Make fools of those who twist Scripture

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

Все Писание богодухновенно и полезно для научения, для обличения, для исправления, для наставления в праведности, да будет совершен Божий человек, ко всякому доброму делу приготовлен. (2-е Тимофею 3:16-17 Russian)

O LORD my God, dear Father in heaven ~ please accept the praises to your high and holy name from all people around the world who love you. Thank you Lord, for your steadfast love for my soul, that has provided words that contain eternal principles of truth and righteousness. Lead me in the right way according to your perfect and discernible plan of salvation. Help every person who expounds spiritual wisdom and knowledge to make certain their proposals originate only from your inspired Word. Make fools of those who twist the Scriptures in order to justify their false doctrines. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Another large crowd: Mark 8.1 VOTD

“In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat.”

Mark 8.1a

Some say two versions of the same miracle event got included. But Mark affirmed there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. Either he was wrong and scriptural inspiration falls to the ground, or Jesus performed (at least) two similar acts of compassion in multiplying bread and fish.

Each fact of Scripture is precious. How do you grow in your trust of God’s word?

#Bible #inspiration #VOTD

His powerful word: Hebrews 1.3 VOTD

“The Son … sustains all things by his powerful word …”

Hebrews 1.3

The beginning of this book holds a beautiful summary of the gospel. “All things” is inclusive. It includes his followers as well as the universe. His word, spoken and written, contains all power.

The Christian’s power is in the Bible, in great measure. We deprive ourselves of God’s help when we fail to read and follow it. Describe your practice of finding power in Christ’s word.

#Bible #VOTD #Christ

I will not be afraid: Hebrews 13.6 VOTD

“So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can people do to me?'”

Hebrews 13.6

Such confidence arises from certainty of God’s presence, v. 5. It brings contentment with what we have. We then will not fear any threat that man might pose. The writer quoted Psalm 118.6.

The Bible provides us with teaching about God that gives us faith, certainty, and confidence. Review the place of the Bible in your life history.

#Bible #confidence #VOTD

What does the Bible say about the new year

by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you” (Exodus 12:2).

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

We are in a new year, and we should have the attitude of the apostle Paul in the above verses. The past year of 2017 is gone. We cannot change the past. We have the present. We should look forward to the future with positive anticipation to do the best we can and with God’s blessings to make our lives what God would have them to be.

There is a sense in which it is good to have left another “long, weary mile” behind, as we pass another milestone on our journey to an eternity with God. As we approach another New Year, people are often heard to greet each other with a warmth of feeling “Happy New Year!” This is a beautiful and lovely spirit and a wonderful wish. John stated, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2). Certainly, we extend such good and pleasant things for each of you, and that you have the best year ever. It will be a wonderful year and blessings for eternity if you live for God.

At the beginning of a year, we usually think of resolutions, even though we can resolve to improve our lives at any time. What better time than the beginning of a new year to make new resolves? Hopefully, each of us will make some good resolutions and try our best to live up to them; never becoming impatient and quitting, even if we seem to slip, but try again.

God bless thy year,

Thy coming in, thy going out,

Thy rest, thy traveling about,

The rough, the smooth,

The bright, the drear:

God bless thy year.

#bible, #new-year

‘The Bible will certainly be right’

When one considers the thousands of preachers and priests in the world, it is obvious that most of them are not speaking for God because they teach conflicting things.
One man I baptized started reading the Bible because different priests in his own church were teaching contradictory things.
His reaction was: “Since the priests say different things, I will read the Bible for myself. What it says will certainly be right.” The first time I met him he said: “I don’t know where it will lead me, but I have decided to do what the Bible says.” I thought, “If he really means that, he will become a Christian.” And he did. Have we decided to do what the Bible says?
God’s word enables us to distinguish truth from error.

via There will be false teachers among you

#Bible #false-teachers #truth

People of the Book

By Jeremiah Tatum — God has always wanted His people to be “people of the book.” He had Moses write down the book of genealogy so that man could trace himself back to Adam and thus remember his Creator (Genesis 5:1). He had Moses read the book of the law to the Israelites so they would vow to keep every word (Exodus 24:7). Joshua also read the book of the law to God’s people, including every blessing and every curse (Joshua 8:34). Providentially, God allowed Hilkiah, the priest, to find the book when it had been neglected and lost (2 Kings 22:8). Later, after the Jews had returned from captivity, the book was read once again to the whole congregation by Ezra, the scribe, instigating a national revival (Nehemiah 8:1).

In every circumstance, God required that his people take an oath that they would know the book. He made them promise to obey every word in the book. God promised that they would be blessed or cursed based on their keeping or not keeping the words of the book. Every step, every ounce of success for God’s people was always directly related to the book. You can check the book itself.The success or failure of mankind still rides on the knowledge of and keeping of the book. But in our day and time, there are only a few people in existence who are truly people of the book. Consider the facts: Continue reading

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Sustain the weary with a word: Isaiah 50.4 VOTD

“The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”

Isaiah 50.4 NRSV

God chose the prophet Isaiah and gave him inspired words that not only judged Israel but gave hope and comfort to those seeking relief from suffering and sin.

How can we permit God to waken us today in order that we might listen to his words as Christ’s disciples?

#Bible #word-of-God #VOTD #Isaiah

What do you read there? Luke 10.26 VOTD

“He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?'”

Luke 10.26 NRSV

When a scribe came to Jesus with a question, the Lord sent him to Scripture.

How does Jesus’ answer (given in the form of a question) apply to our own questions today?

#Scripture #Bible #VOTD

Open my eyes: Psalm 119.18 VOTD

“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.”

Psalm 119.18 NLT

The psalm praises God’s word, which often causes opposition.

God causes wonderful things to happen rising from his law, since his word it is living and active.

The choice of today’s verse was inspired by Don Ruhl’s Email Devotionals.

#Bible #spiritual-insight #VOTD

Corban: Mark 7.10-13 VOTD

“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you would have received from me is corban’ (that is, a gift for God), then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”

Mark 7.10-13

Some Jewish traditions didn’t circle the law to protect it, but worked to sidestep it.

What do people say today that cancels out the word of God?

#tradition #Bible #VOTD

Good overview of Bible translation

Kevin Pendergrass has a good article, posted yesterday, on his blog. He provides some background history and a bit of information about how Bible translation is done.

And any and every English translation of the Scriptures is a translation and cannot, by the very nature of the translation process … communicate word-for-word every time what the original source text says. A strict word-for-word translation is a unicorn. It does not and cannot exist. Every translation by its very nature contains an “interpretation of meaning.” Meaning must absolutely be interpreted—and mediated to the reader—at every turn.

In an appendix he evaluates some Bible versions, most of them older English versions.

The article is well worth your time.

Continue reading

#bible, #bible-translation, #bible-versions

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5-1-2017 The Bible Is The Voice Of God

The Bible is the Voice of God to His World. God “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:2). The Apostles spoke, “not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual words” (1 Corinthians 2:13). Jesus taught “But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:31-32 NKJV). The message of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit to anyone today has been written. One who fails or refuses to study the Word of God, fails or refuses to hear the Voice of God!   

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#bible, #voice-of-god

Renowned for wisdom

In his online devotional today David Deffenbaugh wrote:

People were drawn to, desired, and appreciated wisdom.  Who today is renown for their wisdom?  The fact is, we’re just not that interested in it.

There’s no way to research if the percentage of fools today is greater than in the days of Solomon. But mankind today is drawn to entertainment, desires thrills for the moment, and appreciates a cheap laugh more than deep truth. People today are renowned for their studies in science, their attempts to break silly world records, or the lack of self-control of the rich and famous. We’re interested in comfort and gadgets and virtual gossip.

Let the family of God desire his wisdom and live in the discernment of his will, as did the eternal Son. Let their televisions be conspicuously silent, and their screens frequently dark. Let their hands be busy in the service of Christ and their resources given to the gospel. Let their thoughts turn often to heaven, and their words to the inspired Scriptures. Let their lives be undiluted beacons of light in a world drowning in the darkness of trivial pursuits.

Let Jesus Christ truly become for them the wisdom of God, 1 Cor 1.30.

#wisdom #Christ #Bible

Hugh’s News & Views (. . . Christianity)

QUESTIONS CONCERNING NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY

Last week we wrote under the caption “Questions For Christians About The Church.” This week, as a sequel, we write of “Questions Concerning New Testament Christianity.” Continue reading

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