Psalm 1 is the introduction to all the 150 psalms. The psalmist contrasts the fate of the righteous with the fate of the wicked.
In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus suffered unimaginable agony, sorrow, and anxiety. He wrestled with yielding to God's will. His first drops of blood were shed there. And the disciples slept through their own battle.
With the extreme sufferings of Paul the Apostle, it's mind-boggling to witness his extreme gratitude. Could there ever be a greater example to us of a life of gratitude?
Over years of reading and studying the Bible, Rev. Margaret Minnicks has compiled a simplified way of understanding the Bible. Read and try her methods and you will also understand the Bible.
People boast about affiliations, crimes, good deeds, possibilities, self-indulgences, wisdom, power and wealth. These are the areas in which the following six Bible verses counsel us not to boast.
Over my long life, I have asked God some profound questions. Every single time, God has given me some profound answers.
Some people say they don't know how to pray. Prayer is simply communicating with God. If people can talk, then they can talk to God.
In order to understand the Bible, you must read the Bible, and you must read it daily. Then as you read the Bible you will begin to understand it.
It is worth hearing what Solomon, husband to many, has to say about women. His objective is to share insight and wisdom to young men, but women also benefit when they read what men say about them.
An article addressing the challenge presented by Jesus' words “unless you forgive each other from your heart.”
Do we long for our heavenly home? Why then do we frighten each other with so many WhatsApp texts highlighting distress and disasters? Why not send messages confirming our joy and inviting others to get ready?
God instituted friendship, find out how these verses can help you to overcome the many pitfalls of friendship.
God is never far away. However, you might feel that He is. So, what do you do when it seems that God is far away?
The Bible addresses topics about things that will help people live a righteous life including the subject of lying. So, what does the Bible say about lying?
You may be in a church where giving honor to the pastor is being talked about more than glorifying the Lord. There are ways you can know for sure.
Ecclesiastes is a book from the Old Testament. King Solomon is named as the author according to Jewish tradition. Here are some notable Bible verses from the Ecclesiastes and the lessons that we can learn from it. These are reflections on the teachings of the Teacher as he shared his wisdom.
If you can no longer receive from preachers that you previously enjoyed listening to, it’s not your imagination. Many who started on Christ are now focused on themselves.
The book of Ecclesiastes mentions six habits which are similar to chasing the wind. As we read them, let's take inventory of our attitudes and habits and try to avoid those which are meaningless.
The Bible addresses many topics. However, there are some things the Bible is silent about, and there are some topics the Bible says very little about. So, what does the Bible say about gambling, betting, and the lottery?
Albert Einstein said, "Nothing happens until something moves." Others have said the same things in different ways. The Bible is full of examples that explain the quote really means.
My father died before I was old enough to remember him, but in that moment, my heart embraced him with all the strength it had. I had benefited from his legacy of kindness. He was real and unforgettable!
The story of Dinah causes anger especially in women and encourages them to speak out on behalf of the many abused women in different cultures. Her rape and her silence are evidences of injustice.
A lot of people don't realize that there are two separate feeding miracles in the gospels. There is the feeding of the five thousand in Jewish territory and the feeding of the four thousand in Gentile territory.
Where religion gets it wrong is the idea that God created the world for the purpose of Judgment. God judges the world, but that doesn’t mean the reason for creation was to see which humans can pass a test.
Most people love receiving blessings from God. Did you know God gives two kinds of blessings? Do you know what they are?
The Creation Story in Genesis 1 is one of the most recognizable passages in the Bible. It is told in Sunday school and illustrated in picture books. But is the story of Creation important for understanding the rest of the Bible? (Part One)
Guardian Angels communicate with us on many ways. One way is through numbers. My numbers are: 444, 0414, 0404, 1414 and all other combination of these numbers.
Genuine praise seeks expression. Singing, shouting or dancing can happen whenever and wherever we take time to count our blessings. Let's worry less, praise more and include the dance.
Many people pray long and hard for a blessing because that's what they have always done. However, the Bible teaches us to do something else instead.
What is the "Love Is" poem? In this article you can read the selection, find out where it's from, get the context, and discover some complementary readings.
The "I am" statements of Jesus are listed as they are recorded in the Gospel of John. They are explained why Jesus used particular metaphors to emphasize who He was.
Today’s Church is fractured. There are many different denominations who dislike each other. Christians today seemingly become divided over the smallest of theological differences. So how do we fix this?
Psalm 150 is the last of the psalms in the Bible. There is much to say about the chapter consisting of only 6 verses.
Almost anything goes on in churches these days. However, there are some things that everyone should know about church etiquette.
Few prayers are better known than the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis The harmonious prayer serves as a reminder for humility and gratefulness during times of joy and rest and solace during times of sadness.
The Apostle Paul gave instructions for teaching the old congregants. The following brief profiles, with relevant applications for the old man and woman, are based on what he asked Titus to teach them.
Before we assume that we would rather not deal with enemies, be assured that there is a place for enemies in our lives. See why praying for them can enhance our character.
There is a multitude of places to go, things to do, and people to see. However, there are only twenty-four hours in a day. Here is an assessment of what things should be put first on our priority schedules.
This article will discuss the reason why Joseph's brother Judah's story interrupts the Joseph narrative following the sale of Joseph to slave traders. It will be shown how God preserves a lineage for the promised Messiah to come through despite opposition and disobedience.
Here are fifteen quotes from Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, the Philippians, the Colossians and Philemon which can bring encouragement to those who are still imprisoned literally or otherwise.
Why shouldn't Christians fear ghosts or demons? In this article, I provide verses about these topics along with the true story of a witch, saint Comba.
It is not unusual for someone to call your name to get your attention. However, it means something entirely different when God called someone's name in the Bible twice to get their attention. It happened only ten times. READ MORE!
Psalm 23 is the best known and most popular of all the psalms. Many people know this psalm by heart. The psalm is loved by Jews and Christians alike, speaking as it does of God’s protection and care.
Some churches set aside a time during a service for people to give a testimony. Unfortunately, there is no format or guidelines for the speakers to use. Some testimonies end up being everything except what they were intended to be.
Philippians is written by Paul around A.D. 61, during his imprisonment in Rome. It is said to be the happiest part of the Bible, yet it is made in prison. What does Philippians tells us? What can we learn from it especially in times of crisis? What is the message that we can study from it?
While the term black sheep is typically used in families, you might be interested to know that it is also used in companies, churches, and other organizations where there is one member whose behavior is different from the majority especially if that behavior seems to jeopardize the group's image.
In such a time as this, with all uncertainties in life there is one God who protects and empowers us with His unfailing love. May we find that promise fulfilled in His word unfailing as we heed to His calling. Jesus saves!
The word 'Amen' is overused because some people have a habit of saying 'Amen' to everything. Therefore, nothing stands out.
This article gives thirteen Bible verses about birds, and it provides data about old and recent religions' views of feathered creatures.
Study of Salvation based on The Forgotten Books of Eden. Why God devised a divine plan of salvation. Many do not know that God taught Adam about what would happen in a future redemption plan.
The Bible records the stories of several women who were barren. That list includes Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah in the Old Testament and Elizabeth in the New Testament. Here is Hannah's story.
Every day is a new day to begin again. It is a great time to do something special to make the world better. Don't waste your new day!
Mother's day is on May 13, and preachers will deliver messages about biblical mothers. Some might even consider preaching about the characteristics of godly mothers.
This article looks at business from a Christian perspective.Is business based on Christian principles or not?
Every disciple of Christ has a bank account in heaven. It is unlike bank accounts here on earth, but you can deposit into it and make withdrawals while on earth.
"And Can It Be That I Should Gain" is a Methodist hymn penned by Charles Wesley. It expresses Charles Wesley's full assurance of salvation in Christ Jesus which occurred at the mechanic shop of a poor man called John Bray on May 21, 1738, which was a Pentecost Sunday.
It is not uncommon for disciples of Christ to use scriptures out of context. This article addresses a scripture that is used wrong more often then it is used correctly.
“For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?” (Gen 30:30)
Here are six great Bible verses which will help us improve your judging skills. They are necessary especially for those whose opinion is often sought by relatives and friends who trust their judgment.
As often as possible, let’s get closer for quality time with God so we can mature into the vessels He designed us to be for His purpose. The benefit is a win-win improvement for us and for His kingdom.
Most Bible scholars overlook this, but Psalm 27 has two distinct parts. It is interesting to learn about these two parts and what is in each part.
Best-selling author Richard J. Foster covers 21 types of prayers in his book, "Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home." It is an easy read and is an excellent resource for those who are interesting in learning the names of the prayers and how to pray them.
The Bible neither forbids not condones cremation. That is one of those subjects that the Bible is silent about.
There are five good reasons to stop telling ourselves and other victims of suffering that God will never give us more than we can bear. Our well-intentioned message could be faulty and damaging.
One quick search will not yield all we need or all we can get to improve our lives. It takes time. Is the intensity of our desire to find reflected in the intensity of our search?
There are many reasons not to worry, but people worry anyway. Here are some reasons the Bible tells us why we should not worry.
Have you ever wondered why some verses in different Bible versions read so differently? Which versions are the most accurate? Does it matter which version I read? Here are the anwers to these questions.
There are opportunities all around us if we would only recognize them as such. Look around you and see what opportunies abound.
These Bible quotes have the potential to pull the victim’s thoughts away from self-pity toward self-empowerment. They petition divine protection, promise divine favor and counsel against retaliation.
Paul continues his practical instructions for a person who has been saved by grace through faith by instructing us on how we need to view and act toward the government that He has ordained. We must obey because it has been placed there for our good. And we must obey because God wants us to do so.
Many people are familiar with the scripture that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." While it might be confusing to some, there is a simple explanation of what Paul meant.
The testimony is personal.It doesn’t begin with “Some people” or "We have to.” It is a simple declaration of faith (evidence) which encourages both the speaker and the listener to thrive.What's yours?
One of the most remarkable things about this story is not the battle between the shepherd and giant, but the purity of David’s confidence in God’s help.
"Love" and "hate" in each Bible quote emphasize the contrasts, which illustrate the different meanings of the words. The final section encourages self-assessment for love and hatred in our actions.
You probably know that God gave hard assignments to His prophets and other faithful people in the Bible. Read about them so you will know what to do when God gives you a hard assignment.
Many people think there is a “this too shall pass” Bible Verse, but this quote does not come from the Bible. List of commonly mistaken “Bible” quotes. God Helps Those Who Help Themselves "Bible Verse". Cleanliness is Next to Godliness "Bible Verse". Money is the Root of All Evil "Bible Verse".
There are so many little things in the Bible with big meanings. We would be wise to pay attention to them.
"However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts." (John Calvin) This can be your personal experience.
Some people get angry with God often. Then they feel guilty about it. So, what does the Bible say about being angry with God?
Heaven is on my mind every single day because heaven is my true home. I look forward to spending eternity there for several reasons.
A lot of people struggle all their lives to become rich and accumulate wealth. The more they have, the more they want to have. Learn what the Bible says about wealth.
Is God like my father? See life through my little girls eyes and the terror of living with a raging Dad. Then learn how I came to know God as my All in All and Jesus His son as my Savior and Lord.
Paul has spent 11 chapters telling us about the Gospel, the good news of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Now he gets practical in telling us that, in the light of God's mercy, we should be living sacrifices to Him and transform our minds to do His will.
Fate refers to uncontrollable events. Many believe that a supernatural power determines those events. "As fate would have it," is a term often used to describe life events.
We have choices about how we decide to deal with life events. We can walk in fear, or we can walk in faith. I choose faith.
There are many different ways to experience the presence of God. God wants people to come into His presence. This can happen through the practice of spiritual disciplines.
The Bible gives commands about a lot of topics including the words we speak. So, what does the Bible say about our speech?
The Bible says we should love our enemies. Have you ever wondered why God commands us to love those who mistreat us and seek to do us harm?
The Bible is full of examples of fathers and also gives instructions on how to raise their children. Here we will look at fathers that failed.
The author whether Romans 9 teaches unconditional election in light of God's election of Jacob and rejection of Esau.
A guilty conscience can make us miserable. But that's exactly what God intends! Here's how to handle it when your conscience won't let you alone.
It is amazing the number of people who do not have peace with God. They search for it most of their lives, but it escapes them. If that is you, perhaps you are looking in all the wrong places. There are some definite steps to take to have peace with God. READ MORE...
Like Sharach, Meshach and Abednego of old, we are called as Christians to an uncompromising faith in a world that is no friend of God.
In the stories cited here, the children became illustrations in Jesus' lessons on five major Kingdom characteristics (mentioned in no particular order): humility, giving, prayer, inclusion and trust.
The Bible is the Christian instruction book for righteous living. Some people seek to get revenge on those who have wronged them. However, the Bible has something different to say about getting even.
In the genealogy of Jesus, five women are listed, suggesting their significance in a system which considered them insignificant; four of them add serious disgrace to the theme of God’s marvelous grace. One's different.
When our hearts have hardened and our devotion turns to idols, God calls us to break up the fallow ground of our hearts.
The Land of Promise Our inheritance has been promised to us from God and just as He promised Moses to deliver his people from Egypt and take them into a land that was flowing with milk and honey, the same is true for us today. Children of God this...
The Tribe of Dan, Simon Magnus, and St. Longinus' interaction with Jesus Christ are discussed in this article.
Psalms is a popular book of the Bible. It is not to be studied like other books. The book of Psalms is easy to understand when you know some background information instead of trying to interpret what the psalmists said thousands of years ago.
God wants us to give up something in order to get something of greater value. For instance, we give up our sinful ways for a righteous life. The Bible is full of examples of people who gave up something to please God.
All four gospels record the resurrection of Jesus. There are many lessons to be learned from that most sacred act.
God’s instructions are not just for our heads to increase our knowledge, to boost our posture of enlightenment, to give us more theories to discuss. God’s light is a practical guide for our walk.
In the previous articles, we discussed the Deity of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of the Trinity and the roles of the Trinity in Salvation. In this article, we will look at the Trinty and Prayer.
We do not know her name. All we know is that she was a captured Israelite, serving as a maid. Yet, even as we wonder about her identity, we see her great influence over those with outstanding identity.
There are a few times a year when church attendance with family or relatives prompts thoughts of joining or returning to regular worship. Ten practical reasons for joining a church are suggested.
There are many religions in the world. No matter which religion a person chooses, all religions have some of the same things in common. What are some of those things?
This article features nine Bible verses about compassion and love, including actions by Jesus Christ. I've included what some other religions say about compassion along with examples of compassionate deeds.
People can walk in divine favor. Even so, it does not come automatically. There are some things to do to participate in your own blessings.
This article has been written with a purpose to demonstrate the genuine face of Islam, and to clarify the misunderstandings of the modern world regarding the Islamic faith. It is the result of a chain of events that has polluted the sacred reputation of the religion of peace - Islam.
1 John 4:8 - "Beloved, let us love one another . . . he who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
This article will help beginners in Bible study understand chapters 26-27 of The Book of Exodus from the Bible.
To nurture their desire for success, here are six great Bible verses students can adopt as guiding principles throughout the year. Even younger students can benefit if someone reads and explains them.
It is challenging to live spiritually in a not so spiritual world, but it can be done if you follow a few steps. READ MORE!
The quotes are subdivided as Paul might have focused:(1) graduation celebration (2) counsel on entering the workforce (3) counsel for those called to church ministry (4) exhortation to pursue purpose.
Prayer is an awe-inspiring conversation between a human being and his most profound parent. Here is an excellent way to talk to the Father and Head of It All.
COVID-19 reminds us of the wind in Peter's story. Trying to escape the threat of death on the sea of Galilee, he encountered heavy waves which made him panic, but the real danger was in the wind.
PSALM 91 is one of trust and confidence in God. Some people say Psalm 91 is the Christian’s Emergency Psalm for the Christians who trust God exclusively.
People pray and by faith they believe their prayers will be answered. When our prayers are not answered, we often wonder if it is our fault that God is silent. There are some conditions for answered prayers.
The English language is full of idioms, euphemisms, and various sayings that come from the Bible and we don't even know it. Check it out!
When any church leader operates in a manner that ritualistically removes your ability to operate by free will you are being mistreated.
There are three attributes ascribed to God and only to God. They are omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Each one is different. So, how are the different?
When our children ask for more help than we can afford, we may forget that our needs are met from God's supply which is available to us. The poem and promises remind us that God has more than enough.
May these Bible verses inspire you to live your best life ever. May they bring you closer to God, help to keep you on the right track and transform you into who God has purposed you to be.
This article takes a look at the best way to smack the ugly face of procrastination with the spirit-empowering Word of God.
A lot of Christians are waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. While it will be the second coming, the Bible speaks of three comings of Jesus. This article explains in detail.
Stewardship involves giving time, talent, and treasure at church. Members may find it difficult to balance life obligations and church commitments. Prayer and sacrifice are needed to strike a balance.
One of the greatest accomplishments in life is to fulfill God's will in our ministry. We do this by prayerfully desiring to make plans, allowing for God's changes, helping the physical needs of those to whom we minister and by bathing our ministry in the prayers of the saints.
The image of the sheep on God's shoulder is the image of rescue and restoration for both the church member and and the churchless. God sees beyond attendance and abstinence; He looks at the heart.
When tragedy happens, there has been a growing trend in Christianity. The expression "It is a God problem" implies that communities who do not follow Christian Law will suffer. Is America suffering because of this? Or is our obsessive culture of always needing to be right distorting our thinking?
Almost everyone has had regrets, but not many people know what the Bible says about regrets. Be informed and learn what regrets are and how to deal with them in the biblical way.
There are many sayings that people say are in the Bible and as a result live by them. As a result they sometimes act in a way contradictory to the word of God.
Years ago Oprah Winfrey came up with a column in her magazine about things she knows for sure. You don't have to be a television mogul to know some things for sure. READ what I know for sure and wish you knew them as well!
The Christian faith requires us to answer the same question God asked Adam in the beginning. In relation to God and, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, 'where are we'?
Despair is no stranger to Christians. We sometimes lack the awareness to see God in the gloom. We may choose to give up, but we can also choose to get up from "under" to "above" the circumstances.
We usually plan our thanksgiving for the end of the journey. Meanwhile, we neglect to say thanks for the little steps leading up to the outcome. Why not say thanks for every little piece of progress?
These Bible fathers present parenting habits that are worthy of imitation. Other fathers will be inspired to adopt them in their efforts to become the proactive parents their children need.
Throughout the pages of the Bible, the word "bread" is mentioned. Bread is used to provide physical nourishment as well as a symbol for spiritual satisfaction.
It is very easy to move from the natural realm to the spiritual realm to have a better relationship with God. Here are four things you can do to enter into the spiritual realm.
The fall of Jericho and the violence in the Old Testament can be troubling for some readers. Did God really order a Holy War?
The Best Man rises to give his wedding toast, and addressing his friend the Groom, he smiles as he warns: “Drink water from your own cistern and running water from your own well.” What does that mean?
There is a very big difference between grace and mercy. The words should not be used interchangeably.
God loves to hear His own words repeated back to Him. Try praying the scriptures as a way to get closer to God.
The betrayal of Judas, a trusted disciple, led to the capture, crucifixion, and death of Jesus. Many have wondered if Judas had a choice in the matter, or if predestination caused him to commit the betrayal that would forever change humanity.
It can be tough holding on to God when life gets overwhelming, but it’s possible. With God’s strength, not only will you hold on to God in difficult times, but you will endure and overcome through faith every hardship that comes your way. To inspire you, here are 8 Bible verses about strength.
Meeting the challenge of sincerely praying for people who have hurt you so badly you are tempted to hate. By Sylvia Sky.
Many people find it strange that on the cross when Jesus was dying, He entrusted His mother to His disciple John instead of to His family. The answer is not as farfetched as one would think.
The word "awesome" should be reserved for only God. Chocolate ice cream and God should not be described the same way.
While we may struggle to forget the betrayal, disappointment, and humiliation caused by offenses, we want to remember the positive effects of forgiveness which can empower us to move forward.
Millions of people drink alcoholic beverages in the form of beer, wine, or liquor. What does the Bible say about drinking?
My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge, but now let’s even go on further and see what he’s actually saying is. He says because you have rejected knowledge. So now we know that it wasn’t a lack of knowledge. In the sense, the knowledge was available. But you rejected that knowledge.
When circumstances throw us down and we can't keep up, God can help us catch up. With just a minimal ray of hope, we can cry out for help. He is able to restore our souls and remedy our situations.
Trust signifies a firm belief in the ability, truth, strength, or reliability of someone or something. Here is an examination of trust.
The Bible teaches us to love our enemies. So, what happens when we love our enemies and what happens when we don't love our enemies?
Jesus says Christians are the salt of the earth. However, if the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled by men, according to Matthew 5:13.
Understanding the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives as believers is very crucial. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, faithfulness, meekness and temperance. Against such there is no law.
You may be doing everything that others say a Christian should do but are you really pleasing the Lord?
Just because Jezebel was evil, she is not included in many sermons or talked about very often. The Bible uses examples of what not to do as well as what to do. Therefore, there are some lessons to learn from the life of Jezebel.
What if we accept our children as our most precious gifts from God? Would we chase away the bad one saying that he is more than we can handle? Would we credit our genes for the success of the smart one?
God's discipline demonstrates His love, His concern and His mercy. It's His way of telling us that He can reach us wherever we are to teach us what we need to learn. It's His offer of a second chance.
Based on the Scriptures there are baby Christians and grown Christians. The term baby Christian is usually used as an allowance for sin, but does the Bible mean that it is or was the term used to demonstrate the importance of guidance and mentoring in the lives of young Christians?
The Old Testament of the Bible is filled with many interesting and awesome stories. In their quest to take over and settle in God's promised land of Canaan, the Israelites had many battles. The Battle of Jericho, Samson and Delilah, and David and Goliath are described in this article.
Psalm 137 is a lament. The psalmist wrote the short psalm of only 9 verses about God's chosen people while they were in exile in Babylon. That happened a very long time ago, but the life applications are appropriate for us today.
When you study the bible scriptures, you might find similarities between King David's life and your own that you didn't know existed. There are several things we can learn from this famous king.
Pop culture has introduced a new fad in the church where believers read from sheets of paper or from big screens. This is not what the Bible teaches and may hinder the answer to prayer.
God is our Creator. Sometimes he allows pieces of our lives to fall apart. When we entrust ourselves to Him, He will put all the pieces of our lives back together, either now or in eternity.
Most people know what the late Aretha Franklin sang about "respect." Find out what the Bible says about "respect."
Those who accept Christ’s miraculous birth, exemplary life and sacrificial death experience humanly impossible changes made possible by His grace.Nothing is impossible.This is comprehensive assurance.
In Psalm 27, David begs his soul to wait patiently on the Lord, and to be brave about it. What does bravery have to do with waiting?
It is very true that a prophet is not accepted in his own hometown. Jesus was a good example of that. Like Jesus, some messengers of God are not accepted by their own families today.
Some people use the words "prophet" and "priest" interchangeably. However, the two titles have different meanings and characteristics.