OYB April 16

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted April 23, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Joshua 13-14
NT: Luke 18:1-17
Ps: Psalm 85
Pr: Proverbs 13:7-8

Today´s notable verse:


13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' 14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Luke 18:13-14 (NIV)

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OYB April 15

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Today´s reading:
OT: Joshua 11-12
NT: Luke 17:11-37
Ps: Psalm 84
Pr: Proverbs 13:5-6

Today´s notable verse:

34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.

Luke 7:34-45 (NIV)

I always think of the song "I wish we'd all been ready", written originally by Larry Norman and re-made by DCTalk.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Proverbs chapter 13 verse 5 - "Those who are godly hate lies; the wicked come to shame and disgrace." Here's a question - is it ever okay to lie? I've spoken with friends who have said they believe it is okay to lie to preserve an innocent life. And I guess if you think about maybe someone who saved lives in the Holocaust by lying, then this would seem to be an okay instance to lie? I mean, you are lying to save an innocent life. Is that okay? I realize the trick becomes where do you draw the lines on when it is okay to lie. We could rationalize almost anything saying it was okay to lie because of x, y, z greater good. This Proverb says those who are godly hate lies. I am sure we all do hate lying. But is it ever okay to lie? To save an innocent life - is it okay?

Amazing, how the wisdom and truth of the Word can be so simple and obvious, and yet we still try to rationalize our own wisdom to justify acting contrary to the Word! The problem I have with justifying lying as a means to save an innocent life is two-fold: first, the ends never justify the means; second, choosing to act ungodly in the name of a righteous end is choosing to act outside of faith. God never intends to use sin to fulfill His will. (To be sure, God is in control of every situation, and can bring about His will despite and through our acts of sin; but God's way is perfect and holy.) If we think that we have to lie in order to preserve an innocent life, then we deny God's power and ability to work through the situation to accomplish His Will and to preserve that innocent life. If we in faith speak the truth, then we acknowledge God's sovereignity and put our faith and trust in Him to accomplish what He will in a way we perhaps cannot see with our own understanding.

And let me play Devil's Advocate. Two questions: one, what life is truly innocent? And two, are not God's ways higher than our own ways? The fate of that life (innocent or otherwise) is in God's hands, and he will spare that life or not, according to His will and His ways. Our responsibility is to act in obedience to Him - which requires our honesty, and not lies.

OYB April 14

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted April 15, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Joshua 9:3-27, Joshua 10
NT: Luke 16:19-31, Luke 17:1-10
Ps: Psalm 83
Pr: Proverbs 13:4

Today´s notable verse:

The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD.

Joshua 9:14 (NIV)

Oh, how we are deceived when, like the Israelites, we fail to inquire of the Lord! How we bring disaster on ourselves! How many times do we make rash or hasty decisions out of our own understanding and capacity, and without inquiring of the Lord, only to find out afterward that the decision was wrong, or that we had been unknowingly deceived? We serve an omniscient and omnipresent God, from whom nothing is kept hidden - and yet, to our own detriment, we fail to take the obvious and simple step of seeking His wisdom before making decisions in our lives.

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OYB April 13

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Posted April 15, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Joshua 7:16-26, Joshua 8, Joshua 9:1-2
NT: Luke 16:1-18
Ps: Psalm 82
Pr: Proverbs 13:2-3

Today´s notable verse:

10 "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Luke 16:10-11 (NIV)

We can discern our character best not by looking at how we deal with major, conspicuous situations, decisions, and responsibilities; but rather, how we deal with the seemingly insignificant, inconspicuous ones. In fact, our character is the result of the sum of such. If we wish to change our character, we do so progressively, choosing wisely with small decisions, and acting faithfully with minor responsibilities. Our stewardship of our worldly resources constitutes a training and proving ground for God's greater purpose for us not only in this life, but also for our eternal reward.

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OYB April 12

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted April 15, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Joshua 5-6, Joshua 7:1-15
NT: Luke 15
Ps: Psalm 81
Pr: Proverbs 13:1

Today´s notable verse:

31 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'

Luke 15:31-32 (NIV)

I think the moral of this parable involves more than just the prodigal son. The faithful son receives instruction and a promise: while great is the rejoicing for the son who has returned to the father, great as well is the blessing to come to the faithful son. The celebration for the return of the prodigal son lasts but for a moment; the inheritance of the faithful son is eternal. It is also important to bear in mind that each of us is both the prodigal son and also the faithful son. Through and like our father Adam, we squandered God's original inheritance for us; but through Christ, our Father God has restored to us our inheritance: life as He would have us live it; life eternal.

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OYB April 11

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted April 15, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Joshua 3-4
NT: Luke 14:7-35
Ps: Psalm 80
Pr: Proverbs 12:27-28

Today´s notable verse:

or everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Luke 14:11 (NIV)

The perspective of humility is that which enables the Christian to live a powerful, effective, and victorious life. When in humility I recognize my unworthiness of God's grace, then I place myself in position to be completely obedient and surrendered to God, to be used by Him, to allow His power to work through me, and for Him to glorify Himself in my life. When I in humility consider others better than and before myself, I subvert my self interest to the needs and interests of others.

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OYB April 10

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted April 15, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Deuteronomy 34, Joshua 1, Joshua 2
NT: Luke 13:22-35, Luke 14:1-6
Ps: Psalm 79
Pr: Proverbs 12:26

Today´s notable verse:

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:8 (NIV)

The character of God is unchanging, therefore the Word of God is unchanging; likewise, the principles and truths contained in God's Word do not change, and are applicable to us even today. When we live by those principles and apply those truths to our lives, we also will be prosperous and successful.

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OYB April 9

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Posted April 15, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Deuteronomy 33
NT: Luke 13:1-21
Ps: Psalm 78:65-72
Pr: Proverbs 12:25

Today´s notable verse:

1 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

Luke 13:1-5 (NIV)

Attention, Pat Robertson: not all atrocities or tragedies are brought at the behest of God, as punishment for sin. Do not be quick to judge the misfortune of others. Instead, we should be quick to take heed of the warning such misfortune represents for us, because each one of us is deserving of punishment. If we do not repent of our sin, and accept the grace of Christ, we too will perish in the end. But praise God that He has provided the Way for us!

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OYB April 8

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted April 15, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Deuteronomy 32:28-52
NT: Luke 12:35-59
Ps: Psalm 78:56-64
Pr: Proverbs 12:24

Today´s notable verse:

45 When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, "Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess."

Deuteronomy 32:45-47 (NIV)

How true this declaration remains for us today, concerning God's Word! God' Word contains all the truth and wisdom by which we live and find success. Every decision, every temptation, every situation, and every action depends on the Word. The Word is Living, both because it remains applicable to our lives, and also because it is by and through the Word that we live - both figuratively, in the written Word, and literally, as we have new life in Christ the Word-become-flesh.

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OYB April 7

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Deuteronomy 31, Deuteronomy 32
NT: Luke 12:8-34
Ps: Psalm 78:32-55
Pr: Proverbs 12:21-23

Today´s notable verses:

11 "When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."

Luke 12:11-12 (NIV)

I sometimes wonder what I would say if asked to give a defense of my faith. These verses set my mind at ease, knowing that the Holy Spirit is with me, and will guide me even in the details of the words to speak against those who oppose my faith.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 12:31 (NIV)

All these things - life/food, body/clothes, etc. - will be given to us, if we do but one thing: pursue the kingdom of God. God blesses our obedience, and provides for our every need. This principle is part of the key to living a life of contentment: God knows what I need, and when I am faithful in obedience, He is likewise faithful in His provision of those needs. When I learn to remove my "want" from myself, and place my "want" in God, then I do not have to concern myself with my needs. Running after selfish, worldy wants will always leave us dissatisfied; but running after God will always bring the deepest, most complete satisfaction imaginable.

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