July 8, 2020

1 Thessalonians 4; John 1; Daniel 7; Psalm 8; 2 Kings 9; Genesis 11

John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” NIV

No matter how many times I read these words in John 1:14, I am struck with a sense of awe.  The love that Jesus showed for you and me is an incomprehensible love.  For God to take on human form, and live with us is so incredible that I can hardly wrap my mind around the concept.  To know that our God would come to earth on our behalf to save us, words simply don’t do that justice.

Jesus brought us grace.  Jesus wasn’t a finger-wagging God, set on pronouncing judgment.  No, he brought us grace.  He told us that what we weren’t capable of doing, he was about to do on our behalf.

I can’t hear that message enough!  How about you!

July 7, 2020

What I Read Today:

1 Thessalonians 3; Luke 24; Daniel 6; Psalm 7; 2 Kings 8; Genesis 10

I am a subscriber to the Voice of The Martyrs.  The stories of persecution around the world are truly heart wrenching to read.  Here in America, we are spoiled.  We think we’re being persecuted by being asked to worship from home.  That’s not persecution folks.  We’re not being told that we have to worship as a Muslim or die.  We don’t fear our government imprisoning us or executing us as they do in China, North Korea, or Iran.  We don’t fear roving gangs of extremists who will kill anyone who fails to convert to Islam, like in Africa.

What we deem as persecution, others around the world would consider a blessing.

Daniel was ordered to pray only to the King, he refused.  Instead, he continued his worship of his God.  He nearly lost his life because of it.  

If given the choice to worship our God or lose our life, I wonder what I would do?  I wonder what any of us would do?

July 6, 2020

What I Read Today:

1 Thessalonians 2; Luke 23; Daniel 5; Psalm 6; 2 Kings 7; Genesis 9

The Bible is a book that doesn’t sugarcoat the sins of the people that are named in it.  Even those like Noah, who are true heroes of the faith.

What did Noah do when his fields had blossomed and life had returned to normal?  He partied like a rock star and fell down naked and drunk.  Noah, like you and me, proved that he was human.  

What do we do, when we see our fellow believers acting in a way that isn’t in line with God’s will?  Do we announce it to the news media?  Do we point it out to everyone we come into contact with?

Canaan had a choice, he could honor his father by covering up his sin.  Or, he could make fun of him and go tell others.  He chose the latter.

His brothers on the other hand chose to cover up their father’s sin.  They made the decision, not to look at their father’s sin, not to join in their father’s sin, not to run about the village letting everyone know their father had sinned.  No, they covered up their naked father and quietly walked away.

Our job as Christians is to lead people to Christ, to make disciples.  Our job is not to announce to guilt and shame of others to the rest of the world.  

July 5, 2020

What I Read Today:

1 Thessalonians 5; Luke 22; Daniel 4; Psalm 5; 2 Kings 6; Genesis 8

Nebuchadnezzar is one of the most interesting people in the Bible.  He is at once God’s instrument of judgment, a heathen king, and arrogant.  He has people executed, without flinching.  He is cruel and dangerous.

Yet for some reason, God continues to work on bringing Nebuchadnezzar into the kingdom of God.  

What does this say about God?

God doesn’t give up on any of us. Even the worst of us. He continues giving us countless opportunities to turn back to him.  God stands ready to shower his grace and mercy on each one of us.  All we have to do is look to our God, and he will do the rest.

July 4, 2020

What I Read Today:

Colossians 4; Luke 21; Daniel 3; Psalm 4; 2 Kings 5; Genesis 7

Noah is entering into the Ark.  The storm around him is raging.  There’s nothing he can do about the storm.  So he does the only thing he can.  He crawls into God’s area of protection listens as God shuts the door and he hunkers down. He waits for the storm to come to an end.

We go through some pretty horrific storms in our lives.  We will go through many Physical, Financial, Spiritual, and Personnel issues as we go through life.  Many of them we will have no control over.  All we will be able to do is climb into God’s arms and ride the storm out.  

Have you gone through a storm like this recently?  Are you going through one now?  Crawl into God’s arms and let him close the door behind you.  Trust that God is in control and will get you through to the next phase of your life.