An Engagement That Could Not Be Broken by Mike Riley

By Mike Riley

The story is told that soon after President James A. Garfield took office, a member of his cabinet insisted that a meeting be called to discuss a matter that had the potential of becoming a national crisis. President Garfield refused, saying he had another appointment already scheduled — one that could not be broken.

The cabinet member kept insisting that the matter was of grave importance, but the President still would not budge from his decision to keep his appointment.

Frustrated that the President would not change his mind, the cabinet member then remarked, “Mr. President, I would be interested to know with whom you have an engagement so important that it cannot be broken.” President Garfield replied, “I will be as frank with you as you are with me. My engagement is with the Lord, to meet Him at His house and at His table at 10:00 tomorrow morning, and I shall be there.”

Brethren, if we’ll make the same commitment as President Garfield, the Lord’s house will have no problem in being filled every Lord’s Day (Matthew 6:33 NKJV; cf. Psalm 122:1 NKJV).


Mama’s Translation Of The Bible Was The Best! by Mike Riley

Four preachers were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked a particular version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another preferred a more scholarly edition, because it was closer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked a contemporary version, because of its up-to-date vocabulary.

The fourth preacher was silent for a moment, then said, “I like my mother’s translation the best.” Surprised, the other three men said they didn’t know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into her life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”

Instead of discussing translation preferences, this preacher reminded them that the most important focus should be learning God’s Word and doing it (2 Timothy 2:15James 1:221 John 3:7). That was the top priority of Ezra’s life. As a scribe, he studied the Law, obeyed it, and taught it to the Israelites (Ezra 7:10).

For example, God commanded His people not to intermarry with neighboring nations who served pagan gods (Ezra 9:1-2). Ezra confessed the nation’s sin to God (Ezra 9:10-12) and corrected the people, who then repented (Ezra 10:10-12).

Brethren and friends, let’s follow Ezra’s example by seeking the Word of God — translating it into our life and daily living.

Let’s remember that the best commentary on the Bible (other than the Bible itself), is a person who puts God’s teachings into practice.

And the best version of the Bible, is the one that’s read.

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The Purpose Of Bible Miracles by Preston Silcox

Just before His ascension to heaven, Jesus gave His marching orders to the apostles and promised that they would be endued with miraculous powers (Mk. 16:15-18; Acts 1:5, 8). Mark reveals that the disciples were faithful to the Captain’s commands and that the Christ was true to His faithful followers: “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following” (Mk. 16:20). Continue reading “The Purpose Of Bible Miracles by Preston Silcox”