Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fwd: Verse of the Day: 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Verse of the Day for Sunday September 6th, 2015:

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. — 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Thoughts on Today's Verse....

What's your ambition? I don't know about you, but I'm not so sure I could say my ambition is to "live a quiet life ...." But when I hear the reason for that directive, I understand. So many people I meet are frazzled, run down, and exhausted with all their "busy-ness." So let's make a commitment to cycle down a little, trust God more and more each day, and seek to live a life that wins the respect of those around us!

My Prayer...

O precious and righteous Father, I need your help to learn to slow down and tend to my own responsibilities instead of running around out of control and without purpose. Please grant me not only the wisdom that I have been praying for, but also the patience and quietude that I need for that wisdom to change my heart and mind. In Jesus' name I ask it. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

God Shows No Partiality

(Galatians 2: 6-10)

Paul was not in awe of those who seemed to be "pillars" (James, Peter, and John) because Paul knew that, literally, "God does not receive the face of man." In other words, God is not influenced by the status some people have in the eyes of others. We show that Galatians 2:7 is often misinterpreted to mean that there is more than one gospel. It actually says that there is one gospel but in the case of Paul and Peter, two audiences. We discuss how important it is to remember the poor, particularly caring for one another in the body of Christ. We emphasize the universal call of the gospel, showing that the doctrine of election does not negate the universal call or the truth that God does not show partiality. We teach the importance of the church understanding herself as the family of God, showing honor particularly to those members who seem (in the eyes of man) to be less important.

-Bob DeWaay

Food for your soul

Deuteronomy 11:13, Psalm 139:12, 1 Peter 1:25, Exodus 34:10, John 1:4, 1 John 1:7, Psalm 51:7, Psalm 23:4: