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"Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox."   Proverbs 14:4

Many times I have sat and meditated on this verse; its meaning is nothing short of a call to action, both in the natural and in the spiritual. (I Corinthians 15:44)  Albert Barnes noted "Labor has its rough, unpleasant side, yet it ends in profit. So also, the life of contemplation may seem purer, ‘cleaner’ than that of action. The outer business of the world brings its cares and disturbances, but also ‘much increase.’ There will be a sure reward of that activity in good works for him who goes, as with "the strength of the ox," to the task to which God calls him."   — Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible

Oxen where of great value due to their strength and endurance to labor. There was much increase by the use of these wonderful beasts, but this also meant the cleaning and maintaining of their crib or stall. Working on a ranch as a youth, I can appreciate what Solomon is talking about here. Cleaning out the stall was a dirty, smelly, time consuming endevor. However, the work the animal produced far out wieghed this unpleasant chore.

John Gill's Exposition deals more with a spiritual interpretation of this verse. He writes that "oxen are an emblem of faithful and laborious ministers... where there are no ministers of the Gospel, there is no food for souls." To this I agree, though believe it has an even deeper significance to each child of God.

We are in a warfare that extends from the higharchy of dark satanic forces to the conquest of our own carnal passions. Yes, "the crib is clean" where there are no battles, but there is great advancement of the kingdom of God through these battles. The soul of man never advances towards Christ-likeness without conflict and tribulation. It is a great sin against God not to fight in this battle. "Woe to them that are at ease in Zion." (Amos 6:1)

We walk by faith, but faith is without question an action word, "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." (James 2:17)  Even at a complete stand still, there is action, "and having done all, to stand." (Ephesians 6:14)  The Greek word here for stand is histemi #2476; which means literally to continue, to establish, to hold up in a present and future tense.

Here is Paul's meaning when he says to stand. "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" (Ephesians 6:14-18)

Do all this Paul said, "that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (Ephesians 6:11)  Standing therefore means to actively defend, not to be idol. An idol saint will be overtaken in darkness because darkness does not sit idol. "...darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:" (Isaiah 60:2)  Darkness is ever moving forward, those whose faith is inactive Will Be overtaken in it.

Scripture is plain about this, the child of God must be aggressive.
"...we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." Acts 14:22
"I press toward the mark for the prize..." Philippians 3:14
"For we wrestle..." Ephesians 6:12
"...every man presseth into it..." Luke 16:16
"...the violent take it by force." Matthew 11:12
"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life..." 1 Timothy 6:12

This is the faith that produces results. Yes, the crib will become dirty and smelly which will require some unpleasant duties; may even become very difficult along the way, but what of the great increase wrought for the glory of God by those who would risk all, and take it by force.

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Devotional Studies:       "Bible Thoughts & Themes"       by Horatius Bonar

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Bible Thoughts & Themes #1     by Horatius Bonar

The Sin, the Sinner, and the Sentence

The first two chapters gave us creation's perfection. Like a newly finished statue, there it stands. The chisel has given its last touch. The sculptor is satisfied; pronounces it very good, and rests. All is fair. Earth is like heaven. But now the descent begins. The steps are no longer upward, but downward. Creaturehood cannot stand alone. The moment that it is left to itself if totters, it falls. It must be joined to the Creator before it can stand. The fall is the first step towards this everlasting union, in virtue of which creation is to become infallible.

I. The TEMPTER Outwardly the serpent, inwardly the devil; hence called "the old serpent;" hence the Apostle says, "as the serpent beguiled Eve," and "lest Satan should get advantage over us." This is the first demoniacal possession. Afterwards we read that the devils entered the herd; that Satan entered Judas; that he filled the heart of Ananias. In speaking to man he must use some fleshly form. Thus by means of the serpent he communicates with man.

II. The TEMPTATION The tempter makes use of the testing-tree, and points to it as a mark of restraint and tyranny. His object is to separate Adam and Eve from God; to produce the evil heart of unbelief, which would make them depart from the living God. For this end he suggests doubts on three points,

    (1.) As to God's goodness – in prohibiting the tree.
    (2.) His faithfulness – in fulfilling His threats.
    (3.) His truthfulness – in deceiving them as to the real nature of the tree.

Having got Eve to listen, he leads her on, and then flatly contradicts God. You shall not surely die.

III. The BAIT (1.) Negative, you shall not die. (2.) Positive, you shall be as God, knowing good and evil. The first was to remove the dread of danger, the second to lead on. Knowledge! Knowledge like that of God! Intellectual ambition, this is man's first snare, and it shall be his last. Worship of intellect and genius. Human supremacy in mind. Progress! Not in the knowledge of God Himself (Satan does not dare promise that); but of good and evil. Does not this imply that evil is in itself a strange attraction?

To know evil man will do and dare as much as to know good. Evil is in his eyes an empire of boundless range, to whose utmost limits he sincerely would penetrate. Hence his love of the "sensational." The opening of the eye to see afar off, whether into space or time, or the substance of things, is an irresistible bait. For the obtaining of a wider range of vision, what will man not do?

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"Power belongeth unto God" (Psalms 62:11), but there is one condition upon which that power is bestowed upon us, that is absolute surrender to Him.

"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God" (Romans 6:13).

Again in Romans 6:22 we read, "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life."

The great secret of blessedness and power is found in these verses. "Yield yourselves unto God", the whole secret is found in those words. The word translated "yield" in the Authorized Version is rendered "present" in the Revised Version. It means to put at one's disposal. "Put yourselves at God's disposal" is the thought. In other words, surrender yourselves absolutely to God, to be His property, for Him to do with you what He will, and use you as He will.

If anyone asks, "What is the one thing for me to do if I wish to know all that God has for me?" the answer is very simple. Surrender absolutely to God. Say to Him, "Heavenly Father, henceforth I have no will of my own. Thy will be done in me, through me, by me, and regarding me, in all things. I put myself unreservedly in Thy hands, now do with me just what Thou wilt." When one does that, God, Who is infinite love, and infinite wisdom, and infinite power, does the very best thing with that one.

A Surrendered Will Brings Knowledge of Truth

Knowledge of the truth comes with surrender of the will. "If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the teaching..." (John 7:17). Nothing so clears the spiritual vision as surrender to the will of God. "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all" (I John 1:5). Surrender to Him opens our eyes to the light which He Himself is. It brings us at once into harmony with all truth.

Nothing so blinds the spiritual vision as self-will or sin. I have seen questions which bothered men for years solved in a very short time when those men simply surrendered to God. What was dark as night before has become light as day.

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"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

The Jews were greatly mistaken in respect to the nature of that kingdom which their Messiah was to set up. They expected a kingdom like the kingdoms of this world, invested with earthly splendor, fitted to aggrandize their nation, and minister to their national pride. Christ sought to undeceive them. He told them that his kingdom did not come with outward show that it must be within men, and that it was not of this world. He would have them understand that it was spiritual, and not temporal; demanding the homage of the heart, and not the pomp and pageant, so commonly rendered to royalty. The simple idea of this kingdom is that Christ himself reigns in the hearts of his people, securing the perfect submission of the will, and the consecration of every power to himself. Thus his kingdom is within; it is invisible. It puts on no outward glare. In the hearts of men he writes his laws by his Spirit, and thus rules over them to deliver them from Satan and sin, and translate them into his own kingdom of peace and love.

The subjects of this Kingdom are shut up to no particular location. Each in the sphere where providence has called him to reside and to his master's will, may there be truly a member of this invisible kingdom. Christ may be reigning over him, and he may be indeed a subject and a citizen of this kingdom of God.

This is the kingdom we are required in our text to seek. To seek it, implies that we seek to belong to it, seek to know Christ's will and to do it, seek to be recognized by Christ as one of his subjects, and seek to promote the interests of this kingdom, as all true subjects of any kingdom do, and should do if the government deserves their support. He who truly seeks first the kingdom of God, seeks to be as really and perfectly governed by Christ now, as the holy in Heaven are. He would have Christ living and reigning within him so that every thought shall be brought into obedience.

We are required, not only to seek the kingdom of God, but also "his righteousness." The original word here rendered righteousness, is sometimes rendered justification. The radical idea seems to be simply this being right with God coming into a state of acceptance with him. This we know must in our case include both the free pardon of past sin and the being sanctified so that we are not actually sinning. So long as his law condemns us for unpardoned sin, or so long as we are actually sinning, it would be monstrous to suppose that God can accept us as righteous, and that we are right in his sight.

Hence, when the righteousness of God as in our text, is spoken of as a thing for us to seek, it must include both pardon and sanctification.

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1. Negatively. It is not a bare faithless mentioning of his name in our prayers, nor finishing our prayers with them, Matthew 7:21. The saints use the words, "through Jesus Christ our Lord," 1 Corinthians 15:57, but often is that scabbard produced, while the sword of the Spirit is not in it. The words are said, but the faith is not exercised.

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2. Positively. To pray in the name of Christ is to pray,

first, At his command, to go to God by his order, John 16:24, "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive." Christ as God commands all men to pray, to offer that piece of natural duty to God; but that is not the command meant. But Christ as Mediator sends his own to his Father to ask supply of their wants, and allows them to tell that he sent them, as one recommends a poor body to a friend, John 16:24, just cited. So to pray in the name of Christ is to go to God as sent by the poor man's friend. So it implies,

1. The soul's having come to Christ in the first place, John 15:7, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." He that would pray aright, must do as those who made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend first, and then made their plea to their king, Acts 12:20.

2. The soul's taking its encouragement to pray from Jesus Christ, Hebrews 4:14, "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

The way to the throne in heaven is blocked up by our sins. And sinners have no confidence to seek the Lord. Jesus Christ came down from heaven, died for the criminals, and gathers them to himself by effectual calling. He, as having all interest with his Father, bids them go to his Father in his name, and ask what they need, assuring them of acceptance. And from thence they take their encouragement, viz. from his promises in the word. And he gives them his token with them, which the Father will own, and that is his own Spirit, Romans 8:26,27, "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

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It is hardly a matter of wonder that the country that gave the world instant tea and instant coffee should be the one to give it instant Christianity. If these two beverages were not actually invented in the United States it was certainly here that they received the advertising impetus that has made them known to most of the civilized world. And it cannot be denied that it was American Fundamentalism that brought instant Christianity to the gospel churches.

Ignoring for the moment Romanism, and Liberalism in its in its various disguises, and focusing our attention upon the great body of evangelical believers, we see at once how deeply the religion of Christ suffered in the house of its friends. The American genius for getting things done quickly and easily with little concern for quality or permanence has bred a virus that has infected the whole evangelical church in the United States and, through our literature, our evangelists and our missionaries, has spread all over the world.

Instant Christianity came in with the machine age. Men invented machines for two purposes. They wanted to get important work done more quickly and easily than they could do it by hand, and they wanted to get the work over with so they could give their time to other pursuits more to their liking, such as loafing or enjoying the pleasures of this world. Instant Christianity now serves the same purposes in religion. It disposes of the past, guarantees the future and sets the Christian free to follow the more refined lusts of the flesh in all good conscience and with a minimum of restraint.

By "instant Christianity" I mean the kind found almost everywhere in gospel circles and which is born of the notion that we may discharge our total obligation to our own souls by one act of faith, or at most by two, and be relieved thereafter of all anxiety about our spiritual condition. We are saints by calling, our teachers keep telling us, and we are permitted to infer from this that there is no reason to seek to be saints by character. An automatic, once-for-all quality is present that is completely out of more with the faith of the New Testament.

In this error, as in most others, there lies a certain amount of truth imperfectly understood. It is true that conversion to Christ may be and often is sudden. Where the burden of sin has been heavy, the sense of forgiveness is usually clear and joyful. The delight experienced in forgiveness is equal to the degree of moral repugnance felt in repentance. The true Christian has met God. He knows he has eternal life and he is likely to know where and when he received it.

But the trouble is that we tend to put our trust in our experiences and as a consequence misread the entire New Testament. We are constantly exhorted to make the decision, to settle the matter now, to get the whole thing taken care of at once and those who exhort us are right in doing so. There are decisions that can be and should be made once for all. There are personal matters that can be settled instantaneously by a determined act of the will in response to Bible-grounded faith.

Instant Christianity tends to make the faith act the terminal (end) and so smother the desire for spiritual advance. It fails to understand the true nature of the Christian life, which is not static but dynamic and expanding.

By trying to pack all of salvation into one experience, or two, the advocates of instant Christianity flaunt the law of development which runs through all nature. They ignore the sanctifying effects of suffering, cross carrying, and practical obedience. They pass by the need for spiritual training, the necessity of forming right religious habits and the need to wrestle against the world, the devil and the flesh.

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Bible Verse:       "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life..."       Proverbs 15:4

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"A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit."   Proverbs 15:4

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,... A tongue that delivers out salutary instructions, wholesome advice and counsel; a "healing tongue", as it may be rendered, which pacifies contending parties, and heals the divisions between them; to have the benefit of such a man's company and conversation is like being in paradise. Such is the tongue of a Gospel minister, which delivers out the wholesome words of our Lord Jesus Christ; sound speech and doctrines, which cannot be condemned; healing truths to wounded consciences, such as peace, pardon, righteousness, and atonement by the blood of Christ. These are the means of quickening dead sinners, reviving and comforting distressed ones, and show the way of eternal life unto them;

but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit; impure, unchaste, unsavoury, and corrupt language, does mischief to the spirits of men; evil communications corrupt the heart and manners, defile the soul and the conversation; these and unsound doctrines eat as a canker; and as they make the heart of God's people sad, whom he would not have made sad; so they bring distress and despair into the spirits of others, and make sad wounds and breaches there, which are never healed, and that both in the spirits of speakers and hearers; for damnable heresies bring swift destruction on the propagators of them, and them that receive them.

— John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Chapter 11   There Is No Wisdom in Sin
THE WORLD HAS DIVIDED MEN into two classes, the stupid good people and the clever wicked ones.

This false classification runs through much of the literature of the last centuries from the classics to the comic strip, from Shakespeare's Polomus, who furnished his son with a set of good but dull moral platitudes, to Capp's Li'l Abner, who would never knowingly do a wrong act but who would rather fall on his head than on his feet because there is more feeling in his feet than in his head.

In the Holy Scriptures things are quite the opposite. There righteousness is always associated with wisdom and evil with folly. Whatever other factors may be present in an act of wrongdoing, folly is one that is never absent. To do a wrong act a man must for the moment think wrong; he must exercise bad judgment.

If this is true then the devil is creation's prime fool, for when he gambled on his ability to unseat the Almighty he was guilty of an act of judgment so bad as to be imbecilic, He is said to have had a great amount of wisdom, but his wisdom must have deserted him at the time of his first sin, for surely he grossly underestimated the power of God and as grossly overestimated his own. The devil is not now pictured in the Scriptures as wise, only as shrewd. We are warned not against his wisdom but against his wiles, something very different.

Sin, I repeat, in addition to anything else it may be, is always an act of wrong judgment. To commit a sin a man must for the moment believe that things are different from what they really are; he must confound values; he must see the moral universe out of focus; he must accept a lie as truth and see truth as a lie; he must ignore the signs on the highway and drive with his eyes shut; he must act as if he had no soul and was not accountable for his moral choices.

Sin is never a thing to be proud of. No act is wise that ignores remote consequences, and sin always does. Sin sees only today, or at most tomorrow; never the day after tomorrow, next month or next year. Death and judgment are pushed aside as if they did not exist and the sinner becomes for the time a practical atheist who by his act denies not only the existence of God but the concept of life after death.


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Learning the Revelation     Chapter 3

God's Answer to a State of Declension

WE have observed that, when the Divine thought as represented by the temple and Jerusalem was forsaken and lost and the glory had departed, Ezekiel was given and caused to write the vision of a new heavenly house, a house in every detail measured and defined from above. In the same way, when the Church of New Testament times had lost its purity and truth and power, and its heavenly character and order, and the primal glory of those early New Testament days was departing, then John was caused by the Spirit to bring into view the new, wonderful, heavenly, spiritual presentation, the person of the Lord Jesus; that new heavenly presentation of Christ which we have in John's Gospel, his letters, and the Revelation: and we must remember that the Gospel written by John is, in point of time, practically the last writing of the New Testament.

Perhaps the real significance of this has not fallen upon us with due power and impressiveness. We take up the Gospels as we have them in the New Testament arrangement of books, and immediately we are put by them back into the days of our Lord's life on the earth, and from the standpoint of time that is where we are when reading the Gospels. For us, all the rest of the New Testament has yet to be when we are in the Gospels, both as to the writings and the history which followed, all is in prospect. That of course is almost inevitable, perhaps almost unavoidable; but we must try to extricate ourselves from that position.

Why was the Gospel of John written? Was it written just as a record of the life of the Lord Jesus here on earth to go alongside of two or three other records, that there might be a history of the earthly life of the Lord Jesus preserved? Is that it? That is practically the sole result for a great many. The Gospels are read with a view to studying the life of Jesus while He was on the earth. That may be very good, but I do want to emphasize very strongly that this is not the Holy Spirit's primary intention in inspiring the writing of those Gospels.

And this is particularly seen in the case of John's Gospel, written so long after everything else, right at the end of everything; for when John wrote his final writings, the other apostles were in glory. John's Gospel was written when the New Testament Church, as we have said, had lost its original form and power and spiritual life, its heavenly character and Divine order; written in the midst of such conditions as are outlined in the messages to the churches in Asia at the beginning of the Apocalypse, and that can be so clearly inferred from his letters.


The Imitation of Christ:       "Internal Consolation"       by Thomas À Kempis

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The Imitation of Christ
by Thomas À Kempis

The Imitation of Christ     by Thomas À Kempis
Internal Consolation     Book III

Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart
The Disciple
How often, Lord, shall I resign myself? And in what shall I forsake myself?

The Voice of Christ
Always, at every hour, in small matters as well as great, I except nothing. In all things I wish you to be stripped of self. How otherwise can you be mine or I yours unless you be despoiled of your own will both inwardly and outwardly? The sooner you do this the better it will be for you, and the more fully and sincerely you do it the more you will please Me and the greater gain you will merit.

Some there are who resign themselves, but with certain reservation; they do not trust fully in God and therefore they try to provide for themselves. Others, again, at first offer all, but afterward are assailed by temptation and return to what they have renounced, thereby making no progress in virtue. These will not reach the true liberty of a pure heart nor the grace of happy friendship with Me unless they first make a full resignation and a daily sacrifice of themselves. Without this no fruitful union lasts nor will last.

I have said to you very often, and now I say again: forsake yourself, renounce yourself and you shall enjoy great inward peace. Give all for all. Ask nothing, demand nothing in return. Trust purely and without hesitation in Me, and you shall possess Me. You will be free of heart and darkness will not overwhelm you.

Strive for this, pray for this, desire this, to be stripped of all selfishness and naked to follow the naked Jesus, to die to self and live forever for Me. Then all vain imaginations, all wicked disturbances and superfluous cares will vanish. Then also immoderate fear will leave you and inordinate love will die.

Biography:       "Andrew Murray"       The Apostle Of Abiding Love

Andrew Murray

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Andrew Murray  
"The Apostle Of Abiding Love"

As a preacher, he consistently drew large crowds and led many to trust Christ as their Savior. But Murray's life was not without testing. As a young man, an enduring sickness left him weak and exhausted. Later at the prime of his ministry, a severe illness resulted in his absence from the pulpit for two years. But God used each trial to remove all that hindered his devotion to Christ.

"I had never learnt with all my theology that obedience was possible," writes Murray. "My justification was as clear as noonday. I knew the hour in which I received from God the joy of pardon. I remember in my little room at Bloemfontein how I used to sit and think, What is the matter? Here I am, knowing that God has justified me in the blood of Christ, but I have no power for service. My thoughts, my words, my actions, my unfaithfulness, everything troubled me."

When revival came to Cape Town, Andrew Murray was hesitant. He didn't want to be swept away in the heart of emotion. But Murray quickly realized that God was working in South Africa the same way He was in America. The result was an even deeper knowledge of the things of God. He writes in The Secret Of Adoration, "Take time. Give God time to reveal Himself to you. Give yourself time to be silent and quiet before Him, waiting to receive, through the Spirit, the assurance of His presence with you, His power working in you.

Friends share how the Murray home was always filled with activity. He and his wife, Emma, had nine children, and there was an endless stream of visitors and friends. In 1873, Andrew helped to establish the Huguenot Seminary, a school where young women could be trained for educational work. Girls from all over the country began arriving. When classes opened, the building was too small for all who had enrolled and a wing had to be added.

Abiding in Christ was the cornerstone to Andrew Murray's life and ministry. He writes: "Abide in Jesus: your life in Him will lead you to that fellowship with God in which the only true knowledge of God is to be had. His love, His power, His infinite glory will, as you abide in Jesus, be so revealed as it hath not entered into the heart of man to conceive."

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Scripture Studies:       "Matthew 10:32-39"

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Scripture Studies     Matthew 10:32-39     MH Comm.
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32.   Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. JG Expo.

33.   But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. JG Expo.

34.   Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. JG Expo.

35.   For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. JG Expo.

36.   And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. JG Expo.

37.   He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. JG Expo.

38.   And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. JG Expo.

39.   He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. JG Expo.

Key:     JG Expo. = John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
MH Comm. = Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible

Think On These Things:       "Five Reasons for the Decline and Fall of Rome"       By Edward Gibbon

Historian Edward Gibbons' five reasons for the decline and fall of Rome

  1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
  2. Higher and higher taxes; the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace.
  3. The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting, more brutal, more immoral.
  4. The building of great armaments when the great enemy was within; the decay of individual responsibility.
  5. The decay of religion, fading into a mere form, losing touch with life, losing power to guide the people.

— From "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"

        "Any of this sound familiar?"

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."       — Philippians 4:8

A Word in Season:       "Suffer Now a Little"       by Thomas À Kempis

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Suffer Now a Little
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"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." Proverbs 24:10

"...and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together." Romans 8:17

In all things look to the end, and how thou wilt stand before that strict Judge to whom nothing is hid, who is not appeased with gifts, nor admitteth excuses, but will judge according to right.

Be now anxious and sorrowful because of thy sins, that at the day of judgment thou mayest be secure with the blessed... Then shall the poor and humble have great confidence, but the proud man shall be compassed with fear on every side. Then will it be seen that he was wise in this world who had learned, for Christ, to be a fool and despised. Then wilt thou be more glad thou hast prayed devoutly than that thou hast fared daintily. Then will thou be more comforted thou hast kept silence than that thou hast talked much.

Accustom thyself now to suffer a little that thou mayest then be delivered from more grievous pains. Prove first here what thou canst endure hereafter.If now thou canst bear so little, how wilt thou then be able to endure eternal torments? If now a little suffering make thee so impatient, what will hellfire do hereafter? Behold, surely thou canst not have two paradises; one to enjoy delights in this world, and after that, to reign with Christ. Suppose thou hast to this day lived always in honours and delights. What would all this avail thee if it befell thee to die at this instant?

"The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned,
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary..."
  Isaiah 50:4

Old Time Hymns:       "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms"       by Hoffman & Showalter

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Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
Words by E. A. Hoffman, 1887
Music by A. J. Showalter

1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
leaning on the everlasting arms;
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning,
safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning,
leaning on the everlasting arms.

2. O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
leaning on the everlasting arms.

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
leaning on the everlasting arms.

"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee..."
Deuteronomy 33:28

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Great Quotes:       "Quotes by Charles H. Spurgeon"

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Quotes by Charles H. Spurgeon

"If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem to be against us, we do not believe Him at all."   Charles Spurgeon

"When you have no helpers, see your helpers in God. When you have many helpers, see God in all your helpers. When you have nothing but God, see all in God. When you have everything, see God in everything. Under all conditions, stay thy heart only on the Lord."   Charles Spurgeon

"The bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. I can hear their trampings now as they traverse the great arches of the bridge of salvation. They come by the thousands, by their myriads, err since that day when Christ first entered His glory. They come and yet never a stone has sprung in that mighty bridge. Some have been the chief of sinners and some have come at the very last of their days but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight. I will go with them…trusting to the same support. It will bear me over as it has for them."   Charles Spurgeon

"Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificied on the altar of conformity and popularity."   Charles Spurgeon

"Oh! men and brethren, what would this heart feel if I could but believe that there were some among you who would go home and pray for a revival - men whose faith is large enough, and their love fiery enough to lead them from this moment to exercise unceasing intercessions that God would appear among us and do wondrous things here, as in the times of former generations."   Charles Spurgeon

"If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one GO there UNWARNED and UNPRAYED for."   Charles Spurgeon

"Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is."   Charles Spurgeon

"Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused."   Charles Spurgeon

"Shall I give you yet another reason why you should pray? I have preached my very heart out. I could not say any more than I have said. Will not your prayers accomplish that which my preaching fails to do? Is it not likely that the Church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? Oh dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer."   Charles Spurgeon

"A church in the land without the Spirit is rather a curse than a blessing. If you have not the Spirit of God, Christian worker, remember that you stand in somebody else's way; you are a fruitless tree standing where a fruitful tree might grow."   Charles Spurgeon

"We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives."   Charles Spurgeon

"Answering a student's question, 'Will the heathen who have not heard the Gospel be saved?' thus, 'It is more a question with me whether we, who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not, can be saved."   Charles Spurgeon

"If God has fit you to be a missionary, I would not have you shrivel down to be a king."   Charles Spurgeon

The Martyrs:       "William Tyndale"

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William Tyndale

Master Tyndale, remaining in prison, was proffered an advocate and a procurator; the which he refused, saying that he would make answer for himself. He had so preached to them who had him in charge, and such as was there conversant with him in the Castle that they reported of him, that if he were not a good Christian man, they knew not whom they might take to be one.

At last, after much reasoning, when no reason would serve, although he deserved no death, he was condemned by virtue of the emperor's decree, made in the assembly at Augsburg. Brought forth to the place of execution, he was tied to the stake, strangled by the hangman, and afterwards consumed with fire, at the town of Vilvorde, A.D. 1536; crying at the stake with a fervent zeal, and a loud voice, "Lord! open the king of England's eyes."

Such was the power of his doctrine, and the sincerity of his life, that during the time of his imprisonment (which endured a year and a half), he converted, it is said, his keeper, the keeper's daughter, and others of his household.

As touching his translation of the New Testament, because his enemies did so much carp at it, pretending it to be full of heresies, he wrote to John Frith, as followeth, "I call God to record against the day we shall appear before our Lord Jesus, that I never altered one syllable of God's Word against my conscience, nor would do this day, if all that is in earth, whether it be honor, pleasure, or riches, might be given me."

"And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; Of whom the world was not worthy..."
Hebrews 11:36-38

The Word of Life:       "Psalm 37:1-9"       Authorized King James Version

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Psalm 37:1-9   Authorized King James Version

  1. "Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
  2. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
  3. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
  4. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
  5. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
  6. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
  7. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
  8. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
  9. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth."

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

II Timothy 3:16

"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."
Psalms 119:130

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