The Daily Dose

A brief and scripturally sound, daily dose of the Bible… to encourage you every day!

Tuesday, August 14 – What is the Gospel?

Romans 1:16-17a (HCSB)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed

Monday, August 13 – A rebuke which Jesus gave to an unbelieving crowd is helpful for our walk…

John 7:24 (HCSB)
“Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment.”

Sunday, August 12 – Something to ponder…

John 6:28-29 (HCSB)
“What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked. Jesus replied, “This is the work of God — that you believe in the One He has sent.”

Saturday, August 11 – According to Jesus, Moses wrote about Him. Do you see Jesus when you read Moses?

John 5:46b (HCSB)
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me.

Friday, August 10 – Hey Paul, what is the message of His grace able to do?

Acts 20:32 (HCSB)
“…the message of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.”

Thursday, August 9 – The endgame of why anything exists…

Revelation 22:21 (HCSB)
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

Wednesday, August 8 – Why anything exists…

Genesis 1:1 (HCSB)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Tuesday, August 7 – Blunt, but helpful…

Proverbs 12:1 (HCSB)
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but one who hates correction is stupid.

Monday, August 6 – Our moral bar as Christians is higher than any other standard ever envisioned by man…

1 Peter 1:15 (HCSB)
…as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct…

Sunday, August 5 – How do we avoid becoming useless and unfruitful?

2 Peter 1:5-8 (HCSB)
…make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, August 4 – Though Paul was speaking to a particular group of people, the overall point is universal and it could not be anymore clear…

1 Corinthians 15:34a (HCSB)
Come to your senses and stop sinning…

Friday, August 3 – Jesus explains the will of the Father…

John 6:40 (HCSB)
“For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Thursday, August 2 – I just love how the NASB renders this verse, saying that God predestined us to adoption as sons in love, according to His kind intention

Ephesians 1:4b-5 (NASB)
In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will…

Wednesday, August 1 – Are you teachable, or are you set in your ways?

Proverbs 1:5 (HCSB)
…a wise man will listen and increase his learning,
and a discerning man will obtain guidance…

Tuesday, July 31 – The result of Christ’s first coming…

Titus 3:4-5a (HCSB)
…when the goodness of God and His love
for mankind appeared,
He saved us…

Monday, July 30 – Monday’s can sometimes be the most stressful day of the week. Let’s remind ourselves about how important it is to participate in contributing to making things free from disturbance. Such is an indicator as to where we are with God…

Hebrews 12:14 (HCSB)
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord.

Sunday, July 29 – The knowing of the Lord God is the means by which grace and peace are given…

2 Peter 1:2 (HCSB)
May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Saturday, July 28 – Through Christ, we have all we need to live as we should…

2 Peter 1:3 (HCSB)
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.

Friday, July 27 – Is there any other advice regarding our life’s focus which is better?

2 Timothy 2:8a (HCSB)
Keep your attention on Jesus Christ…

Thursday, July 26 – A saying worth committing to memory…

1 Timothy 1:15a (HCSB)
This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”

Wednesday, July 25 – What man’s unrighteousness says about God…

Romans 3:5a (HCSB)
…our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God…

Tuesday, July 24 – In what manner shall we live our life?

Philippians 1:27a (HCSB)
Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Monday, July 23 – What an incredible moment…

Luke 4:17-21 (HCSB)
The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him, and unrolling the scroll, He found the place where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
because He has anointed Me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me
to proclaim freedom to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him. He began by saying to them, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.”

Sunday, July 22 – Possibly, one of the hardest concepts to embrace…

Romans 12:21 (HCSB)
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Saturday, July 21 – Our children are affected by us more than we realize…

Colossians 3:21 (HCSB)
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so they won’t become discouraged.

Friday, July 20 – We must look to God to cause us to understand what He has said in His Word…

Psalms 119:18 (HCSB)
Open my eyes so that I may contemplate
wonderful things from Your instruction.

Thursday, July 19 – How do we avoid sin?

Psalms 119:11 (HCSB)
I have treasured Your word in my heart
so that I may not sin against You.

Wednesday, July 18 – A great reminder for the start of each day…

Ephesians 6:6 (HCSB)
Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart.

Tuesday, July 17 – Who are the children of God?

John 1:12-13 (HCSB)
But to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be children of God,
to those who believe in His name,
who were born,
not of blood,
or of the will of the flesh,
or of the will of man,
but of God.

Monday, July 16 – It is tempting to take matters of wrath into our own hands, but we must avoid all such thought, trusting that God will handle it in His time…

Romans 12:19 (HCSB)
Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.

Sunday, July 15 – Where does our life and breath and all things come from?

Acts 17:25b (HCSB)
…He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things.

Saturday, July 14 – It is important to understand the details that our Lord is in control of…

Proverbs 16:4 (HCSB)
The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose —
even the wicked for the day of disaster.

Friday, July 13 – According to scripture you matter, because you bear God’s image…

Genesis 1:27 (HCSB)
So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.

Thursday, July 12 – Every encounter with another person is an opportunity to do the right thing…

Romans 12:17-18 (HCSB)
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.

Wednesday, July 11 – An example of the mindset that we must always have…

Galatians 2:20b (HCSB)
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.

Tuesday, July 10 – Have you ever committed sin?

James 2:9a (HCSB)
…if you show favoritism, you commit sin…

Monday, July 9 – We must call on the Lord in order to give us the ability to comprehend what He has told us through His Word…

Psalms 119:18 (HCSB)
Open my eyes so that I may contemplate
wonderful things from Your instruction.

Sunday, July 8 – Are you in Christ? Then, come to terms with who you now are and live accordingly, knowing that the past is over…

2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB)
…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

Saturday, July 7 – What do you focus on in the midst of discomfort?

2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Friday, July 6 – There is no room for indifference in the Christian life…

1 Corinthians 16:14 (HCSB)
Your every action must be done with love.

Thursday, July 5 – Christ is our sustenance…

John 6:35-40 (HCSB)
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again. But as I told you, you’ve seen Me, and yet you do not believe. Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Wednesday, July 4 – The enemies of the cross of Christ have a different focus than we ought to have…

Philippians 3:19b-20 (HCSB)
They are focused on earthly things, but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, July 3 – Ever felt chastened by God? It’s not a bad thing…

Hebrews 12:7b-8 (HCSB)
…God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline — which all receive — then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

Monday, July 2 – Only through Christ, can the thief become an honest worker who gives…

Ephesians 4:28 (HCSB)
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Sunday, July 1 – Security of our state of mind and heart can only be found in one place…

Proverbs 30:5 (HCSB)
Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Saturday, June 30 – A basic tenet of how we ought to conduct every aspect of our life…

1 Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB)
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.

Friday, June 29 – For those who love the church, an encouraging reminder…

1 John 3:13-14a (HCSB)
Do not be surprised, brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.

Thursday, June 28 – Where did sin and death come from?

Romans 5:12 (HCSB)
…just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Wednesday, June 27 – The condition of our heart is the litmus test of who we are…

Proverbs 27:19 (HCSB)
As water reflects the face,
so the heart reflects the person.

Tuesday, June 26 – The final words of sacred writ offer blessings which exceed all blessings…

Revelation 22:21 (HCSB)
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

Monday, June 25 – Where the Bible starts is where we ought to start as well…

Genesis 1:1 (HCSB)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Sunday, June 24 – A brief reminder of what our Lord’s two advents are all about…

Hebrews 9:26b-28 (HCSB)
…He has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And just as it is appointed for people to die once — and after this, judgment — so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

Saturday, June 23 – We must always be cautious regarding what we choose to say…

James 3:10 (HCSB)
Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way.

Friday, June 22 – So Paul, what’s the point of all this?

1 Timothy 1:5 (HCSB)
Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

Thursday, June 21 – Such is always to be our mantra…

Romans 13:13a (HCSB)
Let us walk with decency…

Wednesday, June 20 – “Ranting and raving” (a Biblical term) is a foolish habit that gets you nowhere…

Proverbs 29:9 (HCSB)
If a wise man goes to court with a fool,
there will be ranting and raving but no resolution.

Tuesday, June 19 – A pretty straight forward statement from our Lord…

John 8:24b (HCSB)
“For if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

Monday, June 18 – Which mindset do you have?

Romans 8:6 (HCSB)
For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace.

Sunday, June 17 – Do you make life more or less difficult for those God has assigned to shepherd you?

Hebrews 13:17 (HCSB)
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Saturday, June 16 – In the New Covenant, we do not go to the temple to offer sacrifices so that we then can enter into the presence of God. We enter by belief, Hebrews 4:3a. (This was actually true in the Old Covenant as well.) There are many things that are true now, that were true then. Another is that we must likewise be careful to approach God with a humble compliance…

Ecclesiastes 5:1 (HCSB)
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Better to draw near in obedience than to offer the sacrifice as fools do, for they ignorantly do wrong.

Friday, June 15 – The pinnacle example of how God has demonstrated His love…

1 John 4:9 (HCSB)
God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

Thursday, June 14 – The question is not, “Am I God’s son?” The question that one should ask oneself is… “Do I live according to His Spirit?”

Romans 8:14 (HCSB)
All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.

Wednesday, June 13 – Whether we are converted or not, we all know what is expected of us…

Micah 6:8 (HCSB)
Mankind, He has told you what is good
and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God.

Tuesday, June 12 – Some basic advice this day…

Proverbs 1:10 (HCSB)
My son, if sinners entice you,
don’t be persuaded.

Monday, June 11 – Why would God bother to take upon Himself His own wrath, which should be placed upon us?

Romans 8:3b-4 (HCSB)
He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Sunday, June 10 – We who now live because of Christ, should now live for Christ…

2 Corinthians 5:15 (HCSB)
…He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.

Saturday, June 9 – What is the purpose of the Bible?

Romans 15:4 (HCSB)
For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.

Friday, June 8 – A great reminder of how to interact with the dubiously minded in our lives…

Jude 1:22 (HCSB)
Have mercy on those who doubt…

Thursday, June 7 – The conclusive statement by Jesus, after describing how we ought to love our enemies…

Matthew 5:48 (HCSB)
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Wednesday, June 6 – Love and prayer for people (especially enemies) defines us as “sons” of our Father in heaven…

Matthew 5:44-45a (HCSB)
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

Tuesday, June 5 – Grace and peace are wonderful things, but they must come by knowing the Lord…

2 Peter 1:2 (HCSB)
May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Monday, June 4 – Want a real simple way to sum up how we ought to live?

Philippians 1:27a (HCSB)
Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Sunday, June 3 – God…

Romans 4:17b (HCSB)
…gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist.

Saturday, June 2 – Why is the promise to Abraham and his descendants by faith alone?

Romans 4:16-17 (HCSB)
This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants — not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of Abraham’s faith. He is the father of us all in God’s sight. As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations. He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist.

Friday, June 1 – An important conclusion regarding the moments we have with those who God has put into our lives…

Galatians 6:10 (HCSB)
Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.

Thursday, May 31 – Assurance from our Lord…

John 6:47 (HCSB)
“I assure you: Anyone who believes has eternal life.”

Wednesday, May 30 – Something to keep in mind regarding skeptics who always want proof…

Luke 16:31 (HCSB)
“But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”

Tuesday, May 29 – Our sole obligation to our fellow man…

Romans 13:8 (HCSB)
Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Monday, May 28 – What is the goal of what we are taught through scripture?

1 Timothy 1:5 (HCSB)
Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

Sunday, May 27 – How do we (Christians) live according to the Spirit? Exude these qualities…

Galatians 5:22-23 (HCSB)
…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Saturday, May 26 – It is God’s will that everyone who was given to Christ by the Father will look to Him and believe, and as a result they will never be lost; rising to eternal life on the last day…

John 6:39-40 (HCSB)
This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Friday, May 25 – Abraham was the first to embrace the notion that not only restoration was possible for God to implement, but even resurrection was possible as well; and we (Christians) follow that same pattern of faith…

Hebrews 11:19a (HCSB)
He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead…

Thursday, May 24 – The Christian has no other option…

Acts 5:29 (HCSB)
But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Wednesday, May 23 – Without love, all the law and the prophets mean nothing…

Matthew 22:34-40 (HCSB)
When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

Tuesday, May 22 – A constant theme in scripture is that the promise of Christ is what sustains His people…

2 Kings 8:19 (HCSB)
The Lord was unwilling to destroy Judah because of His servant David, since He had promised to give a lamp to David and his sons forever.

Monday, May 21 – Aside from Christ, this is the reality for everyone who has ever lived…

Proverbs 20:9 (HCSB)
Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin”?

Sunday, May 20 – Those who are in Christ have everything they need…

Ephesians 1:3 (HCSB)
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

Saturday, May 19 – The world is antithetical to the Christian life, it comes with the territory. So, cling to the Gospel…

2 Timothy 3:12-14a (HCSB)
In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed.

Friday, May 18 – The Christian, yes, is free from the yoke of Old Covenant Law! However, that freedom does not mean that responsibility is not part of the New Covenant life…

Galatians 5:13 (HCSB)
For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.

Thursday, May 17 – Do you want to be pure like the Lord?

1 John 3:3 (HCSB)
…everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.

Wednesday , May 16 – The law is affirmed when we trust in Christ…

Romans 3:31 (HCSB)
Do we then cancel the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

Tuesday, May 15 – It is vital that the Christian continually remind oneself about what Christ has accomplished, as to not deviate off course from His leading…

Hebrews 2:1 (HCSB)
We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.

Monday, May 14 – If you are found to be in Christ, then you are bound for glory…

1 Thessalonians 5:9 (HCSB)
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…

Sunday, May 13 – Because of what Christ has done, the Christian can now approach God directly, without apprehension…

Ephesians 3:12 (HCSB)
In Him we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

Saturday, May 12 – Which one do you eat?

Proverbs 18:21 (HCSB)
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Friday, May 11 – Let us always be mindful of everything we do and think…

Ecclesiastes 12:14 (HCSB)
For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.

Thursday, May 10 – Can it be any simpler?

Romans 10:13 (HCSB)
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Wednesday, May 9 – What an encouraging assurance…

2 Corinthians 1:22 (HCSB)
He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts.

Tuesday, May 8 – Universally sound advice…

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (HCSB)
When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity.

Monday, May 7 – God’s evidence…

Acts 17:31 (HCSB)
“…He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”

Sunday, May 6 – Why Paul wrote…

1 Timothy 3:15b (HCSB)
…I have written so that you will know how people ought to act in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Saturday, May 5 – Why did Jesus come into the world?

1 Timothy 1:15a – 2:5-6 (HCSB)
This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”…
For there is one God
and one mediator between God and humanity,
Christ Jesus, Himself human,
who gave Himself — a ransom for all,
a testimony at the proper time.

Friday, May 4 – Never even consider suppressing love, because…

1 Corinthians 13:8a (HCSB)
Love never ends.

Thursday, May 3 – Are you (Christian) always remaining mindful of what Christ has done?

Hebrews 2:1 (HCSB)
We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.

Wednesday, May 2 – Some things to avoid…

Titus 3:9 ( HCSB)
But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

Tuesday, May 1 – The world always wants us (Christians) to compromise what God has said. However, we must always stand firm according to what scripture says…

1 Kings 22:13-14 (HCSB)
The messenger who went to call Micaiah instructed him, “Look, the words of the prophets are unanimously favorable for the king. So let your words be like theirs, and speak favorably.” But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, I will say whatever the Lord says to me.”

Monday, April 30 – Sometimes we ought to forgo what is permissible, for the sake of others…

Galatians 5:13 (HCSB)
For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.

Sunday, April 29 – A most important reminder for the Christian…

Colossians 1:14 (HCSB)
We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.

Saturday, April 28 – Can’t think of anything to pray? Meditate on this verse…

Psalms 5:11 (HCSB)
But let all who take refuge in You rejoice;
let them shout for joy forever.
May You shelter them,
and may those who love Your name boast about You.

Friday, April 27 – Are you concerned about “self-esteem,” like the world is? It says something about your worship…

Romans 1:25 (HCSB)
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.

Thursday, April 26 – Elijah challenged Israel with what we all must face: hesitation between two opinions… follow God or follow something else. Is the second option really viable in anyway?

1 Kings 18:21a (HCSB)
Then Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If Yahweh is God, follow Him…”

Wednesday, April 25 – Because of Christ, the Christian no longer lives as this women described below does, under the ever-present black cloud that her sins are not covered…

1 Kings 17:17-18 (HCSB)
After this, the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. His illness became very severe until no breath remained in him. She said to Elijah, “Man of God, what do we have in common? Have you come to remind me of my guilt and to kill my son?”

Tuesday, April 24 – Redemption is only possible for people through repentance (an unadulterated recognition of their sin and sinful condition) and dependence upon (trust in) Jesus Christ for resolution, by His life lived and His work on the cross, authenticated by His resurrection, which only Christ (who is God) could accomplish…

Mark 10:26-27 (HCSB)
So they were even more astonished, saying to one another, “Then who can be saved?”
Looking at them, Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God, because all things are possible with God.”

Monday, April 23 – The reference below was said about the Israel of the Old Covenant. But, what about the Israel of the New Covenant, where all its members know Him? Christian, be diligent to not live as though you do not know the One who paid for you…

Isaiah 1:3 (HCSB)
The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s feeding trough,
but Israel does not know;
My people do not understand.

Sunday, April 22 – A correction to the Pharisees helps us (Christians) to learn that liberty is realized when we provide from the heart and not outer acts of a pretentious nature…

Luke 11:41 (HCSB)
But give from what is within to the poor, and then everything is clean for you.

Saturday, April 21 – We (Christians) have a responsibility to keep ourselves in check by making sure that we are continually learning how to be like Christ, while proactively avoiding the nonsense which is counter to it…

1 Timothy 4:7 (HCSB)
…have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness…

Friday, April 20 – Taxes! Why must I pay taxes?…

Romans 13:4-7 (HCSB)
For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience. And for this reason you pay taxes, since the authorities are God’s public servants, continually attending to these tasks. Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor.

Thursday, April 19 – Are you (Christian) enticed by anything that you should avoid? Well be encouraged! You now have the power to walk away…

1 Corinthians 10:13 (HCSB)
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.

Wednesday, April 18 – We (Christians) have a responsibility to proactively act in harmony with the character of our Lord…

Ephesians 4:24 (HCSB)
…you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.

Tuesday, April 17 – It is vital for the Christian to understand that happiness comes by constantly reflecting on God’s Word…

Psalms 1:1-2 (HCSB)
How happy is the man
who does not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners
or join a group of mockers!
Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.

Monday, April 16 – Is there a direction that you are going, that you know that you ought not go? Change course while you still can…

1 Kings 12:24b (HCSB)
…So they listened to what the Lord said and went back as He had told them.

Sunday, April 15 – Prejudice is not a part of God’s character…

Isaiah 2:2 (HCSB)
In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established
at the top of the mountains
and will be raised above the hills.
All nations will stream to it…

Saturday, April 14 – Not only is the world not worthy of Christ, but the world is not even worthy of those who are in Christ…

Hebrews 11:38a (HCSB)
The world was not worthy of them.

Friday, April 13 – Because of Christ, the Christian must always be mindful of the forgiveness they now enjoy…

Colossians 1:14 (HCSB)
We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.