Hello. This is a collection of bite-sized thoughts on & quotes from the Bible, gathered during my daily reading as I journey in the Word. I try to update as I go along, so join me if you want.   More →

I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.
Psalms 101:2-4

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Philippians 3:12

If I can just quote briefly the Baker Exegetical Commentary on Philippians by Moisès Silva (because he expresses it so well), “the verse makes a strong theological point regarding the tension between human agency and divine sovereignty, but the point is made within the framework of a personal confession regarding the Christian experience — a marvelous verse indeed.”

Truly a great verse and an important one for me, with the frustration implied (which I can relate with so well), and the hope, encouragement and endurance it provides me (cf. Ro 15:4)! Still meditating on it.

(And no, I don’t usually read exegetical commentaries at all… I was doing something for the church.)

…it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
Philippians 1:20

The switch to ESV

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now, but here’s to say I’m switching to the English Standard Version for quoting Bible verses on this blog from this post onwards (unless specified otherwise). As you may have noticed, I’ve been quoting the ESV more and more here. I made the transition in my own Bible reading early this year – it took me some effort to get used to it, especially when memorising verses, as I’ve been using the New International Version since young. I really enjoy the ESV now and find it a more reliable translation (if I dare say!), while still being very readable.

Anyways, I’ve also made a list of the most-commented posts (defined as having seven or more comments… Seven simply because there are quite many posts with six comments!), as a snapshot for those who might be new here, and for your reading amusement.

I’ve been itching to do a small redesign of this blog too (looks old now) but I haven’t been able to squeeze that in among the other more important things…

Much has happened too, but anyways, that’s all for the fourth “blog news” over two years! Thanks for reading and for all your comments, as always. I hope all is well for everyone.

– Joseph

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When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.
Psalms 94:19 (ESV)

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Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Ephesians 5:25-27

Just thinking about the mystery of marriage again… and how Jesus lovingly makes beautiful the church His bride. Imagine husbands being able to make their wives wrinkle-free!

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