Friday, January 31, 2014

Day 31, January 31 - John 17

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20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

What does Jesus pray for us?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Day 30, January 30 - John 16

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What does this passage tell us about the nature of God?

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

Aren't you thankful for the Holy Spirit?!?!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Day 29, January 29 - John 15

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What is Jesus telling us through this analogy?

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Day 28, January 28 - John 14

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In chapter 13 Jesus predicts His death in chapter 14 He opens with words of encouragement. What can we learn about God's nature from chapter 13?

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” .... 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Remember that Jesus left HIS peace for us, if you are struggling with fear or worry let God's peace surround you.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Day 27, January 27 - John 13

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Peter was part of Jesus' inner circle yet we know that he will eventually deny Jesus. What does this tell us about human nature?

36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”

Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”

37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”

38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Day 26, January 26 - Psalm 10 - 11

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4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
         the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
   He observes everyone on earth;
         his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
         but the wicked, those who love violence,
         he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
         fiery coals and burning sulfur;
         a scorching wind will be their lot.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Day 25, January 25 - Psalm 8 & 9

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Psalm 9:1-2

1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
      I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
      I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Take time today to thank the Lord for what He has done in your life.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Day 24, January 24 - John 12

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What does this passage tell us about human nature?

42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Day 23, January 23 - John 11

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What does this passage tell us about the nature of Jesus?

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Day 22, January 22 - John 10

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14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

Day 21, January 21 - John 9

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24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”

25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

 26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”

28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses!

29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”

30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.

31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.

32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.

33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

The man born blind recognized Jesus as being from God long before those who were educated in the law.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Day 20, January 20 - John 8

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12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Day 19, January 19 - Psalm 7

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17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 18, January 18 - Psalm 5 & 6

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From Psalm 5
7 But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.

Psalm 6
9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Day 17, January 17 - John 7

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45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”

46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.

47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”

I love how the chief priests sent guards after Jesus and they come back empty handed. "No on ever spoke the way this man does"

When Jesus speaks there is power and authority in His Words.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Day 16, January 16 - John 6

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35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

Jesus told the Samaritan woman that he is living water and here Jesus tells us He is the bread of life. He's everything we need.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Day 15, January 15 - John 5

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24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Day 14, January 14 - John 4

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34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

Monday, January 13, 2014

Day 13, January 13 - John 3

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Not sure why this didn't published this morning when it was suppose to...

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Day 12, January 12 - Psalm 3 & 4

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From chapter 3:

5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

From chapter 4: 8

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

There is so many things in our world today that steal our peace, it's good to be reminded that God is here for us.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Day 11, January 11 - Psalm 1 & 2

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1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Day 10, January 10 - John 2

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1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

"Do whatever he tells you" I love that line. Mary goes to Jesus whose response is less than enthusiastic yet Mary tells the servants do whatever he says.  She knew Jesus would do something, I wonder if she had any idea what.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day 9, January 9 - John 1

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Before starting the readings in John a little bit of information about the Book of John from the Life Application Bible:

Purpose: To prove conclusively that Jesus is the Son of God and that all who believe in him will have eternal life.

Author: John the apostle, son of Zebedee, brother of James, called a "Son of Thunder"

Original Audience: New Christians and searching non-Christians

Date Written: Probably A.D. 85-90

Setting: Written after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and before John's exile to the island of Patmos.

Special Features: Of the 8 miracles recorded, 6 are unique (among the Gospels) to John as is the "Upper Room Discourse" (chapters 14-17). Over 90% of John is unique to his Gospel - John does not contain a genealogy or any record of Jesus' birth, childhood, temptation, transfiguration, appointment of the disciples, nor any account of Jesus' parables, ascension, or Great Commission.

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Day 8, January 8 - Psalm 119:161-176

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165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

168 I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.

171 May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.

172 May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.

174 I long for your salvation, Lord, and your law gives me delight.

175 Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 7, January 7 - Psalm 119:145-160

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151 Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true.

156 Your compassion, Lord, is great; preserve my life according to your laws.

159 See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.

160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day 6, January 6 - Psalm 119:97-120

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125 I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.

133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

143 Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Day 5, January 5 - Psalm 119:79-120

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105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.

111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Day 4, January 4 - Psalm 119:73-96

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73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.

76 May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.

80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees, that I may not be put to shame.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Day 3, January 3 - Psalm 119:49-72

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66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.

72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 2, January 2 - Psalm 119:25-48

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27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.

28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.

35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.

43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.

48 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.