Archive of Days of Praise Articles


Resurrection in the Old Testament
“Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” (Isaiah...
The Rain and the Word
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the...
The Shame of 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”...
Exceeding Greatness
“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” (Ephesians 1:19) There are a number of scriptural superlatives...
The Lord and King Cyrus
“That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.” (Isaiah 44:28) This...
The Light of the Word
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105) As the sun provides physical light for the world, so Jesus Christ is spiritually “the light of the...
The Truth
“And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:4) This is the last of 11 occurrences of “the truth” in Paul’s...
O My Soul
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” (Psalm 42:5) This expression (“O...
Meditation
“Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.” (Psalm 119:27) The remarkable 119th Psalm, with its 22 eight-verse stanzas, is the unique “song...
The Law of Liberty
“So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” (James 2:12) On Independence Day, Americans should give thanks to the Author of liberty that we have been...
The Powers of God
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8) In these days of rampant humanism,...
Songs in the Night
“Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song...
Light for Every Man
“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9) The Bible clearly teaches that faith in the person and saving work of Jesus Christ is essential...
Profit and Loss
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26) In these materialistic days,...
Signs of the Times
“When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern...
The Christian's Cleansing
“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) This familiar promise is often quoted as a sort of...
The Two Ways
“For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalm 1:6) This verse outlines the inescapable truth that there are only two roads and two...
Till Heaven I've Found
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right...
Satan's Wiles
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Ephesians 6:16) Our goals as victorious warriors or even survivors...
Sin and the Christian God
“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou...
Upward Way
“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 hymn “Higher Ground” acknowledges the...
Higher Ground
“Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians...
Love of the Father for the Son
“The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.” (John 3:35) The gospel of John, in a special sense, emphasizes the love in the divine Trinity of the heavenly...
Defending the Gospel
“But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:17) Many Christians decry the use of apologetics or evidences in Christian witnessing,...
Useless Prayers
“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” (Proverbs 28:9) There are some prayers that God hates, strange as that may seem. In fact,...
Created
“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” (Isaiah 43:7) There are three main verbs used to describe...
Pleasing God
“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9) Paul’s great ambition was to please his Lord and Savior. In our text, the...
No Coveting
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy...
No False Witness
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” (Exodus 20:16) There are several important and very specific words used in this commandment. An expanded translation could...
No Stealing
“Thou shalt not steal.” (Exodus 20:15) The word translated “steal” is the Hebrew ganab and is restricted to acts done secretly. It figuratively describes wind sweeping...
No Adultery
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14) This commandment’s obvious application is for marital fidelity. God created one man and one woman for that union (Genesis 1:26;...
No Murder
“Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13) The basis for murder is hatred (Deuteronomy 19:11; Exodus 21:14). The use of a weapon identifies murder. It may be a lethal weapon, like an “instrument...
Honoring Parents
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12) This is the “first commandment with promise”...
God's Rest Day
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8) The Hebrew word shabbat is found 108 times in the Old Testament. The basic meaning is “intermission” or “break.”...
God's Precious Name
“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.” (Exodus 20:7) As always, the word choices of the Holy Spirit are very important. The Hebrew word nasa, translated “take,”...
No Other Image
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing.” (Exodus 20:4) There are several reasons why idolatry is forbidden. The most obvious is that the triune...
No Other Gods
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3) This first commandment, written by the finger of God Himself on Mount Sinai—twice (Exodus 31:18; 34:1)—contains...
Doctrines of Devils
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1) In chapter...
Mary and the Grace of God
“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.” (Luke 1:30) This announcement by the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary, that she had been chosen...
That Ye Might Believe
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of...
Good Affliction
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” (Psalm 119:71) This seems like a strange testimony. Affliction is often accompanied by complaining...
Let Him Hear
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:22) It makes an eternal difference whether a person hears—yet doesn’t hear—or...
The Finished Works of Creation
“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”...
Righteous Boldness
“The righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) A holy boldness is imparted to those who seek to speak the truth of God (Acts 4:31). The miracle of the Pentecost outpouring of...
The Eternal Cosmos
“He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.” (Psalm 148:6) In this central psalm of the last five psalms comprising the “Hallelujah”...
The Crucial Point
“But 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) Whenever people speak...
The Good Pastor
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” (John 10:14) The Greek word used here for “shepherd” is the same as for “pastor.” The Lord...
Nine Forty-Day Periods
“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...
The Pillar and Ground of the Truth
“These things write I unto thee, hoping to come into thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of...
Pilgrims on the Earth
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims...
A Provoked Spirit
“They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.” (Psalm 106:32-33) This...
The Veil over the Nations
“And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.” (Isaiah 25:7) Many people feel that every nation...
The Victor's Crown
“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1 Corinthians 9:25) Ancient athletes...
Our Sins in His Body
“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.” (1 Peter 2:24) When Christ...
The Righteous Man
“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” (1 John 3:7) There is an old spiritual song that has the phrase “ev’ry...
Afraid to Understand
“For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. But they...
A Righteous Heart
“And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel.” (1 Kings 11:9) The Scriptures have an interesting commentary on Solomon’s...
The Witness 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...
Ascending Vapors
“He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.” (Psalm 135:7) This striking verse is practically...
The Tongue of the Learned
“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as...
The Dreamers
“It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh,...
Righteous Friends
“Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4) The phrase “a man is known...
Undeserved Suffering
“Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1) This cry of the psalmist has been echoed times without number by those persecuted for...
A Righteous Desire
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33) The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were quite “religious” in their behavior, but our Lord often...
The Faith of Our Mothers
“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” (2 Timothy 1:5) The...
The Christian's Calling
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” (Ephesians 4:1) The Christian’s calling in Christ is a high...
Heartfelt Prayer
“Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” (Lamentations 3:41) It is so easy to let our prayers become routine and repetitious, and we need to remember that...
Waxing Old
“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall...
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...
Alive into Heaven
“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind...
Feeding on Truth or Wind
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalm 37:3) Although there are many promises in Scripture to the effect that the Lord...
Preciousness
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous...
Wondrous Things in the Word
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalm 119:18) The word “law” (Hebrew torah), as used in the psalms, actually refers to all the...
Inherit the Wind
“He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.” (Proverbs 11:29) This verse was selected to provide the title for one...
Thanks for Everything
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20) Being thankful for everything that happens in his or her life...
Showers of Blessing
“And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” (Ezekiel 34:26) This...
The God of Heaven
“And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.” (Jonah 1:9) It was by these words that the prophet Jonah...
Habitation for God
“Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood. We will go into his tabernacles: we...
To Be Like Him
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16) Scripture admonishes us...
The Flesh and the Spirit
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16) The conflict between flesh and spirit is a frequent theme in Scripture, beginning...
Who Shall Let It?
“Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” (Isaiah 43:13) This is one of the classic “archaisms”...
Elioenai
“And the sons of Neariah; Elioenai, and Hezekiah, and Azrikam, three.” (1 Chronicles 3:23) Elioenai’s name is in a long list of names in the book of Chronicles. In fact, it...
Threescore Years and Ten
“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”...
Christ Our Substitute
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28) There are two specific...
Pastors and Teachers
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” (Ephesians 4:11) The four or five specific spiritual gifts mentioned by Paul...
Fear Not, Little Flock
“But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Luke 12:31) In these days of financial worries and rampant materialism, it does us good to...
Headstone of the Corner
“The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.” (Psalm 118:22) That this enigmatic verse is really a Messianic prophecy is evident from the fact that...
A Time to Sleep
“And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.” (Acts 12:6)...
My Glory
“O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.” (Psalm 108:1) This seems a somewhat strange expression. A similar statement is found in Psalm 30:12: “To...
The Light and the Sun
“The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.” (Psalm 74:16) One of the traditional “discrepancies” attributed by the skeptics...
Questions About Creation
“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.” (Job 38:4) In chapters 38–41 of Job is recorded a remarkable series of 77 questions...
Power of Faith
“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power.” (2 Thessalonians...
I Will Ever Be True
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of...
Stained with Blood So Divine
“But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, …one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith there came out blood and water.” (John 19:33-34)...
Dark Calvary
“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.” (Matthew 27:45) The second verse of the grand old hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” contains...
On a Hill Far Away
“And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.” (John 19:17) The Hebrew word golgotha and the Latin word calvarie...
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...
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