Not About the Water

September 3, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Acts 2-16 see the closing lines of the Life Applications for specifics Baptism into Christ verifies belief. God calls. The Spirit prompts. Then, at baptism a new disciple gives public voice to the Faith, as Christ draws another person to himself (John 12:32) Accompanied by words of hearing, belief,Continue reading “Not About the Water”

Training Days

June 25, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 23 During training days, when the people of God were being called, formed and enlightened as to their new identity, specific instructions were provided. Exodus 23 specifies a few of these, some of which remain among the elementary truths of our Faith: “Do not spread false reports. Do notContinue reading “Training Days”

Ill-lit Fires of Destruction

June 11, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: Acts 9 When you don’t know what you don’t know, ignorance could be dangerously compounding. According to the historical record of Acts 9 spiritual ignorance once achieved a deadly level of “murderous threats” (Acts 9:1). The fires of destructive spiritual passion leapt from one burned-life, torching many others. NoContinue reading “Ill-lit Fires of Destruction”

The Imperfect Disciple

Called to Perfection Easter Week 2021, Inaugural Post “Be perfect as I am perfect.” Scripture’s stunning phrases trouble me. Piercing words expressing the true desire of God. Nothing missing. No voids or lapses. Rather completeness, with holiness and wholeness, living as the human being I am meant to be. I should be saturated with theContinue reading “The Imperfect Disciple”

Spiritual Awareness in Dangerous Times

Scripture Resource Passage: Esther 9                   Violent plots, angry words lead to a deadly hanging: may not be what you had in mind when reading today’s Resource Scripture Passage. Friends, the Book of Esther is not a gentle pat-on-the-head from a Grandfather God. The words scream, describing the foul profanity of anticipated mass murder.                    Esther’s bookContinue reading “Spiritual Awareness in Dangerous Times”

Spiritual Awareness in Dangerous Times

Coming Friday, July 24, 2020 Friends, thank you for sharing the site information with your online communities. Welcome to the newest readers–glad you found the site. The studies and resources in each of these postings are available without charge for your personal use and in small group settings. Previous postings remain accessible for your reviewContinue reading “Spiritual Awareness in Dangerous Times”

Holiness, Illusive Pursuit

Scripture Resource Passage: Ephesians 5:1 (Berean Study Bible)             William Law identified the personal and church-wide challenge to holiness in his long ago book titled, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life. You may find Law’s book difficult to read, given that it appeared in 1729. He captures the major themes in today’s Scripture ResourceContinue reading “Holiness, Illusive Pursuit”

Looking Within Your Soul

by D. Brent Sandy Ready for scalpel? Not so fast my friend—how did you come to the awareness that surgery was needed and might be helpful? Preparation: In our lives many of us have made a visit to a health-care facility for at least one of the following tests. An X-ray: beams of energy are sent throughContinue reading “Looking Within Your Soul”

Trusting When Life Hurts

Resource Scripture Passages: 1 Peter 1:6-8; James 1:2-4; Hebrews 12:1-12               Joanna struggles with Scripture’s words as she cares for her mother who lives with gradually increasing signs of dementia.  Joanna cites the Apostle Peter, “…now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials….” (I Peter 1:6).  Shrugging shoulders suggest Joanna’sContinue reading “Trusting When Life Hurts”

Authority for Work

Developed from 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13             John did not like it and Joanna agreed. However, if you care about safety the roadside stop sign is not a suggestion. You must stop! No hesitation. Stop!             If you care about your health’s safety the words of the diabetic educator are not a suggestion. “You must monitor your bloodContinue reading “Authority for Work”