encouragement: THE RIGHT USE OF THE FACULTIES HE HAS GIVEN US - 03/28/18 06:32 AM
GOD REQUIRES NO MORE FROM US THAN THE RIGHT USE OF THE FACULTIES HE HAS GIVEN US MATTHEW 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Those who will have an interest in the great salvation, will have it upon any terms, and not think them hard, nor quit their hold without a blessing. The things of God are of great and common concern. God requires no more from us than the right use of the faculties he has given us. People are ignorant, … (3 comments)

encouragement: MY PRESENCE WILL GO WITH YOU AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST - 03/26/18 09:42 AM
MY PRESENCE WILL GO WITH YOU AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST EXODUS 33:14 The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." BENSON COMMENTARY from thy present perplexity MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY We are not only saved from ruin, but become entitled to everlasting happiness. God's gracious promises, and mercy towards us, should not only encourage our faith, but also excite our fervency in prayer. … (3 comments)

encouragement: A LITTLE MORE KINDNESS, A LITTLE LESS JUDGMENT - 03/12/18 05:35 AM
A LITTLE MORE KINDNESS, A LITTLE LESS JUDGMENT
PROVERBS 11:16 A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect.
DEFINITION of PIOUS religious, devout, God-fearing, churchgoing, spiritual, prayerful, holy, godly, saintly, dedicated, reverent, dutiful, righteous
DEFINITION of DISCREET careful and circumspect in one's speech or actions, especially in order to avoid causing offense or to gain an advantage, careful, circumspect, cautious, wary, chary, guarded; tactful, diplomatic, prudent, judicious, strategic, politic, delicate, sensitive
DEFINITION of ESTEEM respect, admiration, acclaim, approbation, appreciation, favor, recognition, honor, reverence; estimation, regard, … (1 comments)

encouragement: UPRIGHT CONDUCT THAT WILL HELP - 03/09/18 05:16 AM
UPRIGHT CONDUCT THAT WILL HELP HEBREWS 12:13 Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.  NIV STUDY 12:13 Make level paths. A call for upright conduct that will help, rather than hinder, the spiritual and moral welfare of others, especially the "lame" who waver in the Christian faith. … (0 comments)

encouragement: I HONOR MY FATHER, BUT YOU DISHONOR ME - 02/28/18 03:58 AM
I HONOR MY FATHER, BUT YOU DISHONOR ME
DEFINITION of DISHONOR fail to observe or respect, disgrace, shame, discredit, bring into disrepute, humiliate, degrade, debase, lower, cheapen, drag down, drag through the mud, blacken the name of, give a bad name to, sully, stain, taint, besmirch, smear, mar, blot, stigmatize
JOHN 8:48-49They asked Jesus, "Were we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon in you?" I have no demon," Jesus answered. "I honor my Father, but you dishonor me.
ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY The contrast suggests that this dishonour was not of Him only; but also of the Father whom … (1 comments)

encouragement: DIVINE PROVIDENCE COME TO PASS - 02/27/18 04:50 AM
DIVINE PROVIDENCE COME TO PASS 
ISAIAH 43:18-19 "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE Before they “spring forth,” while as yet there is no sign of their appearing; here to the lively imagination of the prophet they are already seen “germinating,” and he calls on the people to see them as the inevitable issue of the conquests of Cyrus.
BARNES' NOTES Now it shall spring forth - It shall spring up … (3 comments)

encouragement: THUS TOUCHED BY THE LIGHT SHE BECOMES LIGHT, AND IN HER TURN IS BIDDEN TO SHINE - 02/26/18 04:47 AM
THUS TOUCHED BY THE LIGHT SHE BECOMES LIGHT, AND IN HER TURN IS BIDDEN TO SHINE
ISAIAH 60:1 "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY The word comes that bids her rise to a new life, radiant with the glory of the Lord.
MACLAREN'S EXPOSITIONS We see her thrown on the earth a mourning mother, a shackled captive. We hear her summoned once and again to awake, to arise, to shake herself from the dust, to loose the bands of her neck. These summonses are prophecies of the impending Messianic deliverance.
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encouragement: WE ARE CALLED INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD - 02/25/18 03:01 AM
WE ARE CALLED INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD We are called into the presence of God. We are exhorted to praise God, and rejoice in him. PSALM 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. BARNES'S NOTES Enter into his gates. The gates which lead to his temple, or to the place of public worship. MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY The matter of praise, and the motives to it, are very important. Know ye what God is in himself, and what he is to you. Know it; consider and apply it, then you will … (2 comments)

encouragement: LOOKING BACK LEADS TO DRAWING BACK AND DRAWING BACK IS TO PERDITION - 02/24/18 04:54 AM
LOOKING BACK LEADS TO DRAWING BACK AND DRAWING BACK IS TO PERDITION
LUKE 9:62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
JAMIESON-FAUSSET-BROWN BIBLE COMMENTARY so will they come short of salvation with a distracted attention, a divided heart.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Looking back, leads to drawing back, and drawing back is to perdition. He only that endures to the end shall be saved.
DEFINITION of PERDITION another word for hell, utter disaster, ruin, or destruction
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encouragement: THE SINCERE SOUL FALLS BUT GETS UP - 02/22/18 06:25 AM
THE SINCERE SOUL FALLS BUT GETS UP
PROVERBS 24:16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY The sincere soul falls but gets up, *and goes on his way with more care and speed.
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encouragement: POWERFUL WORD OF PROTECTION - 02/20/18 05:01 AM
A POWERFUL WORD OF PROTECTION
1 CHRONICLES 12:17 ...If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.
MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY If in faith and love we embrace the cause of Christ, he will receive, employ, and advance us.
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encouragement: TREATING ONE IN AN UNFAIR WAY BECAUSE THEY DON'T FIT IN YOUR BOX - 02/16/18 05:44 AM
TREATING ONE IN AN UNFAIR WAY BECAUSE THEY DON'T FIT IN YOUR BOX
PARTIALITY (unjust discrimination) (the Word puts this in the same category as adultery and murder in JAMES 2:11)
Discrimination is when you treat people wrong because they don't fit in your box or meet up to your standards but they may be meeting God's standards.
JAMES 2:9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
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encouragement: HAPPY VALENTINES DAY - 02/14/18 04:19 AM
I like Scrabble and I love the Word! "Happy Valentine's Day"
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encouragement: MANY A SORROWFUL SPIRIT HAS BEEN MADE JOYFUL IN THE HOUSE OF PRAYER - 02/12/18 04:30 AM
MANY A SORROWFUL SPIRIT HAS BEEN MADE JOYFUL IN THE HOUSE OF PRAYER ISAIAH 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY Those who love the Lord truly, will serve him faithfully, and then his commandments are not grievous. Three things are promised. Assistance: I will not only bid them welcome, but incline them to come. Acceptance, and comfort: though they came mourning to … (1 comments)

encouragement: LET THE TRUTH OF CHRIST CONTROL, DEFINE AND SETTLE YOU - 02/11/18 04:00 AM
LET THE TRUTH OF CHRIST CONTROL, DEFINE AND SETTLE YOU A woman of character will understand the balance between truth and feeling. She will ultimately let the truth of Christ control, define, and settle her. PSALM 131:2 But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY The figure here is plain. It is taken from a baby’s first real sorrow when he not merely feels pain, but is allowed no access to that which was his solace hitherto. He moans, and frets, and sobs, but at last is … (0 comments)

encouragement: WHOSOEVER WILL - 02/10/18 07:03 PM
WHOSOEVER WILL  REVELATION 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. MACLAREN'S EXPOSITIONS The heart yearns for another’s love; the mind is restless till it grasps reality and truth. The will longs to be mastered, even though it rebels against the Master, and the whole nature of man proclaims, ‘My soul thirsteth for God; for the living God.’ No man is at rest unless he is living in conscious amity with, and in possession of, the … (2 comments)

encouragement: HARD TO FLESH AND BLOOD BUT IT'S ALL GOOD - 02/10/18 06:43 AM
IT'S ALL GOOD
You're not ready to be used by God until you can handle being misunderstood by man.
LUKE 6:22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
JAMIESON-FAUSSET-BROWN BIBLE COMMENTARY separate you—hard to flesh and blood.
GILL'S EXPOSITION and when they shall separate you from their company; either from civil conversation with them, as if they were Gentiles and uncircumcised persons; or from their religious assemblies, and so may have respect to that sort of excommunication in use, among the Jews, called or … (7 comments)

encouragement: MANY HAVE DONE EVIL BY EXCITING IMPROPER FEELINGS - 02/09/18 04:13 AM
MANY HAVE DONE EVIL BY EXCITING IMPROPER FEELINGS EPHESIANS 5:12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. BARNES' NOTES For ministers to portray them in the pulpit, and for the friends of "moral reform" to describe them before the world? The very "naming" of those abominations often produces improper associations in the mind; the description creates polluting images before the imagination; the exhibition of pictures, even for the purpose of condemning them, defiles the soul.  There are some vices which, from the corruptions of the human heart, cannot be safely described, and it is to be feared … (1 comments)

encouragement: IT IS SHAMEFUL EVEN TO MENTION WHAT THE DISOBEDIENT DO IN SECRET - 02/08/18 05:16 AM
IT IS SHAMEFUL EVEN TO MENTION WHAT THE DISOBEDIENT DO IN SECRET
EPHESIANS 5:12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Our cheerfulness should show itself as becomes Christians, in what may tend to God's glory.
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encouragement: AVOID ANYONE WHO TALKS TOO MUCH - 02/08/18 04:47 AM
AVOID ANYONE WHO TALKS TOO MUCH
PROVERBS 20:19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.
PULPIT COMMENTARY That cannot keep their mouth shut.
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