Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20th: Isaiah 59-61; 2 Thessalonians 3 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Isaiah 59-61; 2 Thessalonians 3

"Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.  But your
iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.  For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt.  Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things."  Isaiah 59:1-3

As I was reading this passage, it was comforting in being reminded that our God never leaves us.  He hears all our requests, and He will always keep us in His grasp.  

It's our iniquities that drift us away from God, and it's God's gift of forgiveness that bridges us back.  It's our hands that are stained with blood, and it's Jesus who washes us white as snow.  It's our sinful actions and words that make us guilty, and it's Jesus who redeems us. It's not in our power or what we can do, it's what HE can do!  


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Isaiah 62-64; 1 Timothy 1

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19th: Isaiah 56-58; 2 Thessalonians 2 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 56-58; 2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, whether by what we said or what we wrote.
There is no such thing as absolute truth in our culture anymore.  Your truth is whatever you want it to be, whatever you want to believe, as long as it doesn't interfere with my beliefs.

Not so for the Christian.  We must stake our doctrine on the Bible.  God's Word must be our foundation or we too will find ourselves shifting on the instability and corruptness around us. God's opinion is the only one that matters!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Isaiah 59-61; 2 Thessalonians 3

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18th: Isaiah 53 - 55, 2 Thessalonians 1 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 53 - 55, 2 Thessalonians 1

Isaiah 55: 6-7
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon


Verse 6 caught my attention, we are to seek the Lord while he may be found and call on him while he is near. We don't have forever to get our lives in order and then follow God, we need to make that decision now and stick with it.

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2 Thessalonians 1: 6
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you


We don't need to worry about giving pay back to anyone, God will take care of that. But we should also remember that we need to seek forgiveness and make things right with those we've troubled. Often it's more fun to look at ourselves as victims, but we also are offenders at times and therefore need to make things right.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Isaiah 56-58; 2 Thessalonians 2

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 17th: Isaiah 50-52; 1 Thessalonians 5 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Isaiah 50-52-1 Thessalonians 5

Isaiah 51:1-3 stood out for me today as a reminder that God is faithful!! I found this Bible study on the passage here. A great reminder to listen, remember God's past faithfulness and trust that God can use one person (who loves HIM) to accomplish His plans.

(Isa 51:1-3) Listen: the LORD's past faithfulness is a promise of future blessing.
Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him. For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
a. Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness: The LORD here speaks to His people; but His people have had trouble listening to Him. So three times in this chapter, the exhortation is given: Listen to Me.
b. Look to the rock from which you were hewn … Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you: God counsels His people to look at His work in His people in days past. This is one of the great glories of God's Word to us; it tells us how God has dealt with His people, and gives us faith and guidance for His work in our lives - if we will listen to Him.
i. As Isaiah speaks to them here, God's people were in a discouraged place. They felt defeated, and the prophet tells them to look to God's work in and through His people in days past.
ii. "Once a Christian gets eaten up with discouragement and unbelief it takes a great deal to shake him out of it. Those two emotions are the masterstrokes of Satan. So long as the child of God maintains an attitude of praise and trust in the Lord, then he is invincible. Once the devil gets him discouraged, that poor man in really going to take a knocking!" (Redpath)
c. For I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him: Abraham was one man, from one simple family. Yet God called him alone, and increased him. This should remind His people today that God does not need many people to do a great work. He can bless and increase one man alone. Isaiah wanted God's people - in view here are the returning exiles from Babylon, and those of Israel's ultimate regathering - to not be discouraged of their small numbers, but realize that just as He did great things with Abraham and Sarah, He can do great things through them.
d. Remembering Abraham and Sarah should give them hope for this promise: For the LORD will comfort Zion … He will make her wilderness like Eden … Joy and gladness will be found in it. The promise seems too good to be true, but by faithfully remembering God's work in people like Abraham and Sarah, they would have the faith to believe God's promise to them today.
i. This shows how we can benefit through God's work in the lives of others. When we hear of what God has done and is doing in the lives of others, it can build our faith for God's work in our own lives.
ii. He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD reminds us that though these promises had a near fulfillment in the return from Babylon's captivity, their ultimate fulfillment is in a regathered, blessed, and saved Israel in the millennium.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageIsaiah 53-55, 2 Thessalonians 1

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15th: Isaiah 45-46; 1 Thessalonians 3 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 45-46; 1 Thessalonians 3

“I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.” - ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:7‬

God creates our paths, He plans our lives. He blesses us with good times and bad times. He knows what He is doing and He is in ultimate control over our lives. How comforting is that, knowing that our Creator, who cares and loves for us so much, is the One who plans our paths and is in control of our lives. Yet, for some reason, our small, foolish selves, want to go our own way and make our own paths. Really? Do we really think our sinful, small, human selves can create a better plan that the all-knowing, all-powerful, Creator of the universe? It sounds pretty silly when you think about it.

Let’s make a point to follow what the Lord has planned for us today, and stop questioning the things that God has for us.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageIsaiah 47-49; 1 Thessalonians 4

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14th: Isaiah 43-44; 1 Thessalonians 2 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 43-44; 1 Thessalonians 2

1 Thessalonians 2:13 This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the word of God, which also works effectively in you who believe.
This is what our attitude is to be towards the Bible.  We must receive it as God's literal voice to us and apply it to our lives!

The Bible IS God's revelation of Himself to us.  How we perceive the Bible is critical to the way we live out our faith.

And again - constantly thanking God, constantly praying. Prayer is vital to our faith and yet it is something that so many Christians, myself included, struggle to do well, or to do consistently.  Let's make it a priority today and every day!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Isaiah 45-46; 1 Thessalonians 3

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13: Isaiah 41-42; 1 Thessalonians 1 by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 41-42; 1 Thessalonians 1

It's a scary world we live in. People are killed attending a concert. Hurricanes, wild fires, and floods destroy homes and take livesIt would appear that people can't even walk down the street without the possibility of someone attempting to hurt them. It's hard to imagine all of this happening in our world just in the last couple of weeks.

In these times of chaos and uncertainty, what a comfort these verses are:

Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.


This is, of course, easier said than done. However, to know that God is with us no matter what our circumstance is comforting. Our reactions during times of chaos may lead others to seek out the peace that believers have knowing that God is in control.

May we strive to receive a message this this:

 and you yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit. As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. For the word of the Lord rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place that your faith[c] in God has gone out. Therefore, we don’t need to say anything,

In times of trial, may we seek to be imitators of Christ, put Him first despite opposition, an example in words and deeds to those around us, and spread the message of hope to all.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Isaiah 43-44; 1 Thessalonians 2

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12th: Isaiah 39-40; Colossians 4 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 39-40; Colossians 4

Isaiah 40:12-14
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
or marked off the heavens with the span of his hand?
Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure
or weighed the mountains on a balance
and the hills on the scales?
13 Who has directed[f] the Spirit of the Lord,
or who gave him counsel?
14 Who did he consult?
Who gave him understanding
and taught him the paths of justice?
Who taught him knowledge
and showed him the way of understanding?


This section reminded me of the passage in Job where God speaks to Job, reminding him of exactly who God is.  Who are we, that this awesome God is mindful of us?  Truly His love is amazing.

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.

This is something that I need to work on!  Praying more, and making sure my mind doesn't wander while doing so, and being purposeful about thankfulness.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageIsaiah 41-42; 1 Thessalonians 1

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11th: Isaiah 37 - 38, Colossians 3 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 37-38; Colossians 3

Isaiah 38: 7-8
7 “ ‘This is the Lord ’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: [8] I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.' ” So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.


I've read this story before and am blown away by this miracle every time! A sure sign to those then, and us now, that God is supreme and all powerful.


Colossians 3: 1-2
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.


A good reminder where our focus needs to be, "on things above". A good reminder for us today.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Isaiah 39-40; Colossians 4

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday, October 10: Isaiah 34-46; Colossians 2 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is:Isaiah 34-36; Colossians 2

"So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude."  Colossians 2: 6-7

I found this verse so encouraging! It encompasses all we need to do as believers to stay in Christ. He is our truth and our roots! And one of the best ways to do this to to live a life of gratitude. And not just some gratitude - but "overflowing"! What would my prayer time - and life in general - look like if I practiced overflowing gratitude to God?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageIsaiah 37-38; Colossians 3