The Quick and the Slow

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, James 1:19 NIV Being quick to listen and slow to speak helps us understand rather than jumping to conclusions. How many times have we gotten angry or flown off the handle or […]

Teaching

James 3:3 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. This verse comes to mind before every Bible class I teach… scary! BUT I think it’s not limited to that. James is about to go into the responsibility we have […]

God’s Will for My Life?

“If I just knew what God’s will for my life is, then I could… really be happy… know I have purpose… head in the right direction… let go and live fully… find peace… make a difference… ” Good news! I found your personal purpose. Your personal assignment… I Thess 5:12 Now we ask you, brothers […]

The Sin-Less Formula

Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 1. Write down the top 3 sins you face the most. 2. Look up passages relating to staying strong against those. 3. Memorize. 4. When the thought/act comes up quote the verse(s) out loud. Extra Credit… 1. Stay […]

Taking Every Thought Captive

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Much of our daily battle takes place in our minds. What we THINK someone said. What we BELIEVE someone will do. And a lot of […]

The Tongue Untamable

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. James 3:7-8a Lions tamed. Cobras charmed. But the tongue? Forget it! Think about the phrases we use… He has a sharp tongue… You need to hold your tongue… You speak […]

Surprise!

1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” It’s super easy to get overwhelmed, disappointed and discouraged when you look at the state of the world. Maybe you look at your own situation and […]

Stupid on the Loose

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. Danger. In others words… thing we KNOW we should avoid. The danger did not sneak up. It’s not hiding. It’s visible. In full view. Our gut warns us. Maybe we think a bit about the outcome. […]

Fast Obedience

Genesis 19:27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD. Genesis 21:14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. […]

Talents 6

“The man who had received the five talents went at once” One version says “immediately.” 1. He didn’t waste any time in getting a return for the master. He didn’t sit around trying to figure out the perfect way. He set out and took action. Abraham had the same attitude. When he was told to sacrifice his […]

Talents 5

This series is taken from the Parable of the Talents in Matt. 25 “then he went on his journey” Once the Master entrusts, he leaves. He’s not waiting around the corner wanting to catch someone doing something wrong. He’s not micro-managing. He’s not jumping in making corrections. The Master gives equal opportunity at success and […]

Talents – 4

“To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.” A talent is around $1000. And there are different levels of talents because different levels of “ability.” While we are all one in Christ (Gal 3:27), we are not all the same in […]

Talents

This is the first series of posts from scripture.

A friend and I were laughing last week when making a list of what we have studied the most and can serve others with the most…