Archive of Days of Praise Articles


Watch and Pray
“Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.” (Nehemiah 4:9) Prayer is a powerful weapon, but the wall-builders in Jerusalem...
Faith in All the Ages
“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets.” (Hebrews 11:32) Hebrews...
The Call of the Twelve
“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.” (Mark 3:14) Early in His public ministry, Jesus gathered around Himself those to...
The Lively Oracles
“This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us.” (Acts 7:38) This...
Love in the Old Testament
“And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.” (Genesis 29:20) It is well known that “love” in the New Testament...
Seven Days
“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” (John 8:56) Jesus spoke to the Pharisees about “my day”—a day that Abraham had “seen”...
The Gospel of Prosperity
“Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.” (Romans 1:10) This mention of the word “prosperous”...
Fruit-Bearing Christians
“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” (John 15:2) As Christ emphasized in...
Not Yet
“These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.” (John 8:20) This is the last of seven times in the...
Greetings from Peter
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be...
The "I Wills" of Christ
“And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.” (Mark 1:41) When the Lord Jesus makes a promise, that promise is sure...
Hating Knowledge
“How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” (Proverbs 1:22) This ancient question by the wise man Solomon...
Tithes and Offerings
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you...
From Darkness to Light
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:3-4) The initial aspect of God’s...
"Cataclysmed" with Water
“Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.” (2 Peter 3:6) In comparing the intensity and global extent of the coming judgment of sinful mankind, “in...
Wrong on Two Counts
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29) When the Sadducees, who were the theological, philosophical, and scientific...
Holy Conversation
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” (2 Peter 3:11) The picturesque phrase “holy...
The Indwelling Christ
“And they glorified God in me.” (Galatians 1:24) One of the greatest doctrines of the Christian faith is the amazing truth that the Lord Jesus Christ indwells each believer through...
God's Everlasting Covenants
“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” (Genesis...
Jesus and the Flood
“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and...
Cities of Refuge
“Ye shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of refuge.” (Numbers 35:14) When the Israelites entered the...
Incorruptible Things
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers.” (1 Peter 1:18) Not...
Everlasting Contempt
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:2) Some claim that the Old Testament...
The Summary of Divine Grace
“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He...
The Fire of God
“For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29) Fire was considered by certain of the ancient pantheistic philosophers to have been the primeval element out of which all things had...
The Face of Jesus Christ
“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:4) This is the last reference in the Bible to the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a glorious...
Loquacity
“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.” (Proverbs 17:27) The sin of loquacity (that is, talkativeness or chattering) is one...
The Fire of Hell
“The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”...
Hear, O My People
“Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me. . . . open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:8, 10) This psalm was evidently...
Let Them Alone
“Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.” (Hosea 4:17) The Lord is long-suffering, and those who speak in His name should be also. There do come times, however, when further witness...
Walk by Faith
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Although today’s verse appears in parentheses in the King James Bible, it is a most important concept in Scripture and...
Teaching Stones
“Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.” (Habakkuk...
The Mighty Hand of God
“That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.” (Joshua 4:24) The testimony of Joshua...
The Honest Use of Scripture
“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:13) Jesus uttered these sharp words of rebuke to the...
What Jesus Said about Hell
“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”...
Heavenly Calling
“As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.” (1 Corinthians 15:48) In a wonderful sense, Christians are...
If So Be
“If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:3) The little phrase “if so be” (Greek ei per) is used four times in the New Testament, each time setting...
Things We Know
“And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” (1 Peter 5:4) In these days of relativism, situational ethics, and changing mores,...
The Battle Is the Lord's
“And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47) These...
Justification
“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” (Genesis 7:1) This is the first mention of the great...
The Heart of Our Understanding
“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” (1 Corinthians 14:20) The wise man wrote long ago, “With all thy...
If by Any Means
“If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Philippians 3:11) The usage of this seemingly insignificant phrase, “if by any means” (Greek ei pos),...
God Remembers
“And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged.” (Genesis 8:1) This...
The Raging Seas
“Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.” (Psalm 89:9) There are few things in nature more fearsome or more uncontrollable by man than a...
The Earth Made New Again
“And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.” (Psalm 78:69) There are a number of passages in the Bible that state unequivocally...
True Deliverance
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13) Certain Christian workers practice...
Infallible Proofs
“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3) To...
Seeking Worshippers
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23) Here is an amazing...
All Things New
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:5) The coming of a new year is...
Glorifying God Through Praise
“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23) The great summarizing commandment of the apostle...
Firstfruits
“Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.” (Proverbs 3:9) There are seven New Testament references to “firstfruits,” all of which...
Faithful and Just
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) All too often when we read or quote a favorite verse...
The Name of the Lord Jesus
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) This is the first of 144 references to the name of...
Jesus Christ: Creator
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created...
Never Ashamed
“For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:11) Just where does the Scripture say this? Paul is apparently quoting here from Isaiah 28:16,...
Thanks for the Greatest Gift
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15) We who have known and sought to follow the Lord for many years have received many, many blessings for which to thank...
Garments for the King
“All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.” (Psalm 45:8) One of the most beautiful of the Christmas hymns (though...
We Can Know That We Know Him
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” (1 John 2:3) The apostle John’s vocabulary in his gospel, epistles, and even in Revelation is quite distinctive....
Death Before Sin?
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) Modern evangelicals...
A Spring of Water
“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall...
Paradoxes of Scripture
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” (Proverbs 11:24) “To get, we must give.” This...
The Divine/Human Word
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) The title of...
An Answer in Suffering
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15) The...
Our Inheritance
“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:4) Our heavenly inheritance, among other things, is an “eternal...
God Is Faithful
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9) When we place our trust in Jesus Christ as omnipotent Creator and...
Old Testament Prophecy
“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you.” (1 Peter 1:10) Our verse today and the verses that follow...
What Paul Knew
“And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” (1 Corinthians 8:2) There are many things that none of us can know—not even the apostle...
Seek Ye First
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) This has become a favorite memory verse for millions and has...
A New Name
“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...
Without Natural Affection
“Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.” (Romans 1:31) The phrase “without natural affection” is the translation of one...
Blessed Is He
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity.” (Psalm 32:1-2) What true believer is there who is...
Faint Not
“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:3) The Christian life and ministry can grow wearisome...
Mt. Ararat and the Resurrection
“And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.” (Genesis 8:4) The story of Noah’s preservation through the awful Flood...
Be Diligent
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” (2 Peter 1:5) The importance of diligence is urged by Peter as basic in the development of...
Get Your Mind Ready
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13) We have been...
Forget Not His Commandments
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.” (Proverbs 3:1) It is vitally important that even though we are saved by grace and not by the works of the law,...
Believing God
“Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:25) Most people believe in God—some kind of god—but it’s a...
The Divine Designer
“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills...
The Urgency of Christ's Work
“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” (John 9:4) It is striking how often the Lord Jesus used the term “must”...
Did He Really Die?
“And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.”...
He Is Able
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Ephesians 3:20) Despite man’s arrogant pride,...
The Living Word/The Word of Life
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” (Philippians 2:16) There is such beautiful correlation...
Conformity
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29) One of the greatest dangers...
Eternal Things
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians...
Four Commands
“Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” (1 Peter 2:17) Our text today gives four commands for believers to obey, each of which is difficult but nonetheless...
Abide
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in...
Called Before Birth
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him.” (Galatians 1:15-16) There is great...
Giving Thanks for Christian Friends
“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2) We all have much to be thankful for. It is certainly appropriate to give audible...
Our Hope
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.” (1 Timothy 1:1) Paul, in his opening salutation to Timothy, makes...
The Names of the Men
“And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur.” (Numbers 1:5) These are the first entries in several long lists of...
Our Hiding Place
“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5) There are times in the life...
The Only Way
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) This is surely one of the best-known, best-loved, most important,...
Jesus Christ, Our Hope
“This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which...
Son of God
“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the...
Asking and Receiving
“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:8) The tremendous resource of prayer is far too often neglected...
The Grace of Being Content
“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:8) The last of God’s Ten Commandments—and probably the most difficult to obey—deals with the...
The Definition of Faith
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) The marvelous “faith chapter,” Hebrews 11, is an amazing chapter. Here,...
Old Testament Love
“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:18) Many people have mistakenly...
The Voice of the Lord
“The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.” (Psalm 29:4) This solemn phrase, “the voice of the LORD,” occurs seven times in Psalm...
Created to Rule the Day
“And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.” (Genesis 1:16) It seems that throughout history, mankind...
Words of Peace and Truth
“And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth.” (Esther 9:30) The book of Esther is...
Never Forsaken
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) The...
For Us
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) “Christian” liberals for many generations have scoffed at the...
Where to Bestow Our Wealth
“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow...
Christ Our Leader
“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10) The...
Ask What Ye Will
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7) The precious promise in this verse has been an inspiration to the...
Root of Bitterness
“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” (Hebrews 12:15) Bitterness and a bitter...
Think on These Things
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good...
Born of God
“If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” (1 John 2:29) This is the first of seven occurrences of the phrase “born of God,”...
Judgment in the New Testament
“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the...
Our Living Lord
“Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:19) We who believe on Christ have the promise of everlasting life because...
An Acceptable Sacrifice
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5) Our text instructs...
Fallow Ground
“For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.” (Jeremiah 4:3) Fallow ground is ground that has been plowed and readied...
Godly Deliverance
“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit....
Godly Resistance
“The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.” (Psalm 34:16) This is another clear, basic, often-repeated message of Scripture....
Godly Pursuit
“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips...
Godly Provision
“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD,...
Godly Seeking
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard...
Godly Boasting
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with...
The Unfailing Presence
“And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken...
Sudden Creation
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians...
The Scarlet Hope
“Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren,...
The Test of Expedience
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Corinthians 6:12) Christians are...
The Sinner's Prayer
“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13) Evangelists...
Instant Creation
“Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.” (Psalm 148:5) Certain Christian intellectuals today are promoting the concept of what they call “process...
The Invitations of Christ
“He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.” (John 1:39) This is the first of the gracious invitations...
Christ and the Four Thieves
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) There were four...
Summing up Submission
“Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5) Although this book was written to...
Recognizing the Son of God
“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (2 Peter 1:17) Most...
On Eschewing Evil
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”...
Right Now!
“Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:10) There are many wonderful things awaiting...
The True Gospel
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.” (Galatians 1:6) There is only one true gospel (meaning “good news”)...
The New World
“For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” (Hebrews 13:14) The phrase “the new world” as applied to the two American continents is believed to have been...
Tragic Ignorance
“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid...
A Credible Lifestyle
“And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey.” (Mark 1:6) At times we tend to think of John the Baptist...
Walk as He Walked
“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (1 John 2:6) The idea of walking as Christ walked can be intimidating to a Christian. After all, the...
Christ the Creationist
“For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.” (Mark 13:19) In predicting a future judgment...
Angels Round About
“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” (Psalm 34:7) Since God’s angels are normally unseen, we have little appreciation of how intimately...
Sin Not
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” (Ephesians 4:26) There are many occasions when a Christian may be rightly angered by some ugly word or incident and...
Stand Fast
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth . . . . For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:6,...
The Urgent Patience
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the...
The Urgent Lessons
“Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe...
The Urgent Faith
“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” (Psalm 27:10) The preceding verses to our text bear out that David was almost shouting his prayer to the Lord....
The Urgent Prayer
“Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face far...
God's Dwelling Place
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life. . . . For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:...
God's Boldness
“When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise...
God's Rescue
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) These are familiar terms within the Psalms,...
Singing Garments of Life
“The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.” (Psalm 65:13) This is the concluding verse of the beautiful 65th...
The Creation of Plants
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” (Genesis...
Things to Be Aware
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) There are three Greek words translated “beware,”...
Promised in Writing
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) For those of us who have trusted God for salvation,...
The House of the Lord
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”...
Blind Hearts
“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” (Ephesians 4:18) It is a tragedy...
Never Like This
“And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.” (Matthew 9:33) In His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus was fully...
That Which Endures Forever
“But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.” (Psalm 9:7) This world will eventually pass away. The law of entropy assures us, in fact, that everything...
Fruitless Trees and Fruitless Lives
“He was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not...
Life in Christ
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4) A host of biochemists and other scientists have tried for over a century to determine how life evolved from non-life....
Who Gets Weary?
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”...
Dark Sayings of Old
“I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.” (Psalm 78:2-3) Most people do not think of parables—especially...
Those Who Depart
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not...
Deliverance from Fear
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4) There are many things in such a world as ours that can bring fear into human hearts—fear...
Earnest of the Spirit
“Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 5:5) This is a fascinating concept and a wonderful...
By Man Came Death
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) These verses,...
The Three Appearings of Christ
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4) The wonderful promise of this text actually refers to the third appearing...
Preaching Against False Teachers
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”...
The Father Testifies of the Son
“Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” (John 12:28) This is the last of three remarkable occasions...
How to Respond to Defamation
“Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being...
Man and His Labor
“Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.” (Psalm 104:23) The 104th Psalm is a beautiful psalm of creation and the Flood, supplemented by God’s providential...
The River of God
“Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.” (Psalm 65:9) The...
Life--Light--Love
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended...
Righteous Judgment to Come
“And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.” (Psalm 9:8) Judgment is coming for every person, “as it is appointed unto...
God's Grace
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Although Christ has set the believer free from legalistic bondage, he is now under a still higher...
U.S.E. Your Faith
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) Today’s verse contains a portion of Habakkuk...
The Fourfold Witness to Christ
“One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be...
Can a Christian Not Sin?
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1) If the question...
A Colony of Heaven
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20) The term “conversation” in this verse is from a Greek...
Justification
“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” (Genesis 7:1) This is the first mention of the great...
So Send I You
“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” (John 20:21) For approximately three years the disciples had followed Jesus in His...
Knowledge of Eternal Life
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John...
The Whole Counsel of God
“For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27) Evangelical churches have preached the gospel message and have given attention to the return of Christ...
Great Swelling Words
“These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” (Jude 1:16) This...
The Offended Brother
“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” (Romans 14:21) Here is a sound biblical principle...
The Cleansing Blood
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) There is a common...
Unanswered Prayer
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12) There are many wonderful...
I Charge You
“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.” (1 Timothy 1:5) The Greek noun parangelia and its corresponding...
Now and Then
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) There is a great contrast between...
Unsearchable and Unspeakable
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33) Scientists and philosophers have...
Church Leadership
“The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed.” (1 Peter 5:1) The...
A Non-Citizen's Role in Society
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19) Speaking primarily to new Gentile believers,...
Position and Condition
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1) Christians have a glorious position before God....
Christians and the World
“I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.” (John 17:6) In the wonderful intercessory...
All the Fountains of the Deep
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven...
What Shall We Do?
“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” (John 6:28) This question is often asked by people who try to work their way into heaven. It was also...
Abiding Fruit
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name,...
Witnesses of the Resurrection
“Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, . . . Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up...
The True Riches
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17) Christians...
The Finished Work
“They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.” (Psalm 22:31) This is the last verse of Psalm 22, the marvelous prophecy...
The Lord Jesus Christ
“Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord...
The Watchman Held Accountable
“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: . . . When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning . . . the same wicked man shall die...
Paul's Missionary Journey
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:8) The apostle Paul...
In Heavenly Places
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:20) This fascinating phrase (actually, the Greek...
Jostling Chariots and Judgment
“The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.” (Nahum 2:4) This...
Offended at Him
“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.” (Mark 6:3) There...
The Word of His Grace
“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32) Many...
The Ministry of the Saints
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs...
Our Understanding of Creation
“Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest...
His Son's Name
“Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name,...
Descriptive Attributes of God
“And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran.” (Acts 7:2) There are seven...
The Serpent in the Wilderness
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.” (Numbers...
How to Handle a Multitude of Sins
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” (Proverbs 10:12) There is an old familiar cliché to the effect that we should “hate the sin, but love the sinner.”...
With Christ
“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17) One of the greatest...
Praise at the Incarnation
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.” (Luke 1:68-69) These...
Searching for God
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) These are days when few people seem satisfied. Everyone seems...
Together in Christ
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) This is a wonderful promise. Whether believers come together in church or...
The Word Made Flesh
“And the Word was made 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) This is the definitive...
No Other Name
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) There are many famous names in the history...
The Lord Our Maker
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” (Psalm 95:6) In the first chapter of Genesis we are told that God was to “make man in our image,”...
Open Doors
“Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”...
Guarding the Word
“Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” (Psalm 119:2) In the remarkable 119th psalm, there are 176 verses (the longest chapter in the Bible)...
Lukewarm Laodicea
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; . . . I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and...
Strong Philadelphia
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; . . . I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast...
Dead Sardis
“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and...
Tolerant Thyatira
“And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; . . . I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first....
Permissive Pergamos
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; . . . 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...
Faithful Smyrna
“And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; . . . I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) . . . . Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer . ....
Careful Ephesus
“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write;. . . I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they...
Walk--Don't Walk
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life...
Not So, Lord
“But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.” (Acts 10:14) This response of Peter to the Lord’s command is a self-contradiction. How...
The King of Glory
“Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” (Psalm 24:10) In the upper room just before His betrayal, the Lord Jesus prayed to His Father, remembering...
Glorious Liberty
“Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (Romans 8:21) This verse contains the first of...
Worshiping God
“And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” (Genesis 22:5) We tend to think of “worship”...
Always Rejoicing
“Rejoice evermore.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16) Most people think that John 11:35 (“Jesus wept”) is the shortest verse in the Bible, but our text is actually even shorter in the...
Called and Chosen
“But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief...
No More Problems
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” (Matthew 24:9) All too often in these days of “easy...
The Unshakable Foundations
“For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”...
Scattered Abroad
“Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.” (Acts 8:4) God has given two great commissions to His people, both of which would require worldwide effort...
The Arm of the Lord
“The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” (Isaiah 52:10) The human arm is often used in...
Spiritual Entropy
“I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?” (1 Corinthians 6:5) The word for “shame”...
Laughing or Weeping
“Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” (Ecclesiastes 7:3) People like to be made to laugh, and many professional comics make...
Handfuls of Purpose
“And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.” (Ruth 2:16) This verse contains the unusual instruction of Boaz...
In Christ Jesus
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1) One of the key doctrines of Christianity...
The Blood of the Lamb
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11) This is the last reference in...
Enoch: A Man of Faith
“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24) Surely one of the most godly, as well as interesting, characters who ever lived was Enoch. He is one of...
Wars and Rumors of Wars
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6) Christians are often chided...
The Beginning of Creation
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” (Revelation 3:14) This salutation...
The Father of Spirits
“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” (Hebrews 12:9) In...
The Necessary Light
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by...
Be Ye Separate
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,...
Delight in the Will of God
“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8) This remarkable testimony of David is actually also a Messianic prophecy, fulfilled completely only...
True Love
“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.” (Song of Solomon 8:7) The...
Waxing Old, like a Garment
“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture...
Pray without Ceasing
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:18) It is obvious that Paul’s...
The Discipline of Patience
“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:4) Patience, or endurance, is part of the development that produces the experience...
God-Hardened Hearts
“For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy...
From Disciples to Brethren
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”...
The Days of Youth
“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these...
The Battle for Purity
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy...
Sowing Continually
“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.” (Ecclesiastes...
The Gardens of the Lord
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.” (John 18:1) As Jesus, after...
The Family of a Disciple
“Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for...
Secret Faults vs. Presumptuous Sins
“Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.”...
The Redeemed of the Lord
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” (Psalm 107:2) This hymn of praise for God’s providence centers around four examples of...
The Furtherance of the Gospel
“But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:12) The infrequently used...
Soldier's Duty
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”...
Hereby Know
“Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13) It is surprising to note that this phrase “hereby know” occurs...
Call to Remembrance
“But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions.” (Hebrews 10:32) Our American younger generation, like the Hebrew...
The Builder of the House
“He who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:3-4) Perhaps the single greatest...
Lazarus and the Rich Man
“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried.” (Luke 16:22) Many scholars believe that...
God's Grace
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Philippians 4:23) The basic form of today’s verse appears 13 times in the New Testament. In Scripture, repetition is...
God's Complete Supply
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) The key to this promise in today’s verse is the need that must be met...
Sweet-Smelling Sacrifice
“I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.” (Philippians 4:18) The reference...
Communicate Well
“Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.” (Philippians 4:14) “Communicate” is one of the older words from the era of the King James...
Christ's Strength
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13) This little verse gets quoted out of context a lot. It is used to justify bizarre plans and dreams, as...
Be Content
“I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11) The English word “content” can bring up thoughts of indifference and mild temperament....
Pay Attention
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:9) From earliest childhood, we learn by...
Right Thinking
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, . . . honest, . . . just, . . . pure, . . . lovely, . . . of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”...
Peaceful Security
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) This precious promise is rooted in the “garrison...
Careful for Nothing
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6) Many of us know those types of precious...
Moderation
“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:5) There are three important aspects to this instruction. First, we are to be “moderate,”...
Rejoice
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) This encouraging command has been used in many generations of Sunday school teachings and sermons to challenge...
The Mother of Us All
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20) Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was called the mother of all “the children of...
What Sort of Work
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” (1...
The Linen Clothes
“Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” (John 19:40) The Jews of Jesus’ day prepared bodies for...
Things We Cannot Do Without
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20) There are many things in life we can well do without, but there are at least seven things a Christian...
A Test for False Prophets
“Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4) Our text for today...
The Promise of Liberty
“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” (2 Peter 2:19) This chapter consists...
Watching for Christ's Return
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. . . . Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:42, 44) Those...
He Counted Me Faithful
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” (1 Timothy 1:12) The testimony of a changed life is perhaps the...
Seeking Signs
“An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s...
Spirit, Soul, Body
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians...
Forsake and Follow
“Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” (Luke 5:10-11) Perhaps we take too lightly the fact...
Action Verbs
“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your...
The Trinity in Salvation
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14) There...
The Power in Us
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Ephesians 3:20) This amazing assurance of God’s...
Christ the Foundation
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11) The only sure and lasting foundation for either a Christian institution or an individual...
And Forty Nights
“And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.” (Genesis 7:12) There are nine 40-day periods in Scripture, but on only five of these the notation “and forty nights”...
Forty Days
“To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3) It...
Christ the King
“But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14) In this parable, the nobleman who had gone into a far country...
Ancient Times
“I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.” (Psalm 77:5) The Bible provides for us a fascinating perspective on the passage of time. Three thousand years ago, the...
The Spirit and the Word
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Romans 8:9) As we see...
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