1 Peter 2:4-5 ESV “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” The church is … Continue reading Offer Spiritual Sacrifices Acceptable to God
Galatians 5:16-17 ESV “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you … Continue reading What We Practice Determines Our Future
Isaiah 5:11-12 ESV “Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them! They have lyre and harp, tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts, but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord, or see the … Continue reading Calling Evil Good and Good Evil
Psalms 97:10-12 ESV “O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!” If … Continue reading Do You Love Jesus? Then Hate Evil!
The Apostles had been arrested because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. And the next day they were brought before the religious leaders and rulers in the temple. And they asked of the Apostles, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” And “this” … Continue reading Speak the Truth, Not the Lies
Romans 3:21-25 ESV “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of … Continue reading Redeemed from All Lawlessness
2 Timothy 1:8-10 ESV “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, … Continue reading Are you Embarrassed by the Gospel of Christ?
Philippians 4:8-9 ESV “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the … Continue reading Examining Our Inputs
Summary 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 The Apostle Paul wrote this letter, and he included Timothy as a co-author, i.e. this message to the church in Corinth was from both him and Timothy. And he began the letter with an exhortation on the subject of afflictions and us comforting others in their afflictions with the comfort (urging, … Continue reading Behaving in the World with Godly Sincerity
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 Not of Our Own Will