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  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon :: Morning and Evening

    08/08/2014 3:09:03 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 4 replies
    Blue Letter Bible Devotionals ^ | 8 August 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon August 8, 2014 Morning Reading They weave the spider's web. —Isaiah 59:5 See the spider's web, and behold in it a most suggestive picture of the hypocrite's religion. It is meant to catch his prey: the spider fattens himself on flies, and the Pharisee has his reward. Foolish persons are easily entrapped by the loud professions of pretenders, and even the more judicious cannot always escape. Philip baptized Simon Magus, whose guileful declaration of faith was so soon exploded by the stern rebuke of Peter. Custom, reputation, praise, advancement, and other flies, are the...
  • Morning & Evening with Charles H. Spurgeon

    06/27/2014 9:54:34 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 1 replies
    Blue Letter Bible.Org ^ | 27 June 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon June 27, 2014 Morning Reading Only ye shall not go very far away. —Exodus 8:28 This is a crafty word from the lip of the arch-tyrant Pharaoh. If the poor bondaged Israelites must needs go out of Egypt, then he bargains with them that it shall not be very far away; not too far for them to escape the terror of his arms, and the observation of his spies. After the same fashion, the world loves not the non-conformity of nonconformity, or the dissidence of dissent, it would have us be more charitable and...
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    06/24/2014 12:19:26 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible.Org ^ | June 24, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon June 24, 2014 Morning Reading A certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. —Luke 11:27, 28 It is fondly imagined by some that it must have involved very special privileges to have been the mother of our Lord, because they supposed that she had the benefit of looking into His very heart in a way in which...
  • Morning & Evening with Charles H. Spurgeon

    05/19/2014 12:27:19 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Blue Letter ^ | May 19, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon May 19, 2014 Morning Reading I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth. —Ecclesiastes 10:7 Upstarts frequently usurp the highest places, while the truly great pine in obscurity. This is a riddle in providence whose solution will one day gladden the hearts of the upright; but it is so common a fact, that none of us should murmur if it should fall to our own lot. When our Lord was upon earth, although He is the Prince of the kings of the earth, yet He walked the footpath...
  • Morning and Evening with Charles H. Spurgeon

    05/14/2014 1:51:53 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Blue Letter ^ | May 14th 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon May 14, 2014 Morning Reading Joint heirs with Christ. —Romans 8:17 The boundless realms of His Father's universe are Christ's by prescriptive right. As "heir of all things," He is the sole proprietor of the vast creation of God, and He has admitted us to claim the whole as ours, by virtue of that deed of joint-heirship which the Lord hath ratified with His chosen people. The golden streets of paradise, the pearly gates, the river of life, the transcendent bliss, and the unutterable glory, are, by our blessed Lord, made over to us...
  • Morning and Evening with Charles H. Spurgeon

    05/12/2014 8:04:49 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter ^ | May 12, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon May 12, 2014 Morning Reading And will manifest myself to him. —John 14:21 The Lord Jesus gives special revelations of Himself to His people. Even if Scripture did not declare this, there are many of the children of God who could testify the truth of it from their own experience. They have had manifestations of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in a peculiar manner, such as no mere reading or hearing could afford. In the biographies of eminent saints, you will find many instances recorded in which Jesus has been pleased, in a...
  • Morning and Evening with Charles H. Spurgeon

    04/29/2014 10:22:19 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 7 replies
    Blue Letter ^ | April 29, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon April 29, 2014 Morning Reading Thou art my hope in the day of evil. —Jeremiah 17:17 The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in God's Word, "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace"; and it is a great truth, that religion is calculated to give a man happiness below as well as bliss above; but experience tells us that if the course of the just be "As the shining light that shineth...
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon :: Morning and Evening

    04/16/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 5 replies
    Blue Letter ^ | April 16, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon April 16, 2014 Morning Reading The precious blood of Christ. —1 Peter 1:19 Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is "precious" because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ's people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, made one with Him. Christ's blood is also "precious" in its cleansing power; it "cleanseth from all sin." "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as...
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon :: Morning and Evening

    04/10/2014 11:44:54 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 5 replies
    Blue Letter ^ | April 10, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon April 10, 2014 Morning Reading The place which is called Calvary. —Luke 23:33 The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary; the house of consolation is built with the wood of the cross; the temple of heavenly blessing is founded upon the riven rock-riven by the spear which pierced His side. No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like Calvary's tragedy. "Is it not strange, the darkest hour That ever dawned on sinful earth, Should touch the heart with softer power, For comfort, than an angel's mirth? That to the Cross...
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon :: Morning and Evening

    04/04/2014 11:45:53 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Blue Letter Bible.Org ^ | April 4, 2014 | Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon April 4, 2014 Morning Reading For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. —2 Corinthians 5:21 Mourning Christian! why weepest thou? Art thou mourning over thine own corruptions? Look to thy perfect Lord, and remember, thou art complete in Him; thou art in God's sight as perfect as if thou hadst never sinned; nay, more than that, the Lord our Righteousness hath put a divine garment upon thee, so that thou hast more than the righteousness of...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    04/03/2014 10:04:50 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | April 3, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon April 3, 2014 Morning Reading They took Jesus, and led Him away. —John 19:16 He had been all night in agony, He had spent the early morning at the hall of Caiaphas, He had been hurried from Caiaphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, and from Herod back again to Pilate; He had, therefore, but little strength left, and yet neither refreshment nor rest were permitted Him. They were eager for His blood, and therefore led Him out to die, loaded with the cross. O dolorous procession! Well may Salem's daughters weep. My soul,...
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon :: Morning and Evening--26 March 2014

    03/26/2014 2:57:20 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 6 replies ^ | March 26, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 26, 2014 Morning Reading Jesus said unto them, If ye seek Me, let these go their way. —John 18:8 Mark, my soul, the care which Jesus manifested even in His hour of trial, towards the sheep of His hand! The ruling passion is strong in death. He resigns Himself to the enemy, but He interposes a word of power to set His disciples free. As to Himself, like a sheep before her shearers He is dumb and opened not His mouth, but for His disciples’ sake He speaks with Almighty energy. Herein is...
  • Morning and Evening with Charles H. Spurgeon-19 March 2014

    03/19/2014 8:46:47 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies ^ | March 19, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon March 19, 2014 Morning Reading Strong in faith. —Romans 4:20 Christian, take good care of thy faith; for recollect faith is the only way whereby thou canst obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers, from God's throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes. Faith is the angelic messenger between the soul and the Lord Jesus in glory. Let that angel be withdrawn, we can neither send up prayer, nor receive the answers. Faith is the telegraphic...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon-12 March 2014

    03/12/2014 12:32:41 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | March 12, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning Reading Thou shalt love thy neighbour. —Matthew 5:43 "Love thy neighbour." Perhaps he rolls in riches, and thou art poor, and living in thy little cot side-by-side with his lordly mansion; thou seest every day his estates, his fine linen, and his sumptuous banquets; God has given him these gifts, covet not his wealth, and think no hard thoughts concerning him. Be content with thine own lot, if thou canst not better it, but do not look upon thy neighbour, and wish that he were as thyself. Love him, and then thou wilt not envy him. Mayhap, on the...
  • Morning and Evening with Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/11/2014 3:19:08 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 3 replies
    Blue Letter Bible Devotional ^ | March 11, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    March 11th — Morning Reading "Sin . . . exceeding sinful." — Romans 7:13 Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly true, that even a Christian may grow...
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon: Morning and Evening-7 March 2014

    03/07/2014 12:05:26 PM PST · by redleghunter · 4 replies ^ | 7 March 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    March 7th — Morning Reading "Have faith in God." — Mark 11:22 Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly; but faith is the foot which carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well; and without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag heavily. With faith I can do all things; without faith I shall neither have the inclination nor the power to do anything in the service of...
  • Morning and Evening with Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/06/2014 8:46:48 AM PST · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | March 6, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning Reading Ye must be born again. —John 3:7 Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are "born again," for there are many who fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there be something more added to it-the being "born again," is a matter so mysterious, that...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    02/07/2014 2:35:10 PM PST · by redleghunter · 4 replies ^ | February 7, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning Reading Arise, and depart. —Micah 2:10 The hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes to all-"Arise, and go forth from the home in which thou hast dwelt, from the city in which thou hast done thy business, from thy family, from thy friends. Arise, and take thy last journey." And what know we of the journey? And what know we of the country to which we are bound? A little we have read thereof, and somewhat has been revealed to us by the Spirit; but how little do we know of the realms...
  • The Divine Office: Devotion must be practised in different ways

    01/24/2014 8:25:37 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 1 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/24/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From The Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales, bishop When God the Creator made all things, he commanded the plants to bring forth fruit each according to its own kind; he has likewise commanded Christians, who are the living plants of his Church, to bring forth the fruits of devotion, each one in accord with his character, his station and his calling. I say that devotion must be practised in different ways by the nobleman and by the working man, by the servant and by the prince, by the widow, by the unmarried girl and by...
  • Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon- January 16, 2014

    01/16/2014 8:58:15 AM PST · by redleghunter · 13 replies Daily Devotionals ^ | January 16, 2014 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning Reading I will help thee, saith the Lord. —Isaiah 41:14 This morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: "I will help thee." "It is but a small thing for Me, thy God, to help thee. Consider what I have done already. What! not help thee? Why, I bought thee with My blood. What! not help thee? I have died for thee; and if I have done the greater, will I not do the less? Help thee! It is the least thing I will ever do for thee; I have done more, and will...
  • Constitution Check: Is devotion to the Constitution destroying democracy?

    11/12/2013 9:34:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/12/13 | Lyle Denniston - National Constitution Center
    Lyle Denniston looks at a claim that interpreting an old document, like the U.S. Constitution, is a doomed attempt to apply outdated legal principles. THE STATEMENT AT ISSUE: “Professor Neuborne describes this dysfunctional democracy very well, but he does not give the real reason for that dysfunction – the reverence for the United States Constitution. Each of the Supreme Court’s iniquities he lists is based on the interpretation by five of nine high priests of increasingly irrelevant documents written by wealthy white men in an unimaginably different and distant world.” ... WE CHECKED THE CONSTITUTION, AND… One of the fundamental...
  • Hold Him (Vanity Poem)

    06/01/2013 3:09:32 AM PDT · by God-fear-republican · 4 replies
    self | 06-01-13 | God-fear-republic
    HOLD HIM Cover Him in the evening; evenings turn eternal dawns; Offer Him the mantle; the mantle of your heart shall adorn His altar. Then the Lord and the soul shall embrace in their secret chamber; Their conversation full of adoring love shall last into the twilight. Do you think such heavenly bliss shall end with your life on earth? Or His materialized Love perpetuates into Heavenly dwelling? Splendid splendor, intense sweetness is for those who love; Long for them, with renewed kindling in hopeful trust, Which overflows to be overflowed by the Divine Grace-current. The infinite engulfing current originates...
  • How to get something out of Mass (Vanity)

    12/02/2012 4:57:40 AM PST · by God-fear-republican · 21 replies
    self | God-fearing-republican
    If we do not get anything out of the Mass or very little because we are blocking the benefits or Divine Grace by our head and our heart. BLOCKING WITH OUR HEAD: We block ourselves from receiving Grace derived from the Holy Mass due to our head. Some main reasons: we get distracted or preoccupied; we find fault in priestly celebrant, crying babies, Mass order, readings, and other people talking or disrespectful in Mass, and so on; we do not know the details of the Mass and their implications; we do not know why we celebrate Mass; we cannot hear...
  • Evangelicals Becoming More Devout, Catholics Less So

    11/26/2012 5:09:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Live Science ^ | 11/26/2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    Evangelical Protestants have become more devoted to their religious beliefs over the last three decades, even as Catholics have become less attached to their faith, new research finds. The denominational differences come even as religious affiliations have decreased overall in America, with the number of people who claim no religious affiliation at all doubling from 7 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2000, said study researcher Philip Schwadel, a sociologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Nevertheless, Schwadel said, these unaffiliated individuals seem to be dropping out of religious institutions that they were previously ambivalent about. People who feel...
  • Dog Saves Family Before Dying in House Fire

    04/23/2012 7:02:26 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 37 replies ^ | 04/23/2012 | Unattributed
    A Hillsborough, New Hampshire family lost everything in a fire, including the dog that saved their lives. “I’m not crying for the mess. I’m crying for the dogs,” said Paul Sousa, Sr. as he looked at the charred heap that used to be his trailer home. When fire tore through the home Thursday night, he and his son escaped with just minutes to spare thanks to their five year old beagle, Dupa.
  • The Corona of the Immaculate Conception [Catholic Caucus]

    12/05/2011 3:43:46 AM PST · by Claud · 7 replies
    Letters from Hoquessing ^ | 12/1/2011 | Claud
    As we approach the patronal feast day of the United States, it's the perfect time to mention a beautiful devotion to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The Corona of the Immaculate Conception is a chaplet composed by a Jesuit priest who was one of North America's great explorers: Father Jacques Marquette. Unfortunately, the Corona is not very well known. There's another, better known devotion called the "Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception" written by St. John Berchmanns. But in terms of authorship and historical context, Marquette's Corona has a special significance for Americans and Canadians. Let's set the stage with...
  • Heart-Wrenching Image: Dog Keeps Watch Over Fallen SEAL’s Casket During Funeral

    08/23/2011 10:56:39 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 85 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 23 August 2011 | NA
    Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson was laid to rest Friday in Rockford, Iowa, where an estimated 1,500 mourners came to pay respects for the fallen Navy SEAL, including his dog Hawkeye. In fact, Hakeye’s loyalty to his owner at the funeral was visible, creating a heart-wrenching image as he laid down by the casket of his owner during the entire service:
  • Sunday Worship Song for the Week

    01/15/2011 8:27:06 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 2 replies
    Right Side News ^ | January 15, 2011 | Jesus Culture
    Powerful worship song, He is jealous for me Loves like a hurricane I am a tree Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by Glory And I realize just how beautiful you are and how great your affections are for me
  • The First Friday Devotion in the Catholic Church [Catholic Caucus]

    11/05/2010 1:54:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies · 3+ views ^ | not given |
      The First Friday Devotion in the Catholic Church History of First Friday First Friday devotions among Catholics are related to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Christ. First Friday practices date to the last decades of the 17th century, when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary and spoke to her of His Sacred Heart. Among the promises Our Lord revealed to St. Margaret Mary, the 12th specifically referenced practices for Fridays:In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the...
  • The River

    03/16/2010 9:28:00 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 159+ views ^ | 03/16/2010 | Brian Thetford
    Ezekiel 47: 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. The account of the river flowing from the temple in the book Ezekiel gives us an illustration of just how important we are to the plan of the Lord. To paraphrase the account, Ezekiel is shown the Temple, and there is a small stream of water leaving form the temple, and running under the Temple wall out to the east. The person showing...
  • Utah trails Bible Belt states in religious commitment

    01/13/2010 7:23:00 AM PST · by Colofornian · 93 replies · 935+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Jan. 13, 2010 | Joel Campbell
    Utah, where most surveys show just more than two-thirds of the residents are Latter-day Saints, is the 12th most religious state in the United States. Utah takes a back seat to 11 Southern states, most in the Bible Belt. According to a new analysis released by the Pew Forum for Religion and Public Life, the most religious states are Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky. The rankings were based on a question about how important religion was in people's lives taken during a 2007 Religious Landscape Survey. States where religion is least important...
  • Couple Together for 59 Years; Die Moments Apart

    12/16/2009 11:05:50 AM PST · by BluesDuke · 61 replies · 2,384+ views
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | December 16, 2009 | Wendy Victora
    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS – He was quiet. She wasn’t. He liked to hunt, while she loved her potted plants. She was 16 when they met in a skating rink. They eloped in a dump truck later that year. After 59 years of marriage, James and Lolie Brackin died Saturday morning only moments apart. “They say when you die, you’re immediately in the presence of Jesus,” said their youngest daughter, Dana Troublefield. “I think she got up there and said, ‘Where’s my husband?’ And Jesus said, ‘Just a minute. I’m working on that.’ “She didn’t like to go anywhere alone,” Troublefield added....
  • The Great Man

    07/14/2009 6:58:17 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 429+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 07/14/09 | Jeannie St. John Taylor
    Even as a young child I sensed greatness in my Uncle Eldon. I remember wondering if he used the bathroom like the rest of us; surely he was too great for something so earthy. When I questioned my mother about it, she assured me all humans had to do those things, and Uncle Eldon was human. As I grew older and viewed him more realistically, I still saw him as a well-respected man who excelled in his profession, but I knew he wasn’t superhuman. In fact he was very human, which his final years clearly revealed. Childless and completely alone...
  • Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries: June 12, 2009: "Sharing Jesus"

    06/12/2009 6:28:14 AM PDT · by old-ager · 8 replies · 915+ views
    The Lutheran Hour ^ | 2009-6-12 | Rev. Ken Klaus
    Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries "Sharing Jesus" June 12, 2009 And He said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out." Mark 1:38 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their...
  • The Piety of Big League Ballplayers

    05/08/2009 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Misterioso · 4 replies · 309+ views
    Vanity | May 8, 2009 | misterioso
    I'm a dyed in the wool baseball fan and watch a game on TV almost every day. I've noticed that many players, while on the field, cross themselves or point to heaven before and/or after their appearances. It appears to me that this is predominantly a habit with African-Americans and those from Spanish-speaking countries. While white players frequently display crosses around their necks, they seem less apt to signify their faith to other players or to the crowd. Has anyone an opinion on my observation.
  • What a Question!

    03/29/2009 6:51:04 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 4 replies · 412+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him, "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." (John 6:66-69)Jesus had preached a sermon so demanding and so hard that people were evacuating His audience in droves. Jesus knew even His own disciples were contemplating abandoning ship. Jesus pierced their hearts with an arrow when He queried, "Do you want to leave...
  • Twenty Three Cents

    03/28/2009 6:21:20 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 15 replies · 724+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    Then the master called the servant in. "You wicked servant, " he said, "1 canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you? " In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. (Matthew 18:32-34)Jesus said there was once a very rich king, and there was a man who owed the rich king the sum of one million dollars. As the law carefully stipulated, it was time for the king to...
  • Our Great God

    03/27/2009 6:52:35 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 3 replies · 207+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars! (Job 22:12) Our great God has shrunk in the minds of modem Christians. He has become a dwarf rather than a giant. We get to thinking that He is too blind to see our stark misery, too deaf to hear our painful entreaties; His arms are too short and too weak to save us. I want to ask you: How big, how tall is your God? Have you squeezed Him into some tiny corner of your soul, or does He rule and reign on...
  • Bright Lights of Thessalonica

    03/26/2009 6:08:28 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 162+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica, Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. (II Timothy 4:9-10) We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6)Take an ordinary coffee cup and simply turn it over. When you do, you accomplish three definite, different tasks: One, you make it empty of its contents. Two, you make it awfully dark inside. Three, you...
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not

    03/25/2009 10:05:33 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 13 replies · 621+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:35-36)I've heard the story told that when Charlemagne (Charles the Great) died in 814 AD, the world seemed to stand still. Europe as you see it today remains the scattered fragments of his once invincible empire. When this proud monarch died, they carried him into his regal sepulcher and placed him on a priceless throne of ivory, gold and...
  • Please Stand Up!

    03/24/2009 7:10:26 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 5 replies · 301+ views
    Dudley Rutherford
    The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (II Corinthians 4:4)Today's modern person is suffering from an identity crisis. Housewives are weighing whether to work out of the home and be a breadwinner or stay home and be a mom, or both. Businessmen are torn between the busy demands of the office or company and the needs of their families. Teenagers don't know whether to follow the world or the church, or both. People at work...
  • Maybe Today

    03/23/2009 6:33:38 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 273+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? (Matthew 24:44-45)Once upon a time, a man shipwrecked on a desolate island. As he staggered ashore, he was met by a group of natives. Expecting to be killed, he was shocked when the natives expressed to him that he was a very lucky man. They had a rule...
  • Half A Man

    03/22/2009 5:54:12 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 11 replies · 460+ views
    Dudley Rutherford
    If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.(Matthew 18:8-9)I remember a preacher telling this story. He said a famous evangelist was preaching at a large western university....
  • Three Questions

    03/21/2009 4:45:58 PM PDT · by WhatNot · 4 replies · 356+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these? " "Yes, Lord," he said, "you knoyv that I love you," Jesus said, "Feed my lambs. "Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me? " He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you. " Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep. " (John 21:15-16) The silver morning mist arises from Galilee, as we see Jesus speaking to His disciples after His resurrection. Jesus looks at Peter and three times asks, "Do you love Me more than these?"...
  • Tears of Jesus

    03/20/2009 6:51:20 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. Jesus wept.(John 11:33, 35) When our Master saw Mary and Martha weeping over their dead brother Lazarus, He began to bathe His face in briny tears. His heart was broken because their hearts were broken. Some have suggested that the only reason Jesus cried was that He knew if He called Lazarus back to life, He would be calling a man to leave a perfect Heaven for a valley of tears called earth. Maybe. I think...
  • Hospital For Sinners

    03/19/2009 6:49:08 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 2 replies · 317+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    Be careful not to do your "acts of righteousness" before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.(Matthew 6:1)"I'd go to church and serve the Lord but there are too many hypocrites in the church!" You've never, ever heard that one before? Sure, there are hypocrites in the church and maybe that's exactly where they ought to be. We've said it many times: "The church is not a hotel for saints; it is a hospital for sinners." I know of a church that has a huge sign at its...
  • Cornerstone

    03/18/2009 8:15:28 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 4 replies · 200+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.(I Corinthians 3:11)And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.(Matthew 16:18)Who is the foundation of the Christian Church? Certainly not man. Not rules or traditions. Not even the Holy Spirit or God the Father. Certainly not Mohammed, Buddha, Joseph Smith or any other earthling. We have sung before: "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest...
  • His Only Possession

    03/17/2009 6:42:28 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 166+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (I Timothy 6:17)Jesus had more to say about money than He said about Heaven and hell put together. Money is the second most talked about subject in the Bible. Nearly one half of his 37 parables are about stewardship and money. One out of every six verses in the Gospels is about money so, if God wants us to talk...
  • Diamonds

    03/16/2009 6:57:53 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 332+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotion | Dudley Rutherford
    Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. (Isaiah 55:1-2)Guy de Maupassant's story, "The Necklace," tells the tragic story of a girl named Mathilde. Invited to an exclusive and elegant dance, she borrowed a most costly necklace from a rich friend. The necklace...
  • Abundance of Possessions

    03/15/2009 8:07:59 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 3 replies · 270+ views
    Romancing Royalty Devotional | Dudley Rutherford
    Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you? " (Luke 12:13-14)In this scene, our Lord is masterfully teaching, as no one else can, when all of a sudden a raspy voice interrupts, "Lord, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." Our Lord refused to get involved when He said, "Who made me a referee between you and your brother?" Jesus was saying that to get involved over something so useless would be a waste of everyone's...