Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Day 1, January 1 - Psalm 119:1-24

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I felt lead to start this year by reading Psalm 119. It beautifully tells us why the Word of God is so important.

One very important reasons:

I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you

verse 11

Day 365, December 31, Psalm 150

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1 Praise the Eternal!
     Praise the True God inside His temple.
     Praise Him beneath massive skies, under moonlit stars and rising sun.
2 Praise Him for His powerful acts, redeeming His people.
     Praise Him for His greatness that surpasses our time and understanding.
3-4 Praise Him with the blast of trumpets high into the heavens,
      and praise Him with harps and lyres
      and the rhythm of the tambourines skillfully played by those who love and fear the Eternal.
Praise Him with singing and dancing;
     praise Him with flutes and strings of all kinds!
5 Praise Him with crashing cymbals,
      loud clashing cymbals!
6 No one should be left out;
     Let every man and every beast—
     every creature that has the breath of the Lord—praise the Eternal!
Praise the Eternal!

As you conclude 2013 take time to Praise the Lord for the things He has done in this past year. As you look forward to 2014 Praise the Lord for the things He will do.

I am thankful for those of you who have stopped by this past year and for those who have taken the time to comment. My prayer is that you will take time each and every day to study God's Word, His love letter to you.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Day 364, December 30,Revelation 22

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3 No one or nothing will labor under any curse any longer. And the throne of God and of the Lamb will sit prominently in the city. God’s servants will continually serve and worship Him.

4 They will be able to look upon His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads.

5 Darkness will never again fall on this city. They will not require the light of a lamp or of the sun because the Lord God will be their illumination. By His light, they will reign throughout the ages.

13 I am the Alpha and Omega, the First One and the Last One, the beginning and the end.

21 May the grace of the Lord Jesus [the Anointed One] be with all [the saints]. Amen.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Day 363, December 29 - Psalm 149

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1 Praise the Eternal!
Write new songs; sing them to Him with all your might!
      Gather with His faithful followers in joyful praise;

3 So let the music begin; praise His name—dance and sing
       to the rhythm of the tambourine, and to the tune of the harp.

5 Let His faithful followers erupt in praise,
      singing triumphantly wherever they are, even as they lie down for sleep in the evening.

9 This judgment against them, decreed by a holy God, will be carried out.
      It’s an honor for all His faithful followers to serve Him.
 Praise the Eternal!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Day 362, December 28 - Psalm 148

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13 Let them all praise the name of the Eternal!
           For His name stands alone above all others.
           His glory shines greater than anything above or below.
14 He has made His people strong;
          He is the praise of all who are godly,
          the praise of the children of Israel, those whom He holds close.
Praise the Eternal!

Praise the Lord!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Day 361, December 27 - Revelation 20

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3 And I heard a great voice, coming from the throne.

A Voice: See, the home of God is with His people.
             He will live among them;
            They will be His people,
            And God Himself will be with them.
4          The prophecies are fulfilled:
            He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
           Death will be no more;
           Mourning no more, crying no more, pain no more,
           For the first things have gone away.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day 360, December 26 - Revelation 20

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I saw a great white throne, and One was seated upon it. The earth and heaven receded from His presence; there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing in front of the throne. Some books were opened. Then another book was opened; it was called the book of life. And the dead were judged according to what had been recorded in the first books; these were the records of everything they had done.

That is going to be some kind of reunion!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Day 359, December 25 - Revelation 19

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1 The scene changed. After this, I heard the great sound of a multitude echoing in heaven.

Multitude: Praise the Lord!
       Salvation and glory and power truly belong to our God,
2a         for true and just are His judgments.

11 I looked up and saw that heaven had opened. Suddenly, a white horse appeared. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and with righteousness He exercises judgment and wages war.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Day 358, December 24 - Revelation 18

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4 Then I heard another voice from heaven urge,

A Voice: My people, get away from her—fast.
             Make sure you do not get caught up in her sins.
         Put some distance between you so that you do not share in her plagues,

These words are directed to those in the last days, but the warning is good for us as well. We need to stay away from sin.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Day 357, December 23 - Revelation 17

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The imagery here is vidid and so powerful in this chapter, especially reading it in The Voice translation. I'm grateful that Jesus is Lord and I am His!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Day 356, December 22 - Psalm 147

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1 Praise the Eternal!
   It is good to sing praises to our God,
   for praise is beautiful and pleasant.

3 He binds their wounds,
   heals the sorrows of their hearts.

7 Open your mouths with thanks!
    Sing praises to the Eternal!
    Strum the harp in unending praise to our God

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Day 355, December 21 - Psalm 146

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5 Blessed are those whose help comes from the God of Jacob,
         whose hope is centered in the Eternal their God—
6 Who created the heavens, the earth,
        the seas, and all that lives within them;
Who stays true and remains faithful forever;
7 Who works justice for those who are pressed down by the world,
        providing food for those who are hungry.

The Voice

Friday, December 20, 2013

Day 354, December 20 - Revelation 16

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Chapter 16 identifies the plagues that will strike the world as The Voice points out: Just as God used the plagues to judge the Egyptians and deliver His people from bondage (Exodus 7–12), these plagues will help rescue God’s faithful servants.

Hard stuff to read.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Day 353, December 19 - Revelation 15

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3b Victors: Great and amazing are Your works,
         Lord God, the All Powerful.
           Right and true are Your ways,
        King of all nations.
4 Who will not fear You, Lord?
         Who will not glorify Your name?
         Because You alone are holy,
            all the nations will come
            and worship before You,
    For Your righteous judgments have been revealed.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Day 352, December 18 - Revelation 14

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3 As I watched, they began to sing a new song before the throne, the four living creatures, and the twenty-four elders. The only ones with the ability to learn this song were the 144,000 who had been rescued from the earth,
6b Heavenly Messenger (with a loud voice): 7 Fear God. Give Him glory, for the time of judgment has arrived. Worship the One who fashioned heaven and earth and created the seas and the springs.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Day 351, December 17 - Revelation 13

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18 Here is divine wisdom: let anyone who understands these mysteries figure out the number of the beast because it is the number of a person. Its number is 666.
The Voice

Monday, December 16, 2013

Day 350, December 16 - Revelation 12

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10 Then I heard a great voice in heaven. A Voice: Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Anointed One have come. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who relentlessly accuses them day and night before our God, has been cast down and silenced.

11 By the blood of the Lamb and the word of their witnesses, they have become victorious over him, For they did not hold on to their lives, even under threat of death.

12 Therefore, rejoice, all you heavens; celebrate, all you who live in them. But disaster will befall the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to your spheres, And he is incredibly angry because he knows his time is nearly over.

The Voice

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Day 349, December 15 - Psalm 145

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8 The Eternal is gracious.
         He shows mercy to His people.
         For Him anger does not come easily, but faithful love does—and it is rich and abundant.
9 But the Eternal’s goodness is not exclusive—it is offered freely to all.
         His mercy extends to all His creation.
The Voice 

Lots of good stuff in this chapter!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Day 348, December 14 - Psalm 144

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1 Blessed be the Eternal, my rock.
       He trains my hands for war, gives me the skills I need for battle.
2 He is my unfailing love and my citadel.
       He is my tower of strength and my deliverer.
He is my shield of protection and my shelter;
       He holds my people in check under me.
The Voice

Friday, December 13, 2013

Day 347, December 13 - Revelation 11

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17 24 Elders: We give You thanks, Lord God, the All Powerful,
                 who is and who was.
          For You have wielded Your great power
                 and have begun Your reign.
18 The nations have raged against You,
               but Your wrath has finally come.
      It is now time to judge all of the dead,
To give a just reward to Your servants, the prophets,
           and to the saints and all who honor Your name,
            both the small and the great,
And to destroy those who cause destruction to the earth.

This passage talks about the two witnesses after reading a few fiction books about this passage it actually makes a little more sense...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Day 346, December 12, Revelation 10

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1 Then I saw another extremely powerful messenger descending out of heaven. He wore a cloud wrapped around him, and a rainbow was covering his head. His face shone like the sun, and his legs blazed like columns of fire. 2 In his hand, he held a little scroll that had been unrolled. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on dry land; 3 then he shouted with a voice that sounded like a roaring lion. When he cried out, the seven thunders answered with their own rumbling voices.

I can't imagine what this was like for John to witness. He had extraordinary relationship with Jesus when He was on the earth and I'm sure that relationship continued and probably grew stronger during his exile. Yet, to witness these things and to write them down. It had to be amazing.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Day 345, December 11 - Revelation 9

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20 The rest of humanity, those not killed by these plagues, did not rethink their course and turn away from the devices of their own making. Despite all these calamities, they continued worshiping demons and idols crafted in gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood. They bowed down to images which cannot see or hear or walk. 21 They failed to turn away from their murders, their sorceries, their sexual immoralities, and their thefts.

You read the first 19 verses of this chapter and all the horrible things that happen then you read the last two andI think, "HOW? How can someone's heart be so hard?" Then I pray, "Lord, may my heart never be so hard that I don't turn to you."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Day 344, December 10 - Revelation 8

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This passage deals with the judgements of God. The below is a note from The Voice Bible.

Throughout the ages God’s people have been asking Him for justice in their prayers and laments. Now, in response to these, God pours out His judgment.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Day 343, December 9 - Revelation 7

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10 They cried out with one loud voice.

Crowd: Salvation comes only from our God, who sits upon the throne, and from the Lamb.

The Voice

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Day 342, December 8 - Psalm 143

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10 Teach me how to do Your will,
          for You are my God.
Allow Your good Spirit to guide me
          on level ground, to guide me along Your path.

The Voice

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Day 341, December 7 - Psalm 142

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6 Oh, let me know that You hear my cry
       because I’m languishing and desperate;
Rescue me from those who torment me
        because there’s no way I can stand up to them;
        they are much too strong for me.
7 Lift my captive soul from this dark prison
        so I may render to You my gratitude;
Then Your righteous people will gather around me
         because You will treat me with astounding goodness.”
The Voice

Friday, December 6, 2013

Day 340, December 6 - Revelation 6

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The breaking of the seals and the four horseman are released. Below are the notes from The Voice Bible.

The breaking of the seals releases the four riders and a series of disasters and plagues. Even though what follows appears to be extreme violence unleashed against the earth and its inhabitants, there is a limitation to what follows. Death and Hades have the authority to kill, but their authority extends only to one-fourth of the earth. The slaughtered souls cry out for vengeance, but they will have to wait a little longer until more martyrs are killed for their testimony.

9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the heavenly altar the souls of those murdered for holding fast to the word of God and their testimony.

If I'm reading this right, even in destruction and death God hears and provides, which I know is true.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Day 339, December 5 - Revelation 5

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2b: Mighty Messenger: Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?

5b: One of the 24 Elders: Stop weeping. Look there—the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David. He has conquered and is able to break its seven seals and open the scroll.

Context is referring to Jesus is worthy of breaking the seals and opening the scroll. But I believe because Jesus has conquered the grave he can break other things... :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Day 338, December 4 - Revelation 4

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8 These four living creatures, each of which had six wings and was covered with eyes—eyes on the outside and on the
inside—did not cease chanting. All day and night they were singing.

Four Living Creatures: Holy, holy, holy
       Is the Lord God who is the All Powerful,
       who was, and who is, and who is coming.

Isaiah 6 2 Bright flaming creatures waited on Him. Each had six wings: two covering its face, two covering its feet, and two for flying. 3 Like some fiery choir, they would call back and forth continually.

Flaming Creatures: Holy, holy, holy is the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies!
      The earth is filled with His glorious presence!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Day 337, December 3 - Revelation 3

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8 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

The thing I noticed about verse 20 is the context. I've heard this passage used a lot in the context of salvation and that Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. Yet in the context of this passage Jesus is speaking to the church at Laodicea, Christians, and the fact they were lukewarm in their faith. I do believe Jesus reaches out to us through his Holy Spirit and tries to draw us in. But I'm not sure that's the context of this passage as much as He is knocking on the door of the hearts of those who call Him Lord yet are complacent in their faith.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Day 336, December 2 - Revelation 2

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10 In the face of suffering, do not fear. Watch; the devil will throw some of you into prison shortly so that you might be tested, and you will endure great affliction for 10 days. Be faithful throughout your life, until the day you die, and I will give you the victor’s wreath of life.

The Voice

Jesus has some tough words for the churches... but there are also words of hope in there as well.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Day 335, December 1 - Psalm 141

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3 Guard my mouth, O Eternal One;
        control what I say.
        Keep a careful watch on every word I speak.

Oh so true!