OYB November 30

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 29 December 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Daniel 7
NT: I John 1
Ps: Psalm 119:153-176
Pr: Proverbs 28:23-24

Today´s notable verse:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I John 1:9 (NIV)

Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Psalm 119:165 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today.

OYB November 29

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Posted 29 December 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Daniel 6
NT: II Peter 3
Ps: Psalm 119:129-152
Pr: Proverbs 28:21-22

Today´s notable verse:

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

II Peter 3:8-9 (NIV)

Today, while driving to Cincinnati to take home our neices who were visiting over the short week, I had the opportunity to help teach the older, 10-year-old neice this principle. She shared with me that she had prayed to God that she might have a baby - not her own; she wants to adopt. So, I got the opportunity to explain to her about praying to God, and telling Him our desires - and also about how God answers prayers, but sometimes we don't understand His timing. I look forward to having these kinds of conversations with our own children one day, too!

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today, in which we are asked for our favorite verse from Psalm 119. Mine are:

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

Psalm 119:18 (NIV)

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

Psalm 119:114 (NIV)

Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Psalm 119:165 (NIV)

OYB November 28

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 29 December 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Daniel 5
NT: II Peter 2
Ps: Psalm 119:113-128
Pr: Proverbs 28:19-20

Today´s notable verse:

He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

Proverbs 28:19 (NIV)

This proverb is a great reminder that we are responsible to work hard in whatever position God has placed us, and that we should not pursue "get rich quick" schemes. The former pursuit represents a desire to see God glorified; the latter pursuit represents a desire for selfish gain.

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today.

OYB November 27

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Posted December 17, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Daniel 4
NT: II Peter 1
Ps: Psalm 119:97-112
Pr: Proverbs 28:17-18

Today´s notable verse:

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Peter 1:5-8 (NIV)

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OYB November 26

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Posted December 17, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Daniel 2:20-, Daniel 3
NT: I Peter 4:7-19, I Peter 5
Ps: Psalm 119:81-96
Pr: Proverbs 28:15-16

Today´s notable verse:

17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

Daniel 3:17-18 (NIV)

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had such exemplary faith and confidence in God! They knew their very lives were in God's control, and were not willing to compromise their beliefs in order to take that control in their own hands. They faced certain death in the furnace rather than worship a false god. They did not know whether or not God would rescue them from that death, but they did know that, no matter what, God was still God. They controlled the only thing they could absolutely control: their own obedience to God's Law. And Nebuchadnezzar's response reminds me of a verse in First Peter from a couple days ago:

Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

Daniel 3:28 (NIV)

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

I Peter 2:12 (NIV)

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OYB November 25

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Posted December 17, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Daniel 1, Daniel 2:1-23
NT: I Peter 3:8-22, I Peter 4:1-6
Ps: Psalm 119:65-80
Pr: Proverbs 28:14

Today´s notable verse:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...

I Peter 3:15 (NIV)

Always be prepared to give an answer... Being prepared to give an answer requires studying and knowing God's Word; it requires facing the often-difficult questions, and finding their answers, before those questions are posed from another. We are not called to be ignorant believers, but rather to know and understand truth to the extent that God has revealed it to us.

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today, in which are posed the following questions, in a discussion of Nebuchadnezzar changing the names of Daniel and his Hebrew nobleman compatriot exiles:

Do you think that someone's name can be reflective of who they are? Are names important?

I believe names are extremely important. In a few short months we will be naming our first child, and we have been considering that name very seriously. Names are important in part because the spoken word is extremely important. God spoke the universe into existence. Jesus Christ is the Word of God. Christians are commanded to confess with our mouths our submission to Jesus Christ as Lord. God has endued incredible power in the spoken word. In the same way, when parents give a name to a child, that name becomes that which is most frequently spoken over that child. Consider Jacob, who did not allow his dying wife Rachel to name his last son Ben-Oni ("Son of My Misery") but rather named him Benjamin ("Son of My Strength"). It is important to me that we choose a name for our daughter that means something positive to be spoken over her life every time we call her by that name.

OYB November 24

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Posted December 17, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Ezekiel 47-48
NT: I Peter 2:11-25, I Peter 3:1-7
Ps: Psalm 119:49-64
Pr: Proverbs 28:12-13

Today´s notable verses:

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

I Peter 2:11-12 (NIV)

I notice two things about the first verse: one, that we have the option/ability to abstain from sinful desires - that is, they do not have ultimate control over us; two, that those sinful desires literally war against the soul. Sin - our sinful nature and desires - is the enemy of the soul. Sin is not something we should take lightly, nor with which we should toy. Don't give sinful desires even a foothold in the mind - don't give it the first thought. See Philippians 4:8 for the things on which our minds should dwell.

On the second verse, it is noteworthy that, whether or not they - or we - know it, we model the Law and Character of God to the world. Would that we live such lives that, when Christ returns, non-believers will recognize that what they saw in us was truly a reflection of our Lord!

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

I Peter 3:7 (NIV)

I spent some time contemplating the wife as the "weaker partner". I think the point here is that it is true that women were created as less physically strong and more emotionally sensitive, but more importantly, men and women are equal in the one area that matters most: spiritually. Men are called to be the head of the relationship, but husbands are to give their wives the love, respect, and consideration due them as equals in standing before God.

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today.

OYB November 23

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Posted December 17, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Ezekiel 45:13-25, Ezekiel 46
NT: I Peter 1:13-25, I Peter 2:1-10
Ps: Psalm 119:33-48
Pr: Proverbs 28:11

Today´s notable verse:

15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."

I Peter 1:15-16 (NIV)

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OYB November 22

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Posted December 17, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Ezekiel 44, Ezekiel 45:1-12
NT: I Peter 1:1-12
Ps: Psalm 119:17-32
Pr: Proverbs 28:8-10

Today´s notable verse:

8 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 goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

I Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)

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OYB November 21

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Posted December 17, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Ezekiel 42-43
NT: James 5
Ps: Psalm 119:1-16
Pr: Proverbs 28:6-7

Today´s notable verses:

15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:16-16 (NIV)

I wonder how powerful and effective our prayers really are? Do we truly offer prayers with the faith that our prayers will make the sick person well? Do we confess our sins to each other so that we do not hinder our prayers?

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

Psalm 131:9 (NIV)

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 131:11 (NIV)

So then, what is the key to living a life of purity and avoiding sinning against God? God's Word! Study His Word. Meditate upon His Word, until it becomes an innate part of the thought and decision-making processes. And then, live according to His Word.

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today.