BROKEN JARS ... BLAZING LIGHT
Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered, "You are Peter the rock and on this Rock I will build my church and the gates of death will not prevail against it."
"I will build my church"…..the kind of church Je ... read more
BUILD THOU THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion:
Build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Psalm 51
Most believers are in agreement that the r ... read more
BUT WHERE'S THE VINEYARD
Read Matthew 20: 1 -16
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them out into his vineyard. And going out about th ... read more
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Nobody could ever look at Jesus' disciples and say, "What a bunch of religious freaks!" Nobody looking at those disciples could ever get the idea that to follow Je ... read more
BY HIS MERCY
Read: Luke 6:37
There is no question that the call at this hour is for radical faith in Jesus Christ. Radical commitment. Lukewarm Christianity just won't make it. But don't think when we've answered this call to radical faith, when we start catching ... read more
CASTING OUT FEAR
There is no fear in love, perfect love casts out fear.
...And this perfect love which casts out fear, while it is something God gives, is also something you do. God puts the love into you. But you love, you do something.
Many of us stumble when we ... read more
Half the problems we experience as believers would
disappear in an instant, if we were to catch fire with
divine zeal. We spend so much of our time nursing
wounds that wouldn't even be there if we were on fire. ... read more
CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY
Ten thousand troops had landed on the beach without a casualty. Not one enemy gun had been fired. It was reported that the enemy was holding positions in the mountains to the north. The king mounted a platform and addressed his troops,
"We go ... read more
CLAIM YOUR INHERITANCE
Read Luke 15:11-32
It was a pity that this younger brother took the share of the inheritance that was coming to him and wasted it. But it's more pitiful to see what the older brother does with his inheritance: nothing. He has it but he doesn't do anyt ... read more
Cleansed By The Blood – Refined By The Fire
Most of us have had the experience of the man who has his friend arrive at midnight and had no food to set before him. We’ve had to go to the Father and bang on his door and beg and plead for bread to give to these hungry people who come to us in their ... read more
Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage ... read more
His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven." This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be sha ... read more
Read: II Corinthians 3:4-6
Surely we all agree that when you become a believer in Jesus Christ you, at that moment, become a minister.
As far as God is concerned a minister is not somebody who went to seminary or bible college. Every follower of J ... read more
Concerning the End Part One
Read Matthew 24
Jesus' discourse in Matthew 24 and 25 is the most comprehensive of any in scripture – His return to this earth at the close of the age. The reason these teachings are preserved is doubtless because they are meant for the whole ch ... read more
Concerning the End Part Two
Read Matthew 25
In a far-away country, there lived a man who went to work every day, rented a modest house, took care of his family, and was in every way so ordinary he was hardly noticed, until one day the boss came to him with his paycheck, told him ... read more
CONDEMNATION, FALSE PEACE, AND THE CALL OF CHRIST
"For God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:17
There are two lying spirits that follow in the shadows behind every child of God who makes his way through th ... read more
Little Samuel heard his name called in the middle of the night, but he didn't have a clue what was happening. Three times he ran to old Eli the priest, "Did you call me?" Three times old Eli replied, "No! Go back to bed!"
Then Eli figured it out. I ... read more
COPING WITH THE PRESS 0F TIME
But at midnight there was a cry, "Behold, the
bridegroom! Come out to meet him." Then all
those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said to the wise, "Give us some
of your oil, for our lamps are going out." But
the wise replied, "P ... read more
The Samaritan leper who has been healed begins his new life worshiping God with all his heart. But he is alone and needs to have fellowship. Somehow, in the providence of God, this man will be directed into the company of others who have seen the glory. T ... read more
Dawn Before Darkness
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared t ... read more
And Eli said to her, "how long will you be drunken? Put away your wine from you." But Hannah answered, "No, my lord, I am a woman sorely troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. Do not r ... read more
DISCERNING HIS PRESENCE
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors avid sinners came and sat down with Jesus ... read more
DISCERNING THE BODY
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one brea ... read more
Divine Grace and Human Responsibility
The kind of life we live is a reflection of the kind of
God we actually believe in...not the God we profess to
believe in, but the God we really believe in.
- If we believe in a God who is a tyrant we
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DO I LOVE GOD?
You can read a certain passage of scripture hundreds of times, and pass over it as if there's nothing in it. Then one day that same passage bursts into flame before your eyes. It cuts right into your heart as a direct word from God to you. Some time ag ... read more
DO NOT BE ANXIOUS
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And t ... read more
DOING THE WORK OF GOD
Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went ... read more
DOWN TO REALITY
As Jesus approached his baptism of fire, a problem emerged among the disciples, a problem which had always been there, but now it came out into the open, threatening to destroy their unity.
This problem burst upon them just as Jesus was instituting his F ... read more
Read: Matthew 9:18-26
Anyone reading this who has come to know Jesus will testify to the fact that at some point in your life you became dissatisfied with looking at Jesus from a distance, and you began to draw near to Him. ... read more
DRAWING NEAR TO THE BODY
The Spirit of God moves with power among believers when they are in unity with each other, unity that is maintained, not with rules and disciplines imposed from outside, but by a commitment of each heart to the Lord himself.
Unity in the Body is simp ... read more
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I ... read more
ESAU, JACOB OR ISRAEL?
Read: Genesis 25:19 to 32:32
After the honeymoon when God starts teaching us to discipline our shaky enthusiasm into steady burning zeal, when we have to learn how to walk through those valleys of trial and still get up each morning with songs of prai ... read more
ETERNITY NOW PART TWO
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just; he has judged the great harlot who corr ... read more
ETERNITY NOW - Part One
L I G H T
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?.....
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all ... read more
EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE
I had hardly crossed the border into this cloud-covered mountainous country when a messenger appeared in the path and welcomed me by name.
"Beyond this range of mountains is a plateau where you will work in construction on the house of God."
That ... read more
EXPECTATIONS: REAL AND UNREAL
When we picture Jesus riding the donkey down into Jeru-
salem surrounded by praises and blessings and hosannas --
this apparent moment of triumph when it seems that Jesus'
years of patience are beginning to pay off -- we need to
view the whole sce ... read more
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE AND YOU
One day 4,000 years ago the angel of the Lord and two companions paid a visit to Abraham, who had pitched his tent in the hill country of Canaan, far above the Jordan Valley. Off in the distance below the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were glistening in t ... read more
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon. Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life.
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And without faith it is impossible to please him.
For whoever would draw near to God must believe that
he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events
as ye ... read more
FAITH + FAITHFULNESS = STRENGTH
Most people today have the idea
that in the end
we're all going to make it.
Aren't we all God's children?
Doesn't God love us all?
So why shouldn't we have the hope that
... read more
FAITH THAT WORKS
Insights from Galatians
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by hearing with faith? Are you ... read more
FAITH THE REALITY
And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark f ... read more
FAITHFUL IN THAT WHICH IS LEAST
There were once three brothers who lived in a land of plenty. They were prospering and it looked as though the future would bring more prosperity. But one day these men secretly received information to the effect that within a year their nation would he s ... read more
FEED MY SHEEP
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Si ... read more
FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT'S POWER
As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not ... read more
FIRST HAND VISION
Now when Jesus came into the district of
Caesarea Phillippi, he asked his disciples,
"Who do men say that the Son of man is?"
And they said, "Some say John the Baptist,
others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or
one of the prophets." He said to ... read more
FIRST-BORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN
We know that in everything God works for good with
those who love him, who are called according to
his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also
predestined to be conformed to the image of his
Son, in order that he might be the first-born among ... read more
Read : Matthew 11:2-10
When Jesus of Nazareth began His work there was something about the way He did things that set Him apart from every prophet who had ever come to Israel before.
John the Baptist, for instance, the la ... read more
FOR A MIND AT PEACE
Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woma ... read more
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
One of the arguments raised by people outside the faith, when they look at followers of Jesus who seem to be serious, is that they're brainwashed. They're puppets. They're running in a pack like a bun ... read more