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God alone is worthy of our worship.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
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A Spiritual Journey. Read: Acts 17:22-31

You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God. —1 Thessalonians 1:9

The miracles that God worked through Moses challenged the many gods of Pharaoh. Yet, in another time, there was a Pharaoh who promoted the belief in one deity. Pharaoh Akhenaten pointed to the rising and setting sun as the great deity who gave life to the earth. His religious symbol for Aton, the sun god, was represented by a single disc of light with emanating rays. Though this Pharaoh’s idea came closer to the one God of the Bible, it was still idolatry.
When Paul addressed the people in Athens, he was grieved by the idolatry in that city. Yet he used the people’s imperfect understanding of God to point them to the God of Scripture. Of their efforts in trying to find God, Paul said: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 17:24).
In our increasingly pluralistic world, the people around us may worship a multiplicity of deities. Yet their spiritual journey need not end there. We never know when someone might be moving toward the kingdom of God. Following the example of Paul, we should respect a person’s religious background, watch for spiritual receptivity, and then point him or her to the one true God of Scripture.

A Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to lead the lost away from all that is false. And to lead them to You—the one and only God— who alone offers true life. Amen.

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:
Old Testament Reading

2 Kings 23; 2 Kings 24:1-7 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=2%20Kings%2023;%202%20Kings%2024:1-7


New Testament Reading

Romans 1:1-17 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Romans%201:1-17


Psalms Reading
Psalm 84:1-7 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2084:1-7


For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


The value of the Bible does not consist merely in knowing it, but in obeying it.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
odb.org/

The Doers Of The World
Read: James 1:19-27

Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only. —James 1:22
Just after we moved to a house in a new neighborhood, we invited my sister-in-law and her husband over for Sunday dinner. As we were greeting Sue and Ted at the door, an odd noise directed their eyes toward the kitchen. As I followed their gaze, I froze in horror. An errant hose of our old portable dishwasher was whipping about like the trunk of an angry elephant, spewing water everywhere!
Sue went into action mode. Dropping her purse, she was in the kitchen before me, shutting off the water and calling for towels and a mop. We spent the first 15 minutes of their visit on our knees mopping the floor.
Sue is a doer—and the world is a better place because of the doers of the world. These are the people who are always ready to pitch in, to be involved, and even to lead if necessary.
Many of the doers of the world are also doers of the Word. These are the followers of Jesus who have taken the challenge of James to heart: “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only” (1:22).
Are you doing all that you know God wants you to do? As you read God’s Word, put what you’ve learned into practice. First hear—then do. God’s blessing comes as a result of our obedience (v.25).

We need to hear the Word of God
To know what we should do,
But listening is not enough
Without our follow-through. —Sper

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:
Old Testament Reading
2 Kings 21; 2 Kings 22 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=2%20Kings%2021;%202%20Kings%2022


New Testament Reading
Acts 28:17-31 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Acts%2028:17-31


Proverbs Reading
Proverbs 16:28-33; Proverbs 17:1-4 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Proverbs%2016:28-33;%20Proverbs%20
17:1-4



For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


If we obey God’s calling, He will provide the needed strength.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
odb.org/

The Price Of Involvement. Read: 2 Cor. 11:22-33

. . . besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. —2 Corinthians 11:28

While making his landmark documentary about World War II, filmmaker Ken Burns and his colleagues watched thousands of hours of military footage. Scenes of the devastating Battle of Peleliu often invaded their dreams at night. Burns told Sacramento Bee reporter Rick Kushman, “You’re listening to the ghosts and echoes from an almost inexpressible past. If you do that, you put yourself into the emotional maelstrom.”
There’s a price to becoming involved in the struggles of others, whether artistically or spiritually. Paul experienced this in his work of sharing the gospel: “Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?” (2 Cor. 11:28-29 NASB).
Oswald Chambers said we enter this spiritual struggle as we “deliberately identify ourselves with God’s interests in other people” and “find to our amazement that we have power to keep wonderfully poised in the center of it all.”
Paul realized that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). Jesus paid the greatest price to be involved in our world, and He strengthens us as we share His love with others.

Though weak, you still can serve today
And follow Christ’s command;
Behind the lines or in the fray
In Jesus’ strength you stand. —Hess

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:
Old Testament Reading
2 Kings 19:14-37; 2 Kings 20 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=2%20Kings%2019:14-37;%202%20Kings%
2020


New Testament Reading
Acts 28:1-16 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Acts%2028:1-16


Psalms Reading
Psalm 83:1-18 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2083:1-18


For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


When you share the gospel, make sure you live the gospel.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
odb.org/

Show Up Before You Speak Up
Read: Matthew 5:11-16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father. Matthew 5:16

There was a time when a certain West Coast city may have been one of the most hostile places to the gospel in America. Posters in coffee shops advertised witchcraft meetings where you could learn to cast a spell on your enemies.
It was such a challenging environment for churches that they struggled to get building permits from the city council. And there was a lot of “woe is me” talk among church leaders. Until a group of pastors began to meet to pray regularly and then decided to take the love of Jesus into their city. They started a ministry to the homeless, to those suffering with AIDS, to teens at risk. Faithfully and intentionally they brought the love of Jesus to the needs of hurting people. Before long, the city agencies started calling on them for help. Better yet, the churches started growing as people responded to the gospel in action.
Which proves the point: Sometimes you’ve got to “show up” before you speak up. No one really wants to hear what we have to say about the love of Jesus until they’ve seen it in our lives (Matt. 5:16). Then even the most ardent opponents to the gospel may just be glad you’re in their town, their office, or their neighborhood. And then you just might be able to tell them about Jesus.

Let us go forth, as called of God,
Redeemed by Jesus’ precious blood;
His love to show, His life to live,
His message speak, His mercy give. —Whittle

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:

Old Testament Reading
2 Kings 18; 2 Kings 19:1-13 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=2%20Kings%2018;%202%20Kings%2019:1-13


New Testament Reading
Acts 27:13-44 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Acts%2027:13-44


Psalms Reading
Psalm 82:1-8 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2082:1-8


For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


Look for Christ’s return, and you’ll live for Christ’s glory.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn
odb.org/

False Predictions
Read: Matthew 24:36-44

Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? Matthew 24:3

News that a solar eclipse would take place on July 22, 2009, brought an alarming prediction. It was predicted that the eclipse would sufficiently affect gravitational pull, causing tectonic plates to “pop a seam,” resulting in a sizable earthquake and a subsequent devastating tsunami in Japan. The US Geological Survey responded that no scientists “have ever predicted a major earthquake. They do not know how, and they do not expect to know how, anytime in the foreseeable future.”
There have also been many false predictions about the date of Christ’s second coming—despite our Lord’s emphatic words: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matt. 24:36). Christ told His followers that instead of trying to predict the date of His return, they should “watch” (v.42) and “be ready” (v.44).
Peter warned, “The day of the Lord will come like a thief.” Then he added: “What kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:10-11 NIV).
Striving to live for God—that’s what Jesus wants us to focus our energy on while we wait for that “blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

When someone says, “I can discern
Exactly when Christ will return,”
Don’t be deceived or led astray—
The Lord said we can’t know the day. —Sper

Read the Bible in a year.
www.biblica.com

Today’s readings are:
Old Testament Reading: 
2 Kings 16; 2 Kings 17 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=2%20Kings%2016;%202%20Kings%2017


New Testament Reading: 
Acts 26:24-32; Acts 27:1-12 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Acts%2026:24-32;%20Acts%2027:1-12


Psalms Reading: 
Psalm 81:8-16 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2081:8-16


For your convenience, here is the whole Bible on one page:
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PICKIE98 7/7/2010 7:23PM

    Yes, the same ones that believe all that, would believe Oral Roberts when he somehow KNEW the end of times years ago,, we are all still here, and people still believe him,, I thought there wa sonly one opening for God's job, I am pretty sure none of us here got it!
Who has time to even worry about it, we cannot control it, so that is why HE told us not to trouble our hearts... and I don't!

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