What a wonderful, glorious truth, we are living on the Easter Side of Calvary! Just mediate upon that thought for a few moments! Oh, the thrill that it should bring to our hearts as we have the honor and privilege of proclaiming to the people in our spiritual care that He is alive! Preached in power, practiced with persuasion, posed with prayer! What grandeur! It drives into triteful insignificance, or at least it should, the discouragements of the heart, the hurts and differences in the church, the despair of daily events in the world. It brings hope where it is most needed – a knowledge of life after death! It brings joy when sorrows flow like the billows of the sea! It screams out to us from the corridors of time the written words of Christ…… “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19). [Read more…] about Living on the Easter Side of Calvary!
Thank you for visiting the Barnabas File website. Its purpose is to give spiritual encouragement to the soul and remind us of the magnitude of God and His every day presence in our lives. Personally, I stand amazed at the grace of God in my life. I will be eternally grateful for my salvation (I Peter 1:3); all of my spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3); and the sufficiency of His daily mercies and comfort in all of the trials of life (II Corinthians 1:3). Thank you for joining me on this journey to the City which has foundations, Whose Builder and Maker is God (Hebrews 11:10). If you may not know your final destination when this life is over, rest assured that God, through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, has made a way for you to know without a doubt. The Way is very clear in His Word, the Bible (John 3:16; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:9-10; John 1:12; I John 5:13; John 14:1-6). Blessings on you.
–Maynard H. Belt
“8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9
During one of my morning devotionals I read where in 1853 a mission society discussed closing a station in Ongole, India, because only ten people had been won to Christ in fifteen years. At that time more than 167 languages were spoken in that area. This area had been called the “Lone Star” church of India. Only two men on the mission board, one of whom was Samuel F. Smith, author of the song, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” pleaded not to abandon the continued support of this work. Before the vote was taken to dissolve the work, Mr. Smith wrote a poem and read it to his colleagues on the board: [Read more…] about Learning To Wait In A Hurry Up World!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure. Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, 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 anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
-Matthew 5:8; Titus 1:15; Philippians 4:8
Why meet the Puritans? As one modern critic said, “Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” I must admit, that was my perspective in my early years of ministry. Puritans were a small group of people that seemed so strict, so out of sync with the rest of the world. I placed them in the Amish category only in an earlier era. But then I discovered “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.” I repented of my ignorance. They became spiritual giants in my life as I read of the persecution that they suffered many separating from the Church of England and willing to die horrifying deaths simply because they believed in Sola Scriptura – “by Scripture alone!” [Read more…] about Meet the Puritans
“And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.” John 17:10
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Gloria Patri – Charles Meineke (1782-1850)
Wherever God the Father and God the Son in Scripture are interconnected, “glory” is involved! In John 17:1, it is the Father glorifying the Son, and the Son glorifying the Father. In John 17:4, it is the Son glorifying the Father in doing His will on earth, and in John 17:5, it is a request by the Son for the Father to glorify Him while on earth with the same glory He had with the Father before the world began. I think it was Warren Wiersbe who said, “To glorify God is to make Him look good.” Well, there is no question that while on earth Jesus the Son and God the Father made each other not only look good but perfect! They had a right to display their divine attributes and in many ways they did, but always for each other’s glory. [Read more…] about The Glory of the Triune Godhead
“He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O my father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.'” Matthew 26:39
Am I the only one who has placed his head on the pillow at night and sighed, “Lord, I just don’t think that I can go any farther.” According to Scripture I think not. Moses, I am convinced, prayed this prayer more than once -“Why…have you laid the burden of all these people on me….the burden is too heavy for me….if You treat me like this, please kill me here and now.” (Numbers 11:10-17). Elijah, after that great victory on Mt. Carmel is soon found under the broom tree and asks God to take his life saying, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers” (I Kings 19:1-18). Jonah, when discovered that he was the cause of the storm said to the mariners, “Pick me up and throw me into the seas; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me” (Jonah 1:1-2:2). Jonah would rather die than go on for God. [Read more…] about Just a Little Farther!