Power for Life

"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword—piercing right through to a separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 TLV) I have treasured Your word in my heart, so I might not sin against... Continue Reading →

Established in Genesis

Genesis is a book of beginnings. In it, we find the creation, humanity, the flood, the story of redemption begins to unfold, and the nation of people is promised to Abraham. God begins to set things in order very quickly, and certain things established in Genesis carry through the entirety of Scripture. For example, Malachi... Continue Reading →

The Standard of Goodness

We’ve all heard that it is best to rip a band-aid off because it hurts more when you pull it slowly. My childhood memories say that’s true. So, what about the band-aid of “I’m a good person.” Should we slowly pull it off or rip it off by saying, no, none of us are good... Continue Reading →

The Narrow Path (Matthew 7:13-23)

The other day I saw a quote that said the part of the Bible we would like to ignore is the part we need the most. In Matthew chapter seven, we read the words judge not, that you be not judged. And that’s where most people stop. They don’t want to acknowledge that the rest... Continue Reading →

Nevertheless (Revelation 2)

If God wrote you a letter, what do you think He would say? Would He thank you for serving in kids church or for helping as a youth group sponsor? Would He commend you for opening your home for a weekly small group? After He listed your accomplishments and obedience, would it be followed by... Continue Reading →

Final Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 1-5

Today was my last day in 1 Corinthians 1-5. In June, I will be reading chapters 6-11 every day, writing down my thoughts, insights, and questions in my journal and consulting commentaries and my CSB He Reads Truth Bible along the way. I do my first read-through in the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, and the rest of the... Continue Reading →

Understanding Spiritual Words (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the depths graciously given to us by God,13 of which depths we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual depths with spiritual... Continue Reading →

What are you Building? (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

Today as I was reading 1 Corinthians chapters one through five, a few verses from chapter three caught my attention. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 LSB “According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be... Continue Reading →

Don’t Greet A False Teacher (2 John 9-11)

Today I was surprised by John's words in his second letter concerning false teachers. In a day when we are encouraged to believe everyone's profession of faith, and we are constantly reminded not to judge, John's words stand in stark contrast to modern acceptance theology. 2 John 9-11 NKJV "Whoever transgresses and does not abide... Continue Reading →

The Right Kind of Faith (Hebrews 11:1)

I have noticed a pattern with my posts lately that got me to thinking. The pattern has been emphasizing the importance of reading and studying the Bible on a daily basis. I realized growing up Word of Faith, I was taught to give the Word first place and make it final authority in my life.... Continue Reading →

Abiding in the Word

John 15:1-8 NKJV "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide... Continue Reading →

Grace, Faith, and “Legalism”?

Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The same grace... Continue Reading →

Valuing the Word of God

John chapter seventeen records Jesus's prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. In verse seventeen we read, "Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth." Psalm 138:2 NKJV "I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name."... Continue Reading →

Sheep, Goats, and Wolves (Mt. 7:13-23)

Matthew 7:13-23 CSB “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it. “Be on your guard against false prophets who come... Continue Reading →

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