Monthly Archives: January 2017

30 posts

to give his life as a ransom

The great reversal “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28 Do you see how things must be turned upside down? How have you learned to serve and give your life?

Metanoia

Metanoia, a transliteration of the Greek μετάνοια, can be defined as “a transformative change of heart; especially: a spiritual conversion.” The term suggests repudiation, change of mind, repentance, and atonement; but “conversion” and “reformation” may best approximate its connotation. In The King James Version of the Bible, its verbal cognate metanoeo/μετανοέω is translated as repent – From Wikipedia

you have so little faith

You can move mountains, if you have faith. He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20 This principle can be so confusing when we compare the ideal to our experience. How can you explain it.

between the two of you

We need to learn discretion. “If a brother or sister sins, go and point out the fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.” – Matthew 18:15 What would be the long-term results of this kind of godly confrontation?

Build My Church

Jesus’ identity is the foundation of the Church’s identity, authority and mission “And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:17-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/mat.16.17-19.esv […]

account for every careless word

Good or evil comes out of the words we share. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:35-37 How do you want to be viewed, when it comes to the messages you share? Can you see the consequences of good or evil communication? What “treasure” do you have […]

Do you need help staying on track?

Stay connected to stay focused. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. – John 15:5-7 What principles do you see here? How can you abide? “…and my […]

greater than the temple

Knowing this changes attitudes. I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” – Matthew 12:6-8 Jesus preached priorities, can you articulate what’s important here? Understanding the greatness of Jesus changes our perspective; explain the contrast Jesus is drawing here? How would you help others to reconfigure their perspective of religion?

People sometimes sneer

People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — […]

Let me teach you

Learn from Jesus and ease your burden. Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 What burdens are you carrying? How is Jesus offering you His yoke? Why does Jesus want it to be “easy?”

Verses about Fitness

https://www.openbible.info/topics/physical_fitness Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box […]

the hairs of your head are all numbered

God cares. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:29-31‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/mat.10.29-31.esv When are you most likely to doubt His care for you? With what worries are you most likely to struggle?

in all your conduct

Move from conformity to holiness. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:14-16 What area of your life needs to be set apart for Jesus?

send more workers

We must serve and pray. “He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.””- Matthew‬ ‭9:37-38‬ ‭NLT‬‬ How are you praying for more workers? Who have you talked to anyone recently about their service to God? How can we be more persuasive when it comes to recruitment?

show mercy

Learn the meaning of this scripture. “When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:12-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬ http://bible.com/116/mat.9.12-13.nlt In a culture of blame, how can we learn, “mercy.”?

I will do this because

God’s promise to Abraham I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.” – Genesis 26:4-5 Why is God committed to His relationship with Abraham? How similar is this to His relationship with you? What promises can you count on God to accomplish?

he will show you

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;     do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do,     and he will show you which path to take. – Proverbs 3:5-6 Is “all your heart” trusting? How can you be sure? Not your own understanding.  How are you focusing on God’s perspective? How do you think these principles will build your confidence in the Lord? I am reading the One Year Bible Plan at Bible.com  

Where is your refuge?

“The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ http://bible.com/116/psa.9.9-10.nlt I’m reading the @YouVersion plan ‘The One Year ® Bible’. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/y  

What I don’t want to do…

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:18-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/rom.7.18-20.esv

What I don’t want to do…

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:18-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/rom.7.18-20.esv

Survey Bible Reading Plan (61 Days)

Survey Bible Reading Plan (61 Days) biblegateway.com/reading-plans/survey Want to read highlights from every book of the Bible? It doesn’t take long! The advantages of this approach include simplicity, comprehensiveness, and brevity. As you read, ask the Lord to help you understand, personalize, and apply his Word. Then be sure to thank God for what he’s going to do in each area of your life. Day Today’s Scripture Reading Day 1 Genesis 1-3, 12, 15, 22 Day 2 Exodus 1-5 Day 3 Exodus 12-14, 20 Day 4 Leviticus 1, 10, 16, 25 Day 5 Numbers 3-4, 6, 11-14 Day 6 Deuteronomy […]

involved in one another

Interdepenence… “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” – Thomas Merton How does this idea help you have compassion?

Give glory to God

The best way to give glory to God. Influence others with your good work. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 What good works are you doing? How brightly are you shining?

After the judgement

After the judgment of the great flood, God says, “…never again…” The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of human beings, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.” – Genesis 8:21 How well do you keep your promises? Are you able to bring things to completion? January 4 Bible Reading

how great the wickedness

God is paying attention and takes evil very seriously. The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. – Genesis 6:5 Are we neglecting the seriousness of evil? What lessons can we learn from the ministry and preaching of Noah? January 3 Reading

30 Top Verses

These are the first 30 verses on Topverses.com John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father […]