These Things Saith He – Overcoming Pergamos

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. The sins ofContinue reading “These Things Saith He – Overcoming Pergamos”

Considering Proverbs 11:16

A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches. This proverb speaks strongly to the culture of our nation. Or rather, the opposite of this proverb. An ungracious woman is dishonored: and weak men are impoverished. It seems to me that our nation is full of ungracious women and weak men, so it isContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 11:16”

These Things Saith He – Pergamos Overview

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was myContinue reading “These Things Saith He – Pergamos Overview”

God be merciful to me a sinner.

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other menContinue reading “God be merciful to me a sinner.”

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”