April 4 “Fear not! He is there!

Whether it’s a bad report at the doctor’s, a wayward child, or a difficult marriage … fear not! He is there!

fear not

Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 31 & 32
Psalm 40.6-12
Proverbs 13.11-12
Luke 7.31-50

Deuteronomy 31 & 32:

Fear not! He is there!

Repeatedly God tells us, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (31.6).

Think about that, when we go for that doctor’s visit or procedure, He goes with us! When we go for that job interview or to share our testimony or all those other situations that tempt us to be afraid, He goes with us! When our children walk away from God or our spouse walks out, He is there.

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When we’re tempted to worry about how we’ll pay the bills, live with that loss, handle caring for an aging parent or another baby … He is with us! He will not leave us or forsake us! That’s reason to rejoice! Continue reading

March 22 “Who is Mary … saint or sinner?”

Who is Mary? Is she a saint? Does she intercede for believers? How should a Christian view her? (See Luke commentary below.)

Mary

Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 5 & 6
Psalm 37.1-4
Proverbs 12.9
Luke 1.21-38

Deuteronomy 5 & 6:

Parenting 101

Chapter 6.6-9 is one of the clearest passages on parenting. It says:

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

First we are to hide God’s Word in our hearts. Then we are to faithfully teach it to our children, not just in formal ways, but as we go about our everyday activities—when we are relaxing at home or having a family dinner, when we are out running errands, when we go to bed at night and the first thing in the morning.

We should constantly look for ways to incorporate spiritual lessons into the events of everyday life. But we can’t do that unless He is an ever present reality in our own lives—unless we’re aware of His involvement all the time, in the daily routine of life.

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