JRandal
JRandal
loran@cats.pm
JRandal
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Lord of all: Romans 10.12 VOTD | Fellowship Room
“For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him.”

See link for some short comments on the verse.

#Bible #Christ #Lord
JRandal
 Brazil,  
A new-year start with sundry thoughts – Forthright Magazine
Thoughts fly at the beginning of a new year, almost as fast as the time that brought it. Here are a few items on my personal radar that might encourage you or provide you with an idea or two.

#Bible #faith #new year
JRandal
 Brazil,  
The years of our lives – Forthright Magazine
A year is a God-given division of time. He made the heavenly lights to mark days, seasons, and years. So people — recognizing God’s sovereignty or not — make plans for a year, such as traveling, doing business, and making money, James 4.13

#time #year #Bible
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Maria Karlsen
  
That's really nice @giac hellvecio :-)
James D Morgan
  
I am intrigued by @Maria Karlsen 's suggestion. I may try that for a homesteading blog.
JRandal
  
@Maria Karlsen Understood. Sorry I wasn't more clear. I was thinking more in terms of hosting something of my own. Then options become limited.

@giac hellvecio Coming to your house for tea!

I tried answering yesterday, but got suddenly logged out.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Coming soon: Revelation 22.20-21 VOTD | Fellowship Room
“The one who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’ Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.”

See link for comments on these final words in the Bible.
#Bible #Jesus
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Do just as I have done: John 13.14-15 VOTD | Fellowship Room
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example—you should do just as I have done for you.”

See link for comments on the text.

#Bible #love #example
JRandal
 Brazil,  
The shortest verse in the Greek New Testament | Fellowship Room

Notes from a college class, with five points on this verse.

#Bible #Greek

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Hebrews 1 Study Sheet – Basic Bible Studies
Because Jesus: (1) is the one through whom God has spoken in these last days, (2) is the heir of God, (3) is the creator of the world, (4) is the radiance of God’s glory, (5) is the exact representation of God’s nature, (6) is the one who cleansed our sins, (7) is seated at God’s right hand, (8) is superior to angels, (9) is God’s Son, (10) is worshiped even by angels, (11) righteously rules an eternal kingdom, (12) will outlast the universe, (13) and sends out angels to do his bidding as they serve on behalf of Christians, then there is NO ONE who deserves our allegiance more than He.

#Jesus #Bible #Hebrews

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Shorts: Jeremiah 13.11 VOTD | Fellowship Room
The prophet called God’s people to repentance. He condemned their pride, vv. 8-9, 15-16. God wanted them to be near him, but their disobedience prevented it.

Besides the Bible verse, see also the two thought questions.

#God #Bible #VOTD
Mark Richardson
 from Diaspora
Good text. A reminder, I suppose, that God cannot approach us when we erect barriers of sin.
JRandal
  
Very true, Mark.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Key: Isaiah 22.22 VOTD | Fellowship Room
Do we open the doors of the kingdom to those on the outside? Or do we keep people from entering by taking away the “key of knowledge”? Lk 11.52.


#Bible #VOTD
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Psalm 119 Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
Life is desirable in order to serve God; that we may do so aright, we should seek to have our eyes opened to behold His truth, and earnestly desire fully to understand it.

#life #serving God #Bible
JRandal
 Brazil,  
James McFerrin does a good job in his Chronological Bible Study:

Nov. 28. Redeemer to Reunite Man with God | Fellowship Room
Isaiah painted a bleak picture of sin and hopelessness. He explained that God was able to hear and to save them from their enemies, but that was not possible because their sins had separated them from Him. When a child of the Lord is mired in sin and all hope seems lost, he should realize that he cannot escape by his own efforts. Repentance and a return to God is the answer. The prophet looked ahead by inspiration and saw salvation for Zion. “The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob.” A new covenant would be made by the Lord. Through present day knowledge, we know that covenant was of the Lord Jesus Christ that superseded the Law of Moses.

#Isaiah #Bible #sin

JRandal
 Brazil,  
"But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light,
growing brighter and brighter until full day.
The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness;
they do not know what causes them to stumble."

—Proverbs 4.18-19

God grows clearer as we travel the Way of Christ. What we already knew comes into sharper focus. The Spirit of the Lord teaches us through our experiences as we compare them with Scripture. The stark contrast between righteousness and wickedness increases as we see the fruits of each. We await the full day with patience and perseverance.

#Bible #Proverbs #The Way
JRandal
 Brazil,  
How can I overcome sin in my Christian life?
The Bible is a resource that we too often treat lightly. We give token service to it by carrying our Bibles to church or reading a daily devotional or a chapter a day, but we fail to memorize it, meditate on it, or apply it to our lives; we fail to confess the sins it reveals or praise God for the gifts it reveals to us. When it comes to the Bible, we are often either anorexic or bulimic. We either take in just enough to keep us alive spiritually by eating from the Word (but never ingesting enough to be healthy, thriving Christians), or we come to feed often but never meditate on it long enough to get spiritual nutrition from it.

Good thoughts.

#Bible

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Envy Crucified Jesus | Dr. Roger E. Dickson Blog
When it came to the final hours of Jesus’ ministry, and prior to His crucifixion, Matthew recorded the true motives of the religious leaders. Even the unbelieving Pilate to whom the religious leaders delivered Jesus, knew their motives: “For he knew that the chief priests had delivered Him because of envy” (Mk 15:10; see Mt 27:18). The situation at the time of the crucifixion was as it was when Paul stood before resistent Jews in Antioch of Pisidia: “But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy. And contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed those things that were spoken by Paul” (At 13:45). The religious leaders of the day behaved as was stated by Aeschylus: “No man is a complete failure until he begins disliking men who succeed.”


#envy #Bible

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Introduction to Hebrews – Basic Bible Studies
First century Christians faced challenges and persecution from many sources, including Jewish ones. These Jewish problems confronted Christians in two ways. One, some Jewish converts to Christianity tried to bind on Gentiles the practice of circumcision and other elements of the Law of Moses as a means of salvation. This is the background of the book of Galatians. Second, there were devout Jews, still loyal to the Law of Moses, who persecuted their Jewish friends and neighbors who had been converted to Christ. They did this in an effort to bring those Jews back into full allegiance to the Law of Moses. This is the setting for the book of Hebrews.
See entire intro by Eddie Parrish.

#Bible #Hebrews #introduction

JRandal
 Brazil,  
Daily Lift – November 08, 2017 – GBN Daily lift
Every day we wake up there are people we seek to please. We want our family to be pleased. We want our boss and co-workers to be pleased. We want our friends and acquaintances to be pleased. No matter what we do, we should understand that it is impossible to please them all.

At the core of the Christian’s understanding is the reality that God is the only One whose approval we must seek. He is not only our Creator and Savior, He is our Judge. The early disciples knew that and lived accordingly. Therefore Paul wrote, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

This is more of a problem for some than for others. Still, everyone must face it.

#Bible #devotional #God
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Eighty-three: Exodus 7.7 VOTD | Fellowship Room
Aaron was Moses’ older brother. Moses was the great deliverer of God’s people. With some character flaws, Aaron was passed over, but still used by God as high priest. With one exception, when he followed Miriam in her complaint against Moses, he seemed to have accepted his role.

#Bible #humility

JRandal
 Brazil,  
The Right Questions | i read the word
Certainly one of the great values of the 1 Corinthian letter is the insight it provides for spiritual formation. Here is a group of Christians being addressed who are in need of correction, instruction, guidance, repentance, and growth. Paul provides the words whereby these may all be accomplished. The fact that they are addressed as Christians and yet have many shortcomings and failings is no justification for their weakness, spiritual immaturity, and mistakes. Where they are in their understanding and behavior and where they could and should be are clear. Will those changes happen? Will the learning take place? Will repentance come? Will these Christians grow and their spiritual lives develop? That, indeed, is the question.

#1Corinthians #Bible #spiritual growth #correction
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Logically right but spiritually wrong – Forthright Magazine
Men easily err when they think of what is perfectly reasonable to them, but fail to consult God. ... God’s word must be consulted to determine whether or not what we find logically relevant is also spiritually preferable.


#reason #Bible #Logic