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Ted Whitney

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I am a Believer first, husband and dad.  Grab a Bible, notebook and pen and let's study the Word together.  God bless.


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Call

Read Mark 1:16-20 with me.    16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”   18 At once they left their nets and followed Him.   19 When He had gone a little farther, He saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him."

Note the response of the disciples to Jesus' call. 

  • Verse 18 says, "At once they left their nets and followed Him."
  • Verse 20 says, ". . . and they left their father Zebedee in the boat. . ."

I wonder if the disciples would have responded the same if they had their eyes glued to their cell phones.

Sometimes my response to God's call is delayed and the reason for this is I am distracted.  For instance, this morning when I would normally open my Bible, I picked up my phone and read a couple of emails.  That was a mistake because I was immediately distracted from what was important.  Usually I place my phone by the door so that I pick it up on the way to the car; however, this morning the phone was on the coffee table near my Bible.  A routine of quiet Bible-reading and relationship-building was cut short due to my choices.  Lesson learned.

What is your distraction?  Are you willing to take responsibility and change some habits?  Jesus is calling each of us to a deeper relationship with Him and yet many of us ironically miss His call because we are completely distracted.  What are your thoughts about this subject?  I know it is a tough subject.  God bless.

Ted Whitney

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Bookends of Faith

We are starting a series of studies on the Book of Mark and we encourage each of our online students and other readers to grab a Bible or online resource, notebook and pen and let's find the treasure that God has for each of us.  Please comment as you are led and let us encourage each other in our daily walk with Jesus.

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The Beginning of Jesus' Earthly Ministry

Let's read Mark 1:14-15 with our online community:

"Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the Gospel'."

I am intrigued that Jesus begins His earthly ministry with "Repent and believe the Good News!" because some three years later, He finishes His earthly ministry with the same message. 

The End of Jesus' Earthly Ministry

Mark 16:15-16a reads, "And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved." 

This reminds me of John 3:16

John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Applications

  1. Online Community, this is a great opportunity to review what is happening in your life.  Have you placed your faith in the sufficient work of Jesus?
  2. Believers, as we usher in a new semester at Liberty University, may we mimic Christ's message of faith. 

Know that we are praying for you.  Please comment below and share with your friends using the social media buttons above.

Ted Whitney

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Living in God's Grace

Do we consider God's grace in our every day activities?  Let's look at some passages describing God's grace:

  1. Titus 2:11: "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men."
  2. Ephesians 2:8-9: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from  yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast."
  3. 2 Timothy 2:1-2: "You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

One of my friends described grace as "Christ in us".  Grace can also be described as being given a gift we do not deserve.  Believers, we have Christ in us and we do not deserve His grace; therefore, how do we respond?

  • When we have an opportunity to say thanks
  • When we have an opportunity to care for a neighbor
  • When we have the privilege of offering forgiveness
  • When we are considering leaving a tip for the waiter or waitress
  • In that moment when we get to select words of encouragement

Do others see God's grace in us?  God bless.  Please comment below and share with with your friends.

Ted Whitney

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."  Psalm 118:1

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Where Faith Begins

Where does faith begin?  Does faith begin to take seed when we have control over our lives or does it begin when we have less control?  Let's look at 3 different situations:

  1. The Woman in Luke 8:43-48: Verses 43-44 read, "And there was a woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she spent all of her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone.  She came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased."
  2. The Blind Beggar in Luke 18:35-43: Verses 35-38 read, "As He drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.  And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant.  They told him, 'Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.'  And he cried out, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!'"
  3. Peter in Matthew 14:22-33: "Verses 28-30 read, "And Peter answered Him, 'Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.'  He said, 'Come."  So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, 'Lord, save me.'"

Note that in all three passages, Jesus speaks to each person about his or her faith."  Perhaps our faith is made stronger when we have exhausted our options and we must look to Him.

Psalm 62:1-2 says, "Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.  Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken."  Online Community, are you trusting Jesus today or are you trusting in your abilities and resources?  Feel free to comment below.  God bless.

Ted Whitney

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Time to Praise the Lord

We're giving everyone a chance to tell us what you are praising the Lord for today!  What is on your heart? 

Read some passages with us:

  • "We praise you, God, we praise You, for your Name is near; people tell of Your wonderful deeds."  Psalm 75:1
  • "Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah"  Psalm 24:8-10
  • "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits."  Psalm 103:2
  • "He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”  Luke 19:40
  • "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world."  Psalm 19:1-4

I praise the Lord for His ongoing love.  I cannot comprehend His love entirely; however, he gives me a glimpse on occasion.  I praise the Lord for His love.

God bless.

Ted Whitney

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