Category: SpiritualGrowth

Three Pillars in the Believer’s Establishment

Romans 16:24-26 – “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. ¶ Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made ...

Getting Dressed for the New Year

Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3:14 And above all these things put on ...

“Fools Despise Wisdom And Instruction”

Prov.1:[7] The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Eze 28:15  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  Eze 28:16  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, ...

Self-Love?

Paul writes in 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves… A man is what his heart is set upon, and throughout the last days of grace, his heart shall be set upon himself. Men shall be lovers of their own selves. Men shall love self in greater numbers and to a higher ...

The 3 Exceedings in Ephesians

In Eph. 1:19, we find the first of three times when Paul wrote “exceeding” in the book of Ephesians. He writes, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.” Paul chose His resurrection (1:20) as an example of God’s demonstration of His ...

Being Doctrinally “Able” To Admonish One Another

Rom 15:14  And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another The doctrine contained in Romans chapter 15 addresses the Saints who are “strong” in the faith, and the Bible teachers who are also “able” to “please ...

“Happy Is The Man That Findeth Wisdom”

Prov.3:13] Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.[14] For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.[15] She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. One of ...

I’m So Tired!

Since suffering from a stroke in March, 2022, I have been on the road to recovery.  I am, however, physically tired.  Each day I get more, and more, back to normal (whatever that may be now).  Many of the things I used to do are no longer done, or are donw with great strain.  There ...

Paul’s Pattern Of “Longsuffering” In Godliness

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  1Ti 1:16  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter ...

Q & A: “But Ye Have Not So Learned Christ?”

Question: What Does The Apostle Paul Mean In Ephesians 4:20-21 By: “Ye Have Not So Learned Christ,” And “Ye Have Heard Him, And Been Taught By Him?” Eph 4:20  But ye have not so learned Christ;  Eph 4:21  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth ...

Strong In The Lord And In The Power Of His Might

Eph.6:10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.[11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.[12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness ...

PB&J

Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. – Job 23:12. I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  When the going gets tough (or not) a peanut butter and jelly sandwich satisfies!  There is nothing flashy, or outlandish about ...

My Life Verse

Do you have a life verse? My life verse hasn’t changed over the years. A long time ago, I fell away from the Lord. I came back. I sat down to read Paul’s epistles for the first time in ages. And as soon as I came across this verse, I knew this would be my ...

‘Self-Awareness?’ Know Ye Not Your Own Selves?

2Co 13:3  Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.  2Co 13:4  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the ...

Just My Imagination?

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5) Before I go any further, I just want to pass along this disclaimer: This article is not about the “Nephilim.” I repeat: This is not about ...

Conformed or Transformed?

This item was written by my dear friend Doug Dodd (now in glory). It speaks to the effect of our new life in Christ as opposed to religion and human effort. Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23And be renewed in the spirit of your ...

The Thessalonians Response To The “Mercies Of God”

1Th 1:3  Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;  1Th 1:4  Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.  1Th 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, ...

A New Tank?

Sometimes I don’t know exactly what I’m going to write about until I actually sit at my desk, in front of my computer.  In this case I’m at my seldom used desk at our actual church building. This is a rare event, indeed!  With the advent of the automobile, and electronic communications the church office ...

Walking Circumspectly And Not As Fools But Wise

Eph.5:[15] See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,[16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.[17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.[18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; The most momentous and celebrated ...

Telephone Line

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. – Proverbs 18:13 I have always been a proponent of apologetics – the defense of the faith.  It is, after all, an important issue.  Knowing your Christian worldview, and the difference between Biblical Christianity, and other “isms” which run ...