BUT

Scripture These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. Quote Blood stains the steps that lead to thrones. ~Emerson BUT is a conjunction, a linking word that can be used many ways but in John 16:33, BUT links …

Blessed Sorrow

Scripture Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us. ~Ecclesiastes 7:3, NLT Quote Blessed is the darkness, for it reveals the stars. ~H.C. Trumbull Jesus said, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” All the beatitudes are a paradox: blessed are the poor, gentle, sorrowful, hungry, etc. …

Tension

Scripture Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. ~Psalm 33:2, NASB Quote Not my will but Thy will be done is the melody our Heavenly Father desires to hear. ~Charles Cowman Picture your soul as the harp. When a seasoned musician leans over the harp, he or she …

A Voice In The Wilderness

Scripture “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the LORD’s coming!” ~John 1:23, NLT Quote Jesus is coming and He will set things right: it will not be social justice; it will be divine justice. ~Ya’akov Totalitarianism is a form of government that attempts to assert total control over the lives of its citizens. It is characterized by …

The Big Four + One More

Scripture “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~John 8:32, NLT Quote “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” ~ Thomas Jefferson {letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787} The first amendment to the constitution embodies four basic rights: [1] Freedom of speech, [2] Freedom of the Press, [3] …

Rebellion Or Reformation

Scripture Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. ~Matthew 22:21, AV Quote “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?’ ~Patrick Henry Ben Franklin was very aware of the thin line between rebellion and reformation. The Bible teaches us that …

Perseverance

Scripture “Then he told them a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart.” ~Luke 18:1, NJB Quote By perseverance, the snail made it to the ark. ~Charles Spurgeon A soldier was taking shelter in an old building; he was surrounded by the enemy and his survival did not look promising. He …

David Or Jesus

Scripture “But you, Yahweh, take pity on me! Put me on my feet and I will give them their due.”  ~Psalm 41:10, New Jerusalem Bible Quote “I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.” ~Isaiah {45:23} David …