Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday, November 15th: Ezekiel 37-39; 1 John 3 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 37-39; 1 John 3

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This verse is very encouraging in the way that we can find comfort in knowing we are God’s children, but we also need to not give up on our secular friends and neighbours. They belong to a very hopeless world. They aren’t adopted in God’s kingdom, so they don’t have the security that we do. Use that as fuel to keep pursuing those friendships, and wanting to share the hope we have in Christ. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageEzekiel 40-42; 1 John 4

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday, November 14th: Ezekiel 34-36, 1 John 2 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 34-36, 1 John 2

 1 John 2:And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.

Our lives need to show evidence of faith.

It reminds me of the question.... "If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"

No, our deeds don't save us.  We know that.  BUT, deeds are fruit of genuine faith. And if the deeds are lacking, so is the faith.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageEzekiel 37-39, 1 John 3

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday, November 13: Ezekiel 34-36, 1 John 2 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 31-33, 1 John 2

1 John 2:20-21
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, & all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it & because no lie comes from the truth.

We have been given the truth, we just need to seek it & accept it.

Some of my biggest worries for my children come in the form of being deceived by the enemy & the world (& unfortunately we are seeing that deception invading some churches too).

This verse is an encouragement in that as Christians we “know the truth.”  In whatever way Satan tries to deceive, we are enabled to recognize it because of our anointing in Christ. It is there for us. We need to submit our will to Christ & seek him - as long as we are in the truth, we will know the truth.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Ezekiel 34-36, 1 John 2

Monday, November 12, 2018

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Ezekiel 28-30, 1 John 1

1 John 1 is all about how we need to do more than just talk about our faith. We need to live out our faith. Verse 6 talks about how even if we have fellowship with God but walk in darkness the we are no closer to God than someone who doesn’t even proclaim his name. We need to talk about our faith and live out our faith every day.



Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Ezekiel 31-33, 1 John 2

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday, November 10th: Ezekiel 25-27, John 21 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 25-27, John 21


John 21:25 Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.


One of the things I'm definitely looking forward to about heaven is hearing these stories from Jesus, finding out what else He did, both while He was physically on earth, and through angelic and Holy Spirit intervention throughout the ages.  It will be amazing!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Ezekiel 28-30, 1 John 1

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday, November 9th: Ezekiel 22-24, John 20 Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 22-24, John 20

John 20:16 NLT ""Mary!" Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, "Rabboni" (which is Hebrew for "Teacher")."

What stood out to me about this verse is that Mary didn't recognize Jesus until He said her name It reminds me of how a baby knows it's mother as soon as it is held against her chest because it recognizes her heartbeat.

I think that one of the ways God made us in His image is the qualities a mother has. The comfort and love that comes from a mother is the same as what God has for us. Let's try to find time to rest in that comfort and love today.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Ezekiel 25-27, John 21

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thursday, November 8th: Ezekiel 19-21, John 19 ~ Nathan


John 19: 4-6
Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him .” [5] When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” [6] As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

I always find it interesting how Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent, but was too scared to put a stop to the crucifixion. It shows the human side of Pilate and also how when pressured he went along with what the crowd wanted.

We look at Pilate and think he's too scared to stand up for what's right. Do we do this too? Do we let pressure from others force us into making bad choices?

We all fail and need God's forgiveness and then help to do better the next time. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday, November 7th: Ezekiel 16-18, John 18 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 16-18, John 18

Ezekiel 18: 30 “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! 31 Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? 32 I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!
This passage clearly depicts God's perspective - He loves the people of Israel, confronts them with their sin, encouraging them to repent, warning them that sin will destroy them, offering them a new heart, demonstrating His desire that they choose life, that they choose Him.

And He does the very same with us today.

The call is clear.
Repent.
Turn from sin.
Turn to God for a new heart.
Choose life!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageEzekiel 19-21, John 19

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tuesday, November 6: Ezekiel 13-15, John 17

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 13-15, John 17

John 17:17-
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Jesus prayed for his followers to be sanctified, which happens through the believing & obeying of his Word.

Like the words in the song “Spirit Lead Me,” we need to let go of our own ideas & allow the spirit to lead us. “I’m done chasing feelings “... I did a Bible study not long ago that touched on following God by seeking his desire for us through his word, his advice through others, time spent in prayer. “It feels right” isn’t God. We need to seek him & be willing to follow wherever he leads.

If You say "it's wrong", then I'll say "no"
If You say "release", I'm letting go
If You're in it with me, I'll begin
And when You say to jump, I'm diving in
If You say "be still", then I will wait
If You say to trust, I will obey
Teach me how to follow in Your ways
I'm done chasing feelings
Spirit lead me



Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Ezekiel 16-18, John 18

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday, November 5: Ezekiel 10-12, John 16~ by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 10-12, John 16

This stood out for me:

12 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, but see not, who have ears to hear, but hear not, for they are a rebellious house.

We live in a rebellious house (society). We live in a world of grey instead of truth and lies (black and white). When you watch the news or hear of the ways that people are choosing to live in opposition to God it is easy to see that some people have had their eyes closed and the ears refuse to listen to the truth. We live in a rebellious house.

28 Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord GodNone of my words will be delayed any longer, but the word that I speak will be performed, declares the Lord God.”

You know how you eagerly wait for something.... the anticipation and the planning and the waiting. It seems like while you are waiting that it takes forever for it to come. Yet when the event is over, when you look back on the waiting it can seem so short. One day Jesus will return. He promised that He would and He keeps His promises. While we wait, the anticipation and the planning and the waiting seem to be taking a LONG time. However, I think that when Christ returns it will seem like it hasn't been that long.

I felt like this was a connection to the NT readings:

21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 

When a mother is waiting for her baby to arrive she waits with eager anticipation. During the labour, it may seem like this baby will never arrive! When it finally does, all the waiting, all the anticipation, and all the pain are worth it. We are waiting for Christ to return and some days are full of pain. However, one day all that will be worth it and we will experience a joy as never before. We know how the story ends:

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageEzekiel 13-15, John 17