THE GREAT RECOVERYLUKE 22:32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."MACLAREN'S EXPOSITIONS A great fall and a great recovery. ‘Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.’ There is a...
CONFIDENCE IN GODPSALM 37:19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.BARNES' NOTES The idea here is, that when trouble and calamity come, in seasons of famine or want, they will find their expectations, arising from confidence in God, fully met. Their w...
CAUTIOUS AND CIRCUMSPECT PROVERBS 22:3 & 27:12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. BENSON COMMENTARY He whose long experience and observation of things hath made him cautious and circumspect, foresees a calamity before it come, and withdraws him...
THE LORD IS GREATER THAN THE GIANTS YOU FACE1 JOHN 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.BARNES' NOTES Ye are of God - You are of his family; you have embraced his truth, and imbibed his Spirit.
PATIENCE IS ALSO A FORM OF ACTIONMATTHEW 13:29 "'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY Prior to the interpretation the householder of the parable is clearly intended to be a pattern of patient wisdom. He knows that he ...
ONCE WE ARE BORN AGAIN, WE ARE ALL MINISTERS OF RECONCILIATION2 CORINTHIANS 5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:BENSON COMMENTARY The gospel ministry, offering reconciliation and peace with God to all mankind, and ensur...
TRUE HOLINESS IS TRUE HAPPINESS  PROVERBS 11:22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.  BENSON COMMENTARY Who disgraceth the beauty of her body by a foolish and filthy mind.  MATTHEW HENRY’S COMMENTARY Beauty is a used by those who have not discretion or m...
BE NOT SURPRISED IF IT HATE YOUJOHN 15:8 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY There was the more need for them to be close bound to each other, and to their Lord, on account of the hatred which awaited them in the world. MACLAREN'S EXPOSITIONS ‘The wor...
BY FAITH AND DEPENDENCE ON HIMPROVERBS 16:3 AMP Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him. He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and) so shall your plans be established and succeed.ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY Thy plans shall prosper, for they will be unde...
SHUTTING DOWN CONVERSATIONS THAT AIM TO TEAR OTHERS DOWNEPHESIANS 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.GILL'S EXPOSITION Let no corrupt communication proceed out...

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