28 November 2018
03 June 2016
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 NKJV)
Divorce Statistics in the USA (source)
- Divorce Rate Statistics of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Marriages
- Various studies on US rate of divorce show significant differences when a comparison is made in 1st, 2nd and 3rd marriage breakups in America. The marriage breakup rate in America for first marriage is 41% to 50%; the rate after second marriage is from 60% to 67% and the rate in America for 3rd marriage are from 73% to 74%. Reports also say that couples with children have a slightly lower rate of breakup as compared to couples without children. This is due to the fact that being childless is one of the prime causes behind divorce in America. Also, the children of divorced parents are prone to divorcing 4 times more than the children of couples who are not divorced.
- Drop in Divorce rate:
Rates have been dropping during the last few decades. Data indicates that marriages have lasted longer in the 21st century as compared to the success rate of marriages in the 1990s. Also experts believe that the current rates trend might go down more in coming years as more and more couples prefer a live-in relationship. This is a type of relationship where couples live together like partners without marrying.
Much could be said about the importance of marriage, the Biblical view of marriage, why be married, etc. but I wanted to share one couple’s story. You may have read this already.
Richard Paul Evans and his wife were having problems:
For years my wife Keri and I struggled. Looking back, I’m not exactly sure what initially drew us together, but our personalities didn’t quite match up. And the longer we were married the more extreme the differences seemed. Encountering “fame and fortune” didn’t make our marriage any easier. In fact, it exacerbated our problems. The tension between us got so bad that going out on book tour became a relief, though it seems we always paid for it on re-entry. Our fighting became so constant that it was difficult to even imagine a peaceful relationship. We became perpetually defensive, building emotional fortresses around our hearts. We were on the edge of divorce and more than once we discussed it.
Finally he could not take it anymore:
I was on book tour when things came to a head. We had just had another big fight on the phone and Keri had hung up on me. I was alone and lonely, frustrated and angry. I had reached my limit. That’s when I turned to God.
What he did
You can’t change her, Rick. You can only change yourself. At that moment I began to pray. If I can’t change her, God, then change me. I prayed late into the night. I prayed the next day on the flight home. I prayed as I walked in the door to a cold wife who barely even acknowledged me. That night, as we lay in our bed, inches from each other yet miles apart, the inspiration came. I knew what I had to do.
The next morning I rolled over in bed next to Keri and asked, “How can I make your day better?”
Keri looked at me angrily. “What?”
“How can I make your day better?”
“You can’t,” she said. “Why are you asking that?”
“Because I mean it,” I said. “I just want to know what I can do to make your day better.”
She looked at me cynically. “You want to do something? Go clean the kitchen.”
How did it turn out?
I’m grateful that my family is still intact and that I still have my wife, my best friend, in bed next to me when I wake in the morning.
Definitely a good read. Read all of it.
Love is a choice. We can choose to really love our spouse.
Love in the Bible--consider
- Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. (John 15:13 NKJV)
- If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 NRSV)
02 May 2016
The truth is that anyone who claims to be a Christian, i.e., to be a follower of Jesus Christ, needs to follow His teachings! As obvious as that should be, and as much as it is professed, fewer and fewer Christians (a group that includes many who call themselves Bible-believing Christians) truly adhere to the necessity of going by the teachings and instructions of the Word of God. Although the Bible is wonderfully profound, its fundamental truths can be readily understood by every believer who is born of the Spirit of God. God, who is no respecter of persons, does not play favorites regarding one's intellect (Acts 10:34; 1 Corinthians 1:27). He makes very clear the revelation of Himself, His characteristics, His plan for His creation, His solution for the problem of sin, the reconciliation of the lost to Himself, and other essential issues.
From 1 May 16 The Berean Call
26 April 2016
Theme: When life falls apart
Scripture: Job 1:1-2:3
- B1 The background--Job, his character, his family Job 1:1-1:5
- B2 The accuser attacks Job--satan, job, Yahweh Job 1:6-12
- B3 The first attack--Job loses family and all belongings Job 1:13-22
- B4 The second attack--Job loses his health Job 2:1-10 (for our study specifically looking at Yahweh's response to satan about Job).
A2 Notes and Questions
- B1 The background
- C1 Uz--the general area is western Saudi Arabia. It is east of Israel.
- C2 Job--husband, father, business, rancher, farmer, etc.
- B2 What do the Scriptures say about Job's character?
- C1 Blameless
- D1 This is not sinless. Blameless would be one who strives follow God's laws. Blameless would be who asks forgiveness from God, ask for wisdom, strength, and success in doing God's will. See 2 Peter 3:14. For examples see Joshua 2:17 and Matthew 12:5.
- C2 Upright--Being an upright person would be someone who strives to do things according to God's way of life. See Psalm 119:128
- C3 Fears God--Fear as in afraid. Why fear? God is judge, and someday we have to give an account of ourselves (as Christians. Romans 14:12) or face the wrath of God (as non-Christian, Revelation 20:11-15)
- C4 Shuns evil--evil is thinking and/or doing opposite of what God would do and act.
- C1 Blameless
- B3 What was Job's concern for his children?
- B4 What is satan doing? (Job 1:6-7)
- B5 What is God's question to satan? What is satan's answer? Why does satan answer this way?
- B6 Was it God's decree and will for Job's children to be murdered and all possessions lost? (No) Why did God allow this?
- B7 Job 1:16, was the witness correct when he stated, "The fire of God...?"
- B8 Job 1:21-22, what was Job's response to his loss? How would we handle this?
- B9 Job 1:21, did God give? Did God take away? Who did the taking away?
- B10 Can satan kill? John 8:44
- B11 Ever have a bad day? How do we respond?
- B12 What are some of the most horrible things that happened in your life?
- B13 How do we handle false witness, bullying, slander, libel, etc.?
- B14 Do we only serve God because things are good, only to have our best life now, only to see our "seed" faith make us rich?
- B15 Why is there evil and bad things in the world? Isn't God a god of love? Isn't He strong enough to prevent it?
- C1 Considerations
- D1 Challenges
- E1 Epicurus:
- F1 Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
- F2 Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent?
- F3 Is he both able and willing? Then whence comes evil?
- F4 Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
- E2 Atheist (one version)
- F1 A good God would destroy evil.
- F2 An all-powerful God could destroy evil.
- F3 Evil is not destroyed.
- F4 Therefore, there cannot possibly be such a good and powerful God.
- E1 Epicurus:
- D2 What is good?
- D3 What is bad/evil?
- E1 Absence of good? But pain helps medical personnel make a diagnosis.
- E2 Frustration of human values (source)?
- E3 Breaking God's law?
- E4 Punishment for breaking the law?
- D1 Challenges
- C2 We've covered this before, but the basics are
- D1 God created everything good. There was no evil on earth.
- D2 Adam disobeyed God, that is, Adam sinned.
- D3 God punishes sin and curses the world and everything in/on it. This is the evil we face today. It is because of sin. Adam sinned, and so do all of us.
- C1 Considerations
- B16 When our world falls apart, does that mean that God is against us? (Maybe, compare Job and King David (2 Samuel 12:1-13 Psalms 51.) Both had "evil" things happen. One was righteous; the other an adulterer and murderer).
- B17 For the believer as Job, what is to be our response to evil?
- B18 For the believer as King David, what is to be our response to evil?
- B19 Why would God allow satan into heaven and accuse Job?
- B20 Why would God allow satan to bring evil on Job?
- B21 Is all evil caused by the devil?
- B22 Who did Job think was his accuser? Was he correct? (He thought it was God, when it reality (truth) it was satan).
- C1 Jesus was falsely accused, Matthew 27:12
- C2 The Apostle Paul, Acts 24.
- C3 The end of the accuser, Revelation 12:10.
- B23 What do we learn about accusers? How do we handle, respond to, false accusers?
- C1 Do not blame God, for this is what the false accuser wants.
- C2 Do not lose your composure, for this will make the false accuser happy.
- C3 Pray.
- C4 Tell them, "Have a good day," then leave. Most, if not all, false accusers do not want to discuss or hear the truth.
- C5 How did Jesus handle the false accusers in Matthew 27:12?
- C6 What did Job do? Job 1:20-22.
- B24 According to the lesson, satan often accuses someone of their motives? How do you feel about this?
- B25 Have you ever lost it all? How did you respond? How are we to respond?
- B26 How much power does satan have? Is there a limit to his power?
- B27 What is the ultimate aim of the accuser (satan)?
- B28 Why do people blame God for their problems?
- B29 What and who causes the injustices we see and experience in the world?
- B30 Has God ever experience injustice, suffering, and "evil?" (Jesus died. He was sinless and innocent).
- B31 What attitudes and actions have you and I displayed in trials?
- B32 How do we help each other in these evil things?
18 April 2016
I had a discussion with an atheist once, and he concluded that the only purpose for life is to pass on our genes and try to make the world a better place.
I told him you have no hope but to be a pile of compost.
He finished by saying goodbye "from one pile of compost to another."
He was a nice guy, not like some who are snarly and condescending.
Al Serrato over at please convince me has an article concerning purpose from the atheist's viewpoint.
He starts the article:
“There are asedno atheists in foxholes.” Or so the saying goes. Today, that probably has more to do with the scarcity of foxholes than it does with the scarcity of atheists. Indeed, the growing ranks of atheists include some who would like the military to allow them to designate “humanist” on their dog tags and official records. Just as a Catholic would wish to be specifically labeled and not bunched with other “Christians,” they argue, so too the “humanist” wants his “positive philosophy” to properly reflect what he believes."
Later he adds:
"Atheism posits that we are accidents of evolution, with no transcendent or lasting purpose. The universe just happens to exist and we just happen to be the unintended byproduct of a string of events which were set in motion randomly untold billions of years ago. We pass our brief moments in the sun, and in the end, we simply return to dust. The quality of the lives we lived, and our desire to continue thinking and growing and… being…count for nothing. There is no ultimate arbiter of right and wrong, neither punishment for evil deeds nor rewards for the good that was done."
Truly life's purpose is pretty bleak by their view.
You can read the whole article here.
14 April 2016
What is the solution?
Repent and believe the Gospel. Mark 1:15. See Need God.
What is the Christian to do if he/she finds themselves doing this?
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. " (2 Corinthians 5:17, EMTV)
"But thanks be to God, that though you used to be slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from your heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. I speak in human terms on account of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to uncleanness, and to lawlessness resulting in more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness resulting in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what fruit did you have then of which things you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin, and having become enslaved to God, you have your fruit resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. " (Romans 6:17-22, EMTV)
This reminds me of a situation that D. L. Moody faced in his ministry. There was a woman who had a bad habit of lying. She came to Mr. Moody and asked his advice. He told her that every time she told a lie to go to the people that she had lied to and tell them that she had lied. She did this and shortly thereafter lost her habit.
I think that this would some advice to follow. Every time you abuse someone emotionally confess it and repent, that is, don’t do the emotional abuse anymore.
- Recognize that you abuse.
- Realize that you do not understand love.
- Confess that you enjoy causing pain.
- Realize that you are a coward. (I say this because most abuse occurs privately. Abuser fear that they may be arrested, fired, dealt with, etc. if they are caught publicly).
- Recognize that you are a bully.
- Realize that respect is earned and recognized by others. It cannot be demanded or commanded. Someone who demands it will be hated.
- Stop making excuses about your behavior.
- Confess that you have and are causing deep pain in others.
- Pray for empathy, because you have none.
- Pray for sympathy, because you don’t have that either.
- Confess your sin to God and ask forgiveness.
- Have a number of prayer partners. When you feel this addiction coming on stop right there call this person.
- Encourage those you have abused and do abuse to tell you when you are abusing. When they tell you, then stop. Remember that you are EVIL and need to quit.
- You will need a life time of help and assistance, because of your addiction.
- You also have a need to control. This is wrong. You are evil. You need to confess that you are evil (and not be proud of it).
- Take a walk and yell at a tree or something to get that controlling anger urge out.
04 September 2015
Ingredients for revival
A1 Definition of Revival
C1 Stephen Olford says, "Revival is an invasion from heaven that brings a conscious awareness of God."
C2 Vance Havner once said that, "Revival is the church falling in love with Jesus all over again."
C1 A moving of the person to tears; "I love Jesus more".
C2 Short lasting. When the emotions die down, so does the "revival".
C1 (Return to Life) Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalms 85:6)
D1 Revive has the idea of make alive again
D2 It can be compared to a spring died up from drought, now having water again
D3 It can also be compared to spring when the dead, brown grass becomes green
D4 It carries the idea that we are dried up, brown and only have a potential for living, but with good weather and water come to life again.
E1 Water can be equated to the Holy Spirit
E2 The food and fertilizer can be equated with the Bible
D5 It is the work of God
E1 Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name! Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved! (Psalms 80:18-19)
E2 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!(Psalms 119:25)
C2 (Refreshing, literally "recovering of breath") Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (Acts 3:19)
D1 Being out of breath for any reason, you can breath again
E1 Repent (change your thoughts, desires, words, and deeds)
E2 Be converted (Barnes writes: "The word means properly to "turn; to return to a path from which one has gone astray; and then to turn away from sins, or to forsake them." It is a word used in a general sense to denote "the whole turning to God."
D3 Blessings if conditions met
E1 Sins blotted out
F1 We must confess and forsake our sins
F2 Bible tells us what is right and wrong
E2 Times of refreshing, that is, revival will come
A2 Revival Happens
B1 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)
D1 An Attitude
D2 Webster 1828 states: Literally, worn or bruised. Hence, broken-hearted for sin; deeply affected with grief and sorrow for having offended God; humble; penitent; as a contrite sinner.
D3 This is the opposite of being proud. It is seeking God instead of seeking science, counselors, or ourselves.
D4 It is praying for help, for strength, for guidance, for obedience to God's rules.
D5 It is used in the Old Testament 3 times including: At your command we die and turn back to dust, (Psalms 90:3) [You turn man to destruction, And say, "Return, O children of men." (Psalms 90:3)]
E1 It is translated "destruction" and "dust"
E2 It is an attitude of abasing ourselves, that we do NOT have all the answers.
D6 Barnes comments: The Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate render this, "Thou turnest man to "humiliation;" which, though not the sense of the original, is a true idea, for there is nothing more humiliating than that a human body, once so beautiful, should turn back to dust; nothing more humbling than the grave.
C2 Lowly spirit
D1 An humble attitude and action
D2 Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. (Proverbs 3:34)
E1 Two positions
F1 Scorner: not a believer, but a mocker
F2 Humble: a believer,
E2 Reward in accordance with attitude
F1 Scorner gets scorned
F2 Humble gets favor
D3 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6)
E1 Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage.
E2 Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; lowly; weak; modest.
B2 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
C1 God's people
D1 Those who are saved in the Biblical sense
D2 Those who worship the true God
D1 Humble themselves
E1 Turn to God for answers instead of themselves
E2 Realize who is King (Jesus Christ) and submit to Him
E1 Plead to God for His mercy and blessing
E2 Persistent in prayer
D3 Seek my face
E1 You have said, "Seek my face." My heart says to you, "Your face, LORD, do I seek." (Psalms 27:8)
E2 Seek is to diligently look for
E3 I want to find you, Lord.
E4 I want your blessing, Lord.
E5 I want to worship you, Lord.
E6 He seeks us first, then we seek Him.
D4 Stop sinning
E2 Obeys God's laws, rules
E3 God sets the standard of right and wrong
E4 The New Testament is for the Christian
F1 There are over 1,000 rules for us
F2 We need
G1 want to obey
G2 pray for help to obey
G3 and obey His rules
24 August 2015
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My Lord Keeps A Record
Words and Music by Carl Story & William York
What a wonderful beautiful picture I have / Of a place without sorrow or fear / And I'm going to live in that city someday / For my days are all numbered down here./
Chorus: My Lord (yes my lord) keeps a record ( keeps a record)) / Of the moments I'm living (living) down here (living down here) / He knows (yes He knows) all about me(all about me) all my troubles, my sorrows, my fears (my sorrows, my fears) / I live (yes I live)/ each moment (every moment) through the mercies of God's loving grace (God's loving grace) / And some day, (yes some day) / He will call me (he will call me) / To that wonderful beautiful place (marvelous place).//
Now I want to be doing the will of my Lord / As I travel this wearisome land / So I'll not be ashamed of my record up there / When I stand at the Saviors right hand.//
I will walk on the streets of that city of gold / I will bask in that heavenly light / And I'll look on the face of my Savior so dear / In that city that cometh no night./
My Lord (yes my lord) keeps a record ( keeps a record)) / Of the moments I'm living (living) down here (living down here) / He knows (yes He knows) all about me(all about me) all my troubles, my sorrows, my fears (my sorrows, my fears) / I live (yes I live)/ each moment (every moment) through the mercies of God's loving grace (God's loving grace) / And some day, (yes some day) / He will call me (he will call me) / To that wonderful beautiful place (marvelous place).//
12 July 2015
A1 The problem
B1 Many have been noticing the difficulty of Christians in living and knowing the Christian life.
B2 Professors and teachers have also seen a great decline in Bible knowledge in their students and have to teach basic facts before advancing into deeper studies.
B3 Surveys have shown an increase in the lack of Bible knowledge and facts.
C1 The State of the Bible 2014, research conducted among US adults
A2 The reason
B1 Low priority
B2 The Bible is boring
B3 It takes too much time
B4 It was written by a bunch of ignorant ancient people
B5 I know it all
B6 The Bible is not relevant in today's society
B7 I don't understand it
B8 The reverend/priest is supposed to do that
B9 I'm too busy
B10 There are too many contradictions
B11 The Bible is confusing
B12 Reading makes me sleepy
B13 The main reason, however, is that they do not want to read/study the Bible.
A3 The Bible speaks of this, too.
B1 "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD." (Amos 8:11, NKJV)
B2 "But since I speak the truth you do not believe me." (John 8:45, WPNT)
B3 "Because the time will come when they will not tolerate the sound doctrine; rather, they will accumulate for themselves a great many teachers who will tickle their ears according to their lusts —yes, they will turn their ears away from the Truth and be turned aside to fables. " (2 Timothy 4:3-4, WPNT)
A4 The problem
B2 Sometimes we get discouraged because we don't understand the Bible. ("And Phillip, running up to it, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless someone helps me?" And he urged Philip to come up and sit with him." (Acts 8:30-31, EMTV)
A5 The solution
B1 Determine to make it a daily goal. We determine that we are going to eat food, sleep, or go shopping, so determine to read and study the Bible.
B2 Do this early in the morning or sometime when there are less people, distractions, and activities to lure you away from Bible study.
B3 Ask for God's help.
C1 Praying to God for help in preventing distractions.
C2 Pray to understand.
B4 Have some basic principles to study the Bible. ("Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15, HCSB)
C1 The Bible is to be read in its plain, normal sense. Even passages as in Revelation. We may not understand or give perfect interpretation, but what is recorded by John the Apostle is what he saw and then wrote.
C2 Context. The 20/20 method is a very generalized help. It is to read the 20 verses prior and the 20 verses following the one you are studying.
B5 Have a good method.
D1 Read/study the Bible in its plain, normal sense.
D2 Read the context.
F1 This is scripture interpreting scripture. (An example can be found here)
F2 Find parallel verses.
F3 Find same/similar topics as the verse in question
F1 The verses preceding the one being studied.
F2 The verses following.
D3 Find and consider the historical background.
D4 Pay attention to grammar.
D5 Know definitions.
C2 Study methods
D1 Some on-line resources
E1 Basic Principles by Dr. Cooper Abrams (this is a .doc file)
D2 Godly meditation
E1 It is not going into the silence or by passing your brain or seeing visions, etc.
E2 It is actively thinking. It is thinking about each. Emphasize it as you think about it. For example
F1 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. " (John 3:16, EMTV)
F2 For God
F3 so loved
F4 Continue for each main word or phrase
B6 Some free Bible software
C1 The Word
B7 On-line Bible study (there are many)
C1 Step Bible
B8 Some ways to not study the Bible
C1 Seek your spirit guide.
C2 Go into the Silence.
C3 Read only commentaries or listen to videos.
A6 The need
B1 Our body needs food to live.
B2 Our soul needs food to live.
C1 "For indeed, although you ought to be teachers by this time, again you have need for someone to teach you what are the elements of the beginning of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, for he is an infant." (Hebrews 5:12-13, EMTV)
C2 "...as newborn babes, desire the genuine milk of the word, that by it you may grow," (1 Peter 2:2, EMTV)
B3 It really is that simple.
A7 Jesus's thoughts
B1 "Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'" (Matthew 22:37, EMTV)
D1 The Greek word is agapao
D2 This is the highest, greatest form of love.
D3 It is the love of choice.
D4 It is not the love of passion, sex, friendship, or kinship.
D5 It is the love of loyalty, consistency, steadfast, and never ending. Read 1 Corinthians 13
D6 A few parallel passages where the same word is used.
E1 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and you shall hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you," (Matthew 5:43-44, EMTV)
E2 "For this reason My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again." (John 10:17, EMTV)
E3 "So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he that loves his own wife loves himself. "
(Ephesians 5:28, EMTV)
D1 The Greek word is kardia
D2 It refers to the physical heart (the pumping machine inside our chest), the deepest thoughts, desires, and motives.
D3 Some parallel verses where the same word is used.
E1 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and they honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me." (Matthew 15:8, EMTV)
E2 "But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart." (John 16:6, EMTV)
D1 The Greek word is psuche
D2 It means literally "breath" but is used mainly in the sense of our feelings and emotions.
D3 Some other verses
E1 "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28, EMTV)
E2 "Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will announce justice to the Gentiles." (Matthew 12:18, EMTV)
E3 "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:23, EMTV)
D1 The Greek word is dianoia
D2 It means deep thought or the place of our intellect
D3 We are to use our intellect, our reason, for Bible study or a Biblical life
D4 Some other verses
E1 "This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having been darkened in understanding, being estranged from the life of God, because of the ignorance which is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;" (Ephesians 4:17-18, EMTV)
E2 "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled"
(Colossians 1:21, EMTV)
E3 "And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true; and we are in Him that is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." (1 John 5:20, EMTV)
A8 Some sources of Bible reading and Bible study
B1 Bible reading (There are many).
C3 ESV plans
B2 Bible study
C1 Daily Bible Study from InterVarsity. (I'm not a great fan of IV, but the Bible study might be of some use. The study link is for 10 July 15.
C2 After searching for over an hour, I can't find any more. I think this is a need for some of us to fill. Praying.