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For the past 5+ months it has been the privilege of men from our church to offer a daily devotional based on the ESV Study Bible year-long Bible reading plan passage assigned for each day. As we offer a new 6 month plan through the New Testament for those who missed or have fallen off of this plan, we will discontinue posting daily blogs from the ESV year-long Bible reading plan.

Continue to press on to know the Lord in His word!

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May 28th Devotional

Psalm 147:1-6

147 Praise the LORD!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. 2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.             3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. 4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;       his understanding is beyond measure. 6 The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

We praise the Lord because he alone is worthy to be praised.  Can you hear the love of our savior and Lord Jesus Christ in these verses.  So often we lean on our own understanding and ask God does he even care for us?  But God cared for us so much that he sent his only son to die for our sins.  Jesus would come and live a life just like you and I yet he would do it in full obedience to the father.  Yes God cares for us very much more than we can ever imagine.  Know that you are loved very much today.  Walk in that truth today.

 

 

May 25 Devotional

Obadiah 1-14

The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever, the Psalmist reminds us. Obadiah has quite a lesson of God’s steadfast care for us in our reading today as well. The shortest book in the Old Testament, Obadiah is a word from the Lord concerning the evil of the Edomites (descendants for Esau) against their brothers in Israel. As the Babylonians trampled Jerusalem, rather than help the Israelites, they apprehended and handed those fleeing to their captors. What then does it tell us of God’s loving care?

Even in the midst of God-ordained difficulty, His arm is not short that it cannot save, and His ear not deaf that He cannot hear. God may be refining us in the fire of trial, but He still cares and sustains us. In the case of the Israelites God is the one who sent the Babylonians to lay siege and take them captive in response to their stiff-necked rebellion and sin. So also, whether the hardship we face is a result of our sin or the results of living in a fallen world, when encounter difficulty, God is not far from our cries and He will one day deliver us fully.

May 18 Devotional

B.B. Warfield described the Old Testament as a room “fully furnished but dimly lit.” All the pieces of God’s story are in place, the furniture is in the room, but it is tough to see the beauty and glory of it all in full effect because the room is too dimly lit.

In today’s reading through Numbers 21 we see a hint of the coming story. As God leads his seemingly ever-complaining people to a land promised long ago, he is not slow to punish their sin along the way…

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and ewe loathe this worthless food.” Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. Nu 21:4–6.

The Lord condemns and punishes their constant complaining by sending fiery serpents to bite and kill the people. Sin has consequences. Sometimes we see them immediately when the snake latches on our heel, other times they come much slower. But when our sin is revealed, we, like the Israelites here, turn to plead for mercy…

And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. Nu 21:7–9.

God delivered his people from the condemnation of their sin, by their looking in faith on another. Jesus uses this story in his conversation over new birth with Nicodemus in John 3.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. Jn 3:14–15.

As we’re led through the Old Testament on our yearly Bible reading plan, I hope you’ve seen glimpses and glances of Jesus and his wonderful salvation along the way. One of the most dangerous pages in our Bible is the one separating the Old from the New Testament. These stories are one grand and beautiful tale of a God who created and is redeeming a people for his own possession. This tale is ongoing still, and by God’s amazing grace we get to live in this continuing story every day  for the purpose of declaring it to everyone and anyone that will listen.

Devotional May 14th

1 Thessalonians 1:2-4  “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father our work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I have noticed a theme to the scriptures I have been reading and studying lately.  The Lord our God wants us to look around at our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and encourage them in the grace we see in their life.  I fail to do this often but have God is growing in this area of my life encouraging me to be an encouragement to others.

Look around and see the grace in someone’s life today and then pray giving thanks to God for that grace.  Secondly, encourage the believer by telling  them you prayed to God giving thanks for the grace you see in their life.

April 27 Devotional

Ephesians 2 is a good preparation for us to come together at the Lord’s table tomorrow. As we await our fellowship in the body and blood of our Savior through communion, we do so as reconciled enemies, those with no uniting factor other than our union in Christ.

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in cone Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone… Eph 2:14–20.

Prepare yourself for the Lord’s day tomorrow by reading and meditation on 1 Cor 11:17-35.Prepare your heart for receiving the Lord’s Supper in worship by examining yourself before the Lord. Prepare to assemble with brothers and sisters tomorrow for the purpose of encouraging one another in the gospel of Jesus, who reconciles us to God the Father and to those towards which we might have cause for division.

April 23 Devotional

Psalm 113  “Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!  Blessed  be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore!  From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!

What a great verse to get our day started. Malachi 1:11 speaks of praising the Lord as well from sunrise to sunset. “For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations..”  As you begin your Tuesday be reminded of the finished work of Christ that was done on the cross for you and I.  Praise him this morning in as your day gets started.  Praise him during the day by resting in his finished work. Praise him in the evening again as you go to bed because we serve a Lord that is worthy of all our Praise. Praise all day long.

Rejoice in the Lord!