“They have been with Jesus.”

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus" ‭‭(Acts‬ ‭4:13‬, NIV‬‬). Adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening, February 11: A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus. You have read about … Continue reading “They have been with Jesus.”

5 Essentials for a Better Bible Study

Yesterday marked the first completion of reading the Bible through in a year for me. 2019 was a great year of faith building and growth in Christ and I believe this was largely due to a consistent time with God in His Word and in prayer. Here I'm compiling five things that made the most … Continue reading 5 Essentials for a Better Bible Study

Just Eat It – thoughts on Revelation 10:10 (Ezekiel 3:3)

Then I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I ate it, my stomach became bitter (Rev 10:10‭). Says old Spurgeon, "If we would be educated by Christ, it must not be only to receive His Word as divine authority, … Continue reading Just Eat It – thoughts on Revelation 10:10 (Ezekiel 3:3)

Ask the Father… – a thought on John 15:7-8

Pretty straight forward... "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples" (John 15:7‭-‬8). I get this image of producing spiritual fruit and then … Continue reading Ask the Father… – a thought on John 15:7-8

Works DO Matter – 2 Peter 1:5-11

Works did afford salvation. Not our works - Just Jesus' works. BUT, our works matter; not only for growth in Christ, but for a slew of other reasons. See paraphrase below: Virtue + knowledge + self-control + steadfastness, + godliness + brotherly affection + love = "confirmation of your calling", "entrance into Jesus' kingdom", "hope … Continue reading Works DO Matter – 2 Peter 1:5-11

The Secret Counsel of God – Thoughts on Psalm 25:14

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. Psalms 25:14 Says John MacArthur, "The "secret" could also be translated as "counsel" or intimate personal communion (Job 29:4, Ps. 55:14, Prov 3:22)." This counsel is made available only to those who fear God. David sees his … Continue reading The Secret Counsel of God – Thoughts on Psalm 25:14

Thoughts on 2 Timothy 1:3-4

"I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy," 2 Timothy 1:3‭-‬4 NKJV A significant amount of the joy and peace … Continue reading Thoughts on 2 Timothy 1:3-4

The Dude Abides: The True Vine and the Gardener

A few years ago, my wife and I started a garden in our back yard. When I say “my wife and I”, I really mean “my wife” started a garden. My part was simple: build a couple of raised beds and put some dirt in them. Some wise green thumb told us to start with … Continue reading The Dude Abides: The True Vine and the Gardener

Be FEELED with The Spirit

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,” - Ephesians‬ ‭5:18‬ Many well meaning Christians ask God for a filling of the Spirit when what they really want is a feeling of the Spirit. There are many different reasons people desire a filling: evidence of God … Continue reading Be FEELED with The Spirit