The Book of Jude

This smallest book of the New Testament is also, in many ways, the most provocative. The Epistle of Jude is a tiny book, tragically neglected by students, yet overflowing with fascinating Old Testament references and allusions: lessons from Israel in the Wilderness, the angels that sinned, the strange events in Sodom and Gomorrah, Michael and Satan's contention over the body of Moses, and other insights from Cain, Balaam, Korah, as well as the Continue Reading

Walk with the wise to be wise v Bad company brings ruin

Proverbs 13: 20 20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Note, 1. Those that would be good must keep good company, which is an evidence for them that they would be good (men's character is known by the company they choose) and will be a means of making them good, of showing them the way and of quickening and encouraging them in it. He that would be himself wise must walk with those that Continue Reading

Man has strong desires of happiness

PROVERBS 13: 19 19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. This shows the folly of those that refuse instruction, for they might be happy and will not. 1. They might be happy. There are in man strong desires of happiness; God has provided for the accomplishment of those desires, and that would be sweet to the soul, whereas the pleasures of sense are grateful only to the carnal Continue Reading

The Proud abased – The Humble exalted

Proverbs 13: 18 18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. Note, 1. He that is so proud that he scorns to be taught will certainly be abased. He that refuses the good instruction offered him, as if it were a reflection upon his honour and an abridgment of his liberty, poverty and shame shall be to him: he will become a beggar and live and die in disgrace; every one will Continue Reading

He remembers we are dust…

He remembers we are dust Psalm 103; 13-16 As tenderly as a father treats his children, so Yahweh treats those who fear him; He knows what we are made of, He remembers we are dust. Man lasts no longer than grass, no longer than a wild flower he lives, One gust of wind, and he is gone, never to be seen there again. – The Jerusalem Bible He remembers we are dust. Powerful words and I ask myself, why should He remember? Why should the Continue Reading

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

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

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