In Sin and Error Pining?

To “pine” means to long for something. The old song says, “long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.” The great doctrine of the Messiah had given hope to multitudes and was the unknown hope of many more. Since Jesus came into the world, we…

Doing Good

What a blessing it is to be able to participate in the work of God. Every good and perfect gift comes from God--James 1:17. To give is part of God's nature. Christians, we are to be givers just like God. Galatians 6:10 says, "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of…

For Thee, We Sigh מְנוּחָה

  There is a provision for the satisfaction and contentment of the thirsty longing soul in Christ, as he is the way to the Father; not only from the fullness of excellency and grace which he has in his own person, but as by him we may come to God, may be reconciled to him,…

In His Hands and Ours

The Spirit, in his description of Jesus, said "all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:16-17). Jesus created everything. Everything is created for Jesus. Everything is held together by Jesus. If Jesus holds everything together, then he also holds…

Endure Abuse From “Loved Ones?”

  "God is love" (1 John 4:8, 16). Since this is true, then we can learn what love is from God. Note the words of Adrew Murray: It is the very nature and being of God to delight in communicating Himself. God has no selfishness, God keeps nothing to Himself. God’s nature is to be always…

“Out of Egypt”

Sometimes it seems we just can't stay out of trouble. The Old Testament saints couldn't stay out of Egypt. The great Exodus narrative began with God's people in Egyptian bondage. God's deliverance of his people from bondage is referred to simply as the Exodus--God's bringing of his people out of bondage. Thus the phrase “out…

And Be Ye Thankful

Colossians 3:15 closed with "and be ye thankful." Thankfulness is at the heart of the Christian Religion. Romans 1 detailed the Gentile descent into depravity as they knew God but did not honor him as God and neither were they thankful (Romans 1:21). To know God is to be grateful. When Paul wrote, "be ye…

The Branch

A new branch comes forth from an old growth. Those new branches are signs of new growth and hope. Isaiah 11 prophesied the growth of a branch from "the stump of Jesse" (Is. 11:1). This new "branch" would bear fruit even though the tribe of Jesse was but a "stump." This branch would be especially…