2 Peter 1:3-8 (NIV)
God’s power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life. All of that has come to us because we know the One who chose us. He chose us because of his own glory and goodness. He has also given us his very great and valuable promises. He did it so you could share in his nature. He also did it so you could escape from the evil in the world. That evil is caused by sinful longings. So you should try very hard to add goodness to your faith. To goodness, add knowledge. To knowledge, add the ability to control yourselves. To the ability to control yourselves, add the strength to keep going. To the strength to keep going, add godliness. To godliness, add kindness to believers. And to kindness to believers, add love. You should possess more and more of those good points. They will make you useful and fruitful as you get to know our Lord Jesus Christ better.
This passage is tremendous for every Christian. We are God chosen and to us he has given us everything we need to lead godly lives and glorify him. This is a little bit like a friendship or marriage where two people choose each other. God chooses US… we choose GOD. We start a relationship (walk) with Jesus at that instance. Continue reading “Just A Closer Walk”
Psalm 34:8 (GNT)
Find out for yourself how good the Lord is. Happy are those who find safety with him.
The NIV states it as “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”
One of my favorite meditative hymns is based on this verse:
Taste and see,
Taste and see,
The goodness of the Lord
Continue reading “The Christian’s Knapsack”
Matthew 19:26 (NIRV)
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, that is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.”
In this verse, the ‘them’, were His disciples.
The ‘that’ was the disciples’ question of “Then who can be saved?” In response to Jesus telling them that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle, than for a rich man enter the kingdom of God.
Continue reading “All Things Are Possible”
Tomorrow (Oct. 6th, 2013) is World Communion Sunday. I typically don’t care for worldwide religious events but this one is apart from those things where there is an attempt to put all of us in one box for whatever reason. Jesus spread his message to all nations and bodies of believers sprung up in diverse locations spreading the message of the savior. It is that body of Christ that connects every Christian regardless of the denomination they a part of.
Continue reading “As We Break Bread Together”
I am going to be exploring a longer passage of scripture to give the context of the setting but would encourage you to pull up the full text and read it when you have time. I am going to focus on the New King James Version here because it is a bit clearer on the word ‘Go’ found in NIV/NIRV. More on that later. Continue reading “Bartimaeus Saw the Solution!”