Archive for April 5, 2012
read the bible in a year: day 31 Luke 22:39-71
39 And he came out, and went, as his way was, to the Mountain of Olives, and the disciples went with him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, Make a prayer that you may not be put to the test. 41 And he went a little distance away from them and, falling on his knees in prayer, he said, 42 Father, if it is your pleasure, take this cup from me: but still, let your pleasure, not mine, be done. 43 And an angel from heaven came to him, to give More >
James 1: 9 – 11Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.
James interjects two great truths at this point in his letter.
- The poor need not be ashamed
- The rich need not be so cocky
This is one of the city gates in More >
Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and for ever, “to him be glory.” Is he not a “Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek”? “To him be glory.” Is he not king for ever?-King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? “To him be glory for ever.” Never shall his praises cease. That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures. The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed; the lustre of the grave and of the resurrection More >
In Matthew 27:13, Pilate said to Jesus, “Do You not hear how many things they (the Jewish leaders) testify against You?”
As Christians, we are accused of many things that are not true. We are accused of being closed- minded, hypocrites, uncaring, not compassionate, homophobic, and the newest of all (which is not really that new), ”haters.” It is tough to be accused of all these things over and over when it is not true. It is the enemy’s way to provoke our flesh to react. How should we to react to these false allegations? As hard and painful it is to think More >
We see in Simon’s carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer.
But let us comfort ourselves with this thought, that in our case, as in Simon’s, it is not our cross, but Christ’s cross which we carry. When you are molested for your More >