Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wednesday, October 31st: Jeremiah 49-52, John 12:12-50 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is  Jeremiah 49-52, John 12:12-50

John 12:42-43

42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

Does anybody else find that convicting?
Do I want to be praised by others more than I want to please God?  I pray that I would live for God's glory and not for my own!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Ezekiel 1-3, John 13

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tuesday, October 30: Jeremiah 46-48, John 11:45-12:11

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 46-48, John 11:45-12:11

John 12:3
Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet & wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

We are told that the value of this perfume was about a year’s worth in wages. What a gift, a show of love!

Would we be willing to do this? Do we love enough that we would give up everything to show that love (& then trust enough that our needs will be met)?

How tightly we hold onto the things we value. What do we value most, the things this world offers or what Jesus offers? Do we focus on the good things here & now or the great things to come when we give it all to God?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Jeremiah 49-52, John 12:12-50

Monday, October 29, 2018

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Jeremiah 43-45, John 11:1-44

John 11:35 as many know, this is the shortest book of the bible only saying, "Jesus wept." but this shows much more than what we expect if we are just reading it. Jesus knew that he was going to bring Lazarus back to life, he knew all this before he went to his house. Jesus was crying because he saw Lazarus' family crying and felt for them, this shows that Jesus was able to feel and experience things that most would think he couldn't

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Jeremiah 46-48, John 11:45-12:11

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Saturday, October 27th: Obadiah 1; Jeremiah 40-42; John 10 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Obadiah 1; Jeremiah 40-42; John 10

John 10:5-6

5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

V6 does not turn out the way you think it will after reading V5.  And, if it was the first time you were reading this story, it would not enfold the way you'd think it should either!  He loved them, so you'd think He would've gotten there in time to heal him, or even heal him from a distance like He'd done before.

But He waited.
And Lazarus died.

He answered their prayer with a "no".  Or at least, at first glance He did.

But it turns out that Jesus had something huge planned.  Through the death of His friend, Jesus would display His absolute power over death in a stunning way no one could deny, and foreshadow His own resurrection soon to come.

It appeared to them, with their limited knowledge, that Jesus first said "wait", and then said "no".  But after what was a painful wait, His answer turned into a "YES!"

We don't always get a yes answer, at least not in this life.  But sometimes when we get "wait" or "no" answers, God has far bigger and better plans in mind.  And, at the minimum, we will ultimate get a "yes" in eternity -  as we see later in 2 Corinthians 4:17....
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Jeremiah 43-45, John 11:1-44

Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday, October 26th: Lamentations 1-5; John 9 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Lamentations 1-5; John 9

“But I called on your name, Lord, from deep within the pit. You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading! Hear my cry for help!” Yes, you came when I called; you told me, “Do not fear.””
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:55-57‬

There are days and seasons in our lives when we can’t seem to find joy no matter how hard we look. There are times we feel alone, tired of waiting, and like God has forgotten us. But when we are “deep within the pit”, our Father still sees us.

I think of the story of Jonah in the belly of the fish. Sometimes we need to be in complete darkness, all alone, before we can finally hear the still, small voice of God saying “do not fear”. 

He’s always there, even when it doesn’t seem like it. Cling to that hope, and try to listen for His voice today. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageObadiah 1; Jeremiah 40-42; John 10

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jeremiah 37-39, John 8: 31-59

Jeremiah 30:20
“They will not hand you over,” Jeremiah replied. “ Obey the LORD by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared.

Finally after many warnings over the years, the Jews are about to be taken over by King Nebuchadnezzar. They are scrambling and I'm sure very worried about what will happen next. King Zedekiah is given a simple task, in order to save his life he needs to follow and obey the Lord.
A good reminder to keep it simple and just focus on God, not on worldly stresses. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wednesday, October 24th: Jeremiah 34-36, John 7:53-8:30 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 34-36, John 7:53-8:30

John 8:24b unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.
Who do you say Jesus is?  What are you going to do about it?

That's what it all boils down to.

First - acknowledging that He is Who He says He is.  Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour of the world.

Second - repenting of your sin, accepting His sacrifice on your behalf, and living for Him.

Just the first step is not enough - even the demons know Jesus is Who He says He is.  We must also love, follow, and obey Him!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Jeremiah 37-39, John 8:31-59

Monday, October 22, 2018

Tuesday, October 23: Jeremiah 31-33, John 7:1-52 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 31-33, John 7:1-52

John 7:7
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.

Jesus makes no apology, the world is evil.

He didn’t try to soften his words so he wouldn’t step on any toes. He didn’t sway on his convictions. He didn’t worry about what people would think of him.

He stood his ground & the world hated him for it.

We need to be prepared that when we follow God we will be hated. The world won’t like what we say because it is not what they want to hear but we can’t make apologies for it.

We need to stand firm in the truth regardless of the world says.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Jeremiah 34-36, John 7:53-8:30

Monday, October 22: Jeremiah 28-30, John 6:22-71 by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 28-30, John 6:22-71

A few things that stood out from today's readings:

15 And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie.16 Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the Lord.’”

This makes me think about a quote that was discussed in Sunday School yesterday:

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

― Brennan Manning

When we are not following the will and the plan of God, and yet we are professing that we are Christian, we are leading people astray. Hananiah was doing his own thing and NOT what the Lord wanted him to be doing. There are always consequences for disobedience and Hananiah paid with his life.

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.  For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream,[a] for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord.

These are the words to the exiles but are just as they were true for them, they are applicable to us living as exiles in this society that is more grey than black and white. We are to put down roots buy planting, literally and figuratively, seeds of produce and of relationships with others. We should multiply and bring up our children in the Lord. Pray for our fallen world. We should know God's truth so that we are not swayed by false prophets and fake news.

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[b] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 

We can take comfort in knowing that God has a plan for us. He hears us and when we seek Him we will find Him.

Why do you cry out over your hurt?
    Your pain is incurable.
Because your guilt is great,
    because your sins are flagrant,
    I have done these things to you.
16 Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured,
    and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
those who plunder you shall be plundered,
    and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
17 For I will restore health to you,
    and your wounds I will heal,
declares the Lord,

Our sins are obvious and offensive and our guilt is heavy. It can make us feel like the pain of sin is unending. But one day, the Lord will heal all our wounds and turn all of our hardship around. He is greater than all our sin.

From the NT:

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. 

We are needy people. What a comfort to know that Jesus can supply all our needs. We know God keeps his promises and hearing “Truly, truly, I say to you" throughout the NT readings is a great reminder that we can have confidence in God. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Jeremiah 31-33, John 7:1-52

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday, October 20th: Jeremiah 25-27; John 6:1-21 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 25-27; John 6:1-21

The miracles in our passage are amazing, but the way it's written it almost seems like it was normal or commonplace.  Perhaps that's just because I've read or heard it so many times, I'm not sure.

But one of the miracles stood out to me more than the rest.....

19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[b] they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

THAT would've been cool to see.  So would Jesus walking on water, and calming the seas, and multiplying food, but still - you know what I mean.  One minute they're in the middle of the sea, and the next they're on land, that must've felt pretty surreal!

We serve an amazingly powerful God!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Jeremiah 28-30, John 6:22-71

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday, October 19th: Jeremiah 22-24; John 5 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 22-24; John 5

“I will watch over and care for them, and I will bring them back here again. I will build them up and I will not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them hearts that recognize me as the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.” - Jeremiah 24:6-7

God’s unfailing love really stood out to me in this verse. No matter how far you think you are from God, He will bring you back to Him and build you up. He will watch over you and care for you. Like the exiles, He will bring you back to a good place, and He will never leave you.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJeremiah 25-27; John 6:1-21

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday, October 18th: Jeremiah 19-21, John 4 ~ Nathan

John 4: 50-53
“Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. [51]While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. [52] When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” [53] Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.

I found this miracle by Jesus to have a second part to it, that confirmed it and made it even more real.
This father asked Jesus to heal his son, and Jesus did. On the father's way back to his son he inquired about when the healing of his son took place and it was confirmed that it happened exactly when Jesus had said so - the day before. 

The stories we read in the Bible are true and really happened. All the more reason to praise God and want to grow in our faith! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday, October 17th: Jeremiah 16-18, John 3

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 16-18, John 3

John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Jesus’ first coming was a rescue mission, but his second coming will mean that the time for judgement has arrived. Unfortunately, many mistake the lack of current judgement to mean that judgement is never coming, instead of recognizing it as God’s patience and waiting for as many to come to repentance as possible.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Jeremiah 19-21, John 4

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesday, October 16: Jeremiah 13-15, John 2 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 13-15, John 2

John 2-
13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” 

Jesus shows his anger at how the temple was treated; at the disrespect & dishonesty, the evil acts & injustices. The temple was the house of God & needed to be treated with the utmost respect & reverence. 

When we accept Jesus into our hearts, he literally indwells us through the Holy Spirit & so we become a temple of God. 

How do we treat this temple? Do we take this privilege seriously or do we wave it off, not recognizing the awesomeness of it?

What do we allow into this temple, how do we treat it? 

I believe what we physically put into it/do to it is important. We need to keep ourselves healthy through food, exercise, not harming ourselves (smoking, drugs), etc. We also need to consider who we are representing; do we dress with modesty.  

We also need to know what we’re putting into our hearts & minds. Are we filling ourselves with the “trash of the world” or all things good & holy? Do we realize the things we do are essentially being done right inside God’s temple?

How are we using his temple? For dishonest gain or with love to help & encourage others? Do we show respect & consideration to others or are we unaccepting?

Jesus was angered by the way his temple was used. He intended to represent his glory & to bring people to him. Is our temple being used in a way to glorify Him?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Jeremiah 16-18, John 3

Monday, October 15, 2018

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Jeremiah 10-12, John 1:19-51

John 1:29-51 is all about how ready Jesus' disciples were to give their lives for him, I find that nowadays people need to proof in order to believe in something, but here as soon and Jesus was seen by these men, they gave away everything they had, and followed. This is what Jesus tells us to do, but we are more unwilling to submit everything to Jesus because our society has become so fixated on the treasures of Earth, rather than our Heavenly treasure, but we, as Christians need to be willing to give everything up for Jesus and follow him whole heartedly.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJeremiah 13-15, John 2

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday, October 13th: Jeremiah 7-9, John 1:1-18 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 7-9, John 1:1-18

John 1:1 The Word (Christ) was in the beginning. The Word was with God. The Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 He made all things. Nothing was made without Him making it. 4 Life began by Him. His Life was the Light for men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness. The darkness has never been able to put out the Light.
I love the beginning (pun!) of the book of John. 

One thing I think is important it to note is that Jesus has also existed.  He was not created when He was born as a baby to Mary and Joseph.  No, Jesus was there in the beginning.  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit - all in the beginning.  They created all things.

And I love how this passage ends.....
The darkness has never been able to put out the Light.

And it never will!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday, October 12th: Jeremiah 4-6; 2 Peter 3 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 4-6; 2 Peter 3

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This, to me, was a reminder that God really does love everyone. Even those who don’t love Him. And if God loves, and is patient with everyone (even those who curse His name, who try to prove that He doesn’t exist, who claim that He isn’t good, and who hate Him), then who am I to say I can’t love, and be patient with others just because they annoy me?

My challenge today is for us all to be patient with those we usually have no patience for, and to show them the love of Christ Jesus. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJeremiah 7-9; John 1:1-18

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday, October 11th: Jeremiah 1-3, 2 Peter 2 ~ Nathan

2 Peter 2: 20-22
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. [21] It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. [22] 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit ,” g and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

A good reminder for us as Christians to keep on battling to live for God and obey Him. Satan is working hard to pull us away, and works at it slowly. Only God can help us stay strong and with Him.
Is our commitment to God strong? Do we want Him to be first in our lives?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday, October 10th: Zephaniah 1-3, 2 Peter 1 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Zephaniah 1-3, 2 Peter 1

Normally, I write about a verse or passage that jumps out at me, but today this passage spoke so clearly, that I just want to repeat them and have them resonate with you the way they did with me.

2 Peter 1:3-9 Growing in Faith

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
I don't want to forget!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJeremiah 1-3, 2 Peter 2

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday, October 9: Habakkuk 1-3, 1 Peter 5 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Habakkuk 1-3, 1 Peter 5

1 Peter 5:2a-
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care

We are all placed in a role of leadership at some point, in one way or another. We have to take that responsibility seriously, without going on a power trip but humbling ourselves so that God can use us.

We need to remember-
-it’s about God, not us; it’s God’s flock (vs 2)
-not because you must but because you’re willing (vs 2)
-not because of what you can get but because of what you can give (vs 2)
-leading by example not by force (vs 3)

We also need to remember that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (Vs 5)

Sometimes, even in leadership, we need to swallow our pride & recognize good advice when given to us. We need to acknowledge that others may have valuable insight & be ready to accept it (maybe even seek it out) in order to grow as a leader (servant) of God.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Zephaniah 1-3, 2 Peter 1

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday, Octoeber 8: Isaiah 64-66, 1 Peter 4~by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 64-66, 1 Peter 4

Yesterday in Sunday School we talked about sin and the guilt we often feel as Christians when our sins separate us from God. This stood out for me:

We are all infected and impure with sin.
    When we display our righteous deeds,
    they are nothing but filthy rags.
Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,
    and our sins sweep us away like the wind.

We are born sinful and we spend so much time trying to justify our sin or cover it up. Like David, trying to cover up his indiscretion with Bathsheba, covers up his sin by killing Uriah. With all of David's "righteous deeds" the sin of lust makes them just "filthy rags". The teacher today compared it to seeing a bride walk down the aisle with a big dirty stain on her dress. This would be what everyone would focus on. When we have sin, we have our own stain on display.

There will be punishment for sin:

15 See, the Lord is coming with fire,
    and his swift chariots roar like a whirlwind.
He will bring punishment with the fury of his anger
    and the flaming fire of his hot rebuke.
16 The Lord will punish the world by fire
    and by his sword.
He will judge the earth,
    and many will be killed by him.

One day all our stains will be revealed and will need to be accounted for. Only when Jesus covers the stain and it is seen no more will be escape the wrath of God.

This repeated in the NT passage:

Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead. That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead[b]—so although they were destined to die like all people,[c] they now live forever with God in the Spirit.[d]

Our society prefers to gloss over sin. Everything is grey instead of black and white. Truth has become relative. However, there will come a time when we need to account for our words and our actions. We will be judged. It is not easy to live for Christ. But scripture promises that we don't journey this path alone and that it will worth it:

So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageHabakkuk 1-3, 1 Peter 5

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Saturday, October 6th: Isaiah 61-63; 1 Peter 3 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 61-63; 1 Peter 3

1 Peter 3:3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
These verses are not saying that we shouldn't care at all about our appearance or that it is wrong to want to look nice.  It's saying that our priority should be our inner beauty instead of our outer beauty.

A few tips on how to do that follow....
all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.[a] Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing.
Be of one mind
Be sympathetic
Love each other
Be tenderhearted
Be humble
Don't exact revenge
Don't insult back, rather bless back.

May we focus on our character and integrity in our walk with God.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Isaiah 64-66, 1 Peter 4

Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday, October 5th: Isaiah 58-60; 1 Peter 2 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 58-60; 1 Peter 2

“Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭59:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When we don’t get an answer we want from God, or we don’t feel like we’re getting an answer, it doesn’t mean He is too weak or can’t hear us. Sometimes the answer is “wait” and sometimes the answer is “no”. And sometimes, as the next verse points out, our sin is getting in the way of hearing the answer.

It’s like when a kid has a temper tantrum at the grocery store and then asks you to buy them a treat. There’s no way they’re getting a treat after behaving like that. 

It’s a similar situation with God. When we keep sinning (and not seeking Him for forgiveness or guidance in how to do the right thing), why would He reward us with a “treat”? We need to ask for forgiveness, and work hard to get rid of our sin through Him.  And then maybe the next time we’re “at the store”, if we listen well, we might get a treat. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageIsaiah 61-63; 1 Peter 3

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thursday, October 4th: Isaiah 55 - 57, 1 Peter 1 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is  Isaiah 55-57, 1 Peter 1

A few verses that stood out to me
Isaiah 55:1
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

A reminder that we are invited to come to Jesus. This won't cost us money, like everything else in our world does, it's free and worth it.

1 Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, [9] for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

This sums up what I know is true and right. We can't see Him but believe. A good reminder and encouragement to keep up our faith and work towards the end when we can live with Him in glory.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday, October 3rd: Isaiah 52-54, James 5 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 52-54, James 5

James 5 
Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. 2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. 4 For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

5 You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and killed innocent people,[a] who do not resist you.[b]

Our society is obsessed with wealth and all the toys that come with it.  Earning money is not a problem, it isn't even a problem to earn a lot of money. The problem comes when we look to money for happiness and fulfilment, and when money becomes our priority over our relationships with God and our families.

We should always hold our wealth with an open hand - ready for God to use as He sees fit.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageIsaiah 55-57, 1 Peter 1