Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday, May 27th: 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23

John 10:16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold.
Who are the other sheep that Jesus is referring to?

The Mormons claim that this verse refers to a group of Jews they call Nephites who had miraculously migrated to the Americas six centuries before the birth of Jesus, and the Book of Mormon was witness to them.  This, frankly, doesn't make any sense.  If you're interested, click here for the argument refuting this position.

The other sheep that Jesus refers to are the Gentiles.  The original sheep in this passage are the true believers in Israel, because up to this point His ministry had only been to the Israelites. The other sheep, are the Gentiles who would become believers.  Here Jesus makes it clear that the Gentile believers were just as genuine believers as the Israel believers.  In eternity all sheep, all true believers, whether Gentile or Jew, will worship together in unity as one body.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage2 Chronicles 4-6; John 10:24-42

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday, May 26th: 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41

1 Chronicles 29:10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

The prayer continues on in the same vein.  

How often do my prayers sound like that?  David is completely focused on God, and his prayer is totally centred on God and His attributes, praising Him for who He is.  

I need to remember to take more time in my prayers to focus solely on God; praising, blessing, and glorifying His great name!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday, May 25th: 1 Chronicles 25-27; John 9:1-23 ~ Deena

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Chronicles 25-27; John 9:1-23

Jesus answered, “It was not any sin of this man or his parents that caused him to be blind. He was born blind so that he could be used to show what great things God can do.

Sometimes we focus too much on our pains or problems that we miss seeing the glory of God. Realizing that God can bring good out of our hard times is also what allows us as Christians to make it through those times. God's power is so great that he can use common things like dirt and water to produce a miracle.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 24th: 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59 ~ Nathan

In our Old Testament reading we read about David giving final instructions before he dies. He gives basic advice to the Israelites,
1 Chronicles 22: 13
Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

This advice is basic, but was hard to follow, and is today as well.

John 8: 33-34
They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” [34] Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

A good reminder to the Jews back then, and us today. We are slaves to sin if we do not ask for forgiveness. To be truly free means we need to bring our sin to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Then we can truly move on.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 23: 1 Chronicles 19-21; John 8:1-27 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: 1 Chronicles 19-21; John 8:1-27

I Am the Light of the World

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
An important distinction here is the term "follows me". Often we think believing is enough (or don't even realize we are inactive in our walk), but without the action of following Jesus we are still left desiring the light of life He talks about here. Jesus is our light and His desire for us is to walk in His full light!! That we would follow him, putting our faith into action. The action of prayer, immersing ourselves in the word, listening to him and actively following Him so that we do not walk in darkness!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 22nd: 1 Chronicles 16-18; John 7:28-53 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Chronicles 16-18; John 7:28-53

I loved David's song of thanks in 1 Chronicles 16.

The entire song is focused on God - remembering His faithfulness, and giving Him glory and praise for who He is and what He has done and continues to do for His people.

We need to adopt that same attitude of thanks.  We, too, need to be purposeful about remembering God's faithfulness to us - and we should be specific in our remembering, the way David was, recounting His provision and His work in our lives.  We need to glorify Him for this faithfulness, and praise Him for who He is.  And then we need to live our lives in light of our thankfulness for His faithfulness to us.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  1 Chronicles 19-21; John 8:1-27

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday, May 21st: 1 Chronicles 13-15; John 7-1-27 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Chronicles 13-15; John 7:1-27

"Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly." - John 7:24

Almost everyone judges people based on their outward appearances or our first impressions of them. It's in our human nature. But Jesus wants us to leave our human selves behind and come follow Him so we can be godly like Him. We should try to get to know someone before we decide our views on them. You never know what someone is going through, or what they have experienced, just based on their outward appearances. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage1 Chronicles 16-18; John 7:28-53

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday, May 20th: 1 Chronicles 10-12; John 6:45-71 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Chronicles 10-12; John 6:45-71

John 6:64b For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.
Jesus knew, the whole time, that Judas would betray Him. He knew before He chose him to be a disciple.  He knew the entire time He was training Judas alongside the other disciples.  Every time He ate with him, drank with him, talked with him, walked with him - He knew.  But the rest of the disciples didn't know.  Which means Jesus did not treat Judas any differently than any of the other disciples that entire time.

I don't know about you, but if I knew one of my closest friends would betray me the way Judas betrayed Jesus, my actions would likely be very different than Jesus' were.  What an amazing example of love, compassion, mercy, and grace Jesus gave us by the way He treated Judas.  But He didn't treat Judas this way for our sake.  He loved Judas.

To one degree or another, we are all Judas.  We have all betrayed Jesus.  Every sin we have ever committed is a betrayal.  The difference is what we do after the betrayal.  Peter betrayed Jesus too, when he denied Him three times.  But Peter came back to Jesus in genuine repentance.  Judas displayed worldly sorrow and killed himself - running away from Jesus instead of towards Jesus.  Despite the years Jesus invested in Judas, Judas never knew Him.

Do we know Jesus?  Do we run to Him when we sin? Or do we run away, either in bitterness or regret?

Let us always, always, run towards Him!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage1 Chronicles 13-15; John 7:1-27

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19th: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44

Back in Numbers 16 we saw Korah (and others) come under the judgment of God. But some of his sons were spared.  God still had a purpose and a plan, even for this family.  I was blessed to be born into a family of believers, but not everyone has this same background.  Some people may be ashamed of their ancestry - perhaps some of Korah's sons or grandsons or great-grandsons were ashamed of their father and thought theirs was a hopeless case.  But this story shows that your faith in God is not dependant on your heritage.  God redeemed the family of Korah (1 Chronicles 9:19), and He can do the same for you!

Our NT brings up several topics, of which I will mention two.

First - we see clearly that we are to follow Jesus because of who He is, not simply to get something from Him.  We shouldn't just see Him as the source of bread or miracles, but rather the Source of Life itself!

Second - this passage reminds us that election and man's responsibility somehow work together - how, we may not understand, but it doesn't make it less true.

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  1 Chronicles 10-12; John 6:45-71

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday, May 18th: 1 Chronicles 4-6, John 6:1-21 ~ Deena

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Chronicles 4-6; John 6:1-21

In our NT passage today Phillip thought the answer was money but Andrew saw that there was food, a young boys lunch. It wouldn't be enough food to feed the thousands but he brings it to Jesus. When we face problems, bring what we have to Jesus and let Him tell us what to do. God can multiply the little bit that we have if we are willing to let Him. We may think it is small or insignificant, even our talents, but God can use them to do great things.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44