Archive for October 2010
Matthew 22:36-40 (Note that the great commandments are expressed in terms of relationships. That is, you cannot consider obeying God without regarding Him and others.)
Ecclesiastes 4:8 (Don’t be someone who never asks himself, “For whom am I doing this?” A person who lives by the law of love is always doing everything for someone, even though the someones may be unaware of it.)
2 Corinthians 5:7
2 Corinthians 5:9
1 Timothy 6:3-11
John 2:5 (Having raised Jesus from a baby, and having watched His life up close for thirty years, Mary had complete confidence that Jesus would solve any problem if people just did what He said. Note that she seemed to anticipate that folks might not see how His instructions would help at first – this verse is from the story where He turned water into wine – so she told them to do “whatever He says to you.” We should have the same confidence in Jesus. That is, if we do “whatever He says” our problems will be solved. As He makes known His will through our conscience, we should obey it with all confidence in a good outcome – even if we at first don’t see how this action will help us.)
2 Corinthians 10:5
Luke 15 (This chapter is about sinners and God, and includes the story of The Prodigal Son.)
The following three psalms each begin with a reference to God as a refuge, and then build on that thought.
Psalm 8:28 (This verse assures us of God’s commitment to what is good for us.)
Read the fourth chapter of Proverbs, taking special note of verse 23.
2 John 1:9-10 (In all your reading of the Bible, stay focused always on Jesus Christ, descendant of David according to the flesh, the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead.)
2 Corinthians 11:2-4 (Keep yourself devoted to Christ in simple fashion with purity of heart.)
1 Timothy 4 (In the last days of the New Testament church, false doctrines arose. The idea of the “Trinity” came later than that, but was spawned by the same false foundation: that is, any foundation other than Christ.)