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Let Love of the Brethren continue…

Heb. 13:1 – “Let the love of the brethren (noun,  singular,  feminine) continue (“abide” – present, active, imperative).”

Take note that this verse is an imperative – meaning it is a commandment.  It assumes that brotherly love has already begun at some point; and, here we are commanded to abide in this condition of love – “phileo” – brotherly love.

Not everyone is our “brother,” so it motivates us to seek a definition.  Wuest says that the word means “from the same womb, thus having the same source.”  Let’s search out the Bible to see ….

To be Biblical, “brethren” will have not only the same birth, but will be conceived from the seed of the same father.  They will be “born of God.”  “Born from above” because every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of light, with whom there is no variation, or shadow of turning.”   (James 1:17)

Verse 18 of James 1:  “In the exercise of His will ( aorist, passive) He brought us forth (to give birth to) by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures.”

– end of part 1 for week of 9/9/13 —–stay tuned, hold on to your seat, this is gonna’ be GOOD NEWS!

September 11, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", "Born Again" / "Born from Above", "Word of God", Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

What’s in a Word….

The following is a repeat from 2009; but, I also wanted to tell you that I have sent many articles that I have written – or not – to my Kindle. I am so proud of myself! 🙂 Naw – it’s easy. Amazon makes everything they sell easy for the common man to use. I just had to follow instructions.

 What’s in a Word………

I wish I knew more about the origin of languages. I pray that our GRANDdaughter develops the love of words. My mom had taken Latin in high school, so she would even repeat the verb tenses in a “sing-song” voice as she cooked. I remember hearing her making sense of something she was reading, when she came to an unfamiliar word, by taking it apart to “cipher” its origin.

My grandmother lived with us – mom’s mom. She wrote poetry, having been published in several anthologies. She sent some of her poems to Nashville and they were recorded as hymns. She loved words and putting them together.

The love of words can be influenced by one’s background. Words, their usage, inflection, and meanings were important in our household; but I know from whence my deep-down love and adoration for God’s Word came – from Him, Whose law is perfect, restoring the soul. You can have this, also. Just ask! He delights in doing this for you.

I will give you a few verses for inspiration:

“Ps 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.” “Pure” – each individual word refined (purified) 7 times – a perfect number.

Jer 15:16 Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” – Words cause Jeremiah joy and delight. The study of words does this. It can for you, too.

“Pr 30:5 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” – God is a shield of protection to us as we know His Word.

Reminds me of Eph. 6:16 and Romans 10:17. We cannot say we have faith if we do not study and know God’s Word! As a child of God, you must grow past being spoon-fed. And, talk about junk food! Just what I read and run across in the every day world out there being “taught” as the Word is junk food! You can refer back to the post about “health” food for a little study on this subject; but to be healthy, you must devour healthy doctrine.

You are what you eat!

 

April 30, 2012 Posted by | "Word of God", Learning to read - accurately, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

The Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 1…

 The Parable of the 10 Virgins

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Mark 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? KJV

Mark 4:13 Then He said to them: “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables? EBR

 The gospel accounts that contain this parable are Matthew 13, and Luke 8, and Mark 4; but Mark adds the above verse to his portion. Therefore we will need to observe the parable of the “soils” to be able to understand any of the parables. Let’s take take a look at how the Bible defines “parable,” to whom parables were taught, and when parables were first prepared:

 Parables are Things (Truths) Kept Hidden and were prophesied that the Lord would unveil them.

 Mt 13:34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable, 35 so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”

 Parables used to Veil Truth

Jesus taught doctrine in parables. Mark 4:34 “But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.” The parables stimulated questions that he explained to those who had questions. Most were not interested in the meaning of the parables. By teaching in parables he was making sure that the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven would stay a mystery. Matthew 13:10-11 “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Matthew 13:16 “But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”

Proverbs 25:2“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

The mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens are still being veiled. That mystery is the Word of God as found in the parable of the sower according to Luke 8:8-11, “And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10. And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” The seed sown in Matthew 13, Mark 4; and Luke 8 is the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens and defined as the Word of God in Luke 8:11.

Obedience to the Word of God (Word of the Kingdom) bears Fruit

Luke 8:15 – “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it (obey it) and bring forth fruit with patience (endurance).

Parables Contain Mysteries Planned before the Foundation of the World

Mt 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

1Co 2:6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

Eph 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles– 2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; 10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

March 27, 2012 Posted by | "Word of God", Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal, Parable of 10 Virgins, Parables | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Much Fruit or Barrenness?

I’ve been meditating upon, studying, and reading about sowing and reaping. As I am doing this, I am persuaded that this is a main theme of God’s Word that is often neglected. The “Laws of the Harvest” will bring up millions of pages in Google. I have investigated a few and found one really good one; but, it neglects the most important: John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. That dying part is usually missing. Resurrection was because there was a death.

I was thinking about this as I ate peanuts. I love the little “plant” inside that has two immature leaves that were ready to sprout when the peanut “died” – broke open – after it was planted.

The opposite of fruitful is barrenness. 2 Peter 1:5-11 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

There is even fruit that is evil – meaning in the original, “good for nothing.” We have an apple tree that produces good for nothing fruit because we have not tended it properly. It does bear fruit – apples. Looks like apples. They are apples. Good for nothing apples, that fall off and attract bees. Well, the birds like them.

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Here are a few verses for your consideration – making sure you are open to the pruning and cultivation of your heart:

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God (Word of the coming Kingdom of our Lord – see Mt. 13).

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

 

 

September 20, 2011 Posted by | "Word of God", Ladies Bible Study Notes, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Parables, resurrection, salvation in the 7th Day | Leave a comment

Whew! I just about lost my momentum!

Hold on to your seats –  this could bore you and be too long.  Don’t let that happen!

A young man Bob worked with asked him, “How do you find a woman like that?”  At first I thought Bob was saying he was inquiring about finding a young woman (like me :-)), but in a day or two figured out he meant –How do you find an older woman like that to teach his younger wife?  This is a much more difficult question, I think.  I could make a list on how to choose a “virtuous” young woman, waiting for God to “bring it (her) to pass,” how to be in the proper places to have a choice, etc.  But where are the “older” women? 

First, let me say – There are such women out there today.  I have a FEW friends who qualify for this task.  But, this is a rarity, I admit.  The older woman needs to be one who “practices what she preaches.”  Like Paul, she needs to be able to say:  “Do, say, be, as I am.”  She needs to know, believe, and keep believing Paul’s gospel.    Obeying the Word of God – delivered especially to Paul, but is the theme of the whole Bible – is all-important and necessary.  And this is I think, where the older women fail the younger ones.  They don’t know the “Gospel of the Kingdom” – the coming 1,000 year reign of our Lord and it’s purpose – or don’t believe it, or don’t care, or – – – – whatever.  Actually, it is this doctrine that motivates my whole life.  My goal of desiring a “well done, thou good and full of faith that pleases me servant” at the Judgment Seat of Christ is the motivating force of my thoughts and actions.   And – Titus 2 is in the context of Paul’s gospel and the coming kingdom.  It has to do with HOPE. 

Dear girls, you know what hope is, don’t you?  Surely all of us have hoped – longed for – something, which may or may not happen.  I hope you won’t let your teachers tell you that “hope” and “faith” are the same thing.  They are not – in any language!  Please, be aware of this when listening to anyone.  I hear it over and over that the Blessed Hope is the sure return of our Lord.  It can’t be.  He IS returning -–and that is no hope.  But He has blessed me with the hope of sharing in His coming glory.   I may, or may not.  It is this “carrot” that the Lord dangles before my eyes that keeps me in His Word, desiring to learn what pleases Him.  I don’t know how Christian women – young or old – live without this hope.  There are so many disappointments, trials, drudgeries – even every-day living – we must go through.  I could not go on without this loving kindness of my Lord to give me a HOPE that all is working out for my good in the coming kingdom.  1John 3:3 – “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

So what is “Paul’s Gospel?”- which was also our Lord’s “gospel: – Hebrews 2:3: “ How shall we escape, neglecting so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, … was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him;” and  Rm. 15:8 – “ For I say that … Christ has become a minister of … circumcision for the truth of God, for the confirming of the promises of the fathers” – see also:  Jesus preached the same gospel.  We must agree with Jesus Christ:  (1Tim 6:3) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  (Matt 4:17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  (Matt 4:23) And Jesus went about allGalilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”

Are you motivated to do some study on your own, so as to be approved at the Judgment Seat?  I hope so!

Notice in Titus 1, verse 2 the words, “hope of eternal life” and in verse 3, Paul says this is the message with which he was entrusted. So, – hold on to your hats, girls:  See the word “eternal?”  There is no such word in the Greek!  The Greek word means, “having to do with an age – a particular period of time.”  There is no word for “eternal” in the Greek language.  Any student of the Bible can discover this.  I did years ago from The Companion Bible with notes by E. W. Bullinger and have since heard it also from my respected Bible teachers.  The Greek will express eternity with the words “ages upon the ages.”  When you see “eternal life” think “life in the coming age.”  I don’t have a version in my possession that properly translates the passages concerning the hope of life in the coming age.  I am fond of the ASV of 1901, however.  “Paul, a bondservant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge (“epi”) of the truth which is according to godliness, in hope of eternal (age-lasting) life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal; but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour.”        Titus 1:1-3

It behooves us to know and live “Paul’s gospel” because we will be judged by it!  “in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ.”  Romans 2:16   My space is shortening and I certainly want you to do your own studying.  I’ll give you some references to meditate upon and masticate:

 Romans 16:25-27- “my gospel”

Galatians 1:11, 12 – “the gospel preached by me”

All of Ephesians, but especially notice 1:4-14 about the “good news of our salvation” and 3:2-12 – “by revelation” he received this mystery of the “eternal purpose.”

2Cor. 4:3,4 – satan blinds those who do not believe the good news concerning the glory of Christ.

Colossians 1:23, 24 – Paul was made a minister of the “hope of the gospel.”

1 Tim. 1:11 – “according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.”

2 Tim. 2:7-12 – notice v.8, “according to my gospel” and v. 10, “the salvation which in is Christ Jesus with age-lasting glory” and that in v. 11 and 12 He can “deny us ruling and reigning with Him.”

 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Rm. 15:13 NAS

May 14, 2011 Posted by | "Word of God", on faith, Pages from my journal, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

Wisdom, contd…

According to Proverbs 2, you have to dig as if searching for hidden treasure. Besides, “Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Prov. 1:7b) (By the way, the word “despise” means to “just take lightly!”)

God speaks His Wisdom among those who are mature (1Cor. 2:6a) – a “wisdom not of this age – but God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory.” (1Cor. 2:6b-7)

In this passage, verses 9-16 of 1Corinthians 2, Paul is telling us – among a lot of other things – where wisdom is known and how.  He didn’t reveal it to our eyes, ears, or heart (v.9) –an indirect way – “But to us God revealed it through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.” (v.10) – but directly to our spirit –  “…that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6b

Wisdom can come to you indirectly through your soul – that’s the wisdom of the world and of humans that Paul speaks of – or it can come directly to your spirit.  You must be adept at discerning which is at work, for the human, worldly, wisdom of this age can appear deceivingly wise!  (Wisdom of this age is usually conceived in the mind by deducing or reasoning.)

It is our spirit that is “born from above” (Jn. 3:6).  Our soul has a salvation ready to be revealed at a later time (1Peter 1:9) The “born from above” spirit desires to rule the soul, teaching and leading the soul into all truth.  But the initial truth you must know is that your spirit and soul are divisible.

The premise upon which to study the Word of God:

  • God says what He means and means what He says – and says more than He says, using types, parables, figures of speech, history, and such like.
  • ALL that God has to say is in the Bible.  It is complete.  There will be no further revelations, visions, and dreams.
  • To know Christ you must know the Word.  He is the Word – made flesh.
  • There are no contradictions in the Scriptures.  Contradictions are misinterpretations!

April 20, 2011 Posted by | "Word of God", Pages from my journal, Precepts you must understand | 1 Comment

Wisdom…..

Been thinkin’ about how rare WISDOM is!  It is rarer than any jewel.  It is even ignored and ridiculed, much less sought after.  Was reading the other day in 1Kings about Solomon asking the Lord for wisdom and the response he got from the Lord.  Do you live by wisdom?  Do you know what it is and long for it, ask for it, look for it?  Would you recognize it if you did find it?  Would you sell all to have it?  What do you think is wisdom’s reward?  Does it even interest you?  What if we had based our daily living on wisdom ALL our lives, would we be where and what we are today?  (Hardly– hindsight is clearer vision than foresight.)

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He stores up sound wisdom for the upright….” (Prov. 2:6, 7a)  Read the 2nd chapter in Proverbs, especially verses 1 – 11  Gaining wisdom is hard work and means being “righteous” to begin with! (“Righteous” means being right with the Lord!  Actually, you can break the word down for its meaning to:  “right wiseness.”) We will never gain wisdom living our own way – only the Lord’s way, according to His Word.

Wisdom is revealed to our spirit, taught by the Holy Spirit in our spirits.  Now, most of you know that you have a spirit, just don’t equate it to your soul. You can have lots of soulical wisdom, and frankly, live rather well – in this age; but in the age to come, only spiritual wisdom will be of value.  It behooves us to discern between spirit wisdom and soulish wisdom!  You must know the doctrine of the separation of your soul and spirit in order to understand God’s wisdom.

I’m sounding dogmatic, aren’t I?  Well, no more dogmatic than God is in Hebrews 4:12“For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge (discern = tracing out & passing judgments on the mind) the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

April 19, 2011 Posted by | "Word of God", Pages from my journal, Thinkin' Out Loud | 1 Comment

How to Read the Bible: Eat This Book » A Holy Experience

How to Read the Bible: Eat This Book » A Holy Experience.

January 19, 2011 Posted by | "Word of God", How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Prayer | Leave a comment

Filling our plates with healthy doctrine……….

What Gospel Did the Lord Jesus Preach?………

 See 1 Timothy 6:3 –   “If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound (healthy) words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,”

 The Bible has recorded our Lord’s doctrine (teachings) very plainly.  Why, they hardly need any exposition.  However, His Words will be about the coming 1,000 year kingdom – which is literal.  It is interesting to me that in the Old Testament, kingdoms are literal and most people see them that way easily.  Then, they come to the New Testament………and explain our Lord’s kingdom away.

Why was our Lord sent from His Father’s throne?

Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”

 His preaching from the beginning?

Mr 1:1  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mr 1:14  And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,  1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Mt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Mt 4:23 ¶ And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

Lu 8:1 ¶ And it came about soon afterwards, that He began going about from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God; and the twelve were with Him,

Joh 6:68 Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.  (Better: age-lasting life, or kingdom life.)

 ALL OF THE ABOVE REFERENCES ARE IN AGREEMENT ABOUT THE GOSPEL.  OUR LORD WAS NOT CONFUSED ABOUT HIS PURPOSE OR HIS MESSAGE.

 His preaching at the end of His ministry?

Ac 1:3 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

                       “Interlude:”

I have just printed off the 76 verses that contain the phrase: “kingdom of God” and the 33 verses for “kingdom of heaven.”  They most definitely are interchangeable and literal. Here is the reason why:  Revelation 12:10 –  And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.

 Col 1:16  – “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created by Him and for Him.”(There are thrones, dominions, rulers, and authorities in the heavens – invisible, at present – as well as thrones, dominions, rulers, and authorities on earth – visible, at present.  ALL have been created by God for His Firstborn Son.  These constitute the Kingdom of God AND the Kingdom of the heavens.)  You must keep in mind that the invisible is just as literal as the visible! 

September 11, 2009 Posted by | "Word of God", Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal, Precepts you must understand | 1 Comment

Wanna’ come along?………

A friend and I are meditating upon, studying, and chewing the cud of the book of James in the New Testament.  It was the first epistle written to a particular group of people whom he calls “brethren” 19 times in 5 chapters.  (You can read down in my blogs to learn the significance of the word “brethren.”)   And, why did I use the term “chewing the cud?”  My friend reminded me of it yesterday.   The cow was a “clean” animal in God’s instructions to the Jews.  Cows can be observed grazing, and then standing or lying down as they chew the cud.  They bring back up what they had grazed and chew it again.  This is an excellent method of Bible study!  Approaching the Throne of Grace (and all that means), utilizing 1 John 1:9 (confessing and applying the blood for cleansing), and washing in the water of the Word, we can graze in James by reading all of it in one sitting and “chew the cud” as we dust, prepare meals for our family, vacuum, etc.  Ahhhhh….the blessings awaiting the mom/wife who “keeps” the home.  She does not fill up God’s gift of time with anything that crowds out or hinders her high calling.

We have just begun our adventure in James.  Wanna’ come along?  Read it through (in a clean, unmarked Bible, if you can – I can’t!) in one sitting several times.  Do this until the main themes begin to become apparent.  Read chapter 1 and skip to chapter 5.  This gives you the opening statements and the summary statements.  How do they compare/differ?  During this phase, I read different translations.  Caution here.  I have many Bibles and translations available to me and I still only use a few:  New American Standard is my reading Bible of choice.  It is a “rhema” type of translation.  (Click on “rhema” in the right column of this blog  if you need the definition of “rhema.”)  A word for word translation, also, is the King James Version.  The New International version is a thought for thought version – see “logos” in margin.  Read the Amplyfied, Vincent, Vine’s or Young’s literal translation.  Yet, I am not sure you need to do this at all.  It’s just me.  So, read the KJV or NAS all the way through James – often.

Now, the fun part!  Get out your colored pencils.  Choose different colors for different themes.  For instance: when I look at chapter two, “faith” or “believe” pops out in red.  Chapter one, has the word, “hear,” done this way; chapter three, “wise,” “wisdom” pop out.  And, chapter four, “humble.”

Enough – already!   I’ll bring ya’ll along every now and then in our study.  Expect interruptions!  The world, the flesh, and the devil do not want you to study to be approved by God – the  alternative:  no study, no approval!

August 2, 2009 Posted by | "Brethren", "Word of God", James, on faith, Pages from my journal, Who is my Family? | Leave a comment

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