Archive | June, 2011

Week Twenty-Seven

30 Jun

7/2: Job 23,24,25 and Acts 10:24-48

7/3: Job 26,27,28 and Acts 11

7/4: Job 29,30 and Acts 12

7/5: Job 31,32 and Acts 13:1-23

7/6: Job 33,34 and Acts 13:24-52

7/7: Job 35,36,37 and Acts 14

7/8: Job 38,39 and Acts 15:1-21

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Week Twenty-Six

26 Jun

6/25: Job 4,5,6 and Acts 7:20-43

6/26: Job 7,8,9 and Acts 7: 44-60

6/27: Job 10,11,12 and Acts 8:1-25

6/28: Job 13,14,15 and Acts 8:26-40

6/29: Job 16,17,18 and Acts 9:1-22

6/30: Job 19,20 and Acts 9:23-43

7/1: Job 21,22 and Acts 10:1-23

Week Twenty-Five

17 Jun

6/18: Nehemiah 7,8 and Acts 3

6/19: Nehemiah 9,10,11 and Acts 4:1-22

6/20: Nehemiah 12,13 and Acts 4:23-37

6/21: Esther 1,2,3 and Acts 5:1-16

6/22: Esther 4,5,6 and Acts 5:17-42

6/23: Esther 7,8,9 and Acts 6

6/24: Job 1,2,3 and Acts 7:1-19

Week Twenty-Four

13 Jun

6/11: 2 Chron. 34,35,36 and John 19:1-22

6/12: Ezra 1,2 and John 19:23-42

6/13: Ezra 3,4,5 and John 20

6/14: Ezra 6,7,8 and John 21

6/15: Ezra 9,10 and Acts 1

6/16: Nehemiah. 1,2,3 and Acts 2:1-13

6/17: Nehemiah. 4,5,6 and Acts 2:14-47

The Will Of God Vs. The Will Of The Flesh

4 Jun

“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

This scripture goes so fully against our human nature. Here are my thoughts on the matter.

Vs. 15: See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

So when someone takes credit for our work or cuts us off in traffic what is usually our first response? We get mad and want to get them back. How about if a person we don’t like gets a new car and it’s parked on a hill. And the car starts to roll down that hill and is heading for a tree; what is our first response? What is the response of our heart? Do you want to run and get the person and help them out or do you just kind of snicker and think to yourself “they deserve it”?

Pretty much everyone, believer and unbeliever alike, knows Exodus 21:24, “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot”. Usually only believers know that Jesus said “You have heard that it was said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” in Matthew 5.

We all know the “turn the other cheek” line but do we actually observe it? Or do we act like we have forgiven and forgotten and turned away when all the while we are harboring feelings of resentment for others instead of forgiveness? And if we do indeed turn the other cheek as Jesus commanded us to, do we go the extra mile for someone who has wronged us? We usually just try to deal with the person and not openly dislike them. We won’t usually be willing to give the clothes off of our backs to people we consider to be the enemy. Do we really try to LOVE our enemies? We aren’t called to love only the loveable, but to love EVERYONE.

VS.16: Rejoice always

How often do we rejoice in our sufferings? I know I have problems with this. I’m not suggesting that we say, “Praise the Lord! I just wrecked my car!” because that would be silly and honestly, we may seem slightly crazy if we say that out loud. However, do we praise Him because He works all things together for the good? I know we praise Him when He gives but how often to we praise Him when He takes away? And during trials, how often do we rejoice? Most of the time we mope around and get upset when something doesn’t go perfectly. And when God hasn’t answered our prayers, answers them in a way we don’t approve of, or just simply doesn’t seem to be speaking to us? Do we praise God for building our endurance for patience? Do we praise Him for giving us that stern “no” for something we thought we needed or deserved? And do we praise Him when He’s not speaking? How often do we stop to realize that He is working and listening even when He doesn’t speak?

VS.18: Pray without ceasing

Prayer is one of the fundamentals of having a relationship with God, but how often do we let our prayer lives take a hit? When we give into our flesh, we usually feel too ashamed to pray, to ask for forgiveness. When we are too tired and forget or fall asleep in the middle of our prayer time, we are missing out on intimate fellowship with the Father. And when everything is going so well that for a while, we forget that it was God who gave us the blessings and the peace. We need to pray when we are awake, we need to focus when we sit at the feet of the Lord, we need to pray for others before ourselves, and pray with others, not just for them.

VS. 18: Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

At, the risk of sounding repetitive, we don’t only need to praise God when we are having an outstandingly blessed season of life. When life is in a shambles, we should still be able to praise God because we know what the future holds. As Christians we should always be thinking of eternity with our Lord. If all else fails, just remember that the pain we suffer on the Earth is the closest that we will ever come to hell. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1. We don’t know what today, tomorrow, or the next day will hold, but God does and we should be content in that.

God loves us. He has made that point extremely clear. His will for us is to live lives that are pleasing to Him. Lives full of forgiveness, good deeds, ceaseless rejoicing, constant prayer, and thanksgiving. Do these characteristics sound familiar to you? They are characteristics that Jesus shows us. God wants us to be like the Son.

Once we allow the peace that surpasses all understanding flood through our veins and we start to forgive, do good deeds, rejoice in all circumstances, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances, how amazing will our lives on this Earth be? This small chunk of scripture convicted me.

I fail miserably but God still loves me with an unfailing love. I just pray that this scripture will affect you as strongly as it has affected me.

Week Twenty-Three

4 Jun

6/4: 2 Chron. 13,14,15,16 and John 14

6/5: 2 Chron. 17,18,19 and John 15

6/6: 2 Chron. 20,21,22 and John 16:1-15

6/7: 2 Chron. 23,24,25 and John 16:16-33

6/8: 2 Chron. 26,27,28 and John 17

6/9: 2 Chron. 29,30,31 and John 18:1-23

6/10: 2 Chron. 32,33 and John 18:24-40