I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
I don’t have much to say about this verse, but I didn’t want to skip over it either.
“I have overcome the world.”
I think this is a directive for all of us. Our basic primal instinct is to survive, and God has given us everything we need to survive. God has given us all the materials, and the knowledge to use those materials for our survival. With all our technological wonders, we do not conjure up anything out of thin air. Whatever we have, has been here from the beginning. Continue reading
Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
The glory of man, this is what we love. We love the accolades, the compliments, and the admiration of others. We love it so much that we are willing to literally stand naked in front of others just for the attention. It feeds our vanity and it feeds our covetousness. We covet the attention received by others and want it for ourselves. We will deny ourselves and righteousness just to get our fifteen minutes of fame. Continue reading
It was I who knew you in the wilderness,
in the land of drought;
but when they had grazed, they became full,
they were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
therefore they forgot me.
I thought there wasn’t a whole lot to right about this verse, I just really liked it.
I really like how the ancient texts from the Bible are still applicable and will always be applicable throughout man’s existence. Continue reading
Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.
I read this verse and wrote it down with the note, “modern day evangelists”. That is what came to mind as I read it.
I certainly don’t begrudge or find fault with those who want to preach the words and lessons of the Bible. I find no fault with anyone who shares their knowledge, ideas or passion for these words. But as I surf the channels on a Sunday morning or just about any day or time, and look at the extravagant facilities that are called churches, sanctuaries or places of worship, I am reminded of this verse. Continue reading
This is a quick follow up to my previous posts about the “carnival hucksters” who peddle their false prophecies, their so called super natural abilities to see and speak to the departed, to see the future and relive the past, etc., etc..
Check out these posts: So Much Hokum, Hokum For Profit, Household Gods, The Modern Day Shrine For Household Gods
As you can see from the links above I have written a number of posts on this subject and I just want to pass along on more piece from the Bible. Continue reading
I gave them my statutes and made known to them my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live. Moreover, I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.
Ezekiel Chapter 20 begins with the elders of Israel coming to the prophet Ezekiel to inquire of the Lord. It’s doesn’t tells us their question but I’m reasonably sure it’s that age old question we all ask when things go bad, “God, why did you let this happen?”
If you read the entire chapter you will learn that God, through Ezekiel, lets the elders of Israel know exactly why they have been carried off to Babylon. God has Ezekiel give a full accounting of the history and of the relationship between God and the Israelites, and their constant rebellion against God.
Ezekiel advises the elders that they are suffering the consequences of their actions. Continue reading
…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John tells the story of Jesus and the Samarian woman. Jesus is traveling through Samaria on his way to Galilee and he stops by Jacob’s Well to rest. A woman who is Samarian comes to the well to draw water and Jesus asks her for a drink. A brief conversation ensues and Jesus says:
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” Continue reading