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The Parable of the Cloth and the Bottles

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14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 16No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
This is the Parable of the Cloth and the Bottles. Let’s find out what Jesus is trying to say here. To begin, the reason behind this parable is that the disciples of John the Baptist asked Jesus, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answers them, in verse fifteen, saying, “…

Tires Running Low

A few weeks ago, I was driving on a dirt road. It is something that people which live in rural areas often do. This dirt road I was driving on was recently re-graveled, and I was driving twenty-five or thirty-five miles per hour on this freshly cut gravel; not to mention, my back two tires, passenger tires, were ready to be replaced. By the end of the day, both of my back tires were eaten up by the gravel, which had scourged holes into them. They would not hold air, and needless to say, needed to be replaced. This experience wrought many sorrows; however, after reflecting upon the incident, I realize how similar Christians are to a flat tire. Life is like a dirt road. It is winding, sometimes narrow, and sometimes wide; sometimes it goes in one direction, and sometimes it has a fork. The road is sometimes paved flat, and the ride is easy-going, but sometimes the road may have potholes, or it may have had new gravel put on it. The potholes and the gravel can cause damage to a tire; th…

This Is War

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This is War
            In Genesis, we learn that God created the world, and everything in the world. God breathed life into Adam, and from Adam’s rib God created Eve to be his companion. Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. God gave man dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every creature on the land. God also gave man all the fruit of the trees to eat—except for one. God told man not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, lest they will die. Both obeyed until the serpent deceived Eve. The serpent lied to her, telling her she would not die if she ate the tree’s fruit. Then she gave the fruit to Adam to eat, and he did. Now, as God had warned, they both, and all of mankind to follow, would surely die, and God made the serpent to eat the dust of the earth, and made man and serpent enemies, from that day forth. From that day forth, man knew the difference between good and evil; and, f…

The Gender Recognition Act and the Reprobate Mind

“26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving into themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
~Romans 1:26-27
            Recently, I learned about a bill passed in California, the Gender Recognition Act. According to this bill, people can change their legal gender status. Not only that, but a new option was added: nonbinary. Now, not only can people choose their gender, but there is an ability to avoid gender altogether! Male. Female. Nonbinary. Let that sink in. Read the act for yourself here.             When I started my bible study today, I was not expecting to comment on this. But in all honesty, I am very upset. I get to watch America destroy itself, instead of rebuking its sin. This is just one of many…

Is Something Missing?

Please take a moment to stop thinking of everything and leave everything alone, and focus on this one thing. Please look inside yourself—into your heart—because I have a question for you: do you feel like you are missing something on the inside? What I mean is, does it feel like you are lacking something in your life that you so desperately want, but you cannot find? Maybe you have thought of this before, or maybe you have not. Either way, take a moment and think about this question.                    For me, I did not consciously know I was lacking something, but I found something that made me feel more complete than anything in the world has. I found Jesus Christ, and I am telling you the truth that he is the only thing that can make you whole. You may think I am crazy, and you may be right, but I cannot tell you of how many times I have heard this to be true in so many different lives, and once I found Christ, there was this feeling inside of me that there was …

Noose

He hid his face from all who surrounded him. His spirit broken—torn in two by the brutal attacks: sometimes adjectives, sometimes fists. Finally he became tired of it all. It was time to end the pain. The noose was ready, and so was the chair. Numb and without a tear, he felled the chair, and hung a foot from the ground. He kicked, he squirmed, he struggled to breath, and he regretted his decision. His life was over. The boy was only fourteen and he never experienced love, never had a job, never had a wife, and never lived. He now hung lifelessly. It was only later that evening, when his mother returned home from work to find him dangling. From her eyes came a river of sorrow polluted by regrets of not being there enough. She thought that only if she paid more attention to her only child he would still be here. Lucky enough for her, and lucky enough for her son, he did no go through with it. He planned to carry out his death and had everything ready to go, but he met a girl who showed hi…

Jesus Is

Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the bread of life. Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ. He was born of the Virgin Mary, and is God in the flesh. Jesus is the Lamb of God whose blood was shed on the cross for the sins of man, as prophesied in Isaiah chapter 53, saying,

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by him. Through Jesus we can find the straight and narrow path which leads to Heaven which is set apart from that broad road that leads to destruction, which the world follows.

Jesus is the reason that we can be satisfied with our lives. He has the ability to fill that void that is within all of us which cannot be filled by drugs, nor alcohol, no…