Witnessing Without Words – 1 Peter 3:1-2

Witnessing Without Words Only Works In Marriage 1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. SimpleContinue reading “Witnessing Without Words – 1 Peter 3:1-2”

Inner Beauty and God – 1 Peter 3:3-6

God Sees The Heart.  So Should Everyone Else. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth inContinue reading “Inner Beauty and God – 1 Peter 3:3-6”

When Prayers Are Hindered – 1 Peter 3:7

The Best, Sure-Fire Way For A Husband To Hinder His Prayers Is… 7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. Doctorate DegreeContinue reading “When Prayers Are Hindered – 1 Peter 3:7”

Spiritual Blindness – 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

If Satan Had Understood The Purpose Of Christ, He Would NEVER Had Tried To Crucify Him 6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mysteryContinue reading “Spiritual Blindness – 1 Corinthians 2:6-10”

Character Development – 2 Peter 1:5-11

You Will Know Them By Their Fruit 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess theseContinue reading “Character Development – 2 Peter 1:5-11”

Motivation for Discipline – Proverbs 13:24

Spoiled Children Are Like Spoiled Food – They Leave A Bad Taste In Your Mouth Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. Worldly Wisdom Everyone seems to have a word of wisdom.  Time-honored advice that has worked for them, and others who passed it onContinue reading “Motivation for Discipline – Proverbs 13:24”

God Reveals Himself – Psalm 18:25-27

God Reveals Himself Experientially 25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, 26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd. 27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. Opportune Observation Everywhere in the Bible, weContinue reading “God Reveals Himself – Psalm 18:25-27”

Building the Body – Colossians 1:9-14

Prayer Is The Fuel For Spiritual Body Building 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may liveContinue reading “Building the Body – Colossians 1:9-14”

Secret Societies and God – John 3:19-21

Darkness HATES the light 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives byContinue reading “Secret Societies and God – John 3:19-21”

God is Sovereign – Isaiah 40:21-24

God Is Responsible For Installing Rulers Among Men As Well As Removing Them 21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are likeContinue reading “God is Sovereign – Isaiah 40:21-24”

God Protects Israel – Ezekiel 38:17-23

God Doesn’t Take Kindly To Those Who Would Harm His Beloved 17 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. 18 This is what willContinue reading “God Protects Israel – Ezekiel 38:17-23”

Spread the Word – Isaiah 12:4-6

The Lord Expects You To Tell Others What He Has Done 4 In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let thisContinue reading “Spread the Word – Isaiah 12:4-6”

The Cry For Righteousness – Psalm 141:1-5

May God Guard Our Speech And Our Hearts From Wickedness 1 I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. 2 May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. 3 Set a guard over myContinue reading “The Cry For Righteousness – Psalm 141:1-5”

…Not of the World – John 17:15-19

Walk In The Same Manner As Christ – Sanctified By The Word Of God 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by theContinue reading “…Not of the World – John 17:15-19”

In The World… Matthew 9:9-13

Jesus Came To Call Sinners, Not The Righteous 9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came andContinue reading “In The World… Matthew 9:9-13”

The Omniscience of God – Psalm 139:1-6

God Knows Everything That Transpires Throughout His Creation 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a wordContinue reading “The Omniscience of God – Psalm 139:1-6”

The Futility of Idols – Psalm 135:15-18

When People Worship Idols, They Become Like Them 15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. 16 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 17 They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. 18 Those who make them will be likeContinue reading “The Futility of Idols – Psalm 135:15-18”

Letting Go of the Past -Isaiah 43:18-19

In Order To Move Forward, You Need To Leave The Past Behind 18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Finally, Forget!Continue reading “Letting Go of the Past -Isaiah 43:18-19”

People Pleasing and God – Galatians 1:10

By Being God-Pleasers, We Can Stop Being People-Pleasers Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Appropriate Approval One of the greatest desires of humanity isContinue reading “People Pleasing and God – Galatians 1:10”

Blessings of Obedience – Psalm 128

Obedience To God Results In Blessings By God 1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like oliveContinue reading “Blessings of Obedience – Psalm 128”

Children and God – Psalm 127:3-5

Children Are A Reward From God, Not A Punishment Nor A Curse 3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not beContinue reading “Children and God – Psalm 127:3-5”

Home Security and God – Psalm 127:1-2

If God Is Not Involved In Every Aspect Of Life, Don’t Expect Success 1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for heContinue reading “Home Security and God – Psalm 127:1-2”

Shock and Awe by God – Matthew 27:44-54

God Announces Significant Events With Signs and Wonders 45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 47 When some of thoseContinue reading “Shock and Awe by God – Matthew 27:44-54”

Chronology and History – Luke 2:1-7

God’s Timing Is Perfect And Everything He Does Is Precise 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.Continue reading “Chronology and History – Luke 2:1-7”

Restoration by God – Psalm 126

It Is God Who Restores Us After He Disciplines Us 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 TheContinue reading “Restoration by God – Psalm 126”

Protection by God – Psalm 125

God Is The One Who Protects His People Israel 1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore. 3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the landContinue reading “Protection by God – Psalm 125”

Compromising in Fear – 1 Samuel 21:10-15

Fear Drives People To Do Crazy Things 10 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. 11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances: “‘Saul has slain his thousands, and DavidContinue reading “Compromising in Fear – 1 Samuel 21:10-15”

The Peace of Israel – Psalm 122:6-9

Those Who Bless Israel Will Be Blessed And Those Who Curse Israel Will Be Cursed 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “PeaceContinue reading “The Peace of Israel – Psalm 122:6-9”

National Security and God – 2 Kings 6:13-23

When The Lord God Almighty Guards Your Country, No Harm Shall Befall It 13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by nightContinue reading “National Security and God – 2 Kings 6:13-23”

National Security and God – 2 Kings 6:8-12

Seek Knowledge And Wisdom From The One Who Knows The End From The Beginning 8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.” 9 The man of God sent word to the king ofContinue reading “National Security and God – 2 Kings 6:8-12”