A popular teaching today is that Jesus hung out with (was a friend of) the ungodly, while he avoided contact with the "super religious," which is often a popular reference to the godly. But Jesus was not a friend of the ungodly. He was a friend to those who obeyed him (Jn 15:14-15; Jas 2:23). … Continue reading A Friend of Sinners?
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Outward Appearance “Wearing a mask” has … Continue reading Putting on a Mask
James 1:2-4, 12 ESV “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for … Continue reading Fight Lies with Truth
James 1:22-24 ESV “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets … Continue reading The Perfect Law
1 Corinthians 1:4-9 ESV “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge — even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you — so that … Continue reading Blessed Beyond Measure
Psalm 119:113-114 ESV “I hate the double-minded, but I love your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.” A person who is double-minded is a person who wavers or who vacillates in his mind between two opinions or two beliefs. He is often marked by hypocrisy, pretending one … Continue reading Though I’m Worn
Steadfast in Purpose Acts 11:21-23 ESV “And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was … Continue reading A Life with Purpose
John 1:1-5 ESV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of … Continue reading Will of Man or Will of God?
Psalm 37:1-2 ESV “Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.” We are not to worry or to be extremely agitated or anxious of spirit because of evildoers and their evil plots against us. We are not to … Continue reading Don’t Lose Control
Matthew 5:13 ESV “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” What is the purpose of salt? It is a preservative for food, but it also … Continue reading Salt and Light