What happens here today the world ignores,
At best, or upon our precious faith it pours
Its scorn and hate — the bread and wine we share,
The blessed Name we call upon in prayer.

This people of love whose holy kiss is true,
Were immersed and washed, in Christ were born anew,
’Tis not by sight they walk that righteous Way,
But hearing God’s faithful promise they obey.

Given a living hope, God’s children charge
Ahead, his power in humble hearts grown large,
The bracing news of Christ their only creed —
Against them, nothing in this world can succeed.

joy-strength

Balance, said the flamboyant Ira North. So when we hit the false doctrines — and we should hit them, make no mistake about it — shouldn’t we also draw out the postive truth of Scripture and let that light draw people to the beauty of the Lord?

When people cried at the reading of the Word, the strong governor Nehemiah said, “the joy of the Lord is your strength” Neh 8.10. Continue reading

I witnessed, some weeks ago, a conversation between a brother I considered faithful and a progressive in the church. I was feeling content with the firmness of the brother until the progressive accused him of creating division because of his protest against false doctrine. The brother apologized and grew silent.

A righteous person who yields to the wicked
is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.
Proverbs 25:26 HCSB

Great promise, poorly fulfilled. So is the just person who, because of the inevitable pressure, gives way before the wicked. The wicked may appear anywhere, even in the church. He pushes constantly toward evil. He uses every resource to pressure, persuade, and win, if not participation, at least, acceptance from others.

Few in the church, from what one sees, do not yield to the flood of impurity and worldliness which crashes upon the faithful.

Will you be one of them?

Today’s devotional is adapted from the Portuguese-language “God with Us.”

“Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”
Psalm 52:7 NIV

The root behind the word “destroy” means “to fall.” It indicates calamity or wickedness, perhaps making others fall. Continue reading

I was reading Joseph Chase’s blog, and came across the old hymn of invitation to the sinner, “Is thy heart right with God?“, both words and music written in 1899 by Elisha A. Hoffman.

With the tune in my head, I wrote this for the Christian.

At first, I varied the second and last lines of the stanzas, but it didn’t feel right, especially with the first line of the chorus repeating one of those, so I went back to the original pattern.

IS YOUR HEART STRONG IN GOD?

by J. Randal Matheny Continue reading