Blessed Beyond Measure

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

The Whole Thing

Ephesians 3:7-9 ESV “Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and … Continue reading The Whole Thing

Soldiers of Christ Jesus

2 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” Do the trials of this life ever get to you? Communications break … Continue reading Soldiers of Christ Jesus

Root of Bitterness Which Defiles

Hebrews 12:14 ESV “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” We are all to strive for peace and holiness. Thus, the peace we are to strive for with everyone can never compromise holiness. Holiness must always be what we hold on to. Peace should never … Continue reading Root of Bitterness Which Defiles

Being Justified by Faith

Romans 5:1-2 ESV “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Literally this should read, “Therefore, being justified by … Continue reading Being Justified by Faith

Lay It All Down

1 John 3:1, 3, 5-6 ESV “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are… And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” “You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in … Continue reading Lay It All Down

A Fountain of Life

Proverbs 14 (Select verses) ESV 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving. 9 Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will … Continue reading A Fountain of Life

Stagnant Mud Puddles

John 13:34-35 ESV “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Comprehending Love What is love? Understanding what Jesus meant … Continue reading Stagnant Mud Puddles

God Does Not Betray

John 13:21 ESV After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Facing the Reality Summary John 13:1-11 Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father. Now it was the Feast of … Continue reading God Does Not Betray

Big Ones and Little Ones

Trials of Various Kinds James 1:2-4 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.” I like it that it says “trials … Continue reading Big Ones and Little Ones