Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross April 5th 2015

The stone was rolled away He is risen!

Are you holding fast to traditions of men or are you clutching the nail scarred hand of Jesus who arose?

For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:8-9 KJV)

Are you serving the ...

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Take Up Your Cross April 4th 2015

April 4th 2015

Would you recognize Jesus teaching Truth?

And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22 KJV)

Jesus was often found in the synagogue preaching.  This passage says that these particular Jews were astonished at His teaching.  His method was set apart or remarkably different from the approach from the scribes who usually stood at the pulpit often inserting the law, tradition, opinion, and what was inspired ...

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Take Up Your Cross April 3rd 2015

Is your life tranquil or troubling?

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. (Proverbs 17:1 KJV)

A dry morsel depicts modest means in quiet and peaceful surroundings rather than choosing to live high on the hog possessing everything but existing in this bountiful lifestyle along with contention and strife.

There are many people who are never satisfied with having just what they need in life but continue to covet and crave more ...

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Take Up Your Cross April 2nd 2015

The love of God produces ornaments of grace towards others.

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18 KJV)

It is easy to let words of affirmation and love fall off your tongue.  Putting love into action is much harder.  Action is always harder to put into play rather than simply speaking an emotion or feeling or talking about taking a certain action based upon love.

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Take Up Your Cross April 1st 2015

Man is often an easy target for simple pranks every day; live wisely.

A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. (Proverbs 14:16 KJV)

According to this biblical description there are many fools operating confidently in this world.  I wanted to take a closer glimpse into what is in the makeup of a fool on this day the world highlights as April fool’s day.  The Bible has much to say about fools and foolish living ...

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Take Up Your Cross March 31st 2015

Jesus set the utmost example for us for to honor all men.

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, ...

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Take Up Your Cross March 30th 2015

Do you live foolishly entrenched in this world or spiritually robust in healthy fear of God?

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. (Proverbs 29:15 KJV)

In many instances the rod of reproof correction has been stashed away, buried, made insignificant, or thrown out the window by many families today.  Reproof and correction have been replaced by time outs, little behavior alteration, often no ownership of blame whatsoever; allowing children ...

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Take Up Your Cross March 29th 2015

March 29th 2015

What do you highly desire and take great delight in?

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. (Song of Solomon 2:3 KJV)

There are different thoughts and beliefs on this book in the Bible called Song of Solomon; whether it is an actual description of a couple courting in a marriage relationship or ...

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Take Up Your Cross March 28th 2015

Only Jesus is worthy.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (Revelation 5:9 KJV)

Imagine seeing this scene play out in Heaven.  The Lamb who was slain Jesus Christ is the only one worthy to open the seals opens the book of Life because ...

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Take Up Your Cross March 27th 2015

Have you unwrapped God’s free gift of grace?

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (Titus 2:11-13 KJV)

God’s grace has been made clearly known to all men.  It is mankind that refuses to acknowledge the presence ...

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