a word from The Sponsor ~ June 6

James 2: 15-17 is the “Go-To” Bible verse set noted by one of my fourth time graduate students
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

 

a word from The Sponsor ~ May 23

Another extra-wonderful aspect of the graduate courses is the Bible verses that they share!

Here is a timely verses for today, on the final Sunday of a course in educational research methods, courtesy of one of the graduate students who shared Luke 24: 31-32  as his “Go-To” Bible verse on his Class Wall introduction at the beginning of the quarter.

Thank you, all for sharing your “Go-To” Bible verses during our course!

Special Thanks to all who have recently started following the Because of Grace blog!! Please feel free to Reply and share your “Go-To” Bible Verses (you do not have to be one of my graduate students to share and receive a blessing from the timeless wisdom of the Bible). 

a word from The Sponsor ~ May 16

1 John 4:10 is our “Go-To” Bible verse provided from one of my graduate students.

What is so interesting about this Bible verse is that it is the same as the one featured in our sermon today!

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
1 John 4:10

Saturday = Reminders of Grace

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a word from The Sponsor ~ February 28

On this last day of February, a verse shared by one of my grad students seems especially appropriate:

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a word from The Sponsor ~ February 21

Amos 5:4 has been a forefront verse for me this week as the huge snow storm in Texas has affected the utilities, food supply, water supply, and other conveniences of everyday life. It took some discipline toward my entitled inner child to center on The Sponsor, who never fails.

Amos 5_4

 

Praying for the safety of all who may glance at this post. 

 

 

 

 



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a word from The Sponsor ~ February 14

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a word from The Sponsor ~ February 8

2 Timothy 1:7 is our bold, “Go-To” Sunday Bible verse shared by one of my graduate students. 

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7


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a word from The Sponsor ~ January 31

Romans 12:18 is the Bible Verse shared by one of my graduate students as her “Go-To” Bible Verse.

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NLT

 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ January 24

Proverbs 3:3-6 is the “Go-To” Bible Verse set chosen by one of my talented graduate students.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

    bind them around your neck,

    write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name

    in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart

    and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to Him,

    and He will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:3-6 (niv)

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~ November 29

Exodus 14:14 is the impactful, “Go-To” Bible verse shared by one of my graduate students.

 

 

 

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~November 22

On this Sunday before Thanksgiving, Psalm 23:4 is our Bible verse shared by a graduate student in one of my classes: 

 “Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.” 
~Psalm 23:4 (Living Bible)

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a word from The Sponsor ~ October 4

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thoughts on Philippians 4:13

Today, my graduate student Kortney shared Philippians 4:13 as her “Go-To” Bible verse. In God’s gentle nudging in life, this verse was also an integral part of my day too.

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

This verse and the book of Philippians also appears to be God’s “Go-To” book and verse for me today too. This morning, our Bible scholar explained that the Apostle/Teacher Paul wrote this verse while in jail. Paul was chained in a crowded, drafty Roman jail cell. The jail did not provide clothes nor food. Paul relied on others for these essentials. 

Although under continuous scrutiny by guards, Paul continued his mission. During one prison term, he even converted one of the Philippian guards (Acts 16:25-40).

Our Bible scholar shared that Philippians was one of the happiest letters that Paul wrote. Despite terrible conditions and the imminent threat of death, Paul exclaimed: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Thoughts slammed hard at me as I listened. Despite the foreshadow of death, Paul looked beyond his circumstances. My high school friend, Tracey and I have joked about the crisis cavalcade of 2020 and our 2020 Bingo board (and mine has actually morphed into an alphabetized 2020 Bingo list). 

However, as bad as 2020 has been, for almost all of us, we have been blessed to be at home. Our response to the pandemic has occurred in our homes, far away from drafty Roman jails. We have been at home. 

So, the question for my grad students today is “What one positive thing can you do this week through Christ who strengthens you?” Only a positive action for the upcoming week through Christ who shares His strength. Sometimes folks almost exclusively identify with the negative aspect of circumstances, going all the way back to the manna days.

It is therapeutically advantageous to follow Paul’s lead and hold fast to what is good, which is my own “Go-To” verse.

“What one thing can you do this week through Christ who strengthens you?” 

 

 

a word from The Sponsor ~ September 27

My graduate student, Tammi, shared this verse ~ Ephesians 1:18, as her Go-To Bible verse.

“I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people.” ~Ephesians 1:18 (Good News Translation)

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a word from The Sponsor ~ September 13

What is needed everywhere is for people to lift their holy hands in prayer instead of having angry disputes and resentment. ~1 Timothy 2:8

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a word from The Sponsor ~ September 6

“You know that troubles test your faith and develop endurance. SO, let your endurance grow, for when it is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything!” ~James 1:3-4 

 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ August 23

It is the final Sunday with one graduate class in Educational Leadership. Here is the Bible Verse I am sharing with them.

Lamentations 3:2223 
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. 

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a word from The Sponsor – August 16

This week’s verse, Job 11:17 arrives from a talented photographer friend…

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~ August 9

A familiar verse in 3-part version harmony

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5: 22-23 (niv)

22But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. ~Galatians 5: 22-23 (Good News Translation)

22 The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this. ~Galatians 5: 22-23

 

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