Love

Love

1. Man's love for a woman. 2. A woman's love for her child. 3. God's love for sinners. 1 John 4:16 God is love. John 3:16 God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believeth on Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life. Galatians 2:20 I now live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. 1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us. There is a vast difference between God and the Sinner.&nbs...

What Is Love?

Today the word ‘love’ has been sadly abused by this post-modern culture. Many think of love as ‘sexual’ love alone. A rap star sings, ‘Let’s do like the animals do!’ So love has been denigrated to the sexual drive of the animal world. Here there are no moral boundaries, only the drive of instinct to propagate the species. We do not accuse dogs of immoral behaviour if they behave sexually with indiscrimination. But we are more than dogs; we are made in the image of God. L...

Christian Love

It speaks in Galatians about love, the fruit of the Spirit being love, joy, peace, gentleness, long suffering, meekness and temperance. The way this writer has put it -- and I think it is very beautiful -- is that joy is love exultant, peace is love in repose, and long suffering is love enduring. It is all love, you see, a gentleness is love in society, and goodness is love in action, and faith is love on the battle-field, and ...

That Which Is Perfect

Chapter 13 This chapter is part of the four chapters (11–14) devoted to assembly order.   Chapter eleven dealt with the truth of Headship and the remembrance of the Lord in the Lord’s Supper. Chapter 12 teaches about spiritual gifts, or manifestations. The saints were previously “Gentiles carried away unto dumb idols” (v.2), and were led by spirits which were far from Holy. This may have been the cause of their infatuation with the miraculous gifts, o...

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, '...

From Gaza to Glory (Acts 8)

 “From Gaza to Glory”

 

Acts 8:26-40

 

Here is an exciting account of the salvation of a man who while traveling on the road to Gaza became a traveler on the road to Glory.

1.  The Worth of A Soul (v.26)

God sent His servant Philip into the desert for the sake of one individual whose heart had been prepared by the Lord.

 

2. The Witness of A Servant  (vv. 27-30)

Philip unlike Jonah “arose and went” in prompt obedience to the Lord. Leaving the success of a fruitful ministry in the north, Philip ventured into the isolated wilderness and quickly drew near the eunuch, unconcerned about this man’s great authority and aware of the brief window of opportunity to reach this man with the Gospel. Unashamedly, he engaged the eunuch in spiritual conversation asking him a question that exposed his ignorance and opened the door of opportunity to witness. Not silent, Philip preached Jesus to him as he done to the crowds in Samaria. (v. 5) Philip — good in personal and mass evangelism alike.

 

Finishing the Course (Act 20:24)

Understanding and Appreciating the Trials and
Triumphs of the Shepherds of the Flock

 

Mark Kolchin

 

During his third missionary journey the Apostle Paul stopped to bid a brief, but poignant farewell to the Ephesian elders. (Acts 20:17-38) The tearful parting on the shores of the Mediterranean was the dramatic culmination of a stirring address that he gave regarding their labors for the Master. His plan had been to sail past Ephesus in order to be in Jerusalem for Pentecost and the opportunities that it provided for the Gospel. But being so close to the city where he had spent nearly three years establishing and strengthening the assembly, it was hard for him not to make a contact. While at Miletus he called for the elders of the church and gave them his own testimony of the toils and tears expended for the sake of the Gospel. Testifying how he had not shunned to declare unto them the whole counsel of God, he charged them to take heed to themselves and to the solemn responsibilities entrusted to them by the Lord. The address that he gave and the example that he exhibited not only provides elders today with a valuable blueprint for shepherding the flock, but it also gives the saints a unique perspective into the arduous, yet often unappreciated work of the oversight.

 

Am I Teachable?

The words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy are telling: "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1 Tim 4:12). Apparently, Paul had reason to believe that there might be some who because of their advanced years would be reluctant to be taught by someone younger in the faith. Anticipating this, he admonishes his son in the faith to be an example to believers in more than just words, but in qualities befitting a servant of the Lord. The snare of thinking that we are beyond the point of teachability—for whatever reason—is a trap that can easily snag any of us. Perhaps it is because we have been a Christian for many years that we bristle at the thought of being corrected by someone other than ourselves. Or maybe because of those we associate with that we feel we are beyond instruction in a certain issue. Or maybe it is just a matter of simply refusing to admit that we are wrong—a lack of biblical understanding (and an abundance of spiritual pride!). For whatever reason, the excuses for not having an openness of heart and an attitude that is "easy to be entreated" (James 3:17) are difficult to justify in the light of Scripture—even though we may not be conscious of harboring these attitudes. The Bible is replete with examples of those who thought they were beyond teachability. The Pharisees scolded the man born blind who, after receiving his sight extolled the One who had opened his eyes. His clarion testimony only served to infuriate the proud Pharisees. Incensed, they chided "Thou wast altogether born in sins, dost thou teach us?" (v. 34).

Adorning The Doctrine of God - Titus 2:10

How the Outward Reveals the Inward "In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works…not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they [you] may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”                         Titus 2:7,10     Although the Scriptures do not give explicit ins...
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