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Word and Law

Word and LawJames 1:22–25 Excerpt What James referred to as the “Word” in vv. 18212223 he calls the “law” here.120 As the “Word” brings new life according to v. 18, so “the law” here is what sets us free121 (lit. “the perfect law of freedom”). The combination of law and freedom points to the free obedience of the Christian life and echoes Paul’s theology of freedom in Christ (cf. Rom 6:18–222 Cor 3:17Gal 2:45:113–146:2). The law is “perfect” in that it participates in the goodness of God and is essential to his gifts bestowed in wisdom to believers. More Richardson, Kurt A. James. Vol. 36. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997. Print. The New American Commentary.

How to Study the Bible

How to Study the BibleExcerpt ‎As you begin to study the Bible, determine your goals, methods, and resources. If you simply want to be a more careful reader of the Bible, perhaps begin by reading a small portion of the text daily with a Bible reading plan. If you want to put serious effort into learning the Bible, further commitment is needed. This approach may involve several hours a week of focused study and the use of resources such as commentaries. If pursuing this level of Bible study, you will benefit from acquiring at least one dictionary and two kinds of commentaries to help you. Valuable resources include a Bible dictionary, a one-volume Bible commentary, and a set of individual commentary volumes on individual books of the Bible. Using these as you study the Bible passage-by-passage will provide some of the same help you’d get if you were to study the Bible in an academic institution. ‎No matter which group you’re in, there are some basics that apply … More Stuart, Douglas. “Ho…

Outline of Proverbs 3:5-6

Outline of Proverbs 3:5-6Proverbs 3:5–6 Excerpt How to Know the Guidance of God (vv.56) A.“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart” B. “Lean not to own understanding” C. “In all thy ways acknowledge Him” D. “He shall direct thy paths”More Wood, Charles R. Sermon Outlines on the Book of Proverbs. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984. Print.

Subjection of Christ

Subjection of ChristExcerpt “Sanctify Christ as Lord” is the best translation of v.15. Put Him on the throne of your heart. If He controls our lives, then we will always have an answer when people ask about the hope we have in Him (Mark 13:11). A surrendered heart and a good conscience will together give peace when people accuse us falsely. Sinners may accuse us, but God knows the heart; and we fear God, not men (Isa. 8:12–13). Again, Peter reminds them of the sufferings of Christ, that He was falsely accused yet left the matter with HisFather. More Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print.

Connect the Testaments

March 9: Profound and Confounding Numbers 8–9; John 16:5–33; Psalm 9:8–20 God’s provision in our lives is often hard to see. There are times when we follow His commandments and we’re able to visibly see His work. Such times are profound to the believer but can be confounding to the unbeliever. The ancients practiced remembering these events. They built memorials (usually a stack of stones) in places where God had shown Himself to them, such as when He offered them a covenant or gave them a revelation of some kind. They also had recurring holidays for remembering God’s providence in their lives. These types of traditions are nearly lost on us. Easter and Christmas are intended for this purpose, but they have become about something entirely different instead: bunnies and eggs, or a man with a red suit. Syncretism quietly sneaks into our lives, even though we would love to believe we would never let it happen. In Numbers 9:1–14, we see God’s command that His people celebrate the day He saved…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 9   Go To Evening Reading
“Yea, he is altogether lovely.” —Song of Solomon 5:16
The superlative beauty of Jesus is all-attracting; it is not so much to be admired as to be loved. He is more than pleasant and fair, he is lovely. Surely the people of God can fully justify the use of this golden word, for he is the object of their warmest love, a love founded on the intrinsic excellence of his person, the complete perfection of his charms. Look, O disciples of Jesus, to your Master’s lips, and say, “Are they not most sweet?” Do not his words cause your hearts to burn within you as he talks with you by the way? Ye worshippers of Immanuel, look up to his head of much fine gold, and tell me, are not his thoughtsprecious unto you? Is not your adoration sweetened with affection as ye humbly bow before that countenance which is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars? Is there not a charm in his every feature, and is not his whole person fragrant with such a savor of his good ointments…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 9th The time of relapse Will ye also go away?John 6:67. A penetrating question. Our Lord’s words come home most when He talks in the most simple way. We know Who Jesus is, but in spite of that He says—“Will ye also go away?” We have to maintain a venturing attitude toward Him all the time. “From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.” They went back from walking with Jesus, not into sin, but they relapsed. Many to-day are spending and being spent in work for Jesus Christ, but they do not walk with Him. The one thing God keeps us to steadily is that we may be one with Jesus Christ. After sanctification the discipline of our spiritual life is along this line. If God gives a clear and emphatic realization to your soul of what He wants, do not try to keep yourself in that relationship by any particular method, but live a natural life of absolute dependence on Jesus Christ. Never try to live the life with God on any other line than God’s line, and that li…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 9 When he cometh into the world, he saith … A body hast thou prepared me Heb. 10:5 The word of Christ must be adopted by each of His followers. Nothing will help us to live in this world and keep ourselves unspotted but the Spirit that was in Christ, that looked upon His body as prepared by God for His service; that looks upon our body as prepared by Him too, that we might offer it to Him. Like Christ, we too have a body in which the Holy Spirit dwells. Like Christ, we too must yield our body, with every member, every power, every action, to fulfill His will, to be offered up to Him, to glorify Him. Like Christ, we must prove in our body that we are holy to the Lord. Andrew Murray

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.