Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tuesday, May 22: Proverbs 30-31, Acts 28 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 30-31, Acts 28

Why me?!

How often do we ask that? How often do we feel that we’ve been treated unjustly?  How often do we feel like we deserve better?


Why do we feel like we deserve more than the next?  Why do we feel that in a fallen world that we can somehow escape hardships, sickness, death?  Why do we feel like our lives should be easy & fall into place nicely with our ideals?

Paul lived a life of undeserved hardships. He was walking closely to God & giving his whole life in service to him. If anyone was deserving of God’s blessings (at least as we see it) it would have been Paul. And yet, he was beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked...

2 thoughts...

Paul didn’t mope about & feel sorry for himself. As we read today, even while under house arrest he continued to teach, preach, counsel, write letters, doing whatever he could. He turned the bad into good & looked for opportunity in every situation.

Perhaps, our “eyes aren’t on the prize”. Paul was not focused on earthly comforts. He didn’t measure his blessings by his health, his living conditions, or even by how others treated him. He was focused on “finishing the race” knowing that the ultimate blessings were in store for him.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Song of Songs 1-3, Romans 1

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday, May 21: Proverbs 28-29, Acts 27- by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 28-29, Acts 27

Scripture:  Proverbs 29: 17
Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
    he will give delight to your heart.

Observation: You can have peace when you know you've done as best as you can.

Application: As my kids have been out adventuring (currently I have a daughter in Bible college in Australia and a daughter serving with Mennonite Disaster Service in South Dakota) people have remarked to me that I shouldn't have done such a good job raising them to be so independent. It's funny, but also so true. To discipline means to disciple: to teach or to train. When we teach and train our children as they are growing up, we are working towards raising up our children to love God, find His purpose for their lives, and obey His calling. Through this, it become easy to "rest" and "delight" in them as you watch them pursue God's plan for their lives. It doesn't mean I don't worry about them but it does mean that I can rest assured that God loves them even more than I do and that His is taking care of them. To watch my children grow to serve is a delight to my heart. 

Prayer: Creator God, You have given us as parents the most enormous job to disciple our children in the way they should go. Lord, for those in the trenches of training with young children, give them strength to keep going in this difficult task. For those approaching the end of their job as trainer, remind them of Your faithfulness to complete the job in their children. May there be delight in their hearts as they see how You are directing the steps of Your children. Amen.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageProverbs 30-31, Acts 28

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday, May 19th: Proverbs 25-27; Acts 26 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 25-27; Acts 26

Paul's boldness in preaching the gospel to Festus and King Agrippa is amazing, and hopefully inspiring.  

I want to speak with that boldness.

At least, that's what I keep saying on this blog.  I want to.  But do I really?

I'm no Star Wars fan, but to quote Yoda "Do, or do not.  There is no try."

Sometimes, I think it's time for me to quit saying "I want", and simply "do".

How about you?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageProverbs 28-29, Acts 27

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18th: Proverbs 22-24; Acts 25 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 22-24; Acts 25

“The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.” - ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:2‬

We need to remember that God made us all equally, and loves us all equally. Whether someone is male, female, gay, straight, black, white, rich, poor, believes in Christ, or is a non-believer in Christ. God loves everyone, even if they don’t love Him. That’s how powerful His love is, that He would love the ones who hate Him. We need to be like this, and love everyone around us, despite their “differences”. God will judge the ones who don’t believe later, but our job is to love like He loves, and spread the Good News everywhere.

“Faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these, is love.” - 1 Corinthians 13:13

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageProverbs 25-27; Acts 26

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thursday, May 17th: Proverbs 19-21, Acts 24 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 19-21, Acts 24

Proverbs 19:1
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

Proverbs 19:7
The poor are shunned by all their relatives— how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found

These verses stood out to me because they talk about the poor. In our society today the poor are often looked down upon, and the ones with the most money are often respected the most. Better to be poor financially on earth but living the way God wants, then to be rich on earth and not living for the Lord.

I have a growing respect for Paul as I read through the New Testament portions each day. He put everything aside to follow God and spread the word, yet faced many frustrating set backs, jail time, and people out to slow him down. Great example to try to follow.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Proverbs 22-24, Acts 25

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16th: Proverbs 16-18, Acts 23 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 16-18, Acts 23

Proverbs 16:2. All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
We love to justify or minimize our sin, but the truth is that God sees everything - every thought, every deed, every word, every motive.

We sin is so many ways.

We sin by commission - doing the wrong thing.
We sin by omission - not doing the right thing.
We sin by doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
We. sin.

But oh, how we like to think differently.
We blame the other person (she started it, he was bugging me, she hurt me, he said it first, etc).
We think the ends justify the means.
We minimize it (it's not like I've killed anyone, or had an affair, or.....)

It's only when we realize how serious sin is, and be purposeful about eliminating it from our lives, that we will see serious growth in our faith and enjoy a closer relationship with God.

I read these quotes this week.....
"Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you." John Owen

"It is only against the pitch blackness of the night that we see the glory of the stars. And it is only against the pitch blackness of man's radical depravity that we can begin to see the glories of the gospel." Paul Washer

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Proverbs 19-21, Acts 24

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday, May 15th: Proverbs 13-15, Acts 22 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 13-15, Acts 22

Acts 22:10a-
“What shall I do, Lord?” I asked.

A few small words with huge implications. Are we even brave enough to say them?

Paul said them, he didn’t hesitate or stop to question, but immediately followed. His whole life was turned around, but he followed faithfully. He was sent to the ends of the earth, but he followed faithfully. He was shipwrecked, imprisoned & beaten, but he followed faithfully.

It seems that we either feel that we’ve got everything under control & don’t need directions from God or we are too afraid to ask for fear of what will be asked of us.

Paul gave up everything he knew when he asked that question & he was definitely not led down a path of luxury & ease & yet he never looked back. Even through his difficulties he found a joy & fullness in Christ that was worth everything to him.

Oh, to have that kind of faith & relationship with God.

If only we could get past the idea that we know what’s best for ourselves & trust God. Whether the path is easy or hard the end is in sight & will be worth it all.

“What shall I do, Lord?” Help me, Lord, to ask this with a boldness & confidence in your love & the conviction to follow you even if the direction is different than my choosing.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Proverbs 16-18, Acts 23

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Saturday, May 12th: Proverbs 7-9; Acts 20 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 7-9; Acts 20

Our Proverbs passages teaches about the wisdom of seeking wisdom ;)

The thing is - often we KNOW what the wise thing is to do, we just don't want to do it.  But going against godly wisdom is totally against our better judgment and is only going to cause us (and, more than likely, those around us) pain and heartache.

Proverbs 9:12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

Our sinful nature tempts us to ignore the wisdom we know.

Solomon is an excellent example of this actually.  He was the wisest human who has ever lived, and yet he succumbed to the pleasures of secular society and their empty promises, only to discover that it was meaningless.

We need to pursue wisdom.
And when we know what wisdom is, we need to obey.

Tomorrow: Catch Up Day!
Monday's Bible In a Year Passage:  Proverbs 10-12, Acts 21

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11th: Proverbs 4-6; Acts 19 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 4-6; Acts 19

“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.” - Proverbs‬ ‭4:20-22‬

God’s Word gives us life and healing. It’s so simple, yet when we’re going through tough times, the bible is not usually one of the first places we go for wisdom. We need to make sure we go to God when we are in trouble (or any time for that matter), and seek His Word above all else. Let’s try to make Him our first resort today, instead of our last. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageProverbs 7-9; Acts 20

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 10th: Proverbs 1-3, Acts 18 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 1-3, Acts 18

Proverbs 1:19
Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money;
it robs them of life.

It's so easy to get caught up in chasing after money. I'm self employed and it's easy to have everything centered on the "bottom line", which means - money. Earning an income is great, but it can't be our number one.

The second part of this verse says a lot - "it robs them of life"

Do I want to be driven by money, or a life more focused on God and doing what He wants? Can I put that constant desire for more income aside, to focus on what God wants?

Difficult questions, but worth thinking about

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Proverbs 4-6, Acts 19