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  Researching With The 2017 Website Research Features

Author and 2 BiblesThis Cyber Bible Study (using the Tyndale Life Application Study Bible) course is actually comprised of seven lessons. The premise of this study course is to teach you how to do BASIC RESEARCH in order to make full use of a STUDY BIBLE and its various aids or features to help you understanding what Jesus Christ -- "The Living Word" (John 1:1) -- wants to "teach you."  (Matthew 11:28:30).

While traditional Bible studies use only a single Bible, this course shows you how to “Double Your Bible Study Pleasure” by using TWO Bibles side-by-side. The BASIC Course uses two Study Bibles side-by-side. Other Course Options are tailored to specific audience needs.

Each course includes training in the following key Study Bible Tool Features:

  • The Table of Contents (Important!)
  • Whole Bible - Introductory (preface) pages
  • Books of the Bible (66) - Six essentials of each book
  • Bible Personality Profiles
  • Indexed Maps
  • Charts & Diagrams
  • Concordance & Dictionary

As you work your way through these RESEARCH lessons, you will be able to take advantage of using TWO (or even three!) different STUDY BIBLE versions side-by-side with the Life Application Study Bible.  Other recommended STUDY BIBLES are: English Standard Version Study Bible(ESVSB), New International Version Study Bible (NIVSB), and the New Living Translation Study Bible (NLTSB). All Study Bibles include different information and insights that will increase your understanding and pleasure in researching God's Word.                                                     

These lessons about Study Bible Research features will help you to grow in your faith and to develop a closer relationship to God Himself. What more could you ask?


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Q: What is our website "Target Audience"?

1.  Do you or someone you know have questions about where to start studying in the Bible?  This is a very basic question for any who have felt at a loss as to how to begin.

2.  Are you one of those who have given up Bible reading because you could not understand what you were reading?  Do you feel "at a loss" to know how or where to go to find your answers in your Bible --- especially in a Study Bible? 

3. When you tried to read through your Bible did you get discouraged and give up when you finished Exodus or Leviticus?

4. Do you know anyone who uses any one or more of the amazing Study Bibles published recently with their many helpful and user-friendly  research features?

5. Are you one of those who is eager to find reliable "24-7-365" answers as you read and research your new Study Bible?

6. Are you a seasoned "old pro" mature Bible student whose Bible pages are well marked and very well worn?  Are you even now still open to learn about new resources that can refresh and revitalize your life-long habit of faithful personal Bible Study and research?.

Hopefully, this is YOUR "Target Audience" question:

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Are you willing to try the habit of using TWO Study Bibles side-by-side.

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Discipleship Studied Bible Research 

               Christ, Bible, Prayer,  Acts Church Discipleship


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Appendix to 244 Apply-to-Life Research Bible Studies Lists about:


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"RESEARCHED TOPICS" features a list of practical research article topics that have resulted from forty plus years of Study Bible Research in pastoral ministry. These practical "STUDIED STUDY BIBLE" studies that can form a group study or sermon series are grouped into four important topics with one or two sample studies for each topic.  You, too, can "mine these treasures" for the "gold nuggets" you can discover as you explore your Study Bibles.



4. "THE CHURCH ~ Discipleship

4 A." [THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC FOR "NEW BELIEVERS" is briefly introduced on the "Home" Page to try to explain the difference between being a "BELIEVER" and an OBEDIENT "DISCIPLE-MAKER." 

Simply SCROLL DOWN BELOW to locate it as it is introduced on the "HOME PAGE."  
In Matthew 7:14 Christ warns that this path through the "gateway to life" is narrow, "and "only a few ever find it!

We all need to ask ourselves, "Am I on this path to life in Christ?"


Samples of "Research Bible Studies" about Jesus Christ!

  1. The Lordship Of Jesus Christ!

  2. The Son at the Father's Right Hand - Our Intercessor!

  3. The 1 Corinthians Agape-Love Test!
  4. John's Agape-Love Chronology in his FIVE BOOKS:

John, 1,2,3, John & Revelation

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  5. Christ's Model As A Humble Servant (Chronology)

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(1) Christ-Focused Research Topics ~

As many as 70 Christ Topics are available by e-mail "REPLY"  at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. upon e-request. 
  1. The Unique & Universal Christ (Adaptation)
  2. Christ's Servant Humility Chronological Research
  3. John's use of "Agape-Love" in his five books: John, 1,2,3, John & Revelations
  4. Jesus' Forty-five Life Application Study Bible Chart List
  5. Christ's Seventy-one Compassion Event Chronology
  6. Christ's Twenty Predictions About His Death
  7. Forty Days That Changed The World (Ascension Appearances)
  8. Twelve "I AMs" in John's Gospel
  9. Christ's Sixty-one Prayer Topic References
  10. Christ's Role Model As A "Teacher" References
  11. Prayer & Fasting Guidelines For The Twenty-First Century 

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Number 1 of the Christ Research Study Samples


The Lordship Of Jesus Christ 

     Visualize a First Century "Yoke"  Compared to a Twenty-First Century

                                                 "Steering Wheel"

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Matthew 11:28-30 ~ "Jesus said: ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOULet Me TEACH YOU, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For MY YOKE is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light." NLT-2004 

A 21st Century Version could read: "Let Me behind your Steering Wheel! Let Me drive you wherever you need to go today!  I know the very best roads to takeI am "the Way!" 

Question: What is the Lordship of Christ and what does it mean to me in the 21st Century? [Note: In our 21st Century when most people know little or nothing about how to appreciate this universal invitation ("all of you") we are in need of a readily recognizable and practical way to apply this vital Lordship Truth to our daily lives. 

Answer:  Sound-byte (T-140) "Get-To-The-Point" Equation. 

LORDSHIP = Christ in Control (Yoke or Steering Wheel)

 WORK ASSIGNMENT = Obediently joining Christ in His Yoke daily on the passenger side. (Visualizing Him at the Steering Wheel of our lives day by day.) 

WORK REWARD: Being transformed (Romans 12:1-2) to be one with and become like Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18; John 17:9-11) 

Did I say, "T-140?" (A tweet?)  It is more than 140 spaces.   No, it is more like "T-475!"
But it all needs to be said!  It all involves Christ in Control as Savior and Lord! 

 Lordship – Familiarization Research Study

Jesus Christ is the First and the Last --- the Lord of the Universe! Revelation 21:6 ~ "I am the Alpha and the Omega --- the beginning and the end." Hebrews 12:2 – NKJV – "Author and Finisher of our Faith."

        A Practical Application Research of "Lordship" in NLT Scriptures.


 Jesus Christ with the Father:

 John 17:5 ~ "Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began." [John 1:1-2; 17:5, 24]

 Jesus Christ as Creator: Genesis 1:1; John 1:3

Hebrews 1:2 ~ "God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe."

Christ as One with the Father: [Exodus 20:22-23; Matthew 22:37-38]

Hebrews 1:3-4 ~ "The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command." See also: John 17:21-22; John 8:28; John 14:6

 Jesus Christ as Lord:

 The Lordship of Jesus Christ involves recognizing and submitting to His authority in accordance with John 17:2 ~ "You have given him authority over everyone."

 Philippians 2:9-11 ~ "God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father." 

Luke 6:46-49 ~ Christ asked a vital question: "Why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord’ when you don’t do what I say?" Christ requires total and unconditional obedience. "If Christ is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all." 

Peter at Pentecost in Acts 2:36 affirmed this fact for the new Church: "Let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah.

Romans 10:9-10 ~ "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

 Christ’s Disciples:  John 17:20-22 ~ "I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me." See also: Luke 9:23; Philippians 2:5-11; Galatians 2:20; Matthew 6:33; 2 Corinthians 3:18. 

Christ as Teacher: Matthew 11:28-30 ~ "Jesus said: ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU. Let Me TEACH YOU, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For MY YOKE is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light." NLT-2004

As our Teacher, Christ , the Truth, Prayed in John 17:17: "Make them (His disciples) holy by your truth; teach them your Word, which is truth." 

He promised the Holy Spirit as a guide into all truth. John 14:6; 16:13; 14:26.

 NOTE: A yoke in Christ’s day was a work implement used to enable two oxen to pull loads --- a cart or a plow. Control was the key issue in keeping the animals working together. Christ wants us to be yoked to Him --- to work with Him, to be closely related to Him, to depend upon Him, to let Him help us with our burdens, and to help us find ultimate "rest for the soul." John 17:24 

In our 21st Century when most people know little or nothing about how to appreciate this universal invitation ("all of you") we are in need of a readily recognizable and practical way to apply this vital text to our daily lives.

 Lordship Research Reflections

    [Evaluate your level or degree of obedience: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 --- Ten is positive.]

  Is Jesus Christ my Lord?  Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 22:37       [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.]

  1.  Is He Lord of my prayer life?  1 John 5:13-14                                   [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.]  [Try a virtual prayer time with Christ at the Wheel of your day.]
  2. Is He Lord of my day to day calendar?  Matt. 6:33;  Gal. 2:20      [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.]
  3. Is He Lord of my work life?   1 Cor. 15:58; Gal. 6:4-5                         [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.]
  4. Is He Lord of my family life?   Joshua 24:15                                       [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.]
  5. Is He Lord of my personal relationships? (My "Intimate Three")    [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.] 
  6. Is He Lord of the enemies I have made?    Matthew 5:43-45       [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.]
  7. Is He Lord of my Matthew 28:19-20 missionary vision in John 3:16?   [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6
                                                                                                            (Ask Christ to drive or pilot you on a controlled virtual visual tour of the mission fields of the world praying for the persecuted Christians regularly.)  
    Is He Lord of my social life? Matthew 22:39; Galatians 6:2      [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.]  
  8. Is He Lord of my free or leisure time? Isaiah 40:31; Mk. 11:28-30  [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.]
  9. Lord, Jesus, Is there any area of my life that I am holding back from Your Lordship today --– to what degree? _______________________  [A: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.]

Steering Wheel Personalized Prayer 

         [A Composite of ESV, HCSB, MESSAGE, NIV, & NLT Versions] 

A Personalized Prayer Applied (Insert relevant info.) 

Matthew 11:28-30 ~ "Jesus said: ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU. Let Me TEACH YOU, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For MY YOKE is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light." NLT-2004

 · Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your invitation to a close, intimate, daily, and eternal relationship with You. [24-7-365 for a lifetime!] Matthew 28:20 

· Thank You that You know the uncertain and uncharted journey ahead for the __________ in__________(Identify a specific need). Make (them) to know the way that is best for their Romans 8:28 future earthly pilgrimage. 

· Lord Jesus Christ, prove over and over that all of our loads will be lighter when You are the driving force of our life knowing that You are stronger and are carrying more than Your share of the load for us each day. Philippians. 4:13 

· Lord Jesus, keep _____________ at peace and ever confident that You are faithful to do the will of the Father, to accomplish Your will in (our or their) lives --- one day at a time under Your control. John 17:17-18; 20-22. 

Living Word, Master Teacher, Help each of us to know the importance of Your very special offer: "LET ME TEACH YOU,..." Help us to know the ongoing joy of being your Bible Research Inspirational Motivators to others who need to enroll in Christ’s Matthew 11:29 discipleship class! 

· Master Teacher, Help us to continue to learn everything You want to teach us by Your example as the Living Word and by Your Spirit-inspired Written Word as our daily Teacher for life.

· Lord, teach us to know who else needs to know how to keep You at the Steering Wheel of their life in order to do Your Father’s will more perfectly. Please help all of us to learn how let You take the steering wheel and be in control of our lives each day! 

· Living Word, We long to be faithful to follow Paul’s admonition in 2 Timothy 2:2: "Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others." See also: 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:15-17 

· Living Word, use this _____________ (specific need) as a witness to every hungry heart and thirsting soul that needs to put Christ behind the steering wheel of their lives. Matthew 5:6 

May Your Holy Spirit confirm this prayer to each of us today! 

In the name of the Living Word and Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, I pray! Amen!


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                                   Together let us make Christ’s Lordship more widely known.


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 Number 2 ~ Christ At the Right Hand Of The Father


          & Texts in Scripture ~ NLT &


Exodus 15:6 – "Your right hand, O LORD, is glorious in power. Your right hand, O LORD, dashes the enemy to pieces."

Psalm 16:11 - "You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever." NKJV: "At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

Psalm 63:7,8 – "I think how much you have helped me; I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings. 8I follow close behind you; your strong right hand holds me securely."

Psalm 73:23-25 - "Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand. 24You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth."

Psalm 98:1 - "Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds.He has won a mighty victory by his power and holiness. ESV: "…His right hand, and His holy arm, have worked salvation for him."

Psalm 118:14-16 - "The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my victory. 15 Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things! 16 The strong right arm of the LORD is raised in triumph. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things! ESV: "The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, the right hand of the Lord exhalts. The right hand of the Lord does valiantly."

Psalm 139:9,10 – "If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. ESV: "…Your right hand shall lead me and Your right hand shall hold me."

Isaiah 41:10 - "Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."

Isaiah 48:12,13 - "Listen to me, … I alone am God, the First and the Last. 13 It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth. The palm of my right hand spread out the heavens above. I spoke, and they came into being. (Compare John 1:3 & Hebrews 1:2 & 12:1,2)

Isaiah 49:15,16 - "Even if that were possible, I would not forget you! 16 See, I have written your name on my hand."

Matthew 26:64 - Jesus replied, "…In the future you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God’s right hand in the place of power and coming back on the clouds of heaven."

Mark 14:61,62 - "Then the high priest asked him, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the blessed God?"
62 Jesus said, "I am, and you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God’s right hand in the place of power and coming back on the clouds of heaven."

Mark 16:19 - "When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand."

Luke 22:66-69 – "Jesus was led before this high council,£ 67and they said, "Tell us if you are the Messiah." But he replied, "If I tell you, you won’t believe me. 68And if I ask you a question, you won’t answer. 69 But the time is soon coming when I, the Son of Man, will be sitting at God’s right hand in the place of power."

John 1:17,18 - "God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart; he has told us about him."  ESV: "…Who is at the Father's side."

John 10:27-30 - "My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. So no one can take them from me. 30 The Father and I are one."  ESV: "No one is able to snatch them out of MY FATHER’S HAND."

Acts 2:25 – "King David said this about him: ‘I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.’"  ESV: "He is at my right hand."
Acts 2:32-36 - "This prophecy was speaking of Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, and we all are witnesses of this. 33 Now he sits on the throne of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today. 34 For David himself never ascended into heaven, yet he said, ‘The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in honor at my right hand 35 until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.’
36 So let it be clearly known by everyone in Israel that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified to be both Lord and Messiah!"

Acts 5:30-32 - "We must obey God rather than human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by crucifying him. 31Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this to give the people of Israel an opportunity to turn from their sins and turn to God so their sins would be forgiven. 32 We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him."

Acts 7:55,56 - "Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily upward into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56And he told them, "Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!"

Romans 8:34 - "Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us." [Our INTERCESSOR.]

Ephesians 1:19,20 – "I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms."

Colossians 3:1 – "Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts."

Hebrews 1:3 – "The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven."

Hebrews 1:13 – "God never said to an angel, as he did to his Son, "Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet."

Hebrews 7:25 – "Jesus remains a priest forever; his priesthood will never end. 25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save everyone who comes to God through him. He lives forever to plead with God on their behalf.
26 He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has now been set apart from sinners, and he has been given the highest place of honor in heaven."

Hebrews 8:1 – "Here is the main point: Our High Priest sat down in the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. 2 There he ministers in the sacred tent, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands."

Hebrews 10:12,13 - "But our High Priest offered himself to God as one sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down at the place of highest honor at God’s right hand. 13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled as a footstool under his feet." Hebrews 10:31 - "The Lord will judge his own people." 31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

Hebrews 12:2 – "He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven."

1 Peter 3:22 – "Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers are bowing before him."

1 Peter 5:6 - "So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God", [ESV: "The MIGHTY HAND OF GOD,"] and in his good time he will honor you. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you."

If indeed there is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, what was the scene like when Jesus returned in victory to the right hand of His Father in heaven?


The Triumphal Entry of the first Palm Sunday was nothing compared to the future celebration when we catch our first glimpse of Christ seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven!

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NUMBER 3 - First Corinthians 13 Agape-Love Test

Ten Research  topics about the  Bible can be had at E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   1. 100 Years of Study Bible Publication History
   2. Poems: A Bible Diary & Reading Through The Bible
   3. Twelve Basic Memory & Meditation Verses For Daily Live
   4. How To Study Two Study Bible Versions Together
   5. How To Pray In Christ's Matthew 11 Yoke
   6. Reading 500 Overview Bible Chapters In A Year (Brochure Insert)
   7. New Testament 260 Chapters In 13 Months -- A Reading Guide
   8. Choosing A Bible Version By Reading Level Vocabularies
   9. Acts 8 ~ Philip's Role Model Evangelistic Encounter
 10. Why "The World's Best Seller" May Be "Your Least Read" (Excuses We Use)

RESEARCH~1 - Research Study Focused on "God's Word"
AGAPE             AMOR
YOU More Than You…. Love Me!

-- GOD

"AGAPE~LOVE IN SCRIPTURE" [New Living Translation] 
"For God So Loved ("Agape") The World (Including All Of Us), That He Gave His Only Son, So That Everyone (Including Any And All Of Us) Who Believes (Accepts) Him Will Not Perish But Have Eternal Life. God Did Not Send His Son Into The World To Condemn It, But To Save It."  John 3:16, 17 NLT
The Greatest Commandment: "One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap Him (Christ) with this question: `Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?'
Jesus replied, `You Must Love The Lord Your God With All Your Heart, All Your Soul, And All Your Mind.' This Is The First And Greatest Commandment. A Second Is Equally Important: `Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.' All The Other Commandments And All The Demands Of The Prophets Are Based On These Two Commandments." Matthew 22:35-40

       The Creator-God --- Jesus Christ --- made Man and Woman
                                      "in His Image!"
We were made with a need for COMPANIONSHIP. We were designed in the image of God with a capacity to enjoy LOVING RELATIONSHIPS. It was God’s idea and design to put us in families with two decades of dependent relationships and responsibilities.

The question is often asked: "What is love?" Everyone DAILY thinks and/or talks about love. "AGAPE" is purest and truest quality of love has been defined as --- "A selfless love that finds its highest delight in the good of another at it’s own expense." True love finds greater joy in giving love rather than receiving love.

We who live at this crucial time in history face the awesome challenge of making our home life, our marital relationships, and all human relationships successful, fulfilling, and mutually satisfying.

Our Creator --- Jesus Christ --- planned that family life and our homes must be a secure haven for life and love for generations yet unborn. We were designed by our Creator for a special quality true spiritual agape-love.

1. I Accept You!

"God Showed His Great Love For Us By Sending Christ To Die For Us While We Were Still Sinners." Romans 5:8
"To all who believed Him and Accepted Him, He gave the right to become Children of God." John 1:12
"Now I am giving you a new commandment: Love (Agape) each other. Just as I have Loved (Accepted) you, you should Love (Accept) each other. Your Love (Acceptance) for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." John 13:34,35
"Dear Friends, Let Us Continue To Love One Another, For Love Comes From God. Anyone Who Loves (Accepts) Is Born Of God And Knows God. But Anyone Who Does Not Love (Accept) Does Not Know God -- For God Is Love." 1 John 4:7,8
"Dear Friends, Since God Loved Us That Much, We Surely Ought To Love Each Other. ... If We Love Each Other, God Lives In Us , And His Love Has Been Brought To Full Expression Through Us." I John 4:11, 12
  • ACCEPTANCE is basic to any and all love relationships! We cannot truly love what we refuse to accept. When you become ONE in a marital relationship you must ACCEPT each other with all the peculiarities that are uniquely your own.
  • ACCEPTING LOVE cannot expect perfection in the other person.
  • ACCEPTING LOVE seeks to enjoy all the potential good that God made us to enjoy!
  • ACCEPTING LOVE is the kind of love that is compassionate, understanding, and forgiving.
  • ACCEPTING LOVE requires that we learn the art of forgiving a little something every day.
  • Accepting love does not seek to control, to change others, or to use others.
  • Accepting love means that we let our Creator-God do the changing and controlling of ourselves -- and of each other.


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It is selfishly expressed in the exact opposite of the above. 

Question: How do you recognize the “Hate-Points”? 

I. “I Cannot Accept You as you are!”  ~ "I Reject You!"                                            
1.  Haters expect  perfection in others & deny their own imperfections. 
2.  Hate wants to change or make others over to suit their desires and needs.
3.  Hate is un-willing to make personal changes where obviously needed.
4.  Hate rejects and withholds God’s Romans 5:8 Agape.
5.·Rejection is incompatible with compassion, forgiveness, and understanding.
6.  Rejection is a form of control that rejects Christ's unconditional gift of love.
7.  Hate rejects the convicting and guiding ministry of the Holy Spirit.

 Interactive Practical Application & User-Friendly Exercise Suggestions: 

1. Carefully re-read and evaluate your personal "Acceptance I.Q." and write out a list of changes you need to make. Invite an intimate spiritual friend to hold you accountable to your "CHANGE LIST."

2. Journal your "Change Prayer List" by using some of the Acceptance Scriptures for a personal application prayer to add to your Application Prayer Journal.

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 Our very spiritual life begins at the point of our ACCEPTANCE of God’s John 3:16 Agape-Love Gift of Salvation and Eternal Life. Each person must ask themselves, "Have I accepted Christ’s acceptance of me? Do I belong to the family of God in Christ? Am I sure of it?"

2. I Trust You!!

"It Is Impossible To Please God Without Faith. Anyone Who Wants To Come To Him Must Believe That There Is A God And That He Rewards Those Who Sincerely Seek Him." Hebrews 11:6
"God Is Love, And All Who Live In Love Live In God, And God Lives In Them. And As We Live In God, Our Love Grows More Perfect. ... Such Love Has No Fear Because Perfect Love Expels All Fear (Distrust)." 1 John 4:18.19

Our Creator-God --- Jesus Christ ---made people to live by faith. We cannot live a moment of our lives on earth without exercising faith in something or someone. 

  • We cannot love someone we do not trust, believe in, feel comfortable with, or have confidence in! Faith or trust is the second building block of true unselfish and spiritual love.
  • Our Creator did a very loving thing when He put us in a family relationship setting. He gave us  twenty year time period of dependency on the family. Our number one responsibility is to learn how to have a loving relationship with family and friends.
  • We cannot love someone we do not trust, believe in, or have confidence in!
 "I TRUST YOU!" is an invisible bond in a healthy marriage and/or all other relationships human and divine.
I once heard a radio personality ask the question: "WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO BELIEVES IN YOU?" This is a very powerful and important question from the standpoint of our relationships --- especially in marriage. "Does our mate believe that we believe in them?" Does our faith and trust in them encourage and inspire them to feel valued?"
  • "I TRUST YOU!" is the quiet expression of faith that whispers: "I believe in you! I have confidence in you!
  • I trust you with my character, my emotions, my physical well-being, my spiritual development, and my earthly future.

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II. “I Cannot Trust You!”
1.  Distrust of God leads to distrust for relationships with others.
2.  Distrust is not free to trust even the faith that others try to show to them.
3.  Distrust is always defensive or  “on-guard” in most , if not all, relationships.
4.  Distrust points the critical finger at others while judgmentally  ignoring the 3 fingers that are pointing back at them.  Romans 2:1
5.  Distrust of a trustworthy God 
that results in an incapacity to have faith in others or even in one's self.
6.  Distrust cannot believe in, feel comfortable with, or have confidence in their relationships with others! 
7. Distrust is not free to believe in another’s sincere desire to trust them.
Interactive Practical Application & User-Friendly Exercise Suggestions: 

1. Carefully re-read and evaluate your personal "Trust ‘I.Q.’ Levels ("T.Q)," and write out a list of changes you need to make to have more faith in God and in others around you. Invite an intimate spiritual friend to hold you accountable to your "TRUST CHANGE LIST."

2. Make a Journal of your "Trust Goals" by writing out a prayer using the above suggested Trust Scriptures to set goals for the ways you hope to apply these insights.

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3. I Need You!!!

God made us for relationship. We need others. No man or woman is an island unto themselves. "The Lord God said, `It Is Not Good For The Man To Be Alone. I Will Make A Companion Who Will Help Him." Genesis 2:18
"Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of His one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others." Romans 12:4,5
"When God's children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night." Romans 12:13
"We are confident ... of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success come from God." [We Need God!] 2 Corinthians 3:4,5

Our Creator-God --- Jesus Christ --- made us for RELATIONSHIPS.
People are not capable of being totally self-sufficient! We need others. No man or woman is an island unto themselves. "The Creator said it first: `It Is Not Good For The Man To Be Alone.'"  (Genesis 2:18)
The Romans gave us a valuable proverb that says: "One man is no man at all!" The songwriter says: "No man is an island!"
  • A successful relationship is born when two persons recognize that they do NEED EACH OTHER --- and freely and happily admit it!
  • Though not often put into so many words, this expression of love must never be taken for granted!
  • Agape needs to express itself... to love, and lovers need to be loved! Our church relationships will succeed when and as we need each other, and are willing to admit it.

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        Crossing the “Fine Line between “Agape” & Hate!                         
                     Question:  How to recognize the “Hate-Points”?


III. “I Need You To Meet  MY Needs.” 

1.  Hate people are anti-social  loaners, self-centered, and lonely.
2.  Hate people are “takers” of attention for themselves and show no interest in the needs of others. (Uncommunicative!)
3. Anti-social haters seek time alone with the TV, reading, hobbies, and work.

Interactive Practical Application & User-Friendly Exercise Suggestions: 

1. Carefully re-read and evaluate your mutual relational needs and write out a list of changes you need to make to have more interaction and involvement with others around you.
2. Evaluate your list of at least three closest friends and ask them to hold you accountable to appreciate your need for making gradual transitions to become more relational.
3. Make a Journal of your relational goals by writing out a prayer using the above suggested Trust Scriptures for the ways that you hope to apply these insights.

            "I ACCEPT ... TRUST ... I NEED YOU!"
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4. I Enjoy You!!!!  [I Miss You when we are not together!]

"We are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have Fellowship with us. And our Fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ." I John 1:3

In Christ’s "last will and testament" --- the "Great Commission" --- He promised to be with us until the end of time and into eternity.
"Be Sure Of This: I Am With You Always, Even To The End Of The Age." Matthew 28:20B
"Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, `I Will Never Fail You. I Will Never Forsake You.'" Hebrews 13:5 [Cf. Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 10:24,25]
In Genesis 2:18 God affirmed that companionship was a priority for His creation.
All mankind was created with a capacity to enjoy the presence of God as well as the companionship and fellowship of others.
Much said and written in recent years about the importance of "INTIMACY!" It has been estimated that only one out of 10 marriages will achieve intimacy in the relationship.
Some have defined intimacy in this way: "INTIMACY refers to the mystical bond of friendship, commitment, and understanding that almost defies explanation!"

In reality there are many kinds of intimacy ---- physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and most important of all --- SPIRITUAL. True Spiritual Intimacy makes all other intimacies possible to their highest achievable degree. 

  • "I ENJOY YOUR PRESENCE" …or "I MISS YOU!" is a deeply spiritual way of putting your INTIMACY into words --- to say "I Love You!"
  • I enjoy my time with you, sharing your dreams, your ideas,
  • your ideals, and your VISION.
  • "Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!"
  • "I REALLY MISS IT WHEN we are not together."
"I MISS YOU!" is a very high compliment to the quality of our human love relationships. Enjoying the practice of the presence of God together (Matthew 18:20) makes Jesus come alive in our relationship --- "there am I," He says!
I MISS YOU: "I enjoy being with you, spending time with you, feeling your nearness, sharing your ideas and ideals, bearing your burdens and cares, and planning our future lives together in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Living daily with Christ in His yoke an learning daily from Him to experience His promised "rest for the soul." Matthew 11:28-30
"I MISS YOU!" says: "I feel incomplete without you! I am at my best when we are together! Time passes more quickly when I am in your presence! `Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!  I ENJOY your presence and miss you in your absence.'"
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  • One-way relationships --- minimally invasive. Hard to get to know.
  • Greet only after being greeted --- usually unsmiling.
  • Speak only after spoken to – "man-woman of few words."
  • Borderline reclusive leading a largely secluded life.
  • Very few close friends or public social life.

Interactive Practical Application & User-Friendly Exercise Suggestions: 

1. Carefully re-read and evaluate your "thanks-living" attitude profile about being uncommunicative in response to friendships, kindnesses, generosity, and love from family and friends.
2. Write out a list of your observations about a habit of expressing ingratitude first to God for His faithful blessings, and also to family and friends. Invite a friend who has an appreciative spirit to hold you accountable to evaluate your taking appreciation responsibilities too lightly and irresponsibly.
3. Pray for God to help you gradually transition to change in having a more outgoinge lifestyle.
4.Make a Journal of your conscious friendship outreach gestures toward making a spiritual friend in the spirit of Galatians 6:2 ~ "Share each other's burdens and in this way obey the law of Christ."

                                       "I ACCEPT .... I TRUST ... I NEED ... I ENJOY!!!!"

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5. I Appreciate You!!!!! 

"Always Be Joyful. Keep On Praying. No Matter What Happens, Always Be Thankful, For This Is God's Will For You Who Belong To Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Let The Holy Spirit Fill And Control You. Then You Will Sing Psalms And Hymns And Spiritual Songs Among Yourselves, Making Music To The Lord In Your Hearts. And You Will Always Give Thanks For Everything To God The Father In The Name Of Our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:18B, 19,20
"Every Time I Think Of You I Give Thanks To My God." Philippians 1:3

These five biblically supported Love expressions can be applied in every human relationship when motivated by God's Love for us. The fine art of EXPRESSING APPRECIATION is the fulfillment of God’s plan for all relationships. Loving appreciation is not found in looking for it. It is not even found when we try to be loveable.
Appreciative Love regularly and frequently takes the initiative to say:
"Thank You! or "I Appreciate You!" or, "I Thank God For You!"
Love's appreciation in the family may express itself in an unexpected flower to bring bright sunshine to an otherwise depressing day. It may be a favorite dessert served by candlelight!
When it is genuinely expressed verbally --- appreciation:
  • It brings a sparkle to the eye,
  • a smile to the lips,
  • a glow on the countenance,
  • a song in the heart,
  • a quickened pulse,
  • a spring in the step,
  • and a beautiful peace in the mind and in the spirit of a person filled with a very special quality of love --- God’s "agape-love".
"I THANK GOD FOR YOU! I am eternally grateful that God gave us to each other as His best gift for us!"
This dimension of agape love is at its zenith achievement when two hearts are joined as one in spiritual joy and "thanks-living" --- "In everything give thanks, this is the will of God for you."
The giving of LOVE AS GOD DEFINES IT in these five ways will never diminish the giver.
Loving God first and best broadens our horizons and deepens our capacity to give and receive love. 
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  “I Hate To Express Appreciation!”  Unappreciative people are: 

1.  A “taker” of communications, favors, gifts, and kindnesses without  expressing appropriate and considerate appreciation. (No “bread-and-butter” thank-you notes!  Not even by text, twitter, or E-mails!)

2. See no need or fails to practice the biblical guideline of  1 Thessalonians 5;18 “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (NLT)  They do not see that this truth applies to them or to their families.

Interactive Practical Application & User-Friendly Exercise Suggestions:

1. Carefully re-read and evaluate your "thanks-living" attitude profile about being uncommunicative in response to friendships, kindnesses, generosity, and love from family and friends.

2. Write out a list of your observations about a habit of expressing ingratitude first to God for His faithful blessings, and also to family and friends.

3. Invite a friend who has an appreciative spirit to hold you accountable to evaluate your taking appreciation responsibilities too lightly and irresponsibly.

4. Pray for God to help you gradually transition to have a more positive and appreciative lifestyle.

5. Make a Journal of your appreciation, praise, and thanks-living goals by writing out personalizing a biblical prayer using the above suggested Scriptures for the ways that you hope to apply these insights every day of your life and in every relationship with  family and friends.

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                                 "I ACCEPT. I TRUST.. I NEED... I MISS.... I APPRECIATE YOU!"

It is a truth that is worth sharing --- "Loving God best, we can love each other the more!" Doxologies!!!

God is the author and the initiator of "Agape-Love" -- divine, unselfish Love. His Love is unconditional and expresses itself in at least these five ways to say: "I Love You!"
These five biblically supported Love expressions can be applied in every human relationship when motivated by God's Love for us.

The giving of Agape-LOVE AS GOD DEFINES IT in these five ways will never diminish the giver. Loving God first and best broadens our horizons and deepens our capacity to give and receive love.

                                     "I ACCEPT .... I TRUST ... I NEED ... I MISS ... I APPRECIATE YOU!"


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       Sample Agape-Love Prayer Of Thanks!

God of Love revealed in Jesus Christ, Thank You for the Divine Initiative that sent us a Role Model of Thanks-Living and gave us inspired Scriptures to guide us in our obedience to Your Love Commands!

1. Thank You, Lord, that You first loved us as demonstrated by Your sacrifice on the Cross. Thank You for the promise that when we accept and receive Your Son as our Savior, we can reciprocate Your Accepting Agape-Love.

2. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your implicit faith in the will of the Father lived here on earth. Thank You that You entrusted us with a free will to accept or reject Your gift of salvation. Thank you that you have entrusted us with the mission of sharing our privileged gift with any or all who will also accept Your gift of everlasting life --- here and hereafter.

3. Thank You, Lord Jesus, that when we individually recognize our need for Your love, that you place us in a spiritual family, Your Church, where our faith can be nurtured and our own humble service find a fruitful harvest field for Your Glory.

4. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for your promise of an abiding presence with us in this life while You intercede for us at the Father’s Right Hand as we strive to "practice the presence of God" and enjoy the privileges afforded us in friendships in Your Spiritual Family.

5. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the genuine joy of salvation and of the special gift of daily living in an intimate Matthew 11:28-30 24-7-365 relationship with You. Thank You for the privilege of praise and thanksgiving afforded in the worship community of Your Church. Thank You for the reality that ".Loving God first and best broadens our horizons and deepens our capacity to give and receive agape-love."

In the Name of Jesus Christ, Your Love Gift to Our World. Amen


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Bible Study Edited: 1-11-99; 5-12-09; 6-5-10; 2-4-12; 1-14-13; 4-30-16 ~  
(Originally authored in 1967)
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                               RESEARCH~ 2-2

  AGAINST  HATE                                                                  
                                        < ---
     \   /     --->
AGAPE             /               HATE
AGAPE LOVE         \        ANGRY  HATE
AGAPE LOVE              \      RESENTFUL HATE
AGAPE LOVE                /     DISTRUSTFUL HATE
AGAPE LOVE                   \       DEPENDENCY HATE
AGAPE LOVE                   /       CONROLLING HATE
AGAPE LOVE                   \        POSSESSIVE    HATE
AGAPE LOVE                   /    UNSMILING & SAD HATE
AGAPE LOVE                /       SELF-CENTERED HATE
AGAPE LOVE               \        ANIT-SOCIAL HATE
AGAPE      VS.     HATE

         There is a fine line between passionate love and ardent hate! 

                                 Here is a Test!

        Hatred contaminates the container that carries it!

 1. I Don't Accept You!

   1 John 3:10 &  1 John 4:8 ~ “Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”  NLT

   Philippians 2:3 ~ Don’t be selfish, don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others better than yourselves.

                                         [See also Matthew 7:1-2 & Romans 2:3 about Judging!] 

 2. I Don’t Trust  You!!

   1 John 4:18  “Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.NLT 
People dominated by hate are fearful people. 

  3. I Don’t Need  You!!!  God's plan rejected. Genesis 2:18 ~ “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper who is just right for him.NLT 

     Galatians 6:2 ~ “If you think you are too important to help  someone, you are only fooling yourself.  You are not that important.” NLT 

  Philippians 2:4 ~ “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” NLT

 4. I Don’t Enjoy You!!!!     [ I ONLY NEED YOU TO MEET MY NEEDS!]   

           2 Timothy 2:22 ~ “Run from anything that  Stimulates  youthful lusts.”  NLT

 5. I Don’t Appreciate You!!!!! 

         Romans 1:21 ~ “They knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks.”

              God is the author and the initiator of genuine "Agape-Love" – divine and unselfish Love. It should be ours!

                           Love Against Hate?


Product Details


Love Against Hate ~ by Karl Menninger


                                                  Paperback, 320 pages Published April 15th 1959

                                                       by Mariner Books (first published 1959)


Karl Menninger (1893~1990) of Topeka, KS,  was a pioneer thinking psychiatrist of the last century who wrote a classic book by this title in 1959.  He makes some profound quotable observations about the nature of love.

  1. Love cures people — both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
  2. Love yourself and do yourself a favor without doing other people a favor, and vice versa.
  3. One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.
  4. Our lives are shaped by those who love us as well as those who refuse to love us. 

The Love-Hate Test Questions:


       Do you expect perfection in others and ignore your own imperfections?

  •  Are you unforgiving of the sins of others.    [See Matthew 6:14-15]
  •  Do you use rejection of others as a way to control your relationship selfishly?


       Distrust cannot believe in, feel comfortable with, or have confidence in their relationships with others!  

  • Distrust is suspicious and is always on-guard in relationships.
  • Distrust shows little or no regard for the character, emotions, physical well-being, or spiritual development of others --- or even ultimately of themselves.


       Self centered people do not admit their need for others.  [Galatians 6:2 is not important to them.]

  •  Anti-social behavior leads to the lifestyle of a loner absorbed in personal interests or work.


     Antisocial and hard to get to converse or to know.

  • Involvement  in minimally invasive one-way social relationships with few close friends.



  • While they welcome expressions of appreciation from others, they do not feel the need to say “Thank You!”   (No “bread-and-butter” thank-you notes!  Not even by text, twitter, or E-mails!)
  • People who are “takers” see no need  to practice Paul’s biblical guideline found in       1 Thessalonians 5;18Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for      you who belong to Christ Jesus.” NLT  
  • They do not seem to feel that this truth applies to them personally or to their family.

JESUS IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT gave very clear warnings of two ways --- the BROAD WAY and the NARROW WAY!     Matthew7:13-14: “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the NARROW GATE.  The highway to hell if BROAD, and the GATE is WIDE for the many who choose that way.  But the PATHWAY TO LIFE is very NARROW, and the road is difficult, and ONLY A FEW EVER FIND IT!” NLT

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(3) Prayer-Focused Research Topics

   1.  Christ At The Father's Right Hand
   2.  Lord, Teach Me How To Pray Scripture Back To God
   3.  "Lord, Teach Me To Pray"
   4.  Original Biblical Prayer Song ~ "Our Prayer-Answering God"
   5.  The First Prayer That God Hears For Our Salvation
   6.  How To Pray For Our Children And Grandchildren
   7.  How To Form & Use A Prayer Chain In Your Church
   8.  How To Pray For And Feel God's Forgiving Grace
   9.  How To Use The Hymnal As A Prayer Song Book
 10.  How To Pray For Your Church's Spiritual Shepherds

Number One - "How To Personalize Bible Prayers Guidelines."



Personalized Bible Research Praying 


Whenever anyone says: "I don't know how to pray," ...  How can we respond?  Is there a PERFECT SOLUTION?

1. Read God's Word (any verse or passage) until it speaks to you.

2. THEN SAY: "Lord Jesus, My Intercessor at My Father's Right Hand,..."

3. NEXT:  Prayerfully read the Scripture (verse, paragraph, or chapter) back to God!

4. As you read it again, meditate upon it and PERSONALIZE IT!  Make it relevant --- applying to your personal needs and concerns at the present moment.

SAMPLE:  John 3:16: "Lord Jesus, Thank You that Your Father loved the world that included my 2012 world with me in it --- that You came to earth to be the Father’s His LOVE GIFT --- His only begotten Son --- that whosoever [Including _________ ______________ and __________ (Personalized)] believed on Him (At that instant would receive your promised GIFT!)… would not perish but HAVE (a new quality of life) EVERLASTING LIFE" … HERE AND NOW AND FOREVER."  In Jesus's Name,  AMEN!

Thank You, Living Word and Intercessor, for the reality of this promise and that You did all that for me and for all the world You loved. In Jesus' Name, AMEN."

 Practice this art of personalize your Bible research prayers with other passages of Scripture that are meaningful to you!

 Enjoy the Blessing of "PRAYING A PERFECT PRAYER "--- knowing that God is eager to hear His Word prayed back to Him in Prayer!
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Number Two - How To Personalize Scripture Prayers (Sample)

     "Lord, Teach me how to pray Scripture back to God."




                        Visualize a YOKE  ist2_1039674_oxen_yoke_is_the_origination_of_teamwork12             x17595348 and a STEERING WHEEL 
Matthew 11:28-30 ~ "Jesus said: ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU. Let Me TEACH YOU, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For MY YOKE is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light." NLT-2004

A POSSIBLE 21st CENTURY ADAPTATION ~ "Let Me behind your Steering Wheel!  Let Me drive you on the very best roads to take.  
"I am THE WAY!"
& Lord Jesus, Living Word, Thank You for the invitation to "COME TO ME, all of you..."

  • Thank You , Lord, that ALL included me, my family, my friends....even now in the Twenty-First Century!
  • Thank You that You are there 24-7-365 to any/all of us "who are weary and carry heavy burdens."
  • Thank You for Your day-to-day invitation to join You in Your yoke and Your words in Luke 9:23 ~ "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross DAILY, and follow Me."
  • Thank You, Lord, for this reassuring PROMISE: "I WILL GIVE YOU REST." (This reminds me of Your promised John 14:27 gift of "peace of mind and heart..")
  • Thank You that You have kept this Upper Room promise, too: "And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give."
  • Thank You that we have found this to be so very true over and over again. 

& Thank You especially for Your offer of YOUR YOKE: "Take My yoke upon you."  Here is the Steering Wheel of my life.  Thank You for being with me as I am close by in the passenger seat. 

  • That offer accepted and appreciated means that the yoke will keep us close to one another.
  • That offer means that You are helping me to pull my "heavy burdens" as long as I daily join You in the yoke.
  • That offer means that Someone stronger than I am is carrying more than His share of the load.
  • That offer means that I can enjoy Your Philippians 4:13 strength pulling with me in "all things." Your yoke was and is Your CROSS. Your Luke 9:23 invitation instructs me to take up MY CROSS each day and follow You --- to join You in Your Yoke --- bearing Your Cross.
& Living Word, Master Teacher... I am daily blessed by Your offer: "LET ME TEACH YOU..." 
  • Master Teacher, I want to learn all that there is to learn about You and about where You are at work in the world You loved and died for. More than that I need to learn FROM You --- to let You be my Teacher.
  • I want to learn where and how to join You daily in Your Yoke. I want to be able to know Your will and how to serve along side you in Your yoke!
  • Living Word, I want to learn everything I can as You teach me the truths of Your Word.  I understand that these are the only truths that will go with me to Your heaven for eternity. 
  • I long to be faithful to follow Paul’s admonition in 2 Timothy 2:2 NLT: "Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others."
  • Living Word, I want You to lead me to every hungry heart and thirsting soul that is ready to "DOUBLE THEIR BIBLE RESEARCH PLEASURE" by using TWO Study Bibles! 
  • Help Your contemporary followers to recognize the future blessings of adding at least one or more of the great Study Bibles along side their current favorite-Bible-to-date.  As they learn to research as they read, may they appreciate all the advantages of comparing two different translations plus all the extra SPECIAL RESEARCH FEATURES that they will have at their fingertips.
  • Help us all to discover the excitement and the joy of applying researched insights that the Holy Spirit is eager to use in our spiritual pilgrimage.  Lord Jesus, You said that the Holy Spirit: "would teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you."  John 14:26
  • Thank You for the Study Bible researchers who have saved us hours and years of time when they used several hundred Bible study research tools to faithfully glean for insights for footnoted for ease of discovery and application.
  • Help us to appreciate what a marvelous treasure we can have with TWO BIBLE LIBRARIES to help us to "double our BIBLE SEARCH PLEASURE."  (VR:  I have written a chorus about doubling your Study Bible pleasure.  Just ask!  You can sing it, too!)
    [1. The Study Bible Library that has 66 Books. 
    2. Study Bibles Notes that are a portable Research Library study "tools" to enhance our Bible Study joys!     No two Study Bibles are the same even when commenting on the same text or topic

& Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Servant Model of Humility and Gentleness. 

  • Thank You that You gave up Your "divine privileges" and "took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being." (Philippians 2:7)
  • Thank You that, "Even though You were God’s Son, You learned obedience from the things You suffered"… to become "the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him." (Hebrews 5:8,9) Again today, I want to thank You for the awesomeness of that Gift!
  • That You challenged us with this truth in Matthew 23:11 ~ "The greatest among you must be a servant."

& Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your promise of "REST for your SOULS." 

  • Thank You for that promise that we can enjoy daily! However, we feel sure that we do not understand all that this promise holds for us and for all those who accept Your offer and who can enjoy Your promise of everlasting life here and hereafter. Be our TEACHER about the gift of this promise.
& Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Promise that "YOUR YOKE IS EASY TO BEAR, and the BURDEN THAT YOU GIVE ME IS LIGHT."
  • Thank You that You keep Your promise that You "will never fail us" and that You "will never abandon" us. (Hebrews 13:5 NLT)
  • Thank You for the reality of a lighter load when I daily remain in the yoke, close beside You and moving ever forward as You lead us to do the will of the heavenly Father.

In the name of the "Living Word" and Master Teacher, --- Our Lord Jesus Christ, be my "Driver" --- My Steering Wheel is Yours! Amen.

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Number ThreeHow To Personalize Bible Prayer Hymns
   Suggestion:  Select some of your most prized devotional prayer hymns.
1. Make this a prayer-hymn exercise a part of your private devotion time.
2. Meditate on the meaning  of the words and how they apply to life today.
3. Think of how your relationship with God needs to change in light of these truths.
4. Put your circumstances or application ideas or inspirations in the verses by substituting personal pronouns or circumstances relevant to your experiences.
5. Pray the revised poem to God and then sing it as worship to the glory of God.

Suggested Hymns: "Lord, Speak To Me"; "Speak, Lord, In The Stillness"; "Have Thine (Your) Own Way"; "Take Time To Be Holy" or ("To Behold Him"); "May The Mind O Christ" (Or "May Your Mind O Christ"); "My Jesus I Love Thee" (You).


         Our Prayer-Answering God! 

             ~ A Bible Study Personalized Prayer Hymn ~
                        Matthew 21:22; John 16:24; I John 5:14 
                            Suggested Tune: "How Great Thou Art"

 Verse 1

 Your "THRONE OF GRACE" is where You meet us, Father!1 

Jesus, Your Son , is at Your right hand there.2 

Your Holy Spirit speaks the words we cannot.3

You are the God who hears and answers prayer.4


Then sings our souls, Our God Who answers prayer!

"Your will be done!" This is our plea.5 

Then sings our souls, Our God Who answers prayer! 

Help us, O Lord, Your will to see.6 

SCRIPTURES: 1Hebrews 4:16; 2Mark 16:19; Hebrews 7:25; Revelation 3:20,21; 3Romans 8:26; 4I Peter 3:12; 5Luke 22:42; 6Proverbs 3:5,6; Colossians 1:9.

Verse 2

Where two or three are joined in intercession,7 ... (in Prayer and Fasting!) 

Our burdens shared, are heard before God's Throne.8 

Christ loved the lost, and sent us out to win them.9 

Envoys for Christ, we make our friends God's own.10


 Our friends are Christ's; He died to save us all.11 

Abundant life He freely gives.12 

A place prepared, awaits our final call; 

Eternally with Christ Who lives.13

SCRIPTURES: Matthew 18:19;  Romans 8:34;  Matthew 20:19,20; Acts 1:8; 10  11 2 Corinthians 5:20;  2Corinthians 5:14,15;   12 John 10:10; 13 John 14:1-3


Verse 3

 God answers EVERY PRAYER that we have offered.14

 In love, He knows His will is best for us.15

 His answer may be, "NO!" Or "Wait with Patience"!16

 But often He will say the loving, "YES!"17


 Our hearts rejoice, that You, Lord, answer prayer!

 "Come unto Me!" we've heard Christ's call.18 

Our hearts rejoice, we have a God Who cares!19 

Your answers, LORD, give peace to all.20 

SCRIPTURES: 14I John 5:14; 15Romans 8:28; 16Hebrews 10:36; 17Psalm 23:1; Philippians 4:19; 18Matthew 11:28; 19I Peter 5:7; 20Philippians 4:6,7.

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4. The Acts Church-Focused Research Topics 

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(4-A) Believers, Disciples, & Disciple-Makers

Discipleship Research Outline  ~  Realistic Discipleship Requirements  &  Rewards  QUESTION: Are  you  a  Christian “Believer” –  or  a  “Disciple-Maker”?

                         What is the Christian’s Path from “Unbelief” to “Making Disciples”? 

Can you draw a TIMELINE CHART of your PERSONAL PILGRIMAGE from unbelief, to belief, to dedication toward discipleship, and have you accepted responsibility to pray about becoming a "Disciple-Maker?"



All are sinners: Romans 8:28; 6:23; Matt. 7:13

  • Enslaved by our sinful second nature: 2 Peter 2;17-19; Gal. 5:16-21; Rom. 8:7-8; Eph. 2:3
  • Spiritually dead:  Eph. 2:1; Rom. 5:21; 6:23; Ezekiel 18:20; Heb. 2:14
  • Children of the Devil:  Matt. 13:18; John 8:44; 1 John 3:10

 II. OUR PRE-CONVERSION UNBELIEF (Learning about Jesus Christ and hearing God's Holy Spirit convict us our sin and our need for forgiveness.)

Open to Christ with a positive attitude toward spiritual truths

  • Willing to examine the claims of Christ and the Good News in God's Word
  • Seeking guidance and spiritual help from a Disciple-Maker
  • Sensing the Holy Spirit’s convicting power and receptive: John 15:26-27;  16;13-14


  • Accepts God’s John 3:16 Gift of Everlasting Life by an act of faith. See also John 5:24; 10:27-28; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 Jn. 1:9
  • Achieves sonship in Christ --- a child of God: 1 John 3:1-2; Rom. 8:14-16; 1 John 5:10-12; John 1:18
  • Is vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. Matthew 5:10-12;  Eph. 2:2; 6:10-12; 1 Cor. 10:13; 2 Peter 3:17-18


Needs to accept Christ’s offer of discipleship to be yoked --- bonded --- to Him in Matthew 11:28-30. (“The world’s greatest Teacher!”) Luke 9:23; Gal. 2:20 [OBEDIENCE REQUIRED: “Learning is achieved when we do what we have learned.” – William Stough - "Obeying Jesus ~ The Love Of His Disciples" Book 2 p. 73]

    • Changing from the “old” (Col. 3:5-8) to the “new” (Col. 3:10-17) person in Christ: 2 Cor. 3:18;  5:16-20; Rom. 12:1-2; Heb. 12;1-2

 Actively obeying the call of Scripture (2 Peter 1:2-4) to personally introduce others to Jesus Christ by making them Christ's Disciples.  Matthew 18:20; 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2.

Research Outline of Biblical Definitions & Distinctions (Believers vs. Disciples)


NOTE:  Any searching, serious would-be disciple who spends quality time in reading, resarch, reflection, and application of these truths about Discipleship And Disciple-Making will find Christ to be more real and will change into His likeness.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18   

  • Concordance references to disciple, discipleship, and profiles of disciples.
  • Christ’s Invitations – Matthew 11:28-30; John 7:37 Jesus said: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”  Luke 9:23 gives a brief definition of Discipleship by daily self-denial.
  • Christ’s Commands – Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8
  • Obedience references & requirements [Consult Concordances & Topical Studies]
  • Christ’s requirements;  Matthew 11:29; Luke 9:23
  • Discipleship "Faith Heroes" Illustrations – Hebrews 11
  • Galatians 2:20

Christ’s Disciples    

  • LASB – Outline [Located at Mark 3.]
  • LASB  - Personality Profiles ~ Stephen, James, etc. [Select studies of your interest from the Index at the back of the Study Bibles to  131 Personality Profiles.]
  • Life conclusions – martyrdoms – Stephen (Acts 7), James (John’s brother – Acts 12:1-2)  [Church Tradition documents indicate that Peter and Paul were martyrs along with several other original disciples.]

Discipleship in Acts: 

  • Outreach Discipleship (8 or 9 Models--- Including “James” – Church Leadership (Acts 15)
  • Print out LASB Personality Profiles of the 12 Disciples
  • Look up Jesus’ Disciples and individual disciples on Wikipedia

Discipleship in Church History: 

  • Martyrs – Fox’s Book of Christan Marytrs: Wycliffe, Huss, Tyndale,



Watch this space for rich insights from forty plus years as an African Missionary Veteran, William Stough.  He is currently serving in Kampala, Uganda from his two study Courses entitled:
OBEYING JESUS - The LOVE of His Disciple Volumes 1 & 2 ~  A Course In Discipleship. These books have been published in English and in several African languages totaling over 100,000 copies.

I, personally, am so challenged by these insights shared in such a biblical, practical, user-friendly way that I hope to add these insight benefits to my own pilgrimage into new avenues of DISCIPLE MAKING on this website.

MEANWHILE... I have his persmission to send copies of his notes to DISCIPLE MAKERS by e-mail of his valuable insights in the 16 chapters of the book.  If you wish a list of these chapters or any of the topics you may request it from my e-address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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(4-B) Book of Acts & The First Church
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   1. Introduction to Acts Research Topics & Index
  2. Belief and/or Faith Examples In The First Church
  3. Church Growth Chronology
  4. Faith Heroes Reaching Out In The First Church 
             (Plus 8 New Testament Outreach Models Chart)
  5. The Holy Spirit At Work As Christ Promised in John 14:26
  6. Miracles In The First Church
  7. Name Of Jesus Mentioned In Acts (
  8. Prayer Meetings In Acts
  9. Sin Encounters In Acts
10. God's Word At Work


Sample Research Study from "Christ's Church in Acts"

               The Name of Jesus in Acts


 NJ 1 - In his Pentecost Sermon Peter quotes Joel 2:32 with the promise: "EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." 

NJ2 - 2:28 - Be baptized in Jesus' Name!

NJ3 3:6 - Peter healed the cripple in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

NJ4&5 3:16 - In Peter's Colonnade Sermon after the cripple was healed Peter twice said that it was "BY FAITH IN THE NAME OF JESUS" that the man was healed.

NJ 6 4:10 - When challenged by what name or in whose authority the miracle was performed, Peter told the Sanhedrin that the man was healed through the Name of Jesus of Nazareth

NJ7 4:12 - Peter's witness to the Sanhedrin included the timeless truth that "SALVATION IS FOUND IN NO ONE ELSE, FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN TO MEN BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED."

NJ8 4:17 - The Sanhedrin determined to require that the disciples would "SPEAK NO LONGER IN THIS NAME."

NJ9 4:18 - The Sanhedrin charged the disciples: "N0T TO SPEAK OR TEACH AT ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS."

NJ10 4:30 - The disciples concluded their prayer for God's miraculous wonders to continue after their persecution with the words: "THROUGH THE NAME OF YOUR HOLY SERVANT JESUS."

NJ11 5:28 - The disciples were arrested by the again for preaching and teaching in Christ's name.

NJ12 5:40 - For a second time (Cf. 4:18) the disciples were beaten and told "NOT TO SPEAK IN THE NAME OF JESUS."

NJ13 5:41 - The "NAME" of Jesus Christ was their motivation for suffering.

NJ14 8:12 - Philip preached the "GOOD NEWS" of God's kingdom "AND THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST" and then baptized the believers.

NJ15 8:16 - Reference is made to the fact that Philip's ministry had been only in the name of Jesus, not recognizing the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

NJ16 9:14 - Ananias argued with Jesus in his vision that Saul had authority from the chief priests "TO ARREST ALL WHO CALL ON YOUR NAME."


NJ18 9:16 - Christ told Ananias that Paul would "SUFFER FOR MY NAME."

NJ19 9:21 - In Damascus the believers were amazed at Saul's conversion: "ISN'T HE THE MAN WHO RAISED HAVOC IN JERUSALEM AMONG THOSE WHO CALL ON THIS NAME?"

NJ20 9:27 - Barnabas introduced Saul to the disciples in Jerusalem as one to whom the Lord had spoken and who "IN DAMASCUS HE HAD PREACHED FEARLESSLY IN THE NAME OF JESUS."

NJ21 9:28 - In Jerusalem Saul even got into trouble with Greek speaking Jews because he was "SPEAKING BOLDLY IN THE NAME OF THE LORD." 


 NJ23 10:48 - Peter, using the "Keys of the Kingdom" "ORDERED THAT THEY BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST."

NJ24 15:17 - James applied the Amos 9:12 text to the question of the Gentiles "seeking the Lord" because they "BEAR MY NAME."

NJ25 15:26 - The Jerusalem Council drafted a letter to be sent by Paul and Barnabas to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. Paul and Barnabas were chosen because they had "RISKED THEIR LIVES FOR THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST."

NJ26 16:18 - Paul was being harassed for many days by a demon-possessed girl at Philippi. He said to the spirit: "IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST I COMMAND YOU TO COME OUT OF HER."

NJ27 19:5,6 - Twelve disciples of John the Baptist were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and experienced an echo of Pentecost -- an "EPHESIAN PENTECOST" of sorts.

NJ28&29 19:13 - Every valid miracle of Jesus can be fabricated and used to selfish ends. People who want power, control, or prestige can use the name of Jesus as did 7 sons of Sceva.

NJ30 19:17 - The incident involving those who would misuse the Name of Jesus brought about a new respect for the Name of Jesus.

NJ31 21:13 - At the CAESAREA home of Evangelist Philip, Paul was warned again not to go to Jerusalem. "WHY ARE YOU WEEPING AND BREAKING MY HEART? I AM READY NOT ONLY TO BE BOUND, BUT ALSO TO DIE IN JERUSALEM FOR THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS."

NJ32 22:16 - Paul gave his testimony to an unbelieving and hostile crowd in Jerusalem. He repeated the words of the risen Lord Who appeared to him in a vision on the Damascus road: "GET UP, BE BAPTIZED AND WASH YOUR SINS AWAY, CALLING ON HIS NAME."

NJ33 26:9 - In yet another setting before Agrippa at Caesarea Paul repeated his testimony again: "I, TOO, WAS CONVINCED THAT I OUGHT TO DO ALL THAT WAS POSSIBLE TO OPPOSE THE NAME OF JESUS OF NAZARETH."  Cf. 1 Corinthians 1:2 & Philippians 2:10.


 Names of God

The NAME of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10
God has revealed Himself to us in His Word through titles, descriptions, and names. Every one of them not only has a meaning, but also a purpose. As we call upon His Name, we shall be saved, delivered, healed, and made whole!
Each Name of God on these pages is an actual link to the Bible Scripture where you may locate it in the Word of GOD. The Bible references are provided by Bible Gateway. We give ALL the Glory to our Mighty GOD for giving us this lofty idea!
Save this page in your favorites for a handy reference whenever you need to call upon the Name of the Lord to receive whatever that particular Name promises. 

We pray in Jesus' Name that the Anointing of our Faithful High Priest overflow in you as you meditate, speak and act on His Word.

Lord ... Believe in His Name ... Chosen Cornerstone ... Consolation of Israel ... Faithful Witness ... Good News ... Holy One of God ... Holy Spirit ... I Am the Lord ... Image of God ... Messiah ... Son of God ... Son of the Living God ... Spirit of Truth ... Visible Image of the Invisible God ... The Word ... Praise His Name ... Exalted ... Dearly Loved Son ... Breath of the Almighty ... First ... Gift ... God of our Salvation ... Lamb ... Lilly of the Valley ... The Lord is in this Place ... Lord Your God ... My Father's God ... Rose of Sharon ... Worthy of Praise ... Your God ... His Name Endures Forever ... Almighty One ... Alpha and Omega ... The Amen ... Ancient of Days ... Eternal King ... Everlasting Father ... Everlasting Light ... First and Last ... God of your Ancestors ... New Branch ... One Who Lives Forever ... Ruler ... Lord Jesus ... Word of Life ... Forgiveness in His Name ... Sacrifice ... Deliverer ... Eternal Spirit ... Friend of Sinners ... God Who Forgives ... Jesus our Mediator ... Lamb of God ... Merciful and Gracious God ... Prophet of the Most High ... My Righteous Servant ... Sacrifice for Our Sins ... Radiance of God's Glory ... Strong Saviour ... Pray in His Name ... Sovereign Lord ... Dear Father (Abba) ... Faith In Jesus Name ... Jesus ... Last Adam ... Seed of a Woman ... Son of David and Abraham ... Firstborn Son ... Immanuel ... Carpenter ... Lord and Savior Jesus Christ ... Good Teacher ... Gift of God ... Head of His Body ... Prince of Peace ... Savior of All People ... Spirit of Jesus ... Our Advocate ... Author and Perfecter of our Faith ... My Servant

Jehovah-Rophe ~ My Healer

Jehovah-Jireh ~ My Provider

Jehovah-Nissi ~ My Protector

Jehovah-Rohi ~ My Shepherd

© by Virgil Reeve ~ 2010, 2013.  All rights reserved, but permission is granted for the free use where Jesus Christ is the Matthew 11:28-30 "Teacher" and the goal is: "all to the glory of God!"  1 Corinthians 10:31.

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                  Can your "love" pass the 1 Corinthians 13
                                "Agape-love Test?"


 AGAPE                           AMOR


Read it 4 ways: There are 8 places where the Greek Word, “Agape” appears. 

Note, there are six "Ifs" in the first three verses.

 1. Read it aloud paying close attention to the word, "love." 

 2. Read it adding the word "Agape" (divine and unselfish love) to read: "Agape-love". 

 3. Read it with the words added:  "Christ's Agape-Love." and  

 4. Read it with your name added: "Your Name's Agape-Love."   

 The New Living Translation ( Or compare it with your favorite translation!)


1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t (have agape) 1   love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  

2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and If I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and If I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t  (have agape) 2   love for others, I would be nothing.

3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but If I didn’t  (have agape) 3  love others, I would have gained nothing.

4 (Agape) 4 Love is patient and kind. (Agape) 5 Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  

(Agape) 6 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But  (Agape)  7 love will last forever!

9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.

11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.  

12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and  (Agape) 8 love—and the greatest of these is love.


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NUMBER 4 ~ Agape-Love In John's Writings


 AGAPE                       AMOR


 Agape~Love Texts In John’s Writings


 he Apostle John was a disciple of John the Baptist when he, along with Andrew, spent their first relational day with Jesus Christ, the newly baptized Messiah.  He is known as one of the “Intimate Three”  along with Peter, James (his brother), and John.  He is present at some of the pivotal events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the World.. 

This temperamental “son of thunder” as Jesus identified him on one occasion, [Mark 3:17 & Luke 9:54]. John is reported to have outlived the other disciples, wrote more of the inspired Scriptures, showed caring love to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and through his writings earned the endearing title --- “The Apostle of Love”! 

This chronological research study of all of the “Agape-Love” text references in John’s writings (five books) gives us a powerful look at what “agape” love was  based on his very close relationship for three years during Jesus’ life and ministry. 

John’s first use of the word, “Agape-Love” appears in the most famous and most often quoted “gospel-in-a-nutshell” text in all of Scripture --- John 3:16.  The truths of this text can be the threshold into eternal life that begins in this life --- IF WE BELIEVE AND ACCEPT this once-in-our-eternity in this life! 

This personalized application prayer of this text can be your first step into the Kingdom of God and personal relationship with the Christ who died on the cross to save you from your sins! 

 “Thank You, Heavenly Father, that You so “Apape-Loved” all of us who live in Your created world, [including me in my generation] that You gave us [including me personally] your beloved and only Son (Who was also our Creator) that if we chose 

 to put believing faith and trust in Him, we would begin in this life on earth to enjoy Your gift of eternal life here and now.  You promised us that we would not perish in a Christ-less eternity in hell, but ultimately enjoy life eternal with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for this awesome and priceless Agape-Love Gift given to us because of Your Son’s sacrificial death on the cross for the sinners of the world that you loved --- including undeserving me, too!

 In the Name of Your Agape-Love Gift Son and my personal Savior, I pray this prayer of thanksgiving.  Amen

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Scripture Quotes are from the New Living Translation.  In the following texts whenever the word “Love” is used it means AGAPE LOVE (Greek:  a quality of divine love that is self-sacrificial and volitional --- love with it’s highest and purest motivation.  It can only be demonstrated to its greatest potential when we accept God’s Agape-Love Gift.

John’s Chronological Use of the Word “Agape-Love” in his writings: 

1.  John 3:16 ~ God’s awesome salvation gift to us. [Important note: Look Up the three Life Application Study Bible footnotes on John 3:16.]  There are five different LASB versions available!                [KJV, NKJV, NASB, NIV, NLT]  

2.  John 3:19 ~ Jesus had just declared that those who do not believe in Him will be judged based on the fact that: “God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.” 

  3.   John 3:35 ~ God loved His Son and put Him in control of all of His universe and all of us in it. 

  4.  John 5:42 ~ God’s Son, Jesus Christ, knows all those who do NOT love God.  [Reality check!] 

 5.  John 8:42-44 ~ In a series of statements Jesus spoke with the Temple leaders letting them know that He was aware that they were trying to kill him.  “Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God.  I am not here on My own, but He sent Me.” 

  6.   John 10:17 ~The Father loves Me because I sacrifice My life…” 

  7.  John 11:3 ~ “ Lord, Your dear friend (“phileo”) is very sick.” [“Love” in NIV & ESV] 

  8.   John 11:36  ~  At Lazarus’ tomb the crowd saw Jesus weeping and said: “See how much He loved him.” 

  9.   John 12:25 ~ Christ’s warning: “Those who love their lives in this world will lose it!” [Eternally!] 

 10.  John 12:43 ~ John recorded that “many people believed in Him,” but Jewish leaders who believed would not admit it for fear of being expelled from the synagogue: “For they  loved human praise more than the praise of God.” 

 11.    John 13:1 ~ At the last Passover Jesus knew that his return to the father was near. “He had loved His disciples during His ministry on earth, and now He loved them to the very end. 

 12.   John 13:34-35 ~ God in Christ issued “a new command” to love others as Christ first loved us. ‘”Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples.” 

 13.    John 14:15 ~  Loving God is best expressed by our obedience to all that He commands.  The choice is ours to obey or to disobey. 

 14.    John 14:21 ~  Loving obedience identifies “the ones who love Me.”  The reward is that “My Father will love them.  And I will love and reveal Myself to each of them.” 

 15.    John 14:23-24 ~  “All who love Me will do what I say.  My Father will love them, and We will come and make Our home with each of them.  Anyone who doesn’t love Me will not obey Me.” 

16.   John 14:31 ~  Jesus modeled obedience: “I will do what the Father requires of Me, so that the world will know that I love the Father.” 

 17.   John 15:9-10 ~  “I have loved you even as the Father has loved Me.  When you obey My commandments, you remain in My love, just as I obey My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.” 

 18.   John 15:12-17 ~ Christ said: “This is My commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”  He goes on to say that: “You are My friends if you do what I command.”  He chose us to be fruit bearers that would produce “lasting fruit.”  “This is My command: Love each other.”

19.   John 15:19 ~  Christ realistically described the world’s attitude toward His followers: “The world would love (“phileo”) you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world.”[Your eternal life should be noticeably different from the world’s lifestyle.]  “I chose you to come out from the world, so it hates you.”


 20.   John 17:26 ~ Christ’s prayer for us as His disciples concludes: “I have revealed You to them, and I will continue to do so.  Then Your love for Me will be in them, and I will be in them.


 21.   John  19:25-27 ~ At the foot of the Cross we view the tender scene of Jesus passing on the torch of responsibility for the care of Mary, His mother.  John identified himself in this scene as “the disciple He loved” as the one who received the trusted gift of this responsibility.    

22.  John 20:2 ~  On  Sunday, Mary found the tomb empty and went to find Peter, and “the one whom Jesus loved.” (“phileo”)

23.   John 21: 15-17 ~  Jesus required Peter to affirm his love for his Savior --- this threefold affirmation required of Peter is reminiscent of the fact that Peter had three times denied his Lord. [All of us must take note of the fact that the three relational years as a disciple  did not guarantee that Peter was above sinning in this way.  Paul warns of this same departure from Agape-Love in  1 Corinthians 9:27 ~ “I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.


                              [Read the LASB footnotes of this passage for a helpful definition of the Greek Words for “love.”]

  24.   John 21:20 ~  “Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved” and asked what kind of death he would die.  Jesus replied: “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” [Q: Do we fully grasp the significance of this answer from Jesus at this crucial time?]


Additional Research Suggestions:


  • Gary Smalley’s “Five Love Languages” – Moody Press
  • Virgil V. Reeve’s “God’s Five Ways To Say ‘I Love You.” Available on under “Researched Topics” scrolling down under “Bible” to the Heart Symbol.

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John’s Agape-Love in 1 John 1-5


 1.   1 John 2:5 ~ “Those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. 

2.       1 John 2:15 ~ “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.” 

3.       1 John 3:1 ~  “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 

4.       1 John 3:10 ~ “So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers* does not belong to God.” 

5.       1 John 3:11 ~ “This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” 

6.       1 John 3:14 ~ “If we love our Christian brothers and sisters,* it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead.” 

7.       1 John 3:16-17 ~  “ We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 

8.       1 John 3:18 ~ “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 

9.       1 John 3:23 ~ “And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.” 

10.     1 John 4:7-12  ~ ”Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 

10.God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.  

11.    This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 

11.Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” 

12.    1 John 4:16-21 ~  “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.  And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 

12. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.  We love each other* because he loved us first. 

12. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister,* that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?  And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.* 

13.    1 John 5:1-3 ~ “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ* has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too.  We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments.  Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.” 

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2 John

2 John 1 ~  “I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children,* whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth—2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.”  

2 John 3 ~ “Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.” 

2 John 5-6  ~ “I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. [Leviticus 19:18]  Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.”

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3 John

3 John 1:1 ~ “This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth. 

3 John 1:6 ~  “They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God.
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Revelation 2:4 ~ Ephesus Church:  ““I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!”  

Revelation 2:19 ~ Thyatira Church: ““I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.  

Revelation 3:9 ~  Philadelphia Church: “Look, I will force those who belong to Satan’s synagogue—those liars who say they are Jews but are not—to come and bow down at your feet. They will acknowledge that you are the ones I love.”  

Revelation 3:19 ~ Laodicea Church: “I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.  

Revelation 12:10-11 ~ ““It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God,and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters*has been thrown down to earth— the one who accuses them before our God day and night.
And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

Encouragement Suggestion:  Use Your Creative Research and Application Skills to see how each of these “Agape” truths apply to your life in Christ today.

5. Christ Model of Servant Humility (A Chronology)



We live in a world that is void of genuine role models of true humility. 

Egotistical excesses are ruling every sphere of power and control and in every discipline or arena of our culture and society.  Whether it is politics, education, entertainment, or even in religion --- Ego is king!

  Recently a godly veteran foreign missionary gave this response to a review of this chronological study of Christ’s life.  “No, I haven't seen a chronological list of Christ's Humility Role Model. This might be a good resource to have on hand as we often encounter a pride issue among some of the more educated pastors. It results in their lording it over their people and stifling any development of new leaders. It leads them to think that because of their role they are to be served.” 

     Christ, from birth to the ascension was a perfect model of humility. 

    Paul could say of Jesus in Philippians 2:6,7 ~   “He gave up his divine privileges, he took the humble position of a salve and was born as a human being.  When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God…”NLT 

Key Background Texts: 

  1. 1.       Matthew 11:28-30 ~  “Jesus said: ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU.  Let Me TEACH YOU, because I am HUMBLE and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For MY YOKE is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  NLT-2004
  2. 2.       Matthew 20:26-28 ~ Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must become your slave. 28 For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” 
  3. 3.       LASB: Matthew 23:11,12 - 11 “The greatest among you must be a servant. 12But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.                                               

            LASB Notes (Tyndale): Matthew 23:11, 12   

   Jesus challenged society’s norms. To him, greatness comes from serving—giving of yourself to help God and others. Service keeps us aware of others’ needs, and it stops us from focusing only on ourselves. Jesus came as a servant. What kind of greatness do you seek?


Cross References:  Matthew 23:11—Matthew 20:26-27; Mark 9:35; 10:43-45; Luke 9:48; 22:26; Matthew 23:12—Job 22:29; Proverbs 29:23;  Ezekiel 21:26; Luke 14:11; 18:14



1. HUMBLE ORIGINS --- his VIRGIN birth (Isaiah 7:14;  Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:26-38; Gal. 4:4; Luke 2:7; John 1:46; Heb. 2:9), 

2. BETHLEHEM -- A humble shepherd's village.  Micah 5:2;  Luke 2:4,5 

3. HUMBLE RELATIVE --- JOHN THE BAPTIST. Matthew 3:13; John 1:19-23 


    his circumstances,  Micah 5:2;  Mt. 2:12-6; Lk 2:1-20 

5. HUMBLE  HOMETOWN VILLAGE – “Can anything good come from NAZARETH?”  John 1:46 

6.   HUMBLE YOUTH ROLE MODEL ---  Obedience at age 12  Luke 2:51, 52  “He returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them.” 

7.   HUMBLE ACT OF OBEDIENCE IN BAPTISM ---  Matthew 23:13-18 

8.   HUMBLE APPEARANCE – He modeled austerity/  Isaiah 53:2  “There was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance, nothing to attract us to Him.”  LASB:   Christ’s appearance and  Servant lifestyle caused Israel to “miscalculate His importance --- they would consider him an ordinary man.” 


      His reputation (Isa. 53; Matt. 26:59, 67; Ps.22:6; Matt. 26:68),


[1] GUEST LIFESTYLE --- Guest of Mary, Martha, Lazarus and  Simon’s homes in Bethany 

[2] HUMBLE ACTIONS --- SERVANT LIFESTYLE  … washing feet  John 13 

[3] HUMBLE HOST --- Borrowed loaves & fishes to feed His guests.  John  6:5-8 

[4] HUMBLE RESOURCES --- Luke 9:58  Jesus said to a would-be follower that foxes and birds have places to sleep --- “but the Son of Man has no place even to lay His head.” 

 10. HUMBLE ASSOCIATIONS --- Identified with John the Baptist,   Corrupt tax collectors (KJV-  Publicans) seeking baptism (Luke 3:12);  “publicans (tax collectors) Zaccahaeus – Luke 19:2 and sinners”  (Matthew  9:10,11; Mark 2:16) and the common people who heard Him gladly.  Mark 12:37 – “The large crowd (KJV _ “common people”) listened to Him with great delight.” 

11. HUMBLE ASSOCIATES --- DISCIPLES (fishermen, zealots, ….without religious leaders), woman in adultery (John 8);  woman who washed His feet at a Pharisee’s house (Luke 7:36-46), Zacchaeus (Luke 10); casting out Syrophenician Gentile woman’s daughter (Mark 7:24-30), forgiving an adulterous woman of John 8:12-11 


  •  Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)’  
  • Poor Widow with “two coins”  Luke 21:2; 
  • Publican at Prayer ( Luke 18:9-14 );
  •  Widow’s mite (Luke 21:2);
  • evil spirit sent out of a man (Mark 1:23-27; Luke 4:33-36); 
  • healed a Roman officer’s servant (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10); 
  • Official's son healed in Cana (John 4:46-54);
  • a lame man is healed (John 5:1-16); 
  • Jesus healed a man born blind (John 9:1-7); 
  • Jairus’ daughter raised (Matthew 9:18:23-26);  Mark 5:22-24 & 35-43; Luke 8:41-42 &49-56); 
  • a sick woman healed touching His garment (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34;  Luke 8:43-48); 
  • a paralytic is healed (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26);
  • a mute demoniac is healed (Luke 11:14);
  • two blind man find sight (Matthew 9:27-31);
  • Blessing children (Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16) Luke 18:15-17; 
  • Using a boy’s loaves and fishes to feed the multitude (Matthew  14:15-21; Mark 6:35-44; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:5-14);
  • healing lepers (Matthew 8:14-17;   Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-15); 
  • healing of a deaf and mute man (Matthew  12:22);
  •  a widow’s son is resurrected (Luke 7:11-16);   ten lepers healed (Luke 17:11-19); 
  • boy with evil spirit healed (Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-21; Luke 9:37-42); 
  • healed blind Bartimaeus (Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52;  Luke 18:35-43); 
  • girl freed from demon possession (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30); 
  • blind man healed at Bethesda (Mark 8:22-26)

  1. HUMBLE SERVANT MODEL -  Luke 17:7-10;
  2. HUMBLE OBJECT LESSONS ---  A child was used to illustrate humility to the disciples arguing about who would be greatest.  Luke 9:48 “Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.”
  3. HUMBLE TEACHING STYLE... Using as many as 67 Parables and  common object lessons.  Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. 
  4. HUMBLE PEOPLE HEARD HIM GLADLY. Mark 12:37 NKJV ~ “The common people heard Him gladly.”  (Cf. NLT1 ~ “The crowd listened to Him with great interest.”  NLT2 “..with great delight.”)  See also the crowd response in Matthew 7:28,29.)
  5. HUMBLE ASSIGNMENTS --- 70 sent out  as “lambs among wolves” with instructions:  “Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals.”  (Poverty motif)
  6. HUMBLE ATTITUDE --- Beatitude # 1 (Poor in spirit);  #  3 (HUMBLE)  [Cf. Philippians 2:5-11]
  8. BORROWED A DONKEY FOR HIS DRAMATIC TRIUMPHAL ENTRY  - Zechariah 9:9;  Mt. 21:1-9; Jn. 12:12-16
  9. Casting Lots for Christ’ Garments -  Psalm 22:18;  Mt. 27:35; Jn. 19:23, 24.
  10. BORROWED UPPER ROOM for the last supper….Luke 22:7-13
  11. CHRIST’S SOUL  & HUMILIATION   Isaiah 53:8;  Mt. 27:1,2; Lk. 2:12-25; (Ps. 22:1; Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 22:44; Heb. 2:17, 18; 4:15),  
  12. SILENT BEFORE HIS ACCUSERS:   Isaiah 53:7;  Mt. 27:12-14; Mk. 15:3-4;  Lk. 23:8-10.
  13. STRUCK & SPAT UPON BY THE ENEMY -   Is. 50:6;  Mt. 26:67; 27:30;  Mk. 14:65
  14. MOCKED, INSULTED, & HUMILIATED – Psalm 22:7,8;  Mt. 27:39-44;  Lk. 23:11, 35
  15. CRIMINAL CRUCIFIXION --his death   Psalm 22:14, 16, 17; Mt. 27:31;  Mk. 15:20,25; (Luke 23; John 19; Mark 15:24, 25),
  16. SUFFERED AS A CRIMINAL & PRAYED FOR ENEMIES -  Isaiah 53:12;  Mt. 27:38;  Mk. 15:27,28;  Lk.  23:32-34
  18. BURIAL IN A BORROWED TOMB -- and his burial  Psalm 16:10; Mt. 28:1-10; Acts 2:22-32;  (Isa. 53:9; Matt. 27:57, 58, 60).

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