DAILY READING


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Daily Bible Reading

Week of November 23-29
 
Sunday (23rd)- Psalm 92
Monday (24th)- Ruth 1 & 2
Tuesday (25th)- Ruth 3 & 4
Wednesday (26th)- 1 John 1 & 2
Thursday (27th)- 1 John 3 & 4
Friday (28th)- 1 John 5
Saturday (29th)- Psalm 95
 
Memorize: "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe" (Ephesians 1:18-19a).
Reflection: (prayerfully consider the following) Psalm 95, is a psalm of worship and obedience. In verses 1-8, 6 commands are given:
  1. Come and sing to the Lord;
  2. Shout joyfully to the Rock;
  3. Come before His presence with thanksgiving (the word here for “thanksgiving” is todah and it means thanks – thanksgiving – praise – adoration. Thus, to thank or praise God is “to lift or extend one’s hands” in thanks to Him);
  4. Shout joyfully to Him;
  5. Come and worship and bow down;
  6. Kneel before the Lord your maker.
From Pastor Tim:  as you reflect during this Thanksgiving season, your emotions may roll from one side to the other as mine already have. My latest surgery was quite painful and, at times, I yelled out to the Lord for help. I had plenty of opportunities to reflect on His provision – His providence – His protection – His mercy and grace. Even though I struggled to recover, even though things didn’t go my way I was reminded what Isaiah wrote in Scripture (the Lord speaking):  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, your ways are not my ways.” A few verses later He talks about His Word going forth. Immediately, I was reminded how much my suffering or my pain was ministering to nurses and doctors. Some mentioned how calm I was and how at peace I seemed to be – even though I was in extreme pain and didn’t think I was calm. That’s how He works though. He takes those “I can’t do this Lord,” moments and helps us do exactly that – do it. I encourage you during this Thanksgiving week to reflect on times when you knew He was there with you…and helped you.
Journal It: 1 John 2:15 says…Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him… Are there things in the world that you like to do, but you know they displease the Father? Write down what those areas may be and some ways you can move yourself closer to the Father and farther away from the world.
Pray About It: Pray that you will both recognize and utilize God’s power to act on any lingering bitterness or anger over past events or the actions of others.
“Live-It” Challenge: Take an ‘intentional walk’ this week, identifying an individual whom or an issue which you have allowed to keep you from moving forward in your walk with Jesus. Talk to God about the roadblock, telling Him how difficult it is to handle on your own. Turn the process over to Him, being ready to respond to His promptings toward forgiveness and restoration.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!














 




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