Monthly Archives: April 2016

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endurance and encouragement

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans‬ ‭15:4-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

the Bible’s top tips for managing your finances

Finance guides come and go, but as Christians throughout the centuries have known, the Bible is a finance guide for all time. From stories about rich men and paupers to proverbs with sharp insights, God’s word is filled with good advice on money. The Bible cannot tell you how to diversify your portfolio, but it can tell you how to be the kind of person who saves enough money, spends wisely, plans ahead, gives generously, and learns to enjoy money. Tip #1: Remember that God creates wealth “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the […]

About the Bible – N.T. Wright

In other words, the Bible isn’t there simply to be an accurate reference point for people who want to look things up and be sure they’ve got them right. It is there to equip God’s people to carry forward his purposes of new covenant and new creation. It is there to enable people to work for justice, to sustain their spirituality as they do so, to create and enhance relationships at every level, and to produce that new creation which will have about it something of the beauty of God himself. The Bible isn’t like an accurate description of how […]

Favorite Verses

I think I like this new added feature that adds a link to bible.com for verses within the post. Tell me what you think. Oh, and do you use the app? Check it out at Bible.com. Jeremiah 31:31-34 – Jeremiah predicts the new covenant. Romans 1:8 – The Gospel is God’s power 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 – The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection and the implications for followers of Jesus.

There is one body

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/eph.4.1-6.esv

who will be justified

“For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears […]

He calls us his children

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/1jn.3.1.esv

How much more

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/mat.7.11.esv

Introduction to Bible Study

We are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys anyone can experience! No, I’m not talking about a trip up the Highlands Highway into the mountainous interior of Papua New Guinea (though that, too, is exciting … trust me!), but a trip into the heart and mind of God as we learn to explore His Word! But, as in all journeys, before we begin our adventure, we must first make necessary preparations. These include the following:Having The Right Heart Attitude 1. A New Heart ~ In order to truly understand the Bible, a book of Spiritual Truths […]

Posting the Bible Readings

…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water – Psalm 1:2-3 I know the posts are long. It’s because I added the syndicated Bible Reading feed. We all need a little push to read the Bible daily. Let me know if this is helpful. Pass this along to someone else. Show them how to subscribe. Wouldn’t it be interesting if our conversations started to revolve around the daily reading, instead of the weather…or some other such thing. And don’t […]

shut the door and pray

“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is […]

did we not prophesy

““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/mat.7.21-23.esv Spirituality is about more than words and talk. the Kingdom is about action. Preachers and ministry workers need […]

your Father who sees

““Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father […]

keep in step

“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:24-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/gal.5.24-25.esv