Monday, December 10, 2018

Bible Verses for Joy To The World

Bible verses for Joy To The World! The Lord is Come! | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Isaac Watts is a hymn writer, well-known as the author of 750 hymns like “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross,”  “Alas And Did My Savior Bleed,” and “O God Our Help In Ages Past."  His “Joy To The World” was first published in 1719. Later, Lowell Mason took lines of music from Handel's Messiah to compose the tune, Antioch, that is now so familiar. Did you recognize the first notes of “Lift Up Your Heads” or possibly “Glory to God” as the beginning notes? “And heaven and nature sing” reflects the orchestra in the opening notes of “Comfort Ye.”

The interesting thing about “Joy To The World” is that the song is really more about the Second Advent (Jesus' return to reign) than the First Advent (Jesus birth so He could die for our sins). The biblical prophecies in verses 3 and 4 are not fulfilled yet, but they will be when Jesus Christ returns to set all things right. Even the first verse doesn't accurately reflect the birth of Jesus, as the earth didn't “receive her King” and instead rejected Jesus and both the leaders of the nation of Israel and the local leaders of Roman Empire all condemned Him to die.

So is it inappropriate to sing this song at Christmas time? Not at all! It is a beautiful reminder to us of the reason that Jesus was born and encourages us to look forward to His return, not as a baby, but as the reigning King. The Second Coming is really just the final fulfillment of God's plan already begun through Jesus' First Coming. So sing with hope this holiday season as we look forward with hope, not for the birth of the Messiah, but of His return "to prove the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love” with His final judgment upon those who reject Him and bestowal of grace upon all those who believe on His name.



Joy To The World
by Isaac Watts, 1719

Verse 1:
Joy to the world; The Lord is come;
The angel told the shepherd in Luke 2:10-11 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Let earth receive her King:
Psalm 98:4-6 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn shout joyfully before the King, the Lord.
Let every heart prepare him room,
Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Ephesians 3:17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
And heaven and nature sing.
Psalm 96:11-12 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 

Verse 2:
Joy to the earth, The Saviour reigns;
The angel told the shepherd in Luke 2:10-11 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Let men their songs employ;
Psalm 96:2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
While fields and floods, rocks, hills & plains
Repeat the sounding joy.
Psalm 98:7-8 Let the sea roar and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy
Psalm 96:11-12 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy

Verse 3:
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Romans 5:20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
Nor thorns infest the ground:
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.
After Adam and Eve sinned in Genesis 3:17-21 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Romans 8:19-23 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 

Verse 4:
He rules the world with truth and grace,
Speaking of Jesus in John 1:14, 17 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.... For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
Psalm 96:13 Before the Lord, for He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness.
The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 36:23 I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.”
And wonders of his love.
Psalm 17:7 (NIV) Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Bible Verses for What Child Is This?

Bible Verses for What Child Is This, 2nd verse | scriptureand.blogspot.com

What can be more traditional at Christmas than a Christmas carol, especially one whose most prevalent tune dates back at least to 1580? "What Child Is This" brings out the truth that Jesus is both Savior and King of Kings and is worthy of praise. It contrasts the Baby who was worshipped while yet a child with the rejected Messiah who was crucified for our sins. My favorite verse is the last which invites everyone from pauper to royalty to worship Jesus and invite Him to be the Lord of their life.


Bible Verses for What Child Is This, 2nd verse | scriptureand.blogspot.com


Like most Christmas carols, "What Child Is This" does sometimes portray more of a Christmas card scene with Jesus sleeping on Mary's lap, animals mentioned as being beside the manger (the location of the manger is never actually given, nor a stable mentioned), and the magi seem to visit Jesus at the time of His birth rather than probably two years later. In spite of these presumptions, this carol beautifully brings out the purpose of Jesus' birth- to save sinners.

If you want to check how well you can separate traditional presumptions like the ones in this carol from what the Bible actually says about Jesus' birth, try my online or printable Christmas quiz. And if you want to study what the Bible says about why Jesus was born, try this printable or these sharable Bible verse photos.

What Child Is This?

by William Chatterton Dix, 1865

Verse 1:
What Child is this who laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
Luke 2:8-14 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
Luke 2:16-20 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

Verse 2:
Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Luke 2:16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Romans 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
Peter preached in Acts 2:22-23 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.”
John 19:31-37 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not A bone of Him shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.
The cross be borne for me, for you.
1 Peter 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
 Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Verse 3:
So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
Matthew 2:1-12 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; For out of you shall come forth A Ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Speaking of Jesus when He comes to reign in Revelation 19:16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.”
Simeon spoke of Jesus in Luke 2:29-32 “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a Light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”
Ephesians 3:17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
Raise, raise a song on high,
The Virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
Matthew 2:10-11 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bible Verses to Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Bible Verses for the Christmas carol Hark the Herald Sing | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Not many songs are more familiar for Christmas than Hark the Herald Angels Sing. My son calls it the Charlie Brown Christmas carol because the kids sing it at the end of the iconic Christmas program.



Charles Wesley, the author, wrote over 6,000 hymns, including the familiar “And Can It Be That I Should Gain”, “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”, and “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing.” In the first verse of “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” he calls all nations to join in with the angels in giving “glory to the newborn King.” The second verse looks into the doctrine of the incarnation and the final verse looks at the purpose behind Jesus' birth*.

While I love this song, I do want to point out that in Luke 2 it does say that the angels spoke "Glory to God in the highest," and did not sing it. In fact, angels are never mentioned as singing in the Bible (with the possible exception of Job 38:7). However, don't let that one traditional presumption stop you from taking in all of the excellent biblical truth of this hymn. 





Hark the Herald Angels Sing

by Charles Wesley

Verse 1:
Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Luke 2:13-14 (NKJV) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Luke 2:10-12 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Verse 2:
Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Philippians 2:9-11 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Speaking of Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Late in time behold Him come
Speaking of Jesus in 1 Peter 1:20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you
Hebrews 1:1-2 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Matthew 1:22-25 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hebrews 10:19-20 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,
Speaking of Jesus in John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Hail the incarnate Deity
Speaking of Jesus Christ in Colossians 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Speaking of Jesus in John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear A Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Verse 3:
Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Prophesying of Jesus in Malachi 4:2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.”
Light and life to all He brings
Prophesying about Jesus' ministry in Galilee, Isaiah 9:1-2 But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.
John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Prophesying of Jesus in Malachi 4:2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.”
Mild He lays His glory by
Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Philippians 2:5-7 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Born that man no more may die
Speaking of Jesus in Hebrews 2:14-15 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 
Born to raise the sons of earth
2 Corinthians 4:14 knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.
Born to give them second birth
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"


*Notice that the third verse talks repeatedly of why Jesus was born. If you want to study more about what the Bible has to say about why Jesus was born, try this printable Bible study.

Monday, November 19, 2018

DIY Christmas Gifts Using Essential Oils

18 DIY Christmas Gifts to Make Using Essential Oils | scriptureand.blogspot.com

If you enjoy taking the time to make homemade gifts for friends and family and also love using essential oils, why not combine these. You can share your love for essential oils by using them to make Christmas gifts.  

I don't believe that you need to choose one exclusive essential oil brand since there are quite a few reputable, reliable brands and each have their pros and cons (as well as available essential oils). I personally have used and would recommend Plant Therapy, Edens Garden, doTerra, and Aura Cacia. My favorite essential oil company is Plant Therapy for their quality, reliability, accessibility, and affordability (including free shipping). If you are concerned about brand quality you can check 3rd party tests from Essential Oil Consumer Reports or Essential Oil Analysis Foundation. I do not recommend buying oils through Amazon, drugstores, or at most big box stores (like Walmart or Target) since there are many fraudulent oils sold at these places.



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Although essential oils are 100% natural, they are extremely potent and should be used with care. For safety precautions, here are some websites to research more about safety issues with essential oils:

I also love this book that has essential oil profiles, recipes, and safety precautions.
The Complete The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele


Safety Precautions to Consider When Making Gifts With Essential Oils:

  • Be careful that the essential oils are child safe.
  • Be careful that the essential oils are safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Avoid essential oils that interact with medications.
  • Avoid or properly dilute essential oils that have the potential to inhibit blood clotting, aggravate asthma, cause convulsions, or cause cancer
  • Be cautious of problems essential oils may cause with pets (especially cats). Specifically, be careful of any topical product that may be applied on the skin or surface that a cat may lick.
  • Avoid recipes where the essential oil will be ingested. Ingestion of essential oils requires extra caution (for example, it is more likely to interact with medications) and should be done under the care of an aromatherapist.
  • Watch that your essential oils are properly diluted in a carrier oil or a carrier butter (like shea butter or cocoa butter) if they are to be used topically.


Essential Oil Safety Precaution Spreadsheet | scriptureand.blogspot.com
Here is a table of safety issues (children, pregnancy, medications....) for specific essential oils
* This table is a work in progress. It does NOT include every essential oil, only some of the most common ones that have safety issues. The information is gleaned from the above websites and from Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. However, you should always double check all information. You are the one responsible for your own safety usage and decision making. If you have any questions, you should contact a certified aromatherapist.

Identification of Essential Oils:
Since essential oil names can be ambiguous, be cautious when using essential oils to correctly identify them by:
  • scientific name
  • country of origin
  • plant part
  • extraction method (especially with citrus since it affects phototoxicity)
  • chemotype (if applicable)

    Good Essential Oils for Gift Making:

    Good Essential Oils for Gifts (With Caution):
    • Bergamot Citrus bergamia, Citrus aurantium (dilute to 0.4% or less if using topically)
    • Grapefruit Citrus x paradisi (dilute to 4% or less if using topically)
    • Lemon Citrus x limon, Citrus limonum (use steam distilled to avoid phototoxicity if using topically)
    • Lime Citrus x aurantifolia, Citrus x latifolia (use steam distilled to avoid phototoxicity if using topically)
    • Orange (Sweet or BloodCitrus sinensis, Citrus aurantium var. sinensis (avoid Bitter Orange which is phototoxic)
    • Rose Absolute Rosa x centifolia (dilute to 2.5% if using topically)
    • Rose Rosa x damascena (dilute to 0.6% if using topically)
    • Sandalwood (Indian) Santalum album (dilute to 2% if using topically)
      18 DIY Christmas Gifts to Make Using Essential Oils | scriptureand.blogspot.com


      For any of the homemade gifts listed below, that will come into contact with the skin, I included a dilution percentage that should help you in case you substitute an essential oil that has a topical max.

        DIY Essential Oil Gifts for Children

        DIY Essential Oil Gifts for Men

        DIY Essential Oil Gifts for Women

        DIY Essential Oil Gifts for Anyone

        Don't Want To Make Anything Yourself:


        If you want to make some Christmas presents that don't utilize essential oils, here are a few that I have made and gifted:



        Homemade Christmas Presents (and instructions to make them) | scriptureand.blogspot.com
        5 Homemade Christmas Presents (and instructions to make them) | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        This page contains affiliate links, meaning that I receive a commission if you buy these products by clicking on the links above.  However, this post is not sponsored and I really do love these products and have used Plant Therapy essential oils for years.  Click here for my affiliate disclosure.  

        Tuesday, November 6, 2018

        Bible Study on Confession and Repentance

        Discovering Biblical Confession and Repentance: a Bible study | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        If you had to define confession and repentance, what would you say? Is confession merely admitting you are wrong? Do you have to say you are sorry? Is repentance just a change of mind (which is what the Greek word is: μετανοέω metanoeō or literally thinking differently)? Do you have to have a change of action as well? Or is it more emotional?

        We've probably all been on both ends of confession and repentance. It helps me to consider it from the receiving side to help me do it better. When someone confesses their wrong to me and repents, would just a simple sorry and then moving on seem appropriate? What more would I desire from the confessor? 

        It is even more important to examine what God has to say about confession and repentance in His Word, the Bible. 

        What helps to lead us to confess and repent our sins? To whom should we confess and repent them? What results from our confession and repentance? What are some examples in the Bible of good (or not so good) confession and repentance? 

        Find out with this Bible study on verses about confession and repentance. Then, look through these Bible stories about confession and repentance to see what the characteristics of true confession and repentance are.

        Feel free to print these to use for personal use, Sunday School classes, group Bible studies, or even homeschooling. You may also share them online, but please include a link to this webpage rather than a direct link to the google drive file.





        Discovering Biblical Confession and Repentance: a Bible study | scriptureand.blogspot.com

        Monday, October 22, 2018

        Bible Verses for 31 Days of Thanksgiving

        31 Days of Thanksgiving: Meditating of Scripture About Gratitude | scriptureand.blogspot.com


        If you would like to prepare your heart for Thanksgiving, here are 31 verses about giving thanks. Start the Monday four weeks before Thanksgiving (this year it is October 22, 2018) and meditate on one verse a day. Think about what each verse is telling you about gratitude (what for, how, when, why...) and put it into practice.

        You can find the printable here or below. You can also browse through the free shareable images below for the verses as well.