March 29, 2015

On Not Loving the World

This one is worth memorizing. I'm on a fan of memorization. God's Word commands us to stand firm and to keep from being polluted by the world. I found myself a challenge.

1JN 2:15-17 NIV

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.   Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.   Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

1John 2:3-11

HE is the Atoning Sacrifice

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will NOT sin. BUT if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. HE is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD.

1 John 2:1-2

Pass me the salt please!!!!

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of EVERY opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with SALT, so that you may know how to answer EVERYONE.

Colossians 4:5-6

One Word 2015: Pray

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

Hosanna!

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Blessed is the king of Israel!”

John 12:13

March 28, 2015

The work of God is this:

Jesus is not glorified by our “doing” things for Him. He is glorified by our resting in and receiving what He’s done for us.


Even when Jesus was asked in John 6:28, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" He answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent" (v. 29).

The Love of God

neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God THAT IS IN Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:39

March 27, 2015

Scoffers Will Come, Scoffing

Above all, you must understand that in the last days SCOFFERS will come, SCOFFING and following their own evil desires.

2 Peter 3:3

Those Who Earnestly Seek Him

And without FAITH it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must BELIEVE that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

March 26, 2015

In Whom We Have Redemption

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,  so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:9-14

The True Message of the Gospel

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.

Colossians 1:3-6

March 25, 2015

In the House of My God

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalm 84:10

March 23, 2015

March 22, 2015

Christ Crucified Is God's Power and Wisdom

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”    Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 NIV

Here I Am!

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. ~Jesus

March 14, 2015

You Adulterous People

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

James 4:4

When You Ask

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

James 4:3

A Prayer for the Ephesians

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.   Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21

We May Approach God

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Ephesians 3:12

Until the Day of Christ Jesus

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

March 13, 2015

One Word 2015: Pray

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them PRAY. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to PRAY over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and PRAY for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:13-16

By the Blood of Christ

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:13

According To His Purpose

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

March 12, 2015

Faithful In Prayer

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

James 2:8

Thanksgiving and Prayer

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 1:15-23

Those Who Come to God

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Hebrews 7:25

March 11, 2015

Religion that God our Father accepts

RELIGION that God our Father accepts as PURE and FAULTLESS is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

Ask God

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

James 1:5-8

In His Word I Put My Hope

I wait for the LORD , my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Psalm 130:5

March 10, 2015

One Word 2015: Pray

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7

Redemption Through His Blood

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

Ephesians 1:

March 8, 2015

March 7, 2015

All Kinds of Speech

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—

1 Corinthians 1:3-5

One Word 2015: Pray

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.     “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

Matthew 7:7-9

Watch and Pray

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”  He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”    Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”    Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”    He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”    When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

Matthew 26:36-44

JUSTIFIED BY HIS GRACE

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, NOT because of righteous things we had done, but because of HIS MERCY. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been JUSTIFIED BY HIS GRACE, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:4-7

God Sent His Son

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Galatians 4:4-5

Him Who Had No Sin

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

March 6, 2015

One Word 2015: Pray

And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

Revelation 5:8

Saying "No" to the World

(It's not always easy to say "No" to the world but sometimes it's necessary)

TIT 2:11-14 NIV

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

(We are all foolish Galatians) #seriously

(We are all foolish Galatians) #seriously

GAL 3:1-14 NIV

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?  Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”    Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”  So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.   For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”  Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”  The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”  He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Jesus Looked At Them

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

March 5, 2015

By HIS Wounds We Are Healed

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.   But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:4-5

Devote Yourselves to Prayer

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

Colossians 4:2-4

One Word 2015: Pray

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:13

I live BY FAITH in the Son of God

“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live BY FAITH in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the GRACE of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Galatians 2:19-21

If you suffer as a Christian

However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

1 Peter 4:16

March 4, 2015

One Word 2015: Pray

But I cry to you for help, LORD ; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Psalm 88:13

Keep your head in all situations

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

2 Timothy 4:2-5

According to the will of our God and Father

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Galatians 1:3-5

In God I Trust

In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 56:4

March 3, 2015

Whoever Comes To Me

"All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away." -Jesus

John 6:37

March 2, 2015

Martin Luther King Quote

"You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don't have to know Plato and Aristotle. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." -Martin Luther King

Constantly In Prayer

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Acts 1:14

Who Shall Separate Us

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Romans 8:35