2 Peter 1:5-11 – Yearning, Not Earning

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or… Continue Reading

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1 Peter 5:5-7 – Stress? What Stress?

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on… Continue Reading

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1 Peter 4:7-11 – Christian? Do These Four Things…

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards… Continue Reading

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Colossians 3:7-14 – Old Self vs. New Self

In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self,… Continue Reading

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Revelation 3:7-13 – Kingdom Residence

The Letter to the Church at Philadelphia is the 6th of seven churches to receive a message from the Lord Jesus Christ. What He sees of them is good. They are enduring, holding fast to the Word and to His name. His encouragement is that He is not only Holy and True, but the King… Continue Reading

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Revelation 1:19-2:7 – Serving From Duty or Grateful Love

The letters to the seven churches begin, starting with the church in Ephesis. A church enduring and working against false teachers, the Ephesians have become a dull church not operating with the the love for Jesus as they had at the first. The warning is to us as well: Are we serving God from duty… Continue Reading

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