Tuesday’s Bible Talk (Preview)

I believe I will be volunteering for Camp Gotcha next week, so I may be a bit spotty, again.  The rest of this week, too, probably, since I will be off to West Virginia to sell our childhood home…

Being as it’s Tuesday, and I had Bible Study this morning, I wanted to go ahead with a Tuesday’s Bible Talk Preview.  Tuesday’s Bible Talk will be mostly me reiterating what I learned for the day.  I read, we have discussion, and I give back what I took from it here.  A remembering tool for me, and a chunk of our Bible Study for you!  

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You are, of course, free to an open discussion.  We can learn from each other!  

  • Sins are Sins are Sins are Sins

This was today’s main point for me.  It doesn’t matter how many we’ve committed, comparatively, or how bad ours are, comparatively, they are all SINS!!!  If I commit 200,000 sins in a lifetime and you commit 100,000 sins in a lifetime, we are still in the same boat.  We still need forgiveness.

I am no better than you, and you are no better than me.  We are all sinners.  That’s why Jesus came; to save us from our(sinful)selves.

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One who thinks his/her sins are not as bad, or as many, may seem arrogant in their thinking that they are in a better boat than others may be.  Arrogance, itself, is a sin.  It takes away from our credibility as Christians.  As I have mentioned before, we are to work towards perfection DAILY.  Christ is perfect, and we are to model ourselves after Him.  Arrogance is not a Christlike quality.  Not in the least. 

John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  

A great analogy was used today.  I won’t go into great detail, but have you ever thought of us all as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class citizens?  First class are usually high up on the totem pole.  They may be the ones giving out the orders.  Second class are usually the in between guys.  They are the workers who get the orders from above and pass the “how to” to the third class.  Third class are the “grunt workers” if you may. The ones who make it happen.  

Next time we are down in the dirt and feel like we may never get out, we need to remember Matthew 19:30: But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Our work is to glorify God.  We were put here as servants.  When we are down and dirty, remember, that’s where God needs us (for now).

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: We must have the confidence to spread the Word, but we mustn’t show arrogance in our practice.  It’s all for the glory of God.***

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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Thank you, Tammy, for that GREAT lesson and lesson title!

After being out of church for two weeks, it is GREAT to have been back last Sunday and today!!  I REALLY missed being there learning to be closer to God.

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What a GREAT day to return to Bible Study!!  THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS!  How true is that??!  Although, I bet not many of us have looked at it that way…

Faith and Deeds–14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Seems kind of like common sense doesn’t it?!?  How many of us FAIL to do these things, though.  We wish others well, but this is meaningless if we are not doing something to help.      

If there were a naked man standing on the side of the road, and you stopped to see if he were ok, would you leave the man standing naked??  Or, would you take some clothes from your suitcase and clothe him? 

The same must be in done is ALL circumstance.  Even if they only thing we have to give in a given situation is prayer, it could be the one thing they need the most!

Romans 7:21–21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

My Daddy always told me that there was never a viable excuse NOT to do the right thing.  Going to church for example:  I don’t feel like getting out of bed, all dressed up, and driving ALL THE WAY TO CHURCH.  Dad’s response:  That’s the devils talking.

Just because we can rationalize why it’s ok for us NOT to do the right thing, doesn’t mean that it is ok.  We must work, DAILY, to become better and better people.  When we mess, because we will mess up, we ask GOD for forgiveness.

Anytime that little voice says, “it’s ok to skip church” or “you are already out of the store…you didn’t MEAN to steal it” it’s the devil leading you in the wrong direction…little by little.  He will pick and pull whenever he gets the chance…  We must PUSH BACK!  It’s not always the EASIER path, but it will be the more rewarding path.    

Our new book is called Yes!  Lord, I Have Sinned, but I Have Several Excellent Excuses by James W. Moore.

Though I have not actually started READING the book, based off of today discussion, it is going to be another good one.  🙂

More to come I am sure!!

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: We can best show others the love of God by loving them ourselves.***