Daily Devotional in Colossians 1

Daily Nugget:
The Bible repeatedly emphasizes how important it is to be concerned about other people.
Our natural flesh sometimes wants to be jealous of others, or ignore their needs completely. In this chapter, Paul is an example of how we should genuinely be concerned about others. The preacher reminds us, by his concern for the Colossian Christians, that we should:

Continually pray for others’ needs (vs. 9). A habit of faithfully praying for others and their needs will ease any hard feelings we have for them, will keep us humble, and will help keep us from exhibiting a selfish nature.Desire that others will know God’s will and have an understanding of spiritual things (vs. 9). We should want all to know all they can about the things of God.Desire that others will produce Christian “fruits”, and that they will do much for the cause of Christ (vs. 10).Desire that others will be strengthened and develop Christian character (vs. 11).
In a world that has become miserably self-centered, a…

Daily Devotional in Philippians 4

Daily Nugget:
Sometimes, life can be plain rough; even for Christians. We may face financial hardships,
physical problems, relationship challenges, and hosts of other types of trials. What do you do? Where do you run to? How do you escape the load of a burden you sometimes just cannot imagine yourselves bearing?

We are told in the Bible that, as heavy as one’s burdens feel, God will never allow one more than he can bear:
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I Corinthians 10:13 

Whatever we face, God will only allow us to go through what we can handle with His help. Somehow, the immense trials so many are facing can be handled by them.

With the faith that God will help them, the next avenue of relief from trials and tribulations is prayer: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by pr…

Daily Devotional in Philippians 3

Daily Nugget:
The early church had many of the problems our churches have today. Here the Philippian church was warned of three particular dangers. The three “bewares” (vs. 2) cautioned of:

“… of dogs”. Although, gentiles were often called “dogs”, it would hardly be likely that Paul, who was a missionary to the Gentiles, would warn the Philippians (many of whom were converted gentiles, to look out for themselves. He may have been referring to the false shepherds (pastors) that were only in the ministry for themselves, as described in Isaiah 52:8-11.
“The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, … All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.…

Daily Devotions in Philippians 2

Daily Nugget:
This chapter teaches a principle that the world, including our public educational system,
has not understood for quite some time. Again and again, it is taught that “you are the most important person,” and that building one’s self-esteem should be a priority. That is the opposite of what the Bible teaches.

Here in this chapter, the Philippians are reminded that instead of building up one’s own pride, that they should make another’s needs more important than their own. Instead of being prideful about ourselves, we should be humble.
“… but in lowliness of mind …” (vs. 3).

Verse three goes on to say that we should “… esteem other better than themselves.” Instead of being number one, we should be lower in the rank. Meeting others’ needs should be important in our lives.

Some would be quick to retort, “It wouldn’t be healthy for me if I didn’t feel good about myself.” It is not talking about “feeling good about yourself” here. If you put others’ needs above your own, you will …

Daily Devotional in Philippians 1

Daily Nugget:
Most people, Christian’s included, have much fear and anxiety about their death. Paul had a much different outlook on his. His attitude was that his life here on this earth was more important to other’s than to him (vs. 24). He considered death a gain to him, rather than a great loss.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

That is a much different view than those living for the party scene would have. They look forward to constant excitement and a party life. If they could not be partying, they would not be happy. The thought of death and the next life would not be something they would look forward to, as it would be different from what they like.

Self-centered people get their enjoyment when they are the center of attention: when their needs are catered to. He also would fear an eternal future, where he was not in the position to get what he wanted and run the show.

One seeking political power and money is satisfied when he is running things,…

Bible View #685 is available!

This week's Bible View (#685) is available at:  The theme this week is Christmas.

Read the brief Bible study "Praise God!"

Praise is bestowing compliments “on a person for his personal virtues or worthy actions is the praise book of the Bible with the word “praise” mentioned 132 times.
…”, as Noah Webster explained it. Psalms

It is very important to God, and should be to us, to praise God for all the wonderful things He has done in our lives.  He never tires of our praising Him. We are to praise Him, as we are reminded in Psalms, because:
He is righteous.
“And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.” Psa. 35:28  Also: 7:17, 48:10.He deserves it!
“I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.” Psa. 9:2  Also: Psa. 69:34, 71:8,  98:4, 107:32, 135:3.He is powerful and mighty!
“Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.” Psa. 21:13  Also: Psa.22:23, 28:7, 150:2.All of His creation praises Him, and so should we.
“Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.” Psa. 148:3 Also: 14…

Daily Devotional in Ephesians 6

Daily Nugget:

Finishing his letter to the Ephesians, Paul reminds them of one important fact that they and we should never forget. We need to remember that there is a daily spiritual battle going on. We cannot see the enemy, or who the battle is against, but it constantly rages.

The battle is not between people that we think are the reason for our many conflicts. The root goes beyond those we do not get along with or those who seem to be making our lives miserable. We struggle “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (vs. 12).

A “principality” is a supreme power and can be the territory of a prince. Since Satan is the “prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2), and is the author of much spiritual wickedness, it is he that is often the instigator of many of the troubles we face. With this in mind, we need to remember our battle is not against our parents, a person we work with, our neighbor, …