Open House

You see them every where. Signs informing people there will be an "Open House" today. The purpose of the open house is to invite potential buyers into the home to see it first hand. The Scriptures put great weight upon an "open house." Included in the qualifications of those desiring to provide oversight to the local assembly we read "given to hospitality." They are to be characterized as those who are "lovers of hospitality." Those who have an "open house." There are many accounts in...

But One Thing is Needful

 "BUT ONE THING NEEDFUL."      A Lecture, at Plainfield, N. Y,      on Monday evening, August 4, 1884.       "Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, '...

Refreshing the Saints

For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts
of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother. Philemon 7 (NKJV)


The Bible speaks clearly about the value of refreshing others in the work of the Lord. Whether it is due to a personal difficulty or to a disheartening incident in the work of the Lord, there will always be the need either to refresh others or to be refreshed ourselves in our service for Christ.

There are a lot of reasons why the Lord’s people need encouragement and refreshing. When the disciples were so busy in their work with the Master, he urged them in no uncertain terms: “Come apart into a desert place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31) Because they had been so busy, they “no leisure so much as to eat”. They needed to be refreshed so that they could be revitalized for further ministry – just as the Lord’s people need to do on occasion. When Elijah was struggling with personal issues such as disappointment, unrealized expectations, anger and self-pity, he needed to be refreshed in his spirit. God saw to it that he was refreshed when an angel ministered food and drink to him. It was after this that Elijah had his perspective realigned. (1 Kings 19) He needed to be refreshed in the work even though he had just experienced a great victory at Mount Carmel. He was restored in a dramatic way and his ministry continued on with more manifestations of God’s power. (2 Kings 1) His experience reminds us of the need that many of the Lord’s servants have to be encouraged in the wearying and often unappreciated work they do.

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