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ye have been called unto liberty

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Gal. 5:13) The liberty of the child of God is one of his priceless possessions. Made free by the Son, he is free indeed. But he is called to responsible freedom, not ... Read More

(We) have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty

“(We) have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but, by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Cor. 4:2) On the previous page, we noted three areas in which the cul... Read More

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly

“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly.” (Prov. 18:24) Even though all modern versions translate this verse differently, the King James Version enshrines the valuable truth that friendships must be cultivated. They thrive on attention but die through neglect. An editorial in Decision Ma... Read More

A wise man will hear

“A wise man will hear.” (Prov. 1:5) The essential difference between the wise man and the fool in the book of Proverbs is that the wise man will hear and the fool won’t. It isn’t a question of the fool’s mental capacity. Actually he may have unusual intellectual ability. But he just cannot be told a... Read More

According to your faith be it unto you

“According to your faith be it unto you.” (Mt. 9:29) When Jesus asked two blind men if they believed that He was able to give them sight, they replied that they did. As He touched their eyes, He said, “According to your faith be it unto you,” and their eyes were opened. It would be easy to conclude ... Read More

Adam begat a son in his own likeness

“Adam…begat a son in his own likeness, after his image.” (Gen. 5:3) It is a basic fact of physical life that we beget children in our own likeness, after our image. Adam begat a son in his own likeness, and called his name Seth. When people saw Seth they probably said what people have been saying ev... Read More

All things are yours

“All things are yours.” (1 Cor. 3:21-23) The unsaintly saints in Corinth had been squabbling over human leaders in the church. To some Paul was the ideal. Others made Apollos their favorite. And still others felt that Cephas was superlative. Paul is telling them that it is ridiculous to limit their ... Read More

And be ye kind to one another

“And be ye kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:32 NASB) There is a definite order to be followed in connection with Scriptural forgiveness. If we would follow this order we would save ourselves a lot of headaches and hearta... Read More

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God

“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed until the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:30) Just as it is possible for us to quench the Spirit in the meetings of the church, so it is possible for us to grieve Him in our private lives. There is a certain tenderness about the word “grieve”... Read More

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place

“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place…they departed into a desert place…the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them…Jesus…was moved with compassion.” (Mark 6:31-34) It is easy for us to be annoyed by inter... Read More

And herein do I exercise myself

“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.” (Acts 24:16) In a society like ours,, and with a corrupt old nature like ours, we are constantly faced with problems of ethics that test the sincerity of our commitment to Christian principles.... Read More

And I will bless them that bless thee

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.” (Gen. 12:3) When God first called Abraham to be the head of His chosen earthly people, He promised to bless the friends of that nation and to curse its enemies. In the intervening centuries the Jewish people have suffered unto... Read More

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness

“And I will give thee the treasures of darkness.” (Isa. 45:3) When God made this promise to Cyrus, He was speaking of material treasures from lands of darkness that Cyrus would conquer. But we are not doing violence to the verse when we take it and apply it in a spiritual sense. There are treasures ... Read More

And it came to pass

“And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.” (Exodus 17:11) Israel was in conflict with the forces of Amalek. Moses was on top of the hill,, overlooking the battle field. The position of Moses’ hand spelled the difference... Read More

And Jesus went about all Galilee

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” (Matt. 4:23) A recurring problem among Christians is maintaining the proper balance between evangelism and social ... Read More

and let us run with endurance the race

“…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Heb. 12:1, NASB) Many people have a view of the Christian life that is excessively idealistic. They think it should be one uninterrupted series of mountaintop experiences. They read Christian books and magazines and hear personal test... Read More

And the Lord was with Joseph

“And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a -prosperous man.” (Gen. 39:2) I have heard that one of the earliest versions of the English Bible translated this verse, “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a luckye fellow.” Perhaps “luckye” at that time had a different meaning. At any rate we are g... Read More

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more

“And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Heb. 10:17) God’s ability to forget sins that have been covered by the blood of Christ is one of the most soul-satisfying truths in Scripture. It is a great wonder when we read, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our... Read More

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28 NASB) This is one of those verses that perplex us most when the going is roughest. As long as the wind blows gently, we have no trouble saying, “Lord... Read More

And when they were assembled with the elders

“And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. “(Matt. 28:12, 13) The Lord Jesus had no sooner risen from the dead when His enemies began to fabricate an al... Read More

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