July 31 Bible reading

31 07 2019

July 31 Proverbs 18:17-24; 19:1-2 Romans 14:1-18 1 Chronicles 9; 10

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

• What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

• Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

• What should you do about that truth?

July 31 Proverbs 18:17-24; 19:1-2 Romans 14:1-18 1 Chronicles 9; 10

Proverbs 18:17-24; 19:1-2 Carefully choosing the right word can bring results better than the finest meal.

Romans 14:1-18 Healthy marriage brings a gracious favor from God, beyond what we deserve. Following Jesus includes living in healthy relationship with God and people, a life of goodness, peace, and joy found in the Holy Spirit. If this is our priority, we will find it easier to defer to our friends over our freedoms in matters of natural living standards. If there is a difference of opinion about things like what we eat or drink we should be more concerned with God-honoring peaceful relationships than trying to convince them to see it our way. We should live in a way that helps unity.

1 Chronicles 9; 10 God restored His people from the punishment of Babylonian exile. The spiritual leaders returned to their homes first. In the end, Saul’s unfaithfulness to God brought about his death. God will restore the repentant and punish the unrepentant. Will our hearts submit to God?





July 30 Bible reading

30 07 2019

July 30 Psalm 89:38-45 Romans 13 1 Chronicles 7; 8; 9:1

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

• What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

• Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

• What should you do about that truth?

July 30 Psalm 89:38-45 Romans 13 1 Chronicles 7; 8; 9:1

Psalm 89:38-45 Psalm 89 recounts the punishment God allows on King David, whom He loves, bringing temporary separation in their relationship and public disgrace.

Romans 13 Human authority is subject to God and may operate in alignment with God’s desire for mercy and justice. When it does not, we may speak truth to people in power and seek to bring change. We should recognize the truth of Romans 13 and live in respect of its truth. Remember, each person will give account to God for how they live. This includes people in authority. When they make decisions that cause harm they will be punished. Let us live by God’s intent that we love our neighbor in the same way we take care of ourselves. In this way, we will not break other commandments against abuse. We should live in constant awareness of God’s presence.

1 Chronicles 7; 8; 9:1 God cares about every human life. Every person, in the 12 tribes of Israel was accounted for.





July 29 Bible reading

30 07 2019

July 29 Psalm 89:30-37 Romans 11:33-36; 12 1 Chronicles 6

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

• What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

• Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

• What should you do about that truth?

July 29 Psalm 89:30-37 Romans 11:33-36; 12 1 Chronicles 6

Psalm 89:30-37 God may punish the sin and yet never stop loving His children. We see this in David’s story. God loves us. God guides us.

Romans 11:33-36; 12 Everything we see in the natural world was created by God and is intended for His glory. Seeking to understand this, as it relates to any specific created thing, will lead us to wisdom. One way to worship our Creator is to live every day for God’s purpose, from a place of gratitude. Another way to worship God is to learn how God wants us to think and be changed by it. In this way, we will find peace and purpose. It is not God’s desire that we be overwhelmed by the evil in this world, but that we see evil overwhelmed by good, with action. We should live out of authentic love seeking peace, being patient in trouble and rejoicing in our confident hope in Jesus.

1 Chronicles 6 The worship of God is a priority. Here we read a record of who was responsible to facilitate the worship of God and to teach the Word of God. Organization of assigned responsibilities helped to ensure that the people would have a time and place for meeting with God. It also provided the people with spiritual servants and spiritual leaders “(servant-leaders”). It was (and is) a priority. Clearly God cares about it. God instructed them with His own thoughts about it. God is constantly at work to facilitate relationship with His people. We should respond with a value system of spiritual priorities.





July 28 Bible reading

30 07 2019

July 28 Psalm 89:19-29 Romans 11:11-32 1 Chronicles 4:9-43; 5

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

• What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

• Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

• What should you do about that truth?

July 28 Psalm 89:19-29 Romans 11:11-32 1 Chronicles 4:9-43; 5

Psalm 89:19-29 David was a young man with humility and a passionate heart for God. When God selected David to serve the people as their leader, God committed to loving David and showing him kindness.

Romans 11:11-32 Paul explains that the Jews had not fallen past the point of recovery, even after hundreds of years of rebellion. God had not given up on His people. God made salvation available to the rest of the world. Salvation is available when we trust in Jesus Christ. God is both merciful, kind, and severe in truth, punishing the guilty. If we stop trusting in His mercy through Jesus Christ, we will be subject to punishment. God will not withdraw the gifts He has given or His call to repentance and restoration. In our current human state, we do not completely understand God’s thoughts. We should be careful to not give God advice about what He should do. We cannot “out-give” God, for God’s grace to us has already been lavished on us beyond our ability to repay it.

1 Chronicles 4:9-43; 5 Pain in our life does not indicate that we will always live with that same pain. Jabez asked God for such a change. Jabez also asked God for blessing and God answered his prayer. Each life carries lesson that we can learn from. Repeatedly we read of people who trusted God and cried out to the one true God who answered their prayers. Jabez was known for God answering his bold request for blessing. Sexual sin vacated the birthright of Rueben and his descendants.





July 27 Bible reading

30 07 2019

July 27 Proverbs 18:7-16 Romans 10:5-21; 11:1-10 1 Chronicles 2:18-55; 3; 4:1-8

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

• What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

• Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

• What should you do about that truth?

July 27 Proverbs 18:7-16 Romans 10:5-21; 11:1-10 1 Chronicles 2:18-55; 3; 4:1-8

Proverbs 18:7-16 The words of foolish people will trap them in results they’d like to avoid. Humble people will receive honor. Smart people are always ready to learn. They listen.

Romans 10:5-21; 11:1-10 Anyone who will believe in their heart and confess with their mouth that the resurrected Jesus is our Savior Lord, will be saved from punishment and given eternal life. In salvation, God’s grace for us is free and undeserved. Sadly not everyone will receive this free gift by faith but some will reject it.

1 Chronicles 2:18-55; 3; 4:1-8 God’s story cannot be told without an accurate description of His love for every human life. We are reminded of many stories in genealogies. In David, we see God’s grace, mercy, redemption, and restoration after serious mistakes of adultery and murder. We can respond to God in faith. God loves us.





July 26 Bible reading

30 07 2019

July 26 Psalm 89:14-18 Romans 9:22-33; 10:1-4 1 Chronicles 1; 2:1-17

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

• What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

• Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

• What should you do about that truth?

July 26 Psalm 89:14-18 Romans 9:22-33; 10:1-4 1 Chronicles 1; 2:1-17

Psalm 89:14-18 Life changing healthy relationships with God and others is a result of “righteousness”. Justice, truth, and unfailing love you will see when you are in a relationship with God. Being aware of God’s presence brings happiness.

Romans 9:22-33; 10:1-4 Through the prophets, God had predicted His invitation to the Gentiles and giving the Israelites the opportunity to receive the Messiah, by faith. Some chose to relate to God by trying to keep the law and yet without faith. They couldn’t trust God. Paul shares the grieving of the Holy Spirit over this loss.

1 Chronicles 1; 2:1-17 God cares about every human life. We see this in genealogies. Setting the stage for the recording of the history of Israel, we read the redemptive narrative of God in the names listed. Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Boaz & Ruth, and David each responded to God with faith. We must learn from this. We must not relate to God through the quality of our actions, but instead on the basis of His grace extended to us through our faith in Jesus.





July 25 Bible reading

30 07 2019

July 25 Psalm 89:9-13 Romans 9:1-21 Hosea 11:12; 12; 13; 14

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.

• What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

• Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

• What should you do about that truth?

July 25 Psalm 89:9-13 Romans 9:1-21 Hosea 11:12; 12; 13; 14

Psalm 89:9-13 Our God created everything we see. Our reasonable response is to relate with God as the most powerful. Let’s worship our God.

Romans 9:1-21 We believe that God our Creator has a right to choose how He designs us and to whom He will show mercy. Paul laments the decision that many Jews had already made to reject Jesus as their Messiah, and God’s design for their lives. We should relate to God as our Creator, whose love and power are greater than anything we might see among humans. I can believe what science observes and in a Creator who gave us the ability to observe. My doubt leads me to questions that strengthen my faith. Experiencing love by faith and reason working together.

Hosea 11:12; 12; 13; 14 Pain has come to the people of Israel because of their wickedness of heart. They piled up lies and violence. God called them to come back to Him, to depend on Him, and act with love and justice. God had proven they could find salvation in no one other than Him.