In the Gospel of Mark chapter 11 and verses 12 - 14 Jesus has sought fruit on a fig tree for His breakfast; and He found no fruit. He curses the fig tree, and they soon discover it has withered and died. When we come to the discovery of the cursed fig tree a few … Continue reading The Fig Tree and Forgiving
The title is the question the high priest asked of Jesus as He was being tried for His "crimes" (Matthew 26:63). When Jesus opened His mouth it was acknowledging the words of the high priest with a loud "Yes!"... "Jesus saith unto him, 'Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see … Continue reading Are You the Christ, the Son of God?
There is much, very much of it that goes on; that is useless talk, or idle words. We need to understand that words whether they are spoken or written are powerful, and useful when used correctly and rightly. Let us hear what Jesus says about the use of words... "A good man out of the … Continue reading Useless Talk
My Bible reading for this morning was Haggai 1 through Zechariah 3. I share with you verses from Haggai, and the post of September 25, 2015. "For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry … Continue reading A Shaking When the LORD Comes
"Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and … Continue reading I am Not Ashamed
"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself." Daniel 1:8 (KJB) Four Hebrew youths plus more had been taken from their homeland … Continue reading The Purposing Heart
"Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, … Continue reading When Mourning for Sin Does Not Come
"And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; and He spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. Moreover He said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this … Continue reading Devour the Word of GOD
It is not a matter of "If"; it is a matter of when God's word comes to pass. How do you respond to the messenger of God's Word when that word is explained in expositional preaching, and it leaves you feeling guilty of sin, or it seems contrary to what "You believe"? There was a … Continue reading When God’s Word is Fulfilled
We will not be thinking of the pump which pumps the blood through the human body, through its many miles of arteries and veins. We are speaking of the centrality of the human being, of Adam kind. Hear the word of the LORD concerning the heart of man [generic]. "The heart is deceitful above all … Continue reading The Heart; Who Can Know It?
I have been hearing a lot of thought on the matter of prayer. Sometimes it sounds to me as though we always have power in prayer. No matter how we have violated God's word, His law, His ordinances, or His worship; and the way we live our lives; it has sounded to me as though … Continue reading The Power of Prayer has a “But” Attached
"And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: … Continue reading The Grace of the LORD
We read the Song of Solomon, sometimes called the Song of Songs this morning, chapters 1 - 8. The title reflects on what the lesson on today. I want you to note the difference between chapter 8 verse 4, and chapter 2 verse 7, and chapter 3 verse 5. These three verses are the refrain … Continue reading A Refrain, and a Reminder
"Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good. Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?" Proverbs 20:23-24 (KJB) In those days of King Solomon, and before and after, for many years trade was conducted with produce through the use of scales … Continue reading Measurements and Man’s Understanding
"The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon Thee; and Thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works. … Continue reading To Whom the LORD is Near