Discrepancies and Deceptions

If we naturally, as of the sin nature, take control over our own lives and take control away from God, either out of pride or impulse or instinct, what does that say about our faith in Christ? There are two New Testament passages that use the word “instinct” to describe people who naturally take control … Continue reading Discrepancies and Deceptions

If You Were of the World

John 15:18-19 ESV “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” If the … Continue reading If You Were of the World

The Upside-Down Gospel

1 Thessalonians 2:3-6 ESV “For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words … Continue reading The Upside-Down Gospel

What They Ought not to Teach

Titus 1:10-11, 15-16 ESV (also read vv. 5-9) “For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.” “To the pure, all things are pure, but to … Continue reading What They Ought not to Teach

They Fill You with Vain Hopes

Jeremiah 23:16-18, 22 ESV “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, “It … Continue reading They Fill You with Vain Hopes

Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Matthew 7:13-14 ESV “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” This is the message … Continue reading Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Good Fruit? or Wild Fruit?

I am reading in Isaiah 5. I am going to paraphrase much of it as applied to God’s beloved today, his saints. For, God sent his beloved Son Jesus Christ to the earth to take on human form and to suffer and to eventually die on a cross for our sins. He who knew no … Continue reading Good Fruit? or Wild Fruit?

Money Changers in the Temple

John 2:14-17 ESV “In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And … Continue reading Money Changers in the Temple

Trick or Treat?

An Original Work / January 16, 2020 Trick or treat? What’s in store? Do you love? Or folks abhor? Is your kindness all for you? Do you lie, or walk in truth? What’s your motive all about? Are you honest, without doubt? Do you mask hidden intent? And your motives you invent? Trusted friend – … Continue reading Trick or Treat?

Chap 5: Doubts and Fears

I Married My Dad Chapter Five Doubts and Fears Journal Entry 1/13/18, 2:10 p.m. Five days ago my husband professed to me that he had trusted Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life, and that he had given his life over to the Lord. The following day I was battling fear in my mind … Continue reading Chap 5: Doubts and Fears