Biblegateway Verse of the Day

Salvation is God's Gift


By Benjamin H. Liles

         For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9, AMP

A Living and Holy Sacrifice


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. ~ Romans 12:1

The Word of the Lord Endures


By Benjamin H. Liles

          For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. ~ Romans 10:13

          Because all flesh [is] as grass, and all its glory as [the] flower of grass. The grass has withered and [its] flower has fallen; but the word of [the] Lord abides for eternity. But this is the word which in the glad tidings [is] preached to you. ~ 1 Peter 1:24-25, Darby (Verse of the day)

The Way the Lord Teaches


By Benjamin H. Liles

          All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Choosing a Life that Matters (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

         Dennis Rainey's pocket-sized book, Choosing a Life that Matters, is a power punch of God's goodness wrapped up in his own words. Dennis, from what I can tell, is one of  those rare gems, a guy who's sold out for Christ and standing upon the word of God to show how we can live fruitful and meaningful lives.

Giving Thanks through Song


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father. ~ Ephesians 5:19-20

Hurt Road (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I knew I already liked Third Day. They have so many wonderful and powerful songs. So when this opportunity came up to choose this book I had to leap at it. Granted this review could truly be biased considering I truly and absolutely love Christian music. But reading Mark Lee's account of his life--he's a founding member of Third Day, a guitarist, songwriter, father--I have to say I feel like I got a backstage pass to get to know "the guys," as musicians tend to say.

Jesus Justifies, not the Law


By Benjamin H. Liles

          When I saw they were not following the truth of the Good News, I spoke to Peter in front of them all. I said, “You are a Jew, but you are living like a Gentile and not a Jew. So how can you now try to force Gentiles to live like Jews?” It is not because we followed the law, because no one can be made right with God by following  the law. We Jews came to Christ, trying to be made right with God, and it became clear that we are sinners, too. Does this mean that Christ encourages sin? No! ~ Galatians 2:14, 16b-17, Expanded

Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I know I posted this up yesterday and made some comments that were said in frustration about my inability to be able to read Mark Baker's Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life. Overall, he's well-written, he's got a good handle on theology and has a good deal of amazingly insights. The one thing I think it lacks is in the area of application. Usually, and from my experience, I have learned a great deal from realizing "How does this help me be better?" Maybe I'm still not seeing or getting it.

Denying the Power of the Spirit


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Turn away from such as these!" (2 Timothy 3:1-5, Berean Study).

God's Will: Standing Firm in Our Desert Experiences


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "I feel stuck in my life. Kind of like I know what I want to do, but I'm unsure of how to go about it, or even if it's God's will," I heard her say. So many of us in life wonder if we're hearing God's voice in the moments that are dry and appear desert-like. Sometimes we even wonder, "I feel like I'm going around in circles and not doing anything. How do I know and put God's will into practice for my life?" For certain of this don't be discouraged. I've been there multiple times even in my faith with God.

Becoming Resilient (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          For most of my life I have struggled with bipolar depression. I have taken numerous medicines to help overcome the struggles I face, both in the manic side as well as depression side. While through all of this I have been and felt suicidal, at least three times in my life, I have marched on. These days, at the age of forty-four, I still struggle, but due to my walk with Christ, things are a great deal easier. Why? Jesus tells us, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful" (John 14:27, New American Standard).

Am I My Brother's Keeper?


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”(Genesis 4:9, New King James).

          "[The older son] was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him’" (Luke 15:28-30, New King James).

A Secure and Living Hope


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 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; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. ~ 1 Peter 1:3-9, New American Standard

Shine Book Review


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. ~ Matthew 5:16, New King James; John 15:8, New Living Translation