If you are going to memorize a passage of Scripture, can I suggest these two verses? My guess is you are going to need the good news they deliver every day of your life, multiple times a day. I love the tone that John is taking here, “My little children” is such a sweet term of endearment.
Plagues of hornets, building altars, establishing the offices of priest and prophet and the book of the covenant. Chad Bird and Daniel Emery Price talk about all these things before getting to the main point at the end... and it's bloody and glorious. Check it out!
You can see it far off, looming on the horizon, a thick fog menacing off the coast and swirling in the distance. You know the signs. You’ve been here many times before, but you’ve learned to carry on. At first you kind of ignore it, you are aware it’s there, but you don’t want to work yourself up...
The Law is a powerful word. The Law has the power to kill. The Law has the power to condemn and break down. The Law has the power to crush. And all of those powers are necessary—without the power of the Law, we’d never bear witness to the power of the Gospel.
A prophet is without honor in his hometown and Jesus doesn't do many miracles where they don't believe Him. Why is that? John the Baptist is beheaded and Herod is haunted by him. Jesus finds out and tries to be alone but the crowds are still following and this results in Him preforming one of the most famous miracles in the Bible. Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen talk about all of this in this episode. Check it out!
Far from boosting your self-esteem, the Bible does everything it can to deflate it. With descriptive phrases about us like we’re “dead in trespasses and sins”, what we’re shown is that we’re naturally hostile towards God and selfish towards others.