OYB October 4

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 2:31-37, Jeremiah 3, Jeremiah 4:1-18
NT: Colossians 1:1-17
Ps: Psalm 76
Pr: Proverbs 24:21-22

Today´s notable verse:

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Colossians 1:15-17 (NIV)

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Three Months Today

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I love you!

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Three month flowers.
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Three month flowers.
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Isn't she beautiful?
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Baby, it may seem like such a short time together, but being reunited with you, and having you as the person with whom I will spend the rest of my life, is truly a gift from God. You mean the world to me, and every day I thank God that He has blessed me with you, and with the opportunity to start a family with you. I thank God daily for the blessing of the child that He has given us, and I pray that I will be the father and husband that both of you deserve. I love you!

OYB October 3

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 1, Jeremiah 2:1-30
NT: Philippians 4
Ps: Psalm 75
Pr: Proverbs 24:17-20

Today´s notable verse:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)

While Philippians 3 may be one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible, this passage may be my most oft-quoted. While the passage quoted yesterday exemplifies the life and perspective of the believer, this passage represents the approach to navigating the struggles and hardships of life successfully. If you are facing a situation that is bringing depression, anxiety, or distress into your life, I urge you to meditate on this passage to learn how the peace of God may reign in your life even during times of hardship.

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice...

Proverbs 24:17 (NIV)

How profound are the love and compassion of Christ - the same love and compassion with which we are to view the world? This love is that which willingly dies for all the sin in the entire history of the world; compassion that extends even to those who falsely accuse the only perfect, sinless man ever to walk the earth - even to those who nail him to the instrument of his death: compassion that prays for even their forgiveness. The world incorrectly interprets this principle as "karma": what goes around, comes around. In reality, it is merely a matter of humility - recognizing that without Christ we are no better than anyone else, and recognizing that without Christ our "enemy" is doomed to an eternity of unimaginable hell and suffering.

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OYB October 2

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 66
NT: Philippians 3:4-21
Ps: Psalm 74
Pr: Proverbs 24:15-16

Today´s notable verses:

Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD. "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.

Isaiah 66:2 (NIV)

7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death...

Philippians 3:7-10 (NIV)

Philippians 3 might possibly be my favorite chapter in all of the Bible. Paul reveals a passion for intimacy and identification with Christ and an understanding of both the cost and reward of that identification with amazing depth and eloquence. I think this paragraph succinctly and powerfully illustrates the life of the believer - a perspective to which each one of us should pray to attain.

...for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

Proverbs 24:16 (NIV)

As Christians, we understand that we are saved by grace - that it must be so, because we are imperfect, sinful humans. We fell before we were in Christ, and we continue to fall even after we are saved - because we are still human. Being Christian does not make us perfect; rather, we are made aware of our own sinfulness, and through Christ we are given the ability to pursue righteousness contrary to our inherent sinful nature.

And this thought brings me back to the verse from Isaiah quoted above. God esteems the one who in humility recognizes his own sinfulness and need for God, who being contrite in spirit truly expresses regret for his sin and desire to live differently, and who understands the ultimate result of a life of sin and reveres God as soverign.

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OYB October 1

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Isaiah 62:6-12, Isaiah 63-65
NT: Philippians 2:19-30, Philippians 3:1-3
Ps: Psalm 73
Pr: Proverbs 24:13-14

Today´s notable verses:

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:26 (NIV)

I like these two verses, taken together. In them, we recognize that we are both created and formed by God, and also strengthened and sustained by Him. In both cases, we are formed and sustained in order to carry out God's purposes and His will. The ever-present battle for the believer is to overcome pride with humility, and to transform self-centeredness into Christ-centeredness. Such verses as these help us to maintain a proper perspective, in order that we might better in humility place God as Lord of our lives and center of our focus.

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