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    Mel's Weekly Study
          Just a simple place for me to put a scripture or two. My plan is to have one here a week or so. I was trying to do one a day, but think I need to go slower. Maybe I'll comment, maybe you will...

          Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

          Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11)

          Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

          Examine what I say, challenge me if I seem wrong, rebuke me if I am way off the mark...

    Wed, Oct 31st - 10:07PM

    What did we learn today?



    Titus 2:11-12 (NIV)

     11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,


    Certainly "teaches" can mean that we learn something quickly, and there is little left to perfect in our knowledge and skills.  However, it has been my experience that usually, it takes time.  Patience is one aspect of God's character I am most grateful for.  It takes me longer than I think it should sometimes.  If His patience was like my patience, well, you get the point...

    I would just put my bible under my pillow and let it soak in, if that would work.  I honestly cannot say it wouldn't, for I have not tried it, yet...

    So tommorrow I look forward to another lesson.  How about you?

    In Christ,

    Mel



    Comment (8)

    Sat, Oct 27th - 12:32PM

    Children of God



    Proverbs 13:24 (NIV)

     24 He who spares the rod hates his son,
           but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

    Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)

    4Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

    Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

     6 Train a child in the way he should go,
           and when he is old he will not turn from it.


    Children respect authority, despite the fact that they constantly challenge it.  Do not allow the challenge to go uncorrected, but don't be too heavy handed.  Children also can clearly see abuse of authority and they they have no respect for that, and rightly so.  Abuse the authority and they will lose respect for it as well.  Then they will obey only out of fear, not out of respect and love.

    This can be applied to us as well.  Are we not also still children at times?  Treat a child as a child.  Treat the grey hair as if wise.  Treat the childish as a child, being respectful and correcting at the same time.  Don't exasperate.

    I hope this gives us all something to think about.  Do you treat someone as a child?  If so, how should you treat them if you were to at least treat them as your own son deserves?  Are they a son or daughter of God our Father?  How would he have us treat them?

    Don't let me think I am perfect in this.  I am not.  I may need a challenge from time to time, and if you love me, truely you will tell me what a child needs to hear...

    Your Brother in Christ,

    Mel



    Comment (5)

    Tue, Oct 23rd - 9:07AM

    1 Timothy 4:1-5 (NIV) This is Harsh! -- Sorry!



    1 Timothy 4:1-5 (NIV)

    1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.



    Comment (5)

    Mon, Oct 22nd - 11:28PM

    Scriptures on Prayer (just a few)



    1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NASB)

    17pray without ceasing;


    Matthew 6:7 (NIV)

    7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.


     Ecclesiastes 5:3 (NIV)

    3 As a dream comes when there are many cares,

    so the speech of a fool when there are many words.


     Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

    6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.


     Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)

    19 When words are many, sin is not absent,

    but he who holds his tongue is wise.


     Matthew 6:9 (AMP)

    9Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.


     Matthew 6:13 (KJV)

    13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


     Ecclesiastes 5:7 (NIV)

    7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God.


     James 1:6-8 (NIV)

    6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.


     Luke 18:9-14 (NIV)

    9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'

    13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

    14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."


     

     ;'{)



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    Thu, Oct 18th - 10:15PM

    Yet far off...



    1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (AMP)

        19Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit;

        20Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning].

        21But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.

        22Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be.


    Luke 15:3-7 (NIV)

     3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.


    Luke 15:20 (NIV)

    20So he got up and went to his father.
          "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.



    Comment (6)

    Tue, Oct 9th - 1:10AM

    Who is Poisoning the Well? (all verses NIV)



    Proverbs 4:23

     23 Above all else, guard your heart,
           for it is the wellspring of life.


    John 4:7-42

     7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

     9The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

     10Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

     11"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"

     13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

     15The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."

     16He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."

     17"I have no husband," she replied.

       Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

     19"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."

     21Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

     25The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

     26Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."

     27Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"

     28Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" 30They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

     31Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."

     32But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."

     33Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"

     34"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. 38I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."

     39Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41And because of his words many more became believers.

     42They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."


     John 7:37-39

     37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.


     Luke 11:13

    13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"


     Mark 7:14-23

     14Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean.' "

     17After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18"Are you so dull?" he asked. "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? 19For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body." (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods "clean.")

     20He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' 21For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "


     Luke 11:14-28

     14Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15But some of them said, "By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons." 16Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.

     17Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. 19Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

     21"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.

     23"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.

     24"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' 25When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."

     27As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you."

     28He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."


     Ephesians 4:25-32

     25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

     29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


     Isaiah 54:6

     6 The LORD will call you back
           as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
           a wife who married young,
           only to be rejected," says your God.



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    Tue, Oct 2nd - 12:19AM



    Philippians 1:18 (AMP)

    18But what does it matter, so long as either way, whether in pretense [for personal ends] or in all honesty [for the furtherance of the Truth], Christ is being proclaimed? And in that I [now] rejoice, yes, and I shall rejoice [hereafter] also.


    Philippians 2:12-13 (NLT)

     12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.



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