Roots

Roots

By George Feldman

A person doesn’t need to be an expert in horticulture to know that the establishment of a good root system is first and foremost in the growth and development of any tree and plant if it is to get a good start. For this reason many nurseries where you buy your stock will instruct you to cut back the branches by as much as a third. This way the plant’s energy and strength can be concentrated on developing the most important thing - the root system.

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Change

Change

By George Feldman

One of the many wonders of nature is the change that can be seen in the lowly, unattractive caterpillar transformed into a beautiful creature such as is seen in the Monarch butterfly. To the student of zoology this is known as a metamorphosis. This word, which is practically a carryover from Greek vocabulary, is found in the New Testament.

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Children

Children

By George Feldman

On one occasion the Lord taught His followers a lesson using children as an object lesson. A dispute had arose between His disciples as to who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. "And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you,except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:2-4).

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Picture Talk

Picture Talk

By George Feldman

Our picture is symbolical in every sense the word. It does not depict any geographical location in particular, or any specific event in history. But the predominant mood is one of devastation and hopelessness, except for the hope offered from heaven. The war ravaged buildings silhouetted against the fires and billowing smoke of the city seem to characterize this 20th century with all its bloodshed and man's inhumanity to man. Peace is a scarce item.

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What Do You Seek?

What Do You Seek?

By George Feldman

If a person is risen, then we may infer that he has died and was buried. And in this context we find death mentioned. In verse 20 in the preceding chapter we find that the believer should die with Christ from the rudiments of the world. Now when one is dead, he is free from the law, from ordinances or rules of men, and from any worldly attachments.

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Transformed

Transformed

By George Feldman

Pictured above is a man who was known as Saul the Persecutor. He was sent from Jerusalem with authority from the High Priests to arrest all who followed Christ. But look at him now! He is secretly lowered outside the wall of Damascus, fleeing for his very life to elude those who would kill him on sight if he were caught. What happened? The background details are found recorded in Acts chapters nine and twenty six.

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The Other Lazarus

The Other Lazarus

By George Feldman

There are two Lazaruses in the New Testament. One of them, along with his two sisters Mary and Martha, enjoyed a close friendship with the Lord. It is recorded in the eleventh chapter of John that, traumatic circumstances befell that family. Lazarus became very ill and died. His sisters called for the Lord Who raised Lazarus from the dead even though he had been dead four days. This caused the consternation of the chief priest and Pharisees who hated the Lord to the point that they plotted His death.

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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

By George Feldman

Our subject pictured above has hit rock bottom circumstantially. The only ones content are the hogs taking a siesta. From appearances it would be hard to believe the young man came from a wealthy family. The story of how he requested his inheritance from his father and squandered it in reckless living and a dissipated lifestyle is recorded in Luke 15:11-32. Added to this was a famine that worsened his situation and he ended up with an occupation feeding swine which was a despicable and insulting job for a Jewish person. However, the noteworthy high point of the story is that he came to his senses realizing his father's slaves were living better than he was! His decision to go back home and throw himself on his father's mercy to be restored to the family, acknowledging that he had first of all sinned against God, serves to illustrate the repentant sinner being welcomed back home by a loving and forgiving father.

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Majesty

Majesty

By George Feldman

The picture above would certainly be a strange and mystifying sight for anyone who has never read the Bible. Someone walk on water? How could that ever be possible? But we do read in the gospel narratives of this historical event that took place when the disciples of the Lord Jesus were caught in a storm in the middle of the Sea of Galilee during the very early hours of the morning. The disciples thought they saw a ghost and were terrified, but the Lord identified Himself and comforted them.

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Vessels in a Great House

Vessels in a Great House

By George Feldman

In I Corinthians 3 we have the picture of different kinds of houses built on the one foundation. Builders used such materials as gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and stubble. All these refer to man's works, of what kind they are. And a day of testing is to come. Some workmen will be approved, some disapproved.

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Mothers and Grandmothers

Mothers and Grandmothers

By George Feldman

"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and in they mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also."

This is the only place either of these are mentioned, but we can read a lot between the lines. Mothers and grandmothers are very important, especially for little boys. And not all centers around the cookie jar. There are endless ways of teaching and shaping the lives of the young. Here Timothy is pictured with his grandmother. He must have really adored his grandmother. It is evident that mother and grandmother had a great influence on the life of Timothy, and this had come to the attention of Paul, who must have adopted Timothy as his son.

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