJV

All the Frankincense (2)
When we reach the end of the life of Christ and see the climax when one disciple sold Him for thirty pieces of silver, another cursed and swore he knew Him not, all forsook Him and fled, and the world nailed Him to a cross between two thieves, God showed to the universe how much He differed from all the thoughts of men by placing the crucified One on the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.

The primary...More



Sunday, March 3, 2024

All the Frankincense (1)

He shall bring it to Aaron’s sons, the priests, one of whom shall take from it his handful of fine flour and oil with all the frankincense.
Leviticus 2:2 NKJV

All the Frankincense (1)
Let the reader note particularly that “all the frankincense” was consumed on the altar. Why was this? Because frankincense typified the fragrance of Christ’s manhood as enjoyed exclusively by God Himself. There was that in Christ as a man down here, which only God could duly appreciate. Every thought, every look, every word, every movement, every act of “the Man Christ Jesus” emitted a fragrance which...More



Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Fragments That Remain

Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
John 6:11–12 NKJV

The Fragments That Remain
This chapter contains many beautiful threads which display the Lord’s sovereignty as well as His tenderness. When Jesus saw the crowd, He told Philip to provide food for them, knowing it was impossible; but “He Himself knew what He would do” (v. 6)....More



Friday, March 1, 2024

David’s Mighty Men (5)

These were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war.
1 Chronicles 12:1 NKJV

David’s Mighty Men (5)
It is amazing that the very first group of men who joined David came from King Saul’s own tribe of Benjamin. They risked their very lives because Saul was fiercely persecuting David. Obviously, David welcomed these men. He trained them to become his “mighty men” and “helpers in the war” as they realized that Saul not only persecuted David but was fighting against God. The choice...More



Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Last Enemy

For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:25-26 NKJV

The Last Enemy
Are you at times afraid of the last enemy, death? Do you see for yourself a dark shadow ahead over the terminating portals? When you first see the darkening portals, the promptings of nature may produce fear, but He says, "Do not be afraid" (Rev. 1:17). He knows that by His resurrection He has divested the grave of all its terrors. He has keys of death, and He will bear you through the portals of death into His presence....More



Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Valley of Baca

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
Psalm 84:6 KJV

The Valley of Baca
The valley of Baca, meaning "weeping," is a place of sorrow and humiliation, but one of blessing also. To Paul it was the thorn in the flesh, something that made him despicable in his ministry to the Galatians. It was truly humbling, and called forth from him a thrice-repeated prayer. But when he heard the Lord say, "My grace is sufficient for thee," he no longer pleaded for its removal. No, he rather gloried in his infirmity, that the power of Christ might be known....More



Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Loving Obedience Rewarded

Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.

A cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!"

Mark 1:11 NKJV; John 8:29 NKJV; Mark 9:7 NKJV

Loving Obedience Rewarded
The life of our Lord Jesus Christ, who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Mk. 10:45), was a life of willing obedience and suffering in its outward...More



Monday, February 26, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (6) - Romans

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:24 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (6) - Romans
Romans, meaning "strong ones," gives truth that stands at the foundation of Christianity. Here God is the Sovereign Judge, absolute in righteousness, discovering and exposing the sin of all mankind. He allows no excuse, spares no evil of whatever degree. All are shown to be "guilty before God" (3:19). Yet in pure righteousness also He offers complete justification from guilt, for this is based on "the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (v. 24), who...More



Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Memorial Which Christ Left to Us

As often as ye shall eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye announce the death of the Lord, until He come.
1 Corinthians 11:26 JND

The Memorial Which Christ Left to Us
The institution of the Lord's Supper must be regarded, by every spiritual man, as a peculiarly touching proof of the Lord's gracious care and considerate love for His Church. From the time of its appointment until the present hour, it has been a steady, though silent, witness to a truth which the enemy has sought to corrupt and set aside: that redemption is an accomplished fact to be enjoyed by the weakest believer in...More



Saturday, February 24, 2024

An Example of Worship

Mary therefore, having taken a pound of ointment of pure nard of great price, anointed the
feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the odor of the
ointment.

John 12:3 JND

An Example of Worship
Bethany may mean "house of affliction" or "house of response," but both were true of the house
that was a home to the Lord Jesus there. Death had afflicted it, but now, following His gracious
and powerful intervention in raising Lazarus, there was response: freehearted service from
Martha, fellowship out of death with Lazarus, and...More



Thursday, February 23, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (6)

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14:1-3 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (6)
The hope of a home in heaven awaits every true follower of Christ. Just before He went to the cross, the Lord Jesus promised His followers that He was going to go to prepare them a place. Then He went to the cross, and His finished work on that...More



Wednesday, February 22, 2024

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (3)—His Repentance

Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
2 Chronicles 33:12 NKJV

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (3)—His Repentance
The Lord had spoken to Manasseh and his followers, "but they would not listen" (v. 10). Manasseh was an influential character; he was not passive but active and energetic in evil, and many of his countrymen followed him. How little we realize the influence we may have upon others for good or for evil.

God brought the king of Assyria to Israel who carried Manasseh off to a foreign...More



Tuesday, February 21, 2024

Beware of Envy

Laying aside envy.
1 Peter 2:1 NKJV

Beware of Envy
Envy is an insidious attitude that can creep into our hearts, so we must be aware of this possibility and be vigilant against it. If allowed to develop unjudged it can lead to murder. One wonders if envy was part of the motive behind Cain's killing of his brother. Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God while his was not. We do know that envy was the reason that the Lord was delivered up to Pilate, that He be crucified: "For [Pilate] knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy" (Mk. 15:10). Paul also suffered envy by the Jews who...More



Monday, February 20, 2024

David Strengthened Himself in the Lord in His Distress

David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV

David Strengthened Himself in the Lord in His Distress
The distress was very real for David. Lack of faith at a critical time had brought David and his men into an unholy alliance with the Philistines, and they were about to join battle with them against Israel, the people of God. This was something that God would not allow. In God's plan, He was using the Philistines as...More



Sunday, February 19, 2024

Why the Gospel of John Was Written

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
John 20:30-31 NKJV

Why the Gospel of John Was Written
These verses tell us why John's Gospel was written. Were three Gospels not enough? What could a fourth one add to what Matthew, Mark, and Luke had already covered? These inspired writers had written the Gospels we call by their names, and had doubtless been long with the Lord by the time John wrote his...More



Saturday, February 18, 2024

Psalm 45 (3)—Christ's Love

Myrrh and aloes, cassia, are all thy garments; out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made thee glad.
Psalm 45:8 JND

Psalm 45 (3)—Christ's Love
The aloes, the central spice of the three, speaks of the love that lay behind all the suffering. It was more fragrant and prized than all other spices; nothing to be compared with it ever came out of the mysterious East. I found in an old dictionary the following account of it: "It was the inner wood, or heart, of a tree that grew in India, exceedingly fragrant, worth more than its weight in gold, and said to be a sovereign cordial for all...More



Friday, February 17, 2024

Psalm 45 (2)—Christ's Glory

Myrrh and aloes, cassia, are all thy garments; out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made thee glad.
Psalm 45:8 JND

Psalm 45 (2)—Christ's Glory
Christ is glorious as well as gracious (v. 2). His arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies. He stands out in His glory above every name that is named. He will be triumphant over all that hate Him, even as He is tender to all who hear His voice and love Him. This also must be declared of Him, that we may know that His grace to us is not weakness. In His majesty, He will ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and...More



Thursday, February 16, 2024

Psalm 45 (1)—Christ's Grace

Thou art fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
Psalm 45:2 JND

Psalm 45 (1)—Christ's Grace
Christ's claim to our love has a triple basis: He claims us because He can meet all our needs by His grace; He claims us because of what He is in His own glorious person; and He claims us because of the love that He has for us, love that led Him into the deep suffering of death on our behalf. Psalm 45 declares these three great things, and though this psalm may have the earthly bride in view in the coming glorious Millennium, yet we...More



Wednesday, February 15, 2024

David's Mighty Men (4)

Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.
1 Chronicles 11:22 NKJV

David's Mighty Men (4)
The name Benaiah means "Yah has built up," and his father Jehoiada, "Yahweh knows." He was from Kabzeel ("God gathers"), a town in southern Judah and close to Edom. Our text says that he "had done many deeds" or was "a doer of great deeds" (esv). He had struck down two heroes of Moab and a lion in a pit on a snowy day. Benaiah was an...More



Tuesday, February 14, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (5)—Acts

With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:33 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (5)—Acts
The Acts of the Apostles or, as sometimes called, the Acts of the Holy Spirit, is a history of the way in which divine wisdom ordered events to gradually lead people out from God's previously established dispensation of law into the full liberty of the dispensation of the grace of God. The power and working of the Holy Spirit is beautifully seen here, as the apostles are used by God to establish Christianity.

The...More



Monday, February 13, 2024

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (2)—His Rebellion

The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen.
2 Chronicles 33:10 NKJV

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (2)—His Rebellion
Manasseh came to the throne at the tender age of twelve years after the death of his father, Hezekiah. Whatever godly influence his father may have had upon him was quickly forgotten. Perhaps the guardians overseeing Manasseh led him into the paths of wickedness—we are not told. He worshiped the host of heaven, caused his sons "to pass through the fire" (the worship of Molech), practiced witchcraft and sorcery, and "filled Jerusalem...More



Sunday, February 12, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (5)

Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory; and in His name Gentiles will trust.
Matthew 12:18-21 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (5)
These verses quoted from the prophet Isaiah remind us clearly that true hope is found in no one else but the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus came that mankind might...More



Saturday, February 11, 2024

Enjoying Even While Not Fully Comprehending

You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV

Enjoying Even While Not Fully Comprehending
We know this grace, yet we must confess we know only a little of its depth. A little child hears his parents tell him that Jesus died for him on the cross. He hears what his parents say, he knows he has done wrong things, has been bad, and in simplicity he asks Jesus to forgive his sins and save him.

He has never come into personal contact with death. He has never known...More



Friday, February 10, 2024

Trust or Mistrust? A Lesson From Paradise

You are good, and do good.
Psalm 119:68 NKJV

Trust or Mistrust? A Lesson From Paradise
About 6,000 years ago, God placed Adam and Eve in a wonderful environment in paradise where they lacked nothing. But although they had the loving care of their Creator before their eyes every day, they doubted His love for them and consciously decided to act against His will. They wanted to be on the same level as God—to be like Him—and to make their decisions independently of Him. Does this sound familiar to you? Is it not often the case that we fear that God wants to withhold from us what we...More



Thursday, February 9, 2024

The God of Second Chances

The word of Jehovah came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I shall bid thee.
Jonah 3:1-2 JND

The God of Second Chances
Initially, Jonah refused to do what he knew to be the will of God. Has that not been true of all of us? But God brought Jonah to his senses and delivered him! If people would only accept the work of the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation, how soon they would experience deliverance from bitter lives.

Jonah finally remembered the Lord and "prayed unto Jehovah his God out of the fish's belly ...More



Wednesday, February 8, 2024

Luke's Service (2)

[Paul] decided to return through Macedonia But we sailed away from Philippi and in five days joined them at Troas, where we stayed seven days And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly It was decided that we should sail to Italy And so we went toward Rome.
Acts 20:3, 6; 21:17; 27:1; 28:14 NKJV

Luke's Service (2)
Based on Acts 16:8-40, we believe Luke left Troas, likely his home town, to visit Philippi with Paul. He evidently stayed to help the believers there when Paul traveled onward. Now, in Acts 20:3-6, it seems Luke rejoined Paul when he later passed through...More



Tuesday, February 7, 2024

Luke's Service (1)

So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Acts 16:8-10 NKJV

Luke's Service (1)
During Paul's second missionary journey, he, Silas, and Timothy stopped in Troas. When Paul had a vision of a Macedonian man seeking help, it was received as the Lord's direction for their travels. But here now is an interesting moment in the book of Acts. Whereas verse 8 says "they" came to Troas, verse 10 says "we" decided to...More



Monday, February 6, 2024

The Glory of God

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
Revelation 21:10-11 NKJV

The Glory of God
First, we are to enter into the glory of God; for us it is the Father's house, and we are made meet for it by the Father's grace and the blood of Jesus. And then we are to come out of it all radiant with the light that fills it, to shed that light upon the earth during the millennial reign of Christ....More



Sunday, February 5, 2024

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (1)—His Roots

Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. But he did evil in the sight of the Lord.
2 Chronicles 33:1-2 NKJV

Manasseh: The Old Testament Prodigal Son (1)—His Roots
Manasseh was only twelve years old when he became King of Judah. His father, King Hezekiah, was one of the godliest kings to have ever reigned over Judah, instituting many reforms to the nation, and purging it from idolatry. After these things, Hezekiah became sick. The sickness was unto death, and God told him, "Set your house in order" (2 Ki. 20:1). Hezekiah prayed that the...More



Saturday, February 4, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (4)—John

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (4)—John
John, meaning "Jehovah is gracious giver," is a Gospel unique in its majestic glory. Here the Lord Jesus is manifested as the Creator Himself, the eternal, only-begotten, unique Son of God, sent from the Father to fully reveal His glory. This is much more than authority, service, or grace, but the light and love of the eternal God. He, a divine Person, is here the object of our adoring...More



Friday, February 3, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (4)

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (4)
Hope is emphasized throughout the book of Hebrews. Our hope is anchored in heaven in Christ who, as the forerunner, has sat down at the right hand of God (6:18-20). We are presently looking for Him to return, and we are looking for a city that is yet to come (9:28; 13:14). Our eyes are to be fixed on Christ who is our Hope (12:1-2).

In our text today, we are told to hold fast the confession of our hope, without wavering. The idea of holding fast is...More



Thursday, February 2, 2024

David's Mighty Men (3)

Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of another three. He had lifted up his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name among these three.
1 Chronicles 11:20 NKJV

David's Mighty Men (3)
Abishai means "my father is Jesse" or "my father is a gift," and his mother was one of David's sisters (1 Chr. 2:13-16). Jesse was David's father and Abishai was one of Jesse's grandsons. Abishai was the most renowned of David's thirty mighty men, but he was not one of the first three (11:21). Abishai's younger brother, the fast runner Asahel, was killed by Saul's general (2 Sam....More



Wednesday, February 1, 2024

Citizens of Heaven

Our commonwealth has its existence in the heavens, from which also we await the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:20 JND

Citizens of Heaven
Everybody says that a Christian citizen should be interested in the government of the country to which he belongs, and ought to vote, so as to help to put good men in power. God says differently; in many places and ways He tells me that, as His child, I am not a citizen of any country, or a member of any society; my citizenship is in heaven, and I have henceforth to do with heavenly things; the cross of Christ has crucified me to the world, and the world to me;...More



Tuesday, January 31, 2024

Misjudged and Falsely Accused

When His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, "He is out of His mind." And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebub," and, "By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons."

"Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" So they were offended at Him.

Even His brothers did not believe in Him.

Mark 3:21-22 NKJV; Mark 6:3 NKJV; John 7:5 NKJV

Misjudged and Falsely Accused
Think of what it must have been for the Boy Jesus to grow...More



Monday, January 30, 2024

The Lord Jesus and the Outcast

Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."
John 4:10 NKJV

The Lord Jesus and the Outcast
What blessing is thus in preparation for this poor outcast! None other than an outcast could know it. But such must also know that the source of this blessing is not in themselves. And this the Samaritan learns. She is made to know herself, to look well around on all things that she ever did (v. 39). Her conscience is dismayed: "The one whom you now have is not your...More



Sunday, January 29, 2024

The Unity of the Spirit

There shall be eight boards, and their bases, of silver, sixteen bases; two bases under one board, and two bases under another board. And thou shalt make bars of acacia-wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle at the rear westward; and the middle bar in the midst of the boards reaching from one end to the other.
Exodus 26:25-28 JND

The Unity of the Spirit
The three sides of the tabernacle were made of boards, in other words broad planks, of acacia-wood,...More



Saturday, January 28, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (3)—Luke

He said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have."
Luke 24:38-39 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (3)—Luke
Luke, meaning "a light," is the only known Gentile inspired to write Scripture. Here Christ is presented beautifully as "the Son of Man." Every part of the book combines to set forth the reality and perfection of His manhood. Here we have His birth announced and described, His increasing in wisdom and stature, His accessibility...More



Friday, January 27, 2024

Holy and Without Blame

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.
Ephesians 1:4 NKJV

Holy and Without Blame
The character of God Himself is depicted in that which is ascribed to the saints. God could find His moral delight only in Himself and in that which morally resembles Him. Indeed this is a universal principle. An honest man can find no satisfaction in a man who does not resemble him in this respect. With still greater reason, God could not endure that which is in opposition to His holiness since, in the activity of His nature, He must...More



Thursday, January 26, 2024

The Shepherd Psalm

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Psalm 23:5 NKJV

The Shepherd Psalm
David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, who wrote this beautiful psalm, had many wonderful experiences while tending his father's sheep. The Spirit of God uses these incidents to illustrate spiritual lessons. The reason David gleaned such rich, practical lessons from his experiences was because he went through these experiences with the Lord. He was aware of the Lord's presence with him during all that time that he was alone in the fields of Judah, keeping his...More



Wednesday, January 25, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (3)

Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.
Titus 1:1-2 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (3)
What does your hope rest on? According to our verse, the believer's hope rests on the eternal life promised us as it is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. But let us examine this hope a bit more closely. It is based on several things. First, it is based on God Himself, on His Person. You and I have a hope given to us through the promises of a God who is, who was, and who always will...More



Tuesday, January 24, 2024

When There Is Discouragement

Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and in detail how he had slain all the prophets with the sword And [Elijah] went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a certain broom-bush, and requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough: now, Jehovah, take my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
1 Kings 19:1, 4 JND

When There Is Discouragement
After Elijah had a mighty victory for the Lord at Carmel, Queen Jezebel threatened him with execution and he, discouraged and disheartened, ran away to a desolate place. He sat under the broom-bush and asked...More



Monday, January 23, 2024

The Fulfillment of Our Faith

And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God.
James 2:23 NKJV

The Fulfillment of Our Faith
Abraham is a frequent model of faith in the Scriptures. Besides the verse above from James, the epistles of Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews all highlight the fact that Abraham believed God. The Old Testament reference quoted here comes from Genesis 15, when God promised Abraham that his descendants would one day be as numerous as the stars of heaven. Even though Abraham did not have even one child at the...More



Sunday, January 22, 2024

Confidence in God

He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Matthew 13:58 NKJV

Confidence in God
We have little idea of how much we lose by our lack of simple confidence in God. Unbelief ever hinders the display of divine power and goodness. This holds good in our individual history every day. God will not show Himself if our unbelief fills the field of vision with other objects. It must be God alone from first to last. "My soul, wait silently for God alone Trust in Him at all times"(Ps. 62:5, 8). Such is the language of faith: "God alone" and "at all times." This is the ground, the solid...More



Saturday, January 21, 2024

God's Food: Sweet Aroma Offerings

Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Command the children of Israel ‘My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time the one lamb you shall offer in the morning, the other lamb you shall offer in the evening, and one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil its drink offering shall be one-fourth of a hin for each lamb.'"
Numbers 28:1-7 NKJV

God's Food: Sweet Aroma Offerings
We customarily eat our meals at certain times of the day. What a...More



Friday, January 20, 2024

Pilgrims in the World (2)

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake.
1 Peter 2:11-13 NKJV

Pilgrims in the World (2)
Peter was writing to the pilgrims of the dispersion, Jewish believers spread abroad through distant lands. They truly, physically, were pilgrims, and yet he admonishes them to have this attitude...More



Thursday, January 19, 2024

Pilgrims in the World (1)

By faith Abraham, being called, obeyed to go out and went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he sojourned as a stranger in the land of promise as a foreign country, having dwelt in tents.
Hebrews 11:8-9 JND

Pilgrims in the World (1)
A friend was called by the Lord to leave Scotland to serve in Newfoundland Canada, where they did so for several years. Over the next 30 years, he and his family were moved by the Lord to a number of different places in Canada for His service. They never bought a house as they did not want to be restricted but rather free to move wherever and whenever the...More



Tuesday, January 17, 2024

David's Mighty Men (2)

Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
1 Chronicles 11:15-16 NKJV

David's Mighty Men (2)
How depressing it was that the Philistines had occupied Bethlehem, David's birthplace, and even made it their garrison. In this context "David said longingly, ‘Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!' Then the three mighty men broke through the...More



Monday, January 16, 2024

The Dependent Life

I am come that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
John 10:10 JND

The Dependent Life
The Lord Jesus once said to His disciples, "Without Me ye can do nothing" (Jn. 15:5). With this statement He makes it clear that there is only one way we can bear fruit for God: if we remain in Him, the true Vine. But what does this actually mean in practice? How can this be implemented in daily life? How would you answer this question? Dependence means to be dependent on someone. The word often has a negative connotation for us, because we like to be independent and do not want to be restricted in...More



Sunday, January 15, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (2)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.
1 Peter 1:3-4 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (2)
Peter opens his first epistle by informing us that new birth provides every believer with a living hope through the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. What does this living hope bring us into? Romans 8:17 reminds us that we are "heirs of God" and this truth is...More



Saturday, January 14, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (2)—Mark

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (2)—Mark
Mark, meaning "a defense," gives a brief, energetic account of the service of the Lord Jesus Christ, for he portrays Him as the perfect Servant of God. His language is direct and simple, and his description of events is in chronological order, the order in which they actually happened. None of the other Gospel writers follows this order, but each uses an order that is appropriate to his particular theme. The lowliness and unwearying...More



Friday, January 13, 2024

Laboring and Witnessing for Christ in the World

This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of meeting, relating to the most holy things: When the camp prepares to journey, Aaron and his sons shall come, and they shall take down the covering veil and cover the ark of the Testimony with it. Then they shall put on it a covering of badger skins, and spread over that a cloth entirely of blue; and they shall insert its poles.
Numbers 4:4-6 NKJV

Laboring and Witnessing for Christ in the World
Read Numbers 4:1-15. Although different from one another, the functions of the Kohathites, the Gershonites, and the Merarites were all in...More



Thursday, January 12, 2024

Human Love Pales in Comparison to God's Love

Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
Matthew 19:29 NKJV

Human Love Pales in Comparison to God's Love
Our Lord Jesus assembles into this one verse a group of the tenderest of earthly relationships. But, human affection falls far short of the depth and intensity of His love. Are you solitary and desolate? Has bereavement severed earthly ties and sundered your closest links of earthly affection? Our Lord Jesus is One whose presence and fellowship can compensate...More



Wednesday, January 11, 2024

The Moral Power of Christ's Appearing

Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:13 NKJV

The Moral Power of Christ's Appearing
Reader, permit me to ask you if, when the subject of Christ's appearing is introduced, you ever feel a sort of difficulty or reserve in your mind? Would you be afraid to see Jesus? Would you rather put off the moment of His coming? Do you feel yourself not quite ready? If so, it may be you are not yet able to "read your title clear" or you are not cultivating a spiritual capacity, or your moral condition is not such as would naturally introduce you to...More



Tuesday, January 10, 2024

Gleaning From God's Word in the Morning

In the morning you shall be filled with bread there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance And Moses said to them, "This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat."
Exodus 16:12, 14-15 NKJV

Gleaning From God's Word in the Morning
It has pleased the Lord to teach me the truth that the first great and ordinary business to which I ought to attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord. If I am not happy in the Lord and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, the things I do to serve the Lord might not be done in the right spirit. I...More



Monday, January 9, 2024

Two Women—Two Wonderful Gifts!

Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.

But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.

Mark 12:43-44 NKJV; Mark 14:6, 8 NKJV

Two Women—Two Wonderful Gifts!
The poor widow the Lord Jesus is commending in the first passage was desperately poor. All she had was two of the very...More



Sunday, January 8, 2024

Forever Safe

The Lord is my shepherd.
Psalm 23:1 NKJV

Forever Safe
On this sentence hangs every blessing in Psalm 23, and they are many. But notice, it is not, "The Lord is the Shepherd," but "The Lord is my Shepherd"; it is a personal matter, deeply and exclusively personal. A young man said to me one day, "I don't like the personal way you put things." "And that is the reason you are not saved," was my answer. If you cannot say, "The Lord is my Shepherd," you are not saved. You do not know Him, and you are not a disciple of His. How can you come into this?

A girl was very ill, and greatly troubled...More



Saturday, January 7, 2024

Indifference to Christ

Where two or three are gathered together unto My name, there am I in the midst of them.
Matthew 18:20 JND

Indifference to Christ
Those wholehearted for Christ desire to be in His company. They instinctively make their way to where He is known to be. Is this possible? Yes, "Where two or three are gathered together unto My name." No one who is truly conscious of the greatness and excellency of His Person, and the blessedness of communion with Him, would be willingly absent there.

A neglected Lord's Table, and prayer meeting, speak aloud of the Laodicean state of the heart. Of old, "they...More



Friday, January 6, 2024

Living a Life of Hope (1)

No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him.
Psalm 33:16-18 NKJV

Living a Life of Hope (1)
Where do you turn for hope? Maybe we should ask the question, what do we really mean by the word hope? What is hope? Webster's dictionary defines hope as, "to cherish a desire with anticipation, to want something to happen, to trust." But when hope is used in Scripture, it means so much more than this. In the Bible, hope...More



Thursday, January 5, 2024

Fervent Prayer

Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
Acts 12:5 KJV

Fervent Prayer
At least ten times, the Book of Acts mentions the collective prayer of first-century believers. Here, Acts 12 describes their united prayer for Peter, whose death at the hands of Herod seemed imminent. Four characteristics of that prayer meeting are helpful.

First, their prayer was without ceasing. Other translations use the term "fervent" or "earnest" to give the sense of a Greek word that means "stretched out" or "at full tension." This was not a time of...More



Wednesday, January 4, 2024

David's Mighty Men (1)

[Eleazar] was with David at Pasdammim. Now there the Philistines were gathered for battle, and there was a piece of ground full of barley. So the people fled from the Philistines.
1 Chronicles 11:13 NKJV

David's Mighty Men (1)
Chronicles uses the term mighty men more often than do other books of the Bible. One of David's "three mighty men" (v. 12) was Eleazar, whose name means "God has helped." Many soldiers were fleeing for fear of the Philistines, but this man stayed put and defended a field full of barley. Why? Food for God's people must be kept out of enemy control. This mighty man learned...More



Tuesday, January 3, 2024

The New Testament in Brief (1)—Matthew

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Matthew 11:29-30 NKJV

The New Testament in Brief (1)—Matthew
Matthew, meaning "gift of Jehovah," the first book of the New Testament, is written from a Jewish point of view, and preserves admirable continuity with the Old Testament. It presents the Lord Jesus Christ as the long sought Messiah of Israel, as their King. His genealogy therefore is traced to David and Abraham. This genealogy is that of Joseph. It therefore establishes...More



Monday, January 2, 2024

By Faith

I call God to witness upon my soul that to spare you I have not yet come to Corinth. Not that we rule over your faith, but are fellow-workmen of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
2 Corinthians 1:23-24 JND

By Faith
Paul had no wish to come among the Corinthians only to find himself bound to act in severity by reason of sin and grave disorder still being found in their midst. Hence he had waited until he had news of the effect of the earlier epistle he had written to them. He hoped for better things. It was not that he assumed dominion over their faith, but rather that he was just a "helper," or...More




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