The Daily Dose

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

Thursday, October 17 – The Israelites were commanded to love God with everything that they had. It ought to speak volumes to us (Christians) as well…

Deuteronomy 6:5 (CJB)
…you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.

Wednesday, October 16 – In light of who we (Christians) now are because of Christ…

Galatians 6:10 (CJB)
Therefore, as the opportunity arises, let us do what is good to everyone, and especially to the family of those who are trustingly faithful…

Tuesday, October 15 – In light of who we (Christians) now are because of Christ…

Ephesians 5:15-17 (CJB)
Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life—live wisely, not unwisely. Use your time well, for these are evil days. So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is.

Monday, October 14 – The changed person (due to now trusting in Christ) ought to live their life in accordance with that change…

Ephesians 5:8 (CJB)
For you used to be darkness; but now, united with the Lord, you are light. Live like children of light…

Sunday, October 13 – Basic, sobering truth…

3 John 1:11 (CBJ)
Dear friend, don’t imitate the bad, but the good. Those who do what is good are from God; those who do what is bad are not from God.

Saturday, October 12 – How God demonstrates His love for those who trust…

Roman 5:8 (CJB)
…God demonstrates his own love for us in that the Messiah died on our behalf while we were still sinners.

Friday, October 11 – Our humble beginnings…

Genesis 2:7 (HCSB)
Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.

Thursday, October 10 – Encouraging instruction…

Jude 1:20-21 (NIV)
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Wednesday, October 9 – In order for our prayers to be heard, we must take seriously God’s instruction (Torah)…

Proverbs 28:9 (CJB)
If a person will not listen to Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.

Tuesday, October 8 – The difference between what both Adam and Jesus each accomplished…

1 Corinthians 15:21 (ESV)
For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

Monday, October 7 – Pierce or heal, such are our choices as we talk to others..

Proverbs 12:18 (CJB)
Idle talk can pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise can heal.

Sunday, October 6 – Self explanatory…

Proverbs 10:12b (CJB)
…love covers all kinds of transgressions.

Saturday, October 5 – A thought provoking statement from God explains why we all need a Savior…

Genesis 8:21b (CJB)
“…the imaginings of a person’s heart are evil from his youth…”

Friday, October 4 – How a person is considered righteous by God…

Romans 3:28 (CJB)
Therefore, we hold the view that a person comes to be considered righteous by God on the ground of trusting, which has nothing to do with legalistic observance of Torah commands.

Thursday, October 3 – After warning strongly about judgement, the writer of Hebrews gives this encouragement for those who trust in Christ…

Hebrews 10:39 (CJB)
However, we are not the kind who shrink back and are destroyed; on the contrary, we keep trusting and thus preserve our lives!

Wednesday, October 2 – We (Christians) have been cleansed once and for all…

Hebrews 10:1-3 (CJB)
For the Torah has in it a shadow of the good things to come, but not the actual manifestation of the originals. Therefore, it can never, by means of the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, bring to the goal those who approach the Holy Place to offer them. Otherwise, wouldn’t the offering of those sacrifices have ceased? For if the people performing the service had been cleansed once and for all, they would no longer have sins on their conscience. No, it is quite the contrary—in these sacrifices is a reminder of sins, year after year.

Tuesday, October 1 – Have you (believer) forgotten that your past sins have been forgiven?

2 Peter 1:3-9 (CJB)
God’s power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowing the One who called us to his own glory and goodness. By these he has given us valuable and superlatively great promises, so that through them you might come to share in God’s nature and escape the corruption which evil desires have brought into the world. For this very reason, try your hardest to furnish your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if you have these qualities in abundance, they keep you from being barren and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Indeed, whoever lacks them is blind, so shortsighted that he forgets that his past sins have been washed away.

Monday, September 30 – The Hebrew word “talmidim” in English would be “disciples,” in this reference. Talmidim is a plural Hebrew noun meaning “disciples” in its truest sense: those who leave family to study and follow the ways of their teacher (rabbi). They study not only to learn what their teacher knows but to become the type of man their teacher is. We (Christians) are called to not only study and follow the ways of Jesus, but we are to become the type of person that He is…

Matthew 16:24-28 (CJB)
Then Yeshua told his talmidim, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, take up his execution-stake, and keep following me. For whoever wants to save his own life will destroy it, but whoever destroys his life for my sake will find it. What good will it do someone if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or, what can a person give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come in his Father’s glory, with his angels; and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.”

Sunday, September 29 – The apostles’ perspective on Christ…

1 John 1:1 (CJB)
The Word, which gives life!
He existed from the beginning.
We have heard him,
we have seen him with our eyes,
we have contemplated him,
we have touched him with our hands!

Saturday, September 28 – Do you claim to be in union with Chris?

1 John 2:6 (CJB)
A person who claims to be continuing in union with him ought to conduct his life the way he did.

Friday, September 27 – A vital reminder…

Romans 10:9-10 (ESV)
…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Thursday, September 26 – The beginning of the creation story and the beginning of the new creation story…

Genesis 1:1… John 1:1 (ESV)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Wednesday, September 25 – The Christian’s future…

Daniel 7:18 (ESV)
But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.

Tuesday, September 24 – Why unbelievers perish…

2 Thessalonians 2:10b (HCSB)
…They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.

Monday, September 23 – How one becomes a fool…

Romans 1:22-23(ESV)
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Sunday, September 22 – The answer to an important question…

Psalms 119:9 (ESV)
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.

Saturday, September 21 – Who has peace?

Psalms 119:165a (ESV)
Great peace have those who love your law…

Friday, September 20 – Verses worth revisiting every now and then…

Ephesians 2:12-13 (HCSB)
…you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.

Thursday, September 19 – Another thing to keep in view for every conversation…

Proverbs 19:5 (ESV)
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Wednesday, September 18 – Something to keep in view for every conversation…

Proverbs 18:2 (ESV)
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.

Tuesday, September 17 – As politics brew, the solution to any nation’s problems is not a kingdom made by human hands…

Mark 1:15 (ESV)
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Monday, September 16 – What is temptation?

James 1:14 (ESV)
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

Sunday, September 15 – What happens to those who are joined to Christ…

1 Corinthians 6:17 (ESV)
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

Saturday, September 14 – Without Christ, nothing exists…

John 1:3 (ESV)
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Friday, September 13 – Christ is the final Adam in a series of Adams given by God in the Biblical timeline…

1 Corinthians 15:45 (ESV)
Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Thursday, September 12 – Where we (Christians) need to be…

Jude 1:21 (ESV)
…keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

Wednesday, September 11 – Part of Mary’s reaction to Elizabeth’s pregnancy includes this encouraging remark about those who fear the Lord…

Luke 1:50 (ESV)
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.

Tuesday, September 10 – The best medicine…

Proverbs 17:22 (ESV)
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Monday, September 9 – What we (Christians) are saved by…

Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV)
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.”

Sunday, September 8 – What defiles a person…

Matthew 15:10-11, 18-20a (HCSB)
“Summoning the crowd, He told them, ‘Listen and understand: It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man…. what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. These are the things that defile a man…’”

Saturday, September 7 – Things to avoid or not devote ourselves to (instead of the stewardship from God that is from faith)…

Titus 3:9; 1 Timothy 1:4 (ESV)
“…avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless; nor to devote… to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.”

Friday, September 6 – Our Lord’s instruction…

1 John 3:23 (HCSB)
Now this is His command: that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as He commanded us.

Thursday, September 5 – The closing words of the book of Psalms…

Psalms 150:6b (ESV)
…Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, September 4 – The two Adams…

1 Corinthians 15:45 (ESV)
“Thus it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”

Tuesday, September 3 – Paul uses Passover referencing to picture what our lives now ought to look like in light of Christ’s work…

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (ESV)
“Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

Monday, September 2 – Paul’s proclamation…

Colossians 1:28 (ESV)
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

Sunday, September 1 – Who belongs to the Lord?

Ezekiel 18:4 (HCSB)
“Look, every life belongs to Me…”

Saturday, August 31 – Without Christ, one’s fate is non-life…

Ezekiel 18:20a (HCSB)
“The person who sins is the one who will die…”

Friday, August 30 – The Spirit is never denied to those who ask…

Luke 11:9-13 (ESV)
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Thursday, August 29 – Recognize the victory that we have because we trust in Christ…

1 John 5:4-5 (ESV)
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Wednesday, August 28 – Why Jesus came…

Luke 5:32 (ESV)
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.

Tuesday, August 27 – Israel was commanded to love even those outside of the covenant people. As new covenant members, this ought to inform how we are to consider the unbeliever…

Leviticus 19:34 (ESV)
You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Monday, August 26 – Peter, speaking to Cornelius and all those under his authority. It stands as an encouragement to all who are exposed to this good news…

Acts 10:43 (ESV)
To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

Sunday, August 25 – Jesus is the member of the Godhead who brought the Israelites to the promised land and took out her enemies…

Jude 1:5 (ESV)
Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

Saturday, August 24 – Jesus quoted this verse (in response to Satan) when He was tempted in the desert. May we always have it in view whenever we are also tempted…

Deuteronomy 6:13a (ESV)
It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve…

Friday, August 23 – We are to be the new Adam…

1 Peter 1:15-16 (HCSB)
But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.

Thursday, August 22 – Why we are set up the way we are…

Acts 17:26-27 (HCSB)
From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

Wednesday, August 21 – Who we need to listen to…

Luke 9:35 (HCSB)
Then a voice came from the cloud, saying:
This is My Son, the Chosen One;
listen to Him!

Tuesday, August 20 – An adversary is defeated when their weapons are taken away. Jesus took away the enemy’s greatest weapon…

Colossians 2:15, Hebrews 2:14-15 (HCSB)
He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him… Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death — that is, the Devil — and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death.

Monday, August 19 – Regardless of our contributions to the kingdom, it is actually God who is at work…

1 Corinthians 3:6 (HCSB)
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

Sunday, August 18 – Sometimes it’s just wiser to avoid going for too much…

Ecclesiastes 4:6 (HCSB)
Better one handful with rest
than two handfuls with effort and a pursuit of the wind.

Saturday, August 17 – It is a good place to be; a place of recognition for our sin and the need for the Savior…

Psalms 65:3 (HCSB)
Iniquities overwhelm me;
only You can atone for our rebellions.

Friday, August 16 – Whether the believer is alive or not, they will live forever because He died…

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

Thursday, August 15 – Paul quotes Psalm 32, in order to encourage the believers in Rome…

Romans 4:7-8 (ESV)
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Wednesday, August 14 – Wisdom’s motivation to instruct…

Proverbs 22:19 (HCSB)
I have instructed you today — even you —
so that your confidence may be in the Lord.

Tuesday, August 13 – The means by which our life and godliness are had…

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.

Monday, August 12 – Why we were healed…

1 Peter 2:24 (HCSB)
He Himself bore our sins
in His body on the tree,
so that, having died to sins,
we might live for righteousness;
you have been healed by His wounds.

Sunday, August 11 – Everything is God’s…

Deuteronomy 10:14 (HCSB)
The heavens, indeed the highest heavens, belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it.

Saturday, August 10 – The reason why things go wrong…

Judges 17:6b & 21:25b (ESV)
…Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Friday, August 9 – The prophet Joel describes God, in order to encourage repentance …

Joel 2:13b (HCSB)
…He is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger, rich in faithful love,
and He relents from sending disaster.

Thursday, August 8 – In the New Testament, both Peter and Paul quote this verse from the prophet Joel. We should as well…

Joel 2:32a (HCSB)
…everyone who calls
on the name of Yahweh will be saved…

Wednesday, August 7 – Paul’s encouragement to the followers in Rome, regarding what the Old Testament said about trusting in the Savior…

Romans 10:11 (HCSB)
Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame…

Tuesday, August 6 – What the believer now has the power to do…

Luke 6:28b (ESV)
…pray for those who abuse you.

Monday, August 5 – God’s seal…

2 Timothy 2:19 (ESV)
…God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

Sunday, August 4 – As a result of abandoning God’s Word, Israel was being scattered among the nations, losing their priestly status as a nation due to their breaking of the covenant with God, serves as a lesson to us as to what happens to those who fail to be well familiar with what Yahweh has said through His prophets regarding their covenant obligation to Yahweh…

Hosea 4:6, 14b (HCSB)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I will reject you from serving as My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I will also forget your sons… People without discernment are doomed.

Saturday, August 3 – Our worship must be of a Godly disposition (spirit) and rooted in what is actually real (truth)…

John 4:24 (HCSB)
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Friday, August 2 – Straightforward…

John 12:48 (HCSB)
The one who rejects Me and doesn’t accept My sayings has this as his judge: The word I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

Thursday, August 1 – A vital question…

Romans 2:3a,c (HCSB)
Do you really think… …that you will escape God’s judgment?

Wednesday, July 31 – Paul’s succinct reminder to Timothy about where to keep his focus, is an important, continuous prompter for us as well…

2 Timothy 2:8 (HCSB)
Keep your attention on Jesus Christ as risen from the dead and descended from David. This is according to my gospel.

Tuesday, July 30 – A short psalm which highlights the beauty of friendship, ends with a reminder of what Christ provides…

Psalms 133:3b (HCSB)
…the Lord has appointed the blessing —
life forevermore.

Monday, July 29 – The law is not the problem…

Habakkuk 1:4 (HCSB)
This is why the law is ineffective
and justice never emerges.
For the wicked restrict the righteous;
therefore, justice comes out perverted.

Sunday, July 28 – God’s plea to Judah and Jerusalem reminds us about what Christ accomplished for us…

Isaiah 1:18 (HCSB)
“Come, let us discuss this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they will be as white as snow;
though they are as red as crimson,
they will be like wool.”

Saturday, July 27 – An example of a doxology to start your day…

Jude 1:24-25 (HCSB)
Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen.

Friday, July 26 – A verse worth returning to regularly…

Isaiah 53:6 (HCSB)
We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for the iniquity of us all.

Thursday, July 25 – Paul’s summation of what maturity looks like in the Christian life…

Philippians 3:13b (HCSB)
Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead…

Wednesday, July 24 – Jesus cites Psalm 69, in order to demonstrate to His disciples what the world thinks of Him…

John 15:25b (HCSB)
…They hated Me for no reason.

Tuesday, July 23 – Christ is the Creator…

Colossians 1:16 (HCSB)
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities —
all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Monday, July 22 – On the island Patmos, it was revealed to John (through a vision) the sobering reality about how everyone will one day be judged by God for what they did…

Revelation 20:12 (HCSB)
I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.

Sunday, July 21 – God warned Judah (through the prophet Zephaniah) about what the Day of the Lord would be like…

Zephaniah 1:18 (HCSB)
For He will make a complete,
yes, a horrifying end
of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Saturday, July 20 – Job’s response to his wife’s suggestion to “curse God and die,” after he had suffered tremendously, exemplified wisdom in light of what was experienced…

Job 2:10b (HCSB)
“Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?”

Friday, July 19 – The response that Jesus gave to those who thought that the people who had died as a result of injustice or random disaster were worse sinners than they themselves were…

Luke 13:5 (HCSB)
“No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well!”

Thursday, July 18 – Something to consider the next time that you find yourself reevaluating your life with regards to what you have or do not have…

Proverbs 30:8b-9 (HCSB)
…Give me neither poverty nor wealth;
feed me with the food I need.
Otherwise, I might have too much
and deny You, saying, “Who is the Lord?”
or I might have nothing and steal,
profaning the name of my God.

Wednesday, July 17 – God is the Savior…

1 Timothy 4:10b (HCSB)
…we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.

Tuesday, July 16 – We must always be mindful of the fact that there are two resurrections…

Daniel 12:2 (HCSB)
Many of those who sleep in the dust
of the earth will awake,
some to eternal life,
and some to shame and eternal contempt.

Monday, July 15 – Ephraim (the northern tribes of Israel) had turned away from Yahweh. As part of the rebuke that they received for their apostasy, God reminded them that it was He who is the source of any good that came from them. It is the same with us (Christians)…

Hosea 14:8 (ESV)
O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like an evergreen cypress;
from me comes your fruit.

Sunday, July 14 – A fact which must constantly be shared…

Acts 2:21 (HCSB)
…everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Saturday, July 13 – What was heard when the church was birthed…

Acts 2:9-11 (HCSB)
“Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — we hear them speaking the magnificent acts of God in our own languages.”

Friday, July 12 – What the Gospel of Luke is about…

Acts 1:1-2 (HCSB)
I wrote the first narrative, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day He was taken up, after He had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen.

Thursday, July 11 – We can learn a lot about how we should live and pray, wherever God has placed us, from what He commanded the exiles to do in Babylon…

Jeremiah 29:7 (HCSB)
“Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the Lord on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper.”

Wednesday, July 10 – The best way to deal with bad people, is to make them into good people…

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (HCSB)
Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Tuesday, July 9 – Our role is to obey, to share, and to exemplify Christ. It is God’s role to convict, to convert, and to seal the follower of Him…

1 Corinthians 12:3b (HCSB)
…no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

Monday, July 9 – There is nowhere else to turn…

Hosea 13:4b (HCSB)
…no Savior exists besides Me.

Sunday, July 7 – An important reminder and encouragement…

1 John 1:8-9 (HCSB)
If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Saturday, July 6 – When Jesus was asked what the greatest law was…

Matthew 22:36-40 (HCSB)
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.”

Friday, July 5 – We must know the Son in order to know the Father…

John 14:7a (HCSB)
“If you know Me, you will also know My Father…”

Thursday, July 4 – No Christ, no creation…

John 1:3 (HCSB)
All things were created through Him,
and apart from Him not one thing was created
that has been created.

Wednesday, July 3 – Paul’s exhortation to the believers in Rome provided the context for how those in Christ are to treat one another…

Romans 15:7 (HCSB)
…accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God.

Tuesday, July 2 – What His Word can accomplish…

2 Timothy 3:15b (HCSB)
…the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Monday, July 1 – Many people are concerned about what happens after death. The more important concern is what happens at judgement…

Hebrews 9:27 (HCSB)
…it is appointed for people to die once — and after this, judgment —

Sunday, June 30 – Judah had walked away from the Lord. This stinging rebuke ought to be a wake up call as to how God sees people in light of such drifting…

Isaiah 2:22 (HCSB)
Put no more trust in man,
who has only the breath in his nostrils.
What is he really worth?

Saturday, June 29 – The day of judgment is when all things will be set right…

Isaiah 2:11-12 (HCSB)
Human pride will be humbled,
and the loftiness of men will be brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.
For a day belonging to the Lord of Hosts is coming
against all that is proud and lofty,
against all that is lifted up — it will be humbled.

Friday, June 28 – John the Baptist’s warning to the Jewish leaders ought to give us pause as well, when we self-examine our walk…

Matthew 3:8 (HCSB)
“…Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.”

Thursday, June 27 – And example of contrition, after realizing what was done wrong…

Psalms 51:11 (HCSB)
Do not banish me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Wednesday, June 26 – Sobering word’s from Christ to His disciples…

Luke 12:2-3 (ESV)
“Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”

Tuesday, June 25 – How the Christian has peace with God…

Romans 5:1b (HCSB)
…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Monday, June 24 – Thank You, Jesus…

Psalms 32:1 (HCSB)
How joyful is the one
whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered!

Sunday, June 23 – God will sometimes use an incredibly unique means to prevent evil…

2 Peter 2:16b (HCSB)
…A donkey that could not talk spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s irrationality.

Saturday, June 22 – How we (Christians) are considered to be sons of God…

Galatians 3:26 (HCSB)
…for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Friday, June 21 – Only God could do this…

2 Corinthians 5:21 (HCSB)
He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Thursday, June 20 – The road to Emmaus: Man, I would have loved to have been there…

Luke 24:27 (HCSB)
Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

Wednesday, June 19 – No one by default is a Christian. One must turn to Christ and be baptized to be called a Christian. The proclamation of such was to be the ministry John the Baptist (as prophesied by an angel to his father Zechariah, before John was even conceived)…

Luke 1:16 (HCSB)
“He will turn many of the sons of Israel
to the Lord their God.

Tuesday, June 18 – A praise of God (doxology)…

Jude 1:24-25 (ESV)
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Monday, June 17 – We must always be mindful of how we treat each other…

1 Peter 5:5b (ESV)
…Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Sunday, June 16 – What we are without God’s breath of life…

Genesis 3:19b (HCSB)
“…For you are dust,
and you will return to dust.”

Saturday, June 15 – Integrity or distortion, two paths which are always before us…

Proverbs 28:18 (HCSB)
The one who lives with integrity will be helped,
but one who distorts right and wrong
will suddenly fall.

Friday, June 14 – Something to consider on any given workday…

Proverbs 28:19 (HCSB)
The one who works his land
will have plenty of food,
but whoever chases fantasies
will have his fill of poverty.

Thursday, June 13 – The Gospel…

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (HCSB)
Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it. You are also saved by it, if you hold to the message I proclaimed to you — unless you believed for no purpose., For I passed on to you as most important what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
according to the Scriptures,
that He was buried,
that He was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures,
and that He appeared to Cephas,
then to the Twelve.
Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time;
most of them are still alive,
but some have fallen asleep.
Then He appeared to James,
then to all the apostles.
Last of all, as to one abnormally born,
He also appeared to me.

Wednesday, June 12 – An example of that ever encouraging “but,” which we see throughout scripture…

Psalms 130:3-4 (HCSB)
Yahweh, if You considered sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness,
so that You may be revered.

Tuesday, June 11 – Use what little time we have, for what we are called to do…

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

Monday, June 10 – The closing verse of the book of Hosea offers a simple but all encompassing truth about how the ways of the Lord are responded to…

Hosea 14:9 (HCSB)
Let whoever is wise understand these things,
and whoever is insightful recognize them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
and the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them.

Sunday, June 9 – How we respond to evil reveals something about our love for the Lord…

Psalms 97:10a (HCSB)
You who love the Lord, hate evil!

Saturday, June 8 – What Jesus read in the synagogue when He inaugurated His ministry…

Isaiah 61:1-2a (HCSB)
The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me,
because the Lord has anointed Me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and freedom to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…

Friday, June 7 – The Christmas story prophesied in one verse…

Micah 5:2 (HCSB)
Bethlehem Ephrathah,
you are small among the clans of Judah;
One will come from you
to be ruler over Israel for Me.
His origin is from antiquity,
from eternity.

Thursday, June 6 – Only the redeemed can say such things…

Micah 4:5 (HCSB)
Though all the peoples each walk
in the name of their gods,
we will walk in the name of Yahweh our God
forever and ever.

Wednesday, June 5 – Unless one repents and trusts in Christ, one will not have the Holy Spirit, making this basic command impossible to adhere to…

Deuteronomy 6:18a (HCSB)
Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight…

Tuesday, June 4 – Who to associate with…

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (HCSB)
I wrote to you in a letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. I did not mean the immoral people of this world or the greedy and swindlers or idolaters; otherwise you would have to leave the world. But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer, who is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or verbally abusive, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside? But God judges outsiders. Put away the evil person from among yourselves.

Monday, June 3 – Those in Christ are counted as being dead already, therefore we (Christians) have nothing to fear…

2 Corinthians 5:14 (HCSB)
For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died.

Sunday, June 2 – A warning to Ephraim and to Judah in the days when they turned from God, teaches us what God really desires…

Hosea 6:6 (HCSB)
For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

Saturday, June 1 – Christ’s invitation…

Matthew 11:28-30 (HCSB)
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Friday, May 31 – Nothing has the power that God has…

Matthew 10:28 (HCSB)
Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Thursday, May 30 – Those who have a new heart can rejoice in the midst of turmoil, only because of what the Savior accomplishes for them…

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (HCSB)
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there is no fruit on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will triumph in Yahweh;
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
Yahweh my Lord is my strength;
He makes my feet like those of a deer
and enables me to walk on mountain heights!

Wednesday, May 29 – Some wisdom for the day at hand…

Proverbs 6:6-11 (ESV)
Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.

Tuesday, May 28 – Man’s ultimate destiny…

Philippians 3:10-12 (HCSB)
My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.

Monday, May 27 – Glory and dominion is to be given to Christ, who freed us from our sins by His blood…

Revelation 1:5b-6 (ESV)
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, May 26 – A sad reality…

Philippians 3:18 (HCSB)
For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.

Saturday, May 25 – A simple, but important reminder…

Philippians 4:4 (HCSB)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Friday, May 24 – The Shema…

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (HCSB)
Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Thursday, May 23 – Why we have scripture…

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.

Wednesday, May 22 – Our motivation determines the rightness or wrongness of what we do…

Romans 14:23b (NIV)
…everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Tuesday, May 21 – What has the power to separate us from the love of God?

Romans 8:38-39 (HCSB)
For I am persuaded that not even death or life,
angels or rulers,
things present or things to come, hostile powers,
height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Monday, May 20 – This oracle against Ninevah is repeated throughout scripture in order to give the children of God confidence that He will do justice in the end, so that they need not worry…

Nahum 1:2 (HCSB)
The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance
and is fierce in wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance against His foes;
He is furious with His enemies.

Sunday, May 19 – It’s either joy or death in His presence…

Psalms 95:2 (ESV)
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

2 Thessalonians 2:8 (ESV)
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.

Saturday, May 18 – Something to always bear in mind…

James 5:11b (HCSB)
…The Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

Friday, May 17 – Why the last prophet (John the Baptist) came…

John 1:6-7 (HCSB)
There was a man named John
who was sent from God.
He came as a witness
to testify about the light,
so that all might believe through him.

Thursday, May 16 – A description of what God’s will is for His people…

Hebrews 10:10 (HCSB)
By this will of God, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.

Wednesday, May 15 – The children of God are those who believe…

John 1:12 (HCSB)
…to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be children of God,to those who believe in His name…

Tuesday, May 14 – A great truth to always keep in mind regarding our neighbor…

Romans 15:2 (HCSB)
Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Monday, May 13 – The source of our security…

Psalms 91:4b (HCSB)
…His faithfulness will be a protective shield.

Sunday, May 12 – Everything is God’s…

Psalms 89:11 (HCSB)
The heavens are Yours; the earth also is Yours.
The world and everything in it — You founded them.

Saturday, May 11 – We must recognize (as does the psalmist) that in order to fear God, we must go to Him to provide us with an undivided mind…

Psalms 86:11b (HCSB)
…Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.

Friday, May 10 – The closing words of James ought to encourage us to look out for each other…

James 5:19-20 (HCSB)
My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Thursday, May 9 – Why Jesus gave Himself…

Titus 2:14 (HCSB)
He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.

Wednesday, May 8 – The psalmist describes the mindset of the one who fears God…

Psalms 119:97 (HCSB)
How I love Your instruction!
It is my meditation all day long.

Tuesday, May 7 – Moses made it clear that the future kings of Israel were to not only avoid over stocking themselves with many horses and acquiring multiple wives (Deut 17:14-17), but they were also told to make a full copy of the law under the watchful eye of the Levitical priesthood in order to reference it daily, so that they would rule well. Since we will rule with Christ in the new creation, as we wait we ought to be in God’s Word daily as well in preparation for that future glorious time…

Deuteronomy 17:18-20 (HCSB)
When he is seated on his royal throne, he is to write a copy of this instruction for himself on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. It is to remain with him, and he is to read from it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to observe all the words of this instruction, and to do these statutes. Then his heart will not be exalted above his countrymen, he will not turn from this command to the right or the left, and he and his sons will continue ruling many years over Israel.

2 Timothy 2:12 (HCSB)
…if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us…

Monday, May 6 – Those who penned scripture cared deeply about the those who would read what they wrote…

2 Thessalonians 3:17 (ESV)
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.

Sunday, May 5 – In order to image God properly, we must look to Christ…

Colossians 1:15a (HCSB)
He is the image of the invisible God…

Saturday, May 4 – Every, living thing depends on God to sustain them…

Psalms 104:27-30 (HCSB)
All of them wait for You
to give them their food at the right time.
When You give it to them,
they gather it;
when You open Your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
When You hide Your face,
they are terrified;
when You take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
When You send Your breath,
they are created,
and You renew the face of the earth.

Thursday, May 2 – A sobering truth…

Ezekiel 18:4a & c (HCSB)
Look, every life belongs to Me… The person who sins is the one who will die.

Wednesday, May 1 – Christ is the true image bearer of God…

Hebrews 1:3a (HCSB)
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature…

Tuesday, Apr 30 – There is only one way to uphold the law…

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

Monday, Apr 29 – Paul’s reminder to Timothy about what the “sacred Scriptures” were able to do, should also be an encouraging reminder to us as well regarding its power…

2 Timothy 3:15 (HCSB)
…you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Sunday, Apr 28 – Even though this was a warning given specifically to the Hebrew people in the days of Jeremiah, we must still pray for those today, whose hearts have not been circumcised…

Jeremiah 9:25 (NIV)
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh…”

Saturday, Apr 27 – Why we were created…

Ephesians 2:10 (HCSB)
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

Friday, Apr 26 – Two Adams…

1 Corinthians 15:45 (HCSB)
So it is written: The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.

Thursday, Apr 25 – This picture of all that is not good being destroyed in the end by God, is meant to to give us comfort…

Revelation 20:9-10 (HCSB)
They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed them. The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Wednesday, Apr 24 – Love displayed in its greatest context…

John 15:13 (ESV)
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Tuesday, Apr 23 – Our former life without Christ brought nothing but destruction…

Romans 6:21 (HCSB)
So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death.

Monday, Apr 22 – How great it must have been to have heard what Jesus said, on the road to Emmaus…

Luke 24:27 (HCSB)
Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

Sunday, Apr 21 – Resurrection morning…

Mark 16:1-8 (HCSB)
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so they could go and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?” Looking up, they observed that the stone — which was very large — had been rolled away. When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; they were amazed and alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he told them. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been resurrected! He is not here! See the place where they put Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.’”

So they went out and started running from the tomb, because trembling and astonishment overwhelmed them. And they said nothing to anyone, since they were afraid.

Saturday, Apr 20 – What is secured when wisdom is heeded…

Proverbs 1:33 (HCSB)
But whoever listens to me will live securely
and be free from the fear of danger.

Friday, Apr 19 – A conclusion…

2 Corinthians 5:14b-15 (HCSB)
…we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died. And 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.

Thursday, Apr 18 – A needed reminder…

Titus 3:4-7 (HCSB)
…when the goodness of God and His love
for mankind appeared,
He saved us —
not by works of righteousness that we had done,
but according to His mercy,
through the washing of regeneration
and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that having been justified by His grace,
we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.

Wednesday, Apr 17 – The last words that Paul wrote were to encourage Timothy. May they encourage us as well…

2 Timothy 4:22 (HCSB)
The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

Tuesday, Apr 16 – The right questions were asked by those who had heard what Jesus said and saw the things that He did…

Mark 6:2 (HCSB)
When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard Him were astonished. “Where did this man get these things?” they said. “What is this wisdom given to Him, and how are these miracles performed by His hands?”

Monday, Apr 15 – The final words that Peter wrote provides us with a model theme for maintaining our walk with our Lord…

2 Peter 3:17b-18 (HCSB)
…be on your guard, so that you are not led away by the error of lawless people and fall from your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Sunday, Apr 14 – A blessing for the brethren…

Jude 1:2 (HCSB)
May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Saturday, Apr 13 – The gospel is…

Romans 1:16B (HCSB)
…God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes…

Friday, Apr 12 – Something that never ends…

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

Thursday, Apr 11 – Luke’s closing of his second letter to Theophilus (describing how Paul finished out his life in Rome), ought to inspire us to do the same with those of whom God has put in our lives…

Acts 28:30b-31 (HCSB)
…he welcomed all who visited him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with full boldness and without hindrance.

Wednesday, Apr 10 – A trustworthy saying…

2 Timothy 2:11-13 (HCSB)
This saying is trustworthy:
For if we have died with Him,
we will also live with Him;
if we endure, we will also reign with Him;
if we deny Him, He will also deny us;
if we are faithless, He remains faithful,
for He cannot deny Himself.

Tuesday, Apr 9 – How easy it is to beat each other up. However, we are called to have a different approach…

Galatians 6:1 (HCSB)
Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.

Monday, Apr 8 – Do you fear the Lord? Do you hate evil?

Proverbs 8:13a (HCSB)
To fear the Lord is to hate evil.

Sunday, Apr 7 – The value of wisdom…

Proverbs 8:11 (HCSB)
For wisdom is better than jewels,
and nothing desirable can compare with it.

Saturday, Apr 6 – The Bible was not written to us, but it was written for us…

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, Apr 5 – Why Luke wrote his Gospel…

Luke 1:1-4 (HCSB)
Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.

Thursday, Apr 4 – Jews and Gentiles (who repent and trust) share the same means to God…

Ephesians 2:18 (HCSB)
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Wednesday, Apr 3 – As Paul described to the church in Ephesus, we are now a part of what we previously were not…

Ephesians 2:11-13 (HCSB)
So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh — called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands. At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.

Tuesday, Apr 2 – Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians ought to be ours for each other…

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (HCSB)
…may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you. May He make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. Amen.

Monday, Apr 1 – Israel = the pure in heart (those who love God)…

Psalms 73:1 (HCSB)
God is indeed good to Israel,
to the pure in heart.

Sunday, Mar 31 – Nothing of the law is left unfulfilled when we love…

Galatians 5:14 (HCSB)
For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Saturday, Mar 30 – How do we fulfill our Lord’s law?

Galatians 6:2 (HCSB)
Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Friday, Mar 29 – A paradox, which we (Christians) are called to exemplify…

Proverbs 25:21-22 (HCSB)
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
for you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.

Thursday, Mar 28 – A little reality check to start the day…

Ecclesiastes 7:20 (HCSB)
There is certainly no righteous man on the earth
who does good and never sins.

Wednesday, Mar 27 – The culmination of much investigation, regarding life…

Ecclesiastes 12:12b-14 (HCSB)
…there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body. When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.

Tuesday, Mar 26 – Paul quotes a well known saying, in order to quench the Corinthians’ division over their church’s leadership. It reminds the reader that the parameter of scripture is for governing moral boundaries, and not their subjective leanings…

1 Corinthians 4:6b (HCSB)
…learn from us the saying: “Nothing beyond what is written.”

Monday, Mar 25 – David’s plea, ought to be ours…

Psalms 70:4 (HCSB)
Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
let those who love Your salvation
continually say, “God is great!”

Sunday, Mar 24 – It’s interesting how the Bible (at least in this case) describes those who do not know the Lord…

1 Samuel 2:12 (ESV)
Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the Lord.

Saturday, Mar 23 – Some basic wisdom…

Proverbs 14:27 (HCSB)
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning people away from the snares of death.

Friday, Mar 22 – The type of spirit that God has given the believer…

2 Timothy 1:7 (HCSB)
For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

Thursday, Mar 21 – A wise reminder for those of the New Covenant…

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, Mar 20 – God demonstrated His love for sinful people, through the sacrifice of His Son…

Romans 5:8 (HCSB)
God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!

Tuesday, Mar 19 – Some say that this is a command. But scripture says, it’s what is described; a blessing…

Genesis 1:28 (HCSB)
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.”

Monday, Mar 18 – A summary of what the Old Testament says, regarding what is required of the people of God…

Matthew 7:12 (HCSB)
…whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them — this is the Law and the Prophets.

Sunday, Mar 17 – Some good, straightforward advice…

1 Thessalonians 5:22 (HCSB)
Stay away from every kind of evil.

Saturday, Mar 16 – A little benediction to start the day…

Jude 1:24-25 (HCSB)
Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen.

Friday, Mar 15 – The “proto-evangelium” is also the metanarrative of scripture…

Genesis 3:15 (NKJV)
…I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.

Thursday, Mar 14 – You can never go wrong when adhering to God’s Word…

Psalms 19:7 (HCSB)
The instruction of the Lord is perfect,
renewing one’s life;
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy,
making the inexperienced wise.

Wednesday, Mar 13 – James speaking of the tongue…

James 3:9-10 (ESV)
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Tuesday, Mar 12 – Why John wrote his Gospel…

John 20:30-31 (HCSB)
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.

Monday, Mar 11 – Sometimes we just need the truth to be blunt…

John 6:63a (HCSB)
The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all.

Sunday, Mar 10 – An assurance…

John 5:24 (HCSB)
I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.

Saturday, Mar 9 – How great is love?

1 Corinthians 13:13 (HCSB)
Now these three remain:
faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.

Friday, Mar 8 – A verse which ought to be read and thought about everyday…

Psalms 118:24 (HCSB)
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Thursday, Mar 7 – Which do you live by and think about?

Romans 8:5 (HCSB)
For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit.

Wednesday, Mar 6 – Who are you a slave of?

1 Corinthians 7:23 (HCSB)
You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

Tuesday, Mar 5 – Want to never see death after judgement?

John 8:51 (HCSB)
I assure you: If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death — ever!

Monday, Mar 4 – An easy way to understand the essence of biblical ethic…

Matthew 7:12 (HCSB)
…whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them — this is the Law and the Prophets.

Sunday, Mar 3 – Jesus is whom Moses wrote about…

John 1:45 (HCSB)
Philip found Nathanael, and told him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!”

Saturday, Mar 2 – How much did Jesus do?

John 21:25 (HCSB)
And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if they were written one by one, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written.

Friday, Mar 1 – Jesus praying for us 2,000 years ago…

John 17:20 (HCSB)
I pray not only for these,
but also for those who believe in Me
through their message.

Thursday, Feb 28 – A great reminder, always…

Psalms 118:24 (HCSB)
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Wednesday, Feb 27 – How we live displays whether or not we have fellowship with Christ…

1 John 1:6 (HCSB)
If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.

Tuesday, Feb 26 – The good news of God…

Mark 1:14-15 (HCSB)
After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news, of God:, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!”

Monday, Feb 25 – Notice the difference between the cursed and the blessed…

Jeremiah 17:5-8 (HCSB)
Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Sunday, Feb 24 – Sobering…

Psalms 33:13 (HCSB)
The Lord looks down from heaven;
He observes everyone.

Saturday, Feb 23 – A different perspective on fasting…

Isaiah 58:6-7 (HCSB)
Isn’t the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness,
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free,
and to tear off every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him,
and not to ignore your own flesh and blood?

Friday, Feb 22 – What are we to seek first?

Matthew 6:33a (HCSB)
But seek first the kingdom of God…

Thursday, Feb 21 – God is made known by His word…

1 Samuel 3:21 (HCSB)
The Lord continued to appear in Shiloh, because there He revealed Himself to Samuel by His word.

Wednesday, Feb 20 – Notice who does the fleeing when God is submitted to…

James 4:7 (HCSB)
Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

Tuesday, Feb 19 – A forceful reminder of how we ought to treat one another in light of the future, universal examination by God…

James 5:9 (HCSB)
Brothers, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands at the door!

Monday, Feb 18 – Whatever the failure of what ought to be the most important people to us during our formative years, such does not mean that God has also failed us…

Psalms 27:10 (HCSB)
Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord cares for me.

Sunday, Feb 17 – How old is the love of God?

Psalms 25:6 (HCSB)
Remember, Lord, Your compassion
and Your faithful love,
for they have existed from antiquity.

Saturday, Feb 16 – The three things which Paul discussed with Felix and his wife Drusilla, are the things we must discuss with the fallen world…

Acts 24:24-25 (HCSB)
After some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and listened to him on the subject of faith in Christ Jesus. Now as he spoke about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix became afraid and replied, “Leave for now, but when I find time I’ll call for you.”

Friday, Feb 15 – This certainly puts things into perspective…

Psalms 24:1-2 (HCSB)
The earth and everything in it,
the world and its inhabitants,
belong to the Lord;
for He laid its foundation on the seas
and established it on the rivers.

Thursday, Feb 14 – Paul’s proclamation to those on the Areopagus is the message that we all need to share…

Acts 17:30-31 (ESV)
“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Wednesday, Feb 13 – How the wicked respond to God…

Job 21:14-15 (NIV)
Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone!
We have no desire to know your ways.
Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
What would we gain by praying to him?’

Tuesday, Feb 12 – God is the source of all that is convicting and true…

Ecclesiastes 12:11 (HCSB)
The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.

Monday, Feb 11 – What we were created for…

Ephesians 2:10 (HCSB)
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

Sunday, Feb 10 – For this reason God renews life and leads one along the right paths…

Psalms 23:3 (HCSB)
He renews my life;
He leads me along the right paths
for His name’s sake.

Saturday, Feb 9 – How is one’s life renewed and the inexperienced made wise?

Psalms 19:7 (HCSB)
The instruction of the Lord is perfect,
renewing one’s life;
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy,
making the inexperienced wise.

Friday, Feb 8 – Facts…

Psalms 18:31 (HCSB)
For who is God besides Yahweh?
And who is a rock? Only our God.

Thursday, Feb 7 – David describes the future hope of those who trust the Lord…

Psalms 17:15 (HCSB)
But I will see Your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.

Wednesday, Feb 6 – The psalmist demonstrates what ought to be the ultimate desire…

Psalms 16:5 (HCSB)
Lord, You are my portion
and my cup of blessing;
You hold my future.

Tuesday, Feb 5 – An interesting way to characterize what the world thinks is important…

Psalms 12:8 (HCSB)
The wicked wander everywhere,
and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

Monday, Feb 4 – A great example of how we are made whole by the entire Godhead…

Ephesians 2:17-18 (HCSB)
When the Messiah came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Sunday, Feb 3 – What is love?

1 John 3:16 (HCSB)
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers.

Saturday, Feb 2 – What is love?

2 John 1:6 (HCSB)
And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love.

Friday, Feb 1 – What is love?

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (HCSB)
Love is patient, love is kind.
Love does not envy,
is not boastful, is not conceited,
does not act improperly,
is not selfish, is not provoked,
and does not keep a record of wrongs.

Thursday, Jan 31 – Christ did not delegate. He did it Himself…

Philippians 2:8 (HCSB)
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death —
even to death on a cross.

Wednesday, Jan 30 – Whatever today may bring, never let this truth escape you…

1 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)
…God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

Tuesday, Jan 29 – Even if you find yourself in the most unspeakable scenario, revisit this verse in your mind…

Revelation 14:13a (HCSB)
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: The dead who die in the Lord from now on are blessed.”

Monday, Jan 28 – A rebuke of the Pharisees and scribes from Jesus equips us with an example which we can glean from. It points to a principle which we ought to apply to our dogmatic assertions which are not explicitly found in the Bible. In other words, whenever we find ourselves clinging to that which cannot be proven biblically, such must be discarded because it undermines what God has said…

Matthew 15:6b (HCSB)
…you have revoked God’s word because of your tradition.

Sunday, Jan 27 – A future reality, made possible by our Lord…

Revelation 21:4b (HCSB)
Death will no longer exist…

Saturday, Jan 26 – How to deal with nonsense…

Proverbs 26:4-5 (HCSB)
Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness
or you’ll be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his foolishness
or he’ll become wise in his own eyes.

Friday, Jan 25 – The basics of what we need to know…

1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (HCSB)
When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Thursday, Jan 24 – It never gets old…

John 3:16 (HCSB)
For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Wednesday, Jan 23 – Christ is the descendant spoken of here…

Psalms 132:11 (HCSB)
The Lord swore an oath to David,
a promise He will not abandon:
“I will set one of your descendants
on your throne.”

Tuesday, Jan 22 – An important example of what we must always be mindful of…

Psalms 51:3 (HCSB)
For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me.

Monday, Jan 21 – Have you yet learned this?

Job 28:23-28 (HCSB)
…God understands the way to wisdom,
and He knows its location.
For He looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
When God fixed the weight of the wind
and limited the water by measure,
when He established a limit for the rain
and a path for the lightning,
He considered wisdom and evaluated it;
He established it and examined it.
He said to mankind,
“The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom.
And to turn from evil is understanding.”

Sunday, Jan 20 – This verse very clearly clarifies an age old debate regarding soteriology…

John 17:9 (HCSB)
I pray for them.
I am not praying for the world
but for those You have given Me,
because they are Yours.

Saturday, Jan 19 – We must always keep in mind who we serve…

Colossians 3:24b (ESV)
…You are serving the Lord Christ.

Friday, Jan 18 – It’s one thing hear what God has said. But, it’s quite another to do what He has said, and as a result to then be characterized the way Jesus describes…

Luke 8:21 (HCSB)
But He replied to them, “My mother and My brothers are those who hear and do the word of God.”

Thursday, Jan 17 – Man, do we need Christ…

James 2:10 (HCSB)
For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all.

Wednesday, Jan 16 – We are sealed…

Ephesians 1:13-14 (HCSB)
When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory.

Tuesday, Jan 15 – What we are to owe…

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, Jan 14 – We can’t explain how we get from point A to point B. All we can say is that by Christ, we will get there…

Job 19:25-26 (HCSB)
But I know my living Redeemer,
and He will stand on the dust at last.
Even after my skin has been destroyed,
yet I will see God in my flesh.

Sunday, Jan 13 – Do you tremble or do you avoid endorsing evil?

Isaiah 33:14-15 (HCSB)
The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling seizes the ungodly:
“Who among us can dwell with a consuming fire?
Who among us can dwell with ever-burning flames?”
The one who lives righteously
and speaks rightly,
who refuses gain from extortion,
whose hand never takes a bribe,
who stops his ears from listening to murderous plots
and shuts his eyes to avoid endorsing evil…

Saturday, Jan 12 – Paul’s explanation to King Agrippa, as to what led to the riot in the temple complex, exemplifies our duty as evangelists…

Acts 26:20a, c (HCSB)
I preached… that they should repent and turn to God, and do works worthy of repentance.

Friday, Jan 11 – A picture of the Christian’s future…

Revelation 22:14 (HCSB)
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.

Thursday, Jan 10 – The Israelites were told that not everything is for them to know. Even though we have more revealed to us today (because we have the full cannon of scripture and the risen Lord where they did not), this principle still stands for us as well, regarding what God has still kept hidden. Therefore, we must forgo the temptation to guess where we are not in the know…

Deuteronomy 29:29 (HCSB)
The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.

Wednesday, Jan 9 – It’s always good to be reminded of this…

Matthew 24:42 (HCSB)
…be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.

Tuesday, Jan 8 – Job asks a very important question which we all should consider…

Job 13:9a (HCSB)
Would it go well if He examined you?

Monday, Jan 7 – Nothing lives except by God’s direct action…

Job 12:10 (HCSB)
The life of every living thing is in His hand,
as well as the breath of all mankind.

Sunday, Jan 6 – Why was Paul an apostle?

Colossians 1:1 (NASB)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…

Saturday, Jan 5 – Those in Christ, be encouraged…

Hebrews 9:28 (ESV)
…Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Friday, Jan 4 – The final words of the Old Testament was a warning…

Malachi 4:4-6 (HCSB)
“Remember the instruction of Moses My servant, the statutes and ordinances I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. Look, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome Day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

Thursday, Jan 3 – Prior to the cross, one looked to what was promised. After the cross, one looks to what was performed…

John 19:30b (HCSB)
…He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Wednesday, Jan 2 – One of the most important questions one could ever ask…

Job 9:2b (HCSB)
…how can a person be justified before God?

Tuesday, Jan 1 – An example of a resolution which never fails…

1 John 2:25 (HCSB)
…this is the promise that He Himself made to us: eternal life.

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