Romans 8 July 18, 2021 I. The Spirit of Justification Romans 8:1 (NKJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. II. The Spirit of Life Romans 8:2 (NKJV) For the law of the Spirit of life … Continue reading The Holy Spirit at Work
For July 16, 2021 Live@5
Luke 1:57–80 (NKJV)
57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.
59 So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. 60 His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.”
61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” 62 So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. 65 Then fear came…
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For July 15, 2021 Live@5
Luke 1:39–56 (NKJV)
39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
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For July 19th, 2021
Luke 1:26–38 (NKJV)
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the…
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For July 13, 2021
Luke 1:5–25 (NKJV)
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.
8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.
Luke opens the narrative of his gospel with this account of the promise of a…
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I will be out of town for the week of July 11-17. You will see re-blogged items on this site for that period, because Live@5 is picking up the beginning of the New Testament from my blogs. I will be starting an additional new blog each day starting July 19th, outlining a guide to praying … Continue reading Vacation Week
For July 10, 2021
John 1:1–18 (NKJV)
Many passages of the Gospels are parallel, telling the same stories from a slightly different perspective. Beginning today, the blog will examine those passages that were not included in Matthew, but were in the other three. They will be addressed in a chronological order, taking the reader from the beginning of the story of the gospel to the end. Today, the gospel in microcosm is presented in the prologue to the gospel of John.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
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Where Does Love Lead Us? Sunday, July 11, 2021 Love and Witness Mark 12:29–31 (NKJV) 29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your … Continue reading The Language of Love
For July 9th 2021 Live@5
Matthew 1:1–17 (NKJV, also paralleled in Mark 1:1, Luke 1:1-4, 3:23-38)
1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king.
Many wonder why the genealogy of Christ is a necessary part of the Bible. A simple family tree does not necessarily make for good reading, but there are many things in this genealogy that are extremely interesting and encouraging to the reader upon a closer look. When one looks at this genealogy, there are many flawed and even…
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Revelation 22:12–21 (NKJV) After the angel declares the validity of the prophecy, and a brief reference to God's soon and imminent return, the scene shifts a bit and Jesus begins to speak directly to John again. In this passage, there are several warnings and instructions for the reader in preparation for the coming of the … Continue reading The Testimony of Christ