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But it is good for me to draw near to God… Psalm 73:28a

NEW: Monday Memory Verse – 2/27/17

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 27th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

Our memory verse for this week is : Luke 6:46. Copy it to a 3×5 index card that you can carry with you this week.

Be sure to use your King James Bible! If you need a Bible, you can request one on this page: Free Bible.

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? – Luke 6:46 (KJV)

Tips for Bible verse memorization can be found in this post: New Feature! Monday Memory Verse.

In Whom is Your Hope?

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 24th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Salvation

Happy dog!

When you look forward to something good happening and that gives you joy because you have some expectation of obtaining it, you have hope. My dogs and cats have an expectation that I will feed them and boy does their hope give them joy! People have many kinds of hope, but in whom do you place your hope?

When you take a journey, you hope to make it to your destination. You trust that your car and your ability to navigate and drive will get you there. When you face a difficult task, you have hope to complete it that gets better and better as you get closer to your goal.  You are seeing that the expectations you have for yourself are coming to pass and your hope grows. What a wonderful feeling it is when that difficult task is done!

In whom do you hope when life gets hard and things don’t go your way?

What about eternity? What is your hope for life after death? In whom is your hope? Read more »

Monday Memory Verse – 2/20/17

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 20th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

Our memory verse for this week is a verse that everyone should know: John 3:16. Copy it to a 3×5 index card that you can carry with you this week.

Be sure to use your King James Bible! If you need a Bible, you can request one on this page: Free Bible.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16 (KJV)

Tips for Bible verse memorization can be found in this post: New Feature! Monday Memory Verse.

New Feature! Monday Memory Verse

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 17th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

I am publishing a new feature on Close to Jesus called “Monday Memory Verse.” This will help all of us memorize scripture on a regular basis.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. – Psalm 119:11 (KJV)

Each Monday, come to the website and get the verse for the week and memorize it.  Practice it throughout the week until you have it perfect – word for word, including the scripture reference. Every four weeks or so, we will have a review round where you won’t memorize a new verse, but will review several verses you have memorized already.

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The Fisherman’s Club

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 10th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Salvation, Witnessing

My wife and I recently watched a two-part video series from Mark Cahill called “The Fisherman’s Club.” It is a message on witnessing and sharing your faith based on Matthew 4:19.

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. – Matthew 4:19 (KJV)

In it, Mark gives instruction, encouragement and exhortation to witness the truth to a lost world. The fields are “white already to harvest.” In other words there are so many people lost in their sins and Christians need to be faithful to have conversations with these people and share the gospel with them. Each one of us is to do their part. “One soweth, and another reapeth.” God will give the increase. Read more »

God Remembered

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 3rd, 2017 | filed Filed under: God, prayer

remembered

Hannah, who was barren, prayed to the LORD and asked: “if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid” (excerpted from 1 Samuel 1:11 KJV). In verse 19 of the same chapter we are told: “the LORD remembered her”.

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To Understand the Beginning of the Universe

author Posted by: Mike on date Jan 20th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Creation

Wide field long exposure photo of the milky wayMan has an incredible desire to learn of the beginnings of the universe.  He keeps searching for answers, willing to do almost anything to get them.  The latest is an infrared telescope, known as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), that is scheduled to be launched in October, 2018. Initially estimated to cost $1.8 billion dollars, the current estimate is over $8 billion dollars. This new telescope will likely reveal more about our universe, but it will not give the definitive answer on our origins.  Accurate information can only come from an eye witness: God.

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The Spiritual State of the United States

author Posted by: Mike on date Nov 1st, 2014 | filed Filed under: Faith

I heard a top 10 list on the radio this morning.  It was a top 10 list of what Americans are watching on TV.  I got me to thinking about the spiritual state of the United States. Every person loves what they spend time with.  Their heart, left unchecked, will follow after what they desire.

This screenshot shows the most popular TV shows as compiled by TV Guide. Read more »

The Root of Solomon’s Wisdom

author Posted by: Mike on date Jun 29th, 2014 | filed Filed under: Bible Study, God, Parenting, Uncategorized

Have you ever wondered why Solomon answered God as he did when God asked him the following?

In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
(1 Kings 3:5)

I think that I now know the root of it.  It is how David, Solomon’s father, taught him. We can see this in some of the last words David had for Solomon. Read more »

Growing Up on Bad Spiritual Food

author Posted by: Mike on date May 16th, 2014 | filed Filed under: Bible Versions

I was reading Pilgrim’s Progress today and a thought came to me. I was saved through reading a Revised Standard Version (RSV) Bible that was given to me at confirmation when I was 14 years old. The words of Jesus spoke truth to me. I have come to know that the RSV is not a reliable Bible version. So what, or who, was it that spoke truth to me?

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  — John 6:44 (KJV)

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