Martin Burch

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faith and faithfulness

I have not run away from being your shepherd,<p>nor have I desired the day of sickness.<p>You know what came out of my lips;<p>it was before your …

patience, not pride

Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,<p>and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.<p>Ecclesiastes 7:8<p>At the start<p>of something …

wandering sinner

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his …

nails and goads

The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.<p>Ecclesiastes 12:11<p>This …

fire of irony

It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the disaster that I intend to do to them, so that every one may turn from his evil way, and that I …

spirit and truth

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people …

two responses

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did …

stumble tongue

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.<p>James …

sacred sin

Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was …

Truth has perished.

And you shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; …

unimaginably good news

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”<p>John 1:29<p>This is how John the …

stand the test

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to …

contentment in Christ

All things are full of weariness;<p>a man cannot utter it;<p>the eye is not satisfied with seeing,<p>nor the ear filled with hearing.<p>Ecclesiastes 1:8<p>I am …

perpetual universal worship

From new moon to new moon,<p>and from Sabbath to Sabbath,<p>all flesh shall come to worship before me,<p>declares the Lord.<p>Isaiah 66:23<p>The prophet Isaiah ends …

struggle against sin

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin …

Correction is love.

Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor<p>than he who flatters with his tongue.<p>Proverbs 28:23<p>It is important that we always remember that …

what lasts forever

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,<p>and look at the earth beneath;<p>for the heavens vanish like smoke,<p>the earth will wear out like a garment,<p>and they who …

at a distance

And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.<p>Luke 23:49<p>These people were …

apostates

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.<p>Hebrews 10:31<p>Apostasy is a very serious matter, perhaps the “worst case scenario” in …

sin bites

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own<p>is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.<p>Proverbs 26:17<p>This is wise advice. The proverb warns us …

new = good?

“Remember not the former things,<p>nor consider the things of old.<p>Behold, I am doing a new thing;<p>now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?<p>I will …

Not Guilty!

Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the …

priest and sacrifice

He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once …

wealth has wings

Do not toil to acquire wealth;<p>be discerning enough to desist.<p>When your eyes light on it, it is gone,<p>for suddenly it sprouts wings,<p>flying like an …

disdain for scripture

And the word of the Lord will be to them<p>precept upon precept, precept upon precept,<p>line upon line, line upon line,<p>here a little, there a little,<p>that …

turn again

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And …

praying with Jesus

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he …

watch my words

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue<p>keeps himself out of trouble.<p>Proverbs 21:23<p>So much trouble comes from words because words reveal the heart, and …

God's Plans

The Lord of hosts has sworn:<p>“As I have planned,<p>so shall it be,<p>and as I have purposed,<p>so shall it stand..."<p>Isaiah 14:24<p>What God plans<p>never fails<p>what …

full days

And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. And early in the morning all the people …