The Importance of the Cross

Why “must” Christ suffer? This imperative was all through the life of Christ. This imperious necessity was not because of man. Jesus did not say, “I must be killed because men are going to kill Me.” The Lord did not have to allow Himself to be put to death, at least by any human standard. “No one takes it [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again” (John 10:18).

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“And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31)

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Speaking the Truth Lovingly -- Part Three

Speaking the Truth Lovingly
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Theme: Courageous compassion.
This week’s lessons teach us how to confront sin in a caring way.
 
Lesson

Watch out, though, if somebody says, "God told me...," and it is not based on Scripture. And above all if they say, "God has a special word for you in this age," watch out, because even if that were true, you would have no way of knowing it to be true unless you tested it by the Word of God.

Jesus' Sorrow

In the face of such an outpouring of power, it is not surprising to see Jesus’ sorrow at the ignorance and unbelief He encountered in Mark 8:11-21. How much sorrow is caused to the Lord Jesus by unbelief! But what was worse for Him was the ignorance and unbelief of His own disciples (vv.14-16). This spiritual dullness unleashed a barrage of questions from Jesus unlike anything else in the four gospels. (vv. 17-18)

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“And he said to them, ‘Do you not yet understand?’” (Mark 8:21)

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How to Have a Growing Faith

Speaking the Truth Lovingly -- Part Two

Speaking the Truth Lovingly
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Theme: Courageous compassion.
This week’s lessons teach us how to confront sin in a caring way.
 
Lesson

When anyone preaches a different Jesus - that is, a Jesus other than the One we find in the Gospels, or a different spirit, which has to do with the spirit of revelation, or a different gospel - a gospel other than salvation by grace received through faith in the work of Christ - it is false theology. It is false apostleship that needs to be called for what it really is.

Thoughts for the End of the Day

The evening comes to a close. The Book is taken once more and the day is brought into review beneath the eyes of Him Who is naught but holy. How sad it is to look back and see the things that have displeased him.

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“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!” (Psalm 141:2)

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Speaking the Truth Lovingly -- Part One

Speaking the Truth Lovingly
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Theme: Courageous compassion.
This week’s lessons teach us how to confront sin in a caring way.
 
Lesson

The title of this week's lessons, "Speaking the Truth Lovingly," actually comes from Ephesians 4:15, where Paul writes about speaking the truth in love as part of building up the church. And yet, it is an appropriate title for 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 because here we have an example of Paul actually doing it himself. We think that speaking the truth in love means telling it as it is, hitting the person between the eyes.

Promised Power for Every Need

Christ has promised power for every need. Recently I came across a paragraph on the varieties of power furnished by the Holy Spirit to men in the Bible - what a range of endowment for special purposes! For instance, the Old Testament tells of Joseph, the shepherd lad, who is made adequate to rule the mightiest kingdom in the old world and save countless lives in a time of unprecedented famine. Bezaleel is given the ability of "craftsmanship" to bring into being the divine plan for the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Samson is endued with physical strength sufficient to slay a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.
The sweet psalmist of Israel is taught the songs, so rich in deep, spiritual experience, which have been the heritage of God’s people down through the ages. Prophets are given boldness to stand before the backsliding people of Israel, and rebuke in plainest terms their idolatry and sin. The remnant, returning to their land under Zerubbabel and Joshua the high priest, are given that purpose of heart which, in the teeth of bitter opposition, sees the new Temple slowly, but surely, erected on the ruins of the old.

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“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

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Paul, the Bold -- Part Five

Paul, the Bold
2 Corinthians 10:1-18
Theme: Strength under pressure.
This week’s lessons teach us how to handle criticism in a God-honoring way.

Lesson

The final principle, the fifth one, comes at the very end of this chapter as Paul says, "But, ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord’ " (2 Cor. 10:17). He does not say so, but he must have had his critics at Corinth in view as he said that, because they were boasting. They were boasting of their authority. They were boasting of their accomplishments. And they were boasting, above all, that they were more impressive and more eloquent than Paul. Well, more impressive perhaps, more eloquent perhaps, but not more effective in the service of God. On the contrary, they were tearing down the very thing that God, through Paul, was building up.

Our Daily Bread

My four children are very fond of stories and riddles, and frequently ask me to bring forth fresh ones for their entertainment. One day I told them this one. A baby was born in New York just a few months ago, and it weighed about 50 pounds at birth. They fed it ten gallons of milk every day, and in a few months it weighed about 100 pounds. There was a moment of silence, and then Mr. Nine–year–old replied, ‘Why, daddy, that can’t be so! We weighed less than ten pounds when we were born, and here our son is over eleven and he doesn’t yet weigh 100 pounds.’ After discussion and the display of much incredulity they at last asked for the explanation, so I replied that the baby was born at the Zoo, and that it was a baby elephant! Then I said to them: “Suppose that the keeper at the Zoo was making his rounds with the food one morning, and found the ten gallons of milk heavy to carry.
Suppose that he said, ‘I will give these ten gallons of milk to these little birds in this nest in the bird house and take these worms down to the elephant.’ What would happen? Why, of course, the birdlings would drown and the elephant would starve!” We understand that every member of the animal kingdom must have its own particular nourishment, without which it cannot live.

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“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)

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