This week’s verse comes to you from my lovely wife, Lindsay. Enjoy studying and meditating on John 16:33 this week!
John 16:33 (ESV)
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.
Good morning readers!
One of the classes I am currently taking, is a class on the book of Acts. It is an incredible class and an absolutely amazing study.
Something that has stood out to me so far in my study of Acts is the amount of time the early church spent in prayer. Every where you look, or so it seems, they were taking their praise, concern, request, etc., to God. The verse below has always stood out to me, especially in light of the context!
Acts 4:29 (ESV)
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness.
Read this verse and then read the entire chapter. What stands out to you? What do you notice?
Hope you enjoy this chapter!
Good morning readers. First I want to thank those of you who participated in the discussion last week regarding infant salvation and baptism. I believe it is a sensitive topic, but one that scripture is clear on. It is certainly one of those issues that will test the faith of anyone who happens to lose a child.
Second, I want to let you know that I am changing the format of the weekly memory verses. Or rather, I am changing the expectations. I realize that some, if not all, of us are unable to memorize the verse(s) each week. This can become discouraging and may end up turning you away from simple meditation on a selected passage. So, for those of you who are nodding your head at this, myself included, you can expect to see a change in the expectations regarding these weekly passages. I want you to meditate first, and if memorization comes out of that time then great, but that is not our goal.
The goal is not to be able to say a verse on command; the goal is to read a passage over and over again so that through doing so you begin to truly ponder the words, meaning, and application. How does this sound to you?
To kick off this new view, I want you to chew on the passage from James below (my wife and I are reading through the book of James, so expect a lot from this book here):
James 1:19-21 (ESV)
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Readers: this week’s memory verse is below. Another one from chapter 1 of James. As always, please study and memorize this verse with an understanding of where it is in the context. Interpretation will never be accurate unless it is accomplished within context.
James 1:17 (ESV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Have a great week!
Good morning readers. Below you will find this week’s memory verse. This passage has always been a challenge for me, as I suspect it is for you as well. That said, study this passage in context and you will learn how to “count it all joy…when you meet trials of various kinds.”
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Stay tuned later today for a big announcement. This is exciting for me to share with you and is something that I hope you can be involved in!