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He Purposes A Crop

My wife and I pray together every morning for the members of our assembly and for a needy world as well as ourselves. It is a privilege the Lord has granted to us in these days, to engage with others in intercession and we are able to do so in a greater measure than ever before now that child rearing is long passed and increasing age has forced us into semi-retirement. We are learning that the things that happen to all as we go through the cycles of life may bring not only unwanted experiences but increased opportunities. For the Christian nothing is without purpose or meaning. F.W. Faber wrote:

“Ill that He blesses is our good, And unbless’d good is ill;
And all is right that
seems most wrong,
If it be His sweet will.

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Isaiah 53:1-3 God’s Servant Will be Despised Part 2 of 5

The second stanza in this servant song deals with the attitude of the nation of Israel towards God’s servant when He came. We can consider it in three parts:

1. How they responded to Him: 53:1

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Many of the Jewish prophets might have felt that way about their ministry, but twice in the New Testament this text is quoted with reference to the Jews’ response to the Lord Jesus.

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God’s House

When one enters a home he discovers there is a certain order maintained. If it is a Christian home, it is the man who is the authority and he will set the pattern. In God’s house He has the right to establish the rules of conduct.

…but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15 NKJ).

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Glorification

In a world where believers are strangers and pilgrims the thought of heaven and home is a great hope and comfort. This world is not our home and there is something much better ahead for God’s people. As the old song says, “if heaven’s not my future home, Lord what will I ever do, my treasures are laid somewhere beyond the blue.” It is not just the place and all the joys associated but it is the person of the Lord Jesus that makes the destination compelling.

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The Emotions of Christ

In the events surrounding the last of the ‘signs’ of John’s Gospel – the raising of Lazarus, we get an insight into the heart and soul of the Word made flesh. It commences with the encounter that Martha had with her Master on the road as He approached Bethany. John is fulsome in the detailed discussion that took place and would indicate that all the while Martha was standing as they conversed. Her opening remark “Lord if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died” has the feeling of a rebuke. Whereas Mary, while she used the same words said them on her knees weeping in an attitude of adoration and worship. This attitude corresponds with Luke’s account of the Lord’s visit to Martha and Mary’s home. The former over wrought, complains that she is left alone to serve while Mary sat at His feet. The word ‘weeping’ used of Mary and those who were with her was really a wailing, customary of those times. Whereas the word used by Jesus means the tears were running down His face! Divine eyes shedding human tears.

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Editorial: Am I A Lukewarm Christian?

The only time the word “lukewarm” is used in the New Testament is in Revelation 3:16. It is found in the Lord’s description of the church at Laodicea. Lukewarm describes the nauseating effect this church had on our Lord. He said, “So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” In light of the seriousness of this condition, it is worth asking, ‘Am I a lukewarm Christian?’

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What is “Unchurched”?

In the last decade or two a new term has evolved in evangelical Christianity: the “unchurched.” Past generations used biblical concepts to describe humanity. Terms like lost, unsaved, unconverted, unrepentant, unbeliever, condemned, sinners, and non-born again were preached. These words conveyed the person outside of Christ as guilty and under the wrath of God. Being dead in their sins they’re helpless and hopeless without any ability to change. Their only hope is salvation, being forgiven and born again with new life from God. Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, is the only means of this salvation. The church is simply to go out into the lost world and preach this good news of salvation in Christ. When anyone trusts Christ alone they then are added to His church.

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O Thou of Little Faith

O thou of little faith,
God hath not failed thee yet!
When all looks dark and gloomy,
Thou dost so soon forget-

Forget that He has led thee,
And gently cleared thy way;
On clouds has poured His sunshine,
And turned thy night to day.

And if He’s helped thee hitherto,
He will not fail thee now;
How it must wound His loving heart To see thy anxious brow!

Oh! Doubt not any longer, To Him commit thy way,
Whom in the past thou trusted,
And is “just the same today.”

-Author Unknown

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