A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
When Job lost everything (Job 1–2), his three friends came to commiserate with him. Their intent was to be loving: to “mourn with him, and to comfort him” (Job 2:11). They wept, mourned, and sat in silence with Job for seven days, seemingly loving him as best they could. But then, after a week, they couldn’t help themselves. They had to explain to Job that his suffering was his fault, that he was being punished by God. They had no proof beyond their judgments and opinions. Their support turned to legalism and discouragement—exactly what Job (in the midst of great suffering) didn’t need.
If Job’s friends had stuck with their original efforts, things would have been better: consolation, love, shared sorrow. No words of advice, just acts that demonstrated, “We know you are hurting…
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[King Nebuchadnezzar] answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” Daniel 2:47
Miracles occurred during the ministry of Moses, during the ministries of Elijah and Elisha, during the ministry of Jesus, and during the ministries of the apostles. In every case, they served to authenticate that the words being attributed to God were actually from God. And the miracles they performed had a dramatic effect on those who witnessed them.
Miracles also occurred during the life of Daniel in Babylon. When the King of Babylon had a dream, he insisted that his counselors first reveal the dream before declaring its meaning. They were shocked: Who could possibly know what another person dreamed? But it was a reasonable request. Otherwise, how could the king know the counselors truly had divine power? So…
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Please Pray for Israel and our Christian Earth and USA
( II Corinthians 5:17 KJV ) “Therefore if any man be in Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become New.”!!
( II Corinthians 5:1-2 KJV ) “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of GOD, an house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from Heaven:”!!
( Philippians 3:20-21 KJV ) “For our conversation is in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the LORD Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto HIS Glorious Body, according to the working whereby HE is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.”!!
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Quench not the Spirit .Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
—1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
This is a crude illustration, but let me tell you what we did after planting a field of corn when I was a young fellow in Pennsylvania. To save the field of corn from the crows, we would shoot an old crow and hang him by his heels in the middle of the field. This was supposed to scare off all of the crows for miles around. The crows would hold a conference and say, “Look, there is a field of corn but don’t go near it. I saw a dead crow over there!”
That’s the kind of conference that Satan calls, and that is exactly what he has done. He has taken some fanatical, weird, wild-eyed Christians who do things that they shouldn’t, and he has stationed them in the…
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1 John 4:8-10
Grandma, why do we give Valentines to each other?” The question sent me scurrying to find the answer. No use simply saying, “It is to show we love someone!” That would never satisfy the questing mind of this young lady!
We sat down on the rumpus room floor with books before us and began our search. We discovered, of course, that Valentine was a man and not a message of love. He was a young pagan priest in Rome during the reign of Claudius II. He hated the persecution the authorities had unleashed against the Christian community and he helped as many of these tortured people as he could, but he was found out and imprisoned.
During his imprisonment he was converted and became a Christian. He became a martyr, for he was clubbed to death on February 14, in the year 269 A.D. Actually, St. Valentine’s…
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