My Heart

January 29, 2015

I’ve had something heavy on my heart this past week.  I am writing this today because I realize that there are a lot of people out there reading my bible study blog that do not know me personally.  They may also only read one or two blogs here and there which may only portray a small facet of who I am and what I believe. Continue reading

Is Life Fair?

December 8, 2012

this is a continuation of the post who are the greedy. i recommend that read that you read that post prior to reading this one.

let’s consider a few things as we ponder this scripture.

deuteronomy 8:18 – but remember the lord your god, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

there are countless scriptures in the bible confirming god’s desire for us is to have more than enough, living an abundant life. but there are so many who are not living in abundance.

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Having A Tight Friendship With God

 February 24, 2012

This week I’ve been writing about the gift of faith. On Wednesday I wrote about how God has given us each a gift or portion of faith for our own benefit. On Monday I wrote about the Gift of Faith and its ministerial benefit for the common good and the difference between that gift and our personal gift of faith.

Today I thought it only fitting to write about the father of faith, Abraham. I think you may be surprised at some things that never occurred to you before.

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Wednesday Word Study – Gift of Faith

February 22, 2012

Gift of Faith

Transliteration: charisma
Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-is-mah)
Short Definition: an undeserved favor
Definition: a gift of grace, an undeserved favor. The operation of grace (divine favor), i.e. a grace-endowment (natural gift ability or quality) to edify the Church.

Transliteration: pistis
Phonetic Spelling: (pis’-tis)
Short Definition: faith, belief, trust
Definition: faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

The topic this week is the ministerial Gift of Faith that Paul is referring to in

I Corinthians 12:9a
9) to another faith by the same Spirit…

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Wednesday Word Study – Hope

 January 4, 2012

  Hope 

Transliteration: elpis
Phonetic Spelling: (el-pece’)
Short Definition: hope, expectation
Definition: hope, expectation, trust, confidence.

1680 elpís (from elp?, “to anticipate, welcome”) – properly, expectation of what is sure (certain); hope.

 

Hope is something that is easily translated into a ‘feel-good’ emotional entity.  It ranks right up there with joy and love.

 

We use it a lot just like those words too.  “I hope so…” is a common phrase used a lot just like telling someone who is just a friend, “I love you…”  We know that love is so much more than that, but so is hope.

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Monday Meditations – Romans 8:24-25

January 02, 2012

Today’s Meditation Verse:

Romans 8:24-25

24) For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25) But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

 

Each year when a new year starts there is always an air of expectation that goods things will come and that this fresh start is a milestone that the old and the bad is past and now new good things will come.

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Wednesday Word Study – Double-minded

November 9, 2011 
Double-minded 

 

Transliteration: dipsuchos
Phonetic Spelling:
(dip’-soo-khos)
Short Definition:
double-minded, wavering
Definition: (lit: of two souls, of two selves), double-minded, wavering.

 

Monday we discussed the scripture:

 

James 1:5-8

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

 

The word I want to explore today is the word double-minded.  I found that it is only used two times and both times are by James in the book of James.  In the definition it says that it is literally two souls or two selves.  Another expansion of the definition said …a person “split in half,” vacillating like a “spiritual schizophrenic.”

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Monday Meditations – James 1:5-8

November 7, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

James 1:5-8

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

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