I am a Believer first, husband and dad. Grab a Bible, notebook and pen and let's study the Word together. God bless.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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.
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 WhitneyPosted at 12:24 PM | Comments (0) | Permalink
Monday, July 21, 2014
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.
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."
Know that we are praying for you. Please comment below and share with your friends using the social media buttons above.
Ted WhitneyPosted at 2:47 PM | Comments (3) | Permalink
Monday, June 23, 2014
Do we consider God's grace in our every day activities? Let's look at some passages describing God's grace:
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?
Do others see God's grace in us? God bless. Please comment below and share with with your friends.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." Psalm 118:1Posted at 9:44 AM | Comments (14) | Permalink
Monday, June 9, 2014
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:
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 WhitneyPosted at 2:49 PM | Comments (16) | Permalink
Thursday, May 29, 2014
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:
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.
Ted WhitneyPosted at 3:02 PM | Comments (11) | Permalink