Thursday, May 27, 2010

3 John

"Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God."

To God be the Glory

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


2 John

"...I ask that we love one another. 6And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love."

"8Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully..."

Ultimately, stand firm, endure and stand up against the oppositions.
Be concerned, be focused, be loving, just as God loves us and gave us directions or instructions to love deeply those who believe.

"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. 11Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work."

Monday, May 24, 2010

Confidence in approaching God.

1 John 5

"14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him."

Do not speak against God or the Holy Spirit. It is the sin that has no return.

To God be the Glory.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Real Love completes us.

1 John 4

"...This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."

We, as humans, never knew or had love in us until God loved us first.

"11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."

"Whoever loves God must also love his brother."

In order to understand love, and which we established is from God and is God, we have to love one another.
In order to love one another, we mush "acknowledge" or in ASV, "abides" in him. Both description indicates that it is an action, a respond, to endure in the knowledge of God.

To God be the Glory.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The world is passing...

1 John 2

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."

" 24See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you..."

"...continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. "

1 John 3
"11This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another"

"23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us."

Friday, May 21, 2010

He is a coming.

2 Peter 3

"10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief..."

"...grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

To God be the Glory.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

2 Peter 2

This chapter looks to serve as a warning to those who chooses to disobey. It gave many examples including Balaam, son of Boer, who was fortunate enough that a donkey saved his life by not moving and speaking out to Balaam in his language.

Often, I recognize warning signs and often I see God's miracles and his handiwork.

To God be the Glory.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2 Peter 2

"4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.10This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority."

I wonder what "gloomy dungeons" are? For a second I thought it was purgatory, but it's not. It is a holding cell, not a purification process. Almost forgot what purgatory was, a farce.

The good thing is, God knows how to rescue godly men from trials, and not only are they accountable on judgment day, they are in continuing punishment.

To God be the Glory.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Back in the land of the Free

Back with a present from India, the stomach bug.
2 days I was laid up. Had my first meal yesterday and it was as if I have not eaten for weeks.
However, the bug is still here, but not as bad.
I wonder if Jesus was ever sick? My guess is no, and I guess it is not that important.

2 Peter 2: 1

False prophets and teachers.
( On a side note, I was tempted by a delicious Italian looking coffee stand had a cup of cappuccino at the Indian airport that turned out to be false which resulted in days stomach issues. )

We are told, and is warned here regarding false prophets and teachers. Yet, like the coffee I had, as much as I know it was a risk, I took it because I was looking for this comfort.
How much more is this religion that despite what the truth says, we are looking for the "right" religion that fits into our appetite.

Despite all the warnings, how do we arm ourselves to do what is right?
The war rages on, and we keep fighting.

To God be the Glory.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

India still

India has been quite a trip and experience.
I have never witness such poverty in person.
The people seem to arm themselves with the attitude of Gandhi.
However, God is still missing in their lives.

2 Peter 1
"3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness..."
After all these year of knowing and living the scriptures, that statement is the absolute truth.
The challenge to that statement is living it out completely. It is not we, as humans on this earth, that is lacking anything when we fall or fall short, but it is based on a decision that which it allows us to put forth the effort to see it through.
Jesus himself went through the same struggle, yet he did not succumb to the temptations of the evil one.

"5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins."

10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

To God be the Glory.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


2 Peter:

"Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness."

If we do not know the scriptures, we do not God as he really is.
So how do we come to know God's scriptures?
I believe craving spiritual milk first, and that is to learn from Godly men and women around us. Examine them and apply them to our lives, therefore we will know.

Because through the knowledge:
"Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

It is only through the knowledge of the scriptures, we may than over come the evil desires of this world.
Rest assure, that it is a promise, a precious promise, that he has offered it to us, through his precious son, that we may be able to participate.
As we know from 1 Peter 4:18 and Proverbs 11:31 -
"If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"

With my testimony, this is true.
If we live, we are challenged everyday by the spiritual battle of this earthly dwelling.
By just reading, knowing the scriptures just does not cut it. We have to obey, do, and follow through with was was taught.
1 Peter 1:22
"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart..."

It is call to respond to God's offering, his precious gift, his power.

To God be the Glory.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Reconnecting, and re-learning.
May 2nd 2010. It's been a while.
Getting back into it.
Funny to see my last blog was about gratitude... than I stopped?
Getting it back on track!