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Several devotional studies have been added to the Psalm 119 Devotionals page. Each one has an illustration comparing an eight verse stanza with an aspect of long-distance hiking. (The latest and final illustration, the one for 119:169-176, is shown below.) Click the button to go to this page. Twenty-two of the 22 studies are now done!

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May 27, 2021


Today, the NEW interactive Describe-It card set was used to describe Nathanael's skeptical question about Jesus and Nazareth (John 1:46) on the John studies page. Click this link for an explanation of the diagram below. When is it good to be skeptical?

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May 11, 2021

One Another -- Where & Why?

A quick search of Amazon spirituality section for "one another" themed books reveals well over a hundred. One of the best known is shown above. Great, but WHERE in the Bible is there a concentration of "one another" lines with far more of them in a single passage than anywhere else? The answer is Galatians 5:13 through to 6:2.

Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, you have been called unto liberty; only do not use liberty as an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. 5:18 But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law. ----- 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. 6:2 Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 

Ok, but why in Galatians? The answer is revealed in 5:14 and 6:2. The Galatian believers had been mistaught the law by false teachers. So they wrongly thought of it primarily as detailed rules to be obeyed and circumcision to be received. So Paul taught them the truth, that the essence of keeping the law is "one-anothering," or as he put it in 5:13 it is by love serving one another.

By the way, there is another somewhat smaller concentration of one another lines in Romans chapter 12, which is also about the nature of the Christian life in comparison to living under the law and serving in the temple. It shows that we are to begin by presenting our lives to the Lord rather than dead animal sacrifices, and then we are to go on to serve God by using our spiritual gifts in helping one another (Rom. 12:5, 10, 16).

May 2, 2021


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