I made a little video a couple days ago. It was five years ago that I was diagnosed with cancer (CLL), so I wanted to capitalize on the timing, celebrate God's goodness, and use what He's done in me to help others.
In this video, I share how I would have never known I had cancer unless they tested my blood. There was no other way to validate that without a test. Well, the same way with our spiritual condition. There's no way to determine your spiritual condition without a test. And God's word gives us a clear test of what God expects and what often is not happening. So God's word is revealing — like my cancer was revealed through a test, His word reveals, okay, I got a problem. And who's the only one that can reconcile that? Jesus Jesus Jesus!
Recently, I shared a witness with some guys building a new fence around the cemetery. I got to talk with them about how we ALL come from one blood. How my blood was polluted and messed up with a particular kind of blood cancer. They looked at me like, "You got cancer?" I said, "Yeah, I have a blood disorder, I have bad blood, diseased blood!" Then I said, "But I would've never known that I was sick, without a test. And I said, "God also gives us a test of revealing that we have a bad and corrupt heart. Our hearts are corrupt and messed up." And I had the opportunity to share how I know that and thought of doing the same with you.
And thank each of you for interceding and walking through this journey with us. And pass this word on if you think it will help those you love.
Blessing to you and your nest,
Nick and Honey
"He has made from one blood every nation of men…" Acts 17:26-31
FROM one blood we were all born into this wor
In our suffering and sorrows, we cope like Christians by turning to God to seek His compassion and righteousness.
Lord, look and have compassion! (v.1-11)
Friends, look and have compassion! (v.12-17)
Look, O LORD, in Your righteousness! (v. 18-22)
How are Christians to deal with guilt, pain and loss?
Why are we urged to avoid sin? 2 Corinthians 7:1
How does Jesus know what our grief is like? Isaiah 53:3
When will our tears be wiped away? Revelation 21:4
God became man in this text. Jesus wrestled with Jacob. And this is a Pre-incarnate version of what Jesus did when He stooped to our level, without sin, to become Man and die for man's sins. We see the personality of Jesus in this text.
Speaking words of comfort, exhortation, and consolation all should be part of what all the people of God, should do and be able to do since we are children of the God of all comforts. That's one of the things it's necessary to have the Holy Spirit within us to do this properly and effectively.
You Know... Better than Anyone
You — Know — her
You — Know — him
You — know — Him
Bless, support, honor what is known and acceptable to your spouse and Savior.
"Let the husband thoughtfully and tenderly give to his wife the affection and attention she needs, and likewise also the wife should not neglect her husband in this area. Their bodies belong to one another... as God's word says, "DO NOT DEPRIVE one another EXCEPT with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control" (1 Corinthians 7:1-5).
Three things that make a GARDEN of MARRIAGE fresh and flourishing. They not only refresh the garden, like the fresh rains from above, like water to a growing garden, they are irreplaceable in a vibrant AND healthy relationship between a husband and wife. What are they? AFFECTION • ATTENTION • INTIMACY.
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...our Father and our God REPEATS HIMSELF TO US and reminds us AGAIN and AGAIN to trust Him and to believe what He has promised to us in His Word.
In our text this evening, the bridegroom repeated Himself to His bride and once again encouraged her THAT SHE WAS STILL HIS ONE TRUE LOVE!
While the maxim "the medium is the message" is slightly exaggerated, it, nevertheless, contains a powerful, biblical truth. The medium, in our case, the Christian, embodies to a certain degree, the message he or she proclaims. Clearly, evangelism includes telling others about the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, and their need to repent and put their faith in Him. At the same time, Christians are called to be living advertisements of the truth they proclaim.
There will be "A DAY" when we will follow the Lord Jesus out of this world, that is certainly one comforting application here, but I also see the Words of the bridegroom and of Christ to be spoken in the continuing present, always and "every when"!
In your Christian life and in your devotions and fellowship with Christ, does your faith lift you out of this world and into His holy presence?
Christ is always beholding us, looking through as from a window or
through the lattice.
Do you hear the voice of your Lord each day? Do you know His
voice? Does He speak to you in the Word?
Tenderness and Toughness
Blessings friends, Pastor Nick, I just wanted to jump on here and give you a brief word on how to recognize — an undeniable way to recognize — those that legitimately have entrusted themselves to Jesus. There'll be two things that will always be evident of a genuine believer. Number one is their tenderness to Jesus, His message, and His work. There's a sensitivity to the person who hears the message of the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ, they welcome it when God is at work. And they received the message as it is the word of God, which is a supernatural work that only God can do, as we find in First Thessalonians is brought to light they received the word as it was, because of how the word was revealed to them. That is, God was involved in it with power. And it was a word revealed, not just to them, but within them, and therefore their heart is humble. Their spirit is meek and teachable. And they are sensitive, they welcome the word with no restrictions. That's what we see, on the day of Pentecost, when Peter preached that message, and they welcomed the word of the gospel. And that is the distinguishing work of God. That's what faith looks like. It's moved. That's what a sensitive heart is. Noah, for example, Enoch, who walked with God, to walk with God, you go with God, he went with him to walk with Him. And Noah was affected by the word, the warning, the word that came to him and it moved him, there is always always always going to be that tenderness to the message like King Josiah, when he received the word, his heart was tender before God sensitive before God, when Zacchaeus heard Jesus call him out of the tree, there was a sensitivity.
We're on the road to the cross now. There are stops along the way, like the one we're about to study, but at each stop and at every turn, we see Christ – the King of kings and Lord of lords, set the standard for Christian living. He shows love, He's kind to His betrayer, He humbles Himself, and He follows the will of the Father. It is the grace of God on display.
The challenge for us is to decide: What will we do with Christ? Is He Savior or just another teacher? Is He Messiah or just another martyr? Your decision will decide your eternity.