Take Up Your Cross

Bearing Precious Fruit

March 3rd, 2017

Bearing Precious Fruit

John 15:4-5 (KJB)   Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

A close relationship with The Vine is essential.  Both in this world and ...

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A Peaceful Countenance

March 2nd, 2017

A Peaceful Countenance

Matthew 5:9 (KJB)   Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Peace and blessings go hand in hand with having possession of a personal relationship with God.

Without God mankind, will not find lasting peace or blessings.  Or will not desire for entertaining peace with others in this world.  Not only are children of God eternally blessed but they have an internal desire for peace.

It is fitting that the man and woman of ...

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Promises Are Serious Spiritual Business

March 1st, 2017

Promises Are Serious Spiritual Business

Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 (KJB)   When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.  5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.  6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy ...

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A Gentle Eternal Giant

February 28th, 2017

A Gentle Eternal Giant

Revelation 17:14 (KJB)   These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

A lamb is a gentle creature.  It is used here in this scripture verse to point to the tenderness and merciful nature of Jesus Christ.  It is an illustration of a meek and milk mannered God who is ...

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Unrestrained Wickedness

February 27th, 2017

Unrestrained Wickedness

Psalm 2:1 (KJB)   Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

This Psalm points forward to a time of great peace in the future during the millennial reign of Jesus Christ upon this earth.

However, this scripture verse is looking backwards to the past observing a time of great terror and wickedness during the tribulation period now concluded.  The heathen raged in a state of unbridled wickedness and evil on this earth.  There were no ...

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Eternal Mirth Comes Through a Broken Spirit

February 26th, 2017

Eternal Mirth Comes Through a Broken Spirit

Proverbs 15:13 (KJB)   A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Sorrow of the heart is not pleasant but is a spiritual necessity.

A broken spirit erupts and diffuses self-will giving way for God’s perfect will.

Mourning about sin conveys a desire for new spiritual life.

A merry heart can only come through the presence of God at work in a softened heart.

A person’s heart either has ...

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Correction Conveys Life

February 25th, 2017

Correction Conveys Life

Proverbs 23:13-14 (KJB)   Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.  14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Proper corporal punishment is biblical.  It works as a benefit helping to corral and soften the will of a wayward child.  A proper penalty for misbehavior knocks a child off his or her feet.  It sets him or her down a ...

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God Does Not Grade On a Curve

February 24th, 2017

God Does Not Grade On a Curve

James 2:12 (KJB)   So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

Yes, there is a formidable boundary line drawn in the sand.

A “holy measurement” of which all words and actions of mankind will be weighed.

Some choose to take superfluous liberty or freedom even as they exercise the perfect law of God in their life.

They do this by determining areas or soft spots encompassing “spiritual ...

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His Everlasting Nature

February 23rd, 2017

His Everlasting Nature

Psalm 102:25-27 (KJB)   Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.  26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:  27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

Do you understand that God has no beginning or end?  That He ...

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The Plumb Line

February 22nd, 2017

The Plumb Line

Psalm 33:10-11 (KJB)   The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.  11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

God brings the opinions of man to nothing.

Science experiments of man blow up when pitted against the eternal nature of God.

The deductions and reasoning of man fall out and fade away.

The flowery philosophy of man sounds like ...

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