Ill consequence of betraying a trust – Effects of fidelity

Proverbs 13: 17 17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health. Here we have, 1. The ill consequences of betraying a trust. A wicked messenger, who, being sent to negotiate any business, is false to him that employed him, divulges his counsels, and so defeats his designs, cannot expect to prosper, but will certainly fall into some mischief or other, will be discovered and punished, since nothing is more Continue Reading

Get clear first about Him

Revelation 22: 16 I, Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright, the morning star. The book of the Revelation is the unveiling, the apocalypses, of Jesus Christ. It draws aside the curtain to reveal Him. Its object is not primarily to enlighten us regarding coming events – the antichrist, the supposed revival of the Roman Empire, the rapture of the saints, Continue Reading

Wisdom to be cautious – folly to be rash

PROVERBS 13:16 16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. Note, 1. It is wisdom to be cautious. Every prudent discreet man does all with knowledge (considering with himself and consulting with others), acts with deliberation and is upon the reserve, is careful not to meddle with that which he has not some knowledge of, not to launch out into business which he has not acquainted himself with, will not Continue Reading

Iran – this is the strategic reality, like it or not

Statesmen in the West are concerned that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons. Iran officially denies any such attempt. “We are developing peaceful nuclear power,” they declare. As if to fuel fears and suspicions abroad, the Iranians refuse the kind of oversight that would ensure their program is peaceful. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wonders why the Iranians insist on enriching uranium on their own terms. Why would an oil rich Continue Reading

FITTED FOR SERVICE

2 TIMOTHY 2: 21 [RSV] A vessel for noble use. The worker engaged in rescuing people from the snare of the devil, into the will of God, is the man who has purged himself from all that is ignoble. Timothy’s personal life would make him usable in this rescue work, according to whether he was marked by three essentials, which come in v 22. First, ‘Flee youthful lust.’ Turn your back on them. Run away. Many a good man has fallen at the moral hurdle; Continue Reading

The Old Titans All Collapsed. Is the U.S. Next?

Back in August, during the panic over mortgages, Alan Greenspan offered reassurance to an anxious public. The current turmoil, the former Federal Reserve Board chairman said, strongly resembled brief financial scares such as the Russian debt crisis of 1998 or the U.S. stock market crash of 1987. Not to worry. But in the background, one could hear the groans and feel the tremors as larger political and economic tectonic plates collided. Nine Continue Reading

COMPARE NOT ONLY THE END BUT THE WAY

PROVERBS 13: 15 15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. If we compare not only the end, but the way, we shall find that religion has the advantage; for, 1. The way of saints is pleasant and agreeable: Good understanding gains favour with God and man; our Saviour grew in that favour when he increased in wisdom. Those that conduct themselves prudently, and order their conversation aright in every thing, that Continue Reading