Congresswoman Martha Roby, who represents the 2nd Congressional District, furnished a verse during the week before Christmas. Jesus’ message in John 16:33 gives each of us hope for the New Year and beyond.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
John Ed Mathison, who retired as Senior Pastor of Frazer United Methodist Church several years back, furnished some timely verses for this issue. John Ed is still very active in a number of groups and organizations. His verses give all of us great hope and assurance when we face the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Browning Wood, who serves as Youth Minister at St. James United Methodist Church, sent in a verse for this issue. Browning is doing a great job with the young people at our church. He intends on becoming a pastor.
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Russ Abney, a lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, says that in his opinion, the message found in Matthew 25:34-41 is the essence of Christianity. He says these verses exemplify the primary struggle many Christians have and that’s to remain humble and to treat those around us who are most in need as we would treat Christ. Russ says it’s hard for him to imagine how much better off mankind would be if Christians around the world all aspired to this standard in their daily lives. In the 25th Chapter of Matthew we are told:
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Andrew Brashier, a lawyer in our Consumer Fraud Section, furnished two timely verses for this issue. He says these verses have long been his favorite due to Jesus cutting to the core issue for all of us: do we really follow His Way?
See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Deuteronomy 30:15; 19-20 (ESV)
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
Mark 8:36 (ESV)
Dr. John Kline, a professor at Troy University, also sent in two verses. John teaches a course on leadership at Troy and I have had the honor of speaking to his classes for a number of years. It’s a course that helps young people get ready to take their place in the real world.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.
1 Peter 2:21
Beverly Larkin, who works in our firm’s Accounting Department, supplied a verse that goes right along with our firm’s Christmas spirit as evidenced by the projects mentioned in this issue.
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Jeremy Smith was youth minister at St. James United Methodist Church before moving to Niceville, Fla. He now serves as Teaching Pastor at the Niceville United Methodist Church. It was really good hearing from Jeremy. He sent in a verse that contains the words Paul prayed over the Church in Ephesus.
I prayed that God would bless you “in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” That He would “give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
Ephesians 1:3, 17-19
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.