Brian Shilavy writes the following:
“The heart of idolatry is looking to sources outside of God for our basic needs and desires in life. The idol is an attempt to explain life apart from God, our Creator.
“Modern-day culture has changed dramatically since the theory of Darwinian evolution came on the scene and dominated academics in western culture, so that today the physical world is exalted above all other realities. The spiritual world is either denied or ignored.
“Our churches “teach that one Holy Church is to continue forever.” They are confident that Christ has established His kingdom upon earth, which is an everlasting kingdom, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail.
“It did in some periods of the Church’s history look as if it had ceased to exist, and some Christians became discouraged when appearances indicated that the fury of hell, though many of its emissaries wore the livery of heaven, would triumph over the Gospel.
“One thing more our text mentions as needful, that we be “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness.“
“They are wonderful words. We have such great riches in Christ and are waiting for the full enjoyment of our everlasting inheritance in heaven. And now we are to have sufferings and afflictions, and are to learn the lesson of patience, and even to pass through our tribulations with joyfulness.
Chapter 25 For more than twenty years Johnny Appleseed had been making his name one to laugh at and love in the log cabins between the Ohio River and the northern lakes. In 1806, he loaded two canoes with apple seeds at cider mills in western Pennsylvania and floated down the Ohio River to the Muskingum, along which he curved to White Woman Creek, the Mohican, the Black Fork, making a long stay on the borders of Licking Creek and in Licking County, where many farmers were already thanking him for their orchards.
In this highly encouraging message, this humble Christian teacher presents 1 John in a way you’ve never heard before. There’s much more in this, but I’ll leave those gems for you to discover for yourself.
Prof. Tom Meyer spent 3 years in Israel as he completed his graduate studies. While there he learned many of the ancient techniques used to memorize whole books of Scripture.
May God bless you and grant you peace today and always.
“One item more must be mentioned, which seems the hardest step of all.”
“For hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow in His steps.”
“We shrink from suffering of every kind and under all circumstances. It is something that we naturally shun and from which we would fain be delivered. And when we think of Christ as our deliverer, we readily accept the thought that suffering is the evil from which He came to deliver us.
Johnny Cash was a beloved friend to many of us. I hope that he was a true Christian. This short 5 minute interview reveals much about his personality, his view of calling, his faith, his refusal to take pain medication despite his numerous jaw surgeries and chronic pain.
“I’ve got a home in gloryland that outshines the sun. — Johnny Cash, 1996
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas said unto Him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.
“To whom shall we pray? Shall we simply speak to the Supreme Architect of the universe? Shall we simply call upon God to help us?
Let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith. Rom. 12:6.
Prophecy is of two kinds: one is the foretelling of future events, a gift or power possessed by all the prophets under the Old Testament dispensation, and by the apostles; the other is the explanation of the Scriptures. Now, the gospel being the last prophetic message to be delivered previous to the time of judgment, and to predict the events of that period, I presume Paul had reference here simply to that form of prophecy which is the explanation of the Scriptures.
“The Christian religion has been called a way of life. It is indeed a way of life, but it is at the same time a way of faith and a way of thought. If it should cease to be a way of thought, it would soon cease to be a way of life. The things we believe make up our creed, and our creed determines our character and our conduct. For this reason the first thing we wish to know about a man is his creed… (H.