Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, is it not an asbestos armour, against which the heat hath no power? Let affliction come-God has chosen me. Poverty, thou mayst stride in at my door, but God is in the house already, and he has chosen me. Sickness, thou mayst intrude, but I have a balsam ready-God has chosen me. Whatever befalls me in this vale of tears, I know that he has “chosen” More >
James 3: 2 – 5a
For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member yet it boasts of great exploits.
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone. More >
Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John’s disciples with a Jew about purification. ~ John 3:25
John is focusing on bringing people back to the God while his disciples are worrying about the methods of purification. How common is it that we fight over things that have no significance on the eternal life we share in Jesus Christ? Everywhere we look, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or any other random blogs, people are arguing over the ‘Sabbath’, predestination vs free-will, tattoos, what kind of foods to eat, or whether or not it is a sin to drink alcoholic beverages More >
In Matthew 21:17, Jesus left the Pharisees, scribes, and people in Jerusalem and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.
Jesus has a purpose for everything that He does. Why did He leave? He was coming right back tomorrow, wasn’t He? Seems like the purpose of this trip was to clear the temple and to correct the chief priests and scribes misconception about who He really is. However, if we look a little deeper, we can relate this trip into Jerusalem with the purpose Jesus came to the earth in the first place. As Jesus cleared the More >
Amid the rabble rout which hounded the Redeemer to his doom, there were some gracious souls whose bitter anguish sought vent in wailing and lamentations-fit music to accompany that march of woe. When my soul can, in imagination, see the Saviour bearing his cross to Calvary, she joins the godly women and weeps with them; for, indeed, there is true cause for grief-cause lying deeper than those mourning women thought. They bewailed innocence maltreated, goodness persecuted, love bleeding, meekness about to die; but my heart has a deeper and more bitter cause to mourn. My sins were the scourges which More >
What a sweet title: “My people!” What a cheering revelation: “Their God!” How much of meaning is couched in those two words, “My people!” Here is speciality. The whole world is God’s; the heaven, even the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s, and he reigneth among the children of men; but of those whom he hath chosen, whom he hath purchased to himself, he saith what he saith not of others-”My people.” In this word there is the idea of proprietorship. In a special manner the “Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.” All the More >
John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized- for John had not yet been thrown into prison. ~ John 3:23-24
It seems that Jesus is impeding on John’s territory. John is doing what God has sent him to do but Jesus is showing up stealing his fame and glory. John was baptizing people for repentance of their sins. His purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus. John knew exactly what his purpose was. Many people are in search for their purpose but they miss the fact More >
Among other interpretations of this suggestive question, the following is full of teaching: “If the innocent substitute for sinners, suffer thus, what will be done when the sinner himself -the dry tree-shall fall into the hands of an angry God?” When God saw Jesus in the sinner’s place, he did not spare him; and when he finds the unregenerate without Christ, he will not spare them. O sinner, Jesus was led away by his enemies: so shall you be dragged away by fiends to the place appointed for you. Jesus was deserted of God; and if he, who was only More >
read the bible in a year: day 61 Matthew 9:1-17
1 And he got into a boat and went across and came to his town. 2 And they took to him a man stretched on a bed who had no power of moving; and Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the man who was ill, Son, take heart; you have forgiveness for your sins. 3 And some of the scribes said among themselves, This man has no respect for God. 4 And Jesus, having knowledge of what was in their minds, said, Why are your thoughts evil? 5 For which is the simpler, to say, You have More >
Read John 2. As you read these two events, watch Jesus. See what you learn about Him.
First event: Turning water to wine at the marriage in Cana
Cana was a town very near to Nazareth. Obviously, Mary was close to the family – either close friends or perhaps even a family member. Weddings in Jewish culture at this time were a week long celebration. Guests would return each evening and the celebration would continue … with the groom and his bride as the “stars” of the week! The groom’s family was responsible for providing the food for the guests and it More >