Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 19; Ecclesiastes 1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Ecclesiastes 1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot;[t]
a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to tear down and a time to build;
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

This is an all time favourite passage of mine. I found a devotional on Bible.org that talks more about "time" in these verses:

The key word in this section is “time,” and it is used thirty times in 3:1-8. There are three insights worth noting in 3:1. First, Solomon is not going to be making judgments on the topics that follow in 3:2-8, he is merely recording the events that occur “under heaven.” Second, Solomon builds his argument upon the word “appointed.”77 The events of our lives do not randomly happen by chance; God has a purpose behind them. Third, Solomon uses an unusual Hebrew word translated “event.” This word conveys the idea of “delight.”78 By using the word “delight” instead of one of the standard nouns, Solomon implies that there is a good sense that one experiences by fitting into a given event at the right time. In other words, there is a sense of success based on appropriate timing—even if the activity, by its nature, is not delightful.79Again, timing is everything.

Even though we may not (in our humanness) like the season or time we are in, this passage is a reminder that God is in all of them! He has appointed these seasons and walks near us through them all.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageEcclesiastes 4-6; 2 Corinthians 12

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18th: Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Proverbs 30:8-9
Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me.
Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need.
Otherwise, I might have too much and deny you, saying, “Who is the Lord?”
or I might have nothing and steal, profaning the name of my God.

There is a danger in both poverty and wealth, and the writer wisely asks God to rather grant him something in between in order to avoid the temptations that come with either one.

Thankfully, no matter our circumstances, we are never tempted beyond what we are able to bear - God will always provide a way out, no matter what (1 Corinthians 10:13). We are without excuse.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageEcclesiastes 1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday, September 17th: Proverbs 27-29; 2 Corinthians 10 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 27-29; 2 Corinthians 10

I thought it was interesting that our passages today began and ended with a similar theme....


Proverbs 27:1-2
Don’t boast about tomorrow,
for you don’t know what a day might bring.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth—
a stranger, and not your own lips.

and

2 Corinthians 10:17-18 So let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.  For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends.
We really have nothing to boast about.  Anything good or positive about ourselves is a gift from God.  The only One we should be considered about praising and glorifying is God.

That said, it is also good to be encouraging to one another, and pointing out when someone around us has done something for the kingdom or for His glory.

May we stay humble and recognize that all glory belongs to Him.
May we encourage those around us to continue to use the gifts He's blessed them with for His glory and for our good.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday, September 16th: Proverbs 25-26; 2 Corinthians 9 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 25-26; 2 Corinthians 9

Proverbs 26:4-5 
Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishnessor you’ll be like him yourself. 
Answer a fool according to his foolishness or he’ll become wise in his own eyes.
At first glance, these two verses appear contradictory.

GotQuestions says this......
These seemingly contradictory verses are actually a common form of parallelism found in the Old Testament, where one idea builds upon another. Verse 4 warns against arguing with a fool on his own terms, lest we stoop to his level and become as foolish as he is. Because he despises wisdom and correction, the fool will not listen to wise reason and will try to draw us into his type of argument, whether it is by using deceit, scoffing at our wisdom, or becoming angry and abusive. If we allow him to draw us into this type of discourse, we are answering him “according to his folly” in the sense of becoming like him.

The phrase “according to his folly” in verse 5, on the other hand, tells us that there are times when a fool has to be addressed so that his foolishness will not go unchallenged. In this sense answering him according to his folly means to expose the foolishness of his words, rebuking him on the basis of his folly so he will see the idiocy of his words and reasoning. Our “answer” in this case is to be one of reproof, showing him the truth so he might see the foolishness of his words in the light of reason. Even though he will most likely despise and reject the wisdom offered to him, we are to make the attempt, both for the sake of the truth which is always to be declared, and for the sake of those listening, that they may see the difference between wisdom and folly and be instructed.

Whether we use the principle of verse 4 and deal with a fool by ignoring him, or obey verse 5 and reprove a fool depends on the situation. In matters of insignificance, it’s probably better to disregard him. In more important areas, such as when a fool denies the existence of God (Psalm 14:1), verse 5 tells us to respond to his foolishness with words of rebuke and instruction. To let a fool speak his nonsense without reproof encourages him to remain wise in his own eyes and possibly gives credibility to his folly in the eyes of others.

In short, in negligible issues we should just ignore fools, but in issues that matter, they must be dealt with so that credence will not be given to what they say.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageProverbs 27-29; 2 Corinthians 10

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, September 15th: Proverbs 22-24; 2 Corinthians 8 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 22-24; 2 Corinthians 8


Rich and poor have this in common:  The Lord is the Maker of them all.  Proverbs 22:2

We all come into and leave this world the same way.  Typically we are in awe of meeting a star of some sort, and yet they too, put their pants on one leg at a time.  Just like us.  And on the other side, when we see someone downtown on the street corner, we are not in awe of them.  God did make us all, and this verse reminded me of this.       

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;  through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.  Proverbs 24:3-4

Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge; Proverbs is loaded with verses relating to these three.  As parents, we are responsible to educate our children, and God as our Father, has the desire for us to gain all the wisdom, understanding, and knowledge possible.  My hope is that I can be humble enough so that I do not hinder myself from growing in this area.  
  

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Proverbs 25-26; 2 Corinthians 9

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, September 14th: Proverbs 19-21; 2 Corinthians 7 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 19-21; 2 Corinthians 7

These proverbs stood out to me today....

Proverbs 19:3 A person’s own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the Lord.We'll blame anyone, even God Himself, for our foolish mistakes.  Taking responsibility for our own sin is necessary before coming to a place of repentance. 

Proverbs 19:17 Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord, and he will give a reward to the lender.
What a beautiful picture!

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction so that you may be wise later in life.
We are most wise when we realize how much we still have to learn.  But we must be sure to listen to wise and biblical council - so choose your counsellors/friends wisely!

Proverb 19:22 What is desirable in a person is his fidelity; better to be a poor person than a liar.
It is so important to be known as a man/woman who speaks the truth.  Obviously, the only way to do that, is to speak the truth (in love).... always, no matter the cost to ourselves.
Proverbs 20:11 Even a young man is known by his actions—by whether his behavior is pure and upright.
We can expect great things from our young people.  More often than not they will rise or fall to our expectations.  Let's expect them to choose rightly!

Proverbs 20:22 Don’t say, “I will avenge this evil!”Wait on the Lord, and he will rescue you.
This. is. hard. 

I think I'll stop there for today :)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday, September 13th: Proverbs 16 - 18, 2 Corinthians 6 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Proverbs 16-18; 2 Corinthians 6

I find these chapters of Proverbs both very insightful and valuable, and also at the same time hard to read and pay attention to the whole time while reading. Each verse is powerful, but the verses don't connect from one to the next, each one tells a different story. I've come to the conclusion that if I can pick a few that speak to me and ones that I can learn from, then I've gained.

Proverbs 16:16
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!


Wisdom and insight are more valuable than riches. Makes me think of my grandparents, who weren't extremely wealthy, but had wisdom and followed Christ, and I remember them with good memories.

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2 Corinthians 6: 4 - 10
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;  in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;  sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.


Paul goes from telling about the painful parts of spreading the gospel, to why he preaches the gospel, to talking about the rewards of giving up everything to follow Christ. As I read through this portion, it makes it clear to me that it's worth it to live for Christ!


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Proverbs 19-21; 2 Corinthians 7

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 12th: Proverbs 13-15; 2 Corinthians 5 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Proverbs 13-15; 2 Corinthians 5

A tranquil heart is life to the body,
but jealousy is rottenness to the bones. Proverbs 14:30


Love this Proverb. The peace and tranquility that is beyond our own human ability really is life!


14 For the love of Christ compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If one died for all, then all died. 15 And he died for also that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

As we share the gospel and His truth, it should be our love that pushes us to share. That we know he died for all of us in His love for us! This love should always be the fuel that carries us to share our faith.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageProverbs 16-18; 2 Corinthians 6

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, September 11th: Proverbs 10-12; 2 Corinthians 4 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is  Proverbs 10-12; 2 Corinthians 4

Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life
The tongue has the power to build up or destroy.  May we breath life into those we encounter today!

Proverbs 12:4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a wife who causes shame
is like rottenness in his bones.
This is a good reminder that we are not islands, and our behaviour does not just affect or reflect on us.    I want to be a wife and mother that my husband and children are proud of, not ashamed of.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.
Today marks another anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  I thought these verses were appropriate for today - even if we are crushed in this life, we have this hope in the life to come.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageProverbs 13-15; 2 Corinthians 5

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday, September 10th: Proverbs 8-9; 2 Corinthians 3 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Proverbs 8-9; 2 Corinthians 3

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” - ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17‬

I like this verse because it reminds me that the Lord died for my freedom. Before that, I was a slave to sin. But because of Him and His mercy, I am free.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageProverbs 10-12; 2 Corinthians 4