In the Name of Jesus

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. —Acts 3:6

When the lame man at the gate of the temple looked to Peter and John expecting to receive alms, they lifted him up in the name of Jesus, and the man was divinely healed. The people marveled and Peter informed them that it was not their own power or holiness which made the man to walk. “Faith in his name hath made this man strong.” Healing came through faith in the name of Jesus.Read more

Receive Ye One Another

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. —Romans 15:7

Christ extends friendship and warmth to people of all nationalities, tongues, and races. He has accepted people of diverse personalities and backgrounds. Christ received us in our brokenness and poverty. In His love, He reached down to us in our lost condition and raised us up by His grace. While salvation brings a radical change in our lives, we are all still left with our unique personalities and quirks. We are left with our human perspectives and weaknesses. With all of that, Christ still receives us and accepts us in His great love. We are longer outcasts and foreigners but citizens of the Kingdom of God.

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Let Me See Jesus Only

And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. —Matthew 17:8

Jesus, on the mount of transfiguration, communed with Moses and Elijah—Moses represented the law, Elijah the prophets, and Jesus the new dispensation of grace. In His awe and enthusiasm, Peter offered to make three tabernacles, one for each of them. A bright cloud overshadowed them and the Father spoke: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him” (v5). In fear, the disciples fell on their faces. When they lifted up their eyes, they saw no man save Jesus only.Read more

Tune Your Harps

“Tune your harps ye ransomed throng, and extol the Christ.
Sing the name that opened mercy’s door;
Oh, ‘tis music, sweetest music to sinners lost,
Sweetest to the saints forevermore.”
—Warner, Daniel. The Music of His Name.

Before a symphony begins to play, musicians tune their instruments to the concert pitch so they can blend in one accord. The sound would be discordant when the symphony began to play if each member had tuned his instrument to a different standard. When they measure to the leader, the harmonious sound is beautiful.
When people gather to worship the Lord, it is vital that each person has prepared his heart and is in tune with the Holy Spirit; thus the author said, “tune your harps.” Worship service is a time to leave the pressures and cares of life to collectively glorify and learn of Christ. If the congregation is out of tune with the Spirit, there will likewise be a discordant sound. Read more

Stay Connected With Christ

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. —John 15:4

Meaningful ministry takes time and sacrifice. It can drain the body physically and emotionally. After years of ministry, any intelligent, capable person can expound on the scripture and maintain at least a facade of sincerity. While others may still be edified, the deep spark of anointing and fire may be missing and ministry can become a sterile, static job to fulfill.Read more