Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

A Form of Godliness


Are we the real deal, or just an empty form and shell of what God wants us to be? Great thoughts here from Patrick. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy.

I have been reading and meditating on the book of Malachi.  Listed seven times throughout the book is one word that expresses the condition of Israel.  That word is, “Wherein.”  Starting his letter, Malachi  -who is expressing the words of the Lord – writes, “I have loved you.”  Immediately this is met with, “Wherein have you loved us?”

“Wherein.”  A common way of saying this is “what do you mean?”  “What do you mean that You have loved us?  What do you mean we have offered You polluted sacrifices?  What do you mean we have despised Your name?”

On the outside looking in, Israel was doing everything right.  They were serving God, sacrificing to God, and being obedient to the letter of the law.  On the outside they had a form of godliness but on the inside, at the very core of their heart, had denied the power thereof.  On the outside, they appeared to be doing everything right yet their hearts were far from the Lord.……Read the rest of the post here: A Form of Godliness



Just a Thought


Don’t ever forget the importance of what people see in our daily lives as Christians



There is nothing wrong with our preachers being men of charisma and personality, but that is certainly NOT the proper focus of their words. Great thought here from brother Al at Be Blesstified. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy.

Ephesians Chapter 5 is one of the most powerful scriptures that gives the true meaning for good preaching beyond salvation…

Ephesians 4:11-16 (NKJV)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

In short, good preaching not only saves the soul, but equips God’s people to be mature, productive, in agreement and not easily swayed.

The scriptures above the definition of ‘good preaching’, but unfortunately the opinion of ‘good preaching’ depends on the church culture. And, unfortunately, good preaching to many isn’t defined by the content, but by the delivery.

Yes, a good preacher has to be able to engage the audience and keep their attention, but there is a thin line sometimes between PREACHING and PERFORMANCE.

I’m also a firm believer that charisma helps a preacher be effective in delivery…



Just a Thought


Sometimes the people we encounter are meant to bless us

Sometimes we are meant to bless them

Faith In Action-Doers Not Just Hearers

faith in action

James 1:18-22

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his Creatures.Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Read James Chapter 1 here

James lays out two essentials here, really. Even though James appears to be speaking to believers here, he issues a reminder of what the first essential thing is; we must all be born again.

We are begotten, or caused to be born,  by the Word of God. It is the Word of God which convicts us as sinners and reveals to us the Savior, Jesus Christ. We are saved by faith, and faith comes from hearing the Word of God(Romans 10:17)

James is far from done here, however; he has really just begun. James was not writing a deep theological dissertation about salvation; ever practical, he just states the necessity of salvation as a fact.

Here is essential two; not only do we have to receive the Word, but we have to be doers of The Word. Being born again means The Word will not only save us; it will change us. We must not just be hearers of The Word, but doers of The Word.

If we hear The Word and no action results, James tells us we, in fact, may be deceiving ourselves.

Next: What Do We See In the Mirror?

Give Up That Too Small God!


How big IS our God? Of course, we actually KNOW how big He is; yet sometimes we treat and consider Him as if He was just….us or something. Great thought here from pastor Randy at Kingdom Pastor blog. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy.

2 Kings 6:8-17 The Message

One time when the king of Aram was at war with Israel, after consulting with his officers, he said, “At such and such a place I want an ambush set.” 9 The Holy Man sent a message to the king of Israel:  “Watch out when you’re passing this place, because Aram has set an ambush there.”  10 So the king of Israel sent word concerning the place of which the Holy Man had warned him.  This kind of thing happened all the time.

 11 The king of Aram was furious over all this. He called his officers together and said, “Tell me, who is leaking information to the king of Israel?  Who is the spy in our ranks?”  12 But one of his men said, “No, my master, dear king.  It’s not any of us.  It’s Elisha the prophet in Israel.  He tells the king of Israel everything you say, even what you whisper in your bedroom.” 13 The king said, “Go and find out where he is. I’ll send someone and capture him.”  The report came back, “He’s in Dothan.”  14 Then he dispatched horses and chariots, an impressive fighting force.  They came by night and surrounded the city.

15 Early in the morning a servant of the Holy Man got up and went out.  Surprise!  Horses and chariots surrounding the city!  The young man exclaimed, “Oh, master! What shall we do?”

16 He said, “Don’t worry about it—there are more on our side than on their side.” 17 Then Elisha prayed, “O God, open his eyes and let him see.”  The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw.  A wonder!  The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha!

How Big Is Your God?  This question is the one I wanted to open this message with today.  I allowed it to float around and started developing more thoughts around it—until—until the Holy Spirit screamed at me:  “Have you lost your ever-loving mind?  That’s the wrong question to ask!”  Then He gave me the right question:

Is Your God Too Small?  What fueled this question for me is from a book written by J.B. Phillips called Your God Is Too Small.  It’s interesting that God brought me back to this book.  J.B. talks a lot about the “modern church”.  By the way, J.B. is not one of those young skinny-jeans-wearing preachers who doesn’t understand preachers do better wearing a suit, or even better wearing a robe.  What makes this unique is that J.B. wrote this book in 1953—modern church of 1953.  And now, I see this book as prophetic, for many of the issues he raised in 1953 that were tumors in the church are 65 years later, full-blown malignancies in the church of 2018.

And if you can remember only 1 thing from today’s message, this is it:  One Of The Problems Of Church Today Is That Many Have A god That Is Too Small.  God cannot be reduced to what we want him to be.  The God we envision, in some ways, will always be too small.  And when your god is too small on any level, that god in whom you believe is not the true God.….read the rest of the post here: Give Up That Too Small God!


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