October 1, 2010
|Remember Now Thy Creator | Ostis B. Wilson, Jr., 2010||Youth|
Whatever it takes for you to save your soul, whatever sacrifices you may have to make, whatever the cost may be, whatever you may have to deny yourself.... This life is just a little while. Eternity is a long time.
August 22, 2010
|Sorry I Got Caught | Mark P. Spinks, 2010||Repentance|
"What do you have, Mark?... Did you get that in that store?" "No." I was concentrating fiercely on outwitting my watchful, determined Mom—too focused to realize that I was now not only a thief, but a liar, too.
June 6, 2010
|The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness | Mark P. Spinks, 2010||Ministry|
To be the voice of one crying in the wilderness in this way... is to abandon all human planning and direction.... It is to forsake that peculiar fleshly confidence that comes from human reasoning and second-guessing God.
September 1, 2011
|Almost All Are Welcome | Mark P. Spinks, 2011||Discipline|
The decision... had been that he would not be allowed in services from now on. Nothing else had worked. He would not be silenced; he would not voluntarily keep his seat. He had felt obligated to speak of teachings that were condemned by the ministers.
December 1, 2012
|Discerning the Lord’s Body | Harlan D. Sorrell, 2011||Church|
The essence of Christ's true body is directly related to spiritual status, and spiritual meat and drink. Let us now examine the Word of God and examine our own selves to see if we discern the Lord's body and if we are really a part of it.
June 1, 2011
|Why I Rest All the Time | Richard J. Erickson, 2011||Rest|
"So then there remains a rest to the people of God. For he who has entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Therefore let us labor to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of unbelief."
January 1, 2012
|Christ Lost and Found | Beverly Carradine, 1898||Salvation|
He was lost here according to this Scripture. And He was lost by those who loved Him. And lost in Jerusalem and in the Temple!.... And yet why be astonished when the same thing is happening today. Christ is still lost by His friends, and in Jerusalem, and in the Temple.
September 1, 2012
|Hear God’s Voice and Follow Him | Fred Pruitt, 2012||Discernment|
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us keep in our hearts a love for the truth and the crucified way, lest we be led astray by any of the deceivers around us.... Those who get grounded and settled in the truth will not be blown about by different winds of doctrine.
February 1, 2013
|Holy Spirit Obedience | Tyler A. Schones, 2012||Holy Spirit|
The burden of this message is to express the... necessity of the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring about this type of obedience that Jesus came to produce in us, and a solemn warning against any attempt of the flesh to fulfill this calling.
June 1, 2012
|The Responsibility of My Soul | Mark P. Spinks, 2012||Responsibility|
Most human beings do not value their soul as they should, but are instead incredibly careless. This neglect of the soul is beyond irresponsible, beyond criminal, beyond comprehension.... So the souls of men become easy pickings for the enemy of mankind.
November 1, 2013
|Feeding Our Faith | George D. Watson, 1896||Faith|
Because faith is essential to the spiritual life—both to entering that life, and for any steps of progress in that life—it behooves us to give it all the nourishment possible. Faith can be fed and strengthened, and thus will grow.
June 1, 2013
|How to Find the Christian Life | Charles E. Orr, 2013||Salvation|
Our getting to heaven depends upon the life we live here. If I owned the whole world I would rather lose it all than to miss heaven. But, except we live the true Christian life, this beautiful happy, eternal heaven will never be ours.
April 1, 2013
|Marks of a Spiritual Mind | Elmer E. Shelhamer, 1917||Sanctification|
Men get different conceptions of what constitutes deep spirituality. And as they see things differently, their lives correspond more or less with their theories. Hence the need of a proper, Scriptural standard.
November 1, 2014
|Affliction and Glory | George D. Watson, 1894||Vision|
Just as the oak tree converts all chemistry into oak by the peculiar quality of its oak life, so the pure in heart, he that lives the Christ life, will from the dark chemistry of this world—its disappointments and suffering—turn all things into glory and praise.
December 1, 2014
|How to Die to Self | George D. Watson, 1898||Crucifixion|
There are many manifestations of the self life which are not clearly sinful, but neither are they truly Christlike. ...this middle zone of self activity... must be... crucified in order to reach deep abiding union with God, where there is none of self and all of Christ Jesus.
January 1, 2014
|Into the Deep | George D. Watson, 1896||Experience|
The depth into which we launch will depend upon how perfectly we have given up the shore, and the greatness of our need, and the vision of our possibilities. The fish were to be found in the deep.... So with us; our needs are to be met in the deep things of God.
May 1, 2014
|Little Things | George D. Watson, 1896||Humility|
There is no better way in the world to test every trait in a soul than by little things.... It is our unplanned, instinctive actions and words that reveal what we really are, not those large, conspicuous things for which we especially arm ourselves.
February 1, 2014
|Lukewarmness | George D. Watson, 1896||Warning|
As a rule, lukewarmness of spirit is so decent and well-behaved, that it chloroforms its victim and kills him without a scream of terror. This is what makes it so awfully fatal. While open sin slays its hundreds, nice, respectable lukewarmness slays its tens of thousands.
August 1, 2014
|Take Time | George D. Watson, 1898||Carefulness|
To rush forward in our thinking, speaking, and doing, demonstrates a lack of faith in God, and how little we perceive His presence and dominion over all things. It is true in a thousand different things that "he that believeth shall not make haste."
April 1, 2014
|The Daily Cross | George D. Watson, 1896||Trials|
What is our daily cross? It is those things in our lives that produce suffering of body, mind, or heart. It is those things which in our poor judgment seem to hinder the easy flow of our religious life.... Were there no suffering at all, then there would be no cross at all.
January 1, 2017
|Thy Name Is as Ointment Poured Forth |
"Very precious" and "very costly" still falls short of the measure of this treasure. Oh, if we could but see how much was contained in the simple words Christ spoke to His disciples, to us: "This is my body, which is broken for you"; "my blood... which is poured out for you."
October 1, 2014
|Walk in Love | George D. Watson, 1894||Love|
To walk in love—to speak, to act, to purpose, with the love of God pervading our every movement—is the best and sublimest form of existence. To do this there must be a thorough abandonment of self-will, self-opinion, and self-desire.
October 1, 2015
|Christ Our Healer | Albert B. Simpson, 1890||Healing|
Divine healing is the supernatural, divine power of God, infused into human bodies, renewing their strength and replacing the weakness of suffering human frames with the life and power of God.... It is the same power... that converted your soul.
June 1, 2015
|Four Outpourings of the Spirit | George D. Watson, 1891||Holy Spirit|
Some people today... have been pardoned, but have not got over into the Acts of the Apostles.... But a real Bible Christian has been through repentance at Sinai, has been reconciled at the cross of Christ, and has been baptized with the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.
January 1, 2015
|Himself | Albert B. Simpson, 1891||Jesus/Savior|
That is the way to look at the Scriptures and understand the thoughts of God—to see in them the face of Love, shining through and through. Not ideas, nor doctrines, but Jesus Himself as the Life and Source and sustaining Presence of all our life.
March 1, 2015
|Is Holiness Legalism? | John Wesley, 1762||Holiness|
Do not say, "I can do nothing." If so, then you know nothing of Christ. Then you have no faith. For if you have faith, if you believe, then you "can do all things through Christ" who strengthens you. You can love Him and keep His commandments.
September 1, 2015
|Learning Spiritual Lessons | George D. Watson, 1898||Discipline|
We acquire physical knowledge through our senses.... We obtain intellectual knowledge by the exercise of reason.... We gain spiritual knowledge through the operation of revealed truth and the agency of the inner spiritual being.
November 1, 2015
|Preparation for Trial | James R. Miller, 1885||Trials|
There is a wide difference between being anxious about coming troubles and being prepared beforehand for troubles that may come.... Those only can truly live in quiet peace... who have already made preparation for anything that may come to them.
July 1, 2015
|The Travail of Zion | Beverly Carradine, 1910||Salvation|
Travail is one of the sharpest pains known in the physical realm.... [God] applies it to the church, and says that such a suffering, burden, and agonizing cry must come on His people, before sons and daughters are born unto Him.
April 1, 2015
|Why Weepest Thou? | Beverly Carradine, 1899||Hope|
Of all the things that He might have said, perhaps no more beautiful, blessed, needful, and significant speech could have been made by Him to His sorrowing disciples—and, beyond them, to the struggling, battling Church in all ages, and even to the sinful world itself.
August 15, 2016
|“At Thy Word, I Will” | James R. Miller, 1904||Obedience|
Many people suffer from the ignorance of those whom they trust as guides. But in Jesus Christ we have a Leader who never errs in wisdom. He never gives wrong advice. He is never mistaken in His decision as to what we ought to do.
October 1, 2016
|Heavenly Wisdom in Saving Souls | Daniel S. Warner, 1887||Wisdom|
The best convincer that we are "the seed which the Lord hath blessed" is the actual fruit of salvation, the real deliverance of men from the power of sin, and the manifestation of the virtues of a holy life. Aim directly at getting men and women saved.
December 15, 2016
|Homeless at Christmas |
My nervous mind immediately thought of our car. Had I locked the door?... It's not that I begrudge homeless people of a warm house or good food, but I suspect that they choose their lifestyle and somehow want to be unclean.
November 20, 2016
|Shall We Worry? | James R. Miller, 1888||Comfort|
A practical piece of homely, common-sense wisdom says that there are two kinds of things we should not worry about—things we can help, and things we cannot. Evils we can help we ought to help.... But there are things we cannot help....
April 15, 2016
|Surmounting Barriers to Faith | George D. Watson, 1894||Perseverance|
Her quest was not yet over. For we now see four great barriers her faith had yet to surmount; namely, divine silence, human coldness, class, and humiliation. If we look at these in detail, we find that they illustrate the vital issues in many lives today.
March 15, 2016
|The Blessing of Weakness | James R. Miller, 1894||Weakness|
Too many people think their weakness is a barrier to their usefulness, or make it an excuse for doing little with their life. Instead of this, however, if we give it to Christ, He will transform it into strength.
September 1, 2016
|The Sympathy of Christ | James R. Miller, 1904||Comfort|
Christ in heaven sympathizes with His friends on the earth in all their experiences.... We believe all this as a doctrine, but what meaning has it for us in our own lives? What is Christ in heaven to us in a personal, practical way?
February 1, 2016
|Wedded Life | James R. Miller, 1882||Marriage|
Married life is meant to be the happiest, fullest, purest, richest life. It is God's own ideal of completeness. It was when He saw that it was not good for man to be alone, that woman was made and brought to him to supply what was lacking.
July 1, 2016
|Ye Are the Branches | Andrew Murray, 1897||Abiding|
"I, the Vine, have taken you to be My branches.... I have surrendered Myself as God absolutely to you; I became Man and died for you that I might be entirely yours. Come and surrender yourselves entirely to be Mine."
July 1, 2017
|El Shaddai: The God Who Is Enough | Albert B. Simpson, 1897||Faith|
It may be that this is just where some of us are standing today. We have been trusting God in part and have been trying to do the other part ourselves, and God is speaking to us... "I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect."
June 1, 2017
|In Our Father’s Hands | James R. Miller, 1903||Assurance|
When Jesus said, "My Father is the husbandman," He was communicating to His disciples that the care of their lives is in the hands of God, whose name is Love.... There is no "chance"—all things are under control of God's infinite wisdom and love.
February 1, 2017
|Loving and Hating One’s Life | James R. Miller, 1896||Ministry|
It seemed a waste of precious life when Jesus died so young, and in such shame.... He lost His life, but that seed became the world's hope and joy. We understand it now. Christianity is the outcome of that "waste." Heaven is the fruit of the Redeemer's sacrifice.
May 1, 2017
|One with Christ | J. Hudson Taylor, 1869||Communion|
When my agony of soul was at its height, a sentence in a letter from dear McCarthy was used to remove the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God revealed the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never known it before.
December 1, 2017
|Remembering Christ’s Birth | Mark P. Spinks, 2017||Christmas|
Each of the characters God used in recording the events around Jesus' birth have their precious story.... God's dealings with each of these Bible figures offers a wealth of insights that He will apply to our own lives if we take the time to study and ponder.
September 1, 2017
|Wineskins for New Wine | Tyler A. Schones, 2017||Holy Spirit|
God's kingdom isn't outward, so we can't put outward definitions on it.... It's about God moving and working. He's a living, active God. So a certain outward form might have been good for a season, but He might want to change things in the future.
April 1, 2018
|Even unto the Death | Andrew Murray, 1900||Submission|
All through His life He had been "in all points tempted like as we are".... In this last hour of the powers of darkness they make one great assault on the very citadel of His being, and seek to tempt Him with the sorest of all temptations... the assertion of our self-will.
March 1, 2018
|Finding the Way | James R. Miller, 1904||Guidance|
We have the privilege to pray, "Show me the way I should go," and expect to be answered. There will be a Hand extended to guide us, to open the path for us, and to help us over the hard pinches of the road.
December 1, 2018
|From Immaturity to Maturity | Micah P. Hozen, 2018||Youth|
Newborn lambs are totally dependent.... eventually... they'll be mature enough to be fruitful. In the same way, God has planned that immature, newborn baby lambs in His church will grow into mature, productive, fruitful sheep in the pasture of God, in His fold.
October 1, 2018
|Having the Mind of Christ | James R. Miller, 1903||Consecration|
We say we want to be like Christ.... But what do we mean by being like Christ? Are we not in danger of getting into our vision of it, merely an easy kind of life, a gentle piety, a dainty charity, a fashionable holiness, a pleasing service?
July 1, 2018
|Jesus’ Friendships | James R. Miller, 1910||Friendship|
Some have suggested that a colony be established that would exclude all ignorant and obnoxious people. That was not the thought of Christ in founding His church.... He was a friend to the worst, that He might make them fit to be among the best.
September 1, 2018
|Jesus Himself | Andrew Murray, 1893||Jesus/Savior|
Perhaps there are some who... are not yet truly satisfied with what they have. If you throw open your heart and give up everything but just believing and allowing Him to do what He wants.... Jesus will reveal Himself.
February 1, 2018
|“Look unto Me, and Be Saved” | Charles H. Spurgeon, 1897||Invitation|
I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair until now had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm, one Sunday morning, while I was going to a certain place of worship. When I could go no further, I turned down a side street....
May 1, 2018
|More than Conquerors | Albert B. Simpson, 1890||Warfare|
Are we looking upon our spiritual adversaries and obstacles as things that have come, not to crush us, but to be cast down for the honor and glory of our Captain's cause? Thus shall we be "more than conquerors through him that loved us."
August 1, 2018
|The Salvation of All | Andrew Murray, 1900||Salvation|
If we only knew God and His love, how we would look upon every person we see as one... for whom [He] longs. We would begin to wonder at the mystery of grace that has taken the Church... as a partner in the great work of making that love known.
June 1, 2019
|Apprehending God | Aiden W. Tozer, 1948||Vision|
We apprehend the physical world by exercising the faculties given us for the purpose, and we possess spiritual faculties by means of which we can know God and the spiritual world if we will obey the Spirit's urge and begin to use them.
April 1, 2019
|Giving Up the Right to Our Standard of Living | Mabel R. Williamson, 1957||Missionary|
Most of us like things the way we are used to having them.... What is to be our attitude on the mission field? Are we free to try to have things the way we would like them...? Or ought we to attempt... to conform to the way of life of the people among whom we live?
January 1, 2019
|Go Forward | James R. Miller, 1908||Growth|
There is always danger that we become contented with our routine, and indisposed to go beyond it.... But, besides this monotonous round... there should always be something larger going on. "You have gone around this mountain long enough: turn northward."
February 1, 2019
|Lord, Teach Us to Pray | Andrew Murray, 1885||Prayer|
Come, my brothers and sisters! Shall we not go to the Blessed Master and ask Him anew to enroll our names too in that school which He always keeps open for those who long to continue their studies in the Divine art of prayer and intercession?
August 1, 2019
|Obedience That Pleases Christ | James R. Miller, 1905||Obedience|
The most triumphant word anyone can say at the end of his life is, "I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." And it is the only way to receive the approving verdict, "Well done, good and faithful servant... enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
May 1, 2019
|One Thing I Do | James R. Miller, 1904||Work|
If in our hearts the great master purpose is to live for Christ only, we will grow continually away from all that is worldly and unworthy, toward things which are spiritual and Divine. Paul describes himself as "...stretching forward to the things which are before."
March 1, 2019
|Over-Waiting for God | James R. Miller, 1896||Warning|
There are times when closet prayer is not the duty of the hour.... We may think we are honoring God by waiting... but really we are dishonoring Him by lack of present faith and ready obedience. Blessing... cannot be given to us until we go forth to get it.
September 1, 2019
|The Joy of the Lord | Albert B. Simpson, 1890||Joy|
His great salvation is inseparably linked with a rejoicing spirit. True, it can stoop to sorrow; it will enter the saddest home and the darkest midnight, but it cannot dwell with gloom. It must banish sorrow as well as sin, and live in the light of joy.
July 1, 2019
|When the Song Begins | James R. Miller, 1905||Joy|
What is the secret? When does the song begin? What is it that gives to the believer in God this quenchless joy? In the record of the opening of the temple by Hezekiah we find a sentence which suggests the answer.