Bible Study on the Book of James: “Straight Talk” (CBByrd November 2014) In the introduction to James in the Wesley Study Bible it is noted that Martin Luther held the book of James in low regard, calling it … Read More
Today with the Titus 2 ladies we did a lesson on Isaiah 1:18-19…..God’s call to reason. This is not an invitation to argue or debate with God about God’s priorities. I hear it more like God saying, “You stiff-necked, stubborn, … Read More
Christ’s teaching of the authority one has to make the choice of surrender or not, the free will of each of us, and one’s knowledge that because of the power of that choice to surrender, anyone may come to the Father through Christ, even those who offend the religious elite, is what got Christ crucified. It offended them when he said it in the synagogue in Nazareth after his baptism and it offended them here at the end of him ministry, described in John 10:13-19
“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” 19 A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.
Matters of motive, authority, sacrifice, surrender, free will, and who gets in and who doesn’t…….Such things divide those who pursue the letter of the law at the expense of the spirit of the law. .
I began studying the Beatitudes in 2001 and teaching them as a progressive journey toward Christ-like character. It took me countless hours of study and research to find others who had seen and taught them this way. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was … Read More
Earlier this year I had written a Bible study on the book of Ephesians and used it in a study with some women in a discipleship program. My work was later reviewed by a group of people who oversee my ministry … Read More