CHRISTELW   16,110
SparkPoints
15,000-19,999 SparkPoints
 
 
CHRISTELW's Recent Blog Entries

To avoid sin, nip it in the bud of temptation.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
odb.org/

Allergic To . . .
Abstain from every form of evil. - 1 Thessalonians 5:22

One of our grandchildren is allergic to several kinds of foods. Milk, cheese, eggs, and ice cream are among the items she has to avoid. Even a small amount of these things is detrimental to her health.
She’s not alone in being required to avoid certain things in life. While her allergies are related to her physical well-being, each of us as believers in Jesus has dangers we need to stay away from to maintain spiritual health. Scripture gives us a clear indication of what we are “allergic to” spiritually.
Every kind of evil (1 Thess. 5:22). This should cause us to think about the choices we make, because taking part in what is clearly evil is not good for our spiritual vitality.
Foolish disputes and arguments (2 Tim. 2:23; Titus 3:9). This takes discernment, for some arguments have merit in defending the faith. But those for which there is no answer or which have no bearing on truth only cause dissension.
Sexual immorality (1 Thess. 4:3). The Bible says that any sexual activity outside the boundaries of a marriage between a man and a woman is immoral (Gen. 2:24; Ex. 20:14; 1 Cor. 7:2; Heb. 13:4).
Are we willing to make the effort to steer clear of things we are spiritually “allergic to”?

Today avoid sin’s tempting lures
And evil thoughts subdue,
Or sinful things may take control
And someday master you! —Bosch

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:
Old Testament Reading

Amos 5 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Amos%205


New Testament Reading

Romans 4:1-15 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Romans%204:1-15


Psalms Reading

Psalm 86:1-10 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2086:1-10


For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


Be slow to judge others, but quick to judge yourself.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
odb.org/

Judge not, that you be not judged. - Matthew 7:1

When Jesus commanded, “Judge not,” He was not implying that we should be naive or imprudent. Of course we need to think critically and analytically in this world where we are often confronted with error and wrongdoing. Instead, He meant that we should not be condemning or accusing, a point Paul made eloquently: “Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts” (1 Cor. 4:5).
Poet Robert Burns made a similar point, writing of those whose actions are in doubt: “One point must still be greatly dark—the [motive]. Why they do it.” No one knows another’s motives. God alone can bring to light what is hidden in darkness; He alone can expose the intentions of the heart.
Jesus knows the latent forces that motivate others: the cruel beginnings, the fear, the disappointment, the broken heart, the sin that is resisted. Moreover, He is working in every submissive heart to bring it to maturity. Thus in the end—quite often contrary to our expectations—He will bring praise to those He has brought to completion.
The Lord alone can try the heart. Until He returns, let’s ask Him to help us examine our own.

“Condemn not, judge not”- not to man
Is given his brother’s faults to scan;
One task is yours, and one alone—
To search out and subdue your own. - Elliott

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:
Old Testament Reading

Amos 3; Amos 4 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Amos%203;%20Amos%204


New Testament Reading

Romans 3:9-31 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Romans%203:9-31


Psalms Reading

Psalm 85:8-13 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2085:8-13


For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


The best gift for the younger generation is a good example from the older generation.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
odb.org/

A Man My Age.
When I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation. - Psalm 71:18

On a recent flight, I got ready to do some work. Spread out on my tray were my laptop computer, backup hard drive, iPod, and other gadgets that are part of being a 21st-century “road warrior.” As I worked, a young man seated beside me asked if he could make a comment. He told me how inspirational it was for him, a young man, to see someone my age so enthusiastically embracing modern technology. In spite of his intention to compliment me, I suddenly felt about 120 years old. What did he mean by “someone my age”? I wondered. After all, I was “only” 57.
Then I remembered Psalm 71, the psalm for folks “my age” and beyond. It reminds us of the value of a life well lived and of the worth of lessons learned: Lessons are not just for our benefit but also for us to pass along to the next generations. The psalmist wrote, “When I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come” (v.18).
So, maybe being “someone my age” isn’t such a bad gig. It is the privilege of “veteran” Christ-followers to declare the strength and power of God to the younger generations. That’s how we can truly be inspirational to them.

The older saints who trust God’s Word
Have trod where younger ones now walk;
They’ve fought the battles they will fight -
Their wisdom teaches truth and right. - Branon

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:
Old Testament Reading

Amos 1; Amos 2 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Amos%201;%20Amos%202


New Testament Reading
Romans 2:17-29; Romans 3:1-8 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Romans%202:17-29;%20Romans%203:1-8


Proverbs Reading

Proverbs 17:5-14 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Proverbs%2017:5-14


For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


True freedom is found in surrender to Christ.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
odb.org/

Deal, Or No Deal - I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants. —Luke 15:19

If you’re like me, you love a good deal. Not just bargain shopping, but when you manage to cut a great deal for yourself without giving anything up in return. So if you can identify with these kinds of deals, you’ll understand the prodigal son’s scheme when he decided to return home.
There were three kinds of servants in those days: day workers who were paid on a day-to-day basis; hired servants who worked long hours on the estate but lived in town with their independence intact; or bond servants who lived on the estate and gave all of themselves to serving the family.
When the prodigal son hit rock bottom, it’s interesting that his planned apology involved asking if he could be like a hired servant. Why not a grateful bond servant? Some commentators suggest that perhaps he was trying to negotiate a deal—a way to get a paycheck and keep his independence as well.
Often we approach God like, “I’ll serve You but You can’t take away my freedom.” It may seem like a good deal at the time, but God’s deal is so much better. Just like the boy’s father, His arms are ready and willing to receive repentant sinners as part of His family. There could be no better deal and no better way to serve Him!

Lord, take my life and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self, and pride;
I now surrender, Lord—in me abide. —Orr

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:
Old Testament Reading

Jonah 1; Jonah 2; Jonah 3; Jonah 4 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Jonah%201;%20Jonah%202;%20Jonah%20
3;%20Jonah%204


New Testament Reading

Romans 2:1-16 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Romans%202:1-16


Psalms Reading

Psalm 85:1-7 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2085:1-7


For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


Generosity stems from the heart that has experienced God’s grace.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
odb.org/

The Poor Among Us.
If there is among you a poor man of your brethren ... you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand. —Deuteronomy 15:7

Francis Chan, in his book Crazy Love, tells of a family with an interesting Christmas tradition. On Christmas morning, the Robinson family doesn’t focus on opening presents under the Christmas tree. Instead, they make pancakes and coffee, and serve the breakfast to the homeless. This is a small but creative way to show God’s love and generosity to the poor.
God expected this kind of generosity from His people. In Deuteronomy 15, Moses emphasized the reality of poverty and how the more affluent must deal with it. They were warned of four dangers:
A hard heart, ignoring the needs of the poor (v.7).
A closed hand, withholding what the poor lacked (v.7).
An evil thought, hesitating or refusing to loan money to the poor because the year of canceling debts was nearing (v.9).
A grudging spirit, a reluctance to satisfy the needs of the poor among them (v.10). Not only were they warned about selfishness, but more important, they were encouraged to be spontaneously generous (vv.8,10,11).
Among God’s people, there must always be a spirit of generosity toward the poor. Let’s open our hearts and our hands.

One grace each child of God can show 

Is giving from a willing heart; 

Yet, if we wait till riches grow, 

It well may be we’ll never start. —D. De Haan

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:
Old Testament Reading

2 Kings 24:8-20; 2 Kings 25 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=2%20Kings%2024:8-20;%202%20Kings%2025


New Testament Reading
Romans 1:18-32 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Romans%201:18-32


Psalms Reading

Psalm 84:8-12 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2084:8-12


For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 Last Page