Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. – Romans 12:12 ESV Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, – James 1:2 ESV May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13 ESV Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. – Philippians 4:4 ESV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, – Galatians 5:22 ESV
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 ESV http://bible.com/59/isa.40.29-31.esv
“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, […]
The parable of the sower is primary to all the parables. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?” The farmer sows the word. – Mark 4:13-14 Read the whole parable and Jesus interpretation. What principles for understanding can we find here?
Jesus is calling us to health. (Feb.20) On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Mark 2:14 Jesus has great teaching illustrations. Sometimes friends and family think we should be better than we are. They wouldn’t admit it but they want us to be perfect. When we aren’t, they often think they know what we need and try to give us a prescription for our lives. With so many voices. Jesus calls us to look to him and […]
Leviticus 21 The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: ‘A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die,” – Leviticus 21:1 Leviticus 22 Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy – Leviticus 22:32 Matthew 28 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I […]
The Great Shepherd will return. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.” All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. – Matthew 25:31-32 Separation…Where will we find ourselves at His coming? What insight does this narrative give us? How will you prepare yourself?
The glory of the Lord went with them. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord […]
Don’t neglect important matters. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” – Matthew 23:23 What things get in the way of the most important things for you?
I must give up all to the one in charge of me, my heart, my soul, my service. “Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”” – Matthew 22:17-21 http://bible.com/59/mat.22.17-21.esv […]