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The sure Word of God!

Scripture reading for January 19th: Genesis 32-34; Psalm 145; Mark 13

Mark 13: 26-31 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened; Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.”

Jesus was answering the question of His disciples about when the temple would be destroyed and what would be the sign that these things would be fulfilled. Jesus warned the disciples about deception and betrayal and a time of great distress and tribulation. He told them of His return with the clouds of heaven in great power and glory. He told them of the angels gathering the elect from the earth and the heavens. He called them to learn the lesson from the fig tree, a symbol of national Israel. When Israel would again be revived and show signs of life and fruitfulness, the coming of Jesus was at hand. To emphasize how true this teaching was, Jesus told them that the heavens and earth might pass away, but that this Word and all Words of God would never pass away or change. Abundant faith comes from eternal truth!

Genesis 33:11 “Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all that I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.”

Prayer: Father God, Thank You for giving me the greatest gifts–the Word of God and Your Presence with me through the Holy Spirit! Heaven and earth may pass away, but Your eternal Word stands true and steadfast. You have been gracious to me and I have an abundance through Your unchanging promises!

Psalm 145:6-7 “They tell of the power of Your awesome works–and I will proclaim Your great deeds. They celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.”

Psalm 145:13 “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does.”

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Safeguarding finances!

Scripture reading for September 15th: Isaiah 56-59, Psalm 70, 1st Corinthians 16

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 16:1-4 “Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.”

Paul gave simple and godly instructions to the church concerning an offering that was to go to the church in Jerusalem. There was to be no pressure in the giving. Each person was to put aside something, as God had prospered him and the collection should be taken and stored safely until time to deliver it. Trustworthy people were to be selected to carry the offering to Jerusalem. If they church preferred, Paul was willing to go as well on their behalf. Everything concerning finances was done in an orderly manner with accountability.

Psalm 70:4 “May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You! May those who love Your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for giving such clear instructions concerning kingdom finances and accountability. Help me to give generously and without compulsion to Your kingdom work.

Isaiah 58:10-11 “. . if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a well-watered garden, a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

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Share the burdens in leadership!

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Exodus 16-18, Ephesians 4

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 18:21-23 “Moreover, look for a few men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.  And let them judge the people at all times.  Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves.  So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.  If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” 

Jethro was Moses’ father-in-law.  He came to visit Moses and noticed that Moses was overworked and burdened down with all the disputes among the people.  Jethro gave Moses some fatherly advice:  Share the load!  Moses should carefully chose others who were godly and capable of leadership.  These should be appointed over groupings of people in orderly fashion.  They would handle the small concerns and bring the bigger to Moses.  All would be blessed and Moses could survive!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I am thankful for many gift people in the Body of Christ.  These gifts spread the responsibility and blessing of leadership.  Lord, help me to recognize my need for the help of others You have given to bless the Church.

Ephesians 4:11-13 “And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, . . .”

 

 

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Trustworthy and True!

Scripture reading for December 27th:  Revelation 21, Psalm 145-46, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 21:3-5  “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  

John heard a wonderful announcement from heaven’s throne, with God Himself speaking,  (possibly through an angel.)  God stated that His dwelling was now with men and He would attend to all their needs by making everything new.  There would be no more crying, pain or mourning because of death and sin.  These words can be trusted!  Take them to the bank of Heaven!

Faith Confession:  Father God, I  believe Your holy and trustworthy Word today and rest in Your great love and mercy.  How I long for their complete fulfillment but I am thankful for the down-payment.  You alone are worthy to be worshiped and praised forevermore.

Psalm 145:8-10 “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.  All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and all Your saints shall bless You!”  

 

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Worship the King Eternal!

Scripture reading for September 24th:  1 Timothy 1, Psalm 41, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 1:15-17 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost.  But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life.  To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.”

Paul is moved to worship his King, Jesus Christ, as he explains to Timothy that Jesus’ mission of saving sinners had spared his own life.  Paul was the foremost of sinners in that he in self-righteous anger, had sought to put Christ’s followers in prison and even to death.  But Jesus demonstrated God’s great patience by saving Paul and giving him the gift of eternal life.  This should call all who are saved to worship and adoration, now and throughout eternity!

Faith Confession:  I know Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of which I am also foremost.  I thank God for His great patience and grace in giving me the gift of eternal life!  I will worship Him now and forever!

Psalm 41:13 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!  Amen and Amen!”  

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