EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ ‭‬‬

“Fifteen days before the Festival of Shelters began, the priests had begun to sacrifice burnt offerings to the Lord. This was even before they had started to lay the foundation of the Lord’s Temple.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Before the people had reconstructed the temple, they began sacrificing to God. This is a sure fire prescriptionContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ ‭‬‬”

COLOSSIANS 3:22-4:1

‘Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that theContinue reading “COLOSSIANS 3:22-4:1”

COLOSSIANS‬ ‭3:18-21‬ ‭‬‬

“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.”‭‭ Colossians‬ ‭3:18-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ It is in the context of ChristianContinue reading “COLOSSIANS‬ ‭3:18-21‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭6:1-4‬ ‬‬

“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Fathers,Continue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭6:1-4‬ ‬‬”

GALATIANS‬ ‭5:5-6‬‬‬

“But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.”‭‭ Galatians‬ ‭5:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The hardest part ofContinue reading “GALATIANS‬ ‭5:5-6‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:22-33‬ ‭‬‬

“For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. ForContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:22-33‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:15-21‬ ‬‬

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the HolyContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:15-21‬ ‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:1-9, 11-14‬‬‬

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have noContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:1-9, 11-14‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:17-32‬ ‭‬‬

“With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustfulContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:17-32‬ ‭‬‬”

1 JOHN 5:21

“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”‭‭‬‬ 1 John‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NLT Everything that John has stated leads to this one command. “Do not set up an idol in your heart.” For John, all of the problems that he had been addressing were issues of idolatry. The lack ofContinue reading “1 JOHN 5:21”

1 JOHN‬ ‭5:18‬

“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.”‭‭ 1 John‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Christian’s who allow for sin to take root in their lives are not people of faith. This is John’s conclusion. These areContinue reading “1 JOHN‬ ‭5:18‬”

1 JOHN 5:14-15‬

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”‭‭ 1 John‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Confidence is a thing that is missing from the lives ofContinue reading “1 JOHN 5:14-15‬”

1 JOHN 5:11-13

“And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.” 1 John 5:11-13 NLT John’s emphasis had always been on truth and light. Knowledge, for the proto-gnostics, was seen asContinue reading “1 JOHN 5:11-13”

1 JOHN 5:9-10

“Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believeContinue reading “1 JOHN 5:9-10”

1 JOHN 5:3-5

“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”‭‭‬‬ 1 John‬ ‭5:3-5‬ ‭NLT Here liesContinue reading “1 JOHN 5:3-5”

1 JOHN 5:1-2

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments.”‭‭ 1 John‬ ‭5:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬ As John begins to close down his short book, he cinches up hisContinue reading “1 JOHN 5:1-2”

1 JOHN 4:18

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”‭‭ ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Perfect love expels all fear. This passage is often mistaken to say that “love expels fear,” or thatContinue reading “1 JOHN 4:18”

1 JOHN 4:11-12

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” 1 John‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬ John promises something astounding in this passage. Earlier, it isContinue reading “1 JOHN 4:11-12”

1 JOHN 3:16-18

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?Continue reading “1 JOHN 3:16-18”

1 JOHN 2:15-16‬

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not fromContinue reading “1 JOHN 2:15-16‬”

1 CORINTHIANS 13

This evergreen passage has captured the hearts of our society for its grand philosophy on the nature of love. People use it, erroneously, to speak about romance but that is not it’s intended usage. It is, at its heart, a treatise on the engine of relationship. Many have confused the driving force of relationship toContinue reading “1 CORINTHIANS 13”