READ: Proverbs 24, Luke 12, Revelation 4 THE GREAT DIVIDER The Prince of Peace proclaims: “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you not at all, but rather division” (Luke 12:51). Modern man distorts Jesus into what they want Him to be: the great uniter, the one who makes everyone happy…

READ: Proverbs 11, Mark 15, 2 Peter 2 HOLD YOUR PEACE It is both remarkable and puzzling who endures in fruitful mission and ministry. There seems to be a certain “X” factor in character that defies description or even identification, which aids missionaries in fruitful labor over time. Many times I have been surprised at…

READ: Psalm 112, Nahum 3, John 16, Colossians 2 PEERLESS PRESENCE Presence Is Explanation. As Jesus is wrapping up His earthly ministry and giving His beloved disciples final instructions, He informs them “these things I did not say to you at the beginning because I was with you” (John 16:4, emphasis added). God’s presence is our explanation! Christians (especially…

READ: Psalm 85, Hosea 14, Luke 13, 2 Corinthians 4 PEACE’S KISS There is an intimacy of peace that results from being right with God and man. When our relationships are harmonious, all hell can be breaking out against us and yet we have the internal fortitude to stand strong. In order however for righteousness…

READ: Psalm 46, Jeremiah 31-33, Matthew 18, Acts 25  THE INSTABILITY OF NORMAL Some of the most precious promises of Scripture are revealed in the context of duress and instability. We love the encouragement of the psalmist regarding God being our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1-2), forgetting somehow that it is war and conflict that…

READ: Psalm 38, Jeremiah 7-9, Matthew 10, Acts 17 DON’T PRAY Because wrath and mercy meet in Jesus, we do not have an accurate understanding of Him if we make no place for wrath. To remove wrath from God is to reduce God’s nature and that is horrific blasphemy. Jeremiah was probably stunned to hear God…

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