Russell H. Conwell is best known for a motivational speech called "Acres of Diamonds," delivered it about 6,000 times in more than six decades on the lecture circuit; but when he became a Christian, he grew to become also a notable pastor and preacher while continuing a full schedule of lecturing. A contemporary of Spurgeon, Moody and Phillips Brooks, he was unlike any of them except in his ability to reach people from the pulpit.
Can you imagine a shepherd so cruel as to toss one of his sheep over the wall and out of the sheepfold? Jesus healed a man blind from birth. It happened on a Sabbath day. The Pharisees were so angry they excommunicated the man. They physically expelled him from the synagogue. Violently! This is the background to our text. In this teaching, Jesus reveals several wonderful truths about Himself.
Wouldn't you like to have been one of those two disciples on the road to Emmaus when Jesus suddenly joined their journey? What things He must have taught them as He surveyed the Hebrew Scripture! What wonderful insight they gained about how it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer death and then enter into His glory.
If Jesus is your Savior, your inheritance is one that "is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you," Moses was able to forsake the palace of Pharaoh because he had the long view. Those who live as if this world is all there is do not have such assurance. We have a living hope.
Good news, Louisa! There is such a place. It is at the feet of the crucified, resurrected Christ. Jesus ushered Nicodemus to the gate of that land; and there is room there for you, too.
Origen was born about 185 AD in Alexandria, Egypt. His godly parents gave him a thorough education in Scripture, as well as the usual grammar, math, logic and rhetoric. Eusebius reports that Origen grew up as a devoted Christian and cultured Greek.
That must have been a thrilling day for Paul, Luke, Silas and Timothy. They had talked it over and all agreed: This was the will of God for them. The KJV puts it "assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us" How does a person come to that confident assurance? There are in this passage five principles for finding God's will.