The Fear of God

By , March 19, 2018

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”
Psalm 110:10 (KJV)

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Through life I have been blessed with an active imagination and a keen sense of curiosity. This can be an interesting combination as I have found out many times.

I well recall a childhood incident where I was relaxing on the concrete platform at the back of the elementary school I attended as a boy. I was daydreaming and looking at the various cloud formations that drifted by me, high in the sky.

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Learning From The Past

By , March 18, 2018

“Now all these things happened to them for examples…”
1 Corinthians 10:11

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It has been well said, “The only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history”. Hegel (1770-1831), the man who said these words, was a German philosopher who had a great influence over his successors such as Karl Marx.

The old German thinker was on to something. Too often we seem to repeat our mistakes of the past as though we had not made those mistakes before. We lament and wonder how often we must go down the wrong path before we will learn the lesson.

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Seeing Jesus

By , March 17, 2018

“Forasmuch as you have done it to the least of these
my brethren you have done it to me.”
Matthew 25:40

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The scene I am about to describe has happened to me many times over my 46 years of ministry.

A long time ago I went to a local hospital to see an elderly Christian man. He had a fine life of wonderful service for Jesus. We had many visits over the years of our friendship. So we knew each other very well and enjoyed each others company immensely.

The sad reality of our relationship in the latter years was that my dear friend had lost some connection with reality. He saw people who were not there, and his thoughts often rambled back 60-70 years to things that did not connect with the conversation.

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What’s in a look?

By , March 16, 2018

“And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter.”
Luke 22:61

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If the Bible is anything, it is honest. No one can believe that the Scriptures have falsehood in them after they are read, and the various failures of the leading characters can be clearly seen. In numerous places we read of the glaring mistakes of the disciples of Jesus, and yet they expect us to believe their message about their Master. This is what makes their witness to Jesus believable. They are willing, it seems, to let us in on their lack of loyalty to Jesus at times. The denials of Jesus by Peter is an excellent example of what I mean.

In the Upper Room Jesus had told the eleven apostles that He was going away and they could not come with Him (John 13:33-36). Peter insisted that he would follow Jesus to the death if necessary. Jesus then told Peter that he would deny any knowledge of Jesus before the cock crowed. In other words, Jesus told Peter in front of the rest that he would deny any relationship to Jesus before dawn the next day.

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When Old Friends Part Ways

By , March 15, 2018

“They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company.”
Acts 15:39 (NIV)

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The two men who had such a strong disagreement were Paul and Barnabas. Barnabas, the “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36) was Paul’s greatest benefactor.

Due to Barnabas’ great help, Paul was the greatest missionary spirit of the ages. Two wonderful men of God and they had such an explosive disagreement that they parted ways never to be working together again.

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