OYB October 13

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 17 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 22, Jeremiah 23:1-20
NT: II Thessalonians 1
Ps: Psalm 83
Pr: Proverbs 25:11-14

Today´s notable verse:

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.

II Thessalonians 1:11 (NIV)

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OYB October 12

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 17 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 19-21
NT: I Thessalonians 5:4-28
Ps: Psalm 82
Pr: Proverbs 25:9-10

Today´s notable verse:

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20 do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21 Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil.

I Thessalonians 5:16-22 (NIV)

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OYB October 11

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 17 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 16:16-21, Jeremiah 17-18
NT: I Thessalonians 4, I Thessalonians 5:1-3
Ps: Psalm 81
Pr: Proverbs 25:6-8

Today´s notable verses:

7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." 9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."

Jeremiah 17:7-10 (NIV)

A few things of note here. The first two verses are reminiscent of Psalm 1:1-4.

Verse 9 demonstrates the depraved state of man without Christ. Many people believe that human nature is inherently good, yet we see here clearly that, apart from God, human nature deceitful above all things and beyond cure. There is no good in man apart from God - yet God provides hope to we who are hopeless.

Finally, the apparent juxtaposition in verse 10, between heart/mind and conduct/deeds merits some interest. On the surface, it would be easy to overlook the apparent disparity in this verse - that God would search the heart and examine the mind, in order to judge according to conduct and deeds. The heart and mind represent intent, will, and thought - all internal matters; conduct and deeds represent outward action. Yet, God equates the two here. This verse could be taken two ways, both plausible: one, that the inward thoughts, will, and intent of our heart and mind dictate our outward conduct and deeds; two, that God considers our inward thoughts, will, and intent equal to our conduct and deeds.

11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

I Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NIV)

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OYB October 10

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 14:11-22, Jeremiah 15, Jeremiah 16:1-15
NT: I Thessalonians 2:9-20, I Thessalonians 3
Ps: Psalm 80
Pr: Proverbs 25:1-5

Today´s notable verse:

11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

I Thessalonians 3:11-13 (NIV)

I am touched by the passion and intimacy with which Paul writes the Thessalonians, especially in the midst of his own suffering and persecution.

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Busy Weekend

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Friends, Indiana, Missouri, Photos, RHIT, Saint Louis, Terre Haute

Steph and I had a busy weekend. We left Friday evening for Rose-Hulman's Homecoming weekend. As in previous years, accomodations were a tent on the grounds of the fraternity house. Activities included the Pep Rally and Bonfire Friday night, followed by the annual Alpha Chi Sigma alumni dinner at Applebee's, and then another bonfire at the Pike house. Saturday, we visited the Chemical Engineering department open house, then joined the Rose Chorus to sing the national anthem before the football game, complete with F-16 flyover from the local air national guard unit. The game included copious amounts of roasted pig. Later that evening was the annual Pi Kappa Alpha actives-vs-alumni softball game at the IM fields, which spawned a pickup game of actives-vs-alumni football - and, of course, more food: grilled burgers and brats. Afterward, we had more bonfire action at the house. Sunday morning we had the annual Pike alumni association meeting on campus. After lunch, Steph and I headed back toward Saint Louis.

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Homecoming 2006 Photo Set
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Of course, on the way home, Steph and I took a detour to Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, IL, for a wedding. Two friends from college were getting married on a gorgeous Fall afternoon.

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Colleen's Wedding Photo Set
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

OYB October 9

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 12-13, Jeremiah 14:1-10
NT: I Thessalonians 1, I Thessalonians 2:1-8
Ps: Psalm 79
Pr: Proverbs 24:30-34

Today´s notable verse:

33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 24:33-34 (NIV)

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OYB October 8

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 10-11
NT: Colossians 3:18-25, Colossians 4
Ps: Psalm 78:56-72
Pr: Proverbs 24:28-29

Today´s notable verses:

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 4:23-24 (NIV)

Do not say, "I'll do to him as he has done to me; I'll pay that man back for what he did."

Proverbs 24:29 (NIV)

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OYB October 7

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 8:8-22, Jeremiah 9
NT: Colossians 3:1-17
Ps: Psalm 78:32-55
Pr: Proverbs 24:27

Today´s notable verse:

23 This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 9:23-34 (NIV)

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OYB October 6

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 6:16-30, Jeremiah 7, Jeremiah 8:1-7
NT: Colossians 2:8-23
Ps: Psalm 78:1-31
Pr: Proverbs 24:26

Today´s notable verse:

This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.

Jeremiah 6:16a
(NIV)

My church did a series, entitled Old School, based on this verse, using it to illustrate the church's core values. While methods and packaging may change, the fundamental values of the church should, and do, not change. The eight-week series elaborated on each of the church's core values:

  1. Life-Giving Family Culture (11 June 2006)
  2. Strategic Service (18 June 2006)
  3. A Can-Do Attitude (25 June 2006)
  4. Love for God and People (2 July 2006)
  5. Devotion to the Will of God (9 July 2006)
  6. Personal Relationships (16 July 2006)
  7. Creativity (23 July 2006)
  8. Team Ministry (30 July 2006)

(Links are mp3 files.)

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OYB October 5

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 4:19-31, Jeremiah 5, Jeremiah 6:1-15
NT: Colossians 1:18-29, Colossians 2:1-7
Ps: Psalm 77
Pr: Proverbs 24:23-25

Today´s notable verse:

19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 1:19-20 (NIV)

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