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Is not My Word like a fire?

  Is not My word like a fire” says the LORD,
“And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”
Jeremiah 23:29

 Jeremiah is known as the “weeping prophet” who was rejected by the king of Judah and who lived through the taking of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.

In this portion of Jeremiah’s writings, he records the Lord speaking out against. false prophets. Ones that say their words are from the Lord but are not. God relates to Jeremiah the power and strength of His word. It is like a fire; it is like a hammer.

When I think of these two physical references to His word, several things come to mind. Fire can be thought of as that which destroys, or it can give warmth.  A hammer that can be used to beat rocks into… Continue reading

Fix our eyes on Him

“ Heaven joys shall soon await us on the Day we reach its’ shore,
Meanwhile we must live the promise that one day we’ll weep no more.

May our journey be the brighter and our soul at rest down here,
‘Till we reach our home in glory, where our hearts will never fear!

Oh the weakness of this body and the sorrows of these years,
will soon one day all be vanquished when we leave this veil of tears.

For this little while we journey walking by our Saviours’ side
May our eyes be fixed on Jesus ‘till at last with Him abide.”

<>< written by D.A.C.
sing to the tune of
“ Rise my soul behold ‘this Jesus” or
To the tune of “ Come Thou fount of every blessing”
8.7 8.7 D.
To God be all the glory.

Upright Man

“Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes.”
Ecclesiastes 7:29 29

God created man in his own image (Genesis 1. 26) and He made him to stand upright. Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, was a great king, the son of David and he truly had a handle on what man is really like. In the first chapter of his writings it says “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1.14). When God created mankind on the sixth day, he was to have dominion over the rest of creation. (Genesis 1. 26). He was to care for God’s creation.

How we have failed. The first man sinned and all of us have been corrupted by that sin. We are creatures… Continue reading



If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
Numbers 30:2 (KJV)

This is an outline and link to the audio file from a message preached at North 56th Street Gospel Chapel (Tampa, Florida) on 1-4-2015 [28 minute mp3 / 5MB]

Introduction:  The Law concerning vows.

A. Biblical

 Numbers 30:1-2
Deuteronomy 23:21-23
Matthew 5:33-37

B. Rabbinical Law (extra-Biblical)

 Three Times
Vows (things/others)
Oaths (personal)

I. Examples of Vows
A. Wedding

 Intent (I will), Vow (I do), Ring (I wed)

 B. Peter’s oath.

Found in all four gospels
Matthew 26:34
Mark 14:30
John 13:38
Luke 22:34 (see 31-34, 54-62)

II. Foolish Vows
A. … Continue reading


Thought for the morning

There is no scripture to open up with this morning, because “tolerance” is not a word found in scripture. However, does that mean we are not to be tolerant? I am glad that most people tolerate me. Other words we could use for the word tolerance are, open mindedness, acceptance, patience, and charity (love).

I think we could say God was very tolerant with Israel. Engineers when designing a particular part for, say an automobile, places tolerance on dimensions. If the part does not meet the tolerances, the part is scrapped or rejected. Tolerance sets boundaries!

When dealing with others there are boundaries we should not cross. We are to love the sinner but not the sin! Sin is outside the boundary of acceptance!

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold… Continue reading

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