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Pearls of Wisdom

Read about what God is saying to His people in these last days. Let Him stir your heart and challenge you to live according to His will.

Happiness is Not the Goal

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.—2 Timothy 2:3-4 That we are born to be happy is scarcely questioned by anyone. No one bothers to prove…

The Word Made Flesh

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:17 I have given much thought and contemplation to the sweetest and tenderest of all of the mysteries in God’s revelation to man—the Incarnation! Jesus, the Christ, is the Eternal One, for in the fullness of…

Loving Obedience

The absence of the concept of discipleship from present-day Christianity leaves a vacuum which we instinctively try to fill with one or another substitute. I name a few. Pietism.By this I mean an enjoyable feeling of affection for the person of our Lord which is valued for itself and is wholly unrelated to cross-bearing or…

The Back Side of the Desert

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. —Exodus 3:1 We should quickly review here the kinds of preparation Moses had gone through for his leadership role under God. Reared…

Trials and Pain: The Sharp Blade of the Plow

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.—Hosea 10:12 The fallow field is smug, contented, protected from the shock of the plow and the agitation of the harrow…. But it is paying a terrible price…

More Than A Name

Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.2 Timothy 2:19 There have always been professing Christians who argue and insist: “I am all right—I worship in the name of Jesus.” They seem to believe that worship of God is based on a formula. They seem to think there is a kind…

The Labor of Self-love

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.—Galatians 1:10 The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of…

Everyone May Come

Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17 There is a strange beauty in the ways of God with men. He sends salvation to the world in the person of a Man and sends that Man to walk the byways, saying, “If any man will come after Me!” No fanfare; no…

The Breath Of God

The word that I have spoken . . . shall judge him in the last day. John 12:48 Two of the great realities in our midst are surely the promised presence of God and the testimony of His eternal Word! By the “Word of God” I do not refer only to the book you hold…

The Cleansed Conscience

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.—Hebrews 10:22 What a relief to find the writer to the Hebrews encouraging us to “draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith,…