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Vineyard left to Others

The Vineyard is left to others.

In this Article we shall explore something that has been developing for quite a long while, so here it is.  We have this interesting Parable found in Matthew 21:33-45 “Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:  And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.… Continue reading

Dead Formalism II

A Dead Formalism II

 

Even this side of the cross of Christ, which itself should be the everlasting destruction of it, the same dead formalism, an empty profession, has exalted itself, and has been the bane of the profession of Christianity everywhere. Very soon, unconverted men crept into the church and exalted themselves in the place of Christ.  Not finding the living presence of Christ in the heart by living faith, they have ever since sought to have the forms of Christianity supply the lack of His presence, which alone can give meaning and life to these forms.… Continue reading

A Dead Formalism Part I

A Dead Formalism-1

 

Unbelieving Israel, not having the righteousness which is of faith, and so not appreciating the great sacrifice that the Heavenly Father has made, sought righteousness by virtue of the offering itself and because of the merit of presenting the offering.

Thus was perverted every form of service and everything which God had appointed to be the means of expression to a living faith and which could not have any real meaning except by the living presence and power of Christ Himself in the life. And even this was not enough. For, not finding the peace and… Continue reading

Put Christ back into Christmas

Put Christ back into Christmas

At this time of year, most people give some semblance of honour and attention to putting Christ back into their lives and they call it Christmas.  Then they dive headlong into me-me, my-my, and what I want and all presents I have to get and it all turns so quickly into a very self centred getting stuff for me, kind of season.  It is really supposed to be about others, Family, Unity; and then Unity with Jesus Christ.  A time to reflect upon his Birth, he was and is Royal and Regal,… Continue reading

Christmas

Christmas

We get to this time of year way too quickly these days, but please let us look at what is really behind this “silly season.”  Christmas comes from an ancient term of Christ Mass, or the mass that is connected to the time of the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  This event was the long awaited promised Messiah that the ancients and prophets looked forwards to from as far back as Adam and Eve, for when Eve held up her first born son, and she declared that she now held in her hands the Messiah; but… Continue reading

Christ our Righteousness

Christ Our Righteousness

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).  God requires that we confess our sins and humble our hearts before Him; but at the same time we should have confidence in Him as a tender Father, who will not forsake those who put their trust in Him. Many of us walk by sight and not by faith. We believe the things that are seen but do not appreciate the precious promises given us in God’s Word; and yet we… Continue reading

Jericho Road

Jericho Road

Let us look at a well travelled age old story, tradition tells us that this was in essence the hot news story in the Newspaper of the day, so it appears to be a very real account of an actual event that had just happened. {Luke 10:29-37}  Basically a Christian got it really very rough, lost all he had with him and almost lost his life.  His Pastor came by, but with sermon preparation, important meetings and so much more to do, he hurried on past, he was a very important and busy Holy man. … Continue reading

Elijah and Mt Carmel

Elijah and Mt Carmel

In this Article we will travel way back in time to when Israel thought that they actually had their worship all together, but they were in fact, way off track.  So far off in fact, that they were actually worshiping a Pagan Deity “Baal.”  Now Baal; which means “Master” or “Lord” or even “Husband” was the “Weather God” or “Rain God,” so he allegedly blessed with good rains and good fertile lands.  Latter ages called him “Hadad” and he is sometimes referred to as “Baal Hadad.”  One can even find his symbol… Continue reading

Emmaus Road

Emmaus Road

In this Article we will look at two disciples who were despondently heading home after the chaos of Passover/Calvary Weekend {Luke 24:13-36}.  It was Sunday morning, they had recently received the news of an empty tomb, but this was even more confusing to their minds.  They had a dead Messiah, who was now actually missing from the now opened grave, his whole mission appeared to be a complete failure, the Disciples now felt totally unsure of what to do next or where to even go next, or what was really happening, what were they to do,… Continue reading

Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids – Righteousness by Faith

Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids.

Righteousness by Faith

We all know this story well, so we will just skip to the punch line at the very end.  All ten in the story were loyal Church members of good and regularly standing, all had a “Title to Heaven,” but sadly only half of them had a “Fitness for Heaven,” and so those who were foolish and were found unfit for the purity of Heaven were locked out or shut outside of the door, outside of Jesus.  Remember John 10:9 Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man… Continue reading