Left to myself, I cannot truly know God. Even the consciousness of a supreme being comes from the hand of God, put there in the heart of every human being by the Creator Himself (John 1:4). The only way I can hope to grow and nurture that spark of understanding is to seek God out in His word.
“Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow” (Mark 4:3).
The parable of the sower is one of Christ’s most famous parables. (See also Matthew 13:1-9). It speaks of the spreading of the Gospel and how it is received. Sadly, the Gospel seed has a success rate of only twenty-five percent – not because the seed is no good, but because not all the soil is receptive. Continue reading
I once owned a maroon Ford LTD Wagon. I’m pretty sure it was brand new once. It wasn’t when I bought it, though – for $300.00. It was beat up and worn. The back end sagged because the suspension was shot, and the tailgate had a barrel lock on it because it was designed to swing open like a door, and sometimes if you accelerated too fast, it would swing open and try to take a swat at other vehicles like an old lady with a purse. Continue reading
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
When Christ came to earth the first time, the Pharisees were hoping that this man who claimed to be Messiah would be the Savior who would rescue them from Rome. They were sorely disappointed. He was there to be a Savior all right, but a Savior from sin. The Pharisees did not think they needed such a Savior and when it became apparent that Christ would not be made king on their terms, they rejected Him and sought to have Him killed (if at all possible). (Matthew 26:4; John 9:39-41) Continue reading