Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

January 25 - Luke 17

Sorry my routine got messed up this morning...

Today's reading - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2017&version=VOICE

11 Jesus was still pressing toward Jerusalem, taking a road that went along the border between Samaria (considered undesirable territory) and Galilee. 12 On the outskirts of a border town along this road, He was greeted from a distance by a group of 10 people who were under quarantine because of an ugly and disgusting skin disease known as leprosy.

Lepers (shouting across the distance): 13 Jesus, Master, show mercy to us!

Jesus: 14 Go now and present yourselves to the priests for inspection of your disease.
They went, and before they reached the priests, their skin disease was healed, leaving no trace of the disease that scarred them and separated them from the community.
15 One of them, the instant he realized he had been healed, turned and ran back to Jesus, shouting praises to God. 16 He prostrated himself facedown at Jesus’ feet.

Leper: Thank You! Thank You!
Now this fellow happened to be, not a Jew, but a Samaritan.

Jesus: 17 Didn’t all ten receive the same healing this fellow did? Where are the other nine?18 Was the only one who came back to give God praise an outsider? 19 (to the Samaritan man) Get up, and go your way. Your faith has made you healthy again.

I want to be the one who remembers to say Thank you!

Friday, January 22, 2016

January 22 - Luke 16

Today's Reading - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2016&version=VOICE

13 Imagine you’re a servant and you have two masters giving you orders. What are you going to do when they have conflicting demands? You can’t serve both, so you’ll either hate the first and love the second, or you’ll faithfully serve the first and despise the second. One master is God and the other is money. You can’t serve them both.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

January 21 - Luke 15

Today's Reading - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2015&version=VOICE

11 Once there was this man who had two sons. 12 One day the younger son came to his father and said, “Father, eventually I’m going to inherit my share of your estate. Rather than waiting until you die, I want you to give me my share now.” And so the father liquidated assets and divided them.

The older son didn't grasp the idea that his father liquidated assets and divided them. He could have do with those funds all he wanted. Plus as the oldest son the remaining estate was his as well.

How often do I forget that God has already given me everything I need?

Too often...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20 - Luke 14

Sorry I missed yesterday, the day got away from me...

But I'm back with today's reading...


Some aspects of this chapter remind me of how good God is and Jesus' love for the down trodden.

Other parts of it are confusing to me, but one thing that is clear as day:

34 Don’t be like salt that has lost its taste. How can its saltiness be restored? Flavorless salt is absolutely worthless. 35 You can’t even use it as fertilizer, so it’s worth less than manure! Don’t just listen to My words here. Get the deeper meaning.

I don't want to be more worthless than manure.

Monday, January 18, 2016

January 18 - Luke 12

Today's Reading - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2012&version=VOICE

This is why I keep telling you not to worry about anything in life—about what you’ll eat, about how you’ll clothe your body. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than fancy clothes. 24 Think about those crows flying over there: do they plant and harvest crops? Do they own silos or barns? Look at them fly. It looks like God is taking pretty good care of them, doesn’t it? Remember that you are more precious to God than birds! 25 Which one of you can add a single hour to your life or 18 inches[b] to your height by worrying really hard? 26 If worry can’t change anything, why do you do it so much?

Friday, January 15, 2016

January 15 - Luke 11

Today's Reading - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2011&version=VOICE

Luke's version of the Lord's Prayer:

Disciple: Teacher, would You teach us Your way of prayer? John taught his disciples his way of prayer, and we’re hoping You’ll do the same.

Jesus: 2 Here’s how to pray:

    Father [in heaven], may Your name be revered.
        May Your kingdom come.
    [May Your will be accomplished on earth
        as it is in heaven.]
3     Give us the food we need for tomorrow,
4     And forgive us for our wrongs,
        for we forgive those who wrong us.
    And lead us away from temptation.
        [And save us from the evil one.][a]

I found it interesting that The Voice translated this line: Give us the food we need for tomorrow,
So I looked at the ESV which is a word for word translation of the Bible and found: Give us each day our daily bread,[b] The footnote however, reads: Or our bread for tomorrow

Not earth shattering or anything, just curious. I love this prayer, it reminds me that God is to be honored. God wants to work in our lives. He provides for our needs (not to be mistaken for our wants). He will forgive us as we've forgiven others. OUCH! Some days I'm not sure that's a good thing in my life. And we can ask Him to lead us away from temptation. Interesting it doesn't say we won't face them, but we can be led away from them.