This is a breakdown of the chapters in the book by what verses in the gospels he is generally covering.
Here is a nicely formatted printable copy of this table of contents
The book can be found at the College Press website
In nature, some seeds need fire in order to germinate. The intense heat melts away their outer coating allowing the seeds to come out and take root. My spiritual walk has often been much the same way. Rather than hearing the things wiser men told me and applying them, my ears simply couldn’t hear for so very long.
But the Lord sought to finish the work He had begun in me (Philippians 1:6). He is very patient and generous with me for sure. Here is a story on the subject, to illuminate my meaning. Read more
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
– Matthew 5:37
When Jesus spoke these words I believe He intended them to be in force for all time. When a man puts his name to the paper, saying that he will fulfill his end of a bargain to the best of his ability, that is binding. I believe it to be binding not only here on Earth, but should I willfully violate my word, then I will be held to account for my actions.
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel. – Ezra 7:10
I was told a quote that was attributed to Beth Haub Works, “bloom where ever you are planted.”
I really like this saying. Regardless of circumstances I will not stop serving my God to the best of my ability. Nothing shall get in my way. If I must labor in the day to meet the needs of my family and work for Him in the night to seek and save the lost then so be it.
Lest I forget my familial duties, I will of course be sure to be really with my wife and kids when I am with them, not checked out, tuned out, and plugged in. I will rather unplug, check in, and tune in. Learning to listen fully and completely to them and others will go a long way in this work.