HOSEA‬ ‭11:1-11‬‬‬

““When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. But the more I called to him, the farther he moved from me, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols. I myself taught Israel how to walk, leading him along by the hand. ButContinue reading “HOSEA‬ ‭11:1-11‬‬‬”

2 PETER‬ ‭1:10-11‬ ‬‬

“So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”‭‭ 2 Peter‬ ‭1:10-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬ For many believers,Continue reading “2 PETER‬ ‭1:10-11‬ ‬‬”

COLOSSIANS‬ ‭2:16-23‬ ‭‬‬

“So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or theContinue reading “COLOSSIANS‬ ‭2:16-23‬ ‭‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:17-24‬‬‬

“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 ‭4:17-24‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:7-14‬‬‬

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. AndContinue reading “EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:7-14‬‬‬”

JEREMIAH‬ ‭31:31-34‬‬‬

““The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, thoughContinue reading “JEREMIAH‬ ‭31:31-34‬‬‬”

EPHESIANS 1:3-5

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided inContinue reading “EPHESIANS 1:3-5”

JUDE‬ ‭1:22-23‬

“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”‭‭ Jude‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬ These two verses are powerful for the Christian ethic. While not being nearlyContinue reading “JUDE‬ ‭1:22-23‬”

JUDE 1:21‬

“and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”‭‭ Jude‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The responsibility to have an eternal perspective is paramount for Jude. In verse 21, he outlines the idea that sitting in salvation is not to createContinue reading “JUDE 1:21‬”

JUDE‬ ‭1:5-7‬

“So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful. And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the placeContinue reading “JUDE‬ ‭1:5-7‬”

JUDE 1:4

“I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”‭‬‬ Jude‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭NLT It was as much a problem inContinue reading “JUDE 1:4”

JUDE 1:1-3

“Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.”‭‭ Jude‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The only thing that Jude wantsContinue reading “JUDE 1:1-3”

1 JOHN 2:29

“Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children.” 1 John 2:29 Being righteous is not merely a state of being. It’s a descriptive state. It describes one who is actively in sync with the character of God in real space and real time.Continue reading “1 JOHN 2:29”