Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th: 2 Chronicles 22-24, 1 Timothy 1 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Chronicles 22-24, 1 Timothy 1

1 Timothy 1:7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
Just because a speaker is confident doesn't mean they are right.  We need to test what people say according to the Word - not according to their words, not according to our desires, but according to God's Word.

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.
I, too, am thankful that God has considered me trustworthy, that He has called me to serve Him, and that He has given me strength to do so.

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Amen indeed!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Joel 1-3, 1 Timothy 2

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday, June 19: 2 Kings 10-12, 2 Thessalonians 3 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Kings 10-12, 2 Thessalonians 3

3a Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us.

Why is it so hard for us to ...

1-recognize the importance/power of prayer

2-ask for it

Why is prayer our last resource rather than our first response? Why do we do everything in our own strength & getting to the point of being completely overwhelmed & exhausted before giving it to God. Do we really understand the importance of prayer & the power it brings that is available to us? Do we understand how God wants to be not just a part of our life but our everything?  Only by seeking him daily & giving everything (the big, the small, the easy, the hard, the life changing & the day to day) will we have the opportunity to see him actively working in our lives.

Why are we too proud to ask our friends, family & other fellow Christian’s to pray for us? Why can’t we feel free to share our hurts, concerns, & even failures/struggles knowing that we are no more imperfect than the person next to us? “Where 2 or 3 are gathered”...imagine the power behind a few Christian’s lifting you up before God.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Chronicles 22-24, 1 Timothy 1

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday, June 18: 2 Kings 7-9, 2 Thessalonians 2

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Kings 7-9, 2 Thessalonians 2

So many things stood out for me in today's readings. I'd like to start with one of the last things:

15 With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter.

What a good reminder. "With all these things in mind"..."stand firm"..."keep a strong grip on the teaching" as we too are having knowledge passed on to us in person (our pastors, bible school teachers, Sunday School teachers, etc.) and in letters (Scripture, Christian authors, podcasts, etc.) and as we keep all these things in mind may it help us to stand firm in our knowledge.

This also stood out for me:

God always, always, always is true to His promises!

“Listen to this message from the Lord! ... “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!” 

and it happened.

“Go and tell him, ‘You will surely recover.’ But actually the Lord has shown me that he will surely die!” ....But the next day Hazael took a blanket, soaked it in water, and held it over the king’s face until he died. 

and he did die.

 But the Lord did not want to destroy Judah, for he had promised his servant David that his descendants would continue to rule, shining like a lamp forever.

and Jesus was born from the line of David and will reign forever.

“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anoint you king over the Lord’s people, Israel. You are to destroy the family of Ahab, your master. In this way, I will avenge the murder of my prophets and all the Lord’s servants who were killed by Jezebel. The entire family of Ahab must be wiped out. I will destroy every one of his male descendants, slave and free alike, anywhere in Israel. I will destroy the family of Ahab as I destroyed the families of Jeroboam son of Nebat and of Baasha son of Ahijah. 10 Dogs will eat Ahab’s wife Jezebel at the plot of land in Jezreel, and no one will bury her.”

and that is exactly what happened.

The Lord pronounced this message against him: 26 ‘I solemnly swear that I will repay him here on this plot of land, says the Lord, for the murder of Naboth and his sons that I saw yesterday...

and so it was done.

and the Bible continues to demonstrate truth:

Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.

Every day we see evidence of those who are in rebellion against Biblical truths. (Most recently this ruling)  and surely destruction will continue to follow.

May we stand firm in the knowledge of Christ.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Kings 10-12, 2 Thessalonians 3

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday, June 16th: 2 Kings 4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Kings 4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1

If you're ever needing ideas of what exactly to pray for someone, 2 Thessalonians 1 has several things!

After all, everyone could use prayer that.....
* their faith would flourish
* their love for others would grow
* they would display endurance and faithfulness in the face of persecutions or hardships
* God would enable them to live a life worthy of His call
* God would give them power to accomplish all the good things their faith prompts them to do
* the name of Jesus would be honoured because of the way they live
* they would be honoured along with Him
* that they would recognize the grace of God in their lives

That's a good prayer list!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  2 Kings 7-9, 2 Thessalonians 2

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday, June 15th: 2 Kings 1-3; 1 Thessalonians 5 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Kings 1-3; 1 Thessalonians 5

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
- ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬

This verse has always been a bit of a struggle for me. Trusting God through difficult circumstances is hard enough, but thanking Him for them? That seems impossible. 

And yet, “with God, all things are possible.” So we need to thank Him in all circumstances. He works in mysterious ways, ways that we could never understand. Maybe that difficult circumstance you’re going through is leading you into great things. Or maybe, it’s not even for you, but for someone else to come to know Christ through you. You never know what God will make happen in your life. He is always “working things together for the good of those who love Him.” So trust Him and thank Him in all circumstances. He is good. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage2 Kings 4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday, June 14th: 2 Chronicles 19 - 21, 1 Thessalonians 4 ~ Nathan

2 Chronicles 20:15
He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

This verse reminded me of the importance of leaving our troubles with God, and relying on Him instead of trying to do things on our own.

The people of Judah faced a very real threat, they knew this could wipe them completely out, only God could help them. Do I leave my smaller scale (comparison to Judah's) worries and fears with God ?

2 Chronicles 20: 32-33
He followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD. [33] The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors.

Jehoshaphat did a lot of good and relied on God for help, but here is a reminder that he wasn't perfect. A reminder to me that my work is never over, there's always the next generation that also needs to know God.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage2 Kings 1-3, 1 Thessalonians 5

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday, June 13th: 2 Chronicles 16-18, 1 Thessalonians 3 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Chronicles 16-18, 1 Thessalonians 3

1 Thessalonians 3:2a-3a We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith,  and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through.
I remind that we need to strengthen each other, encourage each other in our faith, and keep each other from being shaken by our troubles.  Being a part of a faith community is important!  But we can't just be passive members, we must be the hands and feet of Jesus to each other.

12 And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. 13 May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.
I want a strong heart, to be blameless and holy!  Notice the phrase in there "as a result".  As a result of what?  As a result of love.  When our love for others overflows with the love of God, not only do others benefit from the love we show them, but so do we.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage2 Chronicles 19-21, 1 Thessalonians 4

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday, June 12: 1 Thessalonians 2, 1 Kings 21-22 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Thessalonians 2, 1 Kings 21-22

1 Thessalonians 2:13-
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.

The bible is not only words read in church or a good book for us to read, it is the Word of God.  It is a word of real & living power. Do we believe that?  This verse says that, for those who believe, it is at work.  If we are truly seeking to learn, we are promised to be changed.

Sometimes I feel like I’m so far from the person I’d like to be.  I make the same mistakes over & over again & feel like I’m no better today than I was yesterday or will be tomorrow...

Am I relying on my own abilities or believing in the power of God. He has given us his word & we have direct access to him in prayer.  If we are going to change, it won’t be in our own strength but through the power of God.

Lord, help me to read the bible, not as a book, but as your living word with the power to change.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Chronicles 16-18, 1 Thessalonians 3

Monday, June 11, 2018

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Thessalonians 1, 1 Kings 19-20

1 Thessalonians 6 says, " And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit." In our lives we need to be more like Thessalonians and receive the word with affection and desire, and have a joy and passion to grow in our faith, and be imitators of the Lord.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage1 Thessalonians 2, 1 Kings 21-22

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday, June 9th: 1 Kings 16-18; Romans 16 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Kings 16-18; Romans 16

I always love the story of Elijah and the battle on Mount Carmel.  I love the absolute and undeniable display of God's power.  I think that sometimes, because we don't see those type of drastic miracles anymore, we tend to forget that we serve that God.   Not only that, that power lives within us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  That's amazing!

Romans 16:19 But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong.

I was fortunate to grow up in a Christian home, and our kids have that same blessing.  This is my prayer (one of many!) for them - that they would continue to be wise in doing what is right and to stay innocent of any wrong.  I remember as a teen sometimes thinking that my testimony was boring.  But honestly, to not have a dramatic testimony to share is a blessing in itself.  To have never known a time without Christ is truly a good thing!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage1 Kings 19-20, 1 Thessalonians 1