Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday, August 22: Psalms 110-112; 1 Corinthians 5 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 110-112, 1 Corinthians 5

The whole chapter of 1 Corinthians led me to dig deeper into what Paul was saying. I found this message from John Piper on this chapter that speaks about the role of the church when another believer is actively living a sinful, unrepentant life. Here is one excerpt from the message:

Toleration of Sin Is Sinful 

I think it should give us great pause—even shock us—that the diagnosis of the problem at Corinth is exactly the opposite from the diagnosis in many churches today. Today when discipline doesn't happen the diagnosis is often that we are too humble to discipline a person: Who are we to point our finger? Who are we to judge? Who are we to cast the first stone? And so a supposed humility is made the basis of tolerance of impenitent immorality in the church.

On the other hand, today if a church does follow through on discipline it is often diagnosed as coming straight from pharisaical pride. Indignation at sin is often portrayed as a cloak for insecurity and a veil over the Pharisees' own sexual temptations. A kind of "holier-than-thou" attitude is said to be the basis of the indignation and arrogance is said to be the basis of the excommunication.

Now that may be true. But does it give you pause and make you think hard and examine your hearts (it did me) when you read in verse 2 that Paul's diagnosis of the problem at Corinth was exactly the opposite? There, arrogance was the basis of tolerance, and broken-hearted humility should have been the basis of excommunication.

He said, "You have become arrogant." People in the church were actually boasting in this immorality. Now how could that be? What kind of theology would give rise to boasting in immorality? We have seen it in Paul's letters elsewhere. It says, "Let us sin that grace may abound" (Rom. 3:86:1). So it's a theology that misunderstands the power of grace, and turns it into license. It's a theology that misunderstands freedom and uses it as "an opportunity for the flesh" (Gal. 5:13), and says (as they were saying at Corinth) "all things are lawful for me" (1 Cor. 6:1210:23). And so they were boasting in their freedom and in the tolerance of grace. Pride was the basis of sinful toleration not pharisaical judgment.

How often does our pride stand in the way of true sister/brotherhood in Christ? It's way more comfortable to point fingers at non-believers and try to hold them accountable to our beliefs than to get vulnerable and humble holding other believers accountable the way that Paul is instructing us in todays reading.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms113-115, 1 Corinthians 6

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, August 21st: Psalm 107-109; 1 Corinthians 4 ~ Kezia

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalm 107-109; 1 Corinthians 4

I love the way the writer explains in Psalm 107 that no distance is too far for the love of God to reach. It doesn't matter if you wander away from God, or get put in jail because of your rebellious actions, or spend your life drinking, when we call to God, He is there. No one is too "bad" for God to love.

"Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord." Psalm 107:43

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalm 110-112; 1 Corinthians 5

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday, August 20th: Psalms 105-106; 1 Corinthians 3 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 105-106; 1 Corinthians 3

“Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,” - Psalms‬ ‭105:5‬

Remember all He has done for us. The miracles that have brought us happiness, and the judgements that have shaped us into the people we are now. All of His works are wonderful and work for us for the good. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 107-109; 1 Corinthians 4

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday, August 19th: Psalms 103-104; 1 Corinthians 2 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 103-104; 1 Corinthians 2

Psalm 103:3-5
He forgives all your iniquity;
he heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit;
he crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He satisfies you with good things;
your youth is renewed like the eagle.

He forgives ALL our iniquity.

This grace is amazing.
It is limitless.  
There is no sin it cannot cover.
The very idea that Jesus took our sin and gave us His righteousness is almost impossible for us to grasp.  And yet He did.

He redeemed my life from the pit.  And He doesn't stop there.  He crowns me with faithful love and compassion.  He satisfies me with good things.  He renews me.

This is amazing grace.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 105-106; 1 Corinthians 3

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18th: Psalms 100-102; 1 Corinthians 1 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 100-102; 1 Corinthians 1

"He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 1:8

Perseverance comes to my mind when reading this verse.  If we remain true in our commitment to God, He will keep us firm.  We do not know the day when we will be called home to be with our Lord, so we need to live every moment of every day as if its our last.

How often do we hear the losing team say that they played a solid 50 minutes in a 60 minute game?  They just need to learn to play the entire 60 minutes in order to win.

It would feel great to have lived a blameless day when the Lord does return.  It would not feel so great to be caught during a "50 minute game" performance.  I pray that my desires would be put aside and that I would ground myself in the Lord Jesus Christ.   

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 103-104; 1 Corinthians 2

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday, August 17th: Psalms 97-99; Romans 16 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 97-99; Romans 16

Romans 16:17-18 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create divisions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them, because such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites.  They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.
Matthew Henry's concise commentary says this (emphasis mine)......
How earnest, how endearing are these exhortations! Whatever differs from the sound doctrine of the Scriptures, opens a door to divisions and offences. If truth be forsaken, unity and peace will not last long. Many call Christ, Master and Lord, who are far from serving him. But they serve their carnal, sensual, worldly interests. They corrupt the head by deceiving the heart; perverting the judgments by winding themselves into the affections. We have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. It has been the common policy of seducers to set upon those who are softened by convictions. A pliable temper is good when under good guidance, otherwise it may be easily led astray. Be so wise as not to be deceived, yet so simple as not to be deceivers. The blessing the apostle expects from God, is victory over Satan. This includes all designs and devices of Satan against souls, to defile, disturb, and destroy them; all his attempts to keep us from the peace of heaven here, and the possession of heaven hereafter. When Satan seems to prevail, and we are ready to give up all as lost, then will the God of peace interpose in our behalf. Hold out therefore, faith and patience, yet a little while. If the grace of Christ be with us, who can prevail against us?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 100-102; 1 Corinthians 1

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 16th: Psalms 94-96; Romans 15:14-33 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 94-96; Romans 15:14-33

Psalms 96:10 
Say among the nations: “The Lord reigns. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.
He judges the peoples fairly.”

This verse says a lot!

He is Lord.

He reigns.

He is King of all Kings.

He is Creator.

He is Sustainer.

He is Judge.

He is Just.

And He must be heralded to the nations!  That's where we come in. Are we saying this among the nations?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 97-99; Romans 16

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, Psalms 91-93; Romans 15:1-13 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 91-93; Romans 15:1-13

You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
    spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
    I trust in you and I’m safe!” 
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
    shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
    under them you’re perfectly safe;
    his arms fend off all harm.     

Psalm 91 The Message 

What a beautiful picture David paints in this Psalm. God is our Protector and Refuge - but in order to experience this fully we have to sit down in His presence! We have to spend the night in His shadow and trust that He will keep us safe.

How often are we racing around in the night of our lives worried, anxious and scared when all we need to do is curl up in Shaddai's shadow and trust His outstretched arms will fend off all harm.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 94-96; Romans 15:14-33

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14th: Psalms 89-90; Romans 14 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 89-90; Romans 14

Romans 14:13, 15, 19 Therefore, let us no longer judge one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in the way of your brother or sister.....For if your brother or sister is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy, by what you eat, someone for whom Christ died.... So then, let us pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.

There are some things in the Bible that are very black and white (for ex - the Ten Commandments), and then there are some areas that are unclear (infant baptism vs believers baptism) or even left as matters of conscience (for ex - whether or not to drink any alcohol).  And then there is the fact that we are all works in progress, and that the Holy Spirit continues to work on us, layer after layer, convicting and continuing the process of sanctification.

We do not see people's hearts.  God alone does that.

We are not anyone's conscience. The Holy Spirit is.

We do not know people's pasts and the reasons behind their struggles and decisions.  God does.

We need to be humble enough to acknowledge that, in matters where the Bible is unclear, our personal convictions may not be the same as someone else's and that's ok. In fact, we may not even always be right! (Gasp!)

We need to be patient with new and/or "immature" believers, and allow them grace on their journey as the Holy Spirit continues to work in their hearts.

We must never advise someone to go against their conscience.

We need to love.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 91-93; Romans 15:1-13

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday, August 13th: Psalms 87-88; Romans 13 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 87-88; Romans 13

“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” - ‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:11-12‬

Everyday is one day closer to the day Jesus will return. We need to live as though He is coming back today, because He might be.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 89-90; Romans 14

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, August 12th: Psalms 84-86; Romans 12 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 84-86; Romans 12

Psalm 84:7b “My whole source of joy is in you.”
God is not just a source of joy, He is THE source of joy, our WHOLE source of joy.

He is sufficient.  He is enough.

Yes, there are other things that bring us joy, but ultimately, if it came down to it, He alone would be sufficient.  Thankfully, He graciously desires to give us more things that bring us joy - but He is the source of them all anyway.

He created us with a longing for relationship.  But none of our relationships will bring us the joy He intended without Him as the centre, and without being in close relationship with Him.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 87-88; Romans 13

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11th: Psalms 81-83; Romans 11:19-36 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 81-83Romans 11:19-36

"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out!  Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been His counselor?  Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?  For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever!  Amen"  Romans 11:33-36

Todays reading ends by an outpouring of Paul's praise to God, whose wisdom and knowledge brought about His great plan for the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles.  Paul understands how great and awesome God is and that all things proceed from God, are made by Him, exist for His glory, and are carried out for His purpose; all according to His plan.

Do I have the same understanding and appreciation for God that Paul has?  Do I truly give God the glory that He deserves?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 84-86; Romans 12

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday, August 10th: Psalms 79-80; Romans 11:1-18 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 79-80; Romans 11:1-18

Romans 11:6 Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace.

Our salvation is either by grace of by works - it cannot be both, and if it is not one then it is the other.

Thanks be to God, it is by grace!  

That's easy to believe when we're walking the right path, when we're trying to do the right thing. But it's truly tested when we fail, when we mess up, when we wonder if grace could ever possibly be big enough.

It is.  God's grace is big enough to cover all our sin.  Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 81-83; Romans 11:19-36

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday, August 9th: Psalms 77-78; Romans 10 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 77-78; Romans 10

Romans 10:14-15  How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.
This passage does not only apply to missionaries who go off to far away places to preach the good news.  We are all called to missionaries - whether it's to the people across the street, across the city, or across the globe.

We always need to be ready to share the good news!

And we should not just wait passively until a shining opportune moment is laid at our feet.  No!  We should not only be actively looking for opportunities, but creating them as well.  Our news is the best news of all, and if we truly believe it, we must share it!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 79-80; Romans 11:1-18

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday, August 8th; Psalms 74-76; Romans 9:16-33 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 74-76; Romans 9:16-33

Psalm 75
We praise you, God,
    we praise you, for your Name is near;
    people tell of your wonderful deeds.
You say, “I choose the appointed time;
    it is I who judge with equity.
When the earth and all its people quake,
    it is I who hold its pillars firm

The start of Psalm 75 is so beautiful as a follow up to Psalm 74. As the whole chapter of Psalm 74, David is calling out for God to stop His foes and show His Power. David shares how he is not seeing any signs from God at all and calling God to defend Himself! And then he starts off Psalm 75  in praise. Full faith and praise that God's timing, power and being is perfect. In fact, he carries on praising God all through Chapter 75.

A great truth that praise and faith go hand in hand always! Especially when we feel helpless and far away from God. Going back to what we KNOW is true and praise Him for it. The only way to feel peace and hope in those dry and scary times.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 77-78; Romans 10

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday, August 7th: Psalm 72-73; Romans 9:1-15 ~ Kezia

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalm 72-73; Romans 9:1-15

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26

This verse explains the power we have when we rely on God for strength. When it says "my flesh and heart" that refers to a whole man, his body and his soul. So when the whole body fails, our human strength has run out, whether that be through sickness, health, sorrow or any other weakness. On our own, we are helpless once our flesh and heart have failed.

But it doesn't end there. When we are exhausted and our bodies are failing, God gives us a strength that gives us life, joy, and endless peace in even the hardest of situations. In circumstances when fear and doubt should be overpowering us, God's love surrounds us and keeps us alive. But not only that, this power that God gives us will satisfy us to the core everyday. No source of happiness from any earthly friend, or from fame or wealth will give us the joy and strength that is in Jesus.

This verse has a poetic feel to it by the way in which it was written. The second part of the sentence is inverted and the word "heart" is mentioned first, instead of second. This is because of the importance of how God takes the weaknesses we have and transforms us from the inside out. Starting with the heart. Once He has given us the strength in our heart, on the inside, His joy will last with us forever.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalm 74-76; Romans 9:16-33

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday, August 6th: Psalms 70-71; Romans 8:22-39 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 70-71; Romans 8:22-39

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." - Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭28‬

Whenever we are losing hope and can't find the light at the end of the tunnel, we can trust in God and His promises. Because we love Him, everything will work out for the good. He has a plan for us, we don't have to be afraid.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 72-73; Romans 9:1-15

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday, August 5th: Psalms 68-69; Romans 8:1-21 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 68-69; Romans 8:1-21

Psalm 68:2b-3 As wax melts before the fire,
so the wicked are destroyed before God.
But the righteous are glad;
they rejoice before God and celebrate with joy.

There are only two options - the wicked will be destroyed while the righteous will rejoice before God - which will you choose?

Psalm 68:18a
Come near to me

It is amazing to me that this prayer is answerable.  Our God, Creator God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Almighty God - He desires relationship with us, sinners all.  
Unmerited grace.  
Amazing grace.  
Relationship restored.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday, August 4th: Psalms 66-67; Romans 7 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 66-67; Romans 7

"For you, God, tested us; your refined us like silver.  You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.  You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance."     Psalms 66:10-12

This part of todays reading stood out to me.  Just before these verses, the writer was praising God for His awesome deeds and power.  Then the writer changes gears and speaks about how God lead them to a path of distress.

From one point of view, a time of distress can constitute a testing of God's people as to their loyalty and trust in Him.  When we are tested, we have the choice of attempting it on our own (which will ultimately lead to failure) or we can stand firm by putting our faith where it needs to be; in God.

When a precious metal is being refined, the metal needs to be heated up.  It is only when the metal is exposed to heat that the impurities can be separated.  We too are like a precious metal and need to be exposed to difficult times in order to remove our impure thoughts and desires.

I pray that during and after the difficult times that I would be able to praise God as this writer did, and to also have the desire to tell others for what He has done for me. (vs 16)  

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 68-69Romans 8:1-21

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday, August 3rd: Psalms 63-65; Romans 6 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 63-65; Romans 6

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is one of the most popular memory verses, and part of the Roman Road gospel message.  

The wages of sin is death.  We are all sinners - every last one of us (aside from Jesus, of course!).  And we all deserve death, the wages for our sin.  When it comes to salvation, it doesn't matter if our "worst" sin was murder or jealousy, our sin costs us eternity.  

But thanks be to God, who gives us, at great cost to Himself, the gift of eternal life through the birth, perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

It's a gift so underserving.  But it's not free.  The cost was the life of the Son of God Himself.  And when we accept this amazing grace, we too need to count the cost.  There is a cost to following Jesus while living in a world determined to live in rebellion against Him. Being a Christian isn't just about a get our of hell free card.  It's about following Jesus as Lord of every single part of our lives, taking up our cross daily, pursuing holiness and sanctification as He continues His work in us.   

The gift is priceless, and the cost is worth it!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalms 66-67; Romans 7

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday, August 2nd: Psalms 60-62, Romans 5 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalm 60-62; Romans 5

Psalm 60:11
Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless

Only God can truly help us, asking and relying on human help is truly worthless in the long run.


Romans 5: 6-8
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. [7] Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. [8] But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

When I think about this passage, and I've done this before over the years when reading this, I think about which people in my life I would actually give my life for. The honest answer is some family and some friends.

This honest (and pathetic) answer shows the massive difference between a person like me, and our saviour Jesus Christ. He loves all of us, including sinners like myself, enough to give His life for us. What an amazing thing He did for us! Why wouldn't I then want to do my best for Him?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalms 63-65; Romans 6

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday, August 1st: Psalm 57-59; Romans 4 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalm 57-59; Romans 4

19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and also the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 because he was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do.Romans 4:19-21

This passage convicted me to explore how often do I let my human shortcomings impact my faith in God? I pray that I can walk through seemingly impossible situations and have my faith strengthened and never weakened, but "fully convinced" of God's power and faithfulness.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalm 60-62; Romans 5

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday, July 31st: Psalms 54-56; Romans 3 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 54-56; Romans 3

Romans 3:5b-6
Is God unrighteous to inflict wrath? Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?

The idea of a righteous God who inflicts wrath is not a popular idea in society today.  The idea of hell is not a popular idea.  Even Christians can struggle with the idea.

But the truth of the matter is, it doesn't really matter what we think about it or how we feel about it.  God's character is perfect - including His wrath.  If we disagree with that, we're in the wrong, not the other way around.

We can't pick and choose the attributes of God - He is love, peace, mercy, forgiveness, holiness, righteousness, wrath.  He is all of those things, and they all work together in perfect harmony - none of them negate or lessen the other.  

God will judge the world in righteousness - and it will involve both wrath and mercy.  May we choose mercy!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalms 57-59; Romans 4

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday, July 30th: Psalms 51-53; Romans 2 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 51-53; Romans 2

"Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?" Romans‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬

Whoa, reality check. It's often easy to look down on non-Christians just because they sin differently then us. All sin is equal in God's eyes and we all need His mercy and grace the same. The only difference between us and non-Christians is that we have found Christ sooner than them. We need to not be so quick to judge, especially when we are just as guilty.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 54-56; Romans 3

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday, July 29th: Psalms 49-50; Romans 1 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 49-50; Romans 1

Psalm 49:5b-9
The iniquity of my foes surrounds me.
6 They trust in their wealth
and boast of their abundant riches.
7 Yet these cannot redeem a person
or pay his ransom to God—
8 since the price of redeeming him is too costly,
one should forever stop trying—
9 so that he may live forever
and not see the Pit.

The pursuit of wealth is a high priority for the majority of our society.  However, the Bible is clear that you cannot buy your way into heaven.  There truly is no dollar amount high enough to pay our ransom.  We cannot buy our way in, we cannot earn our way in.  Jesus is our only way to heaven.  He paid the ransom - and it is a priceless gift!  He is the way, the truth, and the life!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Psalms 51-53; Romans 2

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday, July 28th: Psalms 46-48; Acts 28 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Psalms 46-48; Acts 28

"For the Lord most high is awesome, the great King over all the earth."  Psalm 47:2

God is King over everything, His rule is supreme.  I was reminded of His great and awesome power today (Thursday as I'm typing this out) after hearing about a bad vehicle accident that involved my oldest brother.  When two vehicles collide at highway speed at an uncontrolled intersection, not everyone would survive to tell the story.  The chance of survival is even less when a seat belt is not worn.  The chance of survival lessens once again when you have been tossed out of the vehicle through the passenger window.  I know that I have had you paint a gruesome picture in your mind, but despite the truths listed above, my brother was able to get up and walk back to his vehicle before being tended to by the paramedics.  Not one broken bone! (Although when you go through a window you still don't look very good)

Even though my brother would have been in a very low percentile of surviving this accident, God demonstrated His power and delivered evidence once again, that He is in control of literally every situation around us!  

In our New Testament reading I was reminded and challenged by Paul that our mission is to reach out so that we can spread the Gospel message to all the Gentiles.  Salvation is meant for everyone, and as Christians, our task is to spread the Gospel throughout the world.  Easy to say, not as easy to do...........for me.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage is: Psalms 49-50; Romans 1

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thursday, July 27th: Psalms 43-45; Acts 27:27-44 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 43-45; Acts 27:27-44

Paul's faith, and even the faith of the crew, is amazing to me.

Paul knew God had told him that all the men's lives would be spared, and he had faith that what God promised would come to pass.  The circumstances looked bad.  The storm was horrific.  There was no logical reason to believe God's promise - from a human standpoint, it seemed completely far fetched.

But Paul knew the One who made the promise.

Paul knew He had absolute power over the storm.

Paul knew He had absolute authority over the human lives that He held in His hands.

Paul knew that God is always, always faithful.

And so he calmly broke bread and shared a meal with the terrified crew - trusting in the supernatural that He could not see over the storm that he could see.

I want eyes to see past the storms, through to the all-sovereign, all-powerful, all-loving God and, keeping my eyes on Him alone, trusting His promises with complete and utter faith.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalms 46-48; Acts 28

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday, July 26th: Psalms 40-42, Acts 27: 1-26 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 40-42, Acts 27: 1-26

Psalm 40:4
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

It's easy in times of trouble to look for a quick fix and turn to the first source of answers we can find. But this will often lead to more trouble.

Here we read the importance of trusting in the Lord, relying on Him, and waiting for Him to show us the way.


Acts 27: 22, 25
(22)But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.
(25) So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me

Bad news/good news.

After working hard for several days to save the ship and cargo, Paul gave the crew this news. The ship would be destroyed, but the men would all live.

Sometimes in life we're also presented with a case similar to this, we may lose all we've worked for, and this can be devastating. But we need to remember our main strength and root, which is God, and He loves us and cares for us. We know that in the end things will be a lot better for us, if we keep faithful to Him.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalms 43-45; Acts 27:27-44

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.


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.....
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.


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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday, July 15th: Psalms 13-15; Acts 19:21-41 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 13-15; Acts 19:21-41

I loved this entire Psalm ....

Psalm 15
Lord, who can dwell in your tent?
Who can live on your holy mountain?
The one who lives blamelessly, practices righteousness,
and acknowledges the truth in his heart— 
who does not slander with his tongue,
who does not harm his friend
or discredit his neighbour,
who despises the one rejected by the Lord
but honors those who fear the Lord,
who keeps his word whatever the cost,
who does not lend his silver at interest
or take a bribe against the innocent—
the one who does these things will never be shaken.

The "title" of this Psalm was "A Description of the Godly".

Is this a description of me?

Do I live blamelessly?
Do I practice righteousness?
Do I acknowledge truth?
Do I use my tongue to build up and stop myself from bad mouthing others?
Do I help, and not harm?
Do I build up the reputation of my neighbour?
Do I fear the Lord, and honour others who do too?
Do I keep my word, no matter the cost?
Am I generous?
Am I above board, even when no one is watching?
Is my foundation built on the Solid Rock so that I will not be shaken?

All of these things I can not do on my own strength.  But because He abides in me (and you) and I (us) in Him, this can be a description of you and me.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 16-17; Acts 20:1-16

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday, July 14th: Psalms 10-12, Acts 19:1-20 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 10-12, Acts 19:1-20

Psalm 11:4 But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven.

Psalm 10 reminded me a lot of Job. But I love that it is followed by this verse in Psalm 11. No matter how bleak the circumstances, no matter how dark the night, or severe the trial, He is still sovereign.  He is still King of all Kings. And He is still good. 

When the phone call comes, when the diagnosis is bad, when disaster strikes - He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 13-15Acts 19:21-41

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday, July 13th: Psalms 7-9; Acts 18 ~ Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 7-9; Acts 18

A few things I noticed in today's reading:

Psalm 7:14

The wicked conceive evil;
    they are pregnant with trouble
    and give birth to lies.

What a cool analogy about being "pregnant" with trouble. Just as a women is pregnant with a child, it grows and grows until it is fully developed. Evil also often begins small, almost unnoticeable, and then it grows and grows until it cannot be ignored.

Psalm 9: 19-20

Arise, O Lord!
    Do not let mere mortals defy you!
    Judge the nations!
20 Make them tremble in fear, O Lord.
    Let the nations know they are merely human. Interlude

Sometimes as we look around and see the chaos of the world right now we might think God is not seeing the evil that is in our world. We might desire to call out to God for judgement because we want to stop the madness that society proclaims as acceptable. We are just mere humans and sometimes we fail to realize that while others may be sinning differently than us, we ALL fall short of His kingdom.

Acts 18:3 Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers[b] just as he was.

For some reason, "just as he was" stood out for me today. I guess I never really thought of Paul as having a "real" job or skill....besides preaching and writing. I think that's something that we can appreciate about ourselves too. God has blessed us with many diverse skills and talents and we can use all of them to glorify him...whether making tents, preaching, or writing.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 10-12Acts 19:1-20