Acts 6: 8-14….. The opposition shows its hand.

And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. But theyContinue reading “Acts 6: 8-14….. The opposition shows its hand.”

Psalm 37: 16-24…..Comparisons.

Better is the little that the righteous hasthan the abundance of many wicked. Why is this so?For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,but the LORD upholds the righteous. Because God is definitely on the side of the good man or woman!The LORD knows the days of the blameless,and their heritage will remain forever;theyContinue reading “Psalm 37: 16-24…..Comparisons.”

Psalm 37: 8-15…..Jumbled thoughts!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.For the evildoers shall be cut off,but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.But the meek shall inherit theContinue reading “Psalm 37: 8-15…..Jumbled thoughts!”

Psalm 37: 1-7…..Simply trusting.

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;be not envious of wrongdoers!For they will soon fade like the grassand wither like the green herb.Trust in the LORD, and do good;dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.Delight yourself in the LORD,and he will give you the desires of your heart.Commit your way to the LORD;trust in him, andContinue reading “Psalm 37: 1-7…..Simply trusting.”

Acts 6: 1-7….. Organizing the masses.

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word ofContinue reading “Acts 6: 1-7….. Organizing the masses.”

Psalm 35: 1-6…. Please deal with my enemies!

Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;fight against those who fight against me!Take hold of shield and bucklerand rise for my help!Draw the spear and javelinagainst my pursuers!Say to my soul,“I am your salvation!”Let them be put to shame and dishonourwho seek after my life!Let them be turned back and disappointedwho devise evilContinue reading “Psalm 35: 1-6…. Please deal with my enemies!”

Acts 5: 1-11….Not about giving but lying (pt2)

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie toContinue reading “Acts 5: 1-11….Not about giving but lying (pt2)”

Psalm 31: 11-18…..Belief doesn’t assure no problems!

Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,especially to my neighbours,and an object of dread to my acquaintances;those who see me in the street flee from me.I have been forgotten like one who is dead;I have become like a broken vessel.For I hear the whispering of many—terror on every side!—as they scheme togetherContinue reading “Psalm 31: 11-18…..Belief doesn’t assure no problems!”

2 Peter 1: 12-14…. Forgive me, but I won’t shut up!

Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will beContinue reading “2 Peter 1: 12-14…. Forgive me, but I won’t shut up!”

2 Peter 1: 5-11….Is effort involved?

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective orContinue reading “2 Peter 1: 5-11….Is effort involved?”