Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday, August 20th: Psalms 105-106; 1 Corinthians 3 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 105-106; 1 Corinthians 3

“Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,” - Psalms‬ ‭105:5‬

Remember all He has done for us. The miracles that have brought us happiness, and the judgements that have shaped us into the people we are now. All of His works are wonderful and work for us for the good. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 107-109; 1 Corinthians 4

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday, August 19th: Psalms 103-104; 1 Corinthians 2 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 103-104; 1 Corinthians 2

Psalm 103:3-5
He forgives all your iniquity;
he heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit;
he crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He satisfies you with good things;
your youth is renewed like the eagle.

He forgives ALL our iniquity.

This grace is amazing.
It is limitless.  
There is no sin it cannot cover.
The very idea that Jesus took our sin and gave us His righteousness is almost impossible for us to grasp.  And yet He did.

He redeemed my life from the pit.  And He doesn't stop there.  He crowns me with faithful love and compassion.  He satisfies me with good things.  He renews me.

This is amazing grace.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 105-106; 1 Corinthians 3

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18th: Psalms 100-102; 1 Corinthians 1 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 100-102; 1 Corinthians 1

"He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 1:8

Perseverance comes to my mind when reading this verse.  If we remain true in our commitment to God, He will keep us firm.  We do not know the day when we will be called home to be with our Lord, so we need to live every moment of every day as if its our last.

How often do we hear the losing team say that they played a solid 50 minutes in a 60 minute game?  They just need to learn to play the entire 60 minutes in order to win.

It would feel great to have lived a blameless day when the Lord does return.  It would not feel so great to be caught during a "50 minute game" performance.  I pray that my desires would be put aside and that I would ground myself in the Lord Jesus Christ.   

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 103-104; 1 Corinthians 2

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday, August 17th: Psalms 97-99; Romans 16 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 97-99; Romans 16

Romans 16:17-18 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create divisions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them, because such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites.  They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.
Matthew Henry's concise commentary says this (emphasis mine)......
How earnest, how endearing are these exhortations! Whatever differs from the sound doctrine of the Scriptures, opens a door to divisions and offences. If truth be forsaken, unity and peace will not last long. Many call Christ, Master and Lord, who are far from serving him. But they serve their carnal, sensual, worldly interests. They corrupt the head by deceiving the heart; perverting the judgments by winding themselves into the affections. We have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. It has been the common policy of seducers to set upon those who are softened by convictions. A pliable temper is good when under good guidance, otherwise it may be easily led astray. Be so wise as not to be deceived, yet so simple as not to be deceivers. The blessing the apostle expects from God, is victory over Satan. This includes all designs and devices of Satan against souls, to defile, disturb, and destroy them; all his attempts to keep us from the peace of heaven here, and the possession of heaven hereafter. When Satan seems to prevail, and we are ready to give up all as lost, then will the God of peace interpose in our behalf. Hold out therefore, faith and patience, yet a little while. If the grace of Christ be with us, who can prevail against us?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 100-102; 1 Corinthians 1

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 16th: Psalms 94-96; Romans 15:14-33 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 94-96; Romans 15:14-33

Psalms 96:10 
Say among the nations: “The Lord reigns. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.
He judges the peoples fairly.”

This verse says a lot!

He is Lord.

He reigns.

He is King of all Kings.

He is Creator.

He is Sustainer.

He is Judge.

He is Just.

And He must be heralded to the nations!  That's where we come in. Are we saying this among the nations?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 97-99; Romans 16

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, Psalms 91-93; Romans 15:1-13 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 91-93; Romans 15:1-13

You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
    spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
    I trust in you and I’m safe!” 
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
    shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
    under them you’re perfectly safe;
    his arms fend off all harm.     

Psalm 91 The Message 

What a beautiful picture David paints in this Psalm. God is our Protector and Refuge - but in order to experience this fully we have to sit down in His presence! We have to spend the night in His shadow and trust that He will keep us safe.

How often are we racing around in the night of our lives worried, anxious and scared when all we need to do is curl up in Shaddai's shadow and trust His outstretched arms will fend off all harm.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 94-96; Romans 15:14-33

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14th: Psalms 89-90; Romans 14 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 89-90; Romans 14

Romans 14:13, 15, 19 Therefore, let us no longer judge one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in the way of your brother or sister.....For if your brother or sister is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy, by what you eat, someone for whom Christ died.... So then, let us pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.

There are some things in the Bible that are very black and white (for ex - the Ten Commandments), and then there are some areas that are unclear (infant baptism vs believers baptism) or even left as matters of conscience (for ex - whether or not to drink any alcohol).  And then there is the fact that we are all works in progress, and that the Holy Spirit continues to work on us, layer after layer, convicting and continuing the process of sanctification.

We do not see people's hearts.  God alone does that.

We are not anyone's conscience. The Holy Spirit is.

We do not know people's pasts and the reasons behind their struggles and decisions.  God does.

We need to be humble enough to acknowledge that, in matters where the Bible is unclear, our personal convictions may not be the same as someone else's and that's ok. In fact, we may not even always be right! (Gasp!)

We need to be patient with new and/or "immature" believers, and allow them grace on their journey as the Holy Spirit continues to work in their hearts.

We must never advise someone to go against their conscience.

We need to love.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 91-93; Romans 15:1-13

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday, August 13th: Psalms 87-88; Romans 13 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 87-88; Romans 13

“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” - ‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:11-12‬

Everyday is one day closer to the day Jesus will return. We need to live as though He is coming back today, because He might be.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 89-90; Romans 14

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, August 12th: Psalms 84-86; Romans 12 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 84-86; Romans 12

Psalm 84:7b “My whole source of joy is in you.”
God is not just a source of joy, He is THE source of joy, our WHOLE source of joy.

He is sufficient.  He is enough.

Yes, there are other things that bring us joy, but ultimately, if it came down to it, He alone would be sufficient.  Thankfully, He graciously desires to give us more things that bring us joy - but He is the source of them all anyway.

He created us with a longing for relationship.  But none of our relationships will bring us the joy He intended without Him as the centre, and without being in close relationship with Him.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 87-88; Romans 13

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11th: Psalms 81-83; Romans 11:19-36 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 81-83Romans 11:19-36

"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out!  Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been His counselor?  Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?  For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever!  Amen"  Romans 11:33-36

Todays reading ends by an outpouring of Paul's praise to God, whose wisdom and knowledge brought about His great plan for the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles.  Paul understands how great and awesome God is and that all things proceed from God, are made by Him, exist for His glory, and are carried out for His purpose; all according to His plan.

Do I have the same understanding and appreciation for God that Paul has?  Do I truly give God the glory that He deserves?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 84-86; Romans 12