Do Not Be Afraid

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Paul says good-bye to Ephesus. There are many reasons this is significant. Of course because it will be the last time Paul sees these people he’s been guiding and he will miss them, but it’s more than that.

Paul knows that the evil one will come to attack them and try to destroy what The Holy Spirit has done through Paul. Paul also knows that he must get to Jerusalem because the Holy Spirit has asked him to go. Paul also knows that he will find much strife there.

We see a heartfelt plea from Paul to the people of Ephesus today in our reading and it is a great reminder that God can do the seemingly impossible with a willing human. Notice I said “willing” human. Before you head off to read or listen today, think about this question…

What is keeping you from being a “willing” human used by the Holy Spirit?

Whether it be fear of failure, fear of ridicule, or fear of _________, I encourage you. DO NOT BE AFRAID! Some say the Bible says not to be afraid 366 times — once for each day of the year including leap year. Although it is HOTLY debated on the amount of times it is mentioned, one thing remains true… When the Lord says something once… HE MEANS IT. DO NOT BE AFRAID!

June 30, 2012 Bible Reading

2 Kings 17:1-18:12
Acts 20:-1-38
Psalms 148:1-14
Proverbs 18:6-7

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Getting To Know God – Psalm 147

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This picture is how most people think of God — A violent storm, distant, in an unrecognizable form. But God has the ability (and sometimes the sense of humor) to show Himself in many different ways. Remember, God can be in the storm, but He is more than likely in the calm that settles on you afterwards. If you really want to know God more intimately then read His Word daily. Reading His Word daily is a great way to do just that.

Today’s Psalm, Psalm 147, reminds me of that. Take a look…

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The Things We Touch

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The Proverbs in the Bible have a way of cutting you to the bone. Brian from the Daily Audio Bible talks about that a little today. It reminds me that I too have been “that guy” when having a conversation with someone. I have been so excited about what I am doing or what I have going on that I cannot even absorb what the other person has to offer.

I’m going to use today’s Proverb as a reminder that God works in perfect ratios… two ears… one mouth. Listen twice as much as you talk!

We will NOT be meeting tonight for fellowship at Panera. In fact, I’m taking our fellowship meetings back to the drawing board for now. There seems to be too much summer travel and attendance has been, well… let’s say… spotty at best.

When the Lord reveals to me what the next step is for me to do regarding the fellowship portion of our Journey through the scriptures is I will share it with you. Right now I’m planning on listening to HIM about our fellowship meetings twice as much as I talk about it! If you have ideas please leave them in the comments or put them on our Facebook Page.

Now, enjoy today’s reading! Then come back. I want to share with you something else that I pulled from today’s reading…

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Who Is Faithful?

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When the Lord allows us to be tested, it is easy to think He is not around. The Lord is always with us. Jesus, once we accept Him, lives within us. That is still “hard to swallow” when we are tested. That is probably why we God allows us to be tested in the first place. To condition us through experience.

Take a look at how God “conditions” Paul through Paul’s trials today in Acts 18:9-17 below. Don’t forget the quiz at the end… Continue reading “Who Is Faithful?”

Being BOLD In The Lord

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Being bold in the work of the Lord is only the first part of today’s message from our reading. The second message is found Proverbs. We’ll read about the boldness of Jehu and of Paul in a just a moment. First, let me share with you a little something…

Each morning I am refreshed with the Word of God on my heart by listening to the Bible and/or reading it. My hope is that by sharing that experience with you through this blog, that you will begin enjoying that kind of time with the Lord each day.

I do understand that just as Jesus never healed the blind the same way in the Bible nor did God deliver the Israelites from their enemies the same miraculous way more than once that YOU may not be touched the same way during your reading that I have been.

I’d like to hear how reading the Bible daily has changed you. Head to our Facebook Page and share your story with the rest of us… If you are so BOLD.

Now, let’s take a look at

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Paul’s Pop Quiz

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Paul has this foundational audacity that I find a lot of strength in. This morning Brian Hardin from the Daily Audio Bible talked about Paul during his commentary after the reading. Spot-ON. A few weeks ago, my Preacher Rich Bowen and New Hope Worship Center preached on this very passage. I wish I could do it the justice that both of them have done.

Learning from both Brian Hardin and Rich Bowen and their messages around this passage in Acts I am encouraging you to read it and then re-read it. There is MUCH MORE going on than you get with the first pass through it.

Here are some questions to think about while reading it:
1.) Why did Paul rebuke the spirit in the girl following them if she was crying out “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”

2.) Why did the owners of this “fortune teller” tell the magistrate that Paul and Silas were inciting the people to do things not within the Roman law when all Paul did was rebuke the spirit in this woman?

3.) What had Paul been through prior to being thrown in jail and what was he doing at his “midnight hour” (darkest point between the light)?

4.) How does God respond to what Paul and Silas were doing at their “midnight hour”?

5.) Why didn’t Paul and Silas leave upon being freed from their chains?

6.) How did they view the situation — Opportunity or Punishment?

7.) Why did the magistrates send for Paul and Silas to be released and sent away? Why the change of heart?

8.) How does Paul use their laws against them?

9.) What does Paul do after being let go and asked to leave the city?

10.) How many people would Paul have reached in the city had he not rebuked the spirit of the fortune teller?

Head off and read. Use the Facebook Page REV365 to discuss how you see these quick 24 lines of scripture with these questions in mind.

June 25, 2012 Bible Reading

2 Kings 8:1-9:15
Acts 16:16-40
Psalms 143:1-12
Proverbs 17:26

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Where To Turn

How does God speak?Where To Turn

I asked God in prayer this morning what to write about. “Where to turn.” was the phrase that rose in my heart and mind. It’s pretty fitting actually considering some of the kinds of things I’ve dealt with in the last few days.

Well, with my stubborness and general all-around hard-headedness I didn’t get it on the first one. The first one I leaned on myself to get through it. Not until the second situation did I lean on God. By the way… that first situation didn’t turn out so well.

I believe that God allowed me to be tested by both situations to strengthen me in my decision making about WHERE TO TURN.

The very minute I turned to Him in Prayer, the Lord “commanded the sea and calmed the winds” around me. To clarify without sharing too much, I’m not talking about which shoes to buy or choosing whether to get the car fixed this week or next. This situation was REAL and REALLY SCARY.

Having time each morning with God and His Word provides a “center” in my life. That is the reason God has put it on my heart to share the practice of daily Bible Reading with YOU. Because He desires that time with you too.

Today’s Prayer

May you turn to God in prayer in all situations and may you take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

Now, put on our walking shoes… It’s time to start today’s journey…

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June 24, 2012 Bible Reading

2 Kings 6:1-7:20
Acts 15:32-16:15
Psalms 142:1-7
Proverbs 17:24-25

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