No Little Failures

No Little Failures And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.—1 Chronicles 4:10 When Simpson…

Size Matters Little

Size Matters Little And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”—Luke 16:15 To God quality is vastly important and size matters little. When set in opposition to size, quality is…

True Service

True Service …not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. -Colossians 3:22-24 Any serious-minded Christian may at…

The Scramble for Popularity

The Scramble for Popularity Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.—Matthew 5:11-12 Popular Judaism slew the prophets and crucified…

Quiet Heroes

Quiet Heroes Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth…. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.—Matthew 5:5-8 We have but to become acquainted with, or even listen to, the big names of our times to discover how wretchedly inferior most of them are. Many appear to have arrived…

The School of Failure

The School of Failure As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.—Psalm 103:13-14 For some of us last year was one in which we did not acquit ourselves very nobly as Christians, considering the infinite power available to…

No Limit to What God Could Do

No Limit to What God Could Do But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” —Acts 17:6 There is no limit to what God could do in our world if…

The Fire Falls

The Fire Falls And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, “These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.’”—Revelation 3:1-2 For a long time I have believed that truth,…

Not Just Intensity of Prayer

Not Just Intensity of Prayer He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.—John 14:21 Intensity of prayer is no criterion of its effectiveness. A man may throw himself…

Unity Precedes Blessing

Unity Precedes Blessing Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great…