Bible Reading Blog (Page 17)

Bible Reading Blog (Page 17)

Mark 6:7-13 | A Blueprint To Follow

This passage is a blueprint that the church still uses to this very day. It deals with Jesus experiment to send out his 12 apostles and his instructions to follow. When I say “experiment”, I am not referring to Jesus trying an idea to see if it works but more along the lines of “for their benefit”. Jesus had a limited amount of time to transform a rag tag group into the genesis of what would become the first century…
Neil Silverberg

Would You Leave the Multitudes?

“And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. He appointed the twelve” (Mark 3:13-16). It is possible to read this section of Mark’s Gospel and miss the real point. This is Mark’s account of Jesus’ selection of…

Mark 1 | The Servant King

Why would God put four gospels in the Bible? Why isn’t one account of Jesus’ life sufficient? Because Jesus is such a larger-than-life figure he must be viewed from many different angles for man to see his fullness. The Gospel of Mark does not have many large blocks of Jesus’ teaching as other gospels do. Instead, he focuses on the actions of Jesus. In doing this, he reveals the heart of Jesus in a unique way. This gospel uniquely reveals…

Titus 2 | Teach Sound Doctrine

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:2). In chapter 2, Paul calls Titus to do his part in opposing the practices of those false teachers who, according to chapter 1, had failed to proclaim God’s truth accurately (Vs. 1:10-16). Titus is to do just the opposite. Rather, he must “teach what accords with sound doctrine.”  “Sound doctrine” refers to healthy, solid, reliable teaching. He is to do his best to teach without error, distortion, or…

2 Tim. 4 | Are You Fulfilling Your Ministry

Scott Wiens “But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).   The letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy are particularly moving to me as they give great insights into the relationship between the Apostle Paul and his young disciple Timothy. While most of the letters in the New Testament are written to an entire church (Romans, Galatians, etc.) the Timothy letters are written to an individual and…

2 Timothy 1 | Pass It On

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Tim. 1:5-7 What is the first question a…

I Tim. 5 | It’s More Than Advice; It’s God’s Will For Us

This chapter reminds me very much of The Sermon on the Mount. Dealt to us from an aging Apostle Paul to Timothy who was to carry on the work Paul began. What a friend he must have been, what a mentor, what a wealth of information mixed with experience. In this chapter, he leaves some very detailed scripture guiding the path of the first century church. In this blog, I will discuss the things that stand out to me; here…
Neil Silverberg

1 Tim. 2 | Praying About Everyone and Everything

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, or kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (I Timothy 2:1-2). One thing revealed in the apostle Paul’s writings is how broadly he desires believers to pray with respect to the various aspects of life in which they find themselves. Here in this text, Paul instructs his…

Rev. 22 | Three Trees And The Restoration Of All Things

There is no more hopeful chapter in the Bible than the last. Here is God’s great answer to our human fallen nature and here is the culmination of the truly awesome work of Jesus Christ on the cross. This is the chapter that gives us the answer to all the questions that have haunted mankind through the ages. Where did we come from? What went wrong? How can it be made right? How will this all end? The center of…

Rev. 19 | The One Invitation You Should Not Ignore

“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Rev. 19:9 On occasion, I will receive an invitation in the mail to come to a banquet meal at a pricey restaurant here in Knoxville. The invitation is motivated by an attempt to sell you something or promote involvement in a cause. I usually don’t go. It’s not the food that keeps me away. It’s the fact that I don’t really want to sit through what they’re…