Monthly Archives: September 2016

EXPLORINGING GOD’S WORD [13]

THE SPIRIT AND THE LETTER OF THE LAW:

1/ 1 Samuel 16:22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let [David,] I pray thee, stand before me; for he [hath found favour in my sight.]

2/ Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. [ God loves a sincere and loving heart.]

3/ Hosea 6:For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. [There are things that can not be provided by the law]

4/ Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Matthew 23:23 Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 “Woe to you, [self-righteous] scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you give a tenth (tithe) of your mint and dill and cumin [focusing on minor matters], and have neglected the weightier [more important moral and spiritual] provisions of the Law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the [primary] things you ought to have done without neglecting the others.

5/ Mark 12: 25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels who are in Heaven.

26 And concerning the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spoke unto him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?

27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. Ye therefore do greatly err.”

28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”

29 And Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength;’ this is the first commandment.

31 And the second is like, namely this: ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

6/ Galatians 2:16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 3: This only would I learn of you: Did ye receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Have ye suffered so many things in vain — if it be yet in vain?

He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit and worketh miracles among you, doeth He it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 6:Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]

A PSALMS TO SHARE!

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Psalm 150 King James Version (KJV)

150 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN!

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I look,

out my window,

to see what I can see,

and I see beautiful Autumn,

looking back at me.

Her face,

filled with yellows,

reds and golds,

what beauty,

my eyes behold.

The steel grey clouds,

sprinkled,

across a baby blue sky,

makes my voice shout,

makes my voice cry,

welcome Autumn,

with all the beauty,

you give our eyes.

~ Winston Staples

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [12]

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Today’s topic of exploring is RESPONSE TO OUR EMOTIONS as recording in the following Scripture passages.

Job 6:26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?  Job 8:How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind? [using of words to control emotions and actions]

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. [ when someone’s emotions are happy be happy for them and when someone’s emotions are sad be sad with them].

No matter our emotions we can find comfort by the hearing of God’s word!

2 Corinthians 1:3King James Version (KJV)

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

[prepared by Winston Staples]

 

 

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [11]

The topic we are exploring is REDEMPTION according to the Bible verses we look at today.So get your Bibles and under line the words that pop out about REDEMPTION.

Exodus 15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which [thou hast redeemed]: {thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.}

Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; [for he hath visited and redeemed his people,]

Gal.3:

13 [Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,] being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

14 That the [blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.]

Eph.1:In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; [ the only way we can be redeemed is by the blood of the Lamb, the Lamb is Jesus the Christ]

1 Peter 1:

18 Forasmuch as ye know [that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold,] from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19 [But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:]

 

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [10]

The topic of our exploration is ADOPTED BY GOD.  Turn in your Bible to the passages shared and mark the keywords or phrases that stand out to you.

Isaiah 43:I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 63:For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. [He calls the children from around the earth to come according to His will.]

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [God calls out to the lost to come and they must decide to answer yes and come or no and run into destruction.]

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

2 Cor.6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. [ God invites the lost caught up in the worldly to come out and He will protect the lost sheep.]

Gal.3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. [In Christ alone by faith alone][ Read Gal.4:6 ]

Eph. 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; [Blessed assurance]

Hebrews 12:Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? [ when we are in God’s hands we are safe and secure from alarm.]

[prepared by Winston Staples]

FALL DAYS

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September, September,

almost gone,

with it’s weather changes,

warm days,

frost at dawn,

leaves once their greens,

now changing,

to oranges, yellows,

reds and golds.

Fall days,

become lazy days,

to relax and enjoy,

so I am told;

I am looking,

at the multi-colored,

beautiful hillsides,

from my lazy boy,

so wonderful these fall days,

God gave us to enjoy.

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [9]

The topic we are looking at in God’s word is PAUL’S SUFFERING.

Get your Bible and as we read mark the words that speak to you.

Acts 14:19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. [Paul suffered greatly as each stone struck his body and when they thought he was dead they threw him in the garbage dump.]

Acts 16:22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. [ beaten because of his belief and message.]

2 Cor.11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? [ terrible perils Paul suffered for preaching the GOSPEL.]

2 Cor.12:And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Galatians 4:13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.

14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [8]

Today we will explore some verses about PRAYER DURING DIFFICULT TIMES.

1 Samuel 7: And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.

And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord: and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel; and the Lord heard him. ( highlight verse 8 as key verse)[ Samuel prayed God heard ]

1 Kings 17:17-24 King James Version (KJV)

17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.

18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.

20 And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?

21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.

22 And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth. [ Woman in time of torment and sorrow,Elijah prayed, God answered ][verse 21,22]

Psalms 34: I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.[ the poor man cried and the Lord heard and answered and saved him from his troubles][verse 6][note: read Psalms 61: 1-8]

2 Cor.12: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [ Paul prayed and God answered by giving grace enough for Paul to handle the thorn in his side]

 

 

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [7]

Today we are looking at a few verses exploring the word REPENTANCE.

Turn in your Bible to the following verses and underline the words that stand out in importance to you. I am using the ASV.

Psalms 51:Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:
According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions;
And my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
And done that which is evil in thy sight;
That thou mayest be justified when thou speakest,
And be clear when thou judgest.

Luke 15:12 and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of [a]thy substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain [b]have filled his belly with [c]the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 But when he came to himself he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight: 19 I am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But while he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and [d]kissed him.

Luke 5:But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was amazed, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken; 10 and so were also [a]James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt [b]catch men.

Acts 2: 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do? 38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call unto him. 40 And with many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, Save yourselves from this crooked generation. 41 They then [a]that received his word were baptized: and there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ teaching and [b]fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers.