“Giving God Our Best” December 31

 

Giving God Our Best & Proverbs 31 -Happy New Year’s Eve,

Congratulations to those of you who have been reading all year and to those who started somewhere along the way. I hope you’re looking forward to starting again in the coming year.

Just as we will read in Malachi today, let’s purpose in our hearts to give God our best in 2018 … to offer Him the firstfruits of our time in the morning or whatever time works best … to be faithful with our finances … to use our talents and resources to further His kingdom, to bring Him glory in all we do, and to honor Him in our marriages or our singleness or whatever our situation!

Our final passage in Proverbs pictures “the virtuous or excellent wife” We’ll look at how an ancient description speaks to us today?

Finally, as you read the last 2 chapters of Revelation, allow John’s vision of the glories to come excite your heart!  Continue reading

28 Ways to Improve Your Quiet Time

 

28 Ways to Improve Your Quiet Time - As we start a new year many of us have made a fresh commitment to read more of our Bible, pray more, and in general, have a more effective quiet time. While there is no right way or wrong way to do that, there are some things we might consider to make our time with God more spiritually profitable and enjoyable.As we start a new year many of us have made a fresh commitment to read more of our Bible, pray more, and in general, have a more effective quiet time. While there is no right way or wrong way to do that, there are some things we might consider to make our time with God more spiritually profitable and enjoyable.

 

28 Ways to Improve Your Quiet Time

 

What Is a Quiet Time?

Sometimes as believers we speak a kind of Christianise. We throw around terms that we don’t fully explain. So let’s talk a little about what a quiet time is and is not.

 

First, what it is not.

It’s not a way to get right with God.

It’s not a way to earn His favor.

We can only be right with God by coming to Him by faith through Jesus Christ. If you’re not sure you’ve done this, you can read more about it here. In fact, this is so important, I would urge you to do that now before you finish reading this post if you’re not sure.  Continue reading

“The Bible, One Book, One Story” December 30

 

The Bible, One Book, One Story, His Story - The Bible is not a series of books about God. It is one book, penned by numerous human authors, and inspired by God. It is His story told through His continuing revelation of Himself to mankind. #bible #God #revelationThe Bible is not a series of books about God. It is one book, penned by numerous human authors, and inspired by God. It is His story told through His continuing revelation of Himself to mankind. The more you read it, the more you see how the books, the prophesies, the stories, and the letters fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. In today’s O.T. reading Zechariah prophesied hundreds of years earlier about many of the things Jesus showed John in the book of Revelation.

And as we continue to read through the book of Revelation, today we learn about two final judgments. One day every person will stand before God at one of them: “the great white throne judgment” or “the judgment seat of Christ.” Where will you stand?

 

Today’s Readings:
Zechariah 13 & 14
Psalm 149.5-9
Proverbs 31.1-9
Revelation 20.1-15

Well, we’re almost there. I pray that many of you have read more of God’s Word than you have in the past. Notice I said “more of God’s Word.” Though many of you finished the goal, I know some of you are weeks or even months behind or maybe you quit after a few months, or maybe it’s been in fits and starts. But did you read more of God’s Word in 2017 than you had before or did you get more out of your reading than you had previously? If so, it’s been a successful endeavor!

If you have a testimony about how reading God’s Word impacted your life this year, I’d love for you to share it in the comments section.

On to the Word …  Continue reading

“Are You Believing a Lie?” December 29

 

Are You Believing a Lie? - Today we'll talk about the danger of believing lies when it comes to our spiritual life. Whether that means trusting good works, religious activities, or some higher knowledge to save us, our eternal destiny is at stake when it comes to what we believe. Could you be believing a lie? #faith #religion #truth #liesToday we’ll talk about the danger of believing lies when it comes to our spiritual life. Whether that means trusting good works, religious activities, or some higher knowledge to save us, our eternal destiny is at stake when it comes to what we believe. Could you be believing a lie?

We’ll also continue our study in Revelation as the final conflict approaches.

About 2018

There are only two more days in 2017. Can you believe it?! Have you set a goal for your Bible reading in 2018? Have you invited someone else to join you? Let’s bring others along as we “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3.18).

On to the readings …  Continue reading

“The Wine of False Religion” December 28

 

The Wine of False Religion - Religious fanatics, suicide bombers, terrorists, even radical defenders of abortion or gay rights, could they be drunk on the wine of false religion? #falsereligion #fanaticism #repentance #godlysorrow #worldlysorrowReligious fanatics, suicide bombers, terrorists, even radical defenders of abortion or gay rights, could they be drunk on the wine of false religion?

Also …

When we experience sorrow over sin, is it worldly sorrow or godly sorrow? And what do we have in common with lions, greyhounds, goats, and kings?  Continue reading

“When You Feel Beaten & Bruised” December 27

 

When You Feel Beaten & Bruised - Do you feel beaten and bruised from raising a strong-willed child or by being in a difficult marriage? Have you recently faced a devastating loss or were the holidays especially difficult? How do you keep going when life seems to be full of challenges? Not in your own strength, but … #tests #trials #hardship #faith #christian #tribulation #falsereligionDo you feel beaten and bruised from raising a strong-willed child or by being in a difficult marriage? Have you recently faced a devastating loss or were the holidays especially difficult? How do you keep going when life seems full of challenges? Not in your own strength, but …  Continue reading

“How Do You ‘See’ Things?” December 26

 

How Do You "See" Things? - How do you view your life and the world around you? Do you view your circumstances through the lens of Scripture or do you allow your circumstances to dictate how you "see" God? #Scripture #bible #circumstances #tribulation #revelation

How do you view your life and the world around you? Do you view your circumstances through the lens of Scripture or do you allow your circumstances to dictate how you “see” God?

Then, as we continue reading the book of Revelation, we’ll look at the seven bowls judgments: incurable sores, water turned to blood, intense heat, darkness, floods, earthquakes, and unbearable pain.   Continue reading

“What Are Your Priorities for 2018?” December 25

 

Merry Christmas,

I pray that you are enjoying a wonderful day rejoicing in the birth of our Savior!

I look forward to another year of growing in the grace and knowledge of our great God along with each of you in 2018!

This is the time of year for evaluating priorities and setting goals for the coming year. Don’t forget to consider God’s priorities as you do. God had something to say to the people in Haggai’s day on that very subject.

 

Your Priorities or His? - As we approach the New Year, how are your ways—your priorities? Are you interested in what God is interested? Are you giving into the work of God? Do you tithe or just give God what is left over, if anything? What if you decided to take God at His Word this coming year and give Him the firstfruits?

 

Today’s Readings:
Haggai 1 & 2
Psalm 147.7-11
Proverbs 30.20
Revelation 15

 

What Are Your Priorities for 2018?

 

Haggai 1 & 2:

Consider Your Ways

 

The people in Haggai’s time had a problem. They were working hard, but getting nowhere. Chapter 1:

6 “ You have sown much, and bring in little;
You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with drink;
You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;
And he who earns wages,
Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

The blessings of God were missing from their lives and God sent Haggai to help them understand why.  Continue reading

“Last Chance? What About Purgatory?” December 24

 

Last Chance? What About Purgatory? - In the final days of the Tribulation, people will be given one last chance to hear and believe the gospel. An angel will offer them that chance and another will warn them that if they take the mark of the beast, their eternity will be sealed for all time. Those of us who die before then must decide, too, because there's no purgatory, no more opportunities to earn our ticket to heaven, no last chance to realize, "Oops, I made a mistake!" So we must choose wisely. #salvation #purgatory #lastchance #tribulationMerry Christmas Eve,

Like all great books, the last chapters in God’s Word are “hold-your-breath” exciting. Today we’ll talk about “The King” who was born as a babe but will one day return in power and glory. The climax will be a great battle where the fighting will be so fierce that the blood will be four feet deep in places and cover an area of 200 square miles.

In the final days of the Tribulation, people will be given one last chance to hear and believe the gospel. An angel will offer them that chance and another will warn them that if they take the mark of the beast, their eternity will be sealed for all time.

Those of us who die before then must decide, too, because there’s no purgatory, no more opportunities to earn our ticket to heaven, no last chance to realize, “Oops, I made a mistake!” So we must choose wisely.

 

Speaking of great books, did you know that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time? Of course, it’s not just any book. It’s God’s revelation of Himself to mankind, penned by men, but breathed out from the heart and mind of God. How will you get to know this greatest of all books better?

Also, The MacArthur Daily Bible would make a great and reasonably priced last-minute Christmas gift or gift to yourself. It may be just the motivation you or someone else needs to get started reading the Bible regularly!

I pray that today will be a restful day without too many last-minute things to do. Let’s all remember to take time tonight and tomorrow to think about what it all means … which is so much more than all the commercial hustle and bustle. And I hope you will make time to attend a worship service if you haven’t already.

On to today’s readings …  Continue reading

“The Just Shall Live by Faith” December 23

 

The prophet Habakkuk felt the enemies of Israel were allowed to get away with evil in his day. We may feel the same way today when it comes to evil men and women. But there will come a day when God will judge the wicked and in the meantime, God reminds us that "the just shall live by faith." #faith #evil #antichrist During the Tribulation, the final Antichrist will rise to power. All those who want to buy and sell will be required wear his name or his number 666 on their right hand or foreheads and all who dwell on earth will be deceived into worshiping him, except those whose names are written in the Book of Life of the Lamb.

It will seem that he has free reign to do evil and get away with it. The prophet Habakkuk felt the same way about the enemies of Israel in his day. We may feel that way today when it comes to evil men and women. But there will come a day when God will judge the wicked and in the meantime, God reminds us that “the just shall live by faith.”  Continue reading