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Notes from Linda:

12/1/22: I just found out that most of the commentaries on the Bible Study Tools website are no longer free. That's where most of the quotes that appear on the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" pages of my website are taken from, so from now on, many of the "Source:" links that I provide on those pages will not contain the quoted text.

I was disgusted to read about the organization's new "PLUS" membership, and the only thing I can say about it is that the Bible has this warning in 1 Timothy 6:10 for the owner of Bible Study Tools: "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
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8/8/21:
Something is wrong with my Christian forum. Everything seems to be working normally (i.e., the articles are there, and the links work), but for some reason, the forum's format has changed slightly, and I am currently unable to post anything new.

I'm really sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, the problem is only temporay and will be fixed soon.
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May 2024
MAY 31

Thanking and Praising God

Psalm 100:4: "Enter into his
[God's] gates [meaning the doors of temples, churches, and other places of public worship] with thanksgiving, and into his [God's] courts with praise: be thankful unto him [God], and bless his name [i.e., give him honor, praise, and thanks]."
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Note: From the Old Testament, we learn that the original temple in Jerusalem was built by Solomon (King David's son), who was the king of Israel.

When the above verse was written, gates referred to the gates which led to the temple itself, and courts referred to the open spaces surrounding the temple.

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In "The Biblical Illustrator," a Bible commentator wrote that one of the "… hindrances which practically interfere with this great moral and Christian duty [i.e., that of thanking and blessing God]" is this:

"… Letting the mind dwell too much on
[or 'keep thinking and talking about'] the dark [distressing or otherwise undesirable] side of our experience. The ten thousand daily blessings wherewith [with which] God has been surrounding our lives are lost sight of in the occasional clouds of difficulty that may have chequered [checkered, littered] our pathway. We think more of the one thousand dollars [that were] lost, than of the twenty thousand [dollars that were] left [to] us. [We think] More of the one month of sickness [that we experienced], than the eleven months of [good] health. [We think] More of the one beloved friend [who is] dead, than of the many beloved [people who are] yet living [or 'still alive'] …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tbi/psalms-100.html, "Verse 4," "Thankfulness")

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GotQuestions.org has an article that answers the question "How can we 'enter into His gates with thanksgiving' (Psalm 100:4)?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/enter-into-His-gates-with-thanksgiving.html.

MAY 29-30

Proverbs 29:12: "If a ruler [i.e., someone who has authority over others, including kings and queens, presidents, employers, and even husbands ruling over their wives] hearken [pays attention] to lies, all [or many] [of] his [or her] servants [and/or loyal followers] are [or will become] wicked."
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Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has an excellent commentary on this verse. In the introduction, he says: "This short proverb makes a connection between a ruler and his servants; and in particular, the influence a ruler has on his servants."
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Here are some excerpts from the commentary:

" The proper attitude
[as expressed by King David] is found in Ps. 119:104 -- 'I hate every false way.'
" But this ruler
[i.e., the one, in Proverbs 29:12, who hearkens to lies] does not hate deception.
" He is attracted to it. He listens to it and takes heed to it.
" He surrounds himself with deceivers and cheats; and they share with him all their dishonest schemes to scam and cheat the people."

"c. Solomon is describing a ruler who not only listens to dishonest liars, but he pays attention to their lies. He gives heed to what they say.

"d. WHY would this ruler give heed to liars and cheats? Probably because he himself is a liar and a cheat.

"e. There is an old proverbial saying: Birds of a feather flock together.

"f. A ruler (employer; master; politician; person of authority) surrounds himself with people like himself… people who think like he does… people who have the same ideology and values--or lack thereof."

"» Character matters much to God."

"» Whether you are running a kingdom, or a church, or a business, or a school, or a lemonade stand… character counts!
"» Wisdom demands that we avoid those who are unscrupulous… those who cheat… those who steal… those who are wicked…"
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"1. The second part of this proverb speaks of the influence this dishonest ruler has on his servants.

"a. If everybody knows that the boss cheats; if everybody knows that the ruler lies; if everybody knows that the leaders are corrupt; they too
[i.e., the workers] are encouraged to be corrupt… wicked.

"b. If he
[the ruler] listens to cheats and liars, then he must approve of them.

"c. Therefore, the servants under him feel empowered to lie and cheat themselves.

"d. Why not? The boss seems to reward that kind of behavior."

"e. It is BECAUSE the ruler is a dishonest cheat that his servants are wicked.

"f. The bad behavior of the leader will encourage more bad behavior from his servants.

"g. Corruption spreads from the top down very quickly.

"h. A leader sets the moral tone for those under him--either for good or for evil.

"i. This is true in a kingdom, a business, or a home."
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The commentary ends with this:

"3. Prov. 20:8 -- A righteous king can discourage wickedness by not engaging in it himself and by making it clear to those around him that he disapproves. Just a simple but stern glare
[angry look] at the right time will let others know he disapproves of dishonest behavior."

If you want to read the rest of the commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-29-index/proverbs-29_12/.

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Regarding the second part of today's verse [Proverbs 29:12], another Bible commentator wrote:

"… instead of saying the truth which the ruler does not wish to hear, they
[the 'servants'] seek to gain his favour by deceitful flatteries [false compliments and praise], misrepresentations, exaggerations, falsehoods [lies] …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/kdo/proverbs-29.html, "Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary," "Verse 12")

MAY 27-28

The apostle John wrote this to born-again Christians:

1 John 3:16: "Hereby
[by this, from what I (John) am about to say, for the following reason] perceive we [or 'we know or understand'] [how great and wonderful is] the love of God, because he [Jesus Christ, the Son of God (or "God the Son") and Messiah, who came to earth in human form] laid down [or 'gave'] his life [meaning he died] for us [for everyone--not only Christians, to whom John was writing his letter, but all people]: and [consequently, following his example, if it ever becomes necessary,] we [Christians] ought to [should] [be willing to] lay down our lives for the brethren [especially, in this case, other Christians]."
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TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY
(An American Holiday)

The Lord Jesus Christ proved how much
he loved everyone in the world by agreeing
to die on the cross and pay our sin debt so
we could have eternal life.

Members of the U.S. armed forces
can't save anyone from sin, but many of them
have followed Jesus' example and given their lives
in defense of our country. The last Monday of May
each year has been set aside by the United States
government as a time to remember and honor
those wonderful people, and that's what
most Americans are doing today.

Note: Read this article for more information on Memorial Day:
https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

MAY 25-26

Proverbs 25:17: "Withdraw thy [your] foot from thy neighbour's [or probably, in this case, your friend's] house; lest [for fear that] he [or she] [will] be weary [tired] of thee [you], and so [or 'and consequently'] [will] hate thee."
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Don't visit your friends too often or stay too long--in other words, don't be a pest--or they'll become "sick and tired" of you. Two common sayings to illustrate this point are, "Don't overstay your welcome" and "Familiarity breeds contempt."

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Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. It's combined with Proverbs 25:16, which says: "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."
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In his commentary, Pastor Delany compares how friends might react to your very frequent visits (e.g., they might hate to see you walking up the driveway, hate to see your number pop up on the phone, or hate to see your face) to what usually happens when a person eats too much honey (i.e., he or she throws up), and Pastor Delany says that the only friend who never gets tired of us, no matter how much we come to him, is Jesus.
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The commentary ends with this advice in paragraph 6:

"d. And learn the lesson of overworking a friendship.
" Visit your friends, but not excessively
[too much].
" Don't force yourself on people.
" Let friendship develop naturally.
" Don't be clingy
[overly attached to or emotionally dependent upon other people].
" Don't monopolize
[take complete control over] your friends' time.

"e. Forcing ourselves on someone or monopolizing a friend's time is really quite selfish. It is all about satisfying MY desire without considering others. You might love it, but it could make them
[your friends] sick.

"f. If you really love your friends, be considerate. It is a matter of good manners."

If you want to read more of the commentary, here's the link:
https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-25-index/proverbs-25_16-17/.

MAY 21-24

Don't Believe False Teachers!

In his letter to the churches of Galatia, the apostle Paul wrote:

Galatians 1:6-7: "I [Paul] marvel [am amazed] that ye [you Galatians] are so soon [after your conversion to Christianity (or after they were 'born again')] removed from him [God] that called you into the grace of Christ [referring to salvation by faith--trusting in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ to pay for our sins] unto another gospel [i.e., one of works, not faith, which requires us to continually do good deeds and take part in religious rites and ceremonies instead of simply trusting in Christ in order to be saved]: Which [thing] is not another [gospel--because there is only one true gospel]; but there be [or 'are'] some [people--false teachers] that trouble you, and [who] would pervert [corrupt, distort, misinterpret] the gospel of Christ [which involves simple reliance upon the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation]."

Galatians 1:8-9: "But though we
[Paul and the other apostles], or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you [i.e., one of salvation by faith, not works], let him [or her--the person preaching the 'other' (false) gospel] be accursed [under a curse from God, and doomed to destruction]. As we said before [in the previous verse (Galatians 1:8)], so say I [Paul] now again, If any man [or woman or child--or angel] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received [in the past], let him [or her] be accursed."
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Don't be misled. According to the Bible, there is only one true gospel; i.e., salvation is through faith, not works. This is confirmed by Ephesians 2:8-9.

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In his commentary on Galatians 1:7, Stanley Derickson wrote:

"Paul seems to be confused - he says they are taken away to another gospel, but it is not another gospel. So, how is that? I think what he is saying here is that they thought they were called away from the gospel of grace to another gospel, a gospel of works. However, in truth there is no other gospel than the gospel of grace, so the gospel of works is not really a gospel.

"If this is what he is saying, then apply that one to our society today. How many ways are there to heaven? One, through the gospel of grace, and you can label all other gospels as gospels not being gospels - all are false teaching, and false gospels.

"He
[Paul] goes on to explain that the people that they [the Galatians] are listening to are PERVERTING the gospel of Christ. Their gospel was not true - it was a perversion of the true gospel of Christ. The gospel of Christ is pure and simple, but these Judaizers [Christians who believe it is necessary to adopt Jewish customs] were perverting that simple and pure gospel by adding requirements to what God had set for the ages before the foundation of the world [i.e., before the world was created].

"Humm, does that
[i.e., what the Judiaizers were saying] seem a little arrogant [having an attitude of superiority] to you - someone looking at the gospel that God set down before the foundation of the world and saying it isn't quite good enough - I think we have to work a little for it as well - in essence [or 'basically'], God isn't able to define and institute [set in motion] a gospel that can save, but we - those that need to be saved - know what is lacking and we can supply it - I hope that sounds ludicrous [ridiculous] to you for indeed it truly is ludicrous for man to be able to assist God in his own salvation.

"These
[false teachers] will 'trouble' you - or cause commotion within, to disquiet, to strike with fear, or to render anxious or dreadful. This word describes well the emotions of one that has accepted the gospel of Christ, and has been given teaching that brings into question that simple and pure gospel [of salvation by faith, not works].

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[or 'someone' or 'a person'] that questions their salvation, is often fearful of loosing [losing] their salvation, anxious about how they are living their life - afraid that they are disappointing God. In reality many [people who were] brought up in the 50-60's [1950's and 1960's] Bible belt environment were as described - fearful and anxious about their salvation and their life before God. Many questioned whether they were even saved, many thought they were total failures in their Christian lives.

"The cure to all this fear was to stop listening to that inner voice that troubles you - that voice of doubt in the God that said He had saved you. He designed it, He instituted it, and He delivered it to you and you sit in your arrogance and question whether He did it right or not! Please, have confidence in the God that called you unto Himself for His own glory.

"Please, also do not allow a mere man or mere book
[to] bring total upset to your soul when they try to add to the requirements that have already been met for your salvation - God did it all and no matter what someone tells you, HE [God] DID IT ALL and YOU CAN DO NOTHING TO ASSIST HIM - NOTHING. He did it in the past and it is complete, so how in the world can you do anything to help in the completed process? You simply and unequivocally [without a doubt] cannot.

"The thought of the word 'troubled' is the exact opposite of the term translated peace in the previous verses. They were taking away the peace that the Gospel can give to the soul. They were causing turmoil
[confusion, uncertainty] in the lives of the believers [i.e., born-again Christians] when they [the believers] should have been enjoying peace and tranquility [calmness]."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/sdn/galatians-1.html, "Verse 7")

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Good advice from Stanley Derickson regarding false teachers:

"… Question ALL you read and hear and trust nothing unless it lines up squarely
[or 'agrees completely'] with the Word of God. Even if it comes from a trusted friend, a trusted teacher, a trusted preacher, or a trusted acquaintance, don"t you accept it unless you first compare it to the [Bible, which is the] Word of God."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/sdn/galatians-1.html, "Verse 8")

MAY 18-20

King Solomon wrote:

Proverbs 18:12: "Before destruction
[or 'before a person's downfall,'] the heart of man [or 'the heart of mankind,' referring to a person's (a man's, woman's, or child's) inner being] is haughty [arrogant, conceited, full of pride], and before honour [is given to a person, there] is [true and genuine] humility."
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Pride destroys people, but humility brings them honor and respect.

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Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has a good commentary on this verse. Here's an excerpt from the first part, about destruction due to pride:

"6. When Solomon observed people whose lives came crashing down around them, he noted that it was usually preceded by PRIDE of one sort or another
[in other words, pride came first, before the downfall].

"a. Solomon saw people's lives smashed like broken pottery…

"b. He observed families crumble… like a high stone wall and left as a pile of rubble…

"c. He saw lives fractured, crushed, broken, and ruined…

"d. He observed as many shattered lives as we observe today…

"e. So he
[Solomon] studied those lives… he thought about what LED up to the destruction and ruin.

"f. And time and time again, his observations led him to conclude that pride was at the root of very many of those ruined lives.

"g. Prov. 6:16, 17 -- Perhaps this is why he
[Solomon] included pride as one of the seven deadly sins. In fact, it is on TOP of the list!

"h. Prov. 16:18 -- Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
" The fall could be a physical fall--chastening
[discipline, punishment].
" The fall could be a moral fall--into sin.
" I Cor. 10:12 -- "Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall!"
" We are warned repeatedly, especially in gray areas, about pride.
" Pride says, 'I can handle this. It won't bother me.'
" I can skate on thin ice. I won't fall in!
" I don't need God. I can do this myself.
" I can handle reading all these romance novels; I can handle watching all these movies; I can handle a little flirting; I can handle a beer once in a while; I can get by just going to morning
[church] service; it won't affect me! I can handle reading the Word [of God; i.e., the Bible] once in a while… I'm strong!'
" I can handle going out with this unsaved girl or guy. I'll win them to Christ. I can handle this situation.'
"
[The apostle] Paul WARNS us about that kind of pride that pushes liberty to the edge…
" Solomon isn't directly warning us. Rather, he is giving us his own observations in life: People who THINK they can stand (because of pride) often fall… and they fall hard.

"i. Prov. 11:2 -- Pride usually results in shame…
" The man who THOUGHT he could stand soon discovers that he was not able to do so…
" His fall brings him shame… embarrassment… even disgrace.
" He THOUGHT he could flirt and get away with it… but it led to something far more serious--and he fell morally.
" He brought shame into his life.
" The man who THOUGHT he could handle working three jobs to buy all the best things… ends up loosing
[losing] his kids to drugs… and instead of bringing joy, they [his children] bring him shame…
" The proud teenager who BOASTS that he can jump off cliffs with his motorcycle--or some other silly stunt, ends up in a wheelchair… and is ashamed of how stupid he was.

"j. Prov. 17:19 -- He that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
" Here Solomon adds another note: the person who exalts himself is actually SEEKING for destruction!
" Obviously, the proud person would disagree.
" When calamity
[disaster] strikes, he usually bemoans himself [or 'expresses pity for himself by saying something like']: poor me! How did this ever happen?
" But Solomon has already given him the warning. He KNOWS the outcome of pride--it is followed by destruction.
" Hence, the one who KNOWS that
[pride is followed by destruction]… and continues in his vain, proud ways, is in reality SEEKING for destruction.
" In other words, he's LOOKING for trouble… and he will eventually find it."

If you want to read more of Pastor Delany's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-18-index/proverbs-18_12/.

MAY 17

1 Peter 3:12: "For the eyes of the Lord are [watching] over the righteous [referring to born-again Christians--those who have received Jesus' righteousness through faith (see Philippians 3:9)], and his [God's] ears are open unto [or 'to hearing'] their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil [things]."
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God watches over Christians, and when we are obedient to his word (as recorded in the Bible), he hears and answers our prayers.

MAY 16

In a prayer to God, the writer of this psalm, probably King David, said:

Psalm 119:174: "I have longed for thy
[your] salvation [i.e., the gift of eternal life], O LORD; and thy law [as recorded in the Bible] is my delight."
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Not only did David want to be saved (born again), but he had a desire to read, study, and obey God's word.

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If you're wondering how King David and other people in the Old Testament got saved, read the article entitled "What was the Old Testament way of salvation?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Old-Testament-salvation.html.

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King David said that God's law was his "delight." I'm sure that many of his reasons for saying so are listed in the following article: "Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?" You'll find it here: https://www.gotquestions.org/why-read-Bible.html.

MAY 15

Evidence of Salvation: Do you love the brethren?

1 John 3:14: "We know that we have passed from
[spiritual] death unto [spiritual] life [or that we have been 'born again,' or 'saved'], because we love [are fond of, have affection for] the brethren [i.e., other Christians, who (according to Galatians 3:26) are our 'brothers and sisters in Christ']. He [or she] that loveth not [does not love] his [or her] [Christian] brother [or sister] abideth [abides] in death [which means that he (or she) is still unsaved, or remains spiritually dead]."
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In today's verse, the apostle John says that true Christians will love one another.

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There are additional ways to tell if someone is a true Christian. The following article answers the question "What are some of the signs of genuine saving faith?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/signs-saving-faith.html.

MAY 14

According to the apostle Peter, if you're a born-again Christian, you should be:

1 Peter 5:7: "Casting
[gently throwing or placing] all your care [cares, burdens, problems--anxiety, fears, worries, troubles, etc.] upon him [God]; for [because] he careth for [cares for, is concerned about, wants to help] you."

MAY 12-13

There's Hope for Childless Women

Psalm 113:9: "He
[God] maketh [makes, or 'makes it possible for'] the barren woman [i.e., the woman who is childless (has no children) due to her inability or failure to become pregnant] to keep house [to have a family], and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye [you] the LORD."
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One reason we should praise God is because he's a miracle worker. According to the above verse, he has the ability to make "impossible" things possible.

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I found an article on the Internet (see source below) that answers the following question: "Who are the women in the Bible who initially [at first] could not give birth (childless) but were healed by God?" It says that:

-- Sarah (wife of Abraham, and formerly named Sarai) was the mother of Isaac.

-- Rebekah (wife of Isaac) was the mother of twins, Jacob and Esau.

-- Rachel (wife of Jacob) was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She died giving birth to Benjamin.

-- Samson's mother (wife of Mahoah) gave birth to Samson, the strongest man who ever lived.

-- Hannah (second wife of Elkanah the Ephraimite) was the mother of the prophet Samuel.

-- Elizabeth (wife of Zacharias) was the mother of John the Baptist.

The above information was provided "Courtesy of BibleStudy.org" in their article entitled "Who was childless in the Bible?" Here's the link: https://www.biblestudy.org/question/how-does-god-use-barren-childless-women.html.

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If you're celebrating
this U.S. holiday, I want to say
"HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY"
to all of the wonderful moms
both here and throughout
the world.

MAY 11

Keeping Our Promises

The Corinthian church had taken a collection for the poor Christians at Jerusalem and in Judea but had not yet given them the money, which prompted the apostle Paul to mention that fact in one of his letters. Hoping to convince the Corinthian church members to keep their promise (because good intentions are meaningless unless they're acted upon), he wrote the following:

2 Corinthians 9:1: "For as touching
[concerning] the ministering [ministry] to [or 'meeting the needs of'] the saints [Christians] [at Jerusalem and in Judea, which you have intended to do], it is superfluous [unnecessary] for me to write [more] to you [about this subject (i.e., charity)]:"

2 Corinthians 9:2: "For
[because] I know the forwardness of your mind [or 'your eagerness or readiness to help those poor Christians at Jerusalem and in Judea'], for which [reason] I [Paul] boast of [brag about] you to them [the churches] of Macedonia [a country in Greece], [by telling them] that Achaia [i.e., the group of Christians living in the part of Greece of which Corinth was the capital] was ready [to take an offering] a year ago; and your zeal [your enthusiasm and willingness to collect money for the poor Christians at Jerusalem and in Judea] hath provoked [has stirred] very many [of the Christians in Macedonia] [to action, or to do the same]."
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The reaction that the Christians in Macedonia had when Paul mentioned that the Corinthians had taken a collection for the poor Christians at Jerusalem and in Judea shows that by doing kind things for people who need our help, we silently (through our actions) encourage others to do the same.

MAY 10

Some Characteristics of "Good" Christians

These are examples of how Christians should behave, according to the apostle Paul.

Romans 12:10: "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love
[i.e., be kind to your fellow Christians; treat them like family]; in honour preferring [having mutual love and respect for] one another;"

Romans 12:11: "
[Being] Not slothful [not lazy] in business [employment, jobs, whatever we do]; [but being] fervent in spirit [i.e., having an enthusiastic attitude]; serving the Lord [doing things that please God and helping to share the gospel (see Note 1 below) by telling people how to be saved--see Note 2 below];"

Romans 12:12: "Rejoicing in hope
[having a joyful and confident hope of eternal life]; [being] patient in tribulation [i.e., remaining calm during trouble, suffering, and/or hard times]; continuing instant [persevering] in prayer [or 'praying often'];"

Romans 12:13: "Distributing to the necessity of saints
[helping those in need, especially 'saints' (Christians)--see Note 3 below]; given to hospitality [being friendly, generous, and kind to strangers and guests]."
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NOTE 1:

Here are two articles that explain what it means to share the gospel:

-- "What is the gospel?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-the-gospel.html)

-- "How do I share the gospel with a ________?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/share-the-gospel.html)

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NOTE 2:

Hopefully, you're already born again, or saved. If not, and you would like to be, you'll find detailed instructions in the gospel tracts that are located in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.
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If you're wondering "What does it mean to be a born-again Christian?" read this article:
https://www.gotquestions.org/born-again.html.

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NOTE 3:

The biblical definition of saints is discussed in the following articles:

-- "What are Christian saints according to the Bible?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/saints-Christian.html)

-- "Are Christians sinners, saints, or both?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/sinners-saints.html)

MAY 9

Jesus Loves All People, Especially Children

This event occurred one day while Jesus was preaching in Judea, as he made his way from Galilee to Jerusalem.

Matthew 19:13: "Then were there brought unto him
[Jesus--probably by their parents, guardians, nurses, etc.] little children [very young children and babies], [so] that he [Jesus] should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked [criticized] them [the people who had brought the little children to Jesus] [by telling them that it was an improper thing to do]."

Matthew 19:14: "But Jesus said
[to his disciples], Suffer little children [in other words, leave them alone], and forbid them not [don't forbid them, or 'do allow them'], to come unto me: for [because] [comprised, composed, consisting] of such [types of people] is the kingdom of heaven [see note below*]."

Matthew 19:15: "And he
[Jesus] laid his hands on [or 'blessed'] them [the little children], and departed thence [went away from there (i.e., where he had been preaching)]."
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*The phrase of such is the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 19:14 means that heaven's inhabitants include little children (those who are too young to understand God's simple plan of salvation, which is explained in detail in the tracts on my website--see https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html), plus older children and adults who come to Christ (Jesus) with humility and childlike faith and get saved.

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Here are some articles pertaining to the above verses that you might like to read:

-- "What does it mean that Jesus loves the little children?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-loves-the-little-children.html)

-- "Why did Jesus say, 'Let the little children come to me'?"
    (https://www.gotquestions.org/let-the-little-children-come-to-me.html)

-- "What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?"
    (
https://www.gotquestions.org/kingdom-heaven-God.html)

MAY 8

Judges 2:18: "And when the LORD raised them up judges [or 'when God appointed men with high moral standards to govern the children of Israel (Israelites, Jews)'], then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them [the Jewish people] out of the hand of their enemies [meaning he rescued them from their enemies] all the days of the judge [or 'for as long as the judge was alive']: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings [or 'the Israelites' complaints'] by reason of them [the people] that oppressed [overpowered] them and vexed [tormented] them [in other words, God felt sorry for the Jews when they complained about the oppression and the cruelty of their enemies, so he changed his mind and came to the Israelites' aid]."

Judges 2:19: "And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they
[the Jews] returned [to their evil ways], and corrupted themselves more than their fathers [or 'forefathers'] [did] [meaning they were worse than previous generations], in following other gods [idols] to serve them [i.e., the idols], and to bow down unto [or 'worship'] them; they [the Israelites] ceased not [did not cease] from their own doings [meaning they didn't stop 'doing their own thing'], nor [did they cease] from their stubborn way [of refusing to obey God]."
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Governments need good leaders. In these verses, with Israel as an example, we learn that God helps nations that have godly leaders and that when those leaders are gone, the people usually return to their old (ungodly, immoral) ways.

MAY 3-7

Don't Commit Sexual Sins

In a letter to members of the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote this in an attempt to explain why they should not commit fornication, which is defined as "sexual relations between people not married to each other":

1 Corinthians 6:19: "What? know ye not
[don't you (born-again Christians) know] that your body is the temple [sanctuary, sacred dwelling place] of the Holy Ghost [or 'Holy Spirit'--see note below*] which [referring to the Holy Spirit] is in you [i.e., in your heart], [and] which [also referring to the Holy Spirit] ye have of [you have from] God, and [that] ye [you] are not your own [master]?"

1 Corinthians 6:20: "
[You should not commit the sin of fornication] For [because] ye are bought with a price [referring to the blood that Jesus shed (lost from his body) when he died on the cross to pay for our sins, according to 1 Peter 1:18-19]: therefore glorify [honor] God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's [or 'which belong to God']."
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True Christians (people who have been 'born again,' or 'saved') should have a desire to serve God because, according to the above verses, they belong to him.

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Regarding 1 Corinthians 6:19, Joseph Charles Philpot, a Bible commentator, wrote:

"… There is a blessed sense in these words, 'You are not your own.' Remember you must be someone's
[meaning you must belong to someone]. If God is not your master, the devil will be; if grace does not rule [in your life], sin will reign; if Christ is not your all in all, the world will be. It is not as though we could roam abroad in perfect liberty [freedom]. Someone will have us. We must have a master of one kind or another; and which is best, a bounteous benevolent [or very generous] Benefactor [helper] such as God has ever shown himself to be; a merciful, loving, and tender Parent; a kind, forgiving Father and Friend; and a tender-hearted, compassionate Redeemer [Savior], able to save us to the uttermost [highest degree]; or a cruel devil, a miserable world, and a wicked, vile [nasty], abominable [very bad or unpleasant] heart? …"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jcp/1-corinthians-6.html, "Philpot's Commentary on select texts of the Bible," "Verse 19")

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*The Holy Ghost (also known as the Holy Spirit) is the third person of the Godhead, or Trinity, which means that God consists of three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
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GotQuestions.org tries to help us understand the concept (meaning) of the "Trinity" in their article entitled "What does the Bible teach about the Trinity"? If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html.
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The fact that the Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit are one and the same is explained in the article entitled "What is the difference between the Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost?" Here's that link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/Holy-Spirit-Ghost.html.

MAY 1-2

1 Thessalonians 5:22: "Abstain from [avoid] all appearance of evil."
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In other words, if we have to ask ourselves whether something is right or wrong, we shouldn't do it, because some (or even many) people might view it as bad, even though our intention (or reason for doing it) is not bad.

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Albert Barnes has a good commentary on this verse. It says:

"Abstain from all appearance of evil - Not only from evil itself, but from that which seems to be wrong. There are many things which are known to be wrong. They are positively forbidden by the laws of heaven
[or 'the laws of God'], and the [population of the] world concurs [agrees] in the sentiment [view opinion] that they [the things that are known to be wrong] are wicked. But there are also many things about which there may be some reasonable doubt. It is not quite easy to determine in the case what is right or wrong. The subject has not been fully examined, or the question of its morality [whether the behavior is right or wrong] may be so difficult to settle, that the mind may be nearly or quite balanced in regard to it. There are many things which, in themselves, may not appear to us to be positively wrong, but which are so considered by large and respectable portions of the community; and for us to do them [the 'wrong' things] would be regarded as inconsistent and improper. There are many things, also, in respect to which there is great variety of sentiment among mankind [human beings]- where one portion [or group of people] would regard them as proper, and another [group of people would regard them] as improper.

"There are things, also, where, whatever may be our motive
[reason for doing something], we may be certain that our conduct will be regarded as improper. A great variety of subjects, such as those pertaining to dress [type of clothing], amusements, the opera, the ball-room, games of chance [luck] and hazard [danger], and various practices in the transaction of business, come under this general class; which, though on the supposition that they cannot be proved to be in themselves positively wrong or forbidden, have much the 'appearance' of evil, and will be so interpreted [as evil] by others. The safe and proper rule is to lean always to the side of virtue [behavior showing high moral standards]. In these instances it may be certain that there will be no sin committed by abstaining [choosing not to do something]; there may be [sin] by indulgence [choosing to do it]. No command of God, or of propriety [respectability], will be violated if we decline complying [or 'refuse to comply'] with these customs; but on the other hand we may wound [hurt] the cause of religion by yielding [giving in] to what possibly is a mere temptation. No one ever does injury or wrong by abstaining from the pleasures of the ball-room [referring to dancing], the theater [watching a movie or show], or [drinking] a glass of wine; who can indulge [become involved] in them without, in the view of large and respectable portions of the community, doing that which has the 'appearance' at least of 'evil?'"

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-thessalonians-5.html, "Verse 22")

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In addition, Matthew Henry tells us that:

"… Corrupt
[morally wrong] affections indulged in the heart, and evil practices allowed of in the life, will greatly tend to promote fatal errors in the mind; whereas purity of heart, and integrity of life, will dispose men to receive the truth in the love of it. We should therefore abstain from evil, and all appearances of evil, from sin, and that which looks like sin, leads to it [sin], and borders upon it [sin]. He who is not shy of the appearances of sin, who shuns not the occasions of sin, and who avoids not [or 'does not avoid'] the temptations and approaches to sin, will not long abstain from the actual commission of sin."

(Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/1-thessalonians/5.html, "Verses 16-22," "Verse 22")