OYB June 30

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: II Kings 17, II Kings 18:1-12
NT: Acts 20
Ps: Psalm 148
Pr: Proverbs 18:6-7

Today´s notable verse:

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.

Acts 20:24 (NIV)

This word of Paul to the elders of Ephesus encapsulates his heart, and represents why Paul is such an inspiration for my life. My desire and goal is to have this one-minded focus on and devotion to completing God's purpose for my life.

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OYB June 29

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Posted 8 July 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Kings 15-16
NT: Acts 19:13-41
Ps: Psalm 147
Pr: Proverbs 18:4-5

Today´s notable verse:

Praise the LORD.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Psalm 147:1 (NIV)

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OYB June 28

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Posted 8 July 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Kings 13-14
NT: Acts 18:23-28, Acts 19:1-12
Ps: Psalm 146
Pr: Proverbs 18:2-3

Today´s notable verse:

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinions.

Proverbs 18:2 (NIV)

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OYB June 27

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Today´s reading:
OT: II Kings 10:32-, II Kings 11-12
NT: Acts 18:1-22
Ps: Psalm 145
Pr: Proverbs 18:1

Today´s notable verse:

8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.

Psalm 145:8-9 (NIV)

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OYB January 26

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: II Kings 9:14-37, II Kings 10:1-31
NT: Acts 17
Ps: Psalm 144
Pr: Proverbs 17:27-28

Today´s notable verse:

22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.

Acts 17:22-23 (NIV)

I love this example of how Paul uses everything available to him in order to reach the lost. As we will read in the coming weeks (I Corinthians 9:19-22), Paul became "all things to all men, so that by all possible means [he] might save some". To the Jews, Paul spoke in the synagogues on the Sabbath, reasoning from the Scriptures. Yet, to the Gentile men of the Areopagus of Athens, Paul used the altar to an "Unknown God" - and later in the same speech, references to contemporary secular poetry. It is obvious that Paul was well-versed in the "pop culture" of his day - though at the same time, he was not influenced by that culture. While Paul used an altar as a starting point, "he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols" (v.16).

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OYB June 25

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Today´s reading:
OT: II Kings 8, II Kings 9:1-13
NT: Acts 16:16-40
Ps: Psalm 143
Pr: Proverbs 17:26

Today´s notable verse:

Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

Psalm 143:10 (NIV)

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OYB June 24

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Today´s reading:
OT: II Kings 6-7
NT: Acts 15:36-41, Acts 16:1-15
Ps: Psalm 142
Pr: Proverbs 17:24-25

Today´s notable verse:

A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:24 (NIV)

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OYB June 23

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Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 4:18-37, I Kings 5
NT: Acts 15:1-35
Ps: Psalm 141
Pr: Proverbs 17:23

Today´s notable verse:

8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.8God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.

Acts 15:8-9 (NIV)

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OYB June 22

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Today´s reading:
OT: II Kings 3, II Kings 4:1-17
NT: Acts 14:8-28
Ps: Psalm 140
Pr: Proverbs 17:22

Today´s notable verse:

A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)

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OYB June 21

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Today´s reading:
OT: II Kings 1-2
NT: Acts 13:42-52, Acts 14:1-7
Ps: Psalm 139
Pr: Proverbs 17:19-21

Today´s notable verse:

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)

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