Profile

Cover photo
Vine of CHRIST Ministries
521 followers|1,067,421 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

 
A Devotional for such a time as this:


For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
~ PSALM 33:4-6

The great God Almighty, who is always one, looks upon a moral situation and sees either death or life. All of God is on the side of death or life. He does not divide Himself between the two. If He sees iniquity and inequity—a sinner uncleansed and unprotected by the atonement, there is only one answer, “God have mercy on me, a sinner.”
That is the only answer God responds to. When that sinner beats on his breast and throws himself on the mercy of God, he then receives the benefits of the infinite agony of God on the cross. God looks on that moral situation and says that life and all of hell cannot drag that man down. (Just as none of heaven can pull that man up.)
 Oh, the wonder and the mystery and the glory of the being of God!
I am not left to my own devices. I am not left to try to figure out what is right and wrong and how I am going to sneak my way into heaven. God has made a wondrous provision for me; and when I throw myself on the perfect mercy of God, He looks in my direction with mercy.

Oh, let us launch out on this ocean so broad,
Where floods of salvation o’erflow;
Oh, let us be lost in the mercy of God,
Till the depths of His fullness we know.
~ A. B. SIMPSON (1843–1919)

Dear Lord Jesus, Thy mercy is a mystery to me beyond my ability to fully comprehend. But it is Thy mercy that fills my heart with glorious hope of salvation. Praise Thy name forever. Amen

- from: Tozer, A. W., & Snyder, J. L. (2013). My daily pursuit: devotions for every day. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light.
- via Logos 6

#adevotionalforsuchatimeasthis #christjesus #theword #studyscripture #god #biblestudy #bible #jesus #faith #dailydevotions #devotional #holyspirit #gospel #grace #vineofchristministries
1
Add a comment...
 
A Devotional for such a time as this:

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.
—Nahum 1:7.

Leave God to order all thy ways,
And hope in Him, whate'er betide;
Thou 'It find Him in the evil days
Thy all-sufficient strength and guide;
Who trusts in God's unchanging love,
Builds on the rock that nought can move.
~ G. NEUMARK.

Our whole trouble in our lot in this world rises from the disagreement of our mind therewith. Let the mind be brought to the lot, and the whole tumult is instantly hushed; let it be kept in that disposition, and the man shall stand at ease, in his affliction, like a rock unmoved with waters beating upon it.
~ T. BOSTON.

How does our will become sanctified? By conforming itself unreservedly to that of God. We will all that He wills, and will nothing that He does not will; we attach our feeble will to that all-powerful will which performs everything. Thus, nothing can ever come to pass against our will; for nothing can happen save that which God wills, and we find in His good pleasure an inexhaustible source of peace and consolation.
~ FRANCOIS DE LA MOTHE FENELON.

- from: Daily Strength for Daily Needs.
- via QuickVerse 10

#adevotionalforsuchatimeasthis #christjesus #theword #studyscripture #god #biblestudy #bible #jesus #faith #dailydevotions #devotional #holyspirit #gospel #grace #vineofchristministries
1
Add a comment...
Have them in circles
521 people
Bill Kraski's profile photo
tilak bontha's profile photo
Wendell Holland Sr's profile photo
C.E. Morrison's profile photo
Jack Murray's profile photo
Funding Social Good's profile photo
Renee Regnier's profile photo
Susie Lawson's profile photo
Family United Ministries's profile photo
2
1
Daniel Omell's profile photo
 
I am in agreement with this.
Add a comment...
 
A Devotional for such a time as this:


The eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord.
—Zechariah 9:1.

Precious Jesus! when shall this blessed scripture be accomplished? “The eyes of man!” What man? Surely, as the Church’s glorious head, and as her glorious representative, the eyes of our Lord Jesus himself were always from everlasting directed to Jehovah his Father. But secondarily, and subordinately, the eyes of thy redeemed, blessed Jesus, the eyes of man, the eyes of every man, must ultimately, as the tribes of Israel, be all toward thee for salvation. Thou indeed hast said, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22.) Pause, my soul! this evening, over this view of thy Jesus, for it is a very blessed one, and see what improvements, under divine teaching, thou canst draw from it. It is said, that as one of the tribes, yea, all the tribes of Israel, every eye shall be upon Jesus. And how suitable is it that it should be so! Is not God the Father unceasingly beholding his dear Son in his engagements, as the Mediator and Surety of his Church and people? Oh! who shall be competent to describe with what complacency and delight he beholds him, in his glorious person, as the God and man, the Glory-man; and in all his offices, characters, and relations? Somewhat of this we may gather from what Jesus hath himself said concerning the Father’s love for his undertaking, and accomplishing redemption by his blood. “Therefore” (saith our Jesus) “doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.” (John 10:17.) But the full apprehension of the love of the Father on this one account, cannot perhaps be brought within the capacity of the human mind. But if God the Father loves Jesus as Mediator, and for his undertaking, and is unceasingly beholding him with rapture on this account, it may serve at least to teach thee, my soul, how exceedingly it becomes thee to look to Jesus for the same; and that thine eyes, as the eyes of all the tribes of Israel, should be towards the Lord. Dearest Lord Jesus! let mine eyes, mine heart, my whole soul be fixed on thee, until every affection be going out in desires after thee. I would trace thee, as the Old Testament saints, who saw thy day “afar off, rejoiced, and were glad.” I would see thee as New Testament believers, who are looking to thee, and “are enlightened, and their faces are not ashamed.” I would see thee with the first dawn of the morning; yea, before the morning light, and “until the day break, and the shadows flee away;” and until my beloved come to me “as a roe, or a young hart, upon the mountains of Bether!” Yes, precious Lord Jesus! I would be sending the earnest longings of my soul through the windows of the eye after thee, and never give rest to my eyes, nor slumber to my eye-lids, until that blessed hour arrive, when no medium shall intervene to prevent the full enjoyment of my soul in thee; and when a body of sin and death shall no longer weary my soul, in her enjoyment of thee; but I shall then see Jesus as he is, and never more lose sight of his lovely person, but live in his presence, and Jesus in mine, for evermore.

- from: Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 135–136). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.
- via Logos 6

#adevotionalforsuchatimeasthis #christjesus #theword #studyscripture #god #biblestudy #bible #jesus #faith #dailydevotions #devotional #holyspirit #gospel #grace #vineofchristministries
1
Add a comment...
 
A Devotional for such a time as this:

LOVE OF THE TRUTH BRINGS HATRED

      “All these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.”
~ JOHN 15:21

✧✧✧

     The world, in its general hatred of the truth and ignorance of God, will also hate believers.

The religious leaders of Jesus’ time hated Him intensely. If we are committed to following Him wholeheartedly today, we can’t expect to avoid persecution and hardship any more than He did. In John 15:20 our Lord tells us what to expect: “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”
If our perspective is right, however, this expectation should actually make us happy and even provide a certain sense of security. Receiving persecution from the world because we are Christ’s representatives means we have an opportunity to experience what Paul called “the fellowship of His sufferings” (Phil. 3:10). As one commentator has said, Christian suffering “is the very means God uses to transform us into the image of His Son.” Troubles and pains can be great reassurances that we have been united with Christ.
As we saw yesterday, it’s no surprise that the world hates us. It despises our general opposition to its system, but aside from that, the world hates believers simply because it doesn’t know God.
This basic ignorance of God usually appears in one of two ways. Either it shows up as apathy and religious superstition (Acts 17:22–23) or as more glaring actions and attitudes of moral and spiritual deviation (Romans 1:18–2:2). Whatever the case, people in the world are just doing what is natural for them because of their sin and depravity.
As a Christian, what should your response be? You should not be indifferent or accommodate the serious challenges you’ll face from the world. Instead, you ought to, by faith, realistically accept the truth of John 15:21, comfortably rest in the teaching of Philippians 3:10, and confidently seek to minister to the world “because the foolishness of God [the gospel] is wiser than men, and the weakness of God [the cross] is stronger than men” (1 Cor. 1:25).

✧✧✧

Suggestions for Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you begin grasping what it means to partake in “the fellowship of His sufferings.”

For Further Study: Read Acts 5:17–42. How is the world’s attitude toward the gospel displayed in this passage? ✧ What did the apostles appeal to when faced with severe opposition?

- from: MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.
- via Logos 6

#adevotionalforsuchatimeasthis #christjesus #theword #studyscripture #god #biblestudy #bible #jesus #faith #dailydevotions #devotional #holyspirit #gospel #grace #vineofchristministries
1
Add a comment...
People
Have them in circles
521 people
Bill Kraski's profile photo
tilak bontha's profile photo
Wendell Holland Sr's profile photo
C.E. Morrison's profile photo
Jack Murray's profile photo
Funding Social Good's profile photo
Renee Regnier's profile photo
Susie Lawson's profile photo
Family United Ministries's profile photo
Story
Tagline
Sharing the love of JESUS with those in need, a hand up, not a hand out!!!
Introduction
Praise the LORD!!!, this alone should tell you that you've reached the right Vine of CHRIST Ministries :))) For those that know me, know that I'm always praising the LORD, no matter what is happening.
   Vine of CHRIST Ministries, is a multi-branched ministry, seeking to share the love of JESUS with those in need, not a handout, but a hand up !!! Though the ministry has been the works of my hands alone for over twelve years, it will someday grow to be far more. Encompassing numerous branches of Christian ministry,, along with many of the secular helps groups. The LORD revealed to me, when I was anointed for this, that much of that which secular helps groups preform, is really that which Christians are called to do. Yet, for many years, we've forsaken this calling. Well folks, no longer, for this is what this ministry is about and it will reach to the ends of the earth to fulfill this calling !!!!!!!
   The only means to contact me(the ministry(Rev. M. Barth)) at this time, besides online sites, is snail mail. The address is: Vine of CHRIST Ministries, 330 W. Alice Ave., # 7, Kingsville, Texas, 78363
Contact Information
Contact info
Email
Address
Vine of CHRIST Ministries, 330 W. Alice Ave., #7, Kingsville, Texas, 78363