New Testament

Avoiding Accumulating Scales of Darkness Over Our Eyes

Jul 7, 2020
2 min read

Nephi prophesies that the seed of his people will one day become a pure and delightsome people “and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes;” (2 Nephi 30:6) One definition for scale in the The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary…

Parallels Between Jesus’ Temptations and Nephi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

Jan 22, 2020
1 min read

In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we find an account of Jesus being tempted by the devil while fasting in the wilderness. The scene parallels, in at least two significant ways, Nephi’s vision of the tree of life….

Asked about my favorite scripture

Jul 23, 2019
1 min read

A friend of mine who recently retired is building a home and called me recently to ask for my favorite scripture. He is collecting favorite scriptures from all of his friends and family and writing them on the beams throughout…

Bringing Peace to Dietary and Other Discords

Jun 2, 2019
6 min read

One of my go-to apps is the Bible app by YouVersion which offers a myriad of different Bible translations. Among my favorites for personal reading are the NASB, NIV, and the CEV for kids. Today I came across another version…

He is a good man…or no?

May 1, 2019
0 min read

There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning [Jesus]; some were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.” John 7:12 NASB It is always interesting to see how people…

Jesus’ Teachings Concerning Stumbling Blocks

Apr 24, 2019
4 min read

If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast…

Matthew 4: The Temptation of Christ and the Vision of the Tree of Life

Feb 9, 2019
4 min read

I’m not sure if anyone has made this connection before, but in studying Matthew 4, I noticed that there were some pretty striking similarities to what Jesus went through in the desert and the vision that Lehi and Nephi had….

Notes From the Climb: May – July 2018

Jul 22, 2018
1 min read

Good works are not substitutes for grace, they are expressions of obedience that foreshadow the disposition of the converted. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;” – Ephesians 5:1 NASB Sunday is just another day of the week, the…

The Three Things Required to Build Upon The Rock of Christ

May 18, 2018
13 min read

There are 3 things that Jesus taught that enable one to build upon what he called his “rock.” Building upon his rock is critical to find safety from the floods and winds that cause one to fall and be received into…

Put on the Identity of God

May 4, 2018
2 min read

The following is reposted from JRGanymede.com The Lovely One brought up the idea that Jacob getting the birthright from Isaac by deception was a type of us and Christ. We inherit all that our father hath by assuming our older…

Triggered!

Nov 5, 2017
3 min read

I understand that there are legitimate situations where people suffer from post-traumatic stress or any other psychological issues. Then there are people that are perfectly fine but equate the discomfort they feel in the presence of alternative opinions with the pain…

Fasting: Cover Your Mouth

Oct 24, 2017
2 min read

I had a moment of insight a few days ago with a friend of mine that was and is going through some hard times. He was telling me about a fast he was engaged in and several experiences where he…

Critical Principles for Vetting Revelation and Avoiding Deception

Feb 1, 2017
17 min read

We talk a lot about receiving and following revelation, but I’ve learned in my experience that the process itself is not as simple at it may first seem. There are real dangers involved because not all revelation that crosses our path…

Spices, Gnats, and Camels

Jan 24, 2017
0 min read

Zeal isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I think it tends to amplify our actions whether they are misguided or on point. Sometimes we can focus too much on the letter that we miss the spirit, or the weightier matters. Those…

Eyes to See

Sep 19, 2016
7 min read

I love the story of Elisha and the servant when they were surrounded by the Aramean army. Early the next morning, when the servant of the man of God arose and went out, he saw the force with its horses…

Faithful Co-existence With Gamaliel’s Counsel

Aug 7, 2016
10 min read

We live in a world with billions of people and each one of us has ideas on how things should be. Whether it is how governments should operate to where the family should eat for dinner, we all have different ideas….

The Parable of the Two Debtors

May 22, 2016
2 min read

Jesus once told a parable about two debtors. The first debtor owed the king 10,000 talents, but when the time came to pay up, he didn’t have the ability to. The king commanded that this debtor’s whole family and property were to…

Why Are Some Sacred Accounts Remembered Differently?

May 15, 2016
7 min read

Alma the younger had an incredible conversion experience that has parallels to Saul of Tarsus’ conversion in a couple of interesting ways. Both involved a heavenly messenger appearing while they were traveling about, and they both told slightly different versions of…

Surviving the Void

Jan 28, 2016
8 min read

It’s happened to me several times, in fact, the first 17 years of my life were lived without any real sense of the presence of God; at least that was my perception at the time. Time went on, and God did manifest…

“Who has known the Mind of the Lord?”

Sep 15, 2015
3 min read

1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,” this God has revealed to…