John 15:18-21 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
John 17:14-16 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I read an interesting thought yesterday by the late Vance Havner. I hope it will be a blessing to you as it was to me.
Dr. G Campbell Morgan said,"The world hates Christian people if it sees Christ in them." It will tolerate the watered down compromise of a church found in modern Christianity, but it hates Christ and will hate us. We are sheep among wolves... there is no way under Heaven to reconcile the once-born with the twice-born, the wolves with the sheep.
The only way for the church to escape hatred and hostility is to secularize the church and conform to this age; but if we escape hatred and hostility that way, we only invite contempt and scorn, for the world has no respect for a compromising Christian. A sheep trying to act like a wolf is a ridiculous sight to behold.
If I was raising my children again, I would: 16. Teach them from an early age that it's not what they want to do with their life that matters, but what the Lord desires from them is the real issue if they want to be happy. 17. Protect them from...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
If I were raising my children again: 6. I would have zero tolerance for disobedience, rebellion, and rudeness. These are three areas that I as a parent would address immediately. I would work hard to keep these ungodly seeds from germinating in...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
If I were raising my Children again, I would: 1. Place extreme importance on memorization of the Word of God. I would develop a Scripture memorization program, and make it a priority in my children’s life. My focus would be long term...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Although I would confess, if you pinned me down, I was not as good or godly a parent as I should have been, I do feel I might be able to help...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Matt. 4.19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men This is a powerful statement Jesus makes to Peter and Andrew, which I think is applicable to the followers of Jesus today. Notice some truths from this verse. He...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; After writing several articles it seems this verse has a phrase that keeps...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Today I want to go back to Nehemiah and look at some of the problems he faced in building the wall for God. We must realize that in the Lord's work problems are the normal! The devil is not going to sit idly by while God's people do a good work...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The work the Lord placed on Nehemiah's heart could not be accomplished by one man alone. He had to have help. People to help was not enough, he had to have the right kind of people. What qualities did those who helped him possess that aided them...[ abbreviated | read entire ]