“I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink.” MATTHEW 25:35
What is the sign of the saved? Their scholarship? Their willingness to go to foreign lands? Their ability to amass an audience and preach? Their skillful pens and hope-filled volumes? Their great miracles? No.
The sign of the saved is their love for the least.
Those put on the right hand of God will be those who gave food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, warmth to the lonely, clothing to the naked, comfort to the sick, and friendship to the imprisoned.
Did you note how simple the works are? Jesus doesn’t say, “I was sick and you healed me … I was in prison and you liberated me … I was lonely and you built a retirement home for me …” He doesn’t say, “I was thirsty and you gave me spiritual counsel.”
No fanfare. No hoopla. No media coverage. Just good people doing good things.
from AND THE ANGELS WERE SILENT
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. PSALM 103:12
Confession does for the soul what preparing the land does for the field. Before the farmer sows the seed he works the acreage, removing the rocks and pulling the stumps. He knows that seed grows better if the land is prepared. Confession is the act of inviting God to walk the acreage of our hearts. “There is a rock of greed over here Father, I can’t budge it. And that tree of guilt near the fence? Its roots are long and deep. And may I show you some dry soil, too crusty for seed?” God’s seed grows better if the soil of the heart is cleared.
And so the Father and the Son walk the field together; digging and pulling, preparing the heart for fruit. Confession invites the Father to work the soil of the soul.
In the Grip of Grace
“And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.” (Acts 7:8)
The word “patriarch” comes directly from the Greek and means “first father.” Thus the patriarchs begotten by Jacob were the first fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The Genesis patriarchs are types of all fathers. Adam was the patriarch of the human family. Through his sin, death came into the world, and death was first mentioned when God warned Adam he would die (Genesis 2:17).
But if Adam is the dying father, Noah can be called the righteous father. The word “just” (or righteous) is first used where it says “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (first mention of grace), and then “Noah was a just man” (Genesis 6:8-9).
Abraham is the believing father, for “he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). This is the first mention of “believe.” Abraham is thus a type of all who are justified by faith. The first mention of sowing (symbolic of witnessing) is with Isaac, the sowing father. “Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him” (Genesis 26:12; compare Matthew 13:23).
Jacob was named Israel because “as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” (Genesis 32:28). A single Hebrew word, only used here, is translated “power as a prince.” Jacob, able to prevail in prayer with the angel of the Lord, is the powerful father.
These are the honored patriarchs “of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came” (Romans 9:5). May all who are fathers today, like they, be believing, righteous, sowing fathers, powerful with God and men.
by Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Almost 600 years ago, a humble peasant stood alone against pope, emperor and king. He could either defy the truth he believed with all his heart, or he could die at the stake.
Today Jan Hus is little known outside of his native Czech Republic, but in his day he challenged corrupt church officials and inspired thousands to live for truth. In an age when Europe was divided between three popes, when pestilence claimed one in three lives and church offices were available to the highest bidder, Hus defied the earthly authorities to seek truth directly from the Word of God.
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Two thousand years ago, a man called Jesus Christ was born. Much has been written about the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Surprisingly, these accounts cover only a few years of His life.
Since the moment of His birth, His life has been cloaked in controversy. Did He really exist? Is He the Son of God? Was He born to a virgin? When and where did this miraculous birth occur? What about the Star of Bethlehem? Did supernatural events in the heavens attest to the fact the He was more than just a man? Where did He grow up? What was He like as a young man? Did an infant Jesus really spend His earliest years performing minor miracles in Egypt, or is that just a myth?
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