NAU Philippians 3:17 “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.” ESV 2 Thessalonians 3:9 “It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.” A new year occasions the opportunity to reassess and…
Luke 2:25 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. Luke 24:21 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel… The Christmas season is upon us.
Colossians 3:1717 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Thanksgiving season is upon us and Christmas is always soon to follow. The seasonal shift always brings about extra work to accommodate the change. Shorter days, colder nights have
Recently our small group has been going through the “one anothers” in the New Testament and looking at how believers are to relate to one another. I have been struck at how much importance the NT places on the relationship of believers to one another. This is a very special bond that we enjoy as
Genesis 4:4-5 4 Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering; 5 but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. This is the third essay on worship. Worship is the primary reason
ESV Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. In last month’s Pastor’s Heart, we began talking about worship. The essence of worship is summarized in 1 Chronicles 16:29a “Ascribe to the
1 Chronicles 16:28-29 28 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! 29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; 1 Chronicles 16 recounts an early highpoint in David’s reign.
NAU Ephesians 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, This wonderful command to pray comes at the end of Paul’s memorable passage on the Christian’s spiritual armor. As I’ve mentioned before,
In 1772, the faithful (though not famous) English Baptist pastor John Fawcett*, penned a well-known hymn, “The Tie that Binds.” The first stanza reads: Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love; The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above. The lines couldn’t ring truer of the wonderful reality of
Exodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” It is good to meditate on the Ten Commandments. As Christians, because of the cross, we are no longer under