Archive for July 6, 2012
This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader’s memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is solemnly momentous, involving weal or woe to thousands; we treat with souls for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be no small mercy if at More >
We have moved into the final chapter of this splendid gospel of John – John 21.
It is interesting to note that some commentators believe that this chapter was not penned by John himself. They believe that John died before his gospel was circulated to the churches. In their view, the prologue (John 1: 1 – 18) and John 21 were added to John’s gospel record by John’s disciples. And that John closed his writing with the words from 20:30 – 31 “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But More >
In Matthew 28:11, while the two Marys were on their way, some of the guards came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.
People cannot keep miracles to themselves. Even if the miracles are completely against what they believe, it has an impact on their lives. That impact usually leads to some type of change. It can either be a change in the right direction or a change in the wrong direction depending on where their hearts are set. The guards could not hide the fact that the tomb was opened by the angel and was now More >
Jesus is still in His final conversations with His disciples – wanting to prepare them for the coming trauma as well as to encourage them.
Today, read John 16: 16 – 33.
The disciples still struggle with confusion over the things that Jesus is saying. I can relate to that! Until you experience something, often the descriptions just don’t make sense. People try to prepare you for child birth. But … you know … until you have done that … the descriptions just don’t communicate! When you face a major surgery … people try to prepare you for what it will More >
Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, he punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while he did this, he took care that his own chosen ones should be secure. If all other brooks More >