Most Recent Topics - Bible Research - Bible Research http://www.bible-research.org Fri, 25 May 2018 16:37:18 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Can You See It? Life or Death. http://www.bible-research.org/blog/can-you-see-it-life-or-death.html http://www.bible-research.org/blog/can-you-see-it-life-or-death.html Can you see it?

What is it?

Variation?

Or more than that.

Contradiction? Divergence? Opposition?

Apples

Or modest comparison.

Flowers

Resemblance?

Or distinctly different.

Frog

Strikingly dissimilar.

 

Can you see it?

 

A wise son makes a father glad,

But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.

Ill-gotten gains do not profit,

But righteousness delivers from death.

Dandylion

The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger,

But He will reject the craving of the wicked.

Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,

But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely,

But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.

Blessings are on the head of the righteous,

But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

The memory of the righteous is blessed,

But the name of the wicked will rot.

Umbrella

The wise of heart will receive commands,

But a babbling fool will be ruined.

He who walks in integrity walks securely,

But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

He who winks the eye causes trouble,

And a babbling fool will be ruined.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,

But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Hatred stirs up strife,

But love covers all transgressions.

Feeding

On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,

But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

Wise men store up knowledge,

But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.

The rich man’s wealth is his fortress,

The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

The wages of the righteous is life,

The income of the wicked, punishment.

He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,

But he who ignores reproof goes astray.

He who conceals hatred has lying lips,

And he who spreads slander is a fool.

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,

But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Alps

The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver,

The heart of the wicked is worth little.

The lips of the righteous feed many,

But fools die for lack of understanding.

It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich,

And He adds no sorrow to it.

Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool,

And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

What the wicked fears will come upon him,

But the desire of the righteous will be granted.

Swans

When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more,

But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,

So is the lazy one to those who send him.

The fear of the Lord prolongs life,

But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

The hope of the righteous is gladness,

But the expectation of the wicked perishes.

The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright,

But ruin to the workers of iniquity.

Galaxy

The righteous will never be shaken,

But the wicked will not dwell in the land.

The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom,

But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable,

But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted. Proverbs 10

 

Can you see it?

 

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:5-11

Lion

What does observing contrasts do for you?

What does it do for all of us?

How can you use it to improve your attitude and well-being?

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bbkerndesigns@comcast.net (Bible Research) Blog: Bible Study and Prophecy Sun, 20 May 2018 02:32:12 +0000
How Do You Deal With Conflict? http://www.bible-research.org/blog/how-do-you-deal-with-conflict.html http://www.bible-research.org/blog/how-do-you-deal-with-conflict.html Run? Hide? Avoid? You know, those situations where you and someone else clash or disagree.

Or someone says something you don’t understand.

But instead of asking that person the what or why, you create your own little story around it.

Or you think you heard the whole story but you really didn’t.

And that makes your understanding discordant and incompatible with the truth of the matter.

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:24

It might be someone close to you.

Teammates

Or a teammate.

Or a family member.

Or maybe you heard or read something that set you on edge internally.

What do you do in circumstances like these?

What should you do?

Bury your head in the sand? 

Walk away?

Or hit the subject head on?

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13

Conflicts Can Be Good

What did Almighty God say to do if someone who is your brother or sister in arms, in the truth of Jesus Christ, sins against you?

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Matthew 18:15-17

What if the other person has not committed a sin?

Maybe the conflict is due to that person’s character. 

Or their temperament. 

Or maybe their disposition doesn’t suit you.

To resolve the mismatch, and the negative potential it may have on you and others, you know deep down in your heart that you really should converse with that person.

But you haven’t figured out how to take the steps to discuss it with them.

Steps

So the condition continues.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

Maybe you think it’s no big deal.

Maybe you think it wouldn’t hurt to just let it go, unchecked.

Or you ask yourself: Why must I be the one to muster the bravery to hit the subject head on?

But then you realize that if you don’t, others might get hurt.

Strike

Wait, did you catch that?

Yes.

Others might get hurt.

Can you actually decide to stand by and let that happen? 

Especially if you consider yourself to have a good conscience?

No.

Part of your job in caring for others in the truth is to help them not get hurt.

So you pray about it and find the valor in yourself to speak up.

Believe In Prayer

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9

Maybe Luke wrote for a reason that in matters like these we should pay attention to ourselves.

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. Luke 17:3

Dove

You can look at dealing with conflict in a couple of ways:

  • You can make it easy.
  • Or you can make it difficult.

Here are several ways to prepare yourself to deal with conflict:

  • Be authentic.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Set your boundaries.
  • Show you care.
  • Be steadfast and patient. Everyone moves at a different speed.

Teamwork

A few other tips:

  1. Be vulnerable.
    Though it may seem counterintuitive, being open and honest ... during challenging times demonstrates a sense of trust that can develop into mutual respect. ... Sharing where you are struggling fosters an ecosystem of understanding and support, and does far more good than pretending that you are The Fearless, Flawless Leader.
  2. Be aware.

Stop and ask, “Why isn’t this working?”…

  1. Center yourself.

Center yourself so you can be a calm and rational mediator.

  1. Manage mediation.
    lays out what you expect from those in the disagreement to create a safe space for honest communication.
  2. Listen deeply and actively.
    It’s important to acknowledge the feelings of each party involved and use reflective language to show that they’ve been heard.
  3. Acknowledge, respect and thank. Repeat.
    It doesn’t take thousands of dollars to make others feel appreciated. A simple email, text or brief handwritten (ideally, hand-delivered) note has the power to touch deeply and stave away challenging occurrences.
    Ideas from: https://ideas.ted.com/6-tips-for-dealing-with-conflict/

You can do it.

Especially for the benefit of Jesus Christ’s people as well as yourself.

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out. Proverbs 17:14

Find the courage in yourself to easily address conflicts this week.

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bbkerndesigns@comcast.net (Bible Research) Blog: Bible Study and Prophecy Mon, 07 May 2018 14:21:28 +0000
A Good Partnership is Balanced http://www.bible-research.org/blog/a-good-partnership-is-balanced.html http://www.bible-research.org/blog/a-good-partnership-is-balanced.html Do you have a partner? If so, do you appreciate them and show it? A partnership comprises at least two…

Each partner pulls their own weight.

The partners take good care of each other.

Horse and Dog

Sometimes one partner needs help.

Farming

Sometimes one needs support.

Strength. Sympathy. Kindness. Encouragement.

Be Strong

A strong heart. A strong arm. Kind words

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29

Skillful

Balance in a partnership comes in all shapes, sizes, and quantities.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Are you a woman in the Lord who cares for a partner?

If so, is that companion a priority to you?

If not, have you considered asking someone you care about to be your buddy?

A woman’s care for others is important to that person and to the Lord.

Consider the words of King Lemuel, and the oracle that his mother taught him:

What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women,
Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
For they will drink and forget what is decreed,
And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to him whose life is bitter.
Let him drink and forget his poverty
And remember his trouble no more.
Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all the unfortunate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

Reading

Defending others who need it. That’s a renewed idea.

What about a worthy woman?

Aspiring

Does she pull her weight in the partnership?

Does her partner put trust in her?

Is strength in her at all times?

Does she show kindness?

Does she take care of her household?

Does she support others?

Does she respect the Lord?

Does she smile at the future?

Light

An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
She is like merchant ships;

She brings her food from afar.
She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.

She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.

She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her;

Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31

That’s an ample sum for a woman to live up to.

Not to worry.

Plenty of self-improvement opportunities exist every day.

Personal Development

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Be willing and attend to the Lord God YHWH, Jesus Christ, significant others, and yourself this week.

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bbkerndesigns@comcast.net (Bible Research) Blog: Bible Study and Prophecy Tue, 01 May 2018 13:37:57 +0000
Crucial Thinking http://www.bible-research.org/blog/crucial-thinking.html http://www.bible-research.org/blog/crucial-thinking.html It’s what we each need in this time. Not only for ourselves. But for each other. And for all of…

May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104:34

Brain

We must reimburse consideration to our thoughts.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

Brain2

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:6-9

Help

Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king, nor in your bedroom curse the rich, for a bird of the air will carry your voice, or some winged creature tell the matter. Ecclesiastes 10:20

Brain3

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. James 1:26

Clear Road

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

Sunflower

Your thoughts matter.

Style it a thoughtful and considerate week, with all the selflessness you can muster.

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bbkerndesigns@comcast.net (Bible Research) Blog: Bible Study and Prophecy Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:33:56 +0000