Awaken

So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake  and sober.   1 Thessalonians 5:6 I just finished a study on the book of Numbers.  It finds Israel wandering about the desert grumbling, complaining and disobeying God at every turn.  And God gives mercy over and over at Moses’ pleading.  Until He doesn’t.  There’sContinue reading “Awaken”

Our Brother’s Keeper

Life Lesson #14: Your gift of salvation is not a private affair.  We are to be our brother’s keeper. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire;  to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 1:22-23 When I first started going to church, IContinue reading “Our Brother’s Keeper”

A Tiny Message #9

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud,  abusive, disobedient to their parents,  ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. HaveContinue reading “A Tiny Message #9”

Are You Prepared?

Lesson #12: God’s kingdom will be established and we need to be prepared. “But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy.  Jacob will possess his inheritance.” Obadiah 1:17 My current BSG Bible study focuses solely on Easter and the days leading up to Jesus’ death.  The other day we were asked to read MatthewContinue reading “Are You Prepared?”

The Ripples of Pride

Lesson #10: Make Jesus the King of every aspect of your life, especially the parts you grasp tight control over. “The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, “Who can bring me down toContinue reading “The Ripples of Pride”

Truth + Love

Life Lesson # 6: Truth and love must go hand in hand in our lives If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. 2 John 10-11 Throughout the text in these five smallest books inContinue reading “Truth + Love”

A Mirror for Jesus

Lesson 3: Imitate good, not evil Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.   Anyone who does what is good is from God. 3 John 11 Occasionally in our lives we are asked to state who we consider to be our “hero or who we most admire.”  According to the annual UnitedContinue reading “A Mirror for Jesus”

A Tiny Message #2

So, what do we do when a prominent member of our church or a Christian friend has fallen off  Jesus’ path?  First, let’s remember that every single person sitting in a church is actively sinning in one way or another.  As Christians, we acknowledge that Jesus didn’t come to save us so we can keep on sinning.  He cameContinue reading “A Tiny Message #2”

Welcome The Stranger

Lesson #1: Show hospitality to strangers, they may be God’s heaven-sent angels Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. 3 John 5 The saying goes, “A man’s home is his castle.”  And we might add to that, “surrounded by a deepContinue reading “Welcome The Stranger”

Kindness Matters

“May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant— though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.” Ruth 2:13 A prayer to always speak kindly of others Merciful God, so often when I think of sinfulContinue reading “Kindness Matters”