Jude 1: 17-23…. But for the faithful…

But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faithContinue reading “Jude 1: 17-23…. But for the faithful…”

Titus 2: 1-6….The new culture.

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behaviour, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young womenContinue reading “Titus 2: 1-6….The new culture.”

Titus 1: 12-16…A national characteristic well known

One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. To the pure, allContinue reading “Titus 1: 12-16…A national characteristic well known”

1 Samuel 14 :21-27….Enlightened eyes.

Now the Hebrews who had been with the Philistines before that time and who had gone up with them into the camp, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. Likewise, when all the men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim heardContinue reading “1 Samuel 14 :21-27….Enlightened eyes.”

1 Peter 5: 6-11….The devil at work.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowingContinue reading “1 Peter 5: 6-11….The devil at work.”

1 Peter 5: 1-5….To the leaders.

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; notContinue reading “1 Peter 5: 1-5….To the leaders.”

1Peter 4: 12-19…Suffering as a Christian.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ,Continue reading “1Peter 4: 12-19…Suffering as a Christian.”

1 Peter 4: 7-11….Looking to the future.

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewardsContinue reading “1 Peter 4: 7-11….Looking to the future.”

1 Peter 3: 8-12…. The absolute basics of Christian community.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For“Whoever desires to love lifeand see good days,let him keepContinue reading “1 Peter 3: 8-12…. The absolute basics of Christian community.”

1 Samuel 12: 1-5…. Samuel is still the priest but no longer in charge.

And Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have obeyed your voice in all that you have said to me and have made a king over you. And now, behold, the king walks before you, and I am old and grey; and behold, my sons are with you. I have walked before you from myContinue reading “1 Samuel 12: 1-5…. Samuel is still the priest but no longer in charge.”