These Things Saith He – Scripture for Smyrna

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” As the world is overrun byContinue reading “These Things Saith He – Scripture for Smyrna”

Reasonable Service

What does it mean to offer yourself as a living sacrifice? In the context of Romans 12, I think it means that we are to sacrifice our sense of self-importance for the sake of serving the brethren in Christ. Our natural mind can be one of self-preservation to the exclusion of caring for the needsContinue reading “Reasonable Service”

Considering Proverbs 11:15

He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure. The language here is challenging. What is this saying? I think the proverb is saying something like this: He that strikes a deal with a stranger will regret it and he that refuses alliances is secure. IfContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:15”

1 Timothy 6: Trust Not in Uncertain Riches

6 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. 2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakersContinue reading “1 Timothy 6: Trust Not in Uncertain Riches”

Considering Proverbs 11:14

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. It is encouraging to see people ban together against tyranny and evil forces in the world. As Christians, standing strong with one another in Christ is something we are good at. Jesus, in His remarkable wisdom and perfect will,Continue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:14”

Pray to the Father in Secret

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and whenContinue reading “Pray to the Father in Secret”

Considering Proverbs 11:13

A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Several ideas come to mind for me when I read this proverb. The first is perhaps the most obvious. When someone entrusts a person with confidential information, a faithful person will keep the information hidden while an unfaithful person willContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:13”

Do Not Sound a Trumpet Before You (Virtue Signal)

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may haveContinue reading “Do Not Sound a Trumpet Before You (Virtue Signal)”

Considering Proverbs 11:12

He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. If there is one thing we have in abundance these days, it is the tendency towards despising our neighbor. It is easy to despise things that we do not understand. It is easy to despise people who sinContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:12”

“These Things Saith He” 10/24/21 Update

This is just a quick note letting anyone who is interested know that the necessary updates to “These Things Saith He” are completed. Here are links to the revised articles for your convenience. Lord willing, I plan to get back to regular posting. These Things Saith He — Introduction These Things Saith He — MethodContinue reading ““These Things Saith He” 10/24/21 Update”