Archive for April, 2010

John Newton lived to be eighty-two years old and continued to preach and have an active ministry until beset by fading health in the last two years of his life. Even then, Newton never ceased to be amazed by God’s grace and told his friends:

My memory is nearly gone;

but I remember two things;

That I am a great sinner, and

that Christ is a great Saviour.

John Newton (1725-1807)

English minister and hymn writer

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(2Tim 1:6-7) Fan into flame the gift of God which is in you for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

(2Tim 1:8-9) Share in suffering for gospel by power of God who called us not because of our works but by his will & grace given before ages.

(2Tim 1:12) I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.

(2Tim 1:13) Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

(2Tim 1:14) By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

(2Tim 2:2) What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

(2Tim 2:8-9) Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, for which I am suffering. But the word of God is not bound!

(2Tim 2:11-12) If we have died with him then we will also live with him. If we endure then we will also reign with him.

(2Tim 2:15) Present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

(2Tim 2:22) Flee youthful passions & pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

(2Tim 3:10-11) Follow my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my sufferings.

(2Tim 3:15) The sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

(2Tim 3:16) All Scripture is breathed out by God. Profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.

(2Tim 4:1) I charge you in the presence of God & of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living & the dead, and by his appearing & his kingdom:

(2Tim 4:2) preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

(2Tim 4:6-9) I am already being poured out as a drink offering. I have fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith.

(2Tim 4:13) When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.

(2Tim 4:18) The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed & bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever & ever. Amen.

(2Tim 4:22) Paul’s last recorded words "The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you."

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(Tit 1:2-3) God who never lies, promised before the ages began & now has manifested in his word through preaching.

(Tit 1:9) Overseers must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught so they may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and rebuke.

(Tit 2:11-12) Grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce worldly passions & to live in godliness.

(Tit 2:13) We live waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing (epiphany) of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

(Tit 2:14) Jesus gave himself for us to redeem us and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

(Tit 3:3) We were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures.

(Tit 3:5) Saved not by our works of righteousness but according to his own mercy, by washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.

(Tit 3:6-7) We have the Spirit poured out on us richly & are justified by his grace so we might be heirs according to hope of eternal life.

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(1Tim 1:14) The grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

(1Tim 1:17) To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen

(1Tim 2:2) Our desire ought to be to lead peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way.

(1Tim 2:15) Christian women will be saved through childbearing–if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

(1Tim 3:1-7) Overseers have a noble task. Must be faithful in marriage, able to teach, not enslaved to ongoing sin, not proud.

(1Tim 3:15) The church is the household of God, belongs to the living God and is a pillar and buttress of truth

(1Tim 3:16) He was manifested in flesh, vindicated by Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among nations, believed in world, taken up in glory

(1Tim 4:4-5) Everything created by God is good, not to be rejected if received with thanksgiving, made holy by the word of God and prayer.

(1Tim 4:7-8) Train yourself for godliness which holds promise for the present life & for the life to come. Better than physical training.

(1Tim 4:12-13) Be an e.g. in speech, conduct, love, faith, purity. Devote yourself to public reading of Scripture, exhortation, teaching.

(1Tim 4:16) Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this for by so doing you will save both yourself & your hearers.

(1Tim 5:1-2) Treat older men as fathers, younger men as brothers, older women like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity.

(1Tim 5:20) A warning to elders who "persist in sin". They are to be rebuked in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

(1Tim 6:6-8) There is great gain in godliness with contentment. Brought nothing into world & take nothing out. Content with food & clothing.

(1Tim 6:11) As for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness.

(1Tim 6:13-14) I charge you in presence of God to keep the commandment unstained & free from reproach until appearing of Lord Jesus Christ.

(1Tim 6:15-16) God, only blessed Sovereign, King of kings, Lord of lords, Immortal, dwells in unapproachable light. Honor & eternal dominion

(1Tim 6:20) Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you.

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(Phil 1:6) He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

(Phil 1:7-8) It is right for me to feel joy about you because I hold you in my heart. I yearn for you with the affection of Christ.

(Phil 1:9-11) More knowledgeable in love, blameless, filled with the fruit of righteousness to the glory and praise of God.

(Phil 1:21-22) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.

(Phil 2:4) Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

(Phil 2:5) Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

(Phil 2:6-11) Equality with God not a thing to be grasped, made himself nothing, form of servant, a man, obedient to death on cross.

(Phil 2:6-11) God highly exalted him, bestowed on him a higher name, that every knee should bow & tongue confess.

(Phil 2:12-13) Work out your own salvation with fear & trembling for it is God who works in you,both to will & to work for his good pleasure

(Phil 2:15) Be blameless and innocent, without blemish in midst of a crooked twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in world.

(Phil 3:3) We are the real circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.

(Phil 3:8) I count everything as loss, as rubbish, because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

(Phil 3:12) Not that I have already obtained perfection but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

(Phil 3:13)One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.

(Phil 3:14) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

(Phil 3:18) For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.

(Phil 3:19) Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

(Phil 3:20-21) Our citizenship is in heaven. We await a Savior who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body by his power.

(Phil 4:4) Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

(Phil 4:6) Do not be anxious about anything. In everything by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

(Phil 4:7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Phil 4:8) Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

(Phil 4:11-13) I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

(Phil 4:19) And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

(Phil 4:22) All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.

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(Col 1:2-5) The saints & faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae have faith in Christ, love for God’s people & hope laid up in heaven.

(Col 1:9) Not ceased to pray for you, asking that you be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

(Col 1:10) Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

(Col 1:11-12) Strengthened for endurance, patience & joy. The Father has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

(Col 1:15-17) He is image of invisible God, firstborn of all creation. All things were created through him, for him, held together by him.

(Col 1:18-19) Jesus is the firstborn from the dead. In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell to reconcile all things to him.

(Col 1:22) He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy, blameless and above reproach before him.

(Col 1:28) Christ we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

(Col 2:2) Paul prays that the Christians hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love.

(Col 2:6-7) As you received Christ Jesus, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith abounding in thanksgiving.

(Col 2:11) In him you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, putting off the body of flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.

(Col 2:17) The Law of Moses was a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

(Col 2:23) Religious rules have an appearance of wisdom but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

(Col 3:1-3) If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Your life is hid in Christ

(Col 3:5) Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire & covetousness which is idolatry.

(Col 3:9-10) You have put off old self with its practices & put on new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after image of its creator.

(Col 3:12) Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, patience and love.

(Col 3:16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom & singing songs.

(Col 3:17) And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

(Col 4:6) Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

(Col 4:17) Say to Archippus, "See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord."

(Phm 1:1-25) Paul writes to his fellow worker Philemon, his wife Apphia & their son Archippus to accept Onesimus as a brother in Christ.

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I’m reading this book for family devotions while on holidays. It is the best children’s Bible story book I’ve ever seen. Every story whispers his name.

Check it out The Jesus Storybook Bible – every story whispers his name.


The beginning: a perfect home

And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the one who made them. Their hearts were filled with happiness.

The terrible lie

They had broken their wonderful relationship with him. And now God knew everything else would break. God’s creation would start to unravel, and come undone, and go wrong. From now on everything would die – even though it was all supposed to last forever.

… God sent them away on a long, long journey – out of the garden, out of their home. Well, in another story, it would all be over and that would have been … The End.

(turn the page)

But not in this story.

… no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children – with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. …

Before they left the garden, God whispered a promise to Adam and Eve: "It will not always be so! I will come to rescue you! And when I do, I’m going to do battle against the snake. I’ll get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness you let in here. I’m coming back for you!"

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