Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
I sat down this morning and randomly thumbed through the pages of my Bible, stopping and reading the first few verses that my finger landed on. The is where my finger landed.
I thought this fit with my post “It’s In Our Hearts” which is about Deuteronomy 30:11-14, especially verse 14 which reads:
The word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it. Continue reading
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
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Chapter 5 of the Gospel of John begins with Jesus visiting the Pool of Bethesda.
Bethesda has two meanings. “Beth” in Hebrew and Aramaic means “house of mercy” or “house of grace”. “Hesda” means “shame, disgrace”. “Shame, disgrace” came from all the invalids at the pool and “grace, mercy” came from the perceived healing powers of the waters in the pool. Continue reading
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
In the beginning of Luke, Chapter 10, we read about Christ appointing 72 followers to go to the towns that Christ is about to visit. I guess they were like an advance team, sent to let the citizens know what was coming and to give them a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. Continue reading
Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.
This verse is spoken by Jesus, after the Pharisees and the Scribes attempted to lure him into saying something against the Roman rulers. They wanted to get a comment from Jesus to use against him and have him arrested.
Politics hasn’t changed one bit in the last 2000 years.
But Christ’s answer did not give them the ammo they thought they were going to get. Continue reading
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Chapter 18 begins with the Disciples asking Jesus a rather odd question, or at least it seems odd to me. They ask, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” I’m not sure what they are asking. Are they wondering if Moses, Elijah, or Isaiah holds the most power? I don’t know, but it demonstrates that the Disciples, like all of us, couldn’t truly forsake worldly thoughts and ideas. It shows a thinking of class warfare. The poor versus, the middle, versus the upper class, versus the royalty. And it reveals a concern about what other individuals think. Continue reading