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Following Jesus

Mark 8:34 (VW) And when He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. The Lord Jesus had been teaching (prophesying) the people of His coming suffering, death, and resurrection. Peter was not pleased and with false hope rebukes Jesus in hopes of encouraging Him. Jesus rebukes Peter with the stern…

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James 4:4-10

James continues to teach us God’s ways. He emphasizes the difference between the world’s system and God’s system. The difference in loyalty, attitudes, lifestyle, rules, worldview, etc. He urges living according to the law of Christ (1 Corinthians 9:21, Galatians 6:2, James 1:25, and James 2:12). Even though the Psalmist refers to Mosaic Law in Psalm 19, surely the words of Psalm 19:7-11 applies. A few quotes: B1 Hiebert writes (D. Edmond Hiebert, James commentary):…

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James 1:16-27

James continues to instruct us on living the Christian life. He spends some time correcting deceptions about the Christian life. God gives gifts, so should we. James teaches us true gifts based on God’s examples. One of the best gifts He gives is self-control. We must listen carefully before speaking. What we say is not the most important, but what we do. My translation and notes on James 1:16-27 Believers Should Know That God Is…

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James 1:9-15

James continues his letter on topics concerning the Christian lifestyle and principles of God’s kingdom. My translation and notes on James 1:9-15 Believers Should Be Content in Life’s Status 9 Let the brother of humble circumstances rejoice in that he is exalted, [The Greek word for ‘humble circumstances’ is (G5011) ταπεινός tapeinós, which means low to the ground and applied in different ways. Here, it means socioeconomic status, not just financial status. It can be…

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Matthew 5:1-12

Jesus is the teacher of all teachers. The Beatitudes are the beginning of a teaching session where Jesus teaches the correct worldview and lifestyle of the Kingdom of God. I have written some simple notes to hopefully stimulate all to read and study these principles. Afterwards, all believers—especially—can apply and start living according to these traits with the help of God’s assisting grace. My translation and notes of Matthew 5:1-12 Matthew Chapter 5 Jesus’s Sermon…

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2 Timothy 1:15-18

Paul continues his instructions to Timothy yet applicable to all church workers—especially pastors—and to all believers. We learn from these true-life examples what pleases our Lord Jesus, and what doesn’t. We learn to remain loyal to fellow believers. We learn to pray for those who desert us or remain loyal. Our friendships must be with those who are loyal to Jesus Christ, His worldview, lifestyle, rules, and beliefs. My translation and notes on 2 Timothy…

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1 Timothy 5:1-16

Timothy continues his education about God’s will for pastors dealing with interpersonal competence, widows, and subtopics for each. My translation and notes of 1 Timothy 5:1-16 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​1 Timothy Chapter 5 Respect the Brethren 1 Don’t scold an older man, instead appeal to him like a father, [and] the younger men like brothers, [Elders here are old men, not a church official. The idea is to respect the person when warning them of sin or errors.…

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1 Timothy 2:8-15

Paul now instructs Timothy about the believers in the congregation. My notes and translation of 1 Timothy 2:8-15 Encourage Members 8 Therefore, I want men to pray wherever they are, lifting holy hands without anger and doubt. [The men of the church (believers) are being addressed. Starting in verse 9 the women are addressed. These verses are referring to public worship. When men are praying in public, they need to have holy hands. Contrast these…

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1 Timothy 2:1-7

Guidance for church worship regarding prayer. Also addressed is Jesus is the perfect mediator, the only mediator between humans and God. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​1 Timothy Chapter 2 Encourage prayer for Others 1 Therefore, first of all, I strongly urge that entreaties, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, [Paul lists four types of prayers. The Greek word for ‘entreaties’ is δέησις déēsis (G1162). It means a personal plea, so entreaty as in please help me,…

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Hebrews 12:25-29

The Hebrews writer having reviewed the superiority of Jesus over everything gives a warning to those who refuse to believe. He gives some examples of those who refused God’s message. Jesus is greater than Moses, Aaron, angels, anything, or anyone (Hebrews 3:5-6). Judgment day is coming. We must remain steadfast in faith. My translation and notes on Hebrews 12:25-29 Do Not Reject God’s Warning 25 Beware, that youp don’t refuse him who speaks, because if they didn’t…

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