In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Jan
19

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“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'” (Mark 16:15).

Jan
10

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“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”Matthew 16:26

Have a great day in His word!

Jan
03

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“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

This year for In His Word we are going to consider some “sentence sermons” based on His word.  I’m going to do my best (as hard as it may be at times) to leave my comments out and simply post the “sermon” along with a Scripture upon which it could be based.  You may think of others, and if so feel free to reply with them for the benefit of all.  I pray that you may be exhorted by them, and as always,…

Have a great day in His word!

Dec
29

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When writing to the seven churches of Asia, Jesus said, “Only hold fast what you have until I come. …hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (Revelation 2:25; 3:11).  He said it this way to the saints in Smyrna: “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (2:10).

One dictionary defines “hold fast” as to “continue to believe in or adhere to an idea or principle.”  This is exactly what the faithful Christians needed to do with their faith: hold on to it, continue to believe in God.

If Jesus were to write to us today He could say the same thing: “Hold fast… Be faithful…”  May we do so.

Have a great day in His word!

Note: This post brings to an end what “Jesus Said,” along with another year of In His Word messages.  I pray that they have been beneficial.  Happy new year!

Dec
27

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To the church at Laodicea Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20).

What do you do when someone is standing at the door and knocking?  It depends on who it is, right?  If it is a salesman you probably ignore him until he goes away, but if it is a loved one you open the door immediately and let in him/her.  Dining with someone provides an opportunity to get to know him/her better, to improve your relationship.

How do you treat Jesus: like a salesman or a loved one?  He has nothing to sell but everything to give.  Let Him in and enjoy the meal!

Have a great day in His word!

Dec
22

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To the church in Laodicea Jesus said, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline;…” (Revelation 3:19).  Jesus said some harsh things to this church, calling them “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” (:17) and saying that He would “spit you out of My mouth” (:16).  Why?  Because He loved them.

The Lord has always dealt this way with people.  The wise man Solomon wrote, “For whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.” (Proverbs 3:12).  Just as a father disciplines his son because he loves him, the Lord disciplines us out of love.

Be thankful for the rebuke and discipline of the Lord.  It reminds us of His love.

Have a great day in His word!

Dec
20

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Jesus said to five of the seven churches, “…repent…”  He said, “Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. …Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. …unless they repent of her deeds. …  ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. …Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.” (Revelation 2:5, 16, 22; 3:3, 19).

Do Jesus’ words apply only to these churches?  “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3-5).  The message is the same for you and me: repent or perish.

Have a great day in His word!

Dec
15

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Twice to the churches of Asia Jesus said, “Remember…”  To the church at Ephesus He said, “Therefore remember from where you have fallen,…” (Revelation 2:5); and to the church at Sardis He said, “Remember what you have received and heard,…” (Revelation 3:3).

The end of a year is often a time of reflection for some people, remembering the events of the past year.  Any time you find yourself slipping spiritually is a time for reflection.  Remember what led you to become a Christian; remember that initial feeling of being set free from your sins; remember the joy it brought to your life; remember all those reasons you have to maintain a right relationship with God.  Remember and take the needed action now, or else you will remember it for all eternity and not be able to do anything about it.

Have a great day in His word!

Dec
14

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To the church at Laodicea Jesus said, “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16).

The Lord does not tolerate half-hearted service.  It sickens Him.  Examine your life and see if you need to “be zealous and repent” (:19).  “Spend and be spent” (2 Corinthians 12:15) – or be spit.

Have a great day in His word!

Dec
08

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To the church at Sardis Jesus said, “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” (Revelation 3:1).  Someone has described the church as the morgue with a steeple.

What was true of this church can be true of churches today.  Is it true of the church where you worship?  It can be true of individuals.  Is it true of you?  Are you alive or dead?  How can you tell?

If you see a tree and a post, how can you tell which one is alive and which is dead?  The tree will continue to grow because its roots are still drawing nourishment from the soil, thus demonstrating it is alive.  The post will grow no more – and even deteriorate – because it is no longer receiving nourishment, thus demonstrating it is dead.

If you are not growing you are dead.  “Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain,…” (:2).  The Lord wants trees (Psalm 1:1-3), not posts.

Have a great day in His word!

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