Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday, December 14th: Joel 1-3; Revelation 5 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Joel 1-3; Revelation 5

Joel 1:3 Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.

Telling our children the good news, teaching them the gospel, teaching them to study the Bible for themselves, training them in the way they should go - this is so important! Our primary mission field is first in our homes. It is easy to forget this. It is easy to think our kids learn by osmosis, and that they'll just catch on. But we need to remember to be proactive about speaking Truth to them, and learning and growing in our faith alongside them.

This is vital, not just for our children, but for their children and their children after them. What a legacy we can leave behind!


Our NT passage teaches us very clearly that Jesus is the only One who is worthy.  The description of heaven we see here is just a glimpse into the glory that He willingly left to come to earth as a baby born to die for our sins.  Amazing!  And this is what we celebrate this Christmastime - hallelujah, what a Saviour!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Amos 1-3; Revelation 6

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday, December 13th: Hosea 12-14; Revelation 4 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Hosea 12-14; Revelation 4 

Hosea 14: 1-2
Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.
Your sins have been your downfall!
2 Take words with you
and return to the Lord.
Say to him:
“Forgive all our sins
and receive us graciously,
that we may offer the fruit of our lips.

No matter how far we've stumbled, we can always return to God.  We cannot out-sin His grace IF we repent and turn to Him.  He always stands ready and willing to forgive those who are genuinely repentant.

v 4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely,
for my anger has turned away from them.

It is only in His forgiveness that we can find true healing and genuine love.  We may look for it in other things, but only He can provide it. 

v9 Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
Who is discerning? Let them understand.
The ways of the Lord are right;
the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them.

May we be wise and see the Truth.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJoel 1-3; Revelation 5

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 13th: Hosea 9 - 11, Revelation 3 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Hosea 9 - 11, Revelation 3

Hosea 9:17
My God will reject them because they have not obeyed him; they will be wanderers among the nations.

The Israelites were going to be punished for their wrong doing, for continually turning away from God. How often do I turn away from God, by the decisions I make?

Revelation 3:19
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 

When I've turned away from God, by a decision I've made, and sinned, do I earnestly repent? Do I see the importance of asking for forgiveness?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Joel 1-3; Revelation 5

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday, December 11th: Hosea 5-8; Revelation 2 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Hosea 5-8; Revelation 2

Hosea 8:14 
Israel has forgotten their Maker
and built palaces;
Judah has fortified many towns.
But I will send fire on their cities
that will consume their fortresses.”

Israel and Judah had rejected God and continued to do so, as though it was a slight that God would overlook.  That there would be no day of reckoning.  They presumed upon God's grace and patience, not realize that judgment was inevitable if they did not repent.

Sound familiar?  

Our society flaunts its sin openly and condemns anyone who refuses to celebrate it with them, never mind tolerate it.  They don't realize that they are experiencing an unmerited act of grace by God allowing them time to come to repentance.

Eventually, that time will run out for them, just like it did for Israel and Judah.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Hosea 9-11; Revelation 3

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday, December 10th: Hosea 1-4, Revelation 1 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Hosea 1-4, Revelation 1

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.

Love as the Lord loves.

Hosea must have thought he was hearing things when God initially instructed him to marry a prostitute, and he must have thought so again in this passage.

Love her?! How could he possibly?

From this commentary.....
Gomer was still beloved of Hosea even though she was an adulteress, and God wanted him to seek her out and prove his love to her. How could anyone love that deeply? The answer was right there in God’s instructions to Hosea, “even as the Lord loves.” Only one who knows the love and forgiveness of God can ever love this perfectly. And one who has experienced His loving forgiveness cannot help but love and forgive others. Christian husbands are commanded to love their wives as Christ loved the Church (Eph. 5:25), and Hosea is an outstanding biblical example of that kind of love.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageHosea 5-8; Revelation 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday, December 9th: Daniel 11-12; Jude ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Daniel 11-12; Jude

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

I love doxologies, and this one is no exception!

Only Jesus is able to keep us from stumbling. We can't do it on our own strength.  We couldn't save ourselves, and we can't make it through this life on our own. We need to remember where our strength comes from.  In Christ alone. 

It reminds me of the song "In Christ Alone" by Brian Littrell....

In Christ alone will I glory
Though I could pride myself in battles won
For Ive been blessed beyond measure
And by His strength alone Ill overcome
Oh, I could stop and count successes like diamonds in my hands
But those trophies could not equal to the grace by which I stand

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone

In Christ alone do I glory
For only by His grace I am redeemed
For only His tender mercy
Could reach beyond my weakness to my need
And now I seek no greater honor in just to know Him more
And to count my gains but losses to the glory of my Lord

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8th: Daniel 8-10; 3 John ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Daniel 8-10; 3 John

Daniel 9:4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:
“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong.We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.

Every time I read this prayer I am struck by Daniel's willingness to lump himself in with his rebellious people.  But the truth is, no matter how righteous Daniel was, no matter how much he strived to obey God - he knew he was not sinless.  He, too, needed forgiveness.

Our sins may differ in magnitude (or quantity!), but they are all in need of forgiveness.  The key is whether or not we repent.  

Daniel repented.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday, December 7th: Daniel 5-7; 2 John ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Daniel 5-7; 2 John

Daniel 5:5-6 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.

I gotta say, I think that reaction is spot on, and I'm pretty sure all of us would react in the same way!  And that is nothing compared to what sinful man's reaction would be if we actually caught sight of our Holy God.  Which is one of the reasons no one has ever seen God's face - we literally would not be able to handle it.

God is so awe-inspiring, so awesome, we truly cannot even imagine or begin to grasp His greatness.  He is, quite simply, above us in absolutely every way.  

And yet, He cares for us.  He loves us.  Sinners all.  Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Daniel 8-10; 3 John

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday, December 6th: Daniel 3 - 4, 1 John 5 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Daniel 3-1; John 5

Daniel 4:37
Now I, Nebuchadnezzer, praise and exalt and glorify the King of Heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Nebuchadnezzer was a king who earlier had seen the power of God in how He rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Now he was given a chance to praise God and live for Him, but he had to have his kingdom taken away from him. Nebuchadnezzer was wise in that he chose to go through this rough time and be humbled, in order to be right with God.

How important is it to us to be right with God? Would we give up everything for Him? A tough question to consider, but hopefully we are wise to answer correctly.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Daniel 5-7; 2 John

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday, December 5th; Daniel 1-2; John 4 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is:Daniel 1-2; John 4

Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Daniel 2:27-28

Through this whole story of Daniel's journey, all of his energy, focus and decision revolves around honouring God and giving Him the glory. From the meals he refused to eat to the dream sharing, Daniel pointed everything back to God. This left the king with a clear understanding of the power of the God that Daniel serves - not the power of Daniel "the man". 

When we align our hearts and actions to obedience to God, we can rest confidently in what is to come!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageDaniel 3-1; John 5