A Word With Friends

These are short devotional studies based on a single word or short phrase. Most are observations and lessons discovered in the life my family and me.

More Valuable Than Olympic Gold

Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  1 Peter 1:18-19

While gold is the highest prize and greatest honor that the games can offer, it is not the most valuable currency in the universe.  It has been a pleasure to see many Olympic athletes openly express their faith in Christ in Rio.  These dear brothers and sisters in Christ understand the temporal (temporary) value of Gold in contrast to the eternal (forever) value of the precious blood of Christ.

KNOWING  THAT GOLD HAS NO ETERNAL VALUE – Peter is writing to believers to challenge them to live a life that reflects the holiness of God.  It is knowing that… Continue reading

These Three

These Three

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I Corinthians 13:13 (CEV)

This diagram and the lesson which follows show how faith, hope, and love relate to the mind (intellect), will, and emotion of man – which in turn corresponds with the soul.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.    1 Thessalonians 5:23

When we read that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) it does not refer to merely a physical representation, but the character and attributes of God. As God Himself is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so man is also a tri-part being: body, soul, and spirit. Even as God is more… Continue reading

Vows

VOWS, OATHS, AND PROMISES

If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
Numbers 30:2 (KJV)

This is an outline and link to the audio file from a message preached at North 56th Street Gospel Chapel (Tampa, Florida) on 1-4-2015

http://mrsteve.me/2015Vows [28 minute mp3 / 5MB]

Introduction:  The Law concerning vows.

A. Biblical

 Numbers 30:1-2
Deuteronomy 23:21-23
Matthew 5:33-37

B. Rabbinical Law (extra-Biblical)

 Three Times
Vows (things/others)
Oaths (personal)

I. Examples of Vows
A. Wedding

 Intent (I will), Vow (I do), Ring (I wed)

 B. Peter’s oath.

Found in all four gospels
Matthew 26:34
Mark 14:30
John 13:38
Luke 22:34 (see 31-34, 54-62)

II. Foolish Vows
A. … Continue reading

Milestones

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

For as long as there have been roads and paths there have been markers along the way. This ancient practice of marking a journey has become a metaphor used to indicate expected events on a given path in any number of disciplines. Ms. Kitty and I became grandparents this year – twice. There are probably more developmental milestones in the first year of life than in the next ten years combined. Who knew that blowing bubbles was a developmental milestone? It has been an exciting year for our family and for many of our friends… Continue reading

Trust in the Lord

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Psalm 59:16

Psalm 59:16

Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 14:12 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

We can place our trust in many difference places. But many times our trust in someone or something does not pan out. Some have trusted us in some area and have been disappointed when we fail to fulfill that trust. There is One we can totally trust in, and that is our Savior the Lord Jesus. Trust and hope go hand in hand. We trust in the eternal hope we have in Him. We trust that God is faithful to His word and He will not abandon us! In the faitfulness of God lies our trust.

Trust in our own… Continue reading

Saint Nicholas: Yes Virginia …

GUEST CONTENT: stonestruestory@gmail.com Carla Estell

Our family celebrates Saint Nick’s Day each year with filled stockings.  It is usually the official start of the Christmas Season in our home.  Carla Estell has written an Ebook (PDF) about Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas.  If you print it double-sided it makes a book, or you can print it single sided and cut the pages in half to form a little book.  Hey, it’s free!  Share it and be sure to include Carla’s contact information.

You can also check out their family website: http://stonestruestory.org/

Here is the link to the storybook (2MB) http://mrsteve.me/1CZdFgG

 

 

 

 

 

Free Christmas Book

One of the websites that I manage is devoted to providing resources for children’s ministry (GospelTalks.com).  Eikon Bible Art is a source of printable and projectable Bible story pictures.  For Christmas they have a free Christmas book (pdf).  I got mine so I thought I would pass this along to others.  The free link is good for a week, but the books are quite affordable anyway.  http://www.eikonbibleart.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=19

 

The Test Of Our Faith

2 Chronicles 32:31 “… God withdrew from him (Hezekiah), in order to test him that He might know all that was in his heart.”

Will the Lord withdraw from us as a believer in Christ? The Lord told us “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb 13.5). As Christians, we have the indwelling Spirit so He is always with us. However, does the Lord test us, to know what is in our heart, as he did Hezekiah?

Was the Lord testing Peter when He asked him three times “Do you love Me”     (John   21.15-17)? Was Peter tested when the Lord urged him come and walk on “on the water” and he faltered on cried out “Lord save me” (Matt 13.28-31) Peters faith was being tested! “O you of little faith, why… Continue reading

SORROW

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  – Revelation 21:4 (KJV)

Today many friends and healthcare co-workers joined to say goodbye to a friend and to provide love and support to the family and to each other.  It was a day of sadness for us.  The encouragement by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 is that as believers we grieve when a loved one dies, but not as those that have no hope.  This friend had the testimony of several witnesses that her faith was securely planted in the promise of eternal life through the work of Jesus Christ.  This “Celebration of a life” had moments of laughter, but the sadness still lingers… Continue reading

Lessons from Mothers in Scripture: Eve

Eve: The Mother of All Living

Gen 3:20 Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.  (This is where the woman is first named Eve and the first use of “mother”).  God had made for man a helper to serve alongside of man.  The phrase “help meet” (KJV) implies companionship, equality, and perhaps a reference to strength, as one translates this “strong helper”.

I will make him a help meet for him; עזר כנגדו  ezer kenegdo, a help, a counterpart of himself, one formed from him, and a perfect resemblance of his person. If the word be rendered scrupulously literally, it signifies one like, or as himself, standing opposite to or before him. And this implies that the woman was to be a perfect resemblance of the man, possessing neither inferiority nor… Continue reading