Sunday, May 31, 2009

Central Theme of the Bible

Do you know the central theme of the Bible if anyone asked you?
Do you know the theme that runs through every book and section in the Holy Bible?
Well, here it is, from the New International Version of the Bible.

Monday, June 1, 2009: Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
What is the common denominator in every book of the Bible? Mankind sins: we do things that are not right even by our own standards, leave alone God’s standard.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009: Romans 6:23a
For the wages of sin [is] death;
What can you expect as the right salary for your sin? Eternal separation from God.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009: Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
How do we erase our sins? We can’t; God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to bear our punishment.

Thursday, June 4, 2009: Romans 6:23b
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So what procedure do we use to erase our sin? We accept the gift proffered by God.

Friday, June 5, 2009: Romans 10:9
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Do we reach out our hand to take this gift? We reach out the hand of our faith and believe that God raised Jesus Christ after His payment. We declare Him as our Lord.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Tuesday, May 26, 2009: Hebrews 4:2–3
For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
“So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’”
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
What does a lack of faith prevent us from entering? The unbeliever is prevented from entering the rest of God.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009: John 17:3–4
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
What is the work that Christ finished in these verses? Eternal life is knowing God through the Son.

Thursday, May 28, 2009: John 19:30
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
How did Christ die? He gave up His life of His own will.

Friday, May 29, 2009: 2 Timothy 4:7–8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
What does Paul say he has finished in his life? Paul declares his fight, race and keeping the faith as finished.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Mind and Thinking

Monday, May 18, 2009: Romans 12:3
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
What is the Biblical measure of how highly you should think of yourself? Our faith is the measure of ourselves: but faith is belief in Christ Jesus, not our own ability!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009: Philippians 3:18–19
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.
If you are not an enemy of Christ, how can you then walk as His enemy? We do so by NOT looking at Him but on the things of this world.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009: Philippians 2:5–8
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
How can the mind of Christ be in us? By taking the place of a servant, whatever the cost.

Thursday, May 21, 2009: Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
What is the difference between transforming your mind and your body? The former passes the inspection of God; the latter, of men.

Friday, May 22, 2009: 2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Can you be of one mind with another if you are inflexible? NO.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Monday, May 11, 2009: 1 Corinthians 11:30–32
For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
Why does God allow illness? If we don’t discipline ourselves, God has to, as a loving father.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009: Hebrews 12:9–10
Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
Do fathers discipline their children for the child’s profit? No, not always: fathers have a tendency to provoke their children.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009: Hebrews 12:11
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
If discipline is for our own good when sent from above, why do we whine? We want everything to be perfect for us even though we are imperfect and in need of correction.

Thursday, May 14, 2009: Luke 23:20–22
Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”
Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”
What should the person applying discipline be mindful of? Fairness.

Friday, May 15, 2009: Romans 2:20–21
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?
Why should we look at ourselves first before we discipline others? We might have the same uncorrected faults.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Monday, May 4, 2009: James 1:21
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Road rage is loosing your temper while driving a dangerous weapon: is weakness the opposite? No, meekness (not weakness) is the opposite and it is keeping a tight control on your temper.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009: Galatians 6:1
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
Do we use gentleness to correct faults of peers and subordinates? We should, considering the fact that the one being corrected often sees us doing the same thing.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009: 1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
Instead of telling others that they are sinners, what does this verse suggest? Meekly tell how your sins were forgiven.

Thursday, May 7, 2009: James 3:17
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Does willingness to yield show when you speak to others? If it does, it will diffuse most confrontations.

Friday, May 8, 2009: Proverbs 15:1–2
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
A soft answer is good but is there such a thing as a soft question? Yes, there is. But we must practice this often.