The Same Mind

1  If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy,  2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard…

The Lord, Our King

you anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows.  Psalm 23:5b Spend time with this memory verse today. How have you experienced God’s anointing – God’s choosing in your life? How are those experiences linked to the image the Psalmist paints of a cup full to overflowing? If you are local, join us for worship today….

Anointed

9   But he says to his Son,  God, your throne is forever  and your kingdom’s scepter is a rod of justice.  9 You loved righteousness and hated lawless behavior.  That is why God, your God,  has anointed you with oil instead of your companions.e Hebrews 1:8-9 In worship tomorrow, we will consider the “anointing” of…

Humble Yourself

5    In the same way, I urge you who are younger: accept the authority of the elders. And everyone, clothe yourselves with humility toward each other. God stands against the proud, but he gives favor to the humble.  6    Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in…

The Fruit of Righteousness

17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace, and the outcome of righteousness, calm and security forever.  18 Then my people will live in a peaceful dwelling, in secure homes, in carefree resting places.  19 Even if the forest fallss and the humbled city is laid low,  20 those who sow beside any stream will…

Learning Obedience

7 During his days on earth, Christ offered prayers and requests with loud cries and tears as his sacrifices to the one who was able to save him from death. He was heard because of his godly devotion.  8  Although he was a Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.   Hebrews 5:7-8 If Jesus…

Bitterness to Wholeness

9 A composition by Judah’s King Hezekiah when he was sick and then recovered from his sickness:  10    I thought, I must depart in the prime of my life; I have been relegated to the gates of the underworldg for the rest of my life.  11 I thought, I won’t see the LORD. The…

Running the Race

Heb. 12:1    So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up,  2  and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter….

The Lord, Our Discipliner

your rod and your staff—they comfort me. Psalm 23:4b Spend time with this week’s memory verse today. The Shepherd’s rod and staff were used for protection and correction of his sheep. Can you think of a time when you have felt God’s correction in your life? How could such discipline be a comfort to you?…

Sons and Daughters

5  and you have forgotten the encouragement that addresses you as sons and daughters:  My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline  or give up when you are corrected by him,  6 because the Lord disciplines whomever he loves,  and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts. 7   Bear hardship for…

Genuine Faith

6  You now rejoice in this hope, even if it’s necessary for you to be distressed for a short time by various trials.  7  This is necessary so that your faith may be found genuine. (Your faith is more valuable than gold, which will be destroyed even though it is itself tested by fire.) Your genuine…

Absolutely Nothing

34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.  35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it…