Practical Proverbial, from Titus, 27 August 2019

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, rivalries, and quarrels about the law, because these are useless and fruitless. Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, because you know that such a man is twisted and is sinning. He condemns himself. Titus 3:9-11 (EHV). This is ground we’ve covered before, in 2 Timothy 3, 1 TimothyContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Titus, 27 August 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 27 June 2019

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.  2 Timothy 4:22 (NIV). Here we are again, at another ending, at the end of another book.   If you’re a ten-year reader of this blog, thank you!   I hope it’s a blessing to you.   You’ll remember we’ve reached endings together of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Ruth, Mark,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 27 June 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 4 September 2018

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 (NIV). My son told me a story.   He hasn’t practiced much formal religion in the lastContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 4 September 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 18 July 2018

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us – whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter – asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 2Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 18 July 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 12 July 2018

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NIV). Confession time (again):   yesterday I ended by saying “don’t beContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 12 July 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 28 June 2018

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  1 Thessalonians 5:28 (NIV). What a great way to end a letter!   Read it again:   it’s the perfect way to end a letter to several dozen of your close friends. Or several billion. Or to begin your day. Or to bless your dinner. Or toContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 28 June 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 25 June 2018.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NIV). This is a tall order.   Admit it:  you can’t do this on your own; I know I can’t.   I’m betting quite aContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 25 June 2018.”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 27 February 2018

For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.  1 Thessalonians 2:111-12 (NIV). Dad’s love unconditionally and hold you accountable.   Dads love their kids, or at leastContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 27 February 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 9 January 2018

Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.  1 Thessalonians 1:1. A few more words, please, about the opening to this letter.   Notice that it speaks for three people:   Paul, Silas, and Timothy (as does the opening to 2 Thessalonians). Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 9 January 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 24 October 2016

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.  Hebrews 3, verse 1. My mom died two years ago today.   Two years ago this morning, my mom, Grace Terry, exited the temporal plane of this life and entered theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 24 October 2016”

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