Category Archives: A thought on the bible

Sin in the family of God ( A thought on the Bible )

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How should your church deal with sin with somebody in the body of Christ ? How should my church deal with sin of somebody in it’s body who has committed willful sin.
Hi I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.
Sadly there are immoral behaviors being committed by folks who are followers of Jesus in our world.
That brings up a tough issue for churches which are submitted to the Lordship of God’s book, the Bible.
They don’t want to give a blessing to willful sin by those in her body. At the same time the church is called to be a place where grace is extended. The church after all is a hospital for sinners.
I believe at times there is a place for church discipline.
A bigger question however is not how our churches will respond to sin among children of God, but how you and I should respond when a brother, or sister is involved in immoral behavior.
To answer that question we just have to open our Bibles to John chapter 8. Here some religious folks have brought to Jesus a lady caught in adultery.
Here is how John 8 reads…
3″ The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Did Jesus condemn this lady caught in sin. No he did not. Too often us believers try to be the Holy Spirit. One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to convict believers of sin. That is not our job. There might be times when it is proper to point out a sin to a brother, or sister in Christ. We should never condemn another member of the family of God.When we find out another believer is in willful sin we should pray for him. If possible we should reach out to her in Christian love.And out attitude should be, if it was not for the grace of God,I could be where that soul is.

That is a thought on the Bible.
Until next time,
I’m Billy David Dickson

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Teens,and young people you have a fan, ( she, or he is not on 13 Reasons why )

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Recently there has been talk about suicide among teens thanks to a TV. show.
( Young people this commentary is for you. )
Hi I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.
Middle school student, high school student have you ever thought there was no value to your life. You should just end it. I did as a teen.
Please know there is value to your life. You may think no one cares.I have good news, make that great news, God cares. He is for you. You know God could have shown he valued your life is a lesser way than he did. He could not have shown you,he valued you in a higher way than he did.
Lets look at how much the Lord values you teenager, and young person.
Romans 8 reads starting at verse 31. 31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[b] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
You get that God is for you. Even if you do not think you have a fan, you do. God is your fan. He proved,he was your fan by laying down his life for you. He did so you, and I could have a relationship with God.No matter what you are facing,the answer is not what the kid on the TV show”13 Reasons Why”did. The answer is to trust in Jesus. Yes, you may still have problems, but God will help you through them. It tells us in the Bible Jesus is the friend who will stick closer than a brother.
So put your trust in Jesus. Then you will have everlasting peace even when you have trouble in your life.
That is a thought on the Bible for young people.
Until next time,
I’m Billy David Dickson

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God’s Grace is enough ( a thought on the Bible ) 

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If you are a follower of Jesus, and right with God you should always be happy, along with healthily, right? 

   Hi I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

This is what it says in 2 Corinthians 12.

:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

  The teaching which says you should always be healthy, and happy is a lot of times referred to the health,and wealth gospel.

 We can learn from what Paul teaches in 2 Corinthians 12,that the health, and wealth gospel is not Bible.

 There are times God will take away our pain, but other times like for Paul here he wants to teach us something. He wanted to teach Paul his grace was sufficient to see him through his trial.He might want to do the same for you. You see God’s grace not only allows us to come into a relationship with Christ. It also allows us to deal with setbacks, and the hard stuff in life.

   Those who teach the wealth, and health gospel must believe Paul was not right with God. Though they may not admit that. 

     I don’t know what you are facing today. It may be a divorce, death of a love one, a health issue, a child who is struggling in the faith. A parent who is getting older. Like I said I don’t know what you are facing, I do know just like it was for Paul,God’s grace is enough to see you through what you are facing. 

   The Bible says we can do all things through Christ, but we must let him into the driver’s seat. He is not our copilot. He is the Master, the Lord, and Savior.Turn your issue over to him. Do it today.

 That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 
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Defeating temptation  ( a thought on the Bible ) 

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Child of God is the devil driving you nuts, because he is temping you. Of course he is temping you. 

  Hi: I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible. 

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ you will be tempted by the evil one.The devil is after those who are part of God’s family. And he for sure is after those children of God who are making a difference for Christ. It is not a sin to face temptation, even Jesus faced it. Unlike us the Savior never gave into temptation. 

   You might be thinking now great Billy thanks for reminding me I will be tempted. Guess what? Yes, we will be tempted by the devil, but we with God’s help can defeat the evil one. Along with his plans for us.

In Matthew chapter four our Lord was tempted by the devil. In Matthew Jesus shows us how we can defeat the evil one like our Master did. Here in Matthew the devil tries to use the Bible to trick the Savior. The devil will use the Bible, but not correctly. What does the Lord do when he is tempted? He quotes the Word of God back to the devil who is the father of lies. 

Here are some quotes in Matthew chapter 4 from Jesus.

 “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” http://esv.to/Matt4.4 

“Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'” http://esv.to/Matt4.7 

  “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'” http://esv.to/Matt4.10 

    Jesus used the Bible to whip the devil. Child of God we too can whip the devil if we use the Bible correctly.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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Saint Patrick, and being a saint (a thought on the Bible )

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. I hope you are having a great one. 

       Did you know the real Saint Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland. Fact Patrick was a missionary, who was transformed by God.

   I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

          Yes, Patrick did amazing things for God. Did you know to be a saint you don’t have to do anything special, or does a priest have to declare you a saint. There is only one who can make you a saint ,and that is the Lord Jesus himself. John 1:12 reads. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

     You and I become a child of God not by doing good works. It is not based on what we do, or don’t do.The Bible teaches we get a relationship with God, by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. 

    So the meat of the matter is a saint, or child of God is somebody..

Who has realized their own sinfulness before a Holy God.

They are willing to turn away from sin, and change their mind about sin. That is called repentance. 

They know they can not become a Saint through good works, but they need to receive Jesus as their Savior, and Lord.  

So you can become a saint, like Saint Patrick though you may not have a day named after you. You will have the only thing you truly need, which is a relationship with God. That is a thought on the Bible. 

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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Timothy Burke  Junior high kid I had ( a thought on the Bible. )

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He was just 38, and now he is dead.

 Hi: I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

      The other night I was in bed reading our local paper. I came to the death notices.

          As I read them. I came across a young man by the name of Tim Burke. 

            “No it is not the Tim Burke I know.”

                 I got up and checked Facebook. I was hoping it was not him. After checking Facebook I had to face the truth it was the young man I knew. 

     Who was Tim Burke. He was a kid I taught in third grade Sunday School, and then was a junior high leader to. 

      Burke was a neat kid. The kind of kid who you wanted to take home to mom, and dad. 

            Tim went through a lot of challenges in life. His own father passed away when young Timothy was just 9 years old.Then as a high school student he had to have brain surgery for a tumor. 

     He was a small kid, but what he lacked in size he had in a sweat spirit. I recall only having to correct him above behavior one time in junior high. 

 There are some lessons we can learn from this young man’s life. His mom said it was during his youth days that he committed his life to Christ. Tim’s mom also told me after his celebration of life service that he loved me. I hope he knew I cared about him. I believe he did.

    You never know who you are impacting. It could be that junior high kid in church. It could be that senior citizen who nobody visits at the home including her own family. 

   We who follow Jesus not only should share the good news with others, but also share our own lives with them.

    I am so thankful that God allowed me along with other youth leaders to love Tim, and teach him the word of God.

    1 Thessalonians 2:8 reads..

   “Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.”

      Above all I am glad Tim admitted he was a sinner,repented ( turned away from it ), and received Jesus as his Savior. Because of that I know Timothy Burke is in heaven. Which is the only way one can go to heaven.

Timothy Burke I love you, and I miss you. I am excited to go to heaven to be with the Lord one day, and to spend time with cool followers of Jesus like you.

Until I see you again.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 
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You got the power ( a thought on the Bible ) 

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   Romans 1:16 in the Bible reads, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

 I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible. 

  A purpose of the message of God is to show us the Lord’s power. We often think of the power of God when a big storm hits. But God’s power is mostly shown to us when he comes into a person’s life, and changes him. Paul here in Romans is saying he is proud of the good news. This is the same guy who use to be called Saul who persecuted those who embraced the good news. Now Paul is following the Lord himself. He is a changed man. If a changed person doesn’t show us the good news is true, it is hard to believe anything will do that. The Bible says if anyone is in Christ he, or she is a new creation. It is the power of God which changes a person. It is not what we do. It is what God has done for us. It is not us doing good works, or something super big like going to another nation as a missionary. It is the power of the good news which brings about change in us. Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

  That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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Lessons from the life of Castro ( a thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

    What are we leaving behind in this world. What will people think of us , or say about us , when we are no longer living in this world.

    Those thoughts come to my mind as I reflect on the life of the former President of Cuba Fidel Castro, who passed from this life to the next life at the age of 90 a few months back.

  The western media said things like he loved the people of Cuba. In truth he put many souls from Cuba in prison for speaking out against the Cuban government, or following the Lord instead of following Castro. Other souls he had put to death. 

 I do believe there are things we can learn from the life of Castro.

       The first lesson is what are we leaving behind. What will people think of you and I after we are gone.The people of Cuba, and many souls in the world will not have good things to say about Castro. No matter what the media says. You may not have put souls in prison like Castro, but have you put your job ahead of your family. Have you not been honest with others in business matters. Have you treated others wrongly. 

         The second lesson while we are living we can always change. It is too late for Castro. However you, and I can change with God’s help. We can not change on our own. Philippians 4:13 reads , “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

     The last lesson and the most important one is we all are going to die. What will matter is what we did with Christ. The question is do you know him. If you don’t know him after death there is no hope for you. Before you die you can find that hope. All you have to do is admit you are a sinner, and embrace Jesus Christ as your savior. It is too late for Castro. One can only hope he repented of his sins and received Christ. God is going to say when you stand before him, well done good and faithful servant. Or he is going to say the most horrible words I never knew you. What decides what God says is decided by what you do with Christ.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson

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Give thanks to God not our opinions ( a Thanksgiving thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi: I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible on this Thanksgiving Day.

The Bible in Philippians 4:6 reads… 

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    Thanksgiving should always be the attitude for the believer in Christ. In our me first culture we have forgotten the need to say thanks. It use to be when you got a birthday gift, or a Christmas gift, or any kind of gift you would not think twice about writing a thank you note. Parents also demanded that their children, and teens wrote thank you cards to those who blessed them with gifts. Sadly that is not the case today.

Years ago in the funny papers there was a comic strip called Shoe. One year there was a talking animal in Shoe who was saying grace. He prayed God thanks for everything but the green beans they are not good for anything. This older animal told him to hold it. 

The mature one then told the younger one we are to give thanks to God not our opinions. 

 You might ask how are we to give thanks to God. Good question. You might do what I do around every Thanksgiving. I write a thank you letter to God in which I note how God has blessed me this last year.

 Most of all we can thank God for sending Jesus to us. Because without him there is no hope.

That is a thought on the Bible. 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving season.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 
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The day after the election, God has not taken a holiday, or the day off ( a thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi: I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

       Some of you hearing me today supported Mrs. Clinton for president while others of you backed Mr. Trump. Depending on how the election went ( I am writing, and recording this a few days before Election Day) some of you are happy, and some of you feel let down about yesterday’s voting. 

    One of the hardest verses to understand in the Bible is Romans 13:1 – “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

       God is the one who decides who is put in office, and when they are removed from office. Keep this in mind around every election. Yes, we should vote for the person we think can best lead our nation for the next four years, but even if the person we vote for doesn’t win, we should not take that as a sign that God has gone on holiday, or taken the day off. Some of the worst rulers in history were placed there by God to judge nations and to bring them to repentance.

In Matthew 6 we are told not to worry that would include about who is our president. And verse 33 says to seek God first. If we put Christ first we will not be disappointed no matter who was put in office.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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