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Monthly Archives: March 2022

The English word gossip is not in the KJV of the Bible, but the concept is. It is found under the words talebearing, slander, tattle, whisper and busybody among other words. So, with that being said, we will define the English word first then go to the scriptures. McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia says, gossip comes from God and sib, a Saxon word signifying kindred, a name given in England to sponsors as bearing a spiritual relationship to the children for whom they stand. A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English… Read More

“And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.” (Hosea 11:7) There is a vast difference in merely reading a passage of scripture and in knowing the truth contained therein, even though the scripture be directly the language of God. Mere reading it is not the knowledge of the truth that it contains. We, of course, are ready… Read More

“The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.” (Ecclesiastes 1:5)

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13) Pride runs in the blood. It has been called, “the mother of all sin!” Some people would be better—if they could pluck the worm of pride out of their head! Pride ruins our virtues—and poisons our mercies. Some are proud of their estates. Riches are fuel for pride. Ezekiel 28:5, “thine heart is… Read More

The way to heaven is narrow, and beset with many difficulties, and we, at times, are almost sorry that we ever ventured out, especially when we keep continually meeting with the lions in the way! But nothing so much checks and stops us as vile self!It cleaves to everything on the way, and wants so often to turn us out of the way. Also, the ear is not deaf to the alluring and enticing invitation of Demas to… Read More

Grace is unconditional and free. That is to say, God looks for nothing in the sinner, requires nothing of the sinner, and receives nothing from the sinner, which causes Him to be gracious. Nothing in us moved God toward us; and nothing in us can move God away from us. Grace is unconditional and free. All the sin that is in us by nature could not prevent God from being gracious to… Read More

“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20) Sin has abounded—fearfully abounded in thought, word, and deed—but grace does much more abound! Take your sins, then, with all their horrid and dreadful aggravations—sins against light, conscience, love, mercy, and blood. Examine them well—search thoroughly, as far as you can—their height, depth, length, and breadth—until your knees tremble, and your heart sinks with fear and dread. Must you perish? Must you… Read More

“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2) Learn to be patient, meekly bearing with the infirmities of Christian brethren. There is a time in our Christian life when we desire to set everybody right and make everything square. But we begin to find after a while that we cannot set our own selves right, nor make our own spirit and conduct square with the word of truth. This… Read More

“Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” (Song of Solomon 8:5) He is one made alive unto God by regenerating grace—one who knows something of the entrance of the word into his conscience, laying bare the secrets of his heart, and discovering the guilt, the filth, the evil, and the miserable consequences of sin. He is one who knows something of the deceitfulness, hypocrisy, and wickedness of his own… Read More

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2nd Timothy 1:7) What a mercy it is naturally to have a sound mind! It is one of the greatest temporal blessings that God can bestow upon a man. It is far better than intellect, imagination, poetical gift, or reasoning power. And how wretched it is to have an unsound mind! a mind in… Read More

“Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law.” (Psalm 94:12) Nothing comes to a child of God as a matter of accident or chance. It all proceeds from God—and all is dealt out in measure and for certain purposes. If the LORD touches our bodies—it is for our spiritual good. If He brings affliction through our children—it is for our spiritual good. If He afflicts us in… Read More

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Transformation—Conformation! Either-Or. Not Both-And. God against Mammon. Or Mammon against God! Rowing up against the current. Or drifting down the stream. In the world, against the world. Or in the world, of the world, for the world, with the… Read More

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:11) There are three pairs of terms in this verse which complement one another in the text: “unto righteousness…unto salvation” “believeth…confession is made” “with the heart…with the mouth” And the emphasis falls upon the last pair mentioned: “with the heart…with the mouth.” As is plain from the word “for,” the apostle in some sense… Read More