Saturday, December 29, 2012

“Bible Study: Academic or ‘Worship?’ – 101” …Blog

“Bible Study: Academic or ‘Worship?’ – 101” …Blog

*** (John 1:14-15) The Word became flesh and lived among us. We gazed on His glory, the kind of glory that belongs to the Father's unique Son, full of Grace and Truth.
(John 1:15) John told the truth about him when he cried out, "This is the person about whom I said, 'The One: Who comes after me ranks ahead of me; because He existed before me.'" [John 1:29 & 1Corinthains 5:7]

*** (Psalms 138:2) I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth's sake; for You have magnified = Your Word = above all Your name.

*** (Colossians 1:12-to-20) giving thanks to the Father; Who has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in Light. [John 8:12]
(Col 1:13) For He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son; [Christ Jesus]
(Col 1:14) in Whom we have redemption through His blood; the remission of sins.
(Col 1:15) Who is the image of the invisible God; the First-born of all creation.
(Col 1:16) For all things were created in Him; the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, “ALL” things were created through Him and for Him. [Isaiah 45:5-6-7]
(Col 1:17) And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
(Col 1:18) And He is the Head of the body, the church, who is the Beginning, the First-born from the dead, that He may be pre-eminent in all things. [1Peter 1:19-20-21]
(Col 1:19) For it pleased the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell. [John 14:9-10-11]
(Col 1:20) And through Him having made peace through the blood of His cross, it pleased the Father to reconcile all things to Himself through Him, whether the things on earth or the things in Heaven.

“Who is = The Word – 101?”…Blog.
*** (Proverbs 30:4) Who has gone up to Heaven and has come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in His garments? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name? Surely you know.

Because “New Year’s Day” comes soon… ‘Some’ are planning a “Bible Study Regimen” for this next year. I have seen some posts on the various “Social Networking Sites”, such as Face Book & Twitter. But all seem to be taking an “Academic Approach”. I thought this “Strange”, “Because: Christ Jesus is the Holy Living Word of God”…! If You approach ‘Reading & Studying’ His Holy Word as Academic: just perhaps something is “Missing”…? [2Corinthains 13:5] Remember, the OT Jews substituted their “Talmud & the Tradition of the Elders”: for His Holy Word. It seems as though NT Christians… do ‘Not’ even: “Want to KNOW: His Holy Word”…! [Amos 8:11] No wonder there are so very many “Manmade Denominations!” Yet, each one “Claims” to know Jesus and be the “Right One!” And they cannot even agree on What: His Holy Word: “Teaches!”  

“Which ‘Church’ is Right? – 101” Blog.

*** (Proverbs 30:6) Do not add to His Words, lest He reprove you and you be found a LIAR.

*** (John 17:17) Sanctify them through Your Truth. Your Word is Truth.

*** (1Jn 2:21) I have not written to you because you do not know the Truth; but because you know it; and know that -> ‘No Lie’ is of -> the Truth.

*** (Isaiah 28:13) But the Word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept; precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go; and fall backward [backslide]; and be broken; and snared; and taken.

“Rivers of Living Water – 101” …Blog.
May I share a ‘True Story’…? I have been Born Again for some years. It has been my practice to meet with Jesus in His Holy Word… ‘Each morning’… “Mark 1:35 & 1Samuel 3:21.” I alternate between NT & OT books… as our Lord leads me… “Romans 8:14”. One morning I was reading… “2Chronicles 12:14” and was “Convicted by God’s Holy Spirit”… that I was ‘Not’ practicing His Word; in ‘NOT’ preparing my heart: before reading His Word. According to “Proverbs 28:13” & “1John 1:5-to-10”… I immediately ‘confessed & changed’ my “Actions”… and have made this my ‘practice’… for some time.

The Holy Spirit… brought to my mind… “Ezra 7:10”… and I adopted that as ‘Obedience to Christ’… before ‘Any’ spiritual practice… Prayer, Bible Study, Praise and yes… even Witnessing to others… “1Peter 3:15.”  Also I remembered… “1Corinthians 11:28-to-32”… and it ‘all’ made sense! God, Our Lord… wants a “Prepared Heart”… before we come to Him! It was the Holy Spirit of God… that ‘used’ His Holy Word… to change not only my mind… and my heart… “But To Obey Him”… out of His Love for me… and my Love for Him! … “Luke 17:10!”

*** (Psalms 119:11) I have hidden Your Word in my heart; so that I might not sin against You [Lord].

*** (1Peter 3:15) but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason of the hope in you, with meekness and fear;

*** (Isaiah 8:13) Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.

*** (Job 28:28) And to man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord; that is wisdom! And to depart from evil is understanding!

*** (1Jn 4:20) If anyone says: I love God; and ‘Hates’ his brother; he is a LIAR. For if he does ‘Not’ love his brother whom he has seen; how can he love God: Whom he has ‘Not’ seen?

*** (Psalms 66:18) If I regard iniquity in my heart; the LORD Jehovah: will ‘Not’ hear;

*** (James 1:22) Keep on being “Doers” of the Word, and “NOT” merely hearers, who ‘Deceive’ themselves.

“Daily: Spiritual ‘Decisions’ – 101”…Blog.

For some time now… I have simply gone to bed and “Slept in the New Year!” The World celebrates the New Year: mainly with getting “Drunk & Partying!” Did You ever wonder IF: some of them were ‘Christians’…? How did they feel the “Next Morning”…? Did they give the ‘First Part’ of their day to HIM: in His Holy Word…? Christ Jesus met with His Heavenly Father: God, each morning. Do You meet with Him: each morning…? Do You meditate on those Scripture verses that He showed You from His Holy Word…? Why else, would have His Holy Spirit [Romans 8:9]… “But to lead You into His Truth”…? Isn’t His example for “Life & Godliness”… ‘Enough’…? Did YOU open Your BIBLE... and Meet with Christ JESUS in His “HOLY WORD”... = BEFORE = ‘YOU’... Turned on ‘Your’… TV, Computer, Radio, or Cell Phone...? [Matthew 32:27]

*** (Mark 1:35) And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, HE [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

*** (1Samuel 3:21) And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD ‘revealed’ Himself to Samuel in Shiloh: by the Word of the LORD.

*** (2Timothy 2:15) Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker who has nothing to be ashamed of: handling the Word of Truth with ‘Precision.’

*** (Ephesians 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation; and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,

*** (2Timothy 3:14-to-17) But continue in the things that you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
(2Tim 3:15) and that from a child, you have known the Holy Scriptures; which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
(2Tim 3:16) All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for ‘Doctrine’, for ‘Reproof’, for ‘Correction’, for ‘Instruction in Righteousness’,
(2Tim 3:17) that the man of God may be perfected [matured]; thoroughly furnished to every good work.

Doctrine = One Way!
Reproof = Wrong Way!
Correction = This Way!
Instruction in Righteousness = The Only Way!

*** (Hebrews 5:11-to-14) We have much to say about this, but it is difficult to explain because you have become too lazy to understand.
(Heb 5:12) In fact, though by now you should be teachers, you still need someone to teach you the basic truths of God's word. You have become people who need milk instead of solid food.
(Heb 5:13) For everyone who lives on milk is still a baby and is inexperienced in the message of righteousness.
(Heb 5:14) But solid food is for mature people, whose minds are trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.

“Losing ‘what’ you have – 101”…Blog.
*** (Matthew 13:12) For whoever has, to him shall be given; and he shall have more abundance. But whoever does not have; from him shall be taken away; even that which he has.

*** (Matthew 25:29) For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will abound. But from him who has not, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.

*** (Mark 4:24-25) And He said to them, Take heed what you hear. With that measure which you measure, it shall be measured to you. And to you who hear, more shall be given.
(Mark 4:25) For he who has, more shall be given to him; and he who has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.

*** (Luke 8:17) For nothing is secret that shall not be revealed; nor secret which shall not be known and come to be revealed.
(Luke 8:18) Therefore be careful how you hear. For whoever has, to him shall be given; and whoever has not, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.

*** (Matthew 13:19) When anyone hears the word about the kingdom yet doesn't understand it; the evil one [Satan] comes: and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.

Love; in Christ, Roger // “Psalms 138:2”…!