TOP 25 BIBLE VERSES

I stumbled upon a web site that’s devoted entirely to random top ten lists. There’s everything from the Top Ten Worst Songs of All Time to the Top Ten Things To Do With Empty Spam Cans.

The one thing the site seemed to lack is anything remotely spiritual. While all scripture is God-breathed and helpful for instruction, I thought it might be interesting to submit a list of my top ten favorite Bible verses. Click here to see the list.

Narrowing my list to a mere ten caused me great pain. For that reason, here are GUWG’s official …

VERSE-O-RAMA 2015

We wrap up VERSE-0-RAMA 2015 here on GUWG with a whirlwind tour of verses y’all shared that we haven’t discussed yet.

We’ll start with the Old Testament:

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (‭‭Psalm‬ ‭51:10‬)

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

And conclude with the New Testament:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see! (John 9:25b)

For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17b-19)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

Awesome stuff! Thanks again for all your participation – really appreciate it!

VERSE-O-RAMA 2015

Once a year I like to ask our visitors here on GUWG this simple little question …

What’s your favorite Bible verse and why?

Give it some deeeeep thought and then leave a comment below, tweet me @getupwithgod or email me at getupwithgod@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you.

I completely acknowledge that choosing only 1 of the 31,202 verses in the most fantabulous book in the history of the universe is a completely unfair request, but I’m always fascinated by the words of God that peeps have reverberating in their hearts at any given moment.

As for myself, if I had to choose just one right now, it would be:

YOUR Favorite Verses

Verse-o-rama-2015For the past several days we’ve been reviewing the top ten Bible verses of all time, as determined by researchers with very large brains who analyzed how often each verse is referenced. Along the way, we asked YOU to share YOUR favorite verses with us.

Here’s a greatest hits collection of what we received. THANKS so much for sharing!

Pray through every syllable and semi-colon:

Question of the Week

Here’s this week’s question . . .

What’s your favorite Bible verse and why?

Great question.

As you can see here, I have a hard time answering this question — I have at least 100 “favorites.” But if I had to choose just one, it would probably be . . .

God is love.
(1 John 4:16)

Even though I’ve read that verse hundreds of times, for some reason my lame brain needs to be constantly reminded that no matter how bad things may seem, one thing is absolutely certain:  GOD LOVES US.

That simple truth answers a lot of other questions . . .

Why did God create a world that gives Him so much grief? Because God is love and love is expressed in relationships (even messy ones).

Why did God give us free will? Love can’t be forced — a true love relationship involves the ability to choose love and to reject it.

Why does God save us? God doesn’t let us wallow in our sin without hope.  Because He loves us, He gives us a loving way out:  Jesus.

Why does God offer believers eternal life?  Because He loves us and wants us to be with Him forever.

Can anything ever separate us from God’s love? You be the judge:

Neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39)

GOD IS LOVE!

(Got some favorite verses you’d like to share? Send ’em to me at getupwithgod1@yahoo.com. I’d love to hear from you!)

Top 10 Bible Verses

I stumbled upon a web site the other day that’s devoted entirely to random top ten lists. There’s everything from the Top Ten Worst Songs of All Time to the Top Ten “Chick Flicks” Guys Actually Like to the Top Ten Things To Do With Empty Spam Cans.

The one thing the site seemed to lack is anything remotely spiritual. While all scripture is God-breathed and helpful for instruction, I thought it might be interesting to submit a list of my top ten favorite Bible verses. Click here to see the list.

Narrowing my list (which initially had waaaaaaay more than 100 on it) to a mere ten was virtually impossible. For that reason, below is a list of my 25 favorite verses.

What are your favorite verses? Send ’em to getupwithgod@gmail.com.

Without further ado, here are my . . .

TOP 25 ALL-TIME-DESERT-ISLAND-MEMORIZE-THEM-RIGHT-NOW-AND-THEY-JUST-MIGHT-CHANGE-YOUR-LIFE BIBLE VERSES

  1. God is love. (1 John 4:8)
  2. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:36-37)
  3. Pray continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  4. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)
  5. In all things God works for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28)
  6. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
  7. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
  8. If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
  9. And this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. (1 John 3:16)
  10. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
  11. I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
  12. If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
  13. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
  14. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
  15. Seek first his kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
  16. Speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:16)
  17. Encourage one another daily. (Hebrews 3:13)
  18. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. (Colossians 3:23)
  19. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
  20. Godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6)
  21. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
  22. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18)
  23. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-30)
  24. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
  25. Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)