The Happy Company

   Rev. William Ilnisky Scripture: Luke 5:33-35 Reflection on Scripture What amazed, and shocked the scribes, and the Pharisees was the normality of the followers of Jesus. The orthodox Jews had an idea-not yet altogether dead-that a person was not being religious unless they were being uncomfortable. They had systematized their religious observances. They fasted on … [Read more...]

The Courier of the King

  By Rev. William Ilniksy Scripture of the DaDay: Luke 3:1-6 To Luke, the emergence of John the Baptist was one of the hinges on which history turned, so much so is that the case he dates it in is given in no fewer than six different ways. (1st) Tiberius was the successor of Augustus, therefore, the second of the Roman emperors. As early as A.D. 11 or 12, Augustus had … [Read more...]

The Gospel for the Gentiles and for Prayer

  By Rev. William Ilnisky Scripture: Luke 1:5-17 Reflect, with us,  on the Day's Reading It is clear that Luke wrote mainly for the Gentiles. Theophilus was a Gentile, as was Luke, and there is nothing in his gospel that a Gentile could not grasp, and understand. Luke begins his dateline from the reigning Roman emperor and the current Roman governor. Unlike … [Read more...]

The Approaching End

  By Rev. William Ilnisky Scripture:  1 Peter 4:7 Reflection with us on this Scripture    Here is a note that is struck consistently all through the New Testament.  It is the summons of Paul that it is time to wake out of sleep, for the night is far spent and the day is at hand (Romans 13:12).  "The Lord is at hand," he writes to the Philippians (Philippians … [Read more...]

Two Precious Names for God

  By Rev. William Ilnisky Scripture:  1 PETER 18-25 Reflection on Scripture of the Day  In the last verse of this chapter we come upon two of the great names for God-the "Shepherd and Bishop of our souls" -as the Authorized Version states it.  (1) God is the Shepherd of the souls of men.  The Greek word is poimen and shepherd is one of the … [Read more...]

Reasons for Right Living

  By Rev.  William Ilnisky  Scripture of the Day: 1 PETER 2:11-12 The basic commandment in this passage is that Christians should abstain from fleshly desires. It is of the greatest importance that we should see what Peter means by this. In modern usage, the phrases "sins of the flesh and fleshly desires" have become considerably narrowed in meaning. For us, they … [Read more...]

The Secret of Endurance

  By Rev. William Ilnisky Scripture of the Day : 1 PETER 1:6-7 Reflection  Peter comes to the actual situation in life in which his readers found themselves. Their Christianity had always made them unpopular, but now they were facing almost certain persecution. Soon the storm was going to break and life was going to be agonizing. In the face of that threatening … [Read more...]

Waiting for the Coming of the Lord

  By Rev. William Ilnisky Scripture of the Day: JAMES 5:7-9 Reflection on the Scripture of the Day The early church lived in expectation of the immediate Second Coming of Jesus. James exhorts his people to wait with patience for the few years which remained. The Greek word translated "be patient" basically means "be long-suffering." Long-suffering is a fruit of the … [Read more...]

The Law of Liberty and the Life of Mercy

  Scripture: JAMES 2:12-13  Reflection on the Scripture of the Day As he comes to the end of this section, James reminds his readers of two great facts of the Christian life. (1) The Believer lives under the law of liberty, and it is by the law of liberty he will be judged. What he means is, unlike the Pharisee and the orthodox Jew, the Believer is not a man whose … [Read more...]

The Crown of Life

  By Rev. William Ilnisky Scripture of the Day: James 1:12 There is joy here and hereafter to the man who meets trials in the right way! (1) In this life, he becomes a man of sterling worth. He is like the Greek word dokimos; he is like metal which is cleansed of all foreign substance. The weaknesses of his character are eradicated; he emerges strong and pure. (2) … [Read more...]

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