Romans 1.16 – Never Be Ashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” In their culture, just as in ours, there were forces of intimidation against believers, arguments against the Bible, peer pressure against Christians, and more than […]

Revelation 3:20

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” This verse comes close to the tail end of Jesus’ rebuke of the church of Laodicea. Sadly, he finds nothing good to say to […]

Colossians 3.15: Peace and Gratitude

Col. 3.15: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Paul, the author, is obviously stating that I have a choice as to what rules in my heart. I can choose peace; other options that immediately come to mind are anxiety […]

Proverbs 1.1-2

Proverbs 1.1-2: Finding Wisdom “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight…” We’re already off on the wrong foot. You don’t find wisdom, you grow in it. Wisdom can come from many sources, but the fullness of wisdom comes from God alone (Rom. […]

2 Corinthians 1.1

2 Corinthians 1.1 “Paul” Paul is the testimony of a changed life. This man, before his conversion, would have been voted the least likely to ever follow Christ. He was a hard-core Hebrew, so dedicated to the purity of the faith and doing religion truthfully, right, and with integrity, that he was devoting his life […]

James 1.2

James 1.21 “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” The “therefore” comes off of the previous verse where James is teaching that we should lead good lives, doing what’s right and pleases God. But then he […]