As we return to Matthew’s gospel, we take a few moments to remind ourselves of what’s going on at the end of Matt 9. Jesus is walking out the steps of effective ministry for the disciples: teaching, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing all their sickness and disease. That model of ministry is important because, when we get to Matt 10, he commissions 12 of the disciples to join in that ministry with him.… Read More
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Faithful In Christ,
I was encouraged to read, “Faith is merely the journey of life lived in the context of belief that God is surprised by nothing, is with us in the midst of every circumstance, and has a purpose for everything we face.… Read More
We’ve spent a lot of time taking our look at the 7 churches of Asia; at the relationship between the bride and the Bridegroom, Jesus. Today’s look at the 7 churches is our last, in this study. We conclude with a summary of what’s going on in those churches, as well as what sort of approach the enemy takes when trying to thwart the effectiveness of the church, blunting its thrust through the smoke and mirrors of our culture and driving us underground with fear and intimidation.… Read More
We’ve been taking a look, over the past few weeks, at what Jesus had to say to the 7 churches of Asia, in Revelation 2 and 3. Tonight’s show takes a look at the church in Laodicea and what all was going on there. This was a church under the influence of a powerful delusion; the delusion that just because everything was going well and they were more than prosperous and, oddly enough, really had no pressing need of anything from God, or so they thought, that they were experiencing God’s extravagant and abundant blessing.… Read More
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
In the midst of it all, through the struggles, worries of this life, compromise, burdens, temptations, loneliness, etc., it is comforting to know and even be reminded that our God deeply loves us.… Read More
How would you like to walk through all eternity being known as the church that made Jesus sick at his stomach? Yeah. Me, neither. How in the world does a church get to that point? It’s easy, I suppose. You learn to accommodate all the influences around you that seek your acceptance. The church in Laodicea had learned to accommodate the wealth and power and influence of their world around them, never realizing the insidious encroachment of being lukewarm that was creeping in upon them.… Read More
Well, okay. We did our best to wrap things up with the church at Philadelphia and then move on to Laodicea, but we just never got there. Too much to look at in Philadelphia, particularly regarding what sorts of things are going on in the church today. There are two things about Jesus’ message to Philadelphia of which we must make note.… Read More