Monday, March 18, 2019

Monday, March 18: Numbers 26:52-28:15 Luke 3:1-22 Psalm 61:1-8 Proverbs 11:16-17 by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Numbers 26:52-28:15, Luke 3:1-22, Psalm 61:1-8, Proverbs 11:16-17 

Some of the things that stood out for me from today's readings were:

And the Lord said to Moses, “The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father's brothers and transfer the inheritance of their father to them. And you shall speak to the people of Israel, saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter. 

So often, to non-believers, Christianity appears to be a religion that suppresses the rights of women. They see "submission" and "helper" as sexist, and the belief that women women are inferior is the general consensus among non-believers. But reading passages like this one show that God does value women and offers them rights and privileges equal to that of a man. Specifically the gift of salvation is freely offered to men and women.

 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 

Over the Christmas break, I read this book and it while it is a fictional account, it really helped me to consider the real person of John. Imagine clearly knowing that you had a job to do with direct specific instructions from God and being aggressive, passionate, and confident in your mission. In Kingsbury's book, John has a neighbour named Anne and in a different situation they may have eventually married. However, John knew his purpose and left all worldly desires behind and he confidently spoke on the errors of people's ways....including King Herod. John knew his mission and would die for the sake of it. Jesus is still mightier than anyone who came before or after him and we should be encouraged by John to share the good news with others before it's too late.

4 Let me dwell in your tent forever!
    Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! 


Last week we experienced a snow storm and many rural divisions cancelled school and roads were closed. One of our teachers, who lives out of town, spent the night at her parent's house in anticipation of the storm. We instinctively look for ways to be safe and to find refuge in times of trouble. We make decisions about our life based on what we feel will be safe. What a comfort to know that no matter what storm of life is coming at us that we can find safety in God's presence.

17 A man who is kind benefits himself,
    but a cruel man hurts himself. 

Sometimes it appears that the wicked prosper and the godly suffer. However, earthly prosperity is fleeting and there is judgement on the actions of all eventually.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Numbers 28;16-29:40Luke 3:23-38Psalm 62:1-12Proverbs 11:18-19

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday, March 16th: Numbers 24:1-25:18; Luke 2:1-35; Psalm 59:1-17; Proverbs 11:14 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Numbers 24:1-25:18; Luke 2:1-35; Psalm 59:1-17; Proverbs 11:14

Psalm 59

16 But as for me, I will sing about your power.
    Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
    a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
    for you, O God, are my refuge,
    the God who shows me unfailing love.


Most of us won't experience having someone trying to kill us, but David did. And in the midst of that distress, he penned these words. 

But when my trials come, I want to say confidently, as David did, no matter how bleak my life circumstances may be at the time....

Despite my circumstances, I will sing about your power.
Despite my circumstances, I will sing about your unfailing love.
Despite my circumstances, I will sing with joy.
Despite my circumstances, I know you are my refuge.
Despite my circumstances, I know you are a place of safety.



Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Numbers 26:1-51, Luke 2:36-52, Psalm 60:1-12, Proverbs 11:15

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday, March 15th: Numbers 22:21-23:30, Luke 1:57-80, Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 11:12-13 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Numbers 22:21-23:30, Luke 1:57-80, Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 11:12-13

As I was reading the story of Balaam and his talking donkey, I was reminded of the times I heard this story in my younger years of Sunday School. At that point in my life, I still had the “childlike faith” where it made complete sense to me that the donkey could talk. Now reading this same story, I’m more in awe of it. Imagine if your pet would suddenly speak to you! That would be pretty amazing. 


I also noticed the fact that Balaam did not give his donkey the benefit of the doubt, even after knowing him for many years. How often am I quick to overreact to a friend or family member’s comment or action? The answer is probably a lot more often than I should. We need to remember to trust our loved ones, and give everyone the benefit of the doubt, especially those we’ve known for years and years.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageNumbers 24:1-25:18; Luke 2:1-35; Psalm 59:1-17; Proverbs 11:14

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Thursday, March 14th: Numbers 21:1 - 22:20, Luke 1:26-56, Psalm 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11 ~ Nathan


Numbers 21:4-5
They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way;
[5] they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

We've heard this complaint from the Israelites many times, after God helped them out of slavery in Egypt.

When I hear this I feel like I can't believe they would have the nerve to complain! God had done a huge miracle for them. But then I realize that I also have a negative attitude and doubt and complain as well, and what has God all done for me?!

He's done much more then I deserve and I need to be thankful.

Psalm 57:9-11
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.
[10] For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. [11] 11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

David was under huge stress at this time, and he still found time to think of the realty in life - to give God the praise He's due. I want God to be more of a central focus in my life at all times.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wednesday, March 13th: Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8 

Psalm 56:11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?  What can mere mortals do to me?
Obviously mere mortals can do a lot of things to us, many of them worthy of being afraid. But they can't do anything about our eternity, and nothing they do can trump God's sovereignty.  This doesn't mean that nothing bad will happen, but that God will be with us through the worst this life can throw at us, and we can trust Him. He is good.  He is sovereign. He is with us. 

That is the most common response/reason why we do not need to be afraid.  Because God is with us. (Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 43:5, Psalm 23:4, Joshua 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 118:6-7 are just a few examples!)

He is with us. And that is enough.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Numbers 21:1-22:20, Luke 1:26-56, Psalm 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday, March 12th: Numbers 16:41-18:32, Mark 16:1-20, Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 11:7 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Numbers 16:41-18:32, Mark 16:1-20, Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 11:7 

Proverbs 11:7 New Living Translation (NLT)

7 When the wicked die, their hopes die with them,
for they rely on their own feeble strength.

No matter how successful unbelievers may appear to us on the outside (and we all know that the outside polished veneer very often conceals unhappiness on the inside), that success ends at the moment of death.  And all that success will be absolutely meaningless in the face of an eternity of suffering.

As believers, we are not promised wealth or health here on earth.  We are not promised an easy life or that God would remove all our trials.  Indeed, quite the opposite!  It's clear that while on earth we will face trials of many kinds.  But our hope lies in Jesus and His victory over sin and death. 

Instead of our own feeble strength, we rely on His unwavering strength and His faithful presence through all the storms of life.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday, March 11th: Numbers 15:17-16:40, Mark 15:1-47, Psalm 54:1-7, Proverbs 11:5-6 Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Numbers 15:17-16:40, Mark 15:1-47, Psalm 54:1-7, Proverbs 11:5-6 

34 Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”[f]

From my devotional (emphasis mine)......
[Jesus] was experiencing something infinitely more painful than even his physical agony - he felt the spiritual agony of having the familiar presence of God withdrawn. 

At the cross Jesus became sin for us. And because God cannot look upon sin, the Father had to turn away....

Though it pains and perhaps confuses us to think of God turning away from his own Son, we must see that this abandonment was purposeful and profitable. Because God turned aside form his Son on that day, you and I need never fear that God will abandon us or our children. Jesus experienced the separation that we deserve to experience forever so that we will never have to experience it. While we may sometimes feel abandoned by God, we have never been and never will be. Because Jesus was alienated from God as our substitute, we can draw near to him. Because God turned his face away from Jesus, we can be confident that he will never turn away from us. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageNumbers 16:41-18:32, Mark 16:1-20, Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 11:7

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday, March 10th: Numbers 14:1-15:16, Mark 14:53-72, Psalm 53:1-6, Proverbs 11:4 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Numbers 14:1-15:16, Mark 14:53-72, Psalm 53:1-6, Proverbs 11:4 

Every time I read this portion of scripture I wish the ending would turn out differently. 

I want Joshua and Caleb to convince the people to trust God!

I want the people to remember all the miracles God had already done for them - the twelve plagues, parting the Red Sea, daily manna, quail from the heavens - and count on God's faithfulness once again.

I want the people to remember all the consequences they had already experienced for their sins of complaints, unbelief, and rebellion; and to fear the consequences of unbelief more than the giants of the land.

I want the 70 elders to speak up and declare God's faithfulness and might, and to turn the tide of unbelief.

But they don't. 

And the consequences are huge!  They are banned from entering the Promised Land.  All the miracles that came before, that brought them to the edge of what they were promised, and because of their unbelief they can go no further.  Instead, they wander the desert until they begin to die off one by one.

(I realized that Joshua and Caleb would've been around 20 years older than the next youngest people by the time they entered the Promised Land.  That must have been very strange, particularly after enjoying the wisdom of Moses - who was about 40 years older than them.)

May we not make the same mistakes!

May we be purposeful about remembering God's faithfulness in the past - both to ourselves personally, and to those around us, or even Biblical events.

And may we be determined to trust in God's faithfulness now, no matter how dire the circumstances may seem.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageNumbers 15:17-16:40, Mark 15:1-47, Psalm 54:1-7, Proverbs 11:5-6

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday, March 9th: Numbers 11:24-13:33 Mark 14:22-52 Psalm 52:1-9 Proverbs 11:1-3 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Numbers 11:24-13:33, Mark 14:22-52, Psalm 52:1-9, Proverbs 11:1-3

Mark 14:30 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.

What Peter didn't realize was that good intentions are not enough.
What Peter didn't realize was that he was not strong enough to resist temptation on his own.
What Peter didn't realize was that he could do something he thought he would never do.

We need to have more than good intentions.  We need to be humble enough to recognize that we are not immune to the temptation of sin, nor are we strong enough to combat it on our own.  We need to realize our utter dependence on the Holy Spirit and live in the light of that knowledge.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Numbers 14:1-15:16, Mark 14:53-72, Psalm 53:1-6, Proverbs 11:4

Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday, March 8th: Numbers 10:1-11:23, Mark 14:1-21, Psalm 51:1-19, Proverbs 10:31-32 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Numbers 10:1-11:23, Mark 14:1-21, Psalm 51:1-19, Proverbs 10:31-32

The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
    You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

  • Psalm 51:17

We believe that God has grace for everyone, that no matter what they’ve done they can find restoration from God. But even though we believe this for everyone else, sometimes we find it hard to believe in for ourselves. Sure, we know that God has grace for us, but it’s hard to believe it sometimes.


This scripture reminds us that God will not reject a broke and repentant heart. No matter what you’ve done, He still has grace for you, and He still loves you.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageNumbers 10:1-11:23; Mark 14:1-21; Psalm 51:1-19; Proverbs 10:31-32