Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bible Verse Smart Phone Lock Screens

Bible Verses for Your Phone's Lock Screen | scriptureand.blogspot.com

God's Word is vital to our spiritual health. In order to use it properly, Christians should memorize the Bible (hiding it in their hearts), ponder it throughout the day (meditating on it), and obeying it (being doers and not just hearers). 
Psalms 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
James 1:25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
One way to have God's Word before us throughout the day is to put Bible verses on your smart phone's lock screen or wallpaper. Then, whenever you unlock your phone or even just check the time, you will see the Bible verse. This is especially helpful when memorizing a Bible verse. Whenever you have some free time, you can pull out your phone and work on learning the verse. 











Hebrews 11 Faith Reading Plan

Hebrews 11 Bible Reading Plan printable | scriptureand.blogspot.com

I just finished reading through Hebrews 11. It's sometimes called the "Faith Hall of Fame." It's basically a list of people and actions that demonstrate faith. So as I read Hebrews 11, I added in the Old Testament account of these stories of faith.

You can print out this reading plan below or here. It only takes 45 days and you can understand better what faith is. Here are some things to consider while you are reading:

  • Are the "Faith Hall of Famers" perfect? Do they sin and mess things up?
  • What does faith make them do?
  • What priorities do people of faith have? Look especially for differences between temporal and eternal. Physical and spiritual. 
  • What are some things people gave up because of their faith?
  • Did they have doubts? If so, how did they show that they still had faith?
  • Did they have to wait? What was the benefit of waiting and who benefited?

Finally, did you know that you might be in the Faith Hall of Fame too? Verse 3 mentions everyone who believes that God made everything visible out of the invisible. So, if you believe God created the universe, then you are a Faith Hall of Famer too! Also, notice how this act of faith is listed as comparable to the actions of Noah building the ark, Abraham offering Isaac, and Moses parting the Red Sea. Wow!

Feel free to print and share this reading plan. Most importantly, learn and apply what you read.



Hebrews 11 Bible Reading Plan printable | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Bible Verses for Symphony by Switch

Bible Verses for Symphony by Switch | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Yesterday morning someone tweeted a request for me to do a song study on Symphony. Ironically, I had been listening to that song on the radio the other day and the words of the pre-chorus had struck me as being from Romans 8:28. The correlation to Bible verses for the rest of the lines isn't quite as easy. While the principles are scriptural, the words are original (and there's nothing wrong about writing a new song to the Lord - Psalm 149:1).

While the idea that we are God's symphony is not in the Bible, there are other similar ideas. Isaiah and Jeremiah both talk about God as a potter forming us from clay. Paul talks in Ephesians about Christians being His workmanship. These expressions of us as God's artistic design (not only in our initial creation but also forming us throughout our lives) definitely relate to the idea of being God's musical masterpiece.


If you are unfamiliar with this song, Below is a video of the song and here is a link to an interview with some of the authors about writing the song and what it means.




Symphony

by Dameon Aranda, Louis Biancaniello, Michael Biancaniello, Dillon Chase, 
Cassidy Estevez, Rob Estevez, Luke Guevara

Verse 1:

Sometimes it's hard to breathe
All these thoughts that shout at me
Try to bring me to my knees
And it's overwhelming

Psalm 109:22-24 For I am afflicted and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. I am passing like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like the locust. My knees are weak from fasting, and my flesh has grown lean, without fatness.
Darkness echoes all around
Feels like everything is crashing down

Psalm 139:11-12 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.
Still I know where my hope is found
And it's only You

Speaking of Christ in 1 Peter 1:20-21 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Pre-Chorus:
You say You're working
Everything for my good, and
I believe every word

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Chorus:
 'Cause even in the madness there is peace

Drowning out the voices all around me
Isaiah 26:12 Lord, You will establish peace for us, since You have also performed for us all our works.
Through all of this chaos
You are writing a symphony

Philippians 2:12-13 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
And even in the madness, there is peace
Drowning out the voices all around me
Isaiah 26:3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”
Through all of this chaos
You are writing a symphony

1 Corinthians 14:33 (Darby) For God is not [a God] of disorder but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints.

Verse 2:
Tune my heart to Your beat

Let me be Your melody
Psalms 125:4 (NLT) O Lord, do good to those who are good, whose hearts are in tune with you.
Even when I cannot see
What You're orchestrating

Jeremiah 18:4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
Even when the dark surrounds
You'll never let me drown

Lamentations 3:22-23 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
I know that my hope is found 
In the name of Jesus

Colossians 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Bridge:
I wanna truly know if You compose
Beautiful music though 

Psalms 40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.
Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. 
From all my unruly notes 
The distance is dissonance, move in close

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Now I see erased the scales from eyes 
Acts 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized;
Acts 26:18 ‘to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
Then played the scale of my life
Chaos played off with a chord in accord 

Romans 15:5 (ESV) May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
With the source prevailing through strife
And I've tasted suffering 

James 5:10-11 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
I've been embraced by the painful buffering 
James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
I've been bound by doubts so loud right now 
Jude 1:22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting;
But a melody is made when you play these rusty keys
So we all gotta get pressed 
Tuned up like instruments

1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
But I know 
All of life's tempo is set
Whenever we remember this

Galatians 5:25 (ESV) If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Acts Bible Reading Plan and Book Mark

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After reading through the entire Bible last year using a reading plan by the Bible Project, I decided to read through Acts more slowly. Here is the reading plan I made which includes some themes to focus on. I also made some bookmarks to mark your Bible page each day and to summarize the keywords and themes.





Acts Bible Reading Plan and Book Mark | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Monday, May 13, 2019

Bible Verses to Precious Precious Blood of Jesus

Bible Verses to Precious Precious Blood of Jesus | scriptureand.blogspot.com

While recently studying the blood of Jesus and its effect on those who believe, I was struck by this hymn that I had sung many times before. It really lined up with what I was learning in my Bible study. Each verse seemed to highlight one of the Bible verses I had looked at. 

"Precious, Precious Blood of Jesus" was written by Frances R. Havergal. It was published in Havergal's Loyal Responses: Or, Daily Melodies for the King's Minstrels in 1882. She wrote many familiar and beloved songs, such as "Like a River Glorious," "Take My Life And Let It Be," and "I Gave My Life For Thee." Her love for Jesus and her gratitude for His death to provide her salvation shines through in her poems and songs.

I was introduced to this song in Hymns of Grace and Truth, but I later discovered that some of the verses had been altered. I am including the version from the Hymns of Grace and Truth (verses 1-7 below) since those are the ones that were the cause of the hymn study. However, I am including a few of the other verses from Havergal's original 1882 version because of their theological value as well. Although there are many versions of this hymn and many different tunes, the one I am familiar with is below. I love this tune's simplicity, emphasizing the simplicity of the belief that Jesus' blood is what saves believers from their sin.

And feel free to study more about the blood of Jesus and how it affects believers with this printable Bible study




Precious, Precious Blood of Jesus

by Frances R. Havergal

Verse 1:
Precious, precious blood of Jesus,
Shed on Calvary;
Shed for rebels, shed for sinners,
Shed for me.
Jesus said in Matthew 26:28 (KJV) For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Verse 2:
Precious, precious blood of Jesus,
All the price is paid;
Perfect pardon now is offered,
Peace is made.
1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
Colossians 1:19-20 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Verse 3:
Precious, precious blood of Jesus,
Jesus, God's own Son,
Telling that the work is finished;
All is done.
John 19:30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Verse 4:
Precious, precious blood that cleanseth
All who come to God
This the sinners only title—
Jesus’ blood.
1 John 1:7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Verse 5:
Precious, precious blood that shelters
From the wrath to come.
Gives the sinner right to enter
That bright home!
Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

Verse 6:
Precious, precious blood of Jesus!
Theme in glory bright!
Thro' it saved ones walk and worship
In the light.
Hebrews 9:13-14 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
1 John 1:7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Verse 7:
Though thy sins are red like crimson,
Deep in scarlet glow,
Jesus' precious blood can make them
White as snow.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”

Additional verses from Havergal's 1882 original version:
Verse 8:
Now the holiest with boldness
We may enter in,
For the open fountain cleanseth
From all sin.

Hebrews 10:19-22 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesusby a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Verse 9:
Precious blood! by this we conquer
In the fiercest fight,
Sin and Satan overcoming
By its might.

Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—

Verse 10:
Precious blood, whose full atonement
Makes us nigh to God!
Precious blood, our song of glory,
Praise and laud!

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bible Study on The Blood of Jesus


Have you ever wondered what the blood of Jesus in His sacrifice for us accomplishes? You can find out for yourself by looking at these Bible verses about Jesus' blood and seeing what it does, to whom, how, and why (not all verses will have answers for every category).

It is Jesus that we worship. His blood is just a symbol of His life and reminds us of His death for us.
Leviticus 17:11, 14 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.... For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, ‘You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.’

Follow this link to print out a pdf of the Bible study or view and print it below. Enjoy!

Also, watch for my upcoming hymn study of "Precious, Precious Blood of Jesus."

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Resurrection of Jesus Bible Study

A free printable Bible study of the Resurrection of Jesus | scriptureand.blogspot.com

With the day set aside to celebrate Jesus' resurrection quickly approaching, my mind has been on Jesus' resurrection. First, I copied all of the verses that I could find about it onto a sheet and then I started scribbling notes about all kind of things. Below is the printable Bible study that came out of my study. Through it, you can explore all of the predictions and evidence of Jesus' resurrection, the work of the Trinity in the resurrection, and how the resurrection effects Jesus and believers. 

If you are interested in a secondary study about Jesus' resurrection, tally how many times each of the different names of Jesus is used when discussing His resurrection. The different names are interesting and some appear more in one section of Scripture (the gospels, Acts, or the epistles) more than others.

Hopefully, this Bible study will prepare your heart for Resurrection Day. Of course, it's always a good time of year to study Jesus' resurrection. Pay particular attention to the final question (What should we do because He's resurrected?) and to what your response should be to what you learned.