Saturday, March 29, 2014

Here he has a red letter priority. We can't have him unless we share him.

Luke 4:42-43
Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them;
but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

A red letter confirmation by Jesus of his Father's promise to Moses. Both are in today's reading. Isn't that cool?

Deuteronomy 18:18
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.
Luke 4:17-19
And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I fall all the time but I have not been utterly cast down. It makes me so grateful to think The Lord has me in his hand.

Psalm 37:23-24
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

This is a pretty simple command. As humans we have a hard time doing this. I am forever complicating things or ignoring them. You?

Deuteronomy 12:32

“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

Monday, March 24, 2014

We sing this in church. I never knew it was Zacharias' prophesy after he named his son John (the baptist.) How did I miss that? I find something new to learn from the Bible every morning.

Luke 1:76-79
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Sunday, March 23, 2014

People will let you down. God never does.

Deuteronomy 7:9
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Saturday, March 22, 2014

We have it on great authority that this is the greatest commandment.

Deuteronomy 6:5
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A politician playing to his base.

Mark 15:12-15

Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”
Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?”But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”
So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I know this for a fact!

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Bible Gateway link (ESV)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A red letter prediction. And here it is coming true again.

Mark 14:9
And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

As I struggle to strengthen my relationship with God during Lent, I receive just the encouragement I need in my daily Bible reading. It is just so cool.

Psalm 33:13-17
The Lord looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out 
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all 
and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

He already knows. Get it off your chest and enjoy the gift of freedom.

Psalm 32:5
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

This is still my favorite blessing in the Bible.

Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

If he can do all this and more, why would we not want to be as near to him as possible?

Psalm 29:7-11
The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Do we honor with our lips or with our hearts? In red letters it is clear who the hypocrites are.

Mark 7:6
And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;