Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday, September 21st: Psalms 126-128; 2 Corinthians 8 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 126-128; 2 Corinthians 8

“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭126:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

A little reminder in today’s reading that there is always hope. Just keep trusting in God, and pushing through. Your reward is coming. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 129-131; 2 Corinthians 9

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20th: Psalms 123-125, 2 Corinthians 7 ~ Nathan


Psalm 124: 6-8
Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
[7] We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.
[8] Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

A reminder to me that we have very little control in this world over anything. At the other end of the spectrum is God, who is in control of everything. I'm thankful that God loves us and wants to help us.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday, September 19th: Psalms 120-122, 2 Corinthians 6 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 120-122, 2 Corinthians 6

Psalm 120:1 I took my troubles to the Lord;
I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.

Taking our troubles to God should always be our first instinct, never our Plan B.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil[d]? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?
This is a huge reminder of how important it is for believers to marry other believers.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 123-125, 2 Corinthians 7

Monday, September 17, 2018

Tuesday, Sept 18: Psalms 119, 2 Corinthians 5 - Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 119, 2 Corinthians 5

“We live by faith, not by sight”

We have faith that heaven is real
We have faith that heaven is better than we can ever imagine
We have faith that we can have eternal life through Christ
We have faith that our resurrected bodies with be perfected in heaven

If we have faith & hope for eternity, then what we see on this earth begins to dim in comparison. Our worries here can begin to fade because we know what will come to pass & what we know will last.

In order to let go of our worries here on earth, we need to shift our perspective towards heaven & God in a way that we are no longer “at home in the body” but desire to be “at home with the Lord.”

We need to nurture our faith, that each day we recognize God’s glory around us & know that he’s giving us just a glimpse of what he has for us when we wait for him.


Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalms 120-122, 2 Corinthians 6
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 117-118, 2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 18 says, "18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." I find that as humans we all try to find happiness in worldly things and things that can be seen, however here we are told that we should not care about our earthly possessions but should think and care about our unseen possessions and that is what the Lord requires of us. 








Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 119, 2 Corinthians 5


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday, September 15th: Psalms 115-116, 2 Corinthians 3 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 115-116, 2 Corinthians 3

Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
The first part of that verse strikes me the most.  Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory.

It is human nature to feel good when someone compliments us - and there's nothing wrong with that.  But it's wrong to fully take the credit, to accept all the glory for our accomplishments, and not give that glory to God, where it is rightfully due.

When God gives us talents, He expects us to steward them well, to work hard to improve our skill - not for our own glory, but for His.

This theme is actually also in our NT passage as well.....
2 Corinthians 3:1 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 117-118, 2 Corinthians 4

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 13th: Psalm 109-1110, 2 Corinthians 1 ~ Nathan


Psalm 109 caught my attention from today's reading. The writer talks about how the wicked will slander the righteous in this psalm.

Psalm 109: 11-13
[11]May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
[12] May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
[13] May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.

It reminds me of how we may get put down or treated unfairly or even suffer abuse because of our faith in Christ. Suffering is difficult now, but these passages reminded me that us Christians have something glorious to look forward to.

Better times are most definitely ahead for those that trust in the Lord!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday, September 12th: Psalms 106-108, 1 Corinthians 16 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 106-108, 1 Corinthians 16

Psalm 106:1
Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

It didn't take long in today's reading for me to be stopped by a verse that caught my attention.

Give thanks to the Lord.  Why?

Because He is good.
Because His faithful love endures forever.

I love this!  Obviously, we are also supposed to thank God for the things He does for us for for our loved ones, for answered prayers, for miracles, and so on.

But we also need to remember to take the time to thank God for who He is.  To marvel at His greatness, at His character, at His goodness, at His faithfulness.

I need to remember to take the time.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 109-111, 2 Corinthians 1

Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday, September 10: Psalms 97-99; 1 Corinthians 14 by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is   Psalms 97-99; 1 Corinthians 14

This stood out for me from today's OT reading:

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
    every nation sees his glory.
Those who worship idols are disgraced—
    all who brag about their worthless gods—
    for every god must bow to him.

Sometimes we can put our faith in something that looks strong (mountains) but is really not. When we put our efforts and strength into something that has no lasting value and can melt away like wax we are wasting our time. One day everyone (every nation) will see God's splendour and be exalted. The things that we thought were of value will pass away. The things we idolized, the things we poured our time, effort, and money into will be on display and we may not be happy with what it reveals about us.

Also this:

Lord our God, you answered them.
    You were a forgiving God to them,
    but you punished them when they went wrong.


Just like a parent who answers their children and forgives them but also rebukes them and corrects them when they make a mistake, God is our Heavenly FATHER. He loves us and guides us and yet we will still make mistakes. I am thankful that this doesn't mean God will ignore me but will forgive me when I ask.

This stood out from the NT:

It’s the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space.

Now more than ever, Christians are called to speak the truth in love. As society blurs the line between right and wrong we need to speak the language of the people to show them God's truth in a way that speaks to them. We shouldn't water down the message of salvation but we cannot come at them without love and compassion or the message will not be heard. How do we speak the truth? We have to know the truth and pray for opportunities and for the words to share the message to ensure there is no "language barrier" and the words can be heard and understood.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 100-102 1 Corinthians 15:1-28

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Saturday, September 8th: Psalms 97-99; 1 Corinthians 14 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 97-99; 1 Corinthians 14

Psalm 97: 5
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.
When I read this verse I was struck again by the wonder of the greatness of our God.

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord.

It's just a parallel, and an imperfect one at that, but the mountains are to God what crayons are to us.  We can make crayons melt, we can snap them in two, they are child's play.  God can do that to a mountain.

The bigness of our God is truly incomprehensible and creation truly testifies to His Lordship.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 100-102, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28