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Welcome our guest writer this week:  Mike Slay

October 21, 2011

 

Read through the Bible in 1+ Year:

1 Kings 3:3-4:34

Acts 6:1-15

Psalm 126:1-6

Proverbs 16:26-27

 

Friday Shorts

Acts 6:2-3

 

So the Twelve gathered
all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect
the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose
seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We
will turn this responsibility over to them.”

 

One of the highest, most honorable jobs in the kingdom of
heaven is to wait on tables.  Why wait
till we get there?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome our guest writer this week:  Mike Slay

October 20, 2011

 

Read through the Bible in 1+ Year:

1 Kings 2:1-3:2

Acts 5:1-42

Psalm 125:1-8

Proverbs 16:25

 

Acts 5:33-40a

When they heard this,
they were furious and wanted to put them to death. But a Pharisee named
Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up to
the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then
he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to
these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about
four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were
dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared
in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was
killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I
advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or
activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not
be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

His speech persuaded
them.

 

Say what? How could that argument work? They were about as
closed minded as you can get. Were their eyes opened?

Gamaliel’s main point is that they were being presumptuous
in trying to do God’s job for Him. He cites two situations that God handled
just fine without their help. But there’s another example he doesn’t need to
mention – Abraham.

Abraham and Sarah “helped” God fulfill his covenant promise
to make a great nation of Abraham when they hatched the scheme to use Hagar to
produce a child. How did that turn out, eh?

The Sanhedrin was well schooled in the tragic consequences
of people being presumptuous about doing God’s job. All Gamaliel had to do was
point out the context of the current situation and they could figure out the
rest for themselves.

One of the central, recurring themes of scripture is the
folly of presuming to think for God. Today’s reading hits it twice.

There is a way that
seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death.
– Proverbs 16:25

 

 

Welcome our guest writer this week:  Mike Slay

 

October 18, 2011

 

Read through the Bible in 1+ Year:

2 Samuel 23:24-24:25

Acts 3:1-28

Psalm 123:1-4

Proverbs 16:21-23

 

Acts 3:6-8

Then Peter said,
“Silver and Gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand
and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them – walking
and leaping and praising God.

 

The beggar had been asking for the wrong thing. He was
begging for money. It never occurred to him to ask to be healed. Peter gave him
the shock of a lifetime.

But Peter gave him more than just his legs; Peter gave him
faith. The beggar had been lame from birth (Acts 3:2). Leaping around in the
temple isn’t such a great idea for someone who had never practiced jumping
before; one bad landing and he’s back to square one.

That didn’t matter to the beggar. He had just seen – could
even feel – the power of Jesus Christ in his own body. In an instant, he went
from no faith to rock solid faith. It’s all true! Praise the Lord!

I’d jump too.

Welcome our guest writer this week:  Mike Slay

 

October 17, 2011

 

Read through the Bible in 1+ Year:

2 Samuel 22:1-23:23

Acts 2:1-47

Psalm 122:1-9

Proverbs 16:19-20

Acts 2:36-37

 

“Therefore let all
Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both
Lord and Christ.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and
said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

 

Notice that they don’t ask, “What shall we do to be saved?” The subject of being saved
had not been raised. The Pentecost sermon doesn’t mention heaven, the purpose
of the cross, or most of the things modern Christians think of as the
cornerstones of an evangelistic message. Yet “about three thousand were added
to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)

Peter’s sermon was about Jesus’ identity. That’s all the thief on the cross understood (Luke
23:40-42). That’s all Peter understood when Jesus said, “Blessed are you, Simon
son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by My Father in
heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my
church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matt. 16:17,18).

The greatest sermon ever given
(other than those from the Lord Himself) was entirely about who Jesus is.
That’s the secret of life. It’s the secret of everything.

Read Through the
Bible in 1+ Year:

 

2 Samuel 20:14 – 21:22

Acts 1:1 – 26

Psalm 121:1 – 8

Proverbs 16:18

 

Hebrews 10:24

 

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds.”

 

 

Friday Short

 

Encourage someone today.
Give em a call.  Drop them a
note.

 

Read Through the Bible in 1+ Year:

 

2 Samuel 19:11 – 20:13

John 21:1 – 25

Psalm 120:1 – 7

Proverbs 16:16 and 17

 

Proverbs 16:17

 

“The highway of the upright avoids evil; he
who guards his way guards his life.”

 

This is not a Friday short.  That comes tomorrow.

 

Today’s message is clear and short.  Be on guard.
BE ON GUARD.  Our lives are at
stake.  It might not be our physical life
but the life we may treasure is always at stake.

 

Paul put it another way in Ephesians.  He said, “Don’t give the devil a
foothold.”

 

Be on guard, our battle is not against flesh and
blood.  It is against the prince of the
air and he is does not rest.

October 11, 2011

 

Read Through the
Bible in 1+ Year:

 

2 Samuel 17:1 – 29

John 19:23 – 42

Psalm 119:129 – 152

Proverbs 16:12 and 13

 

Psalm 119:136

 

“Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your
law is not obeyed.”

 

The world around
us seems to have gone nuts.  I think my
parents used to say the same thing.  Sin
seems to abound.  At times it seems like
sin wins the day.  When the evils of this
world affect us personally we tend to respond in anger and revenge.

 

Here in Psalm 119 we once again see a reaction based on
the view of God and his kingdom instead of our control of this temporary
world.  Instead of revenge he has tears
flowing from his eyes.  Tears.  I got to tell you that is not one of my
responses.  Usually my Irish dander gets
riled and if tears do flow they are tears of frustration.

 

Here instead we tears (lots of them) for one reason.  God has been sinned against.  We forget that we are safe in the hands of
God as we saw yesterday.  Today we see
that when we grasp the depth of our salvation we don’t have to fear the world
and its evil.  Instead we can mourn that
God in his goodness, grace and love is rejected and sinned against.

 

It is not easy to take things personally but remember…Our
Lord lives in our heart and with all the grace he has given to man, the sin is
against Him.  Rest in Him for even in our
moments of sin, we are forgiven and his grace is sufficient.  Others cannot experience it, rest in it and
find their way in it.   That is sad
indeed.

Read Through the
Bible in 1+ Year:

 

2 Samuel 18:1 – 19:10

John 20:1 – 31

Psalm 119:153 – 176

Proverbs 16:14 and 15

 

John 20:21a

 

“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!….”

 

Jesus rose from the dead.
Meanwhile, those who were his followers struggled with the
situation.  We would have been no
different.  Our disappointment would have
been enough to do us in even with the resurrection.  The human story would have had us all
thinking that Jesus’ appearances would have been a ghost.  They were feared and confused.

 

We are from time to time thrown into situations that
bring fear and confusion.  We try to act
like we aren’t but we can easily be shaken from our sense of safety.  Maybe it is a thunderstorm.  It could be more tragic like the death of a
loved one.  It might be the loss of a
job.  It doesn’t take much really.

 

When we are just like the disciples let us rest in the
words Jesus gives them 3 different times in this chapter.  He says “Peace be with you.”  He is that peace.  He resides in our hearts.  Be at peace, God is with us.  Can you think of anyone better?

Read Through the
Bible in 1+ Year:

 

2 Samuel 15:23 – 16:23

John 18:25 – 19:22

Psalm 119:113 – 128

Proverbs 16:10 and 11

 

Psalm 119:114

 

“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put
my hope in your word.”

 

There are four key
words in this short verse.  They
are:  refuge, shield, hope and word.

 

As the Psalmist speaks of the Lord he gives us two very
visible forms of protection.  The refuge
is a place where all else is under attack we are to run.  I was in Jamaica visiting a missionary.  His home had the bedroom in the very center
of the house.  The doors to the bedroom
were very thick and I didn’t notice it at first but the walls were much thicker
than the other inside walls.  The ceiling
of the room was metal.  He let us know
that in the hills of Jamaica there is the threat of rebellion. The bedroom was
built as a “refuge” where if all else fails, the family was taught to retreat
to the bedroom.  In the bedroom the
family would wait for rescue.

 

The Psalmist says our God is our refuge.  He is the place where we wait for
rescue.  It is in that relationship we
find our ability to withstand the arrows of the evil one.  It is in Him we are able to stand against our
foes.

 

He also refers to our Lord as a shield.  Sometimes the shield is used to protect.  Sometimes it is used to attack.  Regardless, it is held in the hand and
provides instant support.  Jesus is not
some big God who stands a far off.  It
may seem like it at time.   However,
instead of being a far off, he is right in the middle of our daily living.  His word, given to us later is what provides
a shield of protection and it is his word that also is used to attack our
foes.  In his word we are to remain.

 

Peter describes Jesus as our hope.  Just as the missionary family will one day
retreat to their bedroom in hope of rescue, we to will rest in Jesus as our
refuge.  We don’t have to fear
death.  We don’t have to fear loss of
this world.  This is not our home.  He is our hope.  While we might not feel it, see it and taste
it, he promises his presence in the midst of our walk.

 

Place your hope in the Lord the verse says.  All else will fail us.

 

Read Through the
Bible in 1+ Year:

 

2 Samuel 14:1 – 15:22

John 18:1 – 24

Psalm 119:97 – 112

Proverbs 16:8,9

 

Friday Shorts

 

Psalm 119:105

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

 

Your word…the Holy
Scriptures…is the guide to our life path.
Is it?