Oops, Did I Say That?

By , January 21, 2019

“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself.”
Matthew 27:42 (NIV)

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Have you ever been in a situation where you have said something that did not come out right?  Saying things we do not mean are often referred to as Bloopers. I believe that the term Bloopers is used throughout the English speaking world.

One of the triggers for us to say something funny or inappropriate is strong emotion. We may be extremely nervous, or upset, or angry about something and words come out before we think of what we are saying.

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Knowledge and Wisdom

By , January 20, 2019

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Proverbs 4:7 (NIV)

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I have marveled at the differences in many people as I listen to them speak and learn what they have done in life. One of my dearest friends is a retired 87 year old missionary. I love our monthly times together and to listen to him tell of how the Lord has walked with him through life.

This man did not have the opportunity to go to school and gain a university education. But what he lacked in life in this area of knowledge he more than made up for in wisdom. Let me give an example or two.

When my friend wanted to start Bible studies in a hospital in a large city in South America he was denied.

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Reigning From a Cross

By , January 19, 2019

“Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I say to you,
today you shall be with me in Paradise.’”
Luke 23:43

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As a small child I recall singing a great old hymn for children by Fanny J. Crosby in my Sunday School class and the opening words of the hymn went as follows.

“Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every word; Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard.”

Well at that tender age I had little interest in the stories of Jesus although somehow I won contests for Bible knowledge. I simply cannot recall why I bellowed out that particular song every time it was sung in Sunday School.

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The Incomparable Christ

By , January 18, 2019

“Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I say to you,
today you shall be with me in Paradise.’”
Luke 23:43

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Today we look again at this remarkable scene of Jesus and the repentant thief speaking to each other. This beloved story has several remarkable things to say about Jesus.

We know that Jesus being with a pair of criminals in death was to fulfil a prophecy made hundreds of years earlier. Isaiah 53:12 says, “He was numbered with the transgressors.” Or it might be translated, “He permitted himself to be numbered with the transgressors.”

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A Journey Home

By , January 17, 2019

“Remember that you were slaves in Egyptand that the
Lord brought you out of there with a mighty hand…”
Deuteronomy 5:15 (NIV)

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A truly remarkable priest in the Church of England in the 1700’s was John Newton the author of the hymn Amazing Grace. Newton had lived a very evil life for many years. His mouth was full of blasphemies and profane language. His thoughts and desires were consistently evil.

During a violent storm at sea Newton finally cried out to God for mercy and through that experience of near death, became a devout Christian. Newton went on to become an Anglican minister. In his study he had a framed text that read, “Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt”.

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