Grace from God toward us – unmerited favor, getting favor we do not deserve

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God

Grace from us toward God – To dignify or raise by act of favor; to honor

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.


Colossians 3:12-14 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;


  1. Ceasing; pausing; withholding from action; exercising patience and indulgence.
  2. adjective Patient; long suffering.

Proverbs 24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.


Five Fools in the Eyes of Jesus Christ
1. The Careless Fool – Mt 7:24-27
2. The Hypocritical Fool – Mt 23:17-19
3. The Sleeping Fool – Mt 25:1-8
4. The Materialistic Fool – Luke 12:16-20
5. The Unbelieving Fool – Luke 24:25

Flee, Follow, and Fight I Tim. 6:1-12
1. Flee like a saint – 1 Tim 6:11; 2 Tim 2:22
2. Follow like a servant – 6:11; Luke 9:23
3. Fight like a soldier – 6:12; II Tim. 2:3-4

Why Christians Do Not Understand the Bible Hos. 4:6; Mat. 22:29
1. Some do not believe it – Luke 24:25-27; Heb. 3:18-19
2. Some lack a desire to learn – I Pet. 2:2
3. Some are too lazy to study – II Tim. 2:15

Are You Keeping God’s Words? II Chron. 34:21
1. Are you keeping them in your heart? Psalm 119:11
2. Are you keeping them in your mouth? Psalm 119:43
3. Are you keeping them in your ears? John 8:47
4. Are you keeping them in your hands? Psalm 149:6; Heb. 4:1:12

The Christian Life – 2 Corinthians 5:17
1. Living IN Christ is Salvation – Eph. 2:10; I Cor. 15:22
2. Living WITH Christ is Fellowship – I John 1:1-10
3. Living BY Christ is Fruit-bearing – John 15:5; I Cor. 3:6-7
4. Living FOR Christ is SERVICE – I Cor. 3:13

Our Command to Stand Eph. 6:10-19
1. A Test of Our Character – I Sam. 12:24 Gen. 18:17-19
2. A Test of Our Strength – Prov. 24:10
3. A Test of Our Courage – Josh. 1:8-9
4. A Test of Our Love – John 14:15

II Kings 8 Edom (Descendant of Esau) is picture of the flesh which is illustrated here. It has 4 qualities we should recognize:
1. Edom’s Revolt – 2 Kings 8:20-22
2. Edom’s King – 2 Kings 8:20
3. Edom’s Fight – 2 Kings 8:21
4. Edom’s Flight – 2 Kings 8:21

4 Kinds of Eyes to Watch Out For That is Found in Proverbs 30
1. Lofty Eyes – Proverbs 30:13
2. Lifted Up Eyes – Proverbs 30:13
3. Filthy Eyes – Proverbs 30:12
4. Mocking Eyes – Proverbs 30:17

2 Kings 6 Illustrates 5 Characteristics of The World
1. Are Besieged and Starving – 2 Kings 6:24-25
2. Are Without Hope/Help – 2 Kings 6:26-27
3. Are With Parents Without Affection – 2 Kings 6:28-29
4. Are Religious – 2 Kings 6:30-31
5. Are Hateful of God’s True Ministers – 2 Kings 6:31

There are 5 Crowns You can Earn in Heaven
1. Incorruptible Crown – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
2. Crown of Rejoicing – 1 Thessalonians 2:19
3. Crown of Righteousness- 2 Timothy 4:8
4. Crown of Glory – 1 Peter 5:4
5. Crown of Life – Revelation 2:10

Spiritual applications for Christians in Nehemiah 13
1. It’s good to have CLEANSING – Nehemiah 13:7-9
2. It’s good to have FAITHFULNESS – Nehemiah 13:10-14
3. It’s good to have CONTENTMENT – Nehemiah 13:15

the all and whatsoever

I’m a fan of understanding scripture in context.  However, there seem to always be those who want to overdo context to the point that they carve up the bible into bits and call it rightly dividing.

These are the folks that say “this only pertains to the jews” or “that only applies to the disciples before the cross”.

This puts them as the authority over the word, to decide what does or doesn’t apply to them.

I recently heard someone talk about some things Jesus told the disciples as only applying to them at that time, and not to us now.

I would refer this person to these verses in Matthew…

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mt 28:18-20 KJB

So, as we see, even if Jesus’ immediate audience was, as in this case the 11 (see v. 16), the all and whatsoever that Jesus had commanded them was to be taught to others including the command to teach all and whatsoever was commanded by Jesus, and so forth…



I recently heard someone making the case that certain things Jesus said only pertained to the apostles that He was speaking to at the time.

To folks to hold this view, I would refer them to Mt 28:20

Mt 28:20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We see that Jesus told the apostles to teach others to “observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you”.

So even if Jesus was just speaking to the apostles at a particular time, the instructions for the apostles was to teach disciples to do the same thing Jesus had instructed them to do.   That includes disciples teaching other disciples to do all the things Jesus instructed.

All things the apostles were instructed in is also applicable to all believers today.

Jesus at the right hand of the Father

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Acts 7:55-56 But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

1Pet 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Mt 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Acts 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

666 and the image of the beast

Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.


Daniel 3:4-6 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

An image of Nebuchadnezzar 60 cubits tall, 6 cubits wide and was to be worshiped when 6 instruments are played, and those who do not worship his image are to be put to death.

Daniel 4:16  let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.

Nebuchadnezzar was given the heart of of a beast for 7 years…

Revelation 13:15-18 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

The number of the beast is 666 and those who do not worship the image of the beast are to be put to death.



God does not lie

Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

God heals and cares

Jer 33:6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.

God’s words are health

Prov 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

God does not put sickness on believers

Deut 7:15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

It is God’s will to heal

Mt 8:1-4 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

3Jn 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Jesus same today

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

He heals all

Ps 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Laying of hands 

Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Mk 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Response to bad report

Mk 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

The Word made flesh

Jesus has many titles in scripture including The Word of God.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

One title people use refer to Jesus is “the Living Word”.

There is nothing necessarily wrong with referring to Him using this title, Jesus is the Word made flesh and Jesus was, and is, and ever will be indeed alive and living.

However, this title is not one He has used in scripture to identify Himself.  So, while referring to Jesus as the “Living Word” is not necessarily wrong, it would be unwise to build a doctrine off of that title if He has not used that as a title for Himself in scripture.

On the other hand, we do see verses referring to the word of God as living:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The context here is scripture, the written word of God.  Here we see that the word of God is “quick”, meaning alive, life-giving, living.

Also in 1 Peter

1 Peter 1:23 being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Here again it says the word of God liveth which means living.

So while the bible does not have a verse calling Jesus the “Living Word”, we do see verses saying God’s words are living.

How does the Bible Answer These Questions?

Should we call anyone (including priests or popes) “Father” – Mt 23:9

Should we pray vain repetitions such as Rosary, Hail Mary? – Mt 6:7

Was Mary a perpetual virgin? – Mt 1:24-25; Mt 13:55-56

Who is our mediator? – 1 Tim 2:5

Should we venerate Mary? – Luke 11:27-28

Who can drink from communion cup? – Mt 26:26-28; 1 Cor 11:23-28

Who is a saint? – 1 Cor 1:2; Eph 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Rom 1:7

Who is the Christian priesthood? – 1 Pet 2:5,9; Rev 1:6; 5:10

Does the bible forbid marriage for bishops? – 1 Tim 3:2-5; 1 Tim 4:1-3

Was Peter married? – Mark 1:30; 1 Cor 9:5

Should we bow down to and kiss idols? – Exodus 20:4-5

Is sprinkling babies baptism? – Mt 3:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:36-39

Do we need a priest to understand the bible? – Eph 3:4; 1 Pet 3:15

Should traditions of men override scripture? – Mark 7:7-9