OYB June 20

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 22
NT: Acts 13:16-41
Ps: Psalm 138
Pr: Proverbs 17:17-18

Today´s notable verse:

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.

Psalm 138:8 (NIV)

The first line of this verse is a very real comfort to me today, as I begin to face the reality that someone very close to me very likely will see her life cut short - short, that is, by our imperfect, human standards. It is at times like these that I have only my faith on which to rely, to trust that God has a purpose for her life, and that He will fulfill that purpose - that He will not abondon the works of His hands. But I know His Word is true, and I am thankful that He has given me a role to play in her life. I really can't say anything more detailed (yet), but those close to me know what/whom I'm talking about.

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OYB June 19

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 20-21
NT: Acts 12:24-25, Acts 13:1-15
Ps: Psalm 137
Pr: Proverbs 17:16

Today´s notable verse:

2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Acts 13:2-3 (NIV)

I know this day is coming, but I don't know when.

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

A very cool thing to note about today's readings is that Paul started his missionary journey not after an extensive planning session / retreat / etc. (all our modern day stuff of what we have to do before embarking on something...) No! Paul started his missionary journey after a time of worship & fasting and being filled with the Holy Spirit! The Spirit moved and thus Paul moved! It was that simple.

True, when the time to move came, the Spirit spoke, and the disciples acted; however, Paul spent eleven years in preparation for this moment of sending - 11 years of service and teaching and training in the Word under the believers in Jerusalem and Antioch.

Ballad of San Francisco

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I apologize for the light posting over the past week. From Monday through Friday I was in San Francisco for the IVT Conference on FDA Inspections, held at the Crowne Plaza Union Square, which is also where I stayed while there.

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Views of the city, including Coit Tower, from the 30th floor of the Crowne Plaza Union Square.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

This trip was my third to San Francisco, which is a rather picturesque city, and a great one to walk around in the evening - which is what I did Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. The hotel is just north of Union Square, and is within walking distance of several notable landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Financial District, the Ferry Building, Chinatown, Maiden Lane, Nob Hill, the Civic Center, and several others.

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Union Square
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Victory Monument, focal point of Union Square. This 97-foot tall Corinthian column was designed by Robert Ingersoll Aitken and built to commemorate Commodore Dewey's victory over the Spanish Armada in 1898.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Tuesday night, I walked down Sutter toward the Financial District, up Montgomery to Columbus toward North Beach, to Stockton, and then back down to Sutter, wandering up and down the hills to avoid the Stockton tunnel. I forgot to take my camera with me on this walk, which skirted the famous San Francisco Chinatown and covered approximately 5 miles. Afterward, I met up with a couple friends from the area, and we had appetizers (tuna tartare) at BluPointe, followed by wine at Cav Wine Bar.

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Grant Avenue Chinatown gate.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Wednesday night, I walked west on Sutter almost all the way to Divisadero, then back, past the hotel to the Financial District, and down Market Street to the Ferry Building. A light rain started falling on my way back up Market to Sutter, making the normally cool San Francisco evening even cooler; but I had a coffee from Peet's to keep me warm as I completed an approximately 6 mile walk.

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The San Francisco Ferry Building, originally built in 1898 and recently renovated.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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San Francisco Bay Bridge, as viewed from the exterior of the Ferry Building. The Bay Bridge opened for traffic on November 12, 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Thursday, I had a lot of ground to cover. I wanted to see Union Square, and also Mission Dolores, two of San Francisco's most famous historical sites. I also needed to go back to the Grant Avenue Chinatown Gate, to get the picture I failed to capture Tuesday night. So I headed down Powell to Union Square and got some pictures, but the last of my rechargeable batteries died, so I walked back up Powell to Walgreen's to get some replacements. Then, back down Powell, past Union Square to Market, and then up Market for the long walk to the Mission District. On the way, I passed the United Nations Civic Center Plaza, and all the rest Market St. has to offer - good and bad. I found the Mission Dolores, grabbed some pictures, and then made my way back up Market, to Powell, and back to the hotel. Altogether, this walk covered about 7 miles.

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Mission Dolores, built in 1791, remains San Francisco's oldest-standing building.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

The entire experience reminded me of one of my favorite Caedmon's Call songs, The Ballad of San Francisco, which begins appropriately with the following lyrics:

So I'm walking down the street somewhere outside of San Francisco
but, I don't really know my way around

A friend of mine invited me up to Napa, but I really wasn't going to be able to extend my trip, unfortunately.

All the rest of the pics can be found in my Flickr San Francisco photo set.

OYB June 18

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 19
NT: Acts 12:1-23
Ps: Psalm 136
Pr: Proverbs 17:14-15

Today´s notable verse:

11 The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

I Kings 19:11-12 (NIV)

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OYB June 17

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 18
NT: Acts 11
Ps: Psalm 135
Pr: Proverbs 17:12-13

Today´s notable verse:

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.

Acts 11:19-20 (NIV)

This moment represents a seminal point in the spread of the church. The persecution drove believers outside of Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria, and the Holy Spirit used this scattering to begin to reach the Gentiles. The church at Antioch became the focal point of Gentile outreach; Paul's missionary journeys originated from this church. It is this church that gets the following distinction (verse 26): "The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch."

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OYB June 16

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: 1 Kings 15:25-34, I Kings 16-17
NT: Acts 10:24-48
Ps: Psalm 134
Pr: Proverbs 17:9-11

Today´s notable verse:

A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.

Proverbs 17:10 (NIV)

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OYB June 15

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 14, I Kings 15:1-24
NT: Acts 10:1-23
Ps: Psalm 133
Pr: Proverbs 17:7-8

Today´s notable verse:

The voice spoke to him a second time, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."

Acts 10:15 (NIV)

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OYB June 14

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 12:20-33, I Kings 13
NT: Acts 9:26-43
Ps: Psalm 132
Pr: Proverbs 17:6

Today´s notable verse:

Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.

Proverbs 17:6 (NIV)

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OYB June 13

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 11-12
NT: Acts 9:1-25
Ps: Psalm 131
Pr: Proverbs 17:4-5

Today´s notable verse:

"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.

Acts 9:5 (NIV)

Note, Jesus does not say "Jesus, whose servants you are persecuting", but rather, "Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Jesus bore the burden of our sins and the pain of the atonement for our sins on the cross, and even still today, He Himself is persecuted personally when we are persecuted for His Name. He is not merely our High Priest, who empathizes with us in our struggle; He personally and intimately identifies with our suffering on His behalf. What an amazing Lord and God we serve!

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OYB June 12

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 9-10
NT: Acts 8:14-40
Ps: Psalm 130
Pr: Proverbs 17:2-3

Today´s notable verse:

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. 31 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

Acts 8:30-31 (NIV)

"How can I, unless someone explains it to me?" - What better reason for us to know the Word (both the Word recorded in Scripture as well as the Living Word), than to be able to help someone else who has ears to listen, but cannot understand what he hears?

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