How much then is a man better than a sheep?Mat_12:12 The Expression of Compassion Originates with ChristNot very far away from where we sit there are gleaming the lights of our great city hospitals. We can see with the mind's eye the quiet wards, and the nurses moving in their gracious ministry. There the poorest … Continue reading Christ’s Teaching On Man
https://youtu.be/4PzqX_gPYW8 There is a message within a message on my heart today, and I’m so thankful for the text that is before us, because this particular burden that I’ve had in my heart needs to be relieved; and I can do that by saying to you this morning what I’m going to say from the … Continue reading Sanctification: The Believer’s Transformation
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18 God is slow to exercise his justice when that justice demands his people's punishment. "Gracious and slow to anger" is a phrase repeatedly … Continue reading Daily Wisdom (Feb 21)
“When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” Then [Jesus] said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them.” (Luke 21:8–13, NIV 1984).
“In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so…
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"But what about the times when I’m really, really right?" by Kelly Barbrey “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10 (NRSV) I like to be right. Who doesn’t? But I’d also like to think I’m able to admit when I’m wrong. It’s pretty simple to admit the little mistakes, apologize … Continue reading The Wrong Way to be Right
"Don't let their façade of success fool you. Someone can live in a nice home, and drive a nice car to a nice job, yet their marriage is falling apart, their children are in rebellion, and their mind is going crazy. They need your compassion." Isaiah 60:4 NLT One of the lessons Jesus taught in … Continue reading Don’t give up on them
"Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee;" Romans 5:3 NIV Isn't it interesting how as we get older, we tend to become more patient, even though we have less time left? Why is that? Perspective! Our problems haven't changed that much, but our perspective has. Things … Continue reading Developing patience
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you have collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you have owned or what … Continue reading What will matter
This letter is for you, you that is looking back at your life in regret instead of looking forward. You that is looking back at your life and can’t identify the person that you have become. You that is looking back at your life and realizing that in a quest of making everyone around happy, you have lost yourself. For everyone that’s looking back at their lives and seeing a series of mistakes and sins, for everyone that’s looking back at 2018 and thinking that 2019 will just get worse up the same, this letter is for you. I don’t know if you are a follower, but I am glad you stumbled on this letter. It’s also a letter for me, to realize how much I have done and what I have become.
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The beauty of forgiveness is noted in the beatitudes by Jesus this way: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”-Matthew 5:7. Joseph lived various stages of his life acknowledging and appreciating the will of God’s divine plan and purpose. knowing full well of God’s divine plan and purpose, he said to his brothers in a well-known forgiveness scene in the scriptures: “‘I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt. And don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me here, to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your life by a great deliverance.’ Then weeping with joy he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin embraced him and wept. And Joseph does the same with each of his brothers” (Genesis 45:4-7, 14-15).
Bob Foster observes, “How tender is genuine forgiveness; how impossible to…
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