“Spirit Tree”

MO        December 20, 1972        NO.194–GP Copyright December, 1972 by The Children of God P.O.Box 31, London WC2E 7LX England, or B.P.752, 75123 Paris Cedex 03 France I was dreaming about a Christmas tree, the gifts, etc when these words began coming to me in my sleep: You can have your little baubles And your Merry Christmas tree … Read more

Bible Topics: Worry

Definition: anxiety; fear or nervousness about what might happen; fearful concern. In the King James translation of the New Testament, the word most commonly used for worry is “care,” which also means worry or anxiety. 1. Worry is a lack of faith and trust, from looking at circumstances instead of the Lord. * Psalm 127:2 … Read more

Bible Topics: Willfulness and rebelliousness

Definitions: Willfulness is stubborn determination to have one’s own way rather than God’s way. Rebelliousness is defiance, disobedience or open opposition to Godly authority or control. 1. Rebellion against what is right — is wrong! * 1 Samuel 15:23a For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. * … Read more

Bible Topics: Wholeheartedness

Definition: Unconditional commitment and devotion; unreserved enthusiasm; earnestness; sincerity. 1. Wholehearted love for God is the cornerstone of Christian life. * Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. * Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what … Read more

Bible Topics: Upholding the standard

Definition: We are all responsible to be our brother’s keeper, and, if necessary, to lovingly correct those not upholding the standard of discipleship. Reporting the misconduct of fellow workers to God’s ordained leadership is the duty of those who are involved in God’s work. 1. The Lord expects each of us to uphold the proper … Read more

Bible Topics: Two by two

Definition: Two by two, in this context, refers to the need for teaming up with at least one more person to do the Lord’s work. 1. God did not intend for man to be alone. * Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will … Read more

Bible Topics: Tolerance of others

Definition: Willingness or ability to accept the views, beliefs, practices, etc., of others that differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry (bias, discrimination) or prejudice. In the Bible, long-suffering, patience, and forbearance are all closely related to tolerance of others. 1. Being tolerant means being loving and considerate of others who differ from us. * … Read more

Bible Topics: Stewardship

Definition: The management of another person’s property, finances, or household affairs. For Christians, stewardship can be defined as the responsibility of diligently and faithfully managing God’s work. 1. All things belong to God. * Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. * Leviticus 25:23b … Read more

Bible Topics: Sorrow

Definition: Sadness felt after a loss (as of something loved), often accompanied by feelings of guilt and regret; mental distress caused by loss or disappointment; the opposite of joy. 1. No matter what loss we may suffer, we’ll always have Jesus! * Deuteronomy 33:27a The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting … Read more

Bible Topics: Simplicity

Definition: In the context used here, simplicity is the state or quality of being free from complications, especially in regards to thoughts, motives, and personal conduct. This section does not refer to the other Biblical meaning of being simple-minded or dull. 1. The Lord has given us a simple plan for living right. * Deuteronomy … Read more

Bible Topics: Shyness and Timidity

Definition: Shyness and timidity are the tendency to be self-conscious or uneasy when in the company of others; bashfulness. 1. Some causes of shyness: * Genesis 3:10,11 [Fear of exposure of wrongdoing:] And he [Adam] said, I heard Thy voice [God’s] in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid … Read more

Bible Topics: Example, good

Definition: A part or thing that exhibits or represents the quality or characteristics of the whole or group; an example, which is something that serves as a model or pattern to be followed. 1. The Lord likens our witness to a light shining in dark places. * Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the … Read more

Bible Topics: Safety

Definition: Being free or secure from danger, harm, or loss. 1. Although the Lord expects us to do all we can to protect ourselves, ultimately He is the one Who protects us from harm. * Genesis 28:15a And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest. * Exodus … Read more

Bible Topics: Revenge, seeking

Definition: Desire to pay back injury for injury. Vengeance and vengefulness come from the same root word and have very similar meanings. Vengeance is defined as: “Punishment given in return for an injury or offense.” Vengefulness is: “Desire for revenge.” Vindictiveness means: “Prone to seek revenge.” 1. Revenge is born of hate and spite. * … Read more

Bible Topics: Respect

Definition: To feel or show high or special regard for; esteem, honor. 1. We are to show respect to fellow believers. * Psalm 15:4b [A righteous man] honoureth them that fear [respect] the Lord. * Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. * Romans 13:7 Render … Read more

Bible Topics: Reputation

Definition: What is generally said, believed or judged about the character of a person or thing; notice by other people of some quality or ability. 1. A good reputation — provided it is for the right reasons — is of great value. * Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great … Read more

Bible Topics: Relaxation and freetime

Definitions: Relaxation is rest or enjoyment away from one’s usual duties. It is also refreshment of body or mind by getting rid of or away from tension and stress. Freetime is personal time which is not otherwise scheduled for specific work activities or duties. 1. After creating the universe, God rested from His labour. He … Read more

Bible Topics: Quietness

Definition: Quietness of spirit results from having faith and trust in God, which engenders serenity, calmness and tranquility. It is the opposite of loudness, rashness, nervous talk or activity. 1. Quietness of spirit is strength of spirit. * Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in … Read more

Bible Topics: Promises, keeping

Definition: Making a pledge or a vow to perform or grant a specific thing. 1. By example of His Own faithfulness, Jesus teaches us that we, too, should keep our promises. * 1 Kings 8:56b There hath not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised by the hand of Moses His … Read more

Bible Topics: Prodigals

Definition: In relation to the parable of the Prodigal Son which Jesus told, the term “prodigal” refers to someone who is returning to the Lord and His service after having abandoned them for selfish, worldly pursuits. 1. We’ve all been prodigals at some time, either by leaving God’s work or by going astray spiritually. * … Read more

Bible Topics: Procrastination

Definition: The tendency to keep putting off what needs to be done. 1. Don’t put off until tomorrow what can and should be done today. * Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, … Read more

Bible Topics: Position, desiring

Definition of “position”: One’s rank or status in an organization or in society. 1. In God’s Kingdom, the most honorable position is “servant of all.” * Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. * Mark 10:43b,44 Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever … Read more

Bible Topics: Performing

Definition: To portray a role or demonstrate a skill, such as singing, speaking, acting, before an audience. 1. The objective of performing for the Lord is to show people Jesus and His love. * Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel … Read more

Bible Topics: Peer pressure

Definition: Peers are people of equal standing with one another, in age, rank or status. Age is often a determining factor in establishing what is commonly known as “peer groups”. Peer pressure, therefore is the demand to conform to the prevailing positive or negative attitudes or actions of one’s peer group. 1. The Bible cautions … Read more

Bible Topics: Partiality and Favoritism

Definitions: Partiality is to be inclined to like one more than another; biased. Favoritism is showing favorable treatment of some to the neglect of others. 1. Partiality and favoritism are carnal, worldly traits. * 1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye … Read more

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