Are we good enough?

Romans 8:33-34 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.  Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

God is a perfect deity who created imperfect people and called His creation good.  Even so, sin entered in and man became separated from God, but God, in His great mercy, provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him.  Some people think that because they aren’t good enough for God, He will not save them.  They believe everyone else is worthy of salvation but them.  God gave His Son for us which means He won’t withhold the gift of salvation from anyone who seeks after Him, believing that Jesus is His Son and that He was crucified for our sins and buried with our transgressions and resurrected from the dead to offer us eternal life.  Christ gave His life for us and He isn’t going to turn around and condemn us.

My reading schedule this week:

December 10  Romans 11-13
December 11   Romans 14-16
December 12   Acts 20:4-23:35
December 13   Acts 24-26
December 14   Acts 27-28
December 15   Colossians; Philemon
December 16   Ephesians

NOTE:  I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com.  Bible Gateway has an online reading plan if you would rather have an online version.

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Grumbling destroys us

1 Corinthians 10:10  And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.

Paul warned the Believers in Corinth about grumbling and complaining.  We grumble when we focus our attention on what we don’t have.  The Israelites were so focused on what God wasn’t doing that they missed what He had done for them.   What occupies our attention?  Are we grateful for what God has given us–family, friends, a job, a house, food on the table, etc.–or are we too busy thinking about what we don’t have?  Our eyes should be focused on Jesus and what He has already given us–eternal life through His death on the cross.

My reading schedule this week:

December 3   1 Corinthians 15-16
December 4   2 Corinthians 1-4
December 5   2 Corinthians 5-9
December 6   2 Corinthians 10-13
December 7   Acts 20:1-3; Romans 1-3
December 8   Romans 4-7
December 9   Romans 8-10

NOTE:  I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com.  Bible Gateway has an online reading plan if you would rather have an online version.

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Are you surprised when God answers prayer?

Acts 12:14-15 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!”  “You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel.”

The Believers were praying for Peter to be released from jail where he had been sent because of his faith in Christ and his preaching of the truth.  Their prayers were answered even as they were praying, but they didn’t believe it even though the answer came knocking on the door.  When we pray, we should believe God will answer.  When our answer arrives, we should be grateful, not surprised.

My reading schedule this week:

November 26  Acts 17-18:18
November 27  1/2 Thessalonians
November 28  Acts 18:19-19:41
November 29  1 Corinthians 1-4
November 30  1 Corinthians 5-8
December 1      1 Corinthians 9-11
December 2     1 Corinthians 12-14

NOTE:  I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com.  Bible Gateway has an online reading plan if you would rather have an online version.

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Change your focus to enhance your faith

Luke 24:13  That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles[a] from Jerusalem.

The two followers missed the significance of the Resurrection because they were focusing on their disappointments and problems.  They were so distraught over their circumstances that they failed to recognize Jesus when He was walking beside them.  To make matters worse, they were going in the wrong direction–away from the fellowship of believers in Jerusalem.  When we are disappointed, do we seek out fellow Christians or do we seek comfort from the secular world?  We will miss Jesus, too, and withdraw from believers if we become preoccupied with our own problems and disappointments.  We will only experience Jesus’ power when we focus our eyes on Him rather than our circumstances.

My reading schedule this week:

November 19   Acts 9-10
November 20  Acts 11-12
November 21  Acts 13-14
November 22  James 1-5
November 23  Acts 15-16
November 24  Galatians 1-3
November 25  Galatians 4-6

NOTE:  I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com.  Bible Gateway has an online reading plan if you would rather have an online version.

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What time is it?

Matthew 24:4-5  Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you,  for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.

Matthew 25:21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”

Jesus is coming back.  Just like us, the disciples wanted to know what to look for so they would be prepared for his return.  Jesus warned them to be careful lest they be deceived.  When we start looking for signs, we become susceptible to deception.  False prophets are all around us with counterfeit signs and wonders.  The only way to avoid being deceived is to focus on Christ and God’s Word.

Just because we see signs of His second coming doesn’t mean we are to quit our jobs in order to serve God.  It does mean we are to use our time, talents and treasure diligently to serve Him completely in whatever we do.  We are to perform our daily work out of our love for God.

My reading schedule this week:

November 12  Matthew 27; Mark 15
November 13  Luke 23; John 18-19
November 14  Matthew 28; Mark 16
November 15  Luke 24; John 20-21
November 16  Acts 1-3
November 17  Acts 4-6
November 18 Acts 7-8

NOTE:  I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com.  Bible Gateway has an online reading plan if you would rather have an online version.

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Expectations of Christ

Mark 11:10 Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David!
    Praise God in highest heaven!”

Like the people who watched Jesus’ victory parade, we have expectations of Jesus.  We have ideas about how He could make the world safer and better.  We would like to see an end to suffering, injustice dealt with and prosperity for everyone.  We, like the people on the road to Jerusalem, have a lot to learn about Jesus.  We can’t get so caught up in the excitement of who we want Christ to be and what we want Christ to do that we miss the true meaning of being His disciple.  Following Christ involves hardship and sometimes suffering and death.

My reading schedule this week:

November 5  Matthew 23; Luke 20-21
November 6  Mark 13
November 7  Matthew 24
November 8  Matthew 25
November 9  Matthew 26; Mark 14
November 10 Luke 22; John 13
November 11 John 14-17

NOTE:  I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com.  Bible Gateway has an online reading plan if you would rather have an online version.

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Count the cost before making commitment

Luke 14:28  “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”

A building may be left uncompleted if the contractor begins construction before estimating the cost.  Commitment to Jesus may mean financial loss, loss of social status and have to give up control of our jobs, our money, our time.  We may be hated, persecuted and/or put to death.  If we don’t count the cost of our commitment, we might abandon our faith when times get tough.  Being a follower of Christ doesn’t mean our life will be free from trouble.  We must count the cost so that we will hold from to our faith and not turn back from following Jesus.

My reading schedule this week:

October 29      John 11
October 30     Luke 17:11-18:14
October 31     Matthew 19; Mark 10
November 1   Matthew 20-21
November 2   Luke 18:15-19:48
November 3   Mark 11; John 12
November 4   Matthew 22; Mark 12

NOTE:  I am following the Chronological Timeline from ewordtoday.com.  Bible Gateway has an online reading plan if you would rather have an online version.

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