Weekly Word Definition – Bondage


the state of being a slave

the tenure or service of a villain, serf, or slave

:  a state of being bound usually by compulsion (as of law or mastery): such as

  • a:  captivity, serfdom
  • b:  servitude or subjugation to a controlling person or force young people in bondage to drugs


Used in two senses in Scripture, a literal and a metaphorical sense.

(1) In the former sense, it refers

(a) to the condition of the Hebrews (ăbhōdhāh) in Egypt (Exodus 1:14; 2:23) which is frequently called “the house of bondage,” Exodus 13:3, 14; 20:2; Deut. 5:6. It also refers to the condition of the Hebrews in Babylonia (Isaiah 14:3) and in Persia (Ezra 9:8), where a slightly different form of the same root (abhedhūth) is used in the original. In both these cases the bondage was not so much personal as national. As a rule, individuals were not subject to individuals, but the whole Hebrew people were subject to the Egyptian, Babylonian and the Persian states. They were forced to labor on public works, and otherwise, and were denied their own freedom when the exigencies of state seemed to demand it. The former word ʿăbhōdāh is also used in Neh. 5:18 as descriptive of the subject and depressed conditions of the Hebrews in Palestine during the earlier years after their return from captivity, when they were still living under Persian suzerainty.

(b) The word bondage ʿăbhādhīm is also used to describe the slavery into which the poor Jews were being forced by their more prosperous brethren in the earlier years under the Persians in Palestine (Neh. 5:5). Here true personal, though temporary, slavery is meant.

(c) Marriage is once referred to as a bondage (1 Cor. 7:15). It wasn’t the marriage that Paul was referring to, it was the obligations concerned with marriage.

(2) It is used in the metaphorical sense only in New Testament.

 “Bondage,” is the power of physical corruption as against the freedom of life (Romans 8:21), the power of fear as over against the confidence of Christian faith (Romans 8:15; Hebrews 2:15), and especially is it the bondage of the letter, of the elements, of a ceremonial and institutional salvation which must be scrupulously and painfully observed, as contrasted with the freedom of the sons of God, emancipated by faith in Jesus Christ. This bondage is a peculiarly Pauline idea since he was fighting for Christian freedom (Galatians 2:4; Galatians 4:3, 9, 24-25; Galatians 5:1). In 2 Peter 2:19 the idea is essentially different. Libertinism, masquerading under the name of freedom, is branded as bondage, in contrast with the true freedom of righteous living.

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Bondage to sin is not necessary. Those who are true Christians have nothing to do with bondage to sin.

Romans 6:4-6 (NKJV)

Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Through our faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will guide us in a life free from sin if we will let Him. Don’t get caught up in bondage, it’s not worth it. Instead, listen to the Holy Spirit and live the bible every day. If you are living the bible, there will be no room for bondage in your life.

Weekly Devotional – Let God Be Your Healer!

John 5:5-9 (NKJV)

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

Sandy and I had just moved to Florida, and we found a well-established church and were attending it. One day the pastor and I were discussing the bible and I couldn’t help noticing they were not in any way helping the community. When I asked the pastor why, I was astonished at his answer.

The pastor stated it was not the responsibility of the church to address the physical needs of the congregation or the community. He stated, all the bible tells us to do is take care of the spiritual needs.

I’m sorry, but I don’t seem to be able to find any scripture to back up his statement. To the contrary, Jesus went about healing as a means of developing a report with the people so he could tell them about God and how to get eternal life.

Jesus healed those who needed healing as an example for you and me. If we establish good will and our church body receives a good witness from the lost in the community, you will begin to see an increase in the church.

Do your part as a Christian. Volunteer at the food bank, the library, the hospital, or any other place where people might have a need. Let God use you to heal those who need healing whether physical or spiritual.

Another church we attended was good about trying to heal the people both physically and spiritually. They tried to use the voice of the community to determine the needs of those who didn’t know God.

When I received salvation, it wasn’t because of something the community said, it wasn’t because of something I heard on the news, it wasn’t because of a visit from some missionary from some organization. I received salvation by the grace of God.

I received salvation because I heard the gospel preached and I believed what I heard. The Gospel has nothing to do with politics, community groups or how many people we help or how much money we donate. Salvation is given when the heart is right.

I have seen church organizations that worked hard to get people to come to their church and when they did, they heard the latest opinion on the gay rights or voting rights or something else equally as unimportant to the receiving of salvation.

When these people finally come to the church, it is to hear the truth preached and that is not happening. In fact, some of our congregations believe we should not subject the lost to the truth of the bible until after they are saved.

I think all of us need to study the bible and allow God to lead us and tell us what we need to do, not the latest trends of the community.

Weekly Word Definition – Blasphemy

The Definition for the week is for Blasphemy:

The act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk:

a:  the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God.

b:  the act of claiming the attributes of a deity: Merriam – Webster.

In classical Greek this word meant primarily “defamation” or “evil-speaking” in general; “a word of evil omen,” hence, “impious, and irreverent speech against God.”

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Sadly, many people commit blasphemy every day and don’t even know it. We hear these big words used by teachers and preachers in their teachings, but no one ever tells you what they mean. Until recently many people didn’t have access to a bible dictionary and the other dictionaries don’t have a lot to say about words from the bible.

I think everyone has accidentally crossed over this line at one time or another. However, there are some that cross these lines without hesitation.

Just as Christ, what we have is the Holy Spirit.

We don’t have healing powers of our own. We must depend on the healing power from God.

We don’t have the power to raise the dead. What we do have is the Divine Love and Holy nature we need to console the families of the dead. This love and divine knowledge come from God and only to those who study and get to know God.

People who hate God for some reason, people who doubt God’s abilities and especially those who think they know more than God, all these are committing blasphemy every day.

Man was created to be a friend and companion to God. Then man sinned, and God is trying to bring as many as He possibly can back to His good Grace. God is willing to forgive even blasphemy, but you must meet God halfway.

Blasphemy. is a transliteration of a Greek word meaning literally “to speak harm.”  In the biblical context, blasphemy is an attitude of disrespect that finds expression in an act directed against the character of God. Old Testament Blasphemy draws its Christian definition throughHolman Bible Dictionary

On television news you can see the biggest form of blasphemy we could ever commit. There are those who take to the streets and demonstrate against the leaders of our nation. They let things escalate into fights and swearing at each other. They curse God and blame Him for what is going on in the world. Then they go to church and sing praises to God without ever asking for His forgiveness.

Weekly Devotional – The Food Is Better In The Next Valley

Genesis 3:6 (NKJV)

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

There was a man back home in Arkansas who loved his wife very much. Too much I fear. He would find a job with good benefits and proceed to learn the position. The man’s wife would be talking to some of the wives and learn about a job that would pay more. The wife would nag at her husband until he would change jobs again.

Soon the word got around about the man not remaining with a company very long and soon the job market shrank so much, it became very hard to find a job. They soon had to move to another city and leave all their friends. Not long after arriving in the new city, the wife hated it so much she left him and went back where they were before.

What would have happened if Adam and Eve had been satisfied with what they had been given and trusted what God had told them? Just how much better off do you think the world would be?

Sometimes Christians of today do the same thing Adam and Eve did. We want to find the perfect denomination. One that will let us do what we want to do without causing us to feel bad about our sins. I’m here to tell you from experience, that denomination does not exist. Oh the preacher might tell you it is ok to sin. Many of them do so you will put more money in the plate, but they are particular about what type of sin you commit. Each one of them are different on that subject.

What we must learn as Christians is that the original sin was not committed because Adam and Eve listened to satan and were deceived, the original sin was committed because they didn’t listen to what God told them.

The same thing is happening to Christians today. We go to church and listen to the preacher, and he tells us about Romans 3:23, but never tells us about verses 24-26. The Sunday School Teachers are quick to avoid telling us about 1 Thessalonians 2:4 or 2 Timothy 2:15. They want us to listen to them, not ask questions, not study to see what God has to say. They don’t want us to use any bible that doesn’t use an antiquated language. They want us to continue to sin and need forgiveness every day, because in their minds, that gives them job security.

Find a church where God is present when you walk in. You will be able to feel His Soothing Spirit. The Pastor and the teachers tell you to study and show yourself approved to God. Then listen to God, do as He tells you to do. Let God use you to do His work in the church, in the community, but most of all in your family. If you listen to God and follow His commands, you will be better off than Adam and Eve, you won’t sin. Let God feed you the food you need through His word!!!

Weekly Word Definition – Blessed


Made holy; consecrated

a:  held in reverence:  venerated the blessed saints

b:  honored in worship:  hallowed the blessed Trinity

c:  beatific a blessed visitation



bles’-ed (barukh):

Where God is referred to, this word has the sense of “praise,” as in 1 Samuel 25:32, “Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel.” But where man is in mind it is used in the sense of “happy” or “favored,” and most frequently so in the Psalms and the Gospels, as for example, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the wicked” (Psalms 1:1); “Blessed art thou among women” (Luke 1:42); “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3). “Bible Study Tools Online”

There are many learned bible scholars that say the word blessed simply means “happy.”   These people have me seriously challenging their walk with God. These same scholars probably also tell the people in their congregation to choose one of the Beatitudes to live by as Christians, I have heard that more than one time.

The Beatitudes are a list of standards that all Christians must live by. Not just one of them, all of them.

The best definition of “Blessed” that I have ever read comes from the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422, U.S.A.

Blessed: Makarios

One is pronounced “blessed” when God is present and involved in their life. The hand of God is present and directing all their affairs for a divine purpose, and thus, in a sense, such a person lives Coram Deo; before the face of God. Blessedness is sharing in the life of God (2 Peter 1:4), being favorably affected and influenced by God. This involves, among other things, participating in the Kingdom (Luke 6:20; 12:37) recompense (Luke 14:14), forgiveness (Romans 4:7-8; Matthew 6:14-15), freedom of conscience (Romans 14:22), the Second Coming (Titus 2:13) and the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 4:14). among other things.

The point is that “happiness” is the result of being “Blessed”, not the definition. By having God, the Holy Spirit, living in us and directing us, we are sanctified by God and share in His very being, as He shares in ours.

Those who choose to continue to sin will not see God, muchless be a part of Him.

Weekly Devotional – Faith In Christ

Colossians 1:1-8 (NKJV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,  who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

All true Christians are brothers and sisters in the love and fellowship of Christ. Love and devotion run through every aspect of every character and relationship of the Christian life.

Faith, hope, and love are the three principal graces in the Christian life and help in establishing the basis for prayer and thanksgiving. The more we fix our hopes on the reward in heaven, the freer we shall be to do good with our earthly treasure. It is stored up for us and no enemy can deprive us of it.

The gospel is the word of truth, and we may safely establish the condition of our souls on it. And all who hear the word of the gospel, should bring forth the fruit of the gospel, obey it, and have their principles and lives formed around it.

Worldly love results from the same views of interest or from likeness in manners. This type of love is universally unstable because of its lack of foundation from the beginning.

Carnal love will arise from the lust and desires for pleasure. To these, something corrupt, selfish, and base always exists.

However, Christian love arises from the Holy Spirit and is full of righteousness and holiness. Christian Love is transferred from one person to another through the Holy Spirit. With the help of God through the Holy Spirit that lives “in us” (John 14:17) and we are able to give a love that is 10 times stronger than any other love and is much more stable.

Why are Christians the only ones that receive this love from God? Because they are the only part of religion that believes in Christ as their savior.

The Jews reject Christ all together as if He doesn’t exist. All the cult organizations say that Christ is no more than a prophet. All the Christians live their lives for God through Christ.

To be a Christian we must be “Christ like.” To be like Christ, we must also live like Christ. We must think (1 Cor. 2:16) like Christ, we must (John 15:9-10) love like Christ. We must allow people to see Christ in us (Gal. 2:20) and we must always act (John 15:9-10) like Christ.

Can you say you are a Christian?

Weekly Word Definition – Enlighten


“illumination” in every sense, used in the ordinary sense of giving natural light (Psalm 97:4 the King James Version; see also Ezra 9:8) or as a sign of health and vigor (1 Samuel 14:27, 29). “His eyes were enlightened,” literally, “became bright.” He had become weary and faint with the day’s exertions and anxieties, and now recovers (Job 33:30 and compare Psalm 13:3). Thus, in sickness and grief, the eyes are dull and heavy; dying eyes are glazed; but health and joy render them bright and sparkling, as with a light from within.

(2) In Psalm 18:28 the King James Version, The word nāghah, figuratively describes the believer’s deliverance from the gloom of adversity and the restoration of joy in the knowledge of God.

(3) Most frequently the terms so translated mean the giving of spiritual light to the soul (Psalm 19:8; Eph. 1:18, phōtízō; Hebrews 6:4; Hebrews 10:32). This spiritual enlightening the Spirit of God brings about through the Divine word (Psalm 119:130; 2 Tim. 3:15; 2 Peter 1:19). Sin mars the intellectual discernment; “but he that is spiritual discerned all things” (1 Cor. 2:15 King James Version, margin).

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

give (someone) greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation:

“Christopher had not enlightened Frances as to their relationship” Merriam-Webster

Weekly Devotional – Doing Good For The Sake Of The Gospel

Titus 2:1-15

Paul normally follows a rebuke of false doctrine with an admonition of how the believer should act (2 Tim. 3:10, 14). Sound means “healthy.” Paul makes frequent use of the term in the Pastoral Epistles.

While some people’s deeds disprove their claim to know God, Titus in contrast was to teach the people to live in a way consistent with sound teaching, in a way that would affirm rather than deny their claim to know God. The instruction addressed typical groups within the family structure (older men, older women, younger women, younger men, and slaves).

Paul views sound doctrine as the root that produces the fruit of sound practice (good works), such as faith, love, and patience (v. 2), as well as sound speech (v. 8). Right thinking is the raw material for right actions (Ps. 119:11; Prov. 23:7; Rom. 12:2; James 1:13-15). Our actions will naturally reveal the direction of our thoughts.

Teaching in these verses is practical and focuses on the domestic sphere. Paul emphasizes that older women can help model for young women what it means to be a wife and mother.

In keeping with the theme of good works (vs. 1, 2), older women are not to engage in evil practices like slander, gossip, or drunkenness; instead, they are to teach younger women.

In each of these verses, important statements are made about the desired result of “spiritual living.” Such living keeps us from providing a basis for the gospel (God’s message) to be slandered. Such living also highlights the attractiveness of the gospel.

This paragraph provides the theological basis for the lifestyle commended in verses 1-10. Christians should live sanctified lives because the grace of God that saves us also instructs us to live in a new way. A person cannot claim to be a recipient of God’s saving grace if he is not also a trainee in the lifestyle made possible by grace.

Paul concludes his instructions to various age groups by reminding Titus that his personal life is an essential aspect of his teaching. More people will learn from our daily actions than from what we say. Therefore, we must pay careful attention that our lives are in line with our beliefs.

This scripture has sometimes been misunderstood as saying that all people will be saved. However, such a reading is not made necessary by the words here, and it flatly contradicts other portions of Scripture. The force of all people is to emphasize the universal offer of the gospel. The offer of salvation is proclaimed not just to one group but to all peoples.

Godlessness refers to behavior that is not in accordance with God’s ways. Lusts refer not only to abnormal sexual desires but to sinful desires of the heart in general.

The verb used here for wait often carries the illusion of eagerness. The eager expectation of the return of Christ mentioned here is not just the time of the instruction of grace; it is also the way grace teaches us to renounce sin and live in a “godly way” (Titus 2:12). Setting our minds on the truth of Christ’s return impels us to holiness (1Jn 3:2-3). The blessed hope is the appearing of Christ. The reference to Jesus as God and Savior is a strong affirmation of His deity.

The phrase “people for His own possession” translates an unusual phrase with intentional echoes from the OT (Ex 19:5; Mal 3:17). The phrase expresses the sense of “prized, treasured possession” (1Pe 2:9).

This verse is an unmistakable call for authoritative teaching in the church.

As a teacher, I can tell you that there are not enough hours in a day to be able to teach you how to be a Christian. You learn to be a Christian by studying your bible one on one with God.

To show people we have changed our lives is not enough. Even satan changed his life after he was removed from heaven; however, he did not become a Christian.

The Holy Spirit is not given to us so we can allow Him to lead us every day, so He can tell us what to do every minute, so he can keep us from sin. That is not the mission of the Holy Spirit. The Mission of the Holy Spirit is to teach us and to pick us up “if we fall” not when we fall.

Weekly Word Definition – Election


The Scripture speaks

  1. of the election of individuals to office or to honor and privilege, e.g., Abraham, Jacob, Saul, David, Solomon, were all chosen by God for the positions they held; so also, were the apostles.
  2. There is also an election of nations to special privileges, e.g., the Hebrews (Deut 7:6; Rom 9:4).
  3. But in addition, there is an election of individuals to eternal life (2 Th. 2:13; Eph. 1:4; 1Pe 1:2; John 13:18).

The ground of this election to salvation is the good pleasure of God (Eph. 1:5, 11; Mat 11:25, 26; John 15:16, 19). God claims the right so to do (Rom 9:16, 21).

It is not conditioned on faith or repentance but is of sovereign grace (Rom 11:4-6; Eph. 1:3-6). All that pertain to salvation, the means (Eph. 2:8; 2Th 2:13) as well as the end, are of God (Acts 5:31; 2Ti 2:25; 1Co 1:30; Eph. 2:5, 10). Faith and repentance and all other graces are the exercises of a regenerated soul; and regeneration is God’s work, a “new creature.”

Men are elected “to salvation,” “to the adoption of sons,” “to be holy and without blame before him in love” (2Th 2:13; Gal 4:4, 5; Eph. 1:4). The ultimate end of election is the praise of God’s grace (Eph. 1:6, 12). Easton’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary

An election is a formal group decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. Elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 17th century Elections may fill offices in the legislature, sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and for regional and local government. This process is also used in many other private and business organizations, from clubs to voluntary associations and corporations.

The universal use of elections as a tool for selecting representatives in modern representative democracies is in contrast with the practice in the democratic archetype, ancient Athens, where the Elections were considered an oligarchic institution and most political offices were filled using sortation, also known as allotment, by which officeholders were chosen by lot.

Electoral reform describes the process of introducing fair electoral systems where they are not in place or improving the fairness or effectiveness of existing systems. Psephology is the study of results and other statistics relating to elections (especially with a view to predicting future results).

To elect means “to choose or decide”, and so sometimes other forms of ballot such as referendums are referred to as elections, especially in the United States. Wikipedia

Weekly Devotional – A Call To Persevere

Jude 1:17-23

If the Holy Spirit could be bought, I figure it would be worth millions by now. But it can’t be bought with money. In fact, you must earn the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us in John 14:15-17 that He would pray to the Father to send us a Helper only on one condition. Jesus stated, “if you love Me, keep My Commands.” That’s the condition! Keep My Commands.

After presenting the way to Heaven through the “narrow gate” (Matt. 7:13-14) Jesus warned the disciples about another gate that was opened wide and there were false prophets (Matt. 7:15-20) that would try to trick you into using the wrong gate. These false teachers were compared by Christ as being “ravenous wolves.”

Jude urged his readers to remember that these false teachers were nothing new because the apostles had foretold of such people who scoffed at those who refused to follow them. Jude may have referred to warnings like those in Ac 20:29-30 and 1Tim 4:1-3. The heretics created divisions and followed their ungodly desires. As people who were unbelievers, they did not have the Holy Spirit.

In warning the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees of their ultimate destruction if they continued on their present path, Jesus pronounced seven woes, each beginning with Woe to you. “Those woes, in contrast to the Beatitudes, denounce false religion as utterly detestable to God and worthy of severe condemnation. In six of the seven, Jesus called the leaders you hypocrites.

Jesus could call them hypocrites because He had already seen their fruit. The conduct of the Christian is listed in Matthew 5:3-12 and these are the ways we can demonstrate our love for Christ. These are the branches spoken of in John 15:1-8 and these branches bear the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22).

His first woe concerned the fact that the Pharisees were preventing others from entering the kingdom. Their hostility toward Jesus had caused many to turn away from Him. Many Jews were looking to their leaders for direction. Their failure to accept Jesus as Messiah had placed a stumbling block in the paths of their countrymen. For this, they stood condemned.

Paul warned of the false teachers (1Tim. 1:3-7) and told Timothy to oppose them. Again in 1 Timothy 6:2-10. Paul warns against the false teachers and points out their love for money. There are those who desire the attention brought by causing controversy among the people of the particular church congregation.

In 2 Timothy 2:14-26, Paul talks to Timothy about how he should deal with these false teachers. First and foremost we should be concerned for their souls and try to turn them around and bring them to Christ.

Peter also warned about these false prophets (teachers) (2Peter 2:1-22). Peter compared their punishment to several of the punishments God had exacted on the human race in the beginning. Peter talked about the fallen angels, the flood, the judgement on Sodom and Gomorrah and others. The result of this warning was to show the Believers what would eventually happen to these evil people.

After primarily describing the false teachers up to this point, Jude now exhorted his readers on how to contend for the faith (Jude 1:3). They were to show mercy to those who were wavering, reach out to those who had already been taken in and needed to be snatched from the fire (Amos 4:11; Zech. 3:2), and show concern for the wayward heretics, all at the same time. But believers were to be careful lest they also became defiled.

There are those that think they can go to church and listen to the preacher and that is all they need to do. Wrong! Each and every one of us must challenge the teachers and preachers by studing the lesson and the bible readings to make sure the teachers and preachers are really sent by God.

If we continue to just sit and do nothing, we are no better than the false teachers and preachers that are trying to destroy the church community.

Start with prayer to seek guidance from God. Then study your bible and allow God to teach you. You will find that God knows much more than you and the teacher or preacher you are trying to follow.