Who Were the Nicolaitans, and What Was Their Doctrine and Deeds? – Refuel with Rick with Rick Renner, Christian Video & TV Program

http://m.lightsource.com/ministry/refuel-with-rick/articles/who-were-the-nicolaitans-and-what-was-their-doctrine-and-deeds–14510.html

So far the best explanation of the Nicolaitians. Very informed read.


Needs

From Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening:

Evening, May 13

“Thou art my portion, O Lord.”

Psa 119:57

Look at thy possessions, O believer, and compare thy portion with the lot of thy fellowmen. Some of them have their portion in the field; they are rich, and their harvests yield them a golden increase; but what are harvests compared with thy God, who is the God of harvests? What are bursting granaries compared with him, who is the Husbandman, and feeds thee with the bread of heaven? Some have their portion in the city; their wealth is abundant, and flows to them in constant streams, until they become a very reservoir of gold; but what is gold compared with thy God? Thou couldst not live on it; thy spiritual life could not be sustained by it. Put it on a troubled conscience, and could it allay its pangs? Apply it to a desponding heart, and see if it could stay a solitary groan, or give one grief the less? But thou hast God, and in him thou hast more than gold or riches ever could buy. Some have their portion in that which most men love applause and fame; but ask thyself, is not thy God more to thee than that? What if a myriad clarions should be loud in thine applause, would this prepare thee to pass the Jordan, or cheer thee in prospect of judgment? No, there are griefs in life which wealth cannot alleviate; and there is the deep need of a dying hour, for which no riches can provide. But when thou hast God for thy portion, thou hast more than all else put together. In him every want is met, whether in life or in death. With God for thy portion thou art rich indeed, for he will supply thy need, comfort thy heart, assuage thy grief, guide thy steps, be with thee in the dark valley, and then take thee home, to enjoy him as thy portion forever. “I have enough,” said Esau; this is the best thing a worldly man can say, but Jacob replies, “I have all things,” which is a note too high for carnal minds.


How a Union drunkard at Fredericksburg invented fracking | Past Is Prologue

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FRUITFUL LIVING!: Prayer Duty

Prayer Duty
Great article on how putting God first really sets everything in order. And a great way to (re) start my day. Earlier I was feeling unproductive, and wanted to put off praying, but it doesn’t work that way.


 4  Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, “Rejoice!”

 5  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

 6  In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

 7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

 8  Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.

 9  The things which you learned, received, heard, and saw in me: do these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

 10  But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length you have revived your thought for me; in which you did indeed take thought, but you lacked opportunity.

 11  Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it.

 12  I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need.

 13  I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.


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