December 28, 2012

The queen was deeply distressed

So Esther's maids and eunuchs came and told her, and the queen was deeply distressed. Then she sent garments to clothe Mordecai and take his sackcloth away from him, but he would not accept them.
Esther 4:4

December 21, 2012

We are despised

Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!
Nehemiah 4:4

December 14, 2012

They troubled them

Then the people of the land tried to discourage the people of Judah. They troubled them in building,
Ezra 4:4

December 7, 2012

The Sea was set upon them

It stood on twelve oxen: three looking toward the north, three looking toward the west, three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; the Sea was set upon them, and all their back parts pointed inward.
2 Chronicles 4:4

November 30, 2012

The sons of Hur

and Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer was the father of Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah the father of Bethlehem.
1 Chronicles 4:4

November 23, 2012

Shut the door behind you

And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.
2 Kings 4:4

November 16, 2012

November 9, 2012

His name was Mephibosheth

Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel; and his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.
2 Samuel 4:4

November 2, 2012

The people sent to Shiloh

So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
1 Samuel 4:4

October 28, 2012

Motivation for Missions: Judgment Day

Jesus telling us when "the end will come" (Matthew 24) began with the disciples asking, "what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" and ended with him explaining the master will cut the evil slave "in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites."

October 26, 2012

Buy it back

“And I thought to inform you, saying, ‘Buy it back in the presence of the inhabitants and the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am next after you.’”

And he said, “I will redeem it.”
Ruth 4:4

October 19, 2012

The wife of Lapidoth

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time.
Judges 4:4

October 13, 2012

Salvation belongs to the Lord

Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
Psalm 3:7-8

October 12, 2012

The twelve men

Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe;
Joshua 4:4

October 6, 2012

In the morning

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
Psalm 5:3

September 29, 2012

What God thinks of abortion

Saturdays are lucrative days at abortion clinics. What does God think of this?

To find out, there are several key passages in the Bible that speak of what God thinks of putting sons, daughters, and children "through the fire."

Abortion is a whitewashed tomb of the same thing. On the outside it appears much cleaner, and on the inside it is just as evil.

Below are passages speaking to this issue.

Their corn and their wine

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:6-8

September 28, 2012

The most holy things

This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of meeting, relating to the most holy things:
Numbers 4:4

September 22, 2012

Kindled but a little

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Psalm 2:12

September 21, 2012

Bring the bull to the door

He shall bring the bull to the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, lay his hand on the bull's head, and kill the bull before the LORD.
Leviticus 4:4

September 16, 2012

Made it holy

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Genesis 2:3

September 15, 2012

Serve with fear, rejoice with trembling

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psalm 2:10-11

September 14, 2012

Reach out your hand

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand)
Exodus 4:4

September 11, 2012

In Adam's Likeness

When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
Genesis 5:3

September 10, 2012

With the help of the Lord

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.”
Genesis 4:1

This is good news coming after:

To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
Genesis 3:16

September 9, 2012

September 8, 2012

His delight is in the law of the Lord

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalm 1:1-3

September 7, 2012

The Lord respected

Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering
Genesis 4:4

September 5, 2012

Every word of God is pure

Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Proverbs 30:5

September 4, 2012

When gold becomes worthless

They will throw their silver into the streets,
And their gold will be like refuse;
Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them
In the day of the wrath of the LORD;
They will not satisfy their souls,
Nor fill their stomachs,
Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.
Ezekiel 7:19

September 3, 2012

On Some Compassion, Others Fear

And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
Jude 22-23

September 2, 2012

Call the Sabbath a delight

If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the LORD honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Isaiah 58:13-14

September 1, 2012

All my days were written

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
Psalm 139:16

August 31, 2012

Know what the Master is doing

You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
John 15:14-15

August 30, 2012

The Full Joy of Jesus

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
John 15:11

August 29, 2012

The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness

The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks.
Amos 4:2

August 28, 2012

On the day I punish Israel

“On the day I punish Israel for her sins, I will destroy the altars of Bethel;
the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
I will tear down the winter house along with the summer house;
the houses adorned with ivory will be destroyed and the mansions will be demolished,”
declares the LORD.
Amos 3:14-15

August 27, 2012

They do not know how to do right

“They do not know how to do right,” declares the LORD,
“who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses.”
Amos 3:10

August 26, 2012

When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?

When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
Amos 3:6

August 25, 2012

The large crowd listened to him with delight

David himself calls him Lord. How then can he be his son?

The large crowd listened to him with delight.
Mark 12:37

August 24, 2012

Three times in the year

Three times in the year all your men shall appear before the Lord, the LORD God of Israel. For I will cast out the nations before you and enlarge your borders; neither will any man covet your land when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.
Exodus 34:23-24

August 23, 2012

Coming soon

Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.
Revelation 22:7

August 22, 2012

No more night

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”
Revelation 22:5-6

August 21, 2012

The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations

On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 22:2

August 20, 2012

The river of the water of life

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 22:1-2

August 19, 2012

August 17, 2012

The dwelling of God

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Revelation 21:3

August 16, 2012

Earth and sky fled from his presence

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.
Revelation 20:11

August 15, 2012

With justice he judges and makes war

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.
Revelation 19:11

August 14, 2012

Worship God!

At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Revelation 19:10

August 13, 2012

Fine linen

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
Revelation 19:7-8

August 12, 2012

In one hour massive wealth has been destroyed

Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine.

She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.

Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!

The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more— cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.

They will say, The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.

The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:

Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!

Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.

When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, Was there ever a city like this great city?

They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:

Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth!

In one hour she has been brought to ruin!
Rejoice over her, O heaven!
Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets!
God has judged her for the way she treated you.

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:

With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.

The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again.

No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again.

The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.

The light of a lamp will never shine in you again.

The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again.

Your merchants were the world's great men.

By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.

In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.
Revelation 18:8-24

August 11, 2012

Torture and Grief for Glory and Luxury

Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.

In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.'
Revelation 18:7

August 10, 2012

The earth was illuminated by his splendor

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

With a mighty voice he shouted:

“Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!

She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.

For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.

The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
Revelation 18:1-3

August 9, 2012

The Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings

They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.
Revelation 17:14

August 8, 2012

This calls for a mind with wisdom

“This calls for a mind with wisdom.

“The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
Revelation 17:9-14

August 7, 2012

Huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each

From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.
Revelation 16:21

August 6, 2012

The cities of the nations collapsed

The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.
Revelation 16:19

August 4, 2012

No earthquake like it since man has been on earth

Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.
Revelation 16:18

August 2, 2012

Blessed is he keeps his clothes with him

“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
Revelation 16:15

August 1, 2012

The Purpose of Global Warming

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
Revelation 16:8-9

July 31, 2012

They held harps given them by God

And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name.

They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb:

“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the ages.
Who will not fear you, O Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Revelation 15:2-4

July 30, 2012

With them God's wrath is completed

I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God's wrath is completed.
Revelation 15:1

July 29, 2012

Torment

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”
Revelation 14:9-11

July 28, 2012

The eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.
Revelation 14:6

July 27, 2012

No one could learn the song except the 144,000

And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
Revelation 14:3

July 26, 2012

Man's Number

This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.
Revelation 13:18

July 25, 2012

Breath to the image

He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
Revelation 13:15

July 24, 2012

He deceived the inhabitants of the earth

Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
Revelation 13:11-14

July 23, 2012

Power to make war against the saints and to conquer them

He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.
Revelation 13:7

July 22, 2012

Her offspring—those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus

Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Revelation 12:17

July 21, 2012

The earth helped the woman

Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
Revelation 12:15-16

July 20, 2012

Two wings of a great eagle

When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach.
Revelation 12:13-14

July 19, 2012

He knows that his time is short

Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”
Revelation 12:12

July 18, 2012

They did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Revelation 12:11

July 17, 2012

The accuser of our brothers

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ.

For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
Revelation 12:10

July 16, 2012

There was war in heaven

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Revelation 12:7-9

July 15, 2012

A place prepared for her by God

The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
Revelation 12:6

July 14, 2012

Temple lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm

Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.
Revelation 11:19

July 13, 2012

And of his Christ

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15

July 12, 2012

The survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven

At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Revelation 11:13

July 11, 2012

After the three and a half days

But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
Revelation 11:11-12

July 10, 2012

Men from Every People

For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.
Revelation 11:9

July 9, 2012

Sodom and Egypt

Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
Revelation 11:8

July 8, 2012

1,260 days

But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.
Revelation 11:2-3

July 7, 2012

The mystery of God will be accomplished

Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
Revelation 10:5-7

July 6, 2012

The Seven Thunders

When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
Revelation 10:3-4

July 5, 2012

Robed in a cloud

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion.
Revelation 10:1-3

July 4, 2012

Kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year

The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God.

It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.

The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.

The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur.

A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Revelation 9:13-21

July 3, 2012

Power to torment people for five months

The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.
Revelation 9:7-11

July 2, 2012

The seal of God on their foreheads

They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
Revelation 9:4

July 1, 2012

The prayers of all the saints

Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Revelation 8:3-5

June 30, 2012

June 29, 2012

Wipe away every tear

The Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
he will lead them to springs of living water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 7:17

June 28, 2012

Made them white in the blood of the Lamb

Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Revelation 7:13-14

June 27, 2012

To prevent any wind

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.
Revelation 7:1

June 26, 2012

Power to take peace from the earth

Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
Revelation 6:4

June 25, 2012

The earth was split by their noise

And all the people went up after him, playing on pipes, and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth was split by their noise.
1 Kings 1:40

June 24, 2012

Every creature singing

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
Revelation 5:13

June 23, 2012

Power, Wealth, Wisdom, Strength, Honor, Glory, Praise

In a loud voice they sang:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
Revelation 5:12

June 22, 2012

Many angels encircling the throne

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.
Revelation 5:11

June 21, 2012

A full understanding of every good thing

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
Philemon 6

June 20, 2012

You purchased men for God

And they sang a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
Revelation 5:9-10

June 19, 2012

Do not weep!

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Revelation 5:5

June 18, 2012

Make great rejoicing

And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.
Nehemiah 8:12

June 17, 2012

Raising the voice with resounding joy

Then David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers accompanied by instruments of music, stringed instruments, harps, and cymbals, by raising the voice with resounding joy.
1 Chronicles 15:16

June 16, 2012

There was joy indeed in Israel

Moreover those who were near to them, even as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought food on donkeys, camels, mules and on oxen, great quantities of flour cakes, fig cakes and bunches of raisins, wine, oil, oxen and sheep.

There was joy indeed in Israel.
1 Chronicles 12:40

June 15, 2012

To know what Israel ought to do

Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command
1 Chronicles 12:32

June 14, 2012

Your God helps you

Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said:
“We are yours, O David;
We are on your side, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
And peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you.”
So David received them, and made them captains of the troop.
1 Chronicles 12:18

June 13, 2012

Everybody Lies

Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
Psalms 12:2

June 12, 2012

Without double heart

Of Zebulun, such as went forth in the host, armed for war with all weapons of war, fifty thousand, keeping rank without double heart.
1 Chronicles 12:33

June 11, 2012

Answer those who take pride in what is seen

We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
2 Corinthians 5:12

June 10, 2012

Three Names

Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.
Revelation 3:12

June 9, 2012

The hour of trial

Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
Revelation 3:10

June 8, 2012

A white stone with a new name

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
Revelation 2:17

Isaiah 62:2; 65:15

June 7, 2012

Reaching down to his feet

Among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.
Revelation 1:13

June 6, 2012

All the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him

Look, he is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.
So shall it be! Amen.
Revelation 1:7

June 5, 2012

Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
Revelation 1:4-5

June 4, 2012

The one who reads this

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Revelation 1:3

June 3, 2012

What must soon take place

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.
Revelation 1:1

June 2, 2012

Sonogram for the Supernatural

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this manner: When his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:18

"with child" here is literally in womb echo!

Medical ultrasonography is an ultrasound-based diagnostic imaging technique for visualizing body structures. The creation of an image from sound is done in three steps—producing a sound wave, receiving echoes, and interpreting those echoes.

We have built upon ancient techniques.

June 1, 2012

His Glorious, Unlimited Resources

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
Ephesians 3:16

May 31, 2012

Be saved. Be unveiled.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
2 Corinthians 3:16

May 30, 2012

The sacrifice of your sons in the fire

When you offer your gifts—the sacrifice of your sons in the fire—you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of me, O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will not let you inquire of me.
Ezekiel 20:31

May 28, 2012

Zeal Consumes Me

For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
Romans 15:3

Zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
Psalms 69:9


He did not please himself, and he was zealous.

Isn't a person normally only zealous when it's for their own benefit?



When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.

So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!”

His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
John 2:13-17

May 27, 2012

May 26, 2012

Well spoken of by everyone

Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.
3 John 12

May 25, 2012

For the sake of the Name

It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans.
3 John 7

May 24, 2012

My dear friend Gaius

The elder,
To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
3 John 1-2

Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater.
Acts 19:29

He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.
Acts 20:4

Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.
Erastus, who is the city's director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.
Romans 16:23

I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius
1 Corinthians 1:14

May 23, 2012

Much to write to you

I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
2 John 12

May 22, 2012

Anyone who runs ahead

Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
2 John 9

May 21, 2012

May 19, 2012

So that you may know that you have eternal life

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
1 John 5:13

May 18, 2012

He who has the Son has life

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:11-12

May 17, 2012

This is love for God

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:3-5

May 15, 2012

In this world we are like him

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.
1 John 4:16-17

May 14, 2012

May 13, 2012

Set our hearts at rest

This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
1 John 3:19-20

May 12, 2012

How great is the love

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 3:1

May 11, 2012

I write to you because

I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.

I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.

I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
1 John 2:12-14

May 10, 2012

Our Lord's patience means salvation

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.

He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
2 Peter 3:14-16

Sometimes Paul thought Paul was hard to understand:
Romans 11:32-36

May 9, 2012

The Home of Righteousness

In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
2 Peter 3:13

May 8, 2012

The heavens will disappear with a roar

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
2 Peter 3:10-12

May 7, 2012

They Deliberately Forget

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.

By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
2 Peter 3:3-7

May 6, 2012

Not afraid to slander celestial beings

Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.

But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.
2 Peter 2:10-12

May 5, 2012

Noah, a preacher of righteousness

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—

If this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
2 Peter 2:4-9

May 4, 2012

Their destruction has not been sleeping

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
2 Peter 2:1-3

May 3, 2012

Written to you briefly

With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
1 Peter 5:12

May 2, 2012

Your brothers throughout the world

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:8-9

April 30, 2012

Under God's mighty hand

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
1 Peter 5:6

April 29, 2012

Their Faithful Creator

So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
1 Peter 4:19

April 28, 2012

Or even as a meddler

If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.
1 Peter 4:15

April 27, 2012

So that you may be overjoyed

But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:13

April 26, 2012

Be Infants, Be Adults

Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
1 Corinthians 14:20

April 25, 2012

Disorder vs. Peace

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.
As in all the congregations of the saints,
1 Corinthians 14:33

April 24, 2012

Transfiguration of your mind

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.
Matthew 17:2

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.
Mark 9:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18

April 23, 2012

In order to fill the whole universe

He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.
Ephesians 4:10

April 21, 2012

April 20, 2012

Done with sin

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
1 Peter 4:1

April 19, 2012

Once for All

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit
1 Peter 3:18

Romans 6:10; Hebrews 7:7; 9:12; 9:26; 10:1,2,10; 1 Peter 3:18; Jude 3

April 18, 2012

Better Suffering

It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
1 Peter 3:17

April 17, 2012

Do not fear what they fear

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.

Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.
1 Peter 3:14

Isaiah 8:12

April 16, 2012

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12

Psalm 34:15-16

April 15, 2012

Be Compassionate and Humble

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8

April 14, 2012

So that nothing will hinder your prayers

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
1 Peter 3:7

April 13, 2012

Unfading Beauty

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4

April 12, 2012

Without Words

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
1 Peter 3:1-2

April 11, 2012

The Shepherd and Overseer of your souls

You were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25

April 10, 2012

Honor. Love. Fear. Honor.

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
1 Peter 2:17

Warn. Comfort. Uphold. Be patient.
1 Thessalonians 5:14

April 9, 2012

Live as Free Servants

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
1 Peter 2:16

April 8, 2012

Neatly Folded

Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself.
John 20:6-7
To understand the significance behind the folded handkerchief, you must have a certain understanding of the Hebrew traditions of that time. The folding of the handkerchief has to do with the relationship between a master and his servant. Every Jewish boy is taught this tradition.

Whenever a servant sets the dinner table for his master, he made sure it was done exactly how his master wanted. After the table was perfectly set, the servant would step out of the room until the master had finished his meal. The servant wouldn't dare touch the table before his master had finished eating.

Once the master had finished his meal, he would get up, wipe his hands, his mouth and his beard, roll up his handkerchief and placed it on the table. In those days, a rolled up handkerchief meant: "I'm finished." If the master got up and left the napkin folded beside his plate, the servant knew better than to touch the table because the folded napkin meant, "I'm not finished; I'll be back!"
HT:
David Goochee, Church in the Wild (35:25)
Jesus' Handkerchief

April 7, 2012

As aliens and strangers in the world

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
1 Peter 2:11

April 6, 2012

Declare the Praises

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

April 5, 2012

The Sprinkling

By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
Hebrews 11:28

In Matthew 26, Jesus just had his last meal with his disciples. Instead of the nice Passover dinner to which they all looked forward, Jesus started saying crazy things about blood and his body being broken. In this radical departure from the ancient Passover ritual, it began to dawn on Jesus' followers that some really bad things were about to happen. Jesus was going to Jerusalem to die.
Steve's Letter, January 2012

April 4, 2012

And Precious to Him

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-5

April 3, 2012

Rid Yourselves

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
1 Peter 2:1

April 2, 2012

All Their Glory

“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:24-25

Isaiah 40:6-8; 1 Peter 1:24-25

April 1, 2012

love one another deeply

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
1 Peter 1:22

March 31, 2012

Live as Strangers

Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
1 Peter 1:17

March 30, 2012

The Spirit of Christ in Them

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
1 Peter 1:10-11

March 29, 2012

Not Seen. Loved.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9

March 28, 2012

The Salvation that is Ready

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-5

March 27, 2012

Cover Over

Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
James 5:20

March 26, 2012

How Patient He Is

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
James 5:7-8

March 25, 2012

A Harvest of Righteousness

The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:17-18

March 24, 2012

World Pollution

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27

March 23, 2012

See that no one is godless

See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.
Hebrews 12:16-17

March 22, 2012

March 21, 2012

A Harvest of Righteousness and Peace

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:11

March 20, 2012

Share in His Holiness

Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
Hebrews 12:10

March 19, 2012

And we respected them for it

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!
Hebrews 12:9

Ephesians 3:15; Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21; Hebrews 12:9

March 18, 2012

Such Opposition

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:3

March 17, 2012

Only Together With Us

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Hebrews 11:39-40

March 16, 2012

Marked Out for Us

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Hebrews 12:1

March 15, 2012

A Better Resurrection

Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
Hebrews 11:35-38

March 14, 2012

Whose weakness was turned to strength

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
Hebrews 11:32-34

March 13, 2012

He saw him who is invisible

By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
Hebrews 11:27

March 12, 2012

Greater value than the treasures of Egypt

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
Hebrews 11:24-26

March 11, 2012

No Ordinary Child

By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.
Hebrews 11:23

March 10, 2012

By faith Joseph spoke

By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.
Hebrews 11:22

March 9, 2012

God has Prepared a City

Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:16

March 8, 2012

Looking Forward to the City

He was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Hebrews 11:10

March 7, 2012

We fix our eyes on what is unseen

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Romans 8:24; Hebrews 11:1

March 6, 2012

Not of those who shrink back

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
Hebrews 10:39

March 5, 2012

Better and Lasting Possessions

Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
Hebrews 10:32-35

March 4, 2012

Hold Unswervingly

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:19-25

March 3, 2012

Planned Obsolesence

By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
Hebrews 8:13

March 2, 2012

Taught by the LORD

All your sons will be taught by the LORD,
and great will be your children's peace.
Isaiah 54:13

March 1, 2012

We Do Have

The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.
Hebrews 8:1-2

February 28, 2012

One Need

Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Hebrews 7:26

February 27, 2012

He always lives to intercede for them

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Hebrews 7:25

February 25, 2012

An Indestructible Life

And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.
Hebrews 7:15-16

February 24, 2012

Still in the Body

One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
Hebrews 7:9-10

February 23, 2012

An Anchor for the Soul

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 6:19-20

February 22, 2012

Fled to the Hope

God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.
Hebrews 6:18

Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18

February 21, 2012

Puts an end to all argument

Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
Hebrews 6:16


Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.
2 Timothy 2:14

J. Vernon McGee note on : "Perhaps when we get to heaven, we will find it true that there are three sides to every question: your side, my side, and the right side."

February 20, 2012

Constant Use

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 5:14

February 19, 2012

Do you see the Day approaching?

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25

But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
2 Peter 3:7

February 18, 2012

Rejoice in the Work of Your Hands

And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice in all to which you have put your hand, you and your households, in which the LORD your God has blessed you.
Deuteronomy 12:7

February 17, 2012

He learned obedience from what he suffered

Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 5:8-10

February 16, 2012

With Loud Cries and Tears

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Hebrews 5:7

February 15, 2012

It has not yet been revealed what we shall be

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
1 John 3:2

1 Timothy 6:16; 1 John 3:2

February 14, 2012

Boldly for Mercy

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:15-16

February 13, 2012

Passed Through the Heavens

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Hebrews 4:14

February 12, 2012

Dividing Soul and Spirit

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

February 11, 2012

Make Every Effort

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
Hebrews 4:8-11

February 10, 2012

His Work Has Been Finished

Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
Hebrews 4:3

Psalm 95:11; Romans 1:20; Hebrews 3:11; Hebrews 4:3

February 9, 2012

Combine It With Faith

For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
Hebrews 4:2

Romans 10:17; Hebrews 4:2

February 8, 2012

Encourage One Another Daily

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
Hebrews 3:13

February 7, 2012

See To It

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.
Hebrews 3:12

February 6, 2012

We Are His House

But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.
Hebrews 3:6

John 14:2; John 14:23; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 3:6

February 5, 2012

February 4, 2012

Fix Your Thoughts

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
Hebrews 3:1

February 3, 2012

Suffered When Tempted

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Hebrews 2:18

February 2, 2012

Made Like His Brothers

For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Hebrews 2:16-18

February 1, 2012

Copies

And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another—He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world;

but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Hebrews 9:22-28

January 31, 2012

Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers

Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.
Hebrews 2:11

January 30, 2012

The Author of Their Salvation

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.
Hebrews 2:10