Evening Thoughts (Peace?, Unity?, Charity?)

Peace?, Unity?, Charity? During the last month or so, I have picked up the pen on multiple occasions to write some observations and thoughts pertaining to the recent pandemic to encourage God’s people. Every time, I put the pen down with this thought, “The last thing they need right now is something else to read!” … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (Peace?, Unity?, Charity?)

Evening Thoughts (B-A-L-O-N-E-Y: A Tribute to Elder Sonny Pyles)

B-A-L-O-N-E-Y: A Tribute to Elder Sonny Pyles From the dawn of time, there have been – I suppose – men whose stature and presence is deemed “larger than life.” Such men were some combination of powerful, influential, colorful, but most of all impacting to the piece of the world they occupied. Elder Sonny Pyles was … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (B-A-L-O-N-E-Y: A Tribute to Elder Sonny Pyles)

Evening Thoughts (Do Nothing?)

“Do Nothing?” All my life, I have been blessed to live in the church: being brought as a babe, a member for 30 years, and a minister for the last 15. There likely has never been a greater charge leveled at the Lord’s bride in my lifetime – or perhaps ever – than, “If I … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (Do Nothing?)

Evening Thoughts (Saved From Death = Boundless Mercy)

Saved From Death = Boundless Mercy No doubt many of my kind readers read the title and thought something along the lines of, “Well this will be a PB 101 writing on God’s sovereign grace and salvation of sinners from hell to heaven’s pure world.” While we rejoice to know that the Bible teaches that … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (Saved From Death = Boundless Mercy)

Evening Thoughts (What in the World Is All This?)

(Author’s Note: Since many of you have responded to my writings with questions about the hymnal we put together “Worship the King,” I am thankful to mention to you that the books are available and for sale. You can order them through our website at wtkhymnal.org) What in the World Is All This? Language is … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (What in the World Is All This?)

Evening Thoughts (The Jehoshaphat Problem)

The Jehoshaphat Problem The Bible is replete with examples of men and women with everything from no faith to strong faith. One of the most common examples are those that did not exercise their faith properly. Such was the case of the life of Jehoshaphat: one of the righteous kings of Judah. His story is … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (The Jehoshaphat Problem)

Evening Thoughts (Dealing With Loss)

Author’s Note: My apologies for not putting out writings over the last several months. My spare time has been filled with an effort to put together a hymnbook for use among our people. That work has reached its initial conclusion as we went to print last week. Lord willing, the hymnal will be available for … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (Dealing With Loss)

Evening Thoughts (What About Those Hypocrites?)

What About Those Hypocrites? Today’s cynical society and culture presents a myriad of problems. One of the many problems comes into focus whenever a diligent disciple tries to do their duty in inviting someone to “Come and see” how we worship and observe the house of the Master’s brethren. “Oh yeah? I don’t want to … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (What About Those Hypocrites?)

Evening Thoughts (Who Am I?)

Who Am I? Garbage in garbage out; ask the wrong question, and you’re bound to get the wrong answer. Two old clichés, but points well-made nonetheless. As an engineer by vocation, I work with data quite often, and bad data is sure to yield faulty results or an erroneous conclusion. What’s the point you ask? … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (Who Am I?)

Evening Thoughts (The Busy Life)

The Busy Life Say something long enough, and people will accept it as fact. As the closing scenes of a classic John Ford western once so eloquently stated, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” How many times has someone in recent years or maybe even we ourselves said, “We just lead such busy … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (The Busy Life)

Evening Thoughts (An Introduction)

“An Introduction” Long time no hear right? After more than a decade, my voice for Morning Thoughts dried up. Though I still had the thoughts and cogitations of morning meditation, the voice in my pen blew away like dust in the wind. Thanks to the many that have inquired over the last many months about … Continue reading Evening Thoughts (An Introduction)

Morning Thoughts (Hebrews 13:16 – “Well Pleasing a Perfect God”)

“Well Pleasing a Perfect God” Hebrews 13:16, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” This morning, our broken, fallen world seems to slip day by day further into the clutches of darkness. Even looking at the denominational Christian world – as opposed to the reprobate … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Hebrews 13:16 – “Well Pleasing a Perfect God”)

Morning Thoughts (II Peter 3:1-2 – “Consistency of the Message”)

“Consistency of the Message” II Peter 3:1-2, “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandments of us the apostles of the … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Peter 3:1-2 – “Consistency of the Message”)

Morning Thoughts (Genesis 15:16 – “God’s Timing and Judgment”)

“God’s Timing and Judgment” Genesis 15:16, “But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” This morning, people today tend to put God “in a box” with their notions. Truth be told, we have all fallen prey to this thinking from time to time. … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Genesis 15:16 – “God’s Timing and Judgment”)

Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 5:20 – “Home Soil”)

“Home Soil” II Corinthians 5:20, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” This morning, we truly are living in interesting times. Looking at the expanse of human history, the most changes to lifestyle and culture have … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 5:20 – “Home Soil”)

Morning Thoughts (John 11:25-26 – “The Truth About Death”)

“The Truth About Death” John 11:25-26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” This morning, there are many things that people fear, and death is … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 11:25-26 – “The Truth About Death”)

Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 38:5 – “Prayer and Unintended Consequences”)

“Prayer and Unintended Consequences” Isaiah 38:5, “Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” This morning, cynicism is one of the pervading marks of our culture. People have become … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 38:5 – “Prayer and Unintended Consequences”)

Morning Thoughts (I Timothy 4:13 – “Good Addiction to the Things of God”)

“Good Addiction to the Things of God” I Timothy 4:13, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” This morning, we normally attach positive or negative connotations to things based on their most common occurrence. Addiction is a word that generally brings negative situations to mind as we see them most frequently. … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Timothy 4:13 – “Good Addiction to the Things of God”)

Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 4:17-18 – “The Highs and Lows of Perspective”)

“The Highs and Lows of Perspective” II Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 4:17-18 – “The Highs and Lows of Perspective”)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 20:2-4 – “God’s Sovereignty and Character”)

“God’s Sovereignty and Character” Matthew 20:2-4, “And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 20:2-4 – “God’s Sovereignty and Character”)

Morning Thoughts (Philippians 3:14 – “One Standard”)

“One Standard” Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” This morning, our culture becomes disjointed based on moral relativity. Everything becomes subjective, and definite lines are seen as abhorrent. When a dedicated disciple of the cross attempts to live according to absolutes as … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Philippians 3:14 – “One Standard”)

Morning Thoughts (Daniel 3:29 – “Religious Liberty”)

“Religious Liberty” Daniel 3:29, “There I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.” This morning, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Daniel 3:29 – “Religious Liberty”)

Morning Thoughts (Job 14:14-15 – “Work of His Hands”)

This subject is by request. “Work of His Hands” Job 14:14-15, “If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.” This morning, people … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Job 14:14-15 – “Work of His Hands”)

Morning Thoughts (III John 11 – “Experiencing God”)

“Experiencing God” III John 11, “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” This morning, potential continues to go unrealized. While no one will ever maximize their talents and capabilities to their fullest extent, I … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (III John 11 – “Experiencing God”)

Morning Thoughts (Mark 4:37 – “Losing Your Head”)

“Losing Your Head” Mark 4:37, “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.” This morning, the Bible continues to amaze with its richness and depth. After repeated passes through its pages over the years, I never cease to be amazed at what … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Mark 4:37 – “Losing Your Head”)

Morning Thoughts (II Peter 3:3-4 – “Creation: How Old?”)

“Creation: How Old?” II Peter 3:3-4, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” This morning, foundation points that … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Peter 3:3-4 – “Creation: How Old?”)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 6:34 – “No Worries”)

“No Worries” Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” This morning, many people live in constant states of emotional upheaval. One emotion may replace another but the common denominator between their moods and varying … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 6:34 – “No Worries”)

Morning Thoughts (Judges 8:23 – “Preacher Worship”)

“Preacher Worship” Judges 8:23, “And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.” This morning, mankind follows predictable patterns. Two old clichés about history manifest themselves often: 1. The only thing that man learns from history is that he does … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Judges 8:23 – “Preacher Worship”)

Morning Thoughts (II Samuel 12:24-25 – “A Name for the Situation”)

“A Name for the Situation” II Samuel 12:24-25, “And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Samuel 12:24-25 – “A Name for the Situation”)

Morning Thoughts (I John 3:14 & Revelation 12:12 – “How Do You Fight?”)

“How Do You Fight?” I John 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” Revelation 12:12, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I John 3:14 & Revelation 12:12 – “How Do You Fight?”)

Morning Thoughts (I Corinthians 14:37 – “The Veracity of Scripture”)

“The Veracity of Scripture” I Corinthians 14:37, “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” This morning, we live in a very cynical society. People look to turn heroes into villains and soft-soap villains. The … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Corinthians 14:37 – “The Veracity of Scripture”)

Morning Thoughts (John 1:50 – “God With Us/Us With God”)

“God With Us/Us With God” John 1:50, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.” This morning, it would be impossible to say that we have seen all that we need to see. One of the … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 1:50 – “God With Us/Us With God”)

Morning Thoughts (Hosea 10:12 – “It is Time”)

“It is Time” Hosea 10:12, “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” This morning, Scripture continues to amaze in its freshness and relevance. Over the years reading and studying the Bible, it has … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Hosea 10:12 – “It is Time”)

Morning Thoughts (Genesis 45:26-28 – “Seeing the Wagons”)

“Seeing the Wagons” Genesis 45:26-28, “And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Genesis 45:26-28 – “Seeing the Wagons”)

Morning Thoughts (Proverbs 17:15 – “Equal Distinction”)

“Equal Distinction” Proverbs 17:15, “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.” This morning, humanity operates under perspectives and judgments with variance and uncertainty. God alone has pure, absolute knowledge of infinite scope making Him the perfect judge and unvarying authority for any and … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Proverbs 17:15 – “Equal Distinction”)

Morning Thoughts (Daniel 8 – “Scripture Validation”)

“Scripture Validation” This morning, the devil works relentlessly to confuse God’s children of the right way to go in this world. We understand from Scripture that God is not the source of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33), but confusion seems to be a daily hindrance due to our adversary and the frailty of the flesh. The … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Daniel 8 – “Scripture Validation”)

Morning Thoughts (Revelation 2:10 – “The Duration of Warfare”)

“The Duration of Warfare” Revelation 2:10, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” This morning, life seems … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Revelation 2:10 – “The Duration of Warfare”)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 8:14-15 – “Healing and Ministry”)

“Healing and Ministry” Matthew 8:14-15, “And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.” This morning, our world often gets the “cart before the horse” in their reasoning. … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 8:14-15 – “Healing and Ministry”)

Morning Thoughts (Esther 4:14 – “Deliverance and Faithfulness”)

“Deliverance and Faithfulness” Esther 4:14, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” This morning, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Esther 4:14 – “Deliverance and Faithfulness”)

Morning Thoughts (Jeremiah 31:22 – “Out of This World”)

“Out of This World” Jeremiah 31:22, “How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.” This morning, one of my favorite pastimes is “people watching.” We are funny creatures at best, and man in his natural habitat … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Jeremiah 31:22 – “Out of This World”)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 24:12 – “Modern Day Iniquity”)

“Modern Day Iniquity” Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This morning, every day seems to bring a dampening coldness and darkening mist. As the Bible informs us, times get worse and worse with manifestations on every hand. (II Timothy 3:1-13) One thing that appears to be a … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 24:12 – “Modern Day Iniquity”)

Morning Thoughts (Ephesians 2:12 – “Gospel Magnificence”)

“Gospel Magnificence” Ephesians 2:12, “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” This morning, I take stock of the things which I have. Far too often when I engage in this exercise, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Ephesians 2:12 – “Gospel Magnificence”)

Morning Thoughts (Daniel 4:36 – “A Right Mind or a Cracked Head?”)

“A Right Mind or a Cracked Head?” Daniel 4:36, “At the same time my reason returned unto me’ and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.” … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Daniel 4:36 – “A Right Mind or a Cracked Head?”)

Morning Thoughts (Deuteronomy 24:16 – “Blame and Excuses”)

“Blame and Excuses” Deuteronomy 24:16, “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.” This morning, people give “reasons” for doing things that really boil down to thinly veiled excuses for … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Deuteronomy 24:16 – “Blame and Excuses”)

Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 55:8 – “Power of Perspective”)

“Power of Perspective” Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD.” This morning, people have become very wise in their own eyes. Whether one wants to attribute this cultural mindset to the rise in technology, the lowering of moral standards, or any other societal symptom, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 55:8 – “Power of Perspective”)

Morning Thoughts (Romans 8:35 – “The Power of the Source”)

“The Power of the Source” Romans 8:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” This morning, there are times when God’s people need “pick me ups” through the storms of life. Because of the weakness and fickleness of our … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Romans 8:35 – “The Power of the Source”)

Morning Thoughts (Romans 16:25-27 – “Knowledge of Secret Things”)

“Knowledge of Secret Things” Romans 16:25-27, “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Romans 16:25-27 – “Knowledge of Secret Things”)

Morning Thoughts (Acts 28:4-6 -“Circumstances and Extremes”)

“Circumstances and Extremes” Acts 28:4-6, “And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Acts 28:4-6 -“Circumstances and Extremes”)

Morning Thoughts (Revelation 3:2 – “Watch and Strengthen”)

“Watch and Strengthen” Revelation 3:2, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.” This morning, what commands our minds? One of the main components of the devil’s devices is to capture our main attention. Any attention he can divert to … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Revelation 3:2 – “Watch and Strengthen”)

Morning Thoughts (Exodus 36:6-7 – “Willing Service: More Than Enough”)

“Willing Service: More Than Enough” Exodus 36:6-7, “And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Exodus 36:6-7 – “Willing Service: More Than Enough”)

Morning Thoughts (John 13:14 – “Our Debt of Service”)

“Our Debt of Service” (This subject is by request.) John 13:14, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” This morning, what is real service? What does it look like? Our present day, self-centered culture has lost touch with what true service entails. With … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 13:14 – “Our Debt of Service”)

Morning Thoughts (I Peter 3:10-11 – “Good Days: How to Find Them”)

“Life’s Good Days: How to Find Them” I Peter 3:10-11, “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” This morning, we see morality being … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Peter 3:10-11 – “Good Days: How to Find Them”)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 18:20 – “Presence in Judgment”)

This text is by request. “Presence in Judgment” Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” This morning, many things in our culture become accepted simply through repetition of use.  This type of acceptance is how many legends and urban myths become … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 18:20 – “Presence in Judgment”)

Morning Thoughts (Jeremiah 31:37 – “Infinite vs Finite”)

“Infinite vs Finite” Jeremiah 31:37, “Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.” This morning, mankind is constantly making erroneous conclusions based on what they … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Jeremiah 31:37 – “Infinite vs Finite”)

Morning Thoughts (Acts 27:25 – “I Believe God”)

“I Believe God” Acts 27:25, “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” This morning, there are any number of things in the world to be depressed about.  One of the many devices of Satan is to deflect the child of God’s gaze … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Acts 27:25 – “I Believe God”)

Morning Thoughts (John 7:6 – “Time to Die”)

“Time to Die” This subject is by request. John 7:6, “Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.” This morning, one of the more common misconceptions across the Christian world is the idea that everyone has a fixed, unchangeable “time to die.” Many very well-meaning people … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 7:6 – “Time to Die”)

Morning Thoughts (Colossians 1:13 – “Darkness”)

“Darkness” Colossians 1:13, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” This morning, a quick perusal of the various information outlets reveals that sin and evil are alive and well in our world.  Though mankind has lived in a sin cursed world from … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Colossians 1:13 – “Darkness”)

Morning Thoughts (Genesis 3:22-24 – “Mercy in Judgment”)

“Mercy in Judgment” Genesis 3:22-24, “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Genesis 3:22-24 – “Mercy in Judgment”)

Morning Thoughts (Revelation 1:3 – “Blessed Condition”)

“Blessed Condition” Revelation 1:3, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” This morning, we frail mortals fail to consider what great blessings are afforded to us.  Man’s nature consistently desires more than he currently … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Revelation 1:3 – “Blessed Condition”)

Morning Thoughts (Psalm 46:10 – “Be Still”)

“Be Still” Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” This morning, the rat race of life seems to carry on at an unsustainable and destructive pace.  One of the tactics of the enemy is to keep people too … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Psalm 46:10 – “Be Still”)

Morning Thoughts (“Duty of Man” – I Peter 2:17)

“Duty of Man” I Peter 2:17, “Honour all men.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honour the king.” This morning, people spend tremendous sums of money for professional help to answer basic questions like “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?”  There are doubtless cases when people are truly confused about the meaning of basic things … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (“Duty of Man” – I Peter 2:17)

Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 8:13-15 – “Equality”)

“Equality” II Corinthians 8:13-15, “For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: As it is written, He … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 8:13-15 – “Equality”)

Morning Thoughts (Acts 26:8)

Acts 26:8, “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?”  This morning, people still find many Biblical tenets fantastically unbelievable, and most of the incredulity stems from inability to understand it fully.  For example, many today will deny that Jesus Christ is fully God as well as … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Acts 26:8)

Morning Thoughts (Mark 7:2)

Mark 7:2, “And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.” This morning, society, as we have mentioned many times before, continues to bleed its thinking into our communities, churches, and families. When society’s mentality makes Godly people waver on issues such … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Mark 7:2)

Morning Thoughts (Song of Solomon 4:12)

Song of Solomon 4:12, “A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” This morning, invasion comes in various forms.  Sometimes the “front” of battle is centered in countries, while other fronts occur in communities, families, churches, and even the mind and heart of an individual.  Most of the … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Song of Solomon 4:12)

Morning Thoughts (John 21:21-22)

John 21:21-22, “Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” This morning, our culture and world is gripped with the “comparison game.” People are always measuring themselves by others … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 21:21-22)

Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 13:5)

II Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” This morning, the fallibility of man’s thinking shines forth with “changes and improvements” in many fields. Though man – in general – considers … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 13:5)

Morning Thoughts (Mark 5:3)

Mark 5:3, “Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:” This morning, wildness streams across the world. Sinful pleasures and appetites are pursued more manifestly than perhaps at any other time in history. Surely dark periods have plagued this globe from time to time, and we … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Mark 5:3)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 11:25)

Matthew 11:25, “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”  This morning, perspective rules the day in many lives. Though the difference between reality and one’s perspective can be … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 11:25)

Morning Thoughts (Galatians 1:24)

Galatians 1:24, “And they glorified God in me.” This morning, much confusion and miscommunication arises between people, and a sizable percentage of the time the problem stems from people not understanding where the other is coming from. When someone has experienced a life-changing situation that we cannot possibly understand from experience, we may misunderstand some … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Galatians 1:24)

Morning Thoughts (I Corinthians 13:12)

I Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” This morning, man’s pride is more and more revealed during this “information age.” As the flow of information increases and the ease of … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Corinthians 13:12)

Morning Thoughts (Luke 15:12)

Luke 15:12, “And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.” This morning, we live in a very consumer-driven world. People use up and/or waste resources faster and faster with each passing day. One of the hallmarks … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Luke 15:12)

Morning Thoughts (Ezra 9:13-14)

Ezra 9:13-14, “And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Ezra 9:13-14)

Morning Thoughts (II Chronicles 17:6)

II Chronicles 17:6, “And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.” This morning, pride and exaltation is all around us. While man’s ego is already fully tilted in the wrong direction based on the effects of the fall in … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Chronicles 17:6)

Morning Thoughts (John 9:41)

John 9:41, “Jesus Said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.” This morning, proper discernment is as important as it has ever been. Sadly, discerning minds and spirits are hard to come by. Today, two of the prominent mindsets are: 1. … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 9:41)

Morning Thoughts (Joshua 21:1-2)

Joshua 21:1-2, “Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel; And they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan saying, The LORD commanded … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Joshua 21:1-2)

Morning Thoughts (John 13:34)

John 13:34, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”  This morning, many people are misguided about what love is, how to display it, or how to recognize it when it appears. We have laboured many times to show that … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 13:34)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 5:5)

Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” This morning, the Christian virtues of the Bible are not just becoming less commonplace in practice, but more and more people do not know exactly what they are. Today, if you asked someone what charity is, they would likely respond that it is … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 5:5)

Morning Thoughts (Daniel 5:22)

Daniel 5:22, “And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;” This morning, people are much more understanding and compassionate to someone that errs through ignorance rather than willful stubbornness. For example, if someone hurts another’s feelings without knowing it, that situation is much easier to remedy in … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Daniel 5:22)

Morning Thoughts (Hebrews12:1)

Hebrews 12:1, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,"   This morning, one of the greatest fears that many have … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Hebrews12:1)

Morning Thoughts (II Samuel 12:20)

II Samuel 12:20, "Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat." This morning, our culture is quickly losing … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Samuel 12:20)

Morning Thoughts (II Chronicles 16:12)

II Chronicles 16:12, "And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians."  This morning, our short-sighted culture lacks something that old-timers called "follow-through."  We refer to this concept … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Chronicles 16:12)

Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 12:9)

II Corinthians 12:9, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." This morning, we live in a world that goes to extreme lengths to remove … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 12:9)

Morning Thoughts (Luke 11:7)

Luke 11:7, "And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee."  This morning, persistence and perseverance to see a good thing through to the end is more of a rarity than the norm.  In … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Luke 11:7)

Morning Thoughts (Exodus 32:4)

Exodus 32:4, "And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." This morning, there is so much to distract the child of God from … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Exodus 32:4)

Morning Thoughts (Genesis 22:3)

Genesis 22:3, "And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him." This morning, laziness abounds and gets … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Genesis 22:3)

Morning Thoughts (Dealing with Church Problems)

This morning, there is no question that we live in perilous times.  Some of the modern thoughts and pushes of man that seem to be gaining more and more traction seem absolutely incomprehensible to my mind.  The underpinnings of morality and common decency are quickly fading in the rearview mirror to a large degree.  Doubtless … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Dealing with Church Problems)

Morning Thoughts (James 5:11)

James 5:11, "Behold, we count them happy which endure, Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." This morning, it helps people to know that others share similar experiences with them.  People who can empathize with you … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (James 5:11)

Morning Thoughts (Malachi 2:16)

Malachi 2:16, "For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously."  This morning, many things catch our eyes because they are unusual and outside the normal, everyday activities … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Malachi 2:16)

Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 2:2)

Isaiah 2:2, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it." This morning, misguided ideas and improper priorities rule the common thinking of society.  … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 2:2)

Morning Thoughts (Acts 17:3)

Acts 17:3, "Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ." This morning, the evil shrouds of darkness get worse and worse.  Just as Paul was inspired to prophesy, evil men and seducers wax worse and worse. (II … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Acts 17:3)

Morning Thoughts (Luke 15:31)

Luke 15:31, "And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." This morning, people continue to value perception over reality.  To some, they have all the answers, and none can teach them anything.  Quite often, the things that frustrate these people the most are the very … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Luke 15:31)

Morning Thoughts (Philippians 3:21)

Philippians 3:21, "Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." This morning, many things garner our attention from time to time.  Work calls.  The family needs attention.  However, in all the affairs … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Philippians 3:21)

Morning Thoughts (Ruth 2:14)

Ruth 2:14, "And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar.  And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed." This morning, the world is full of people who either relish their … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Ruth 2:14)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 10:32-33)

Matthew 10:32-33, "Whosoever therefore will confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." This morning, mortal men all too often become shortsighted about reality.  In reality, men are … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 10:32-33)

Morning Thoughts (John 15:2)

John 15:2, "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." This morning, people do not desire discomfort or unpleasantness.  Perhaps more than at any other time in human history, comforts abound and are more sought after … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 15:2)

Morning Thoughts (I Peter 3:7)

I Peter 3:7, "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." One of the paramount problems in any society in the world – and especially the United States … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Peter 3:7)

Morning Thoughts (James 1:23-24)

James 1:23-24, "For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was." This morning, perception does not define reality, though quite often … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (James 1:23-24)

Morning Thoughts (I Timothy 4:12)

I Timothy 4:12, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." This morning, two fading concepts in society at large are respect and good decorum.  More often than not, people today do not show the respect and … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Timothy 4:12)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 17:5)

Matthew 17:5, "While he yet spake, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." This morning, the Bible remains as timeless as ever.  Quite often, the world will loudly proclaim that the Bible … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 17:5)

Morning Thoughts (Luke 24:27)

Luke 24:27, "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." This morning, while we as mortal creatures detest condemnation, many times those circumstances of condemnation strip down the things we do not need to focus more clearly on those things that are truly … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Luke 24:27)

Morning Thoughts (Jeremiah 12:5)

Jeremiah 12:5, "If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?" This morning, the world sometimes gets fuzzy-headed notions that regrettably creep … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Jeremiah 12:5)

Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 9:4)

II Corinthians 9:4, "Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting." This morning, people can many times generate an "us vs. them" mentality that is destructive to growth and development.  Office environments where groups and clicks … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 9:4)

Morning Thoughts (John 19:11)

John 19:11, "Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin." This morning, confusion abounds about the working of God and the responsibility of man.  The ditches on both sides are full of people that … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 19:11)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 22:29)

Matthew 22:29, "Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." This morning, many undervalue and underestimate the same two things that Jesus referenced above: scriptures and the power of God.  Recent days display man's utter disdain for the Holy Bible, and regardless of the circumstances, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 22:29)

Morning Thoughts (Ecclesiastes 7:10)

Ecclesiastes 7:10, "Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this." This morning, much ado is made about how things are, how things were, and how things probably will be.  Honestly, no one can accurately predict future details, and equally certain, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Ecclesiastes 7:10)

Morning Thoughts (Proverbs 6:6-8)

Proverbs 6:6-8, "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest." This morning, for all the rapid, fast-paced items of life, man is by and large lazier today than he was in … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Proverbs 6:6-8)

Morning Thoughts (Psalm 107:27-28)

Psalm 107:27-28, "They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses." This morning, we live in a world of confusion.  As the moments of life tick by, people as a … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Psalm 107:27-28)

Morning Thoughts (Job 17:9)

Job 17:9, "The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger." This morning, the thoughts before us and the writing style of this little piece will be quite different from most of our other efforts.  Several years ago, Elder Adam Green wrote an outstanding short … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Job 17:9)

Morning Thoughts (Job 4:7)

Job 4:7, "Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?" This morning, man continues to have misguided and skewed thoughts on his existence and the interaction of God with His people in the earth.  Today, man suffers even moreso with a lack of understanding since he lightly … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Job 4:7)

Morning Thoughts (II Thessalonians 3:13)

II Thessalonians 3:13, "But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing." This morning, one of the hardest things to determine sometimes is if we are going in the right way.  With so many influences on a daily basis, we may get to the point of doubting and second-guessing our actions, decisions, and motives.  After … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Thessalonians 3:13)

Morning Thoughts (Ephesians 1:7)

Ephesians 1:7, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;" This morning, there are still opponents to the doctrines of grace as espoused by the Bible's teachings.  Some of these enemies are enemies to the cross of Christ in general that do not have … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Ephesians 1:7)

Morning Thoughts (I Samuel 25:41)

I Samuel 25:41, "And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord." This morning, we live in a very self-centered world.  Turn on the television, listen to the radio, or just play interested … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Samuel 25:41)

Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 5:7)

II Corinthians 5:7, "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) This morning, the "image is everything" motto is alive and well.  People seem – more than ever – drawn to aesthetically pleasing things.  Whether the pursuit is the looks of youth, wealth of the world, or the praise of men, society today desires above … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 5:7)

Morning Thoughts (I Timothy 6:20-21)

I Timothy 6:20-21, "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.  Grace be with thee.  Amen." This morning, old and young alike have had to deal with controversies and differences of opinions.  Little … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Timothy 6:20-21)

Morning Thoughts (Leviticus 17:11)

Leviticus 17:11, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." This morning, much ado is made about the state of man and how to … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Leviticus 17:11)

Morning Thoughts (Acts 2:32-33)

Acts 2:32-33, "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear." This morning, actions or events can be the manifestation of … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Acts 2:32-33)

Morning Thoughts (John 12:10-11)

John 12:10-11, "But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus." This morning, the world we live in likes to "tamper" with the evidence.  When evidence mounts to oppose someone's opinion or position, they sometimes … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 12:10-11)

Morning Thoughts (John 1:47)

John 1:47, "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" This morning, we see Scriptural prophecy and testimony being manifested and confirmed over and over again.  When certain things occur in our world that the Bible told us would either come or remain here, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 1:47)

Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 11:28)

II Corinthians 11:28, "Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches." This morning, life can be much like the songwriter declared a "tangle of toil and care, doubts and dark fears so hard to bear."  Satan's devices today are the same as they were at … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 11:28)

Morning Thoughts (Luke 16:31)

Luke 16:31, "And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." This morning, we live in a "not good enough" world.  Economically, people's financial situation is never good enough as they always want more.  Socially, people complain about things not … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Luke 16:31)

Morning Thoughts (I Thessalonians 5:19)

I Thessalonians 5:19, "Quench not the Spirit." This morning, what drives us and "lights our fire?"  When you meet people, it really does not take long to discover where their highest interest lies.  Generally speaking, things that people want to talk the most about are things that really get them going.  Whether they want to … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Thessalonians 5:19)

Morning Thoughts (Deuteronomy 7:3-4)

This subject is by request. Deuteronomy 7:3-4, “Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.  For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Deuteronomy 7:3-4)

Morning Thoughts (Hebrews 9:28)

Hebrews 9:28, "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." This morning, many live in a state of confusion about what is coming with the eventual return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Too … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Hebrews 9:28)

Morning Thoughts (Pastorly Satire)

This morning, we desire to write perhaps the most unique entry of our Morning Thoughts.  To ensure that offense is driven away, we plainly state at the outset that this is a piece of satire, which is meant to be read, noting the humour but also digesting the thought being considered.  In no way does … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Pastorly Satire)

Morning Thoughts (Leviticus 10:1-2)

Leviticus 10:1-2, "And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not." This morning, people like to minimize the importance of truly important concepts.  Most of the time, the minimizing is … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Leviticus 10:1-2)

Morning Thoughts (Exodus 36:7)

Exodus 36:7, "For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much." This morning, problems abound in the world in which we live.  Scripture declares that the root of all evil is a love of money. (I Timothy 6:10) With all of the economic problems today, can we … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Exodus 36:7)

Morning Thoughts (Genesis 24:67)

Genesis 24:67, "And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death." This morning, people fail to grasp certain concepts since they are ignorant as to the source or root cause of them.  For example, many … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Genesis 24:67)

Morning Thoughts (Genesis 24:6)

Genesis 24:6, "And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again." This morning, much of life varies from one's perspective.  Two people can look at an identical object (like a painting) and walk away with completely different ideas of what they saw and how to describe it.  Sometimes, the … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Genesis 24:6)

Morning Thoughts (Psalm 115:8)

Psalm 115:8, "They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them." This morning, society is sadly shifting in many different and crumbling ways.  Due to the constant press of the world against the church, these crumbling and devalued mindsets sometimes infringe on the thinking of good-minded people.  One … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Psalm 115:8)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 16:12)

Matthew 16:12, "Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." This morning, two concepts that perpetuate themselves never cease to amaze me: 1. how relative the Bible stays day after day and year after year, and 2. … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 16:12)

Morning Thoughts (Ecclesiastes 3:8)

This subject is by request. Ecclesiastes 3:8, "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." This morning, we feel impressed to write a very different type of segment than usual.  Due to a subject request and hearing a wonderful sermon last night on "Balance," we … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Ecclesiastes 3:8)

Morning Thoughts (John 14:4)

John 14:4, "And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." This morning, many tout the name of Christ without admitting and freely confessing His power and authority.  While they pay lip service to the person of Christ, their belief system and structure patently denies the power of God, sacrifice of Jesus Christ, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 14:4)

Morning Thoughts (Mark 9:17-18)

Mark 9:17-18, "And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Mark 9:17-18)

Morning Thoughts (Mark 6:52)

Mark 6:52, "For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened." This morning, certain circumstances can eventually lead to other things.  Perhaps one of the most detrimental things about lying and falsehood is that it breeds more sin.  Lies lead to other lies, and even lead to other sins as … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Mark 6:52)

Morning Thoughts (Zechariah 11:17)

Zechariah 11:17, “Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” This morning, certain things – as the old saying goes – “get our goat” here in this … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Zechariah 11:17)

Morning Thoughts (Luke 12:51-53)

Luke 12:51-53, "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth?  I tell you, Nay; but rather division:  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.  The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Luke 12:51-53)

Morning Thoughts (John 17:15)

John 17:15, I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." This morning, the world waxes worse and worse due to the problematic seducers that inhabit it.  While we understand from Scripture that men by nature are no less totally depraved than since … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 17:15)

Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 11:3)

II Corinthians 11:3, "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." This morning, true contentment wanes daily.  When something simple and yet profound comes along, man will many times reject the thought outright due to … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Corinthians 11:3)

Morning Thoughts (Jeremiah 23:7-8)

Jeremiah 23:7-8, "Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Jeremiah 23:7-8)

Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 49:16)

Isaiah 49:16, "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." This morning, very few things occur in the world that fill the heart with peace or swell the soul with joy.  Because sin and its effects ravage the world in which we live, confusion and sorrow … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 49:16)

Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 28:9-10)

Isaiah 28:9-10, "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:" This morning, our mind inclines once … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 28:9-10)

Morning Thoughts (Galatians 6:9)

Galatians 6:9, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." This morning, life is a constant tangle of toil and care.  Without concerted effort on a regular, consistent basis, we fall victim to sorrow, anxiety, and heartache.  Even though grief and loss are … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Galatians 6:9)

Morning Thoughts (James 5:17)

James 5:17, "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months." This morning, the walk of faith contains the same difficulties as ever.  Too oftentimes in a changing … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (James 5:17)

Morning Thoughts (Sin)

This subject is by request. This morning, the concept of sin brings about heated debate from both extremes.  In the ever-crumbling morals of the world, less and less of what the Bible declares as sinful is viewed as such.  For example, sins of the Bible are simply termed "lifestyles" nowadays.  Two generations – or at … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Sin)

Morning Thoughts (I Timothy 3:8, 11)

I Timothy 3:8, 11, "Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;" "Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things." This morning, an ever-increasing rate of sin plagues the world.  As Scripture faithfully records for us, the successive generations … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Timothy 3:8, 11)

Morning Thoughts (Poem on Christ’s Suffering)

  Brethren,   It is not often anymore that I write anything of a poetical nature, but this morning am posting a poem that I wrote several days ago.    When life's pleasures I come to crave,   Remember this – O my soul – He died to save!   Though often I know I … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Poem on Christ’s Suffering)

Morning Thoughts (Terminology-Perseverance)

This morning, our mind turns to the subject and usage of the term perseverance.  While this term has – in recent years – actually gone up in usage frequency in popular culture, it remains a somewhat challenged piece of theological ground for many groups.  The term basically means that steady, persistent behaviour keeps someone in … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Terminology-Perseverance)

Morning Thoughts (Terminology-Will)

This morning, our thoughts have turned to the Biblical term of the will.  In Scripture, the word "will" is oftentimes used in verb form by saying, "I will do…"  Yet, Scripture oftentimes uses the word "will" in noun form to reference something that is perhaps one of the hardest concepts of Scripture for many people … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Terminology-Will)

Morning Thoughts (Terminology-Predestination)

This morning, I am of a mind to perhaps write a series of articles on Biblical terminology.  Should this series of writings prove fruitful, the hope for each segment will not be a simple observation of the definition, etymology, and mood of the word.  Rather, taking those basic principles of the word, the hope is … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Terminology-Predestination)

Morning Thoughts (Mark 15:39)

  Mark 15:39, "And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God." This morning, evidence is often deceiving.  When sportscasters talk about upcoming games or sporting events, they many times will predict with near … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Mark 15:39)

Morning Thoughts (Galatians 1:11)

Galatians 1:11, "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man." This morning, we continue to examine some things that go against the grain of the conventional wisdom of man.  Two of the paramount teachings of Scripture are that 1. God is a rational being that works … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Galatians 1:11)

Morning Thoughts (Ecclesiastes 8:11)

Ecclesiastes 8:11, "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." This morning, modern man sadly believes himself "enlightened" and "civilly advanced."  Many social and government programs in existence today were unheard of 50 or 100 years ago, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Ecclesiastes 8:11)

Morning Thoughts (Psalm 78:41)

Psalm 78:41, "Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel." This morning, society increasingly slides downward in many directions.  Oftentimes we see and hear the moral decline and degradation that goes on around us.  Yet, one way that modern humanity continues to decline – though it is not often … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Psalm 78:41)

Morning Thoughts (Psalm 34:8)

Psalm 34:8, "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."   This morning, there is much about the spiritual kingdom that the world has never nor will ever understand.  To see the kingdom by spiritual sense, many times we have to remove the natural perceptions of … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Psalm 34:8)

Morning Thoughts (Nehemiah 8:10)

Nehemiah 8:10, "Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength." This morning, sometimes we judge things based … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Nehemiah 8:10)

Morning Thoughts (Ezra 9:8)

Ezra 9:8, "And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place that our God may lighten our place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Ezra 9:8)

Morning Thoughts (II Chronicles 19:2)

II Chronicles 19:2, "And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD." This morning, certain subjects seem to stir the emotional juices more than others. … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Chronicles 19:2)

Morning Thoughts (John 20:4-6)

John 20:4-6, "So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie," This … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 20:4-6)

Morning Thoughts (I Corinthians 13:11)

I Corinthians 13:11, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." This morning, there are benefits and drawbacks to each stage of life. One of the benefits of youth is the vitality … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (I Corinthians 13:11)

Morning Thoughts (Mark 14:9)

Mark 14:9, "Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her." Man spends much time raising monuments and other such things to commemorate his existence and cement his "legacy" for years to come. Natural … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Mark 14:9)

Morning Thoughts (II Thessalonians 2:1-2)

II Thessalonians 2:1-2, "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand." … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Thessalonians 2:1-2)

Morning Thoughts (Genesis 43:9)

Genesis 43:9, "I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:" Many times people fail to consider the consequences of their actions or a line of thinking. For example, signing the … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Genesis 43:9)

Morning Thoughts (Exodus 14:2-3)

Exodus 14:2-3, "Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in." This morning, man … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Exodus 14:2-3)

Morning Thoughts-in the afternoon (Romans 10:10)

Romans 10:10, "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." This morning, many times man says "too much" for the position that he tries to take. Have you ever talked with someone and caught several contradictions within one conversation? Perhaps they made excuse for not doing … Continue reading Morning Thoughts-in the afternoon (Romans 10:10)

Morning Thoughts (Luke 12:25)

Luke 12:25, "And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?" This morning, man continually likes to ignore limitations and restrictions. Today's world could aptly be described as "unrestricted pleasure seeking." Today's motto seems to be, "If you want it, get it. If it feels good, do it." Some today … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Luke 12:25)

Morning Thoughts (Acts 9:15)

Acts 9:15, "But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:" This morning, we take many daily events for granted. Lost in the hustle and bustle of today's "fast lane society" is the … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Acts 9:15)

Morning Thoughts (Amos 4:11)

Amos 4:11, "I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD." This morning, professing Christians ignore two important Scriptural tenets: salvation by grace alone and the importance of organized, public, and … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Amos 4:11)

Morning Thoughts (Daniel 2:30)

Daniel 2:30, "But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart." This morning, what drives most of the modern world … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Daniel 2:30)

Morning Thoughts (John 9:6-7)

John 9:6-7, "When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 9:6-7)

Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 41:1)

Isaiah 41:1, “Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.” This morning, discretion becomes harder and harder to find with each passing day. Modern society – now more than ever – has lost the art … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Isaiah 41:1)

Morning Thoughts (Hebrews 12:24)

Hebrews 12:24, “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” This morning, the rapid decay of the world sometimes lends to improper perspectives about God-honouring subjects. Quite often today, people mistake lust for love, happiness for joy, wishes for hopes, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Hebrews 12:24)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 6:9)

Matthew 6:9, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”This morning, society still enjoys and prefers image and attitude rather than substance and character. Have you ever heard someone say, “Well I may not like the way he is, but I sure like the way he does … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 6:9)

Morning Thoughts (Galatians 3:8)

Galatians 3:8, “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.” This morning, society chooses to impugn standards by either ignoring them, replacing them with inferior ones, or believing there are no standards whatsoever. A standard is something … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Galatians 3:8)

Morning Thoughts (Galatians 1:8-9)

Galatians 1:8-9, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Galatians 1:8-9)

Morning Thoughts (Psalm 106:4-5)

Psalm 106:4-5, “Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.” This morning, ease of communication lends to lack … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Psalm 106:4-5)

Morning Thoughts (Acts 20:13)

Acts 20:13, “And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, mindful himself to go afoot.” This morning, living in our fast-paced world at times seems to suffocate and smother every drop of time in our lives. Have you ever had days or … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Acts 20:13)

Morning Thoughts (Matthew 19:28)

Matthew 19:28, “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”This morning, sometimes verses in Holy Writ are ignored … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Matthew 19:28)

Morning Thoughts (John 10:28-30)

John 10:28-30, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” This morning, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 10:28-30)

Morning Thoughts (Luke 11:34-35)

Luke 11:34-35, “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.” This morning, our society drives … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Luke 11:34-35)

Morning Thoughts (II Timothy 4:2)

II Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” This morning, honesty with source material is pivotal to credible presentation. When someone presents a paper or some other work, they will cite other works that were utilized in the construction of the paper, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Timothy 4:2)

Morning Thoughts (Numbers 24:7)

Numbers 24:7, “He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.” This morning, there is much happening in the world that we could be disheartened about. When each passing day is marked by … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Numbers 24:7)

Morning Thoughts (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;” This morning, the world praises youth and its vitality, beauty, and perceived innocence. While there are quite a few benefits to youth, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

Morning Thoughts (Psalm 90:8 & Psalm 19:13)

Psalm 90:8, “Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.” Psalm 19:13, “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” This morning, faults continually plague man, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Psalm 90:8 & Psalm 19:13)

Morning Thoughts (Psalm 17:15 & Philippians 4:11)

Psalm 17:15, “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” This morning, terms are often confused, incorrectly interchanged, or perhaps … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Psalm 17:15 & Philippians 4:11)

Morning Thoughts (John 11:43)

John 11:43, “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” This morning, language still has meaning. One of the earliest lessons about the Bible that I was taught as a little boy from my natural father was, “You can never hope to know what the Bible means if … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 11:43)

Morning Thoughts (John 11:42-43)

John 11:42-43, “And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” This morning, motives are difficult to detect. When a person’s … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (John 11:42-43)

Morning Thoughts (Psalm 22:30-31)

Psalm 22:30-31, “A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.” This morning, two blessed Biblical subjects press upon our mind, and they also happen to be two of … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Psalm 22:30-31)

Morning Thoughts (Mark 6:31)

Mark 6:31, “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” This morning, we attempt writing upon a subject we have never written about before. Looking at the world around … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Mark 6:31)

Morning Thoughts (Job 9:34-35)

Job 9:34-35, “Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.” This morning, God receives less respect from the world at large than perhaps any other time in recent history. While the wicked, ungodly, … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (Job 9:34-35)

Morning Thoughts (II Timothy 2:15)

II Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This morning, feelings of entitlement abound. Modern day society deems hard work and sustained, long-term effort to be needless. Rather, society thinks that things are “deserved” and not “worked at.” While … Continue reading Morning Thoughts (II Timothy 2:15)