Elliott VanRyn

The Son of God Loved Me

"And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand, and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!" -- Matthew 27:29 They "took the reed and smote Him on the head." What vile treatment for the King of kings and Lord of lords! For the first time, en route to the cross, blood flowed—from His head. "Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe." James G. Deck writes poeti...

Choosing, Chewing, and Feeding on the Word of God

"Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s." -- Psalm 103:1-5. This is a beautiful soliloquy of David’s. Sometimes when men speak to them...

Pleasing God

"For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth."  2 Cor. 10:18 ------------ Will Rogers used to say that he loved to hear people talk about themselves because then he knew he wouldn’t hear anything but good. The Bible declares, "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes." Most of us are quick to condemn others, and quick to commend ourselves. The old Quaker said, "There’s something wrong in this church with everyone except me and t...

When is He Coming?

Three times in the last chapter of the Bible, the Lord announces His return: "Behold, I come quickly" ... Rev. 22:7 and 12 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly" ... Rev. 22:20 In neither of these statements does He say when He is coming. In fact, elsewhere He emphatically rules out the when, for He says to His disciples: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power" (Acts 1:7). Just before He...

Victorious in Christ

"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable Gift." -- 2 Cor. 9:15 "Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ." -- 2 Cor. 2:14 The Christian is always victorious in Christ. "From victory unto victory, His army doth He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, And Christ is Lord indeed." At the very outset of faith, every believer enjoys the victory that Christ has won through His death. "He who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might be made th...

Isaac and Jacob

"By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff." -- Hebrews 11:20-21 These two verses detail the actions of two dying men—a father and son. Before Esau and Jacob were born, while still in their mother’s womb, she was told that "the elder shall serve the younger." Insofar as God is concerned, there are only two men, and thes...

Remembering and Rejoicing over Christ's Birth

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given..." -- Isaiah 9:6. "This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me...also the cup...saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you." -- Luke 22:19-20. -------------------- It is ironic that it is in the last month of the year that the birth of our Lord Jesus is celebrated; yet it is, without question, the biggest holiday of the year. It is the season for givin...

Out of weakness .... Made Strong

"Who, through faith.. wrought righteousness, obtained promises... out of weakness were made strong..." -- Hebrews 11:33-34 Our greatest strength is our weakness, for the Lord Jesus said, "My strength is made perfect in weakness." Paul, three times over, prayed for the removal of his thorn in the flesh. He twice tells us the reason that it was given to him: "lest I should be exalted above measure." Indeed, a pride preventive is a blessing, the value of which is imp...

Affliction and Learning

"Before I was afflicted I went astray..." Psalm 119:67 "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes." Ps. 119:71 "But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel." Phil. 1:12 -------------------- Sometimes we have to go backwards in order to better go forward. Life’s reverses—its setbacks—are often our biggest helps in advancing. We ha...

Trials Come and Go

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God..." -- Isaiah 43:2-3a. God has only one route for every child of God. It is through. Every trial, no matter how severe and long, is only temporary. We’re going through. "Through waves, through clouds and storms, God gently clears the ...
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