A Book Recommendation

Originally posted on Reiterations:

The best introduction to the spirit of St. Thomas is, to my mind, the small book by G. K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas.  This is not a scholarly work, in the proper sense of the word.  It might be called journalistic – for which reason I am somewhat chary about recommending it.  Maisie Ward, co-owner of the British-American publishing firm which publishes the book, writes, in her biography of Chesterton that, at the time her house published it, she was seized by a slight anxiety.  However, she goes on to say, Etienne Gilson read it, and commented: “Chesterton makes one despair.  I have been studying St. Thomas all my life and I could never have written such a book.”  Still troubled by the ambiguity of this comment, Maisie Ward asked Gilson, once more, for his verdict on the Chesterton book.  This time, he expressed himself in unmistakable terms: “I…

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Charles Stanley – Forgiveness: An Act of Love

Charles Stanley – Forgiveness: An Act of Love

Originally posted on Daily Devotions, News and Information:

 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Forgiving those who have wronged us is a tough command to follow. Our human nature finds it easier and more satisfying to hold onto our anger. But as vessels of God’s love, Christians no longer live according to the impulses of the flesh. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, when someone mistreats us, we can not only forgive but also show love to that person.

First Corinthians 13:5 tells us that . . .

  • Love does not seek its own. Many people are preoccupied with their “rights.” Yet the idea of entitlements is a worldly construct, not a biblical mandate. That’s not to say we should allow others to take advantage of us; rather, the Bible teaches that our primary concern should be something other than our own interests—namely, we’re to be focused on showing God’s love to our enemy (Matt. 5:44).
  • Love is not…

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John MacArthur – Enjoying a Bountiful Harvest

John MacArthur – Enjoying a Bountiful Harvest

Originally posted on Daily Devotions, News and Information:

“Bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10).

Your fruitfulness is directly related to your knowledge of divine truth.

Every farmer who enjoys a plentiful harvest does so only after diligent effort on his part. He must cultivate the soil, plant the seed, then nurture it to maturity. Each step is thoughtful, disciplined, and orderly.

Similarly, bearing spiritual fruit is not an unthinking or haphazard process. It requires us to be diligent in pursuing the knowledge of God’s will, which is revealed in His Word. That is Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:9, which he reiterates in verse 10.

The phrase “increasing in the knowledge of God” (v. 10) can be translated, “increasing by the knowledge of God.” Both renderings are acceptable. The first emphasizes the need to grow; the second emphasizes the role that knowledge plays in your spiritual growth.

As your knowledge…

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Revelation 9:13-21 “Trumpet Judgment 6”

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

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Now, trumpet judgment 6, the second woe, is revealed…

Rev 9:13-21 KJV

(13)  And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
(14)  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
(15)  And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
(16)  And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
(17)  And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and…

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Thoughtful Thursday: When Dreams Are Shattered

Originally posted on Seeing Deep:

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Job 17:11

“My days have passed, my plans are shattered, even the desires of my heart.”

Proverbs 13:13

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is like a tree of life.”

Joel 2:25

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.” 

Psalm 27:13-14

13 “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.”

Perhaps nothing stings more than the reality of a hope that is dashed or a dream that is unfulfilled.  You were so close to your goal, and then suddenly it is gone.  Or the plans you had for your life have seriously been altered, completely shattered because of circumstances beyond your control.

Why is it so disheartening?…

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon…”

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

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And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

John’s vision reveals the angel of the bottomless pit as “Abaddon” or “Apollyon”.  These titles share the same basic meaning … “Destroyer”.

There are many who believe this symbolic angel is speaking of Satan.  Certainly, if this is the case, the title “Destroyer” fits him to a tee.  After all, we are told that Satan is like a “a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1Pe 5:8 KJV) and Christ Himself described Satan as a “murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44).  Certainly Satan is a great destroyer.

However, there is another One that could easily retain these titles.  Believe it or not, there are several places in the Bible where our…

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