Archive of Days of Praise Articles


The Old Rugged Cross
“God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” (Galatians 6:14) As we ponder the crucifixion...
Prosperity Versus Contentment
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6) In this day of Madison Avenue sales pressures and an ever-increasing array of technological gadgets and creature comforts,...
The Stars Also
“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) On the fourth day of the creation...
Zechariah's Strange Prophecy
“All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a...
Praising the Lord
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.” (Psalm 146:1) Each of the last five psalms (146–150) begins and ends with “Praise ye the LORD”—i.e., “Hallelujah.”...
The First Stone
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) When the self-righteous men in the crowd surrounding the woman caught in the act of...
Son of God
“[God] hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” (Hebrews 1:2) The unique divine Sonship of Jesus...
Power of Forgiveness
“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.” (Acts 26:18) All too often we consider...
Power from Grace
“And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33) The apostle Peter observed that believers are...
The Sun of Righteousness
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” (Malachi 4:2) This is the...
An Early Confession
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received...
Mindful of the Words
“That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.” (2 Peter 3:2) There has long...
The Deep Sleep
“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.” (Genesis 2:21) This is the first of seven...
Babes in Christ
“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” (1 Corinthians 14:20) The Christian life is entered by the new birth so...
Holy Goodness
“[Barnabus] was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith.” (Acts 11:24) The Holy Spirit indwells all believers (1 Corinthians 1:22; 6:19, etc.) and the fruit of the Spirit...
Building-Vine-Body
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3) There are three wonderful figures in the New Testament that depict the relationship of the individual...
Heaven Opened
“And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” (John 1:51) In Jacob’s...
Holy Things
“If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD.” (Leviticus 5:15) The “shadow of things to come” (Colossians 2:17) in the Old...
Aceldama
“And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.” (Acts 1:19) Never was...
In a Moment of Time
“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.” (Luke 4:5) It is interesting that there are just three “moments”...
The Indwelling Trinity
“To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19) One of the great doctrines of Christianity is the doctrine...
The Poetry of God
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) The word “poem” is...
The Unjust Steward
“And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” (Luke 16:8) This...
Glorious Holiness
“Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11) Our finite minds would never grasp the idea...
In Time of Trouble
“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) In this psalm of praise,...
Cities Set on a Hill
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:14) Cities in ancient times were often built on a hill, and this was especially important...
The Beginning of Creation
“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6) These words of the Lord Jesus Christ ought to settle once and for all, for those who take His words...
While God and I Shall Be
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be...
His Everlasting Arms
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee.” (Deuteronomy 33:27) The third verse of “I Am His,...
Appreciating God's Creation
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and...
Everlasting Love
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3) Perhaps no doctrine...
Apostasy and Prosperity
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8) One of the most tragic...
The Duty of Rejoicing
“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” (Psalm 5:11) It...
Holidays
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.” (Colossians 2:16) This is the only verse in the New...
David's Son
“He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the...
God My Personal Savior
“And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1:47) One of the most wonderful titles of the Lord Jesus Christ is that of Savior. This word (Greek soter, from which is derived...
Let Him Hear
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:22) This is the final exhortation in Christ’s letters to His seven representative...
Personal Greetings
“Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.” (Romans 16:14) An interesting phenomenon occurs in the closing chapter of many of Paul’s...
Signs and Seasons, Days and Years
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” (Genesis 1:14)...
When He Shall Appear
“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” (1 John 2:28) There are many glorious promises...
Lessons from Amos: Don't Pass Through Beersheba
“But . . . pass not to Beersheba.” (Amos 5:5) Beersheba (well of the “sevens”) became a location of some importance in Israel’s early history. Hagar, the Egyptian...
Lessons from Amos: Don't Enter Gilgal
“But [do not] . . . enter into Gilgal . . . for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity.” (Amos 5:5) Gilgal was the place of new beginnings. Twelve memorial stones from the Jordan were...
Lessons from Amos: Seek the Lord
“But seek not Bethel. . . . Seek the LORD, and ye shall live.” (Amos 5:5-6) Bethel had a long history with Israel. Abraham camped near Bethel when he first entered the land of Canaan...
Lessons from Amos: Walking with God
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) Amos was a prophet during the reign of Jeroboam II (son of Joash), who ruled the northern 10 tribes of Israel from 825 to...
We Will Serve the Lord
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of...
World Without End
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”...
The Ways and Works of God
“He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” (Psalm 103:7) We have a distinct privilege, as believers, to know something of the “acts” of...
The Rough Places Plain
“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.” (Isaiah 40:4) This is an amazing...
The Title "Christian"
“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” (1 Peter 4:16) The word “Christian” occurs only three times in Scripture...
The Futile Wrath of Man
“Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.” (Psalm 76:10) One of the most amazing anomalies in human life is the oft-repeated testimony...
Lively Hope
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”...
Daniel the President
“It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes...
Scripture Songs
“Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.” (Deuteronomy...
Nests in the Ark
“Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” (Genesis 6:14) Details surrounding the story of Noah and the...
Valentine's Day
“Who so findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” (Proverbs 18:22) Embedded in many of our customs and holidays are a mixture of pagan and biblical principles....
Lifelong Love
“Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life,...
Lessons from the Rich Fool
“But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” (Luke 12:20) This sobering verse gives,...
For Our Justification
“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” (Romans 4:25) We rejoice greatly in Christ’s resurrection, knowing that He has promised that...
The Spirits in Prison
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and...
Wages or a Gift
“The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) This wonderful verse has been used by the Holy Spirit countless times...
By Faith
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) This great verse, evidently a definition of faith, appears to be somewhat obtuse,...
Live Honestly
“Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.” (Hebrews 13:18) It ought to go without saying that a Christian should live honestly in...
Made Manifest by the Scriptures
“But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.” (Romans 16:26) This...
The Holy City
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle...
King of All the Earth
“For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.” (Psalm 47:7) This stirring psalm of praise, which celebrates the reign of Christ over all the earth, finds...
Behold, He Cometh
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” (Revelation 1:7) This striking...
Great Reward
“Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” (Luke 6:23) Sometimes great rewards...
The Bright and Morning Star
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Revelation 22:16) The epilogue...
Written for Our Learning
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) Let no modern Christian...
You All
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy.” (Philippians 1:3-4) One would suspect from his frequent use of the...
The Names of God
“And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.” (Genesis 7:16) Many stirring books have been written on the general...
The New Birth
“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” (James 1:18) The term “born again” has come into wide use—too...
Haste Makes Waste
“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.”...
What Is His Name?
“They shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me...
The Indwelling Christ
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) The fact that Jesus...
Paul's Growth
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to...
The Communion of the Saints
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John...
We, Being Many
“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:4-5) All...
Joy Is Better than Fun
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16) People...
God's Work of Providence
“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...
Thoughts of the Heart
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made...
A Created People
“This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.” (Psalm 102:18) Only God can create, and whenever this verb (Hebrew...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: Absolute Assurance
“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: God Himself Is For Us
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) This stunning statement is founded on the unalterable attributes of the triune God...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: God's Fail-Safe Plan--Glori.,.
“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30) God “glorifies”...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: God's Fail-Safe Plan--Justi.,.
“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30) This summary phrase...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: God's Fail-Safe Plan--Calling
“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30) God has “called”...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: God's Fail-Safe Plan--Prede.,.
“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) God “predestinates”...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: God's Fail-Safe Plan--Forek.,.
“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) God “foreknew”...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: Confirming God's Purpose to Us
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This power-packed promise is sometimes...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: Searching Our Hearts
“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:27) One of the great...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: Helping Us in Our Weakness
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: Stimulating Patience for Us
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. . . . Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: Verifying Our Relationship .,.
“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) Since it is obvious...
The Holy Spirit's Ministry: Identifying the Children of God
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16) Paul presents a magnificent section in Romans 8 on the resources of the believer....
Declaring the Unknown God
“As I . . . beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.” (Acts 17:23) The people...
Christ: Our Redeemer
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” (Job 19:25) This famous testimony of Job has encouraged many. He knew, as we can know,...
Hardness of Heart
“Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.”...
Creation and the New Year
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) It is appropriate for Christians to begin the New Year by referring back to the beginning of the very first year....
Times and Seasons
“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” (Acts 1:7) Just before Christ ascended into heaven, His disciples...
Prepared for You
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34) In context,...
Why?
“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” (Romans 9:20) In this scientific age, it is...
Spiritual Hygiene
“But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise...
Walk Before Me
“I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” (Genesis 17:1) Abraham had been “walking” in the land of Canaan nearly 25 years when God gave this command...
God in the Garden
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” (Genesis 2:8) This was the world’s first garden, and it must have been a beautiful...
Signs of Christmas
“Moreover the LORD spoke again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.” (Isaiah 7:10-11) Although “the...
Interpreting the Bible
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved...
Praise from the Creation
“Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.” (Psalm 69:34) We may not yet understand the full purpose of God in creation, but at least one...
Going and Returning
“I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.” (Genesis 46:4) Imagine the turmoil Jacob must have...
Zechariah's Visions: Transition to the Branch
“Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying,...
Zechariah's Visions: The Four Chariots
“And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.” (Zechariah 6:1) These...
Zechariah's Visions: The Ephah and the Women
“Then the angel that talked with me . . . said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent...
Zechariah's Visions: The Flying Roll
“Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll . . . the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.” (Zechariah 5:1-2) The...
Zechariah's Visions: One Candlestick, Seven Lamps, Two .,.
“I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And two...
Zechariah's Visions: The Eyes of the Lord
“For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes. . . .his seven lamps . . . . those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through...
Zechariah's Visions: Joshua and the Branch
“And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.” (Zechariah 3:1) Joshua is pictured standing before...
Zechariah's Visions: Man's Attempt to Measure
“I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the...
Zechariah's Visions: Horns and Carpenters
“Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah,...
Zechariah's Visions: Under the Myrtle Trees
“I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.” (Zechariah...
Ministry of the Holy Spirit
“God . . . hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 4:8) Every believer has some awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, if there is no such awareness,...
Jewels
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that...
The Good Fight
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12) Scripture frequently...
Hastening His Coming
“Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:12) Exactly...
Alive in Him
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave...
My Chains Fell Off
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous...
His Mercy Found Me
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) The third verse of the hymn “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?”...
The Immortal Dies
“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17) The second verse of “And Can It Be That I Should...
Can It Be?
Christ also suffered for us. . . . Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”...
Giving and Receiving
“Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.” (Philippians...
White as Snow
“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame,...
Five Commands
“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) In our text...
Our Listening God
“O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.” (Psalm 65:2) There come times in each life when loneliness overshadows like a cloud, and no one is there to listen and...
Being Thankful for Grace
“Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20) This is the day that Americans set aside to reflect on...
Wonderful Words of Life
“Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.” (Psalm 119:129) Modern liberals may ridicule Bible-believing Christians as bibliolaters, but the fact is that it...
They Shall Never Perish
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck...
Things We Can't Do Without
“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.” (Ephesians...
Our Weapons
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.” (2 Corinthians 10:3) This verse introduces a famous apologetic charge to the saints. The key to the whole passage...
Teach and Preach Continually
“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” (Acts 5:42) The Great Commission was given to every Christian and implied a daily ministry...
For Me to Live Is Christ
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto...
Peacemakers
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) In this seventh (out of nine) of the Beatitudes with which Christ began His Sermon on the...
God's Story
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand.” (1 Corinthians 15:1) The word “gospel”...
Problems, Problems, Problems
“And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.” (Psalm 55:6) The 55th Psalm is a psalm of “complaint” (v. 2) by David and gives...
Clothing
“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” (Revelation 1:13) In...
The Good Shepherd
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1) The 23rd Psalm is perhaps the best-loved chapter in the Bible, with its beautiful picture of Christ as the Shepherd. This...
Tears in Heaven
“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken...
Son of God/Son of Man
“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20) It is significant that although...
Make Your Calling Sure
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” (2 Peter 1:10) Although the calling of God...
The Eyes of the Lord
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore...
The Called
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This great promise has been an immeasurable...
Peace, Peace, When There Is No Peace
“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14) This indictment by the prophet Jeremiah of the...
Delight in the Law
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (Psalm 1:2) Most Christians feel that God’s law is harsh and burdensome, and they...
Messages from the Messiah's Life: Warnings on Prayer
“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...
Messages from the Messiah's Life: Gifts from Fools and .,.
“Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?. . . whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?” (Matthew 23:17,...
Messages from the Messiah's Life: Hypocritical Religiou.,.
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”...
Messages from the Messiah's Life: The Great Commandment
“Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God...
Messages from the Messiah's Life: The God of the Living
“And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?”...
Messages from the Messiah's Life: Taxes and Tithes
“Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?” (Matthew 22:17) In His last week of earthly ministry, Jesus confronted efforts by religious...
Messages from the Messiah's Life: True Character Revealed
“And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured...
Guard Your Heart
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) The Hebrew word nasar, here translated “keep,” carries the strong idea of protection...
Fear of the Lord
“Then had the churches rest . . . and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.” (Acts 9:31) There is something of a...
My King of Old
“The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.” (Psalm 74:16-17) The...
Power of the Holy Spirit
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” (Acts 1:8) This promise of our Lord signaled the beginning of the immense change from the old covenant to...
True Christian Fellowship
“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” (Philemon 1:6) This one-chapter epistle of Paul...
For Ever and Ever...
“The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.” (Exodus 15:18) The Bible is a book of eternity, its words “for ever . . . settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). The theme of eternity...
The Power of a Sound Mind
“For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) The gift spoken of in the previous verse is based on a transfer of authority...
We Are His Image
“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” (Colossians 3:10) Man’s body is made of the same “earth” material...
The Heavens Declare
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1) This verse has been a favorite of many who recognize God’s creatorship. The vastness...
The Power of Grace
“Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” (Ephesians 3:7) In the New Testament, the words for...
The Power of Forgiveness
“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.” (Acts 26:18) There is a historical point...
Godly Derision and Wrath
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.” (Psalm 2:4-5) What...
The Active Power of Faith
“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but...
Renewing of the Holy Spirit
“. . . the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:5) The Holy Spirit’s eternal impacts on our lives (regeneration and renewal) are brought together...
It Is Christ
“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34) In our...
God Knows Me
“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.” (Psalm 139:1) Perhaps the most frightening attribute of God is that He knows everything about us. Everything! He has “searched”...
The Amen
“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20) The word “amen” is a most remarkable word. It is transliterated...
Out of the Ivory Palaces
“All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.” (Psalm 45:8) Psalm 45 is one of the Messianic psalms, quoted as...
A Truly New Thing
“How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.” (Jeremiah 31:22) Long ago, the wise man...
The Power to Edify
“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.” (2 Corinthians...
Walking in the Spirit
“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) This promise in our text is followed in...
The Wisdom of God
“And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.” (1 Kings 3:28) Although...
The Man Born Blind
“And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works...
The Man Child
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” (Revelation 12:5) This remarkable scene...
Everything Beautiful in His Time
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes...
Lo, I Come
“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:7) These marvelous words (in Hebrews 10:5-7) are an interpretive quotation...
The Brightness of His Rising
“And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:3) This beautiful Messianic prophecy in the Old Testament book of Isaiah compares...
Prayer for Peter and James
“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.” (Acts 12:1-2) Verse 2 of our text...
First Things First
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) There are innumerable things to do and things to buy and...
Blessings We Have in Christ
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1) The...
The Savior of the World
“And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (1 John 4:14) This unique title of the Lord Jesus Christ assures us that when the Father...
The Sign of Science and Travel
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4) The book of Daniel...
The Law for Today
“And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?” (Deuteronomy 4:8) God has never dealt with any...
The Real and the Unreal World
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are...
In Everything Give Thanks
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold,...
Sing and Give Thanks
“Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” (Psalm 30:4) When we do remember God’s holiness and then remember how the mighty...
Thanks Be Unto God
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57) There are innumerable things for which we could—and should—give...
Strength Through Weakness
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians...
The Power of the Comforter
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John...
Jesus and Jonah
“Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17) The Bible’s most famous “fish...
Beware of False Teachers
“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.” (2 Peter 3:17) Peter’s...
Ready and Able
“That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:17) The word “perfect” in this verse is artios, and it is used only this one...
This Work Was of God
“So the wall was finished. . . . And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own...
Scripture and the Christian Life
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment...
Then, Oh Then
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the...
The Joy That Is Promised
“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his...
Trust in Him
“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we...
The Name That Charms Us
“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...
Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”...
The Sun
“Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there...
The Point of No Return
“Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.” (Hosea 4:17) Our God is longsuffering and full of mercy, but there is a line that must not be crossed. It is dangerous to presume that...
Wait on the Lord
“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” (Psalm 37:34) In spite of the occasional successes...
Great Is the Lord
“For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.” (1 Chronicles 16:25-26) This...
The Power of the Gospel
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) In this...
Christ: Our Example
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21) Some have tried to pattern their lives...
Joy in Believing
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8) After His resurrection, the Lord...
The Crown of Glory
“She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.” (Proverbs 4:9) There are five specific “crowns” mentioned in the New Testament...
Completing a Good Work
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) In his introductory comments to the...
Speaking Evil of Dignities
“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” (2...
Grow in Grace
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18) These last words of the apostle Peter urge...
The Power of the Saints
“The exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe.” (Ephesians 1:19) The power of the triune Creator, as displayed in the resurrection of Christ, is directed toward us!...
Labor
“We beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk...
Conformed to His Image
“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1 Corinthians 15:49) One of the most amazing promises of the Word of God is that those...
The Glory of the Lord
“So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:14) With the coming of the Shekinah...
The Believer's Judgment
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17) There...
Life's Uncertainties
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5) Many times along life’s way we face uncertainties, opposition, and even...
Temptation's Threefold Nature
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also...
Whosoever Will May Come
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and...
Salvation Through the Word
“And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.” (2 Kings 22:11) This experience of Judah’s good King Josiah illustrates...
Only Christ Was Sinless
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8) Here John is writing to Christians, and his epistle is full of exhortations to the Christian...
The Wisdom of God
“And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.” (1 Kings 3:28) The “wisdom...
Dead to Sin--Alive unto God
“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in...
The Rock of Offense
“Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make...
From Disobedience to Obedience
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.” (1 Peter 1:14) A graphic figure of speech often used in the Bible is the attribution...
Born into God's Family
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” (1 John 3:1) One...
Delight in the Lord
“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4) Psalm 37 provides cures for the fretting (Hebrew charah, “anger”) that...
So Great Salvation
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.” (Hebrews 2:3) One of the...
An Approved Workman
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) Teaching God’s Word of truth properly...
What Christ's Death Meant to Him
“[Christ] gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:14) If one were to ask why Jesus...
The Order of Melchizedek
“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4) The importance of this intriguing verse is indicated both by the...
To God Be the Glory
“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.” (Psalm 115:1) One of the great words of the Bible is the word “glory,”...
Crucified with Christ
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Galatians 5:24) Death by crucifixion was surely one of the cruelest and most painful forms...
Be Truly Converted
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19) To be “converted”...
The Dreadful Day of the Lord
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” (Malachi 4:5) This is the next-to-last verse of the Old Testament and so marks...
John's Creator/Savior
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made...
Gracious Strength
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:1) As with so many other character attributes, a Christian cannot measure strength as the world...
Water from the Rock
“Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight...
The Designed Creation
“Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?” (Psalm 94:8-9) The...
Response to Prayer
“In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedest me with strength in my soul.” (Psalm 138:3) God’s responses to our prayers are delivered in two ways: practically,...
The Second Coming
“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...
Knowledge of the Truth
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4) The phrase “the...
The Heart Is Deceitful
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) Just as in modern languages, ancient Hebrew used the term “heart” to...
Philosophy and Vain Deceit
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) It is bound...
Know and Walk in Truth
“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) Much of modern, self-oriented Christian preaching...
Without the Camp
“And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.” (Exodus 19:17) This is the first of more than 30 references to...
Sound Doctrine
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:13) When Paul wrote to his two young disciples, Timothy and...
Spiritual Self-Condemnation
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers,...
Spiritual Ugliness
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”...
Spiritual Cleanliness
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.” (Matthew 23:25) Three...
Weighty Matters
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye...
Blind Guides
“Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!” (Matthew 23:16) The...
Double Damnation
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”...
Greater Damnation
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.” (Matthew...
Shutting the Kingdom
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”...
Moved with Fear
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness...
Prepare to Meet Thy God
“Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.” (Amos 4:12) There is only one thing that everyone can know...
Thy Word Is Settled Forever
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89) This is the central verse in the longest chapter in the longest book in the Bible, and it is surely one of the greatest...
The Wells of Salvation
“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3) This beautiful verse is in the midst of a psalm of praise for God’s deliverance of His people...
Wonderful Things to Come
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) This...
Judgment
“For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth,...
The True Charisma
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”...
King of Tyre
“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.” (Ezekiel 28:12) This...
Godless Religion
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5) Included in Paul’s graphic description of the “perilous” characteristics...
The World, the Flesh, and the Devil
“This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” (James 3:15) True wisdom is “from above” and is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy...
The Throne of Grace
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto...
Chastening
“Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.” (Job 5:17) One of the fascinating paradoxes of Scripture (and of human life)...
Stand Fast
“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold to the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15) Liberals commonly question the authority...
Who Is Faithful?
“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6) Faithfulness is like a rare and precious gem. It is difficult to find a real such...
Garments of Salvation
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom...
Kingdom of Priests
“And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” (Exodus 19:6) These were the words of God...
The Nature of Our Calling
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”...
Ceremony Becoming the Occasion
“The LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that...
The Heaven of Heavens
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” (1 Kings 8:27) The term “heaven”...
Trust in the Lord
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalm 37:3) Sprinkled throughout this psalm are various pictures that provide the...
The Three Appearings of Christ
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” (Hebrews 9:24) Although...
Waiting Patiently
“I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.” (Genesis 49:18) This heartfelt cry of the dying patriarch Israel expressed his lifelong, but still unfulfilled, yearning for the coming of...
When God Doesn't Hear
“Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have...
Paul at the Finish Line
“Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.”...
The Holy Ghost in David
“For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation...
Created by Christ
“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 3:9) In...
A Tree of Life
“She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.” (Proverbs 3:18) The tree of life in the Garden of Eden was a literal tree, whose...
The "Shall Nots" of Scripture
“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” (Psalm 34:10) Many worldly minded people tend to resent the Bible as a book...
Elisha's Bears
“And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up,...
The Days of Yore
“For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been...
How Christ Learned Obedience
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8) This verse is a very difficult verse. The Lord Jesus Christ was the very Creator and...
Whom Shall I Fear?
“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) David had more than his share of...
The Self Life
“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24) This despondent cry follows Paul’s disturbing monologue on the inner strife between...
Disciples and Servants
“The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.” (Matthew 10:24) Note the twofold relation of the believer to the Lord Jesus Christ expressed in this verse....
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) This...
The Glory of the Children
“[The] glory of children are their fathers.” (Proverbs 17:6) Most Christian men are aware of the familiar exhortation to bring up their children “in the nurture and admonition...
The Watchers
“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth...
Love of Every Love the Best
“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19) The love of Jesus has been our theme these last two...
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