The Blessings of the Branch

Isaiah 11, Romans 15:8-13

Things looked bad for Israel, and even worse for Assyria. Yes, the Assyrians would invade (Isaiah 10:5-6; 36:1-2), but after they destroyed Israel, the army would meet their doom. The British poet, Lord Byron (George Gordon) described the story recorded in Isaiah 37:14-38: “The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, And his […]

A Root Out of Dry Ground

Isaiah 53:1-3

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should […]

The Root of Jesse

Romans 15:12-13 and Isaiah 11:1-3

“. . .There shall be a root of Jesse, and He that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in Him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Life is too […]

The Glory of the Branch

Zechariah 3:1-9

As we approach this season, we will once again hear the story of Christ and of Christmas. We will exchange the traditional greetings of “Merry Christmas!” “Happy New Year!” We will speak of joy, hope and peace. But we must ask, “Is this real?” Is there really any hope of joy and peace in this […]

How Can Depression Be a “Good” Thing?

Psalm 119:65-72

Do you ever get “down” or depressed? Ever felt that you were “put down” — that someone treated you in demeaning manner? Maybe they lied about you, or taunted you with an arrogant rant. Or you were depressed by the painful results of your rotten choices. It might even be that you’ve been dejected over […]

Words for Well-Being

Counsel from Proverbs 12

Have you ever been hurt by something someone said? Or even worse, have you hurt someone deeply by something you blurted out? Maybe that heartache you felt caused you to hurl hurtful words at someone else too. When will all this stop? Proverbs 12:18 can help you and me stop hurting people and start helping […]

Seasons of Prevailing Prayer

in Daniel chapters 9 & 10

Here at Calvary, we have been searching for ways to put Biblical prophecies to work in our daily living. Under the theme, “Wait for It” (from Habakkuk 2:3), we have been looking for answers to a basic question: Since Biblical prophecy is true, what should we do? You can listen to the messages in this […]

On Second Thought

How to Meditate on God's Word

In our mid-week study of Psalm 119 thus far, the word “meditate” has occurred twice. “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.” (verse 15) “Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.” (verse 23) Consider the following: A bat and a ball […]

What Did You Say?

Malachi 3:16-17 is one of the best passages in Scripture to learn how to make Biblical prophecy practical. It helps you to answer a relevant question: Since Biblical prophecy is true, what should you do? “Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a […]