Know – Do – Blessed

In John 13 we have the record of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet on the evening before the commencement of His trials and then crucifixion.  Jesus took a towel, poured water into a basin and washed His disciples’ feet and wiped them with the towel with which He was girded.  Jesus served His disciples, intending … [Read more…]

Trembling At His Word

In the book of Ezra, we read of the return of Jews from captivity to Jerusalem and the work of the priest Ezra in rebuilding the temple and restoring worship.  In the ninth chapter, the leaders came to Ezra declaring how the people had not separated themselves from the heathen and had intermarried with them.  … [Read more…]

Roadblocks to Brotherly Love

Someone may ask these questions:  What if I just don’t feel like loving my brother or sister in Christ?  I know I should have love for you, but I just don’t.  You know, we are very different.  We are from very different places.  We have very different pasts.  We have very different interests in our … [Read more…]

Three Qualities of Brotherly Love

“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:22-23). In this Scripture the apostle … [Read more…]

Do Not Judge?

Our culture is awash in the thought that we must not judge anyone.  For example, to tell someone that homosexuality is sin and if not repented of then the consequence will be eternal punishment, is “judging,” and, as many say, “we ought not to judge.”  This “don’t judge” attitude is a lie of the devil.  … [Read more…]

Sojourning

“And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear….”  (I Peter 1:17)  Brethren, we are sojourners!  We are pilgrims!  A sojourner is one who making a temporary stay.  A pilgrim is one who journeys, especially a long … [Read more…]

He Keeps Acting as A Judge

Use the word “judge” today, and in many circles it will immediately conjure up negative thoughts.  Why this?  While the Bible contains serious warnings against hypocritical judgment, judgments of motives, judging according to our own standards, and judgment motivated by evil, the Bible teaches us to make judgments in many situations. Jesus taught that righteous … [Read more…]

The Undoing of Israel

When we consider Israel and her failings, it may be easy for us to observe her unfaithfulness and consider ourselves better than that.  But “whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).  We can learn from them. There … [Read more…]