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In seeking to further apply Titus 2:1 - "But as for you,
speak [gently, in humility (II Tim. 2:24-26)] the things which
are proper for sound doctrine ..." (NKJV ; emphasis ours) - we
are bringing a new format to our 2018 blogs. We hope you
are further edified in this year's new approach.
Week of 7/2-6 (B27;18)
God's Directive To Us: "Walk In MY Wisdom"
Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my
enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding
than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your
precepts. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
(Psalm 119:97-100; 105 ; NKJV)
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to
the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has
chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and
God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the
things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the
things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which
are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should
glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who
became for us wisdom from God - and righteousness and sanctifi-
cation and redemption - that, as it is written, "He who glories, let
him glory in the LORD."
(I Corinthians 1:26-31 ; NKJV ; bold emphasis ours)
Dear holy, Creator YHVH God, through Your Word You created
all things. Praise be to Your glorious name. Move us to walk in
Your wisdom. Help us better understand we have, in Your Word,
more wisdom than our enemies! Help us walk - in our actions -
in this perspective: We have more understanding than all our
teachers who do not honor Your testimonies! Help us to live
consistently as we take our daily steps, in alignment with Your
Truth - that we understand more than the ancients! And THANK
YOU, Lord, that it's Your Truth - not ours - which allows us to live
in humble confidence and that this confident demeanor is available
to anyone who is willing to submit to Your worldview perspective.
Lord, free us from the bondages of darkness by illumining our
minds to Your high ways! Please do so for YOUR glory and
praise. In the name of Your beloved Son we pray, amen.
Week of 7/9-13 (B28;18)
Communication Is Good !
And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren,
"Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you
cannot be saved." Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no
small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul
and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem,
to the apostles and elders, about this question. So, being sent on
their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria,
describing the conversion of the Gentiles, and they caused great joy
to all the brethren. And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were
received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they re-
ported all things that God had done with them. But some of the sect
of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to
circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."
Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
[ Then, a letter (that is, further COMMUNICATION) went out ... ]
Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to
send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and
Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and
Silas, leading men among the brethren. They wrote this letter by
The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, to the brethren who
are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.
Since we have heard that some who went out from us have
troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, "You
must be circumcised and keep the law" - to whom we gave no
such commandment - it seemed good to us, being assembled
with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved
Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have therefore sent Judas
and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth.
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you
no greater burden that these necessary things: that you abstain
from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled,
and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these,
you will do well. Farewell.
So when they were sent off, they came to Antioch; and when they
had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter.
When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.
(Acts 15:1-6 ; our commentary ; 22-31 ; NKJV)
Also see blog CB7B;18 - our commentary blog further highlighting
a great opportunity on this topic. You'll find this blog on our
2018 commentary blog page.
Father God, my how Your revelation has kept us on track! Thank
You for communication in general. Help us, Lord, to be willing to
further communicate (even in the setting of debate) whereby Your
Truths are highlighted in such a way which promotes our listening
to Your Word - a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet. And
Lord, if this debate should take place, please open the eyes of our
hearts, too! Do so in such a way that fosters obedience to You
concerning our being prepared and ready to meet the challenges
ahead. In the name of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Week of 7/16-20 (B29;18)
God's Precious MERCY In Times Of Trouble
Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,
as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes
look to the LORD our God, until He has mercy on us. Have mercy
on us, O LORD, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled
with contempt. Psalm 123:1-3 (NKJV)
Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His
compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your
faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22, 23 (NKJV)
LORD, during these days and the soon-coming hellish days of the
war against Your Saints in Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us. Give
us resolve to walk in Your Spirit and abide in Your Vine. May we be
faithful Ambassadors to the end. In Jesus Christ's holy name, amen.
Week of 7/23-27 (B30;18)
Sincere Expressions Of Faith
But Lord, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be
our strength each day and our salvation in times of trouble.
The enemy runs at the sound of your voice. When you stand
up, the nations flee! Isaiah 33:2, 3 (NLT)
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and
you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. And then
many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate
one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive
many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many
will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Matthew 24:9-13 (NKJV)
Precious Shepherd, please guide Your needy sheep during these
most challenging times. Supernaturally empower Your Saints in
Christ Jesus to continue loving to the end. Help us, LORD, we
pray. Blessed be Your holy name. Amen
Week of 7/30 - 8/3 (B31;18)
PRAISE From Those You Have Touched
For I know that the LORD is great, and our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the LORD pleases He does, in heaven and in earth, in the
seas and in all deep places. ... Your name, O LORD, endures forever,
Your fame, O LORD, throughout all generations. For the LORD will
judge His people, and He will have compassion on His servants.
Psalm 135:5, 6, 13, 14 (NKJV)
You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for
You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.
... And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under
the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard
saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits
on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"
Revelation 4:11 ; 5:13 (NKJV)
Glorious Father God, You alone are God. Thank You for expressing
Yourself so perfectly through Your Savior - Everlasting Father! We
praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ the LORD. Thank You, too,
for the JOY and PEACE You so graciously and abundantly impart
to Your adopted children in Your Son. Grace us, please, with lives
which shine Your light as we keep in mind we will, one day, give
account to You. It's through the dear name of Christ Jesus Your
Son that we bring our prayers before You. AlleluJah
Week of 8/6-10 (B32;18)
Responding As God Would Have Us Respond
And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam
became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam,
and there she was, a leper. So Aaron said to Moses, "Oh, my Lord! Please
do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which
we have sinned. Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is
half consumed when he comes out of his mother' womb!" So Moses
cried out to the Lord, saying, Please heal her, O God, I pray!"
Numbers 12:10-13 ; NKJV
[ Jesus Christ speaking ... ] "You have heard that it was said, 'You
shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love
your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate
you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that
you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise
on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even
the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what
do you do more than others ? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48 ; NKJV
Lord God, we pray for our foes who rise up against us. Open their
eyes we pray. May we abide in loving, compassionate mercy toward
our dark enemies and may we continue praying for their change of
heart before it's too late. Thank You for the moving of Your Spirit
which softens hearts as far as You can given Your perfect expression
of love which allows man to choose. Balancing Your eternal Truths
(in our affirming the full Counsel of Your revelation to us) is so
crucial today. May we yield to Your Spirit within us to live in
balance as You define it. Unto Your glory and praise we pray, amen.
Week of 8/13-17 (B33;18)
A Crucial Mindset - Even During The End Of Days ...
Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink;
let me be delivered from those who hate me, and
out of the deep waters. Let not the floodwater over-
flow me, nor let the deep swallow me up; and let not
the pit shut its mouth on me.
Psalm 69:14, 15 ; NKJV
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common
to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be
tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation
will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to
I Corinthians 10:13 ; NKJV
THANK YOU, Lord, that You do not allow anything to come our
way that we cannot handle as we abide in You. May we endure
as we partake in the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ - Son of
God, Savior. In His name we pray. Amen
Week of 8/20-24 (B34;18)
JOY In Patient Endurance
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing
that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have
its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
(James 1:2-4 ; NKJV)
Father of lights, we so appreciate Your Counsel. Thank You for fore-
warning us about trials, including both the general ones and the
ones especially pressing during the end of days. Allow us, we pray,
in Your mercy and grace, to walk in YOUR perspective prior to the
initial appearing of Your glorious Son. In Jesus Christ's name we
Week of 8/27-31 (B35;18)
Oh Come Let Us ADORE Him ...
Give to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering,
and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of
holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world also is
firmly established, it shall not be moved. Let the heavens rejoice,
and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations,
"The LORD reigns." Let the sea roar; and all its fullness; let
the field rejoice, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the
woods shall rejoice before the LORD, for He is coming to
judge the earth.
I Chronicles 16:29-33 ; NKJV
He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let
him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still;
he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming
quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according
to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and
the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those who do His
commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life,
and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are
dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and
idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. I, Jesus, have
sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am
the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.
And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears
say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let
him take the water of life freely.
Revelation 22:11-17 ; NKJV
Father God, what can we say but You reign! Thank You, oh LORD
MOST HIGH, for all that You have revealed to us in Your Word. We
are grateful dear God Most High. Please receive our thankgivings
and praises through Jesus Christ our Lord, for it's in His name we
come into Your glorious presence expressing these cries of our
hearts. Thank You Abba, for everything. Amen
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