READ: “’What is written in the law?’ He asked him. ‘How do you read it?’” Lk 10.26.
THINK: God’s family is a people who read. They meditate constantly on his law, Psa 1.2. All should hear the word of the Lord, 1 Thes 5.27. We will be judged by it, Jn 12.48; Heb 4.12-13. Zeal must be accompanied by knowledge, Rom 10.2. We must excel in knowledge, 2 Cor 8.7, among other things. In the Scriptures are God’s power, Mt 22.29, and eternal life, Jn 5.39. We must examine them daily, Acts 17.11. Continue reading “Action: Read”
READ: “and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” 2 Tm 3.15 NET.
THINK: Faith comes by hearing the truth in Scripture. Faith has to have content: in Christ. It is the initial condition for salvation. What’s important is to believe in Jesus and let that faith lead us to obedience. Continue reading “Action: Believe”
“[The Bible] is the only source of divine knowledge we have, and we should rejoice that we can learn enough from it and understand enough of its instructions, if we will believe and obey it, to guide us in to the port of eternal felicity. … Is the word of God a dead letter? … the word, unless accompanied by the Holy Spirit is dead, and therefore has no power to convert or turn sinners to God.”
Life and Sermons of Jesse L. Sewell, p. 134
When asked recently to name one or two Bible verses that are his favorites, after he proclaimed repeatedly that the Bible is his favorite book, Donald Trump declined to cite a single verse, claiming that it’s “very personal.” Continue reading “A suggestion for Donald Trump’s favorite verse”
by J. Randal Matheny © 2015
What cheerful word, what charm of love?
Who’ll ring the tones of the righteous God
And the deeds of saints? The daily food
To revive our hearts and fill our souls?
What truths of God can entrance the mind? Continue reading “UPLift: What Cheerful Word”
The word apocalipse (the Portuguese title for the last book of the Bible) means revelation. God wanted to reveal truths to his people. He chose the apostle John to reveal to them the message that he wanted to communicate. Continue reading “The Bible, from there to here”
Many recognize that the commercial media is a means of manipulation and base appeal, in order to persuade the consumer to think, act, and buy according to the subtlety (or not) of suggestion. (It’s ironic to see people talk so much about being independent using brand-name clothing, mass technology, and popular products.) Friends are another strong influence of opinion and conduct. In one way or another, something or someone will direct and control our thoughts. Continue reading “What controls your thinking?”
Apple. Why am I not surprised?
Graphic clipped from here.
Just in the nick of time. At the right moment. God acts exactly when he should, when things ought to be done, no sooner, no later. In our limited vision, God is often late. Or we think that he jumps the gun. But God is always on time. Continue reading “Third time’s charm, or God is always on time”
For those who think that God is in his heaven and just lets it all roll by without taking much interest in what happens on earth, here’s an ancient word for people who thought the same. Continue reading “Thinking the Lord neither rewards or punishes is dangerous”