Wednesday, October 26, 2016

practical living

Here's another passage from Peter, giving us practical skills for living.

I wonder what our world would be like if we modeled more the behavior in the verses I've underlined today?

1 Peter 3

8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind.

Sympathize with each other.

Love each other as brothers and sisters.

Be tenderhearted,

and keep a humble attitude.

9 Don't repay evil for evil.

Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you.

Instead, pay them back with a blessing.

That is what God has called you to do,

and he will bless you for it.

10 For the Scriptures say,

"If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days,

keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good.
  Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,
  and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face
  against those who do evil."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

sheep among wolves

Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors.

Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, the will see your honorable behavior,

& they will believe & give honor to God when He comes to judge the world.

1 Peter 2:12 (1st edition)

I had to shake my head this morning when I read this.

Are we careful about our behavior, the way we treat unbelieving people?

Or are we harsh, judgmental, Bible banging, consigning to hell, intolerant, & unloving?

I think in general we probably live out is behind the latter, not the former.

Where would we be if, when we were searching for God & testing the water for ourselves, if we ran into people like us, who condemned them, made us “tow the line” on some things, & in general, get our act together before we allow ourselves o be accepted into the fold of God.


We probably would be who we are – some of us would be dead,

We need to watch how we live. Sometimes, we the only person some persons associate with Jesus,

And they suppose that if we claim to be followers, then we should exemplify how we should live & move.

We are all capable to live the life we need to live.

It's just the humble attitude that however God wants to use me, He has free reign to.

I'm not just saying I'm just letting Him have His way in my life – I'm expecting it to look reallty crazy.

I expect it to be a tough way to live.

And, sometimes, it is.

Monday, October 24, 2016

2 verses, for you, maybe?

This morning I read in 1 Kings 17, Psalms 93, John 20, & 1 Peter 1.

There was a LOT of good stuff in those books.

But while looking through the verses I feel like God has given me to hold on to, these 2 verses stood out, & I couldn't get away from them.

I don't know where most of y'all are in your lives. Maybe these verses will speak to your situation & to your needs.

They're good words in general, maybe God will use them to speak to you in the specific.

Jeremiah 17 (NLT, 1st ed.)

7 "But blessed are those who trust in the LORD

  and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.

8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
  with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
  or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,

  and they go right on producing delicious fruit.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

rich people

I didn't write this – James did, over 2000 years ago.

Maybe it should be noted that we are considered “rich” by the rest of the world.

James 5

1 Look here, you rich people:

Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you.

2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.

3 Your gold and silver have become worthless.

The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire.

This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment.

4 For listen!

Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay.

The wages you held back cry out against you.

The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the LORD of Heaven's Armies.

  5 You have spent your years on earth in luxury,

satisfying your every desire.

You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter.

6 You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

just read it

Just read this psalm...

It needs no comment from the likes of me...

Psalm 91

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 This I declare about the LORD:

He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

4 He will cover you with his feathers.

  He will shelter you with his wings.
  His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.

8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

9 If you make the LORD your refuge,

  if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
  no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
  you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The LORD says, "I will rescue those who love me.
  I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
  I will be with them in trouble.
  I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation."

Friday, October 21, 2016

true wisdom

I've never noticed this section at the end of the 3rd chapter of James.

It offers an interesting perspective on what true wisdom is.

The thing that makes it interesting is to juxtapose it with the people who capture our attention these days.

James 3

13 If you are wise and understand God's ways,

live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth.

And if you don't brag about the good that you do,

then you will be truly wise!

14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart,

don't cover up the truth with boasting and lying.

15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom.

Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.

16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition,

there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

  17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure.

It is also peace loving,

gentle at all times,

and willing to yield to others.

It is full of mercy and good deeds.

It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


I'm not going to try & interpret these few verses, nor am I going to try & draw parallels to today.

Just read them, figure out what they say to you, draw your own conclusions & parallels.

James 2

1 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

  2 For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry,

and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes.

3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person,

but you say to the poor one, "You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor",

well,4 doesn't this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

  5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters.

Hasn't God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith?

Aren't they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him?

6 But you dishonor the poor!

Isn't it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court?

7 Aren't they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?

  8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures:

"Love your neighbor as yourself."

9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin.

You are guilty of breaking the law.

  10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws.

11 For the same God who said,

"You must not commit adultery,"

also said, "You must not murder."

So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law.

  12 So whatever you say or whatever you do,

remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free.

13 There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others.

But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.