Archive for December, 2011
read the bible in a year: day 327 2 Peter 1
1 Simon Peter, a servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who with us have a part in the same holy faith in the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 May grace and peace ever be increasing in you, in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 Because by his power he has given us everything necessary for life and righteousness, through the knowledge of him who has been our guide by his glory and virtue; 4 And through this he has given us the hope of great More >
In Matthew 26:20, when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples.
In the midst of tragedy, we get really frantic and we can’t think straight. For us who already know the details of Jesus’ life, we know His capture, His torture, and His crucifixion is coming very soon. It is amazing to see how relaxed He is before all this happens. The verse says He was reclining at the table with His disciples. One of my favorite types of chairs is the recliner. When it kicks back and my legs go up, it is as comfortable as life gets. More >
In Matthew 26:19, the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and they prepared the Passover.
This verse expresses a key factor in being a disciple of Jesus. Many people want to be called a disciple of Jesus but they aren’t willing to submit their lives to Him. They key here is the disciples did as Jesus instructed them to do. They did not challenge, debate, or question Him. It is terrible to see how we get entangled in topics and opinions that have nothing to do with us but the very things that Jesus did tell us to do, we More >
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 lists eight ways God blesses us through Christ.About 1 Corinthians
Corinth was the major commercial center in the Roman Empire. The city was famous for its wealth and also for being filled with every kind of evil. It was home to twelve pagan temples, including the Temple of Aphrodite, which housed over one thousand prostitutes. The city was so wicked that the term “Corinthianize” was coined to describe someone who practiced sexual immorality.
It was a city many would describe as God-forsaken, but God loves the unlovable and saves the unsaveable. So He sent Paul to preach More >
read the bible in a year: day 318 James 2
1 My brothers, if you have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory, do not take a man’s position into account. 2 For if a man comes into your Synagogue in fair clothing and with a gold ring, and a poor man comes in with dirty clothing, 3 And you do honour to the man in fair clothing and say, Come here and take this good place; and you say to the poor man, Take up your position there, or be seated at my feet; 4 Is there not a division in your minds? More >
In Matthew 26:15, Judas Iscariot says to the chief priests, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.
A quick and easy test to find out if someone is a true believer in Jesus Christ is to simply ask them, “What are you willing to receive to betray Jesus?” It is too easy (yet we do it so often) to just accept someone saying, “I’m a Christian,” with the mindset behind it, “I’m born in the United States, of course I’m Christian by default.” It is not our job to judge whether More >
In Matthew 26:5, the Pharisees and the elders of the people in regards to their plan to seize and kill Jesus said, “Not during the festival, otherwise a riot might occur among the people.”
When plotting to do evil, the evil mind has to be very strategic. Have you ever seen a movie where a group of criminals plan to rob a bank? They layout all the schematics, the timing, the personnel needed, shift changes, etc. The Pharisees are plotting on how to capture and kill Jesus with the least publicity and least collateral damage. Thank God we serve a Lord who More >