Friday, February 14, 2014

Day 45, February 14 - Galatians 6

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9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Day 44, February 13 - Galatians 5

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Day 43, February 12 - Galatians 4

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But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Day 42, February 11 - Galatians 3

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26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Day 41, February 10 - Galatians 2

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20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Day 40, February 9 - Psalm 18

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Theme: Gratitude for deliverance and victory. The only sure way to be delivered from surrounding evil is to call upon God for help and strength.

Author: David

v. 33

You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. (NIV)

You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. (ESV)

You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand upholds me; and Your gentleness makes me great. (NASB)

You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. (NLT)

You have shielded me with Your salvation, supporting me with Your strong right hand, and it makes me strong (The Voice)

This chapter has so many great verses in it.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Day 39, February 8 - Psalm 16 & 17

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Psalm 16

Theme: The joys and benefits of life lived in companionship with God. We enjoy these benefits now and eternally.

Author: David

verse 11 - You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 17

Theme: A plea for justice in the face of false accusations and persecution. David urges us to realize the true goal of life - to know God and the true reward of life - to see God one day.

Author: David, written while he was being persecuted by Saul

Friday, February 7, 2014

Day 38, February 7 - Galatians 1

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3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Day 37, February 6 - John 21

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1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

It's easy to criticize Peter. Jesus appeared to him and the other disciples after seeing him die on the cross and the next thing he does is go fishing. Yet how many times have I have I seen a miracle and the next thing I'm back to the mundane of life. Just like Peter Jesus is there to lead us to the best.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Day 36, February 5 - John 20

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15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Day 35, Feb. 4 - John 19

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38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

The stark contrast from Peter who had spent 3 1/2 years openly following Jesus and Joseph and Nicodemus who had been secretly following him.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Day 34, Feb. 3 - John 18

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What can we learn about human nature from this?

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.

He replied, “I am not.”

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “I am not.”

26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Day 32, February 1 - Psalm 12, 13

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Psalm 12
Theme: The proud and lying words of people versus the true and pure words of God. A call for protection against those who try to  manipulate us.

Author: David

This is still a problem today!

1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

But even though this is still a problem today we can rest in the truth that:

6 And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold[c] refined seven times. 7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,

Psalm 13
Theme: Praying for relief from despair. We must continue to trust God even when he doesn't answer us immediately.

Author: David

I love the fact that this Psalm David utters his frustration and hurts. And even though he is questioning God David ends with:

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
       my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
       for he has been good to me.

A great reminder that it's okay to be frustrated and question God, but never forget that we can trust his unfailing love!