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”

Pray After This Manner

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliverContinue reading “Pray After This Manner”

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”

These Things Saith He – Becoming Smyrna

“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” This is the promise given to the church of Smyrna. Words of comfort are also provided. Jesus knows. He sees. He instructs this church not to fear suffering, but to expect it, knowing that the end for those who do notContinue reading “These Things Saith He – Becoming Smyrna”

It’s Hard Not to Look Back

57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 59 And heContinue reading “It’s Hard Not to Look Back”

Rejoice! There is Still Time to Repent!

“The Holy Spirit will cause you to remember all things that I have said to you.” This is something that Jesus said to His disciples and this is true for us also. The first few years after I received of the Holy Spirit in a demonstrative manner (which occurred in January of 2016), I hadContinue reading “Rejoice! There is Still Time to Repent!”

Psalm 56: In God We Trust

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Psalm 56 Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. 2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou mostContinue reading “Psalm 56: In God We Trust”

Virtues and Vices: A Guided Exercise for Christians

What are your core virtues? What are God’s virtues? What are the virtues of this age that the world tries to impose on you? Similarly, what are your vices that hinder you from keeping to the core virtues that you value and those that God values? This world has its own moral code–its religion ofContinue reading “Virtues and Vices: A Guided Exercise for Christians”

These Things Saith He – Smyrna Overview

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogueContinue reading “These Things Saith He – Smyrna Overview”