Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday, July 25th: Psalm 37-39; Acts 26 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalm 37-39; Acts 26

Psalm 37:7-9
Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
Sometimes it's hard to wait on God and trust His plan and His timing. This is especially true in times of struggling when it seems like non-believers are soaring through life "successfully". This Psalm reminded me that hope in the Lord is not in vain. He is the ultimate "success plan"!

I love how the first sentence directs to to be still before the Lord. I always find myself thinking I need to do more, take action, make plans - but here He is saying to Be Still!! It really is when we sit before the Lord in stillness that we hear Him best - and find His strength to trust and wait. Easier said than done!!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:Psalm 40-42; Acts 27:1-26

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday, July 24th: Psalm 35-36; Acts 25

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalm 35-36; Acts 25

I noticed that Psalm 36 is very similar to the song "Your Love Oh Lord" by Third Day:

Your love, oh Lord
Reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the sky
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice flows like the ocean's tide
I will lift my voice
To worship You, my King
I will find my strength
In the shadow of your wings


I love how Psalm 36 describes God in such a Mighty way. The sky, the mountains, and the ocean are all huge and magnificent, just like God. And because He is so Mighty, I can always find strength in Him.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalm 37-39; Acts 26

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday, July 23rd: Psalms 33-34; Acts 24 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 33-34; Acts 24

"We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone." - Psalms‬ ‭33‬:‭20-22‬

This is the major reason why I don't understand why people do not believe in Jesus: hope. Why would you choose to believe in something that gives you no hope? If you believe in Christ, you have hope that He has a plan for you, He will deliver you, He will save you, one day He will come back for you and you will be with Him forever, and so many more things. How could someone live without the reassurance that hope in Christ brings? This is what I think about anytime I begin to doubt God. I could never live without hope in Him. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 35-36; Acts 25

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday, July 22nd: Psalms 31-32; Acts 23:16-35 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 31-32; Acts 23:16-35

David spends several verses detailing his distress and frustration due to the trials he is facing, and then he writes...
Psalm 31:14 But I trust in you, Lord
Hard times will come.  Anyone that says anything different is preaching a false prosperity gospel.  Hard times will come.

BUT

Even in the hard times, God is faithful and we can trust Him.
The question is, will we?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 33-34; Acts 24

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday, July 21st: Psalms 29-30; Acts 23:1-15 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 29-30; Acts 23:1-15

Psalm 30:11-12
You turned my lament into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
so that I can sing to you and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

There is such hope in these verses!  But a dose of reality as well.

In this world we will have cause to lament.  There will be seasons of life where we are mourning, and sometimes that mourning will be so intense it might be easy to forget this promise.

He WILL turn our sorrow into dancing.
He WILL remove our sackcloth.
He WILL clothe us with gladness.
And we will praise Him forever!

Words to cling to when hard times hit.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 31-32; Acts 23:16-35

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday, July 20th: Psalms 26-28; Acts 22 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 26-28; Acts 22

Psalm 26:11-12
But I live with integrity;
redeem me and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground;
I will bless the Lord in the assemblies.

David pens these words after describing the evil deeds that were the norm in his society then, words that would be very similar if we were to describe our society now.  And then he says.....
BUT
I live with integrity.

Can we say that about ourselves?  Do we live with integrity no matter what situation we are in, no matter who we are with - Christian friends or unbelieving friends?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 29-30; Acts 23:1-15

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday, July 19th: Psalms 23-25, Acts 21: 18-40 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 23-25; Acts 21:18-40

In Psalm 23 we read about all God does for us,

- makes us lie down in green pastures
- leads us beside quiet waters
- refreshes our soul
- guides us along right paths
- He protects us as we walk through dark valleys
- prepares a table for us
- anoints my head with oil
- allows us to dwell in His house

What an amazing list of things He does for a sinner like me! I should want to do my best for Him, even though it won't even come close to matching what He's already done for me.

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Acts 21:30
The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut.


Paul went through mental and physical abuse many times, in order to spread Christianity. His love for Christ and dedication to Him are evident by his willingness to take abuse, in order for some to hear the good news. What a great example Paul shows.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalms 26-28; Acts 22

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday, July 18th: Psalms 20-22; Acts 21:1-17 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 20-22; Acts 21:1-17

Psalm 22:27
All the ends of the earth will remember
and turn to the Lord.
All the families of the nations
will bow down before you,
28 for kingship belongs to the Lord;
he rules the nations.


Amen! Regardless of who you are, where you are and what you believe. Kingship belongs to the Lord. As our world turns more and more vocal against the truth of the Word, what an encouragement and reminder - that He rules the nations.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 23-25; Acts 21:18-40

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday, July 17th: Psalms 18-19; Acts 20:17-38 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 18-19; Acts 20:17-38

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.

This is so true, and so evident.  When I look at creation, and the amazing creative of God within in, I literally stand in awe of the work of His hands. It is obvious in the grand and spectacular - the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls - as well as the tiny details you can see in the flowers and grasses of the fields. Truly, creation testifies to our God!

Acts 20:24-27
But I consider my life of no value to myself; my purpose is to finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.
“And now I know that none of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will ever see me again. Therefore I declare to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, because I did not avoid declaring to you the whole plan of God.

Those are powerful words, and I want to be able to say them, as Paul did!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 20-22; Acts 21:1-17

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday, July 16th: Psalms 16-17; Acts 20:1-16 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 16-17; Acts 20:1-16

“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” - ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:8‬

This has always been one of my favourite verses. I struggle a lot with fear and anxiety, so I have often repeated these words to myself in moments of shaking and fear. It is a constant reminder that God is with us and He is strong. We don't have to be afraid because we have Him on our side.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 18-19; Acts 20:17-38