Take Up Your Cross May 6th 2015

The elders of the church are the backbone.

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. (1 Timothy 5:17-18 KJV)

Timothy is speaking about elders in the church.  Elders are the backbone of a healthy church.  The wisdom these elder gentlemen have gained over ...

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Take Up Your Cross May 5th 2015

Isaiah’s times were filled with rebellion and disobedience much like today.

He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will ...

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Take Up Your Cross May 4th 2015

Are you a weak and wobbly Christian or separated unto the supernatural strength of God?

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. (Proverbs ...

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Take Up Your Cross May 3rd 2015

Do you have inward spiritual vitality and stamina along with good standing physical health?

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. (1 Timothy 4:7-8 KJV)

Every day I run across people who are walking, exercising, or running to better their physical health.  Or they are dieting and ...

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Take Up Your Cross May 2nd 2015

God promises to bless your godly obedience.

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Revelation 1:3 KJV)

This blessing is a promise from God.  All scripture is inspired by God and that includes this promise contained in Revelation.  God so desires mankind to this last book of the Bible that He promises to bless those who follow through in ...

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Take Up Your Cross May 1st 2015

Do you complain and blame or worship and praise God in all things?

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:20-22 KJV)

Job biblically portrayed ...

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Take Up Your Cross April 30th 2015

Are you nodding off in this world?

And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. (Mark 14:37-39 KJV)

Jesus was speaking to Simon Peter, James, and John who had all drifted off to sleep asleep when they ...

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Take Up Your Cross April 29th 2015

Living righteously for God is presenting Him as salt and light upon the earth.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13 KJV)

Salt has unique properties.  It is a versatile compound used for many different things in our world today.  Salt cures meat, flavors food, is ...

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Take Up Your Cross April 28th 2015

 

Jesus faced rejection on this earth even from those closest to Him.

Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did ...

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Take Up Your Cross April 27th 2015

Do you often forge ahead of God according to faulty human reasoning?

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalms 27:14 KJV)

Man is naturally programmed by the god of this world to always be busy and moving about, to be self-sufficient and mentally prepared with a ready answer from a database of humanistic garbage collected in this world.  The god of this world desires for us ...

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