Enduring Strength

Dear Ones:

Faith requires strength and courage.  In the first chapters of the book of Revelation, Christ addresses the individual churches in Asia Minor.  “To him that overcometh” is a phrase He uses repeatedly.  There are many enemies to faith.  Not only do we live in an atmosphere of unbelief but we are faced with powers of darkness which actively seek to keep us from an attitude of faith. Christ wants to communicate to us His strength that we might overcome our enemies.  He wants us to believe Him for this.  The strength He provides is His very own.  It is sufficient, it is limitless and He imparts it to us in response to our faith. Continue reading

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Irreproachable

Dear Ones:

A most beautiful word that is rarely used in our vocabulary is the word “unblameable.” (Colossians 1:22) The reason it is rarely used is simple; there are very few who even come close to having lives of which this is true.  In the kingdom of God and in heaven this word is very significant as it describes the host of those who belong to Christ.  Robert Murray M’Cheyne put it this way in “When This Passing World Is Done“: Continue reading

Our Father

Dear Ones:

Frederick Faber wrote in his hymn “My God, How Wonderful Thou Art” about God as the Father:

“No earthly father loves like Thee,
No mother e’er so mild
Bears and forbears as Thou hast done
With me, Thy sinful child.”

One of the most wonderful of all the descriptions of God is as our Father.  Christ Himself taught us this in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your FATHER which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Continue reading

A Stone For Bread?

Dear Ones:

Our concepts of good and bad, and thus, of the nature of God and the nature of man, are very limited, very small.  If God’s thoughts and ways are as high as the heavens are above the earth, there must be a good deal that we do not know about the nature, and person of God.  Thank God for the coming of Jesus Christ, and the teaching which He gives us.  How could we begin to see clearly without Him? Continue reading