Friday, September 30, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 22 verses 22-23

22 Receive, I pray thee, the law of his mouth, and
lay up his words in thine heart.
23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be
built up, and thou shalt put iniquity far from thy

Related Scripture

Proverbs 2:6;
Psalm 1:1-2;
Proverbs 4:14;
Psalm 78:1;
Psalm 119:11-13;
Proverb 3:1;
Jeremiah 24:7;
Isaiah 44:22;
Zechariah 1:3;

Suggested additional reading for today Proverbs 3

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 21 verse 22

22 Shall any teach God knowledge, who judgeth
the highest things?

Related Scripture

Job 9:2-3;
Isaiah 40:13-14;
Isaiah 45:9-10;
Romans 11:34;
1 Corinthians 2:`6;
Jeremiah 8:8-9;
Jeremiah 37:19;
1 Corinthians 1:21, 25;
1 Corinthians 2:5;
1 Corinthians 3:18-19;
Romans 12:16;

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 20 Verses 5-9

5 That the rejoicing of the wicked is short, and
that the joy of the hypocrites is but a moment?
6 Though his excellency mount up to the heaven,
and his head reach unto the clouds,
7 Yet shall he perish forever like his dung, and
they which have seen him, shall say, Where is he?
8 He shall flee away as a dream, and they shall
not find him, and shall pass away as a vision of the
9 So that the eye which had seen him, shall do
so no more, and his place shall see him no more.

Related Scripture

Psalm 37:35-36;
Isaiah 32:5-7;
Isaiah 47:3, 10-11;
Isaiah 14:13-14;
Psalm 73:20;
Psalm 90:5-6;
Proverbs 11:5;
Proverbs 24:16;
Proverbs 29:16;
Jeremiah 30:23;

Suggested additional reading Psalm 37

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 19 Verse 25

25 For I am sure that my Redeemer liveth, and
he shall stand the last on the earth.

Related scripture

Matthew 28:6;
Mark 16:6;
Luke 24:30-32, 39;
John 11:25-26;
John 6:40;
2 Corinthians 13:4;

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 18 Verses 5-7, 21

5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be quenched,
and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
6 The light shall be dark in his dwelling, and his
candle shall be put out with him.
7 The steps of his strength shall be restrained,
and his own counsel shall cast him down
21 Surely such are the habitations of the wicked, and
this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

Related Scripture

Job 21:17;
Proverbs 13:9;
Proverbs 20:20;
Proverbs 24:19-20;
Isaiah 5:30;
Psalm 143:3;
Matthew 8:23;
Matthew 25:30
Luke 11:34-35;
John 12:46;
Acts 26:18;
1 John 1:6;
Job 21:17;
Psalm 18:28;
Job 5:12-13;
Isaiah 5:20-23;
Psalm 5:5;
Psalm 66:18;
Jeremiah 9:3-6;

Suggested additional reading for today Jeremiah 8:4-17

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Sunday Sermon

America, Don't Be Ashamed of Jesus! (Part 1)
by Walter A. Maier

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth."
The Epistle by the Apostle Paul to the Romans Chapter 1 Verse 16


It took magnificent courage for Saint Paul to write the first Christians in the ghettos and slums of Rome, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!" and it required marvelous strength of faith for the apostles and those early disciples, surrounded by the pomp and display of imperial Rome, to stand up for Jesus and confess publicly that they were followers of a lowly Nazarene, who in distant, despised Galilee had died on the cross as a criminal. The declaration "I am a Christian" often meant the death sentence, even as Saint Paul paid for his loyalty with his life.

How much easier it is for us to champion the crucified Savior! Thank God, we live in a country, founded by believers, that still grants full religious liberty Thank God, we can read the records of nineteen centuries during which the Gospel has mightily changed men's hearts, just as it has lifted nations from the depths of vice and degradation, transformed cannibals into humble believers, and, in short, enriched the world with its highest, noblest blessings.

Despite all this the very word "gospel" is misunderstood, misapplied, and misinterpreted. A Minnesota architect maintains that, though most people in our country repeatedly use the word "gospel," they actually do not have a personal understanding of its meaning. Glibly men mention "the gospel of Communism," "the gospel of hatred," "the gospel of internationalism," and a hundred other "gospels." Pointedly Saint Paul warned, "Though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed!" (Galatians 1:8) Yet false gospels (Mark 13:22) have crept into churches: political gospels, social gospels, ethical gospels all as far from our Lord's saving Gospel as blackest night is from brightest noon. Why do we not stop such misuse? Why do we not restrict this precious word "gospel" to its original, true, and sacred sense? In the same way, we believe, many hear the names "Jesus" and "Christ," the words "redemption," "atonement," "salvation," and fail to grasp their full, deep, true wealth of comfort. ( Isaiah 6:9; Acts 28:26-27;)

So that on the great day of our Lord's reappearing you cannot say, "You preached, but you never showed me the way to life," let me tell you just what His Gospel is! It took six weeks for the bad news of the Solomon Islands naval encounters to reach our people, but in less than six seconds this glorious message can be heard around the world. It is the "good news" (that is the original meaning of "Gospel"), the best news anyone can ever receive, the assurance that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Almighty and the Son of the Virgin, moved by unmeasurable love, came into this sin-saturated world, lived His life among sin-bound men and died on the sin-cursed cross, all to remove your transgressions and grant you pardon, eternal salvation, and heaven itself! (Acts 10:5; Acts 10:39; Galatians 3:13;)Though blinded, willful enemies of the faith try to change or alter, add or detract, question or quibble, (Matthew 15:14;) this is how the Scripture explains the Gospel: "God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!' (John 3:16)

Never since Saint Paul's day has the Gospel been proclaimed with the clarity and conviction shown by that mighty spiritual leader whose work millions commemorate this Sunday Martin Luther, reformer of the Church and restorer of New Testament Christianity. Just four and one quarter centuries ago yesterday he started the titanic task of restoring the Gospel. While time restrictions prevent us from broadcasting his immortal Ninety-five Theses, or religious truths, by which that earth-shaking Reformation began, we can present nine and five theses reemphasizing the glorious truths which Luther rediscovered and courageously restated. Here they are: First, the nine theses, or facts, which explain our redemption:

1. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" that is, lost the holiness with which the Lord created them. This is Bible truth. (Romans 3:23)

2. Unforgiven sin is punished by eternal death in hell Scripture, which has never made a mistake and never will, warns, "The wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23)

3. No man can remove his own transgressions, make himself pure and spotless in Heaven's sight. "Can...the leopard" change "his spots?' Holy Writ demands, to show how utterly impossible it is for us to cleanse our stained souls. ( Jeremiah 13:23; Psalm 53:3; Romans 3:12;)

4. Nor can even saints or angels take away our transgressions. Revealed truth assures us that no man can "redeem his brother nor give to God a ransom for him." (Psalm 49:7; Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:6-9;)

5. Only the Almighty can remove sin's curse. If there is to be hope for men and women burdened with many and terrifying transgressions, they must find it in the God who cries out to a world of anguish and evil, "In Me is thine help!" ( Hosea 13:9; Psalm 27:9;)

6. God not only can save us; He has saved us. He sent His Son to fulfill the Law we had broken, to assume the punishment of our iniquity, as our Substitute to pay the death penalty of all our guilt, so that, beholding the cross, we know, He "was delivered for our offenses." ( Romans 4:25; 1 Peter 2:24;)

7. Through faith in the Crucified and through faith alone we know that our sins are removed forever. The Bible promises, "There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" ( Romans 8:1; Hebrews 2:17;)

8. By accepting the Savior we who were "children of wrath" have become "children of God" who live under divine love, guidance, and protection. (John 5:24; 1 John 3:14;)

9. By believing this glorious Gospel heaven is ours; for if we remain faithful to the end, God has promised us the "crown of life" eternal amid the indescribable radiance of our celestial homeland. ( 1 Corinthians 15:58; Colossians 1:23; James 1:12; Revelation2:10;)

These are nine facts of the Gospel, As I repeat them I am sure some of my Modernist friends are shaking their heads either in protest or in condescending wonder. I can hear them call these Gospel truths "old-fashioned," "out of date," "narrow," "bigoted." Yet the only message which can turn souls from hell to heaven is this old but ever new Gospel, of which proud, self-sufficient men are ashamed, but for which the contrite can never thank God sufficiently.

There is more to Christ's Gospel, however. Here are five additional theses, divine truths, showing its glorious grace:

1. The blood-bought, cross-gained salvation is for you, each one of you individually. Our text offers its blessing "to everyone that believeth." You may be on the lowest rungs of human society, cut off from your fellow men because of your misdeeds. (I am now thinking of the triple murderess in the Ohio penitentiary at St. Mary's, who every Sunday urges the women convicts to hear our radio message. I have in mind a young man in the Jefferson City, Missouri penitentiary, serving his second sentence, who recently wrote me that he had altogether forgotten Jesus until he heard our broadcast, when he pledged himself never to reject his Savior again.) You may be soldiers or civilians, rich or poor, white or black, yellow or red; yet each of you can say, "This is my Gospel, my Christ, my Savior." (Colossians 3:11; Galatians 3:28;)

2. You can approach Christ despite the multiplied misdeeds in your past life. You can come just as you are, unclean, impure, unworthy, to learn, "Though your sins be as scarlet., they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." ( Isaiah 1:18)

3. Your redemption is free. You cannot buy your salvation, for Christ has paid everything. One drop of His precious blood can outbalance all your transgressions, for here is the unbreakable promise: "The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7-9; Hebrews 9:12; )

4. To receive the full Gospel blessing you need only believe, only approach God as a poor, miserable sinner who accepts the Savior's grace. Divine truth assures us, "By grace are ye saved, through faith." (Ephesians 2:8)

5. Your forgiveness is unquestioned and positive. Our text calls the Gospel "the power of God" not of man. "Heaven" itself "and earth shall pass away before this supreme pledge is violated. (Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33;)

These five theses present to you the most sacred and sublime love which even God Almighty can give. For your souls' salvation I ask you to study their life-and-death certainty. Wherever you are, let me direct to your home one of the thousands of pastors who work together with me for this same glorious Gospel and who can help you declare in the fervor of sincere faith, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ"!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 17 Verse 9

9 But the righteous will hold his way, and he
whose hands are pure, shall increase his strength. (a)

Related Scripture

Proverbs 4:18;
1 Chronicles 28:7;
Isaiah 26:7;
Philippians 2:15;
2 Samuel 23:4;
Psalm 24:3-5;
Psalm 26:6;
Psalm 51:10;
Psalm 57:7;
Psalm 111:8;
Matthew 5:8, 14, 45-48;
1 Corinthians 16:13;
1 Thessalonians 3:8;
2 Thessalonians 2:15;
Hebrews 3:14;

(a) Editor’s thought - This is say that those that follow in His righteousness shall continue to follow, no matter how hard things become for them in life.

Suggested additional reading for today The Book of Psalms Chapter 25 and Chapter 73

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 16 verse 19

19 For lo, now my witness is in the heaven, and
my record is on high.

Related Scripture

Romans 1:9;
Philippians 1:8;
1 Thessalonians 2:5;
Jeremiah 42:5;
Acts 15:8;
Romans 8:16;
1 John 5:9-10;

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 15 Verse 31

31 He believeth not that he erreth in vanity:
therefore vanity shall be his change. (a)

Related Scripture

Isaiah 59:4;
Isaiah 31:1;
2 Kings 17:15;
Psalm 20:7;
Psalm 12:2;
Psalm 78:32-33;
Proverbs 13:11;
Proverbs 21:6;
Jeremiah 51:18;
Ephesians 4:17;
2 Peter 2:18;

(a) Editor’s note - Taken from the original notations of the Geneva Bible translation;
He standeth so in his own conceit, that he will give no place to good counsel, therefore his own pride shall bring him to destruction.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 14 Verses 1-2, 5

1 Man that is born of woman, is of short continuance
and full of trouble.
2 He shooteth forth as a flower, and is cut down: he
vanisheth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
5 Are not his days determined? the number of
his months are with thee: thou hast appointed his
bound, which he cannot pass.

Related Scripture

Job 5:5;
Ecclesiastes 2:23;
Job 8:9;
Psalm 144:4;
Psalm 102:11;
Psalm 39:11
Psalm 90:5, 6, 9;
Psalm 103:15;
Isaiah 40:6-8;
James 1:10-11;
1 Peter 1:24-25;
Luke 12:28;
Job 7:1;
Job 21:21;
Hebrews 9:27;
Lamentations 4:18;

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 13 Verses 20-23

20 But do not these two things unto me: then will
I not hide myself from thee.
21 Withdraw thine hand from me, and let not
thy fear make me afraid.
22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me
speak, and answer thou me.
23 How many are mine iniquities and sins, show
me my rebellion and my sin.

Related Scripture

Job 9:10, 34;
Psalm 39:10;

Suggested additional reading Psalm 38

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Book of Job
Chapter 13 Verses 15-16

15 Lo, though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,
and I will reprove my ways in his sight.
16 He shall be my salvation also: for the hypocrite
shall not come before him.

Related Scripture

Psalm 23:4;
Proverbs 14:32;
Psalm 44:6;
2 Samuel 22:3;
Jeremiah 39:18;
Psalm 20:7;
Job 8:13;
1 Corinthians 6:9;
Proverbs 11:5;
Proverbs 24:16;
Habakkuk 1:13;
Proverbs 12:7;
Isaiah 57:20-21;

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Sunday Sermon

America, Don't Be Ashamed of Jesus! (Preface)(a)
by Walter A. Maier

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth." - The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans Chapter 1 Verse 16

A few months before Charles Darwin, often called "the Father of Evolution," died, he was visited by Lady Hope. In a signed statement this titled English woman tells how she found the scientist, who had flatly denied Scripture, propped up in his bed, reading the very Book he had attacked, the Bible. Calmly, yet forcefully he spoke on the guidance offered by the sacred Volume. He bemoaned the fact that people had accepted his theories regarding man's origin as assured truth. Then he suddenly asked Lady Hope: "I have a summer house in the garden which holds almost thirty people...Tomorrow afternoon I should like the servants on the place, some tenants, and a few of the neighbors to gather there. Will you speak to them?" "What shall I speak about?" Lady Hope inquired. Clearly, emphatically he replied, "Jesus Christ and His salvation," adding in a lower tone, "Is not that the best theme?" Thus, with death approaching, did Charles Darwin, evolutionist and denier of the Bible, acclaim the Lord Jesus. (b)

This same eleventh-hour seeking refuge in Christ occurs every day along the far-flung battle lines of the Second World War. Why is it that a sailor from a torpedoed ship, rescued after floating eighteen days off Australia, cries out, "You can't be an atheist on a rubber raft!"? Wtiy was it that when the Japanese bombardment began, soldiers on Corregidor, even those otherwise irreligious, fell on their knees before God? Why, during a recent blackout, did New York hotel guests telephone the desk for Bibles? Must we not conclude that, as danger and death approach, men usually banish their boasting ridicule of religion and humble themselves before their Maker?

How tragic, then, that even the disasters of war have not thus shocked all our people into a sense of utter dependence on Christ! Masses are crowding bars, night clubs, and places of sinful amusement, while across the Pacific American soldiers daily lay down their lives. Millions, with fatter pay envelopes than they have ever received before, are drinking, gambling, and carousing, while the sea daily takes its toll in the flower of American youth. We dare not permit pleasure to go on as usual. In this critical hour we need serious thought and especially a humble, prayerful return to the Lord. Therefore, though unbelievers reject Christ, skeptics question His Gospel, paganized thinkers ridicule His promises, atheists deride His holy name, proud sinners spurn His mercy, the cry must be:

Glory in His Gospel! Confess Him courageously! That loyalty to the Savior marked the mightiest of all apostles, Saint Paul, who exclaimed ; 'I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth" heroic words which I give you not only as the text but also as the motto for a Christ-centered life.

(a) Editor’s note - I will be using this sermon for the next couple of weeks. There is much to read in it. For those that wish to read it in it’s entire text a link will be provided below.
(b) Editor’s note - There is some dispute of this, however, we hear of deathbed conversions all the time.

Related Scripture

Psalm 34:5;
Psalm 119:80;
Romans 5:5;
2 Timothy 1:12;
Hebrews 2:11;
Hebrews 11:16;
John 11:25;
Matthew 10:31-33;
Matthew 16:24;
Proverbs 30:5-9;

Saturday, September 17, 2011

What can one add? I am extremely proud of my fellow countrymen and women. This is an untold story. I have never before heard of this flotilla.

The Book of Job
Chapter 13 Verses 7-9 (a)

7 Will ye speak wickedly for God’s defense, and
talk deceitfully for his cause?
8 Will ye accept his person? or will ye contend
for God?
9 Is it well that he should seek of you? will you
make a lie for him, as one lieth for a man?

(a) Editor’s thought - I had to read several translations of these verses, to get the full gist of what was being said. Basically, it is my understanding, that if one must resort to deceit, lies, deceptions to advance God’s Word in His glorious Gospel, then we are not doing the work of God. For if, such as the above is discovered by the hearers of what one is saying one loses all credibility. How can one advance the truth, when the one speaking is thought to be a liar. It reminds me of that that old paradox wherein someone says; “I always lie, but right now I am speaking the truth”. One’s mind goes around in circles with that statement. It was the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Romans Chapter 3 Verses 5-7 that touch on this idea.

Related Scripture

Mark 9:38-39;
Psalm 52:3;
Jeremiah 18:18-20;
Matthew 12:34;
Galatians 6:7;
Numbers 23:19;
1 Samuel 15:29;
Malachi 3:6;
Romans 2:6, 11;

Suggested additional reading for study - The Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Romans Chapter 2 verses 1-11 and Chapter 3 Verses 5-7

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 12 Verses 24-25

24 He taketh away the hearts of them that are the
chief over the people of the earth, and maketh them
to wander in the wilderness out of the way.
25 They grope in the dark without light: and he
maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Related Scripture

Psalm 107:4, 10-12;
Psalm 95:8;
Psalm 82:5;
Isaiah 9:16;
Matthew 6:23;
Matthew 8:12;
Matthew 15:14;
Hebrews 4:7;
Proverbs 2:13;
Proverbs 19:3;
Proverbs 12:23;
Proverbs 20:20;
1 Corinthians 1:20;
1 Corinthians 2:6, 14;
1 Corinthians 3:19;
2 Corinthians 6:14;
Ezekiel 8:12;
Ephesians 5:11;
1 John 1:6;
1 John 2:11;
Jude 1:6;
Acts 26:18;

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 12 Verse 23

23 He increaseth the people, and destroyeth
them: he enlargeth the nations, and bringeth them
in again.

Related Scripture

Isaiah 9:3;
Isaiah 26:15;
Psalm 115:14;
Ezekiel 36:11;
Leviticus 20:23;
Psalm 33:12;
Isaiah 49:7;
Isaiah 60:12;
Matthew 21:43;
John 11:50-52;
Romans 11:19-24;
John 15:1-6;

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 12 Verse 22

22 He discovereth the deep places from their
darkness, and bringeth forth the shadow of death
to light.

Related Scripture

Daniel 2:22;
1 Corinthians 4:5;
Revelations 21:23-24;
Matthew 10:26;
Mark 4:22;
Luke 12:2-3;
Ecclesiastes 12:14;
1 Peter 2:9;

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 12 Verses 12-13

12 Among the ancient is wisdom, and in the
length of days is understanding.
13 With him is wisdom and strength: he hath
counsel and understanding.

Related Scripture

Psalm 1:1-2;
Proverbs 1:7;
Proverbs 4:7;
Proverbs 7:1-4;
Isaiah 11:2;
Psalm 49:13;
Proverbs 8:1, 5, 14;
Jeremiah 51:15;
Daniel 5:14;
1 Corinthians 1:19; (a)
Colossians 1:9;

(a) Editor’s note; The reason I included this one scripture is to contrast the difference between receiving knowledge that is of God as opposed to knowledge that is obtained by men who think they know, but instead, know not.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Sunday Sermon

Love for the Lord
by JM Mumphrey

I will love thee dearly, O Lord my strength. - The Book of Psalms Chapter 18 Verse 1

The psalmist found the secret of rendering a joyful service unto the Lord in all circumstances of life. Truly, there is nothing else that will equip a soul for following the Lord Jesus through His life of reproach; through Gethsemane's lonely garden; through Pilate's scornful judgment hall,' and to Calvary's cruel summit, but divine love. As it requires more than fancy to induce the bride to abandon her home of plenty. and go to share a life of tears and toil with the husband of her choice, so does it to become a real follower of the Lord Jesus and serve Him not only when the sun is shining, and the multitudes crying, "Hosanna to the son of David!" (Matthew 21:9) but when the sun of success veils its face, and the brethren are forsaking and the multitudes crying, "Away with Him! Away with Him!" (John 19:5; Matthew 27:5;)

It was this love that caused 'Paul to leave a life of honor (Acts 9:1-6;) and count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. It was this love which caused the martyrs to go rejoicing to the stake, and shout the praises of God in the flames; choosing to die for Jesus rather than deny their Lord and live.

It was this all-consuming flame of love that caused John Bunyan to remain twelve years in the old Bedford jail. It was this that caused our forefathers to sacrifice friends, comfort, reputation, and all under the sun, and take an uncompromising stand against false religion, secret societies, human slavery, worldly dress, divorce marriages, etc. ( Mark 13:13;)

When we have this heavenly flame glowing in our hearts no trial is counted too hard, no cross too heavy, no way too dark, no burden too great to bear for Him whom our soul loveth. But it makes us cherish the cross, and run in the way of duty, no matter how dark and lonely the way, (Psalm 23:4:) rejoicing that we are counted worthy to suffer for our Lord and Master. O, hallelujah! (1 Peter 5:7-10; 1 Peter 3:14-15; 1 Peter 4:15-19;)

When this love is in our heart, God becomes our highest delight; more than any other object on earth or in heaven. He fills the whole domain of our life, like a new-found lover; like the sun, mantling the whole heavens. He is the first in our thoughts at morn, and fills our mind the livelong day. We see Him everywhere we look, working all things for our good, (Romans 8:28;) both losses and gains; sickness and health; enemies and friends; yes, working all things, in heaven and earth, for our good. Hence we love nothing but what He loves, and that which leads to Him. The language of our soul is this continually: "Whom have I in heaven but Thee and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee" (Psalm 73: 25). All of our thoughts either begin or end in Him. And love's flame, like holy incense, burns on the altar of our heart, night and day; thus making our whole life, yea, every action, one unbroken stream of praise and adoration. (Psalm 61:8;) Hence we live in an unclouded realm, unknown by doubts and fears, where the sun never goes down and the moon never withdraws herself, where the flowers of peace and love unfading bloom; and the perennial spring of holy joy doth flow forever.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 11 Verse 15

15 Then truly shalt thou lift up thy face without
spot, and shalt be stable, and shalt not fear

Related Scripture

Psalm 119:6-7,46;
Job 22:26;
Psalm 25:20;
Isaiah 54:4;
Zephaniah 3:11;
Romans 10:11;
1 Peter 4:16;
1 John 2:28;
1 John 3:19-24;

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 11 Verse 13

13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out
thine hands toward him

Related Scripture

Lamentations 3:40-41;
1 Samuel 7:3;
Psalm 139:23;
Ecclesiastes 1:13;
Acts 1:24;
Romans 8:27;
1 Corinthians 4:5;
Psalm 88:9;
Psalm 134:2;
Psalm 28:2;
Psalm 63:4;
Psalm 119:48;
Lamentation 2:19;
Hebrews 12:12-13;

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 10 Verses 11-12

11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and
joined me together with bones and sinews.
12 Thou hast given me life, and grace: and the
visitation hath preserved my spirit.

Related Scripture

Genesis 2:7;
Job 33:4;
John 17:2;
2 Peter 1:3;
1 John 5:20;
Ephesians 4:7;
John 1:17;
Job 34:14-15;
Isaiah 42:1;
Isaiah 44:3;
Isaiah 59:21;
Ezekiel 37:14;
Luke 1:47;

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 9 Verses 15, 20

15 For though I were just, yet could I not answer,
but I would make supplication to my Judge.
20 If I should justify myself, mine own mouth
shall condemn me: if I would be perfect, he shall
judge me wicked.

Related Scripture

Isaiah 1:15;
1 Kings 8:28, 45;
Psalm 30:8;
Psalm 119:170;
Jeremiah 36:7;
Jeremiah 37:20;
Daniel 9:20;
Ephesians 6:18;
Philippians 4:6;
Ecclesiastes 3:17;
Psalm 96:13;
Matthew 16:27;
Romans 2:6-10;
2 Corinthians 5:10;
2 Thessalonians 1:5-11;

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 9 Verses 2-3

2 I know verily that it is so: for how should man
compared unto God, be justified?
3 If he would dispute with him, he could not
answer him one thing of thousand.

Related Scripture

Psalm 143:2;
Romans 3:20;
Ezekiel 33:12;
Psalm 89:6;
Matthew 12:37;
1 Corinthians 4:4;
Habakkuk 2:4;
Romans 1:17;
Galatians 3:11,24;
Hebrews 10:38;
Galatians 2:16;

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Sunday Sermon

God With Us
By JM Humphrey

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which is by interpretation, God with us. - The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 1 Verse 23

Our purpose in this little message is to introduce our reader more fully to God. One of the three great mistakes made by modern Christians is, they have too small a conception of the God they serve. They are so accustomed to small, limitable things, until it is quite difficult to get them to form any reasonable conception of the great God.

First, let us notice some of the titles He has introduced Himself to us by.

"Jehovah" (the self-existing God). (Genesis 17:1;) "Shaddai" (the Almighty). (Genesis 49:25;) "Alpha and Omega" (the beginning and the end).(Revelation 1:8;) "1 Am that I Am" (all you need, an unfilled check, an exhaustless supply.) ( Exodus 3:14;)

The next great mistake we make is, we look at circumstances before we look at God. Hence the dire circumstances sometimes so fill the horizon of our spiritual vision, until we fail to see God at all. For instance, if we are sick, we look at the disease rather than the Great Physician. ( Genesis 20:17; Psalm 30:12; Psalm 107:20; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 4:24; Matthew 8:8,13, 16; Matthew 12:15,22;)We fail to remember that God is just as able to heal a cancer or a tumor as He is the headache. If David should have looked at circumstances, when he went to meet Goliath, he would have surely failed. But he kept looking at the Great God until the Giant was transformed into a grasshopper (so to speak).

Should the Hebrew boys have looked at circumstances they would have failed to get the fireproof experience, and to have seen the glorious form of the Son of God. (Daniel 3:20-29;) Should Daniel have looked at circumstances he would not have triumphed over the lion's den and stood forth to all succeeding generations as a monument of courage. (Daniel 6:16-22;) These men looked beyond the sword, the angry lions and leaping games, and saw angels, chariots and horses of fire. ( 2 Kings 6:16-17;)

Praise God!

Our third mistake is, we see God as a far-off God. We allow too much space to come between us and Him. We pray as if He was billions of miles away. But He has said, "Lo, I am with you alway," "I will never leave thee," "I will dwell in them." Oh, what a reproof to our unbelief! ( Matthew 28:20; John 14:18; 2 Chronicles 6:16; Revelation 21:3;)

We hear people sometimes make the following remarks: "Oh, the Lord was wonderfully with me today! Oh, I felt Him so near !" At other times we have heard them say (though equally as clean and holy): "The Lord was not with me to-day, for I have not felt any special uplift all day." They fail to realize that God is to be served by faith and not by feelings. Of course, if we serve Him properly, the feelings will come. However, feeling is not to be made our criterion. (a)

Let us notice a few ways God is to be appropriated.

1. He is to be trusted and relied upon, as we would a visible friend. Suppose you had a note due, and were short of the finance to meet it, you would no doubt go to your best friend and explain circumstances and ask for a loan of the needed amount. And if he should tell you to come on the day it was due and get the money, what a relief it would bring to you! O, how you would dismiss every atom of worry and uneasiness, and rely implicitly upon your friend! Well, this is just the way God wants you to rely upon and trust Him; and in doing so, you shall never be confounded. (Matthew 6:31-32;)

2. He is to be recognized as a God of details, i. e., a God that takes notice of the smallest thing concerning the welfare of His children. The enemy would make us think that He is only willing to assist us in the large burdens and sorrows of life, but does not care to be bothered with the smaller ones. But it is not true. He is just as willing to assist us in the smallest care as in the largest one, provided we commit them to Him by simple faith and prayer. (James 5:15-16;)

Again, people sometimes think that God does not realize the urgent need, and great responsibility connected with some matters which they take to Him in prayer; hence, in their impetuosity and blind zeal, they rush down to Egypt for help, and thus grieve God and bring leanness to their soul. ( Provers 3:5; Psalm 20:7;)

3. The next thing to be remembered is this: There is nothing in heaven, earth or hell that can molest a child of God, unless it first gets permission from Him. Therefore, we need not worry over the daily happenings, ill luck, etc. The devil, our greatest foe, could not even molest a herd of swine, without first getting permission from the great God. (b) And are we not more precious in His sight than they "O ye of little faith!" (Matthew 8:26; Acts 26:26; Romans 8:35-39;)

(a) Editor’s thought - God is ALWAYS with us, when we don’t feel His presence along side us it is usually because He is carrying us.
(b) Editor’s thought - We see this in The Book of Job Chapter 1 Verses 6-7 and Chapter 2 Verses 2-3

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 8 Verses 21-22

21 Till He have filled thy mouth with laughter,
and thy lips with joy.
22 They that hate thee, shall be clothed with shame,
and the dwelling of the wicked shall not remain.

Related Scripture

Psalm 126:2;
Proverbs 15:23;
Psalm 35:26;
Psalm 109:29;
Psalm 37:9-10, 30, 35-36;
Proverbs 13:5;
Psalm 40:15;

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Daily Meditation

The Book of Job
Chapter 8 Verse 20

20 Behold, God will not cast away an upright man,
neither will he take the wicked by the hand,

Related Scripture

Proverbs 10:11;
Psalm 58:11;
Proverbs 12:3;
Luke 9:25;
Romans 11:1-2;
Leviticus 26:44;
Psalm 51:11;
Matthew 13:47-49;

Suggested additional reading;
Romans Chapter 11 Verses 11-24
Psalm 37