Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday, March 23rd: Joshua 19-21; Luke 8:1-25 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Joshua 19-21; Luke 8:1-25

“The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.” - Luke‬ ‭8:24‬

This is a story I’ve always very much related to. Having anxiety, fear has always been present in my life. There have been many times where I have cried out to God (like the disciples in this passage), letting my fear be bigger than my faith. But like He did for the disciples, Jesus calms my fears.

It’s hard to remember when you’re in the midst of panic that Jesus is always with you. The disciples thought Jesus wasn’t with them because He was asleep, much like how I’ve thought Jesus wasn’t with me because fear has made me feel alone. But Jesus was still on the boat, and He still woke up, and He still calmed the storm. In the midst of my anxiety, I need to remember that He is still with me, and He will calm the storm. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJoshua 22-24; Luke 8:26-56

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday, March 22nd: Joshua 16 - 18, Luke 7:36-50 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Joshua 16-18, Luke 7:36-50

What a great story told in our new testament reading today. Jesus went to eat at a Pharisee's house and came across a "woman of the city".

This woman obviously had a profession that we also think low of today. She had done a lot wrong and she obviously knew that nobody thought much of her, but she came to Jesus anyway and showed Jesus much respect by wiping Jesus' feet with her tears and anointing them with ointment.

Do we block out what others think and go directly to Jesus to honour and worship Him? Do we let criticism from others effect our worship of Him?

I can learn from this woman and what she did for Jesus.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Joshua 19-21, Luke 8:1-25

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday, March 21st: Joshua 13-15, Luke 7:1-35 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is  Joshua 13-15, Luke 7:1-35

12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus[d] gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”

I believe God can still do miracles (I know He healed my nephew when the doctors had given up all hope, and they had no explanation for his recovery).  But He didn't heal him instantaneously.  It was a gradual healing, and he had to relearn how to do everything - crawl first, then walk, etc.  When Jesus healed while He was on earth it was instant!  In my nephew's case, he would have gone from being comatose and the beginnings of organ failure, to waking up talking and walking like he had simply been having a nap.  The gradual miracle was amazing, but an instantaneous miracle would've been, quite frankly, scary!

And that's what happened in our passage today, on an even more drastic scale.  The man was dead and about to be buried, until Jesus intervened out of compassion for his mother.  All it took was one sentence from Jesus and that dead man sat up and began to speak.  I can only imagine the utter fear that would've gripped those spectators!

What power! And that is the Jesus we worship and follow today.  That power may be veiled for now, but I can't wait until we see it again!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Joshua 16-18, Luke 7:36-50

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 20th: Joshua 10-12, Luke 6:20-49 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Joshua 10-12, Luke 6:20-49

Luke 6:45
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, & the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

What a challenge!

What is stored up in my heart? My words, actions & thoughts are a direct reflection of who I really am. Am I honouring God from the inside out or am I just doing “lip service”?  If I’m really giving my life over to him, I should be considering the cliched question “what would Jesus do?” in everything I do & say, how I act & react, what I think & how I treat others.

Is it evident that I’m a Christ follower to those around me?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJoshua 13-15, Luke 7:1-35

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday, March 18th

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Joshua 7-9, Luke 6:1-19

Joshua 7:10 says, "The Lord said to Joshua, 'Stand up! What are you doing down on your face?11 Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep." then in verse 13 God says, "You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove it." As I read this I thought about my life, and how i tend to try and forget the wrongs I have done, rather than try and fix or confront them. Here The Lord clearly states that in our lives we must fix the sins we commit before we can truly feel free, because we can't forget them because He will keep it prevalent in our life.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJoshua 10-12, Luke 6:20-49

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday, March 17th: Joshua 4-6; Luke 5 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Joshua 4-6; Luke 5

I heard a preacher once say that one of the reasons Jesus did miracles was to prove His deity, but that much of the time, out of all the miracles Jesus could have chosen to do, He did miracles of compassion.

He could've made the planets dance in the sky.

He could've turned grass purple.

He could've created a mountain with one word.

He could've changed a pig into a goat.

He didn't do miracles just for the sake of doing miracles.  He didn't do miracles in order to dazzle or create chaos or miracle worship fever.  He did miracles out of love and compassion.  Because He is a God of love and compassion, and He loves to reveal Himself to His people.

Do we represent that part of Jesus well?  Do we demonstrate love and compassion to those we encounter?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJoshua 7-9 ,Luke 6:1-19

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16th: Joshua 1-3; Luke 4 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Joshua 1-3; Luke 4

“As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one.” - ‭‭Luke‬ ‭4:40‬

It’s so easy to read passages like these like we’ve heard it all before. The stories aren’t written with exciting words so it can be easy to forget how amazing these miracles actually were. This passage is literally talking about how Jesus healed everyone, no matter what their diseases were! Could you imagine a man walking through a hospital and fully healing every single patient with the touch of his hand? That would be unbelievable to see with your own eyes! It’s easy to just skim over these passages because we’ve read them all before, but really we should take the time to acknowledge how amazing our God is!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Joshua 4-6; Luke 5

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday, March 15th: Deuteronomy 33 - 34, Luke 3 ~ Nathan

Deuteronomy 34: 10-12
Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, [11] who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt---to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. [12] For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

What an amazing leader and prophet Moses was. He truly did many great things, with God's help. But he was also a human and a sinner, and fell short of being perfect. It was because of the wrong he did that God wouldn't allow him to enter into the promised land.

We too can have good days when things go well and we are pleasing God with what we do, but we also are sinners and will make mistakes. We, like Moses, need help from God. Only God can truly forgive our sins and allow us to start over. It's crucial that we place our trust in Him, and ask Him to forgive our sins.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 14th: Deuteronomy 31-32, Luke 2:21-52 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Deuteronomy 31-32, Luke 2:21-52

25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
I don't know about you, but often I read passages I've re-read before and take it face value, like a story, not recognizing the significance of the words.

This was a big deal.  No one had heard a message from God in 400 years.  Four. Hundred. Years!!  That's a long time.  And suddenly, an old man named Simeon, who had served God faithfully and devotedly, heard a message from God.  And not just any message!  The long awaited message that the Messiah was coming!  And not only was the Messiah coming, but He was coming soon.  And not only was He coming soon, but Simeon would see Him with his own eyes!

What a privilege!  What amazing news this was.  What an amazing reward to a faithful servant.  Why Simeon?  Surely there were other righteous and devout men serving with him.  We don't know.  All we know is that God chose him, in an act of grace.  Though Simeon was godly, this was still unmerited and undeserved - as is any gracious gift from God.

Like Simeon, God has chosen you.  He has chosen you for something.  No, it might not be something as big as the announcement of the Messiah.  But He still has a plan for you.  Whatever it is, He hasn't chosen you because of anything you have or haven't done, but because of His mercy and grace.  It is a gift.

May we live out the calling God has chosen for us, wherever we are, and whatever it is.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageDeuteronomy 33-34, Luke 3

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday, March 13th: Deuteronomy 28-30, Luke 2:1-20 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Deuteronomy 28-30, Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:4-5
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him & was expecting a child.

I really appreciate what my Life App Bible says about these verses:
Sometimes we think to ourselves, “I’m being obedient, so why aren’t things going better?” We face discomfort or inconvenience and immediately think either that we have misread God’s will or that God has made a mistake. But watch this quiet couple as they head toward Bethlehem. God did not soften Joseph’s bumpy road, but strengthened him. God did not provide a luxurious inn for Joseph and Mary, but brought his Son into the world in humble surroundings. When we do God’s will, we are not guaranteed comfort and convenience. But we are promised that everything, even discomfort and inconvenience, has meaning in God’s plan. He will guide you and provide all you need. Like Joseph, live each day by faith, trusting that God is in charge. 

Vs 19 says-
But Mary kept all these things in her heart & thought about them often

Mary’s faith was huge & her road wasn’t easy but what a bigger blessing than being entrusted to be the mother of Jesus.  I love this verse. I believe that Mary treasured all that was going on in her life, the good & the bad. From the moment the angel told her that she would be expecting a child to the moment she held that child & marveled at the way God was orchestrating each detail. The road to this point hadn’t been easy & she couldn’t imagine what the future held, but she treasured it all & “thought about it often.”  She reflected on God’s goodness in it all, she could look back & see his faithfulness & trust him for the future.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageDeuteronomy 31-32, Luke 2:21-52