Gain – Loss
Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” This concept of Profit and Loss is what Accountants, Banks, Investment Brokers, Businessmen are all interested in. Farmers sow a little seed and plan for a bountiful crop to obtain much gain, and they certainly do not want a crop loss. We go to work and put in many hours of effort, and at the end of the week we eagerly anticipate… Continue reading
Lord; Teach us to Pray?
What is commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer” is well known, often recited, but how often do we really actually look at the words and work out what it is actually saying, and do you really mean what the words are saying, how simple it is to fall into a rut and run through it like an advertising jingle, or a simple song. Now the two commonest renditions are Matt 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4, and most people recite the Matthew version, but it is good to read Luke and to understand the angle he is… Continue reading
Rock, Paper, Scissors
In our study today we are going to look at a few interesting things, and no we are not going to play the game of our title. In my box of breakfast cereal was a wee clipboard that caught my attention and today we play. To find a sustainable replacement product for wood pulp to make paper, some Asian countries have turned to a resource they have much of, and that is Rock. What they have discovered is that if you grind rock as fine as talcum powder, add a resin to bind it,… Continue reading
Seven Cities of Refuge
Back at the beginning, Noah and his family stepped out of the Ark, and God had some advice as to how to protect the world, the concept of Capital Punishment or an Eye for an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth Genesis 9:5-6. So the avenger of death, the one who was to carry out the administration of death was the closest of kin. The closest of kin became the avenger of death, his other role could also be in other circumstances as a “kinsman Redeemer” and in both roles it is… Continue reading
White Washed Robes
Here is an interesting text for us to examine and to contemplate over, Revelation 7:14 “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
If in your laundering you have ever tried to do this, then you will agree that you have failed miserably, for blood stained cloths are never white, and it is a very difficult stain to remove and to do it wrong, well then… Continue reading
Built upon the Rock – Christ Jesus
Let us turn our attention to an interesting Parable that has eternal consequences and is so current it should have been written afresh today. Luke 6:47-49 “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. … Continue reading
Be a Doer not Hearer only
The text for today is this James 1:22-27 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this… Continue reading
How to come to Jesus
There are so many formal patterns to becoming a Christian, “The Roman Road,” which are the steps taken from the book of Romans, and many other ways are available. Still the bottom line is to look at Jesus Christ and then see the huge difference that there is between you and Jesus. You see that just about everything Jesus is, well you are the complete opposite. It is as plain as the nose on your face, as the saying goes.
The solution is to come to Jesus, just tell him that you… Continue reading
What is a Christian?
In Earth History, this term is not even two thousand years old, and it appears only twice in scripture. In Acts 26:28 King Agrippa tells Paul that “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” The other verse is 1 Peter 4:16 “Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” Paul in Acts 1:26 gives us this interesting fact, “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year… Continue reading
Be in Health
Here is an interesting verse to open this subject with, and it is found in 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” When one looks at this subject/concept even more verses come to the fore, like 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your… Continue reading