Rejoice, (barren) one, who did not give birth. Burst into song and shout . . . For the children of the forsaken one will be more than the children of the married woman. Isaiah 54:1, HCSB (“barren” substituted for “childless”)
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and move
Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it . . . There is only one Lawgiver and Judge . . . Who are you to judge your neighbor? – James 4:11 –
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. (I John 3:1, NRSV) Realizing that we are God’s children is a powerful incentive to become more
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – Jesus to the twelve in John 16:33, NIV For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that overcomes the
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance, but just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy,
One of the most endearing pictures of Christ in the Bible is that of a shepherd to/for His people. The scriptures cast him in three shepherding roles. He is the ‘Good Shepherd’; he is the ‘Great Shepherd’; he is the ‘Chief Shepherd’.
The problem we all face is that even if we intend always to listen to the Holy Spirit and keep the royal law of love for our neighbor, we cannot do it always, because we often think, speak and act – apart from the Spirit’s controlling influence.
Before we criticize someone, we should first check our motives. Then we should ask if Jesus would be as severe in his judgment – or would he remark on the positive thing they are doing?
Our building’s new exterior welcomes everyone, but our own dedication and desire to honor Christ by the way we live will make their entrance here worthwhile.