Tag: letter

  • Biblical Principle #161: God Accepts Certain Deviations

    Biblical Principles List Principle In certain circumstances, God accepts deviations from His instructions, when the person’s motive is to honor God. Explanation This principle is tricky to articulate. I want to be careful not to mislead anyone by misrepresenting GOD’s character and mindset. We previously established that, when GOD gives specific instructions, He expects those…

  • A Letter to Jesus (Asking Questions About Things I Don’t Understand)

    One day my heart was heavy, so I wrote the following thoughts as though I were writing to Jesus. I feel that, in time, GOD helped me better understand the answers to my concerns. If you’d like to understand the increased clarity I received, I explain in this series of posts. … Jesus, Where do…

  • What Does it Mean to Believe (According to the Bible)? [part 4]

    This is the 4th part and conclusion to our study of what “belief” means according to the Bible. In this article, we’ll study references to “belief” in the New Testament letters. You can find the previous parts of this article below: “Believe” in the New Testament Letters I’ll cover the New Testament letters in the…

  • December 27 – Revelation (part 1)

    Reading Rev. 1:1-3:22 Devotional Today begins our five-day look at the last book in the Bible, Revelation. Sometime between 65 and 95 A.D., Jesus appeared to the apostle John, while he was in exile on the island of Patmos, through a vision and told John to write what he saw in a book. John was…

  • December 26 – Love GOD, Love Each Other

    Reading 1 John 1:1-5:21 2 John 1-13 3 John 1-14 Devotional In addition to his gospel account of the life of Jesus, the apostle John wrote three letters that are included in the New Testament. The first letter reminds us of GOD’s love, how we show our love for GOD, and how we are to…

  • December 15 – Ephesians: Relationships and Armor

    Reading Eph. 1:1-6:24 Devotional The third of four prison letters written by Paul while he was under house arrest in Rome is Ephesians. Some manuscripts do not specify that the letter was sent to the Ephesians, but there is significant evidence to suggest that it was to the Christians in Ephesus that Paul was writing.…

  • December 14 – Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

    Reading Col. 1:1-4:18 Philemon 1-25 Devotional During the two years that Paul is under house arrest in Rome, he writes four letters which are sometimes called The Prison Epistles (the word “epistle” means a letter). Today we read Paul’s letter to the Colossians and to Philemon. Paul had not visited the city of Colosse, but…

  • November 26 – Galatians: True Children of Abraham

    Reading  Devotional The exact timing of Paul’s letter to the Galatians is uncertain, but given its theme—salvation is found in Jesus and not the Law of Moses—it makes a lot of sense to include it now in the chronological account. Additionally, there are a few timeframes mentioned in the letter that support the notion that…

  • November 25 – Simple Christianity

    Reading Acts 13:1-15:35 Devotional Sometime after Saul and Barnabas returned from Jerusalem to Antioch, the Holy Spirit spoke to the church leaders there and called Saul and Barnabas for a mission. After they finished fasting and praying, the church leaders there laid hands on Saul and Barnabas and sent them off to the work the…

  • August 11 – Satan’s False Message of ‘Peace’

    Reading Jer. 24:1-10; 29:1-32; 27:1-22; 28:1-17 Devotional Now the vast majority of Israelites from Judah are in exile in Babylon. GOD is in the process of punishing them for their rebellion and wickedness. GOD told Jeremiah, who remains in Jerusalem, to write a letter to the exiles. As part of His letter, GOD wants the…