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APRIL 24 “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.” — Philippians 4:8

Be the Bishop of Your Thoughts

We can make a sincere effort to try to counter our thoughts and to bring them into subjection to Christ and obedience to Him, and we will discover that they will affect the life that we lead. I would urge you to look these over from day to day (what Paul lists here) and ask yourself are these the things that you are thinking about? Now ordinarily we don’t stop and consciously ask ourselves what thoughts are going through our minds,... More
APRIL 23 “…for the zeal of Your house has consumed me…” — Psalms 69:6

Zeal for God

There was a man who was watching sailboats out on a large lake. The breeze was brisk and the sails were filled, and he noticed one boat did not seem to be moving. He asked a friend, “That boat does not seem to be moving. Why not? The sails are full.” And his friend replied, “It is anchored.” A lot of Christians may come to church and put up their sails; they may even read the Bible. Yet they are anchored into some... More
APRIL 22 “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” — Revelation 2:4

Lord, Increase Our Love for You

Do you love the Lord more than you did ten years ago? I can think of a little girl of about six who was kneeling beside her bed saying her prayers. Her mother was sitting on the bed, helping her by suggesting things for her to pray about. Finally, her mother said, “Darling, why don’t you pray that God might enable you to love Jesus more.” The little girl looked up in astonishment and said, “But mommy, I am just crazy... More
APRIL 21 “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands.” — Revelation 9:20

Plagues and God’s Judgment

The greatest confrontation that is to be found in all of the Old Testament and perhaps in all of literature, save that confrontation of Christ himself with Pilate, is Moses’ confrontation of Pharaoh. Here we see the true God dealing with unbelief and bringing these ten grievous plagues upon the nation of Egypt and destroying it.  These were not the end of plagues in the Bible. We find throughout the whole Old Testament that there... More
APRIL 20 “For I will at this time send all My plagues upon you and your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth.” — Exodus 9:14

The Last Four Plagues

As noted, when Moses confronted Pharaoh, God judged the false gods of the Egyptians, one by one in each of the plagues. The seventh plague was hail that came down from the sky. One of the gods of the Egyptians was the god Shu, who was the god of the atmosphere. Now it is hard to go out to worship the god of the atmosphere when you are being pounded with large hail stones. And then there were the locusts that swarmed all over the land, and... More
APRIL 19 “…if you will not let My people go, indeed I will send swarms of flies on you…all the livestock of Egypt died, but not one of the livestock of the children of Israel died…and it became a boil breaking forth with blisters upon man and beast…” — Exodus 8:21, 9:6, 10

The True God Confronts the False Gods of Egypt

In the ten plagues, the Lord God did not just judge the Egyptians for their 430 year enslavement of the Hebrews, He also judged their false gods, as we have seen. The fourth plague involved the flies. The Hebrew word means swarms. Scholars say they probably were not flies, but were were the beetles common to that area, called the scarabaeus from which we get the word scarab, which is a black beetle. I am sure after they had a couple... More
APRIL 18 “But if you refuse to let them go, then I will plague all your borders with frogs….All the dust of the land became gnats throughout all the land of Egypt.” — Exodus 8:2,17

Confronting the Egyptian Frog and Earth Gods

In the 10 plagues of Exodus, we have a confrontation between the one true God and the false gods of the Egyptian people. Plague number two was an attack by frogs. The frogs were one of the many gods of Egypt. It was the goddess Hekt, which is a form of the Egyptian word Hathor, who was the goddess of love and mirth and joy. It is from this goddess Hathor that the Greeks got the name of their goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love and mirth... More