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Helping a Person out Of A Stronghold

by Benjamin Burks on February 14, 2014 · 0 comments

Leaders in the RU Recovery Program often experience students who “hit a wall”. The Bible refers to it as a “besetting sin”. The apostle Paul discovered this law of indwelling sin which eventually drags you down into it. Paul, through the Holy Spirit, realized all his own mighty efforts were futile. As soon as he […]

Time Keeps on Ticking!

by Benjamin Burks on May 22, 2013 · 3 comments

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Several years ago, my Pastor made the statement that all sin is addictive.  I believe we can look at what consumes our time to identify addictive behaviors in our lives.  I also believe that many addictive behaviors can […]

“IN Christ” You Are Faithful

by Benjamin Burks on March 6, 2013 · 4 comments

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus” .(Ephesians 1:1) When I was growing up, our youth department had reversible jerseys. This meant that everyone received the same “jersey”, but half of the group would turn their jersey […]

Lessons from India – Sowing & Reaping

by Benjamin Burks on January 23, 2013 · 0 comments

Ecclesiastes 11:1, “ Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” While in India, one of the first things I noticed was the flooded plains.  Field after field after field seemed to be under water.  From my host, I learned about the process used both in India and during […]

Acting a Part or Participating in a Role

by Benjamin Burks on November 28, 2012 · 6 comments

“Every man’s work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall test every man’s work of what sort it is” (1 Corinthians 3:13.) I once heard a man speaking in the context of service for the Lord in theatrical terms.  I fully […]

Happy Thanksgiving! – How to Spot a Grumbler…

by Benjamin Burks on November 22, 2012 · 0 comments

Psalm 118:1, “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 79:13, “So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.” I have had the privilege to see people transformed by the […]

A Happy State of Heart

by Benjamin Burks on August 29, 2012 · 1 comment

A Happy State of Heart Psalm 119:147-148, “I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.” I have been meditating for weeks now on Psalm 119 in preparation for this year’s International Conference. I see the psalmist […]

Look…

by Benjamin Burks on July 26, 2012 · 0 comments

Acts 20:33-34, “I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.” It is amazing how Paul often wrote about the Lord providing for his personal needs. In these verses today, Paul was relaying to the […]

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, To you, who for refuge to Jesus have fled? I thought about that little phrase, What more can He say than to you He hath said, […]

He never gave up on me…

by Benjamin Burks on November 30, 2011 · 0 comments

2 Timothy 4:2-4, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their […]