take pride

12 We won’t dare to place ourselves in the same league or to compare ourselves with some of those who are promoting themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they have no understanding. 13 We won’t take pride in anything more than what is appropriate. Let’s look at the boundaries of our workContinue reading “take pride”

God’s Word Accomplishes its Purpose

6Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; 7let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways myContinue reading “God’s Word Accomplishes its Purpose”

David Spares Saul

When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, ‘David is in the wilderness of En-gedi.’ 2Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to look for David and his men in the direction of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. 3He came to the sheepfolds beside the road, where thereContinue reading “David Spares Saul”

The Wicked and the Righteous

Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. But GodContinue reading “The Wicked and the Righteous”

Epilogue

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13, NRSV) We need to know that we have eternal life, not because of anything we have done or anything we could do.  We have eternal lifeContinue reading “Epilogue”

Jesus Washes Feet

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot toContinue reading “Jesus Washes Feet”

a new thing

Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springsContinue reading “a new thing”

Water

You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord , for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, andContinue reading “Water”

purifier of silver…

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and whoContinue reading “purifier of silver…”