Daily Verse – Revelations 7:9

The Book of Revelation is a rich source of information and complicated. In today’s verse I am just concentrating on a few words. A multitude out of every nation and tribe and peoples and tongues. Ochlos – a crowd, a multitude, like the people surrounding Jesus as he entered towns and villages. Ethnos – outContinue reading “Daily Verse – Revelations 7:9”

Creativity Update.

I have taken once again to writing my reflections upon a verse of the Bible each week day. As always I write what I most need to hear and do. I am conscious of more focus on individual words in this phase of writing than before. Then the whole verse was in consideration. Now itContinue reading “Creativity Update.”

Daily Verse – Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God. Try it right now. One minute – sit and be still. No thoughts. Breathing calmly. Close your eyes, but no napping. If you managed that, well done! Most people freak out and think of all the things they have to do or should be doing or wantContinue reading “Daily Verse – Psalm 46:10”

Daily Verse – James 1:2

Making the word order a little easier to follow in the Greek Interlinear, this verse reads, ‘Esteem it all joy, my brothers, when you might fall into various trials’. This verse may well be the equivalent of that common saying, laugh in the face of danger. Neither are reckless or uncaring of what happens nextContinue reading “Daily Verse – James 1:2”

Daily Verse – 1 Corinthians 13:13

I have chosen the Message version today because I absolutely love Peterson’s exhortation to ‘Trust steadily in God’. The Greek Interlinear tells us that this first of three behaviours for us is ‘faith’. The word is pistis, which is used 36 times in the N.T. and always of an active faith: e.g., your faith hasContinue reading “Daily Verse – 1 Corinthians 13:13”

Daily Verse – 1 Peter 4:10

Interestingly in the Greek Interlinear text of this passage, the phrase ‘from his great variety of spiritual gifts’ does not appear. This is clearly an addition by the translators to further inform on the meaning of the passage. The more straight forward Interlinear ‘(as) each has received a gift’ is much more inclusive than theContinue reading “Daily Verse – 1 Peter 4:10”

Daily Verse – Colossians 4:6

The Apostle Paul is talking again about proclaiming the mystery of Christ. He exhorts us to talk about Jesus, the hope of our lives, wherever and whenever the opportunity presents itself. As in yesterday’s verse, we are to always be ready to share our faith, even in the face of opposition. Today, Paul asks usContinue reading “Daily Verse – Colossians 4:6”

Daily Verse – 1 Peter 3:15

The word which jumps out in this verse, when you read the Greek Interlinear version, is that ‘answer’ is written as ‘defence’. We are to always be ready to give a defence of the hope we have in Christ. The word for ‘defence’ in Greek is apologian and only occurs in the New Testament 3Continue reading “Daily Verse – 1 Peter 3:15”

Verse of the Day: Romans 8:1

In this verse the Apostle Paul uses the Greek work katakrima for the word condemnation. He tells us there is no condemnation – no penalty, no punishment or penal servitude following from a condemning. There are only two other usages of katakrima besides this one in the New Testament and both occur in Romans 5:16Continue reading “Verse of the Day: Romans 8:1”

Easter Day Thoughts

It has been more than a year since I entered a physical church building. No one could have imagined the events of the last year which has contributed to me making that statement. I have always believed that the church of God is the people and not the stone and glass, but it did strikeContinue reading “Easter Day Thoughts”