These Things Saith He Unto the Angel of the Church in Smyrna

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 Unto the Angel of the Church in Smyrna”

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 – Scriptures for Ephesus

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” All things should be done out of love towards Jesus and our fellow man. It does not matter how right we are factually; if our heart or spirit is not right, then the good that we might do is corrupted andContinue reading “These Things Saith He – Scriptures for Ephesus”

What if She Had Taken the Time to Share Jesus With Me?

Have you ever encountered someone that seemed too steeped in sin to care about taking Christianity seriously? This evening I’ve been thinking about someone I have not thought about in a long time–someone who probably thought that I was too steeped in sin to care about taking Christianity seriously. This was a co-worker of mine.Continue reading “What if She Had Taken the Time to Share Jesus With Me?”

Are you Concerned About “Overcoming?” You Aren’t Alone.

“I still struggle with fear that I will be cast out on the day of judgment. The promise to those who overcome and keep his works comforts me though it is that same promise that scares me. Am I keeping his works? Am I overcoming? Is my faith and struggle enough for Jesus when IContinue reading “Are you Concerned About “Overcoming?” You Aren’t Alone.”

Determining Salvation Issues: “These Things Saith He”

These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. These things saith the first and the last,Continue reading “Determining Salvation Issues: “These Things Saith He””

Covet Christ

Paul the Apostle told the Corinthians to “covet the greater gifts.” I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from seeking gifts of the Spirit. However, I cannot help but think about something else that is true, and that is the fact that all things will one day pass away as they make room for theContinue reading “Covet Christ”

Considering Proverbs 10:24

24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. What do the wicked fear? In this context, I don’t want to think of run-of-the-mill sinners. I want to think in terms of that which we war against as Christians: “principalities, powers, and rulers of darknessContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:24”