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As a young boy we used to sing in Sunday School, “The Wise Man built his house upon the Rock!” One day long ago Jesus told a Story about that wise man. “The wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and […]
In one of the Prophet Zechariah’s ten Old Testament visions he saw a man named Joshua, who was a High Priest of Israel. And he was inexplicably wearing “filthy garments!” But the LORD immediately took care of the situation. Almighty God said, in fact: “Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him (Joshua) […]
The fancy term I just used, “nominative of address,” just means that someone has spoken to you! Here’s the first example in Scripture, best I can find: “And the LORD God called unto ADAM, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Genesis 3:9 But this morning I am particularly interested in the times the Bible […]
We are now studying the Book of Jude. And all the lessons are archived on our YouTube channel, Dr. Mike Bagwell. Around 4:00 this afternoon the Class on Jude verse 2 will be posted there. And on Facebook as well, for that matter. A short Text indeed … “Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, […]
Hebrews 1:6, clearly speaking of Jesus, declares that all the angels of God worship Him! The entire verse: “And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” Paul adds to this Scene by telling us how many angels that involves! “But ye […]
Our text today … Romans 8:16, a classic verse of verses! “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” This is speaking of God the Holy Spirit (indicated by the capital “S”) bearing witness to our human spirit (with the lower case “s”). The human spirit is that […]
The word “plodder” defined, at least as a verb: “to walk steadily, if slowly, with perseverance.” From my little perspective: “staying on task for the Lord, not quitting.” Years ago one of my favorite Preaches wrote a book entitled “In Praise of Plodders.” A very encouraging little volume! I just noticed a Book by an […]
Eight of them, “these things!” Very important “things” in the Christian life, vitally so! 2 Peter 1 says if you have “these things” … that “they will make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” Wow! Peter adds that if a Christian does not have […]
Most any Bible student is aware that Jesus’ favorite Word for the Holy Spirit was “COMFORTER.” At least four times our Lord employs this Title for the Third Person of the Godhead. Those being John 14:16 and John 14:26. Followed by John 15:26 then John 16:27. The Noun is “parakletos” in Greek. It means One […]
Ultimately, the wages of sin is death. Based on God’s Word, particularly Romans 6:23. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” But there are some additional “benefits” (“curses” would have been a much better word) sins pays along the way to the […]
Our verse today is found in 1 Corinthians 3:6 … “I have planted, Apollos watered; BUT GOD GAVE THE INCREASE. The verb used here for “gave increase” is “auxano” in Greek. It means “to cause to grow.” One lexicon says “to augment.” Work must be done, but GOD HIMSELF places the final and permanent blessing […]
One of my favorite authors often said (he being in Heaven now) that “Readers are leaders!” I think that’s true in almost every area of life. For this reason (among others) I record an occasional “Book Hint” and post it on social media. (YouTube primarily, but also on Facebook) I uploaded one last night, recommending […]
While that term, “man of God” is used around 75 times in the Old Testament, I surprisingly find it ONLY TWICE in the entire New Testament! Let me show you where … In 1 Timothy 6:11 … “But thou, O MAN OF GOD, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” […]
Our Bible Verse this morning is found in the great Book of Isaiah. I especially want you Believers in Jesus, having accepted Him as your personal Saviour, to read it carefully. “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” […]
That’s what I call them anyway, “reversals.” For example: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 … changing tears into shouts! Or God giving grace enough that Paul can truthfully claim: “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: […]
My focus this morning is the Prophet Elijah. Well, really it is THE LORD GODof the Prophet Elijah! We are taking for granted that God provides for His Own. This is part of His very Essence. He delights in doing so, I believe. Old Testament: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the […]
The Bible actually begins with a work scene! God Himself is on the job, making the heaven and earth! The day God created Adam, for example, He was at work. Getting His Hands dirty one might say! Yes, the first man was created from the ground, the dirt, the dust of the earth! When God […]
Well, certainly the Epistle of Hebrews does not forthrightly say “Written by Paul the Apostle.” But to me there are enough little “signs” and “hints” along the way to strongly suggest Paul’s pen has again been active! And one of them I’d like to present for your consideration today. It’s a “new” indicator to me […]
I have had the Song of Solomon on my mind lately. That enigmatic little Old Testament Book that puzzles many a Bible teacher! Well, let me offer an idea or two. I do know this. It is a Compilation of Love Poems shared between a Groom and his Bride , some written during their engagement […]
Early this evening, around 4:00 PM, our newest “Evening Meditation” Bible study will be available. It is an exposition of Hebrews 12:22-24, and well worth watching. I just thought I’d remind you this Saturday morning. The Text, precisely … HEBREWS 12:22-24 “22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the […]
Let’s think about Titus 1:2 … “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” Did I just read that God “promised” … ETERNAL LIFE … “before the world began?” Scant information within itself, yet thrilling! Before death ever came (due to sin) … God had the Remedy. In […]
Proverbs 7:1 begins with words like these: “My son, lay up my commandments with thee.” The Hebrew verb translated “lay up” means “to hide, to treasure, to esteem (highly value)”, and even “to secret away” as in wherever one secludes his valuables. I am going to let that verb today mean “to memorize,” as in […]
I certainly have no criticism of that great Bible verb, “giving.” Jesus taught us to use it, in fact. By His example anyway. “GIVE, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.” Luke 6:38, most of the verse. But other verbs do apply to our stewardship […]
This old saying essentially means that the best way to find out if something is good is to test it for yourself. On occasion, when Jesus was on earth, someone would show interest in His Person, in His Ministry. His Response at times seems to have been: “Come and See.” He said that once on […]
The Title Line here is a quote from Paul, Ephesians 4:14. “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine.” James also uses a similar word picture, both men employing nautical terms I believe. “Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and […]

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