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With a Merry Heart

The best paraphrase I can think of is 
"A joyful heart offers healing."

By Benjamin H. Liles

          This morning I want to do something hugely different. While over the past year I have focused primarily on the gospel of Jesus Christ, today I want to look at something a lot of people claim Christians are not. Joy. How many of us go around looking like we have just eaten something akin to a pickle? You know, that sour look on the face that leaves your mouth puckered and somewhat unable to talk all that well? I made you laugh? Sorry. Can't say it may not happen again.

Serve Your Neighbor, Serve God


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Looking at them, Jesus said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God, because all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:27, Holman Christian Standard).

Russia Rising Book Review


By Benjamin Liles

          Mark Hitchcock writes with great ease and candor about Bible Prophecy, especially as it concerns what's going on in the Middle East and her biggest support--Russia. I had the great privilege to review this book on behalf of Tyndale in exchange for my honest feedback. And that's exactly what you'll get with what I'm about to say. Before I even dove in to reading this book, I have been going over the things Ezekiel was given charge by God to tell the people of Israel up to Chapter 13 so far. I have yet to fully get to Ezekiel 38 and 39 in terms of what's being said.

Joyful Celebration


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "Let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; yes, let them rejoice with gladness. Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him. Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation. They have seen Your procession, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary. The singers went on, the musicians after them, in the midst of the maidens beating tambourines. O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God! ~ Psalm 68:3-4, 19, 24-25, 35, New American Standard

Standing in the Gap (Ezekiel 13)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’” Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! Therefore you shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination; for I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” ~ Ezekiel 13:1-23, New King James

God's Peace


By, Benjamin H. Liles

          You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. ~ Isaiah 26:3, NKJV

Whole Book Review


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Whole, by Steve Wiens, is an interesting book by far. I have been able to review it and from what I read I truly liked a great deal. The way he writes is reminiscent of Max Lucado, to a degree. Steve Wiens takes certain stories from scripture and embellishes them a little. Bit he does it to draw us a picture. He does it with a gentle grace to get to the point he's trying to make.

God's Grace Breaks Chains


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I saw something this morning, while reading, that I thought would be a good and loving word: "Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind" (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31).

Solar Eclipse and End of the World


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I have to say this to those and any who believe this solar eclipse event is going to usher in Revelation and the last days: it is just another day for us in America. All of you who sit and watch in horror as "The Sky is Falling" will bury their heads in the sand. Yes, I'm as much a Christian as any who claim they are. But saying this eclipse is ushering 1) the days of Revelation or 2) Jesus Christ's second coming is off base.