Biblegateway Verse of the Day

Do You Consider Yourself A Christian?


By Benjamin H. Liles

           When we're told in scripture, "Perfect love casts out fear," I think of what firemen, even what law enforcement officers do on a daily basis. Firemen don't simply put out fires, they rescue people from burning homes. They help others, while putting themselves at risk. Same with LEO's. So many people see cops as if they are the enemy, but really, they are like every single one of us. They eat, the sleep, have families, and even go out of their way to make sure of this one thing that they put their lives on the line for: "Am I making sure others are safe, while I'm working?"

The Next Right Thing (Book Reviews)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          While I want to praise Emily Freeman's book, The Next Right Thing, as well as her ability to write well, I also find it hard to give this book all the merit it's due. One thing I do like is the tag line for this book: A simple, soulful practice for making life decisions. I see that tag and I have this glimpse of Jesus Christ walking up a mountain to take time to settle down and spend time with God, the Father. While He sits there to quiet Himself, and to spend prayer time with the One who called Him to give His life a ransom for many, He sees His disciples out on the Sea of Galilee getting tossed and driven by waves and wind.

You Could Be Drinking "Living Water"


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Yet, what exactly is this living water that Jesus spoke of in John 4? At first glance it's an encounter Jesus has with a Samaritan woman at the village of Sychar. At some point during this narrative, Jesus tells her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water" (John 4:10). Here's the thing of it, however; Jesus already knew of her many husbands and the fact she was with a man she wasn't even married to!

Believe Better



          I know, the quality isn't the best, but I've always heard, "That to get better, you have to start somewhere." What I plan on doing through my youtube channel to help fellow believes in Jesus Christ to feel more encouraged, and to feel heard.

Heart of a King (Book Cover)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          This is a completely amazing book by Jill Eileen Smith about King Solomon. While there are certain names we know of for sure from scripture, namely Abishag and Naamah, I find that Smith's storytelling around King Solomon and at least four of his wives is very well written. Smith has done a great deal of research for the book, and it truly shows. I would say I recommend it if you're a fan of historical, Biblical, and romance, too. As I said it is an amazing read.

Faith is for Weak People (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          This latest book by Ray Comfort, Faith is for Weak People, has a great deal of good information for fellow believers in Jesus Christ. Rather than focus on logical arguments to prove God is real, rather, Ray uses the Bible to show that God "[chose] the foolish things of the world that He might shame the wise" (1 Corinthians 1:27). Although it seems the book title is out to hurt those of us who choose to follow Christ Jesus, it is one of the objections others who do not understand God or His word use in excusing themselves.

What Christian Conversion Means


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I honestly believe a truly authentic and changed person is one who believes Jesus Christ is "The way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6). What it means is that to this man or woman Jesus has called them to a relationship and the result is they are completely changed. Take this into fact there are those who simply think giving Jesus Christ special adoration means He's a religion don't have the full facts.

Real and Honest Faith


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Tonight, I was trying to sleep and the same thing happens tonight as it has in recent nights: for some reason I just can't sleep. Maybe tonight's reason is different from the past few nights, I don't know for sure. Then I consider the fact I actually want to write about God's Holy Spirit. I'm starting to think maybe this life I've lived for so long before Jesus Christ is kind of like yesterday's news: old, hashed and re-hashed.

Why is it Called "Good Friday?"


By Benjamin H. Liles

          For the follower of Christ Jesus we know what it means to celebrate Good Friday. But even if we didn't know or understand the reason we can rest assured on two things: Jesus died an hour and nine minutes ago, as it is in the States here, on April 3, 33 A.D. It means that almost two thousand years ago, at around 3 or 3:30 pm in Jerusalem, Israel Jesus paid the sacrifice for you and I. Why is that a "good" thing?

Confronting Old Testament Controversies (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I have never, in all my time reviewing books, found as good a book on this level of subject matter as well written, if not simply put together well. When I say that, I mean it in the sense of Tremper Longman III’s book Confronting Old Testament Controversies. Within these two hundred ninety-four pages he covers four special topics that the Old Testament encompasses: Creation and Evolution, History, Violence and Sexuality. To that end I say this: Longman does a wonderful job covering all four subjects as best as possible.

Loving My Actual Neighbor (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles


            I often think of ways of how I can show God’s loving care, compassion and mercy towards others. With Alexandra Kuykendall’s Loving My Actual Neighbor, she puts forth seven things she considers worth looking at in dealing with our neighbors. Those things she looks at within the pages of this book are holding a posture of humility, asking questions to learn, being quiet to listen, standing in those times of awkwardness, accepting what is, lightening up, and giving freely.

The Artful Match (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

           Ever since Jennifer Delamere's series London Beginnings caught my eye, I have truly enjoyed reading and reviewing her books. Hopefully, even after this latest review I give her book there are a great many more to be held. That being said, all three of these books, which started with Rosalyn's story, swept through Julia's story and now is on Cara's story one can only hope to be amazed and even more so, captivated, by Delamere's wonderful storytelling as well as her prose.

Evidence of the Holy Spirit


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I've been wanting to get back into talking about the Holy Spirit and how it can be evidenced. Tonight I was listening to Todd Wagner from Watermark Community Church on Real Truth. Real Quick..

Joyful Surrender (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Considering the fact I had reviewed one other Elisabeth Elliot book some time back I find it an honor to review this one -- Joyful Surrender. I always find it interesting how missionaries do their charitable Christian work and admire them that are able to do so. Through it all Elliot is one of those few who showcase a genuine zeal for not simply loving others but loving God as well. How I do desire to be such in my own walk with Christ as well.

Facing Adversity


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I know I tend to focus on certain subjects in a biblical way: whether on the Holy Spirit, the book of Ezekiel, Christ, God, and so forth. Adversity and bipolar disorder have marked a greater part of my life. I've made my mind up as of today to do as God commanded Cain, "If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it" (Genesis 4:7, Holman Christian Standard).

None Greater (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          In perhaps one of the best known Christian songs says it the same way as Matthew Barrett does for this book. Chris Tomlins wrote for the pre-Chorus for the song God of This City, "There is no one like our God." So, what does this have to do with Barrett's book None Greater? Everything. God is unlike any other who pretends to be Him: There is no one like our God. I've had the greatest time reading this book and it has gotten me to see the God of this world, of this universe, is more powerful than a raging flood.

Breaking the Power of Negative Words (Book Review)


By, Benjamin H. Liles

          No matter how we all cut it our words have impact on others ad their lives. Some words wound. Other words heal. Some words give life, while other words bring nothing but death. Mary C. Busha, author of Breaking the Power of Negative Words puts it best in this phrase (although I'm rephrasing it): People who are hurt themselves more than likely will hurt other people with their words. Do they mean to do it? Maybe and maybe not. It's not up to us to offer our own justice, however.

The Holy Spirit: Streams of Living Water


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Most of us know the value of hard work on a daily basis. Is it any wonder why the laborer chooses to drink water? Ninety percent of our bodies contains water, and therefore water is vital to helping us maintain a good life when we drink water. But let's face it, when it comes to God the attitude is this: "Eh, who needs Him?" or even "What God? Not for me!" To this I say He knows us so well He can speak an invaluable truth to us and then invite us in a little bit deeper. Take the woman of Samaria who comes to the well while Jesus is sitting there.

When God Moves


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I have heard for some time now that there are certain leaders and pastors within the Christian community that, and I quote, "God's Spirit doesn't move any longer" or even "The Holy Spirit is irrelevant in this day and age." Wow! To that I have to ask this, then, how does anyone become a Christian if there's no Spirit of God or even that He's still at work? That doesn't equate well in my mind's eye.

When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          If I could have titled this book it would be more along the lines of Hope for the 21st Century. Why do I say that? Since most of us live in this time and place to make the biggest and best impact in these early years of the twenty-first century, we can and should show our faith and hope in the person of Jesus Christ. I don't say that to minimize the work of Jill Eileen Smith at all. I just want to show how good of a job she does in writing this book.

A Tender Hope (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Amanda Cabot's latest book, A Tender Hope, is filled with page after page of faith, hope and love; which according to Paul, "the greatest of these is love." How well we all would be if that was always the case. One of the things I love about this book is how well rounded her characters are. The reason I love this book so much is because of the complexity of the storyline as well as how well the individual stories of certain characters weave into the larger picture of Thea Michener's story.

Treasures in Clay Pots


By Benjamin H. Liles

          But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7-10, New American Standard

Christ, the Hope of Glory


By Benjamin H. Liles

          To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. ~ Colossians 1:27-28, NKJV

Gospel of Jesus Christ Explained: Psalm 139


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Lord, you have searched me, and you know me. You know my sitting down and my rising up. You perceive my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is their sum!

A Show of Compassion


By Benjamin H. Liles

          In my area where I live there is a program that is called the Hunger Alliance. It is an organization that seeks to help individuals and families get the food they desperately need where there is no adequate help for them. Food stamps are being cut on a large amount of our elderly and children who are low-income due to people not having jobs. There's actually a job shortage for a lot of people.

A Testimony of Faith


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I admit I don't share my faith in the power of Christ's shed blood every day. To be honest, that is on me. What's not on me is the fact I do my personal best when I don't feel afraid (I know, perfect love casts out fear, His perfect love, that is), but the biggest hindrance is that not a great deal of truly, and life-changing Christians truly know how to confess their faith in the power of the resurrected Lord. 

Salvation of God


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Acts 7:2b-3 - "The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran." The point is that God is interested in everyone, from dark skin, to light skin, and even olive colored skin; those in finance, computer tech, and even in the auto making industries.

Jesus - God's Radiance Forgives and Heals


By Benjamin H. Liles

           This has been on my heart lately as well as how God gets dirty with us in our messes, which I posted last night. I've often wondered how it is we're to clean ourselves up. I mean think on it a moment. Yes, God forgives us when we come to Him in faith, asking Him to send us His love through His Son Jesus Christ. But this has been a question of mine for some time now. And I'm fairly certain others like myself even question: How can I remain clean when I'm still sinful?

Relationomics (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          The first thing I should say about Relationomics by Randy Ross is that it's not simple wisdom you find from a self-help book. Being a Christian in this day and age means having the practical ability to make your faith work in applicable ways to show others the reality of who Jesus Christ is. In other words, our actions should demonstrate the truth that God's Holy Spirit is still active and speaks to us.

The God Who Gets Dirty



By Benjamin H. Liles

          I forget where I heard this, but it bears repeating: "God doesn't stay far off when we're in trouble. No, God comes along side you and gets down and dirty with you right where you are." Think about that and think on these verses as well when you do. Think about how God comes to where you are and helps you in your distress.

Matters of the Heart: Faith in the Righteousness of God


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Originally I wanted to title this "Heart Issues," but it dawned on me how that would come across to those of you who read and follow this site. Follow me on that thought a moment; considering some of the health issues I faced this past year, having "Heart Issues" as a title would make everyone think, "Oh, he's having problems with his heart." Rather, I want my heart to reflect God's heart. On that note and side of things one matter stands out most: His righteousness. What does that mean? How are we to do this?

Israel's Inheritance (Ezekiel 48)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          As I wrap up Ezekiel with this last chapter, the forty-eighth, I realize how long and truly hard this was for me to get through. On one hand it got me to truly read His word, and the other to do my best to understand God's plan, not just for Israel, but the world as well. Don't get me wrong, God loves Israel; a great deal. Yet, it seems the way He's loved Israel seems and looks lopsided. On one part it looks like He absolutely and unequivocally loves Israel, and at the same time He's a God who dispenses truth and justice as He sees fit.

Ready or Knot? (Book Review)


By, Benjamin H. Liles

          While I have been married, quite successfully to my wife for the last ten years, I believe everyone can and should benefit from a marital coach. Then comes counselor and director of Marriage Ministry at Watermark Community Church, Scott Kedersha. To be completely honest, my wife and I have managed, even though we've stumbled on the way, to have as best a marriage we have. It's never without its faults. If the question to me was, "How would you and your wife like to be sat face to face with Scott Kedersha?" I'd hands down say, "My wife and I sign up for that!"

Healing Waters (Ezekiel 47)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I honestly believe God chooses us before all else. Why would He go and create such a beautiful world in which we manage affairs alongside Him, and then create us to share all of it with? Unfortunately, we rebelled against Him in the garden of Eden, and it is why Adam and Eve were expelled for not trusting in their Lord and God who made them. Yet, miraculously, we're told by Paul, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:3-6, New King James). 

Marriage That Works (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Even though, as a married man, I can and will benefit from Chip Ingram's newest book Marriage That Works, it's also for those who are single and waiting for their spouse. When I say this it's because of the fact of how do we maintain God's vision of holiness in our lives. Are we to maintain God's standards and yet fail to live as a holy and pleasing people to Him?

Order of Worship (Ezekiel 46)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          We can best understand what worship is when we look at the gospel record of John, where Jesus has encountered the woman at the well. We read, "So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph...Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water...The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship" (John 4:5, 10, 19, New King James).

Winning the Heart of Your Child (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

            What can I say about a man who has written well in talking about parenting? I know that I can say that Mike Berry knows what he's talking about as him and his wife, Kristin, have been parents to eight children through adoption. Through their blog Confessions of an Adoptive Parent he has been able to amass a readership in the tens of thousands in helping other parents. Considering I am in my forties along with my wife of ten years we ought to be parents ourselves, but we're unable to have any children, but then again I feel I digress.

Love Where You Live (Book Review)


By, Benjamin H. Liles

          I want to say for Shauna Pilgreen's book Love Where You Live is an intentional book about loving others as God first loved us. It's every page is littered with thought provoking and ground-breaking thoughts that support scripture, such as where Paul says, "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, New King James).

Getting a Handle on Ezekiel


By Benjamin H. Liles

          There are times I get hugely stumped by something written in the Old Testament. For some time now I have done my best to look at and help Ezekiel make sense to us. More often than not we all need a little help in understanding what the text says and how we apply those things we learn. Now more than ever I see that Ezekiel is a deep and thought provoking book. The message God gave to him was to get those people whose hearts were turned away from God to come back to Him.

Part 2: Sacrificial Living (Ezekiel 45)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          There are times where I wonder if I ever do enough to please God in all that I say and do. I mean, do I lay my life down for the neighbor that lives just below me? Do I treat her with the respect she deserves or do I render judgment on her than take up my faith as Christ requires of me? I find that often I lack the things required of me even though I know that in order to please God I ought to have faith and to love others as He first loved me by being a willing and living sacrifice. After all it is written, "Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship" (Romans 12:1, Berean Study).

Part 1: The Sacred Portion (Ezekiel 45)


by Benjamin H. Liles

          Sometimes certain scriptures are easier for me to discern and teach on, while others such as this chapter of Ezekiel take time in prayer and in the wisdom of God. Therefore, when I say this it's from His view and not my own. Even though God talks to His people of Israel mostly in the Old Testament, I believe He means all of Israel and not a portion of. Within Revelation He does this: "And I heard the number of them that were sealed, a hundred and forty and four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel" (Revelation 7:4). Of this number twelve thousand are sealed within every tribe of Israel giving us a full 144,000 people sealed by God.

Be Pure and Holy (Ezekiel 44)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut. As for the prince, because he is the prince, he may sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way...No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart or uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter My sanctuary, including any foreigner who is among the children of Israel...It shall be, in regard to their inheritance, that I am their inheritance. You shall give them no possession in Israel, for I am their possession" (Ezekiel 44:2-3, 9, 28, New King James).

The Self-Taught Programmer (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

           Even though Cory Althoff's book The Self-Taught Programmer was released in early 2017, he still asks those who have either bought his book or received a complimentary copy to give a review of the book. I have spent some time going through his book as I have previous experience as a programmer. Years ago I got started in it as a kid having an Atari 400 (Atari 400 is an old 8-bit console that hooked up to your television). It came with a couple of games, as well as games my dad purchased for us to play on.