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May 18, 2008

Leonardtown Baptist Church’s class of 2008’s favorite bible verses

Filed under: Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 8:32 pm

Blaire Brown: Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Kelsey Colvin: Psalms 61:8 (NIV) Then will I ever sing praise to your name and fulfill my vows day after day.

Ryan Gribble: 1 Tim 4:12 (NIV) Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Karin Higgs : Romans 6:23 (NIV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ashley Janczewski : James 1:2-4 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Bruce Julian: Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Candace Kessler: Joshua 1:9 (NIV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Abby Morris: Jer 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Abby Morris: Psalms 18:30 (NIV) As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless.

Brittani Reichard: Psalms 37:4 (NIV) Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Kelsey Reichard: Jeremiah 1:8 (NIV) Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Alex Shively: Psalms 33:3 (NIV) Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Benjamin Yeh: Titus 2:11-13 (NIV) For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Rebecca Freeman: Romans 8:35-39 (NLT) 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” )37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

Kelly Reed: Joshua 1:9 (NLT) 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Renee Thorward: Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) 1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

Deborah Wright: Matt. 7:7 (NLT) Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

Patrick Walsh: Rev. 21 (NLT) The New Jerusalem
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone.2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
9 Then one of the seven angels who held the seven bowls containing the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10 So he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.11 It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal.12 The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates.13 There were three gates on each side—east, north, south, and west.14 The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked to me held in his hand a gold measuring stick to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.16 When he measured it, he found it was a square, as wide as it was long. In fact, its length and width and height were each 1,400 miles. 17 Then he measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet thick (according to the human standard used by the angel).
18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass.19 The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones: the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.
21 The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass.
22 I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.24 The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory.25 Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there.26 And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city.27 Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

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May 5, 2008

1 John memory verses

Filed under: Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 8:18 pm

1 John memory verses:

  • 1 John 1:7 (NIV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
  • 1 John 1:9 (NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • 1 John 2:3 (NIV) We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.
  • 1 John 2:9 (NIV) Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
  • 1 John 2:17 (NIV)The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 1:1-10 (NIV)

The Word of Life

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we
proclaim concerning the Word of life.
2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
4 We write this to make our joy complete.

Walking in the Light


5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.


Commentary and/or discussion:

John R.W. Stott, Key Word Commentary

1 John chapter 1

1. Following chapter

  • Chapter 2: Obeying and loving God, and dealing with heretics

2. Analysis chapter

  • Christ is the Word of life. (vv. 1-4)
  • To have fellowship with God holiness is essential. (vv. 5-10)

3. Key verse

  • Verse 7: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

4. Key word

  • “Fellowship” in verses 3, 6, 7.

5. Key event / key person / key theme

  • John insists on the flesh and blood reality of the Incarnation.

6. Key thought

  • Verse 8, some false teachers claimed they were above the ordinary laws of morality. John’s answer is a categorical denial.

7. Key thing to look out for

  • The ways in which John emphasizes that Jesus was a real human being.

8. Key biblical cross-reference

  • Verse 1. See John 1:2.

9. Key “by way of explanation”

  • See 2:19, “they went out from us.” John is writing to answer the claims of false teaching which was probably an early form of Gnosticism. Gnostics believed they had secret knowledge which gave them enlightenment. They thought that matter was evil, and therefore denied that the Word was made flesh. Cerinthus, a heretical teacher in the time of John, taught that Christ only seemed to have a real body.

10. Key “Quotable Quote”

  • “Thus we learn that we only make due progress in the knowledge of the Word of the Lord when we become really humbled and groan under the burden of our sins and learn to flee to God’s mercy and find rest in nothing except his fatherly favor.”

1 John 2:1-29 (NIV)


1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.
4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:
6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.
8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

12 I write to you, dear children,
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.

13 I write to you, fathers,
because you have known him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, dear children,
because you have known the Father.

14 I write to you, fathers,
because you have known him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.
17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

Warning Against Antichrists

18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
22 Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist–he denies the Father and the Son.
23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.
25 And this is what he promised us–even eternal life.

26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.
27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Children of God

28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.


John R.W. Stott, Key Word Commentary

1 John chapter 2

1. Before and after

  • Previous chapter: Chapter 1: Eyewitness and fellowship
  • Following chapter: Chapter 3: Being God’s children and showing Christian love

2. Analysis of chapter

  • Christ’s atonement helps in the battle against sin. (vv. 1,2)
  • Salvation results in obedience, and love for the brethren. (vv. 3-11)
  • Christians are spoken of as little children, young men, and fathers. (vv. 12-14)
  • All are warned against the love of this world, and against false teaching. (vv. 15-23)
  • They are encouraged to stand firm in faith and holiness. (vv. 24-29)

3. Key verse

  • Verse 9: “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.”

4. Key word / key phrase

  • Verse 3, “obey his commands.”

5. Key event / key person / key theme

  • Obeying and loving God, and dealing with heretics

6. Key thought

  • Here is an acid test for you: Do you hate any fellow-Christian?

7. Key thing to look out for

  • Here is another awkward question: Do you love aspects of the world’s ways and values?

8. Key Bible cross-reference

  • Verse 7. See John 13:34.

9. Key “by way of explanation”

  • Verse 15, “the world” refers to any society where people live in opposition, or indifference, to God. It is characterized by sensuality, greed, and pride. It is ruled over by the devil.

10. Key “Quotable Quote”

  • “The corridors of the New Testament reverberate with dogmatic affirmations beginning ‘We know,’ ‘We are sure,’ ‘We are confident.’ If you question this, read the First Epistle of John in which verbs meaning ‘to know’ occur about forty times. They strike a note of joyful assurance which is sadly missing from many parts of the Church today and which needs to be recaptured.”


May 4, 2008

2 Timothy 2:14-19 Rev. Mark Dooley, 5.4.08

Filed under: Old & New Testament,Uncategorized — Tags: — Adam Osborne @ 6:20 pm

“I WANT TO BE APPROVED, NOT ASHAMED”

2 Tim 2:14-19 (NIV) 14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

VERSE 14-15: Approved workmen dispense scritural TRUTH. Ashamed workmen debate semantical trivia.

VERSE 16: Approved workmen avoid godless chatter, ashamed workmen advance gossip cheerfully.

Luke 6:45 (NIV) 45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

The things we talk about reveal the things in our heart.

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be

1 Thess 5:11 (NIV) 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Eph 4:29 (NIV) 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

VERSE 17-19 Approved workmen provide doctrinal encouragement. Ahamed workmen promote doctrinal error.

THINK before you speak:

T = is it True?
H = is it Helpful
I = is it Inspiring
N = is it Necessary
K = is it Kind

May 1, 2008

National Day of Prayer – 5.1.2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Adam Osborne @ 5:05 pm

2 Chron 7:13-14 (NIV) 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Comments from Rev. Mark Dooley, http://www.leonardtownbaptist.org :
THE PROBLEM:
–Drought
–Devastation
–Destruction

THE PEOPLE:
–They aren’t “the extreme”
–They aren’t “the expected”
–They are you and me, “the enabled”

THE PROCESS:
–Humility
–Prayer
–Repentance

FURTHER READING:
Psalms 33:12-22 (NIV)
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth–
15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

1 Tim 2:1-5 (NIV)
1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-
2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

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