Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. Psalm 119:67 The primary New Testament Greek word for “training” or “instruction” is paideia. It is based on the verb paideuo which is based on a primitive Greek word pais—“a child, boy, or servant.” Therefore, as its base meaning, paideia means child-training.
I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. Deuteronomy 30:19 Somewhere in an American community today a special school bus is rolling up to a high school to teach students the power of their decisions. It’s called the “Choice Bus,” and
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 4 Every Christian parent knows this: Nothing brings the kind of joy that comes when parents see their children walking faithfully with Christ. Why does that knowledge bring joy to a parent? Because it means everything that a parent
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25 The World Health Organization says that, in 2012, an estimated 56 million people died around the world from all causes. Doing the math that means approximately 153,425 died every day,
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem… with Mary, his betrothed wife. Luke 2:4-5 There’s much we don’t know about Joseph and Mary. We assume Mary was quite young. Somehow we think Joseph was a bit older, for he
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17 David Livingstone was a British medical missionary of iconic proportions in nineteenth-century England and Africa. When it was feared that Livingstone had died in Africa, the Welsh explorer H. M.
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned. Matthew 4:16 If you’re planning a Christmas trip to Tromsø, Norway, don’t pack your sunglasses. Between November and January the sun never rises there. This town, which sits on
But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:23 African jungle hornbill birds have home ranges from 2,300 to 10,000 acres, flying more than 130 miles over a couple months. Why
And do not lead us into temptation . . . —Matthew 6:13 In our study of the Lord’s Prayer, we see that the final need we have is for protection. Jesus says, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). That raises the question, does God ever tempt us?
Psalms 37:4-6 What may begin as a minor comparison between our own lives and the lives of others can quickly escalate into an overwhelming mess. Jealousy is like a snowball that grows larger and larger. Its consequences are often devastating. Confusion, anxiety, and bitterness can flood an envious heart and skew thoughts, until it’s nearly