these are some of my favorites

Over the years I have discovered that the Bible is an increasingly rich resource for every aspect of my life,

Here are some of my favorites: (favorites of the favorites)

The Manual of life: all Jesus’ teachings (all red letters words spoken by Jesus).

favorite books: the beginning and the end of the world -Genesis and Revelation.

Old Testament: Isaiah. (read it and you will know why).

New Testament: Gospel according to John (and Ephesians). I never tire of reading and teaching the book of John, and praying the prayers in Ephesians.

group of OT books: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah. All existed in the same period of exile, and with the exception of Esther, in rebuilding the spiritual life of the remnant of God’s people.

group of NT books: Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians.

Holy Spirit books: Gospel according to Luke; Acts of the Apostles.

Old Testament prophet: Ezekiel (watchman)
Samuel (intercessor)

Old Testament character: man – Joshua ; woman – Deborah. Both for their courage in battle against the enemies of God and unwavering faith and knowledge of God.

New Testament character: man – John ; woman – a group of women who ministered to Jesus.

incidents involving a prophet: Elijah’s proclaiming a drought and finally confronting the wicked king Ahab and the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. (1 Kings 17-18) Elisha confronting and subdued the powerful Syrian armies with the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire all around him from heaven. (2 Kings 6)

Incidents involving a prophet seeing visions: Zechariah seeing eight visions in one night.

incidents involving older prophets: Daniel in his eighties braved the lions’ den. Haggai in his eighties braved the return journey and faithfully spoke God’s messages and ministered to the remnant of Israel who listened and successfully rebuilt the second temple.

Incidents involving other professionals; Nehemiah the king’s cup bearer, who became a governor and rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. Amos the southern kingdom farmer who became a prophet (missionary) in the hostile northern kingdom. Jesus Himself, the group of twelve apostles and other disciples (carpenter, tax collector, fishermen, housewives, single women, noble women). Perfumes manufacturer and goldsmith too (They helped re-built the walls of Jerusalem).

Notable women and men of former bad reputations: Mary (who was healed of seven demons) who became a disciple and faithful witness for the resurrected Christ; Rehab who ran a lodging and prostitution business but chose to become God’s people; a Samaritan woman who married many times and was living with a man who was not her husband when Jesus met her who became a witness for Jesus the Messiah; the apostle Paul (formerly Saul) who persecuted Christians and killed them and was converted to become a witness for Christ faithful till death; the unnamed man from Ten-city who was possessed by a legion of demons and terrorized many but immediately followed Jesus and witnessed for Him; Zacchaeus the former tax collector who climbed up the tree to see Jesus and was converted and immediately took action to make amends for all his wrongs etc. There are too many examples as the Bible declared: for all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:23)

Young men: a young man who was Paul’s nephew braved his way to report the conspiracy to murder Paul. The young man who listened to Paul’s preaching whole night until he fell off to his death from the window but was resurrected by Paul. A young man who had followed Jesus to the garden of Gethsemane with the other disciples and had to escape arrest by the mob without his long linen shirt. Young John Mark who followed Barnabas and Paul as an assistant in their first mission journey and gave up half way but succeeded in his second try with Barnabas. He became one of the mission workers Paul commended. He also became one of the four Gospels writers inspired by the Holy Spirit. Of course the famous young Timothy who was trained from young by his godly mother and grand mother, and became a disciple of Paul and minister to a number of churches.

Young women: Esther, Ruth, Mary (mother of Jesus).

Couple: Priscilla and Aquila, Paul’s co-workers, who risked their lives for him, able to teach the Scriptures correctly, and who had a house church in their home in Rome. Peter and wife (who was unnamed and never described but who followed him in his ministry!)

Selfless love: husband -Joseph (husband of Mary); wife – Leah (first wife of Jacob who did not love her)

mother: the Canaan woman who braved her way to see Jesus and appealed to Jesus to heal (set free) her daughter from demon.

father: the synagogue ruler who kneeled before Jesus and appealed for his 12 years old daughter who was dying.

daughters: the daughters of Shallum , leader of half district of Jerusalem. They helped their father rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

son: Timothy. His godly mother and grandmother were commended because of his life testimony of their godly upbringing.

employer: the Roman centurion who appealed for his servant who was very sick.

Family: Philip and his four daughters who were prophetesses. Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus who opened their home to Jesus. Cornelius and his entire household (including his relatives and close friends) who were hungry for God and accepted the Good News of Jesus immediately while hearing the words being preached. Joshua and his entire household whom Joshua declared would serve the Lord.

Longest notable love: Abraham and Sarah. To a shorter time span, Jacob and Rachel.

Supernatural provision of food by God : Elijah’s case. Multiplication of food by Jesus. (And the prophets Elijah and Elisha)

a whole book of visions: Revelation.

Favorite wise man: Daniel. (Joseph to a lesser extent)

Favorite king: Jehoshaphat (not a perfect character, but he was known to do a major prophetic act of faith : praising God before the enemy and won the battle without his army fighting !)

Favorite army commanders: man -Joshua and Moses; woman – Deborah.)

a king of total failure: Ahab, king of Israel (compared to many candidates this one toped the wicked kings’ list). He did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. He had not repented despite God sending prophet Elijah to warn him repeatedly and performed the greatest nationwide stunning miracle before his eyes (three years of drought and a crowning victory of God’s reality and might on Mount Carmel defeating Baal, represented by the ‘prophets’ of Baal, followed by rain as prophesied by Elijah). Ahab totally depended on his wicked wife queen Jezebel who ruled his life (1 Kings 2125). He blatantly broke the commandments of God, coveted another man’s vineyard as a vegetable garden. When rejected he became sullen and displeased and his wife arranged the poor owner killed  so that Ahab could have his ‘toy’. He later disguised himself and went into battle against the king of Syria, but was foiled. He died of a strayed arrow shot at random and the dogs licked his blood just as the Lord had warned. He chose to believe the lying spirit in the mouths of all his false prophets but not the true prophets of God, Elijah and Micaiah (1 Kings 22:22).

Favorite poetry: the book of Psalms. Favorite psalms: 91, 103, 119.

Favorite song: 2 Samuel 22 David’s song of praise; Luke 1:46-55 Mary’s song of praise (Magnificat)

Favorite discipleship verse: 2 Timothy 2:2

Favorite last words: Mark 16:15-18

Favorite first chapter: Genesis 1

Favorite last chapter: Revelation 22

Chapters to read when feeling down: John 14-17; Romans 8

Money book: Proverbs

Favorite verses:

salvation and healing: 1 Peter 2:24

wisdom: 1 Corinthians 2:16

relationship: 1 Corinthians 6:17

all time success: Joshua 1:8

pondering about life: Ecclesiastes 3:11 

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

life goal: Daniel 12:3

Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.

My all time favorite verse:

life motto: Galatians 2:20

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Favorite Bible illustrations:

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Abraham at the altar
Abraham at the altar