Monday Meditations – Hebrews 8:10

October 31, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

Hebrews 8:10

10) FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL

AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD:

I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS,

AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS.

AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD,

AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

 

I love this verse.  Here the author is talking to the Hebrews.  He is talking to the people who have made a life of living by the law.  Thousands and thousands of laws.  Their entire life from the time they were tiny children to old age was continual law indoctrination.  Because that was what God had told them to do.

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Your Unique Zoe Life

October 28, 2011

This week we have been learning about this verse:

 

Matthew 7:14

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 

On Wednesday we discussed the word narrow – to press or afflict.  Narrow defines the path or road to life, but as I began to study even more I found something else very revealing.

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Wednesday Word Study – Narrow

October 26, 2011 
Narrow 

 

Transliteration: thlibó
Phonetic Spelling:
(thlee’-bo)
Short Definition:
I make narrow, persecute, press hard
Definition: (a) I make narrow (strictly: by pressure); I press upon, (b) I persecute, press hard.

 

Matthew 7:14

14 But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.

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Monday Meditations – Matthew 7:14

October 24, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

Matthew 7:14

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 

I’ve been a Christian for almost my entire life.  Most of the people that I’ve been around in my life have professed to be Christians.  So when I would read this scripture above it would make me wonder.  Who are the few?

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The Punishment of the Imposters

October 21, 2011 

Christians have gotten a bad rap in many circles.  The term ‘one bad apple spoils the whole bunch’ is not true in this case, but it can certainly spoil the reputation.  I’ve met many people who said that the Christians they knew were critical and judgmental.  And that the churches they had been too just expected you to live a certain way, which they could not, therefore they were rejected and ostracized. 

 

So those people wanted nothing to do with Christianity and its narrow-mindedness towards others.  Convincing them that Christ meant for it to be differently was a difficult task.  They wanted nothing to do with people like that.

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Wednesday Word Study – Tares

 October 19, 2011

 Tares 

 

Transliteration: zizanion
Phonetic Spelling:
(dziz-an’-ee-on)
Definition: spurious wheat, darnel; a plant that grows in Palestine which resembles wheat in many ways but is worthless.  2215 zizánion (plural, tares/zizania) – a tare (darnel); (figuratively) a pseudo-believer (false Christian); a fruitless person living without faith from God and therefore is “all show and no go!”

On our Monday Meditation this week we read the scripture Matthew 13:30:

 

Matthew 13:30

Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.

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Monday Meditations – Matthew 13:30

October 17, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse

 

Matthew 13:30

Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.

 

Justice is something we all want and seek.  But many times we are left wondering why doesn’t God do something sooner?  Why does He wait to deal with those who are in the enemy’s camp?  Why does He allow them to kill, steal and destroy?  Because there is a divine appointed time to administer justice.

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The Rules That Break Fellowship

 October 14, 2011

 

1 John 1:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

7But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

 

I grew up in a denominational church that taught us that we were constantly in and out of fellowship with Christ.  I am sure they used the scripture above as their basis for fact.

 

We would do something that we thought was sin and then we were told we were out of fellowship with God and to repair that we would have to repent and get “right” with God and then our fellowship would be restored.

 

But from everything I’ve been studying in depth over the past few years I have found that theology to be incorrect.

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Wednesday Word Study – Fellowship

 October 12, 2011

 Fellowship 

 

Transliteration: koinónia
Phonetic Spelling:
(koy-nohn-ee’-ah)
Short Definition:
participation, communion, fellowship
Definition: (lit: partnership) (a) contributory help, participation, (b) sharing in, communion, (c) spiritual fellowship, a fellowship in the spirit.  properly, what is shared in common as the basis of fellowship (partnership, community)

 

This is another word that Christians use often that the rest of the world does not.  We often use this word when referring to our Christian brothers and sisters.

 

But on Monday the verse that was highlighted was:

 

I John 1:3 AMP

3What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may [d]realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a [e]distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

 

In this verse the word fellowship refers to our relationship with Father God.  When we read about fellowship I believe we draw a picture of friendly interaction and communication.  Maybe even events where we gather and have fun.  Many churches have ‘fellowship halls’ for just such occasions.

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Monday Meditations – I John 1:3

October 10, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse:

I John 1:3

3What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may [d]realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a [e]distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

 

The point that I want to bring out in today’s scripture is shown by using the Amplified Bible.  And that point is where John states that we have fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.  The brackets in the Amplified state that this is a distinguishing mark of Christians.

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