August 31 Bible reading

30 08 2019

August 31 Psalm 104:31-35 2 Corinthians 4 Micah 1; 2; 3; 4

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?

August 31 Psalm 104:31-35 2 Corinthians 4 Micah 1; 2; 3; 4
Psalm 104:31-35 With wholehearted worship. we should sing a desire to see the eternal glory of God. “The Lord takes pleasure in all He has made”. This helps us understand and respond to the character of who God is. God enjoys what He creates. Our relationship with God will deepen and become more meaningful as we consider this. What does God enjoy?
2 Corinthians 4 Paul and his ministry team invited the Corinthian believers to a life more focused on the spiritual than the natural world we see. They lived for the message of Jesus. Their own weaknesses were seen as evidence that the power they had, came from God. They persisted despite persecution for the sake of the ever-expanding Kingdom of God. In this way, they found their spirits being renewed despite the deterioration of their aging bodies.
Micah 1; 2; 3; 4 Our God had proven that His love was faithful and that His words were reliable. Yet the people He created and redeemed spent years rejecting Him in favor of worshiping objects they had created with their own hands. They brought pain into their own homes & neighborhoods, and civil way to their land. God shows Micah that He is aware of their hearts and has seen their evil actions. We must live in an awareness that God is alert and active, paying attention to us with care for how we live.





August 30 Bible reading

29 08 2019

August 30 Psalm 104:19-30 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 2 Chronicles 35:20-27; 36

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?

August 30 Psalm 104:19-30 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 2 Chronicles 35:20-27; 36
Psalm 104:19-30 It is hard to fathom the variety that we find in creation. People discover new species of animals, insects, or organisms every day. Our God is the author of all life. He makes all things new as He brings new life on the earth. We can live out of worship as we recognize this truth.
2 Corinthians 3:7-18 As we are “born again” into new spiritual life the Holy Spirit is opening our spiritual eyes to see the glory of God and reflect it to others. As believers, we live in a spiritual freedom that is life-changing. We are transformed. Our purpose includes inviting others into this life.
2 Chronicles 35:20-27; 36 Sadly King Josiah died because he didn’t recognize that God had spoken to the Egyptian king. Josiah did not seek a word from God about their interaction. We should learn humility and realize that God can lead people who don’t look like us, sound like us, dress like us, in ways that we don’t recognize. The Israelites then suffered control by the Egyptians and then the Babylonians. God used the prophet Jeremiah to speak to His people during horrific times, about the results of their unfaithfulness. God is constantly calling people back to repentance and the life-giving peace that comes as a result.





August 29 Bible reading

28 08 2019

August 29 Psalm 104:1-18 2 Corinthians 2:12-17; 3:1-6 2 Chronicles 33:21-25; 34; 35:1-19

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?

August 29 Psalm 104:1-18 2 Corinthians 2:12-17; 3:1-6 2 Chronicles 33:21-25; 34; 35:1-19
Psalm 104:1-18 We can sing wholehearted praise from Psalm 104. Consider the awesome power of the natural world and the order of its function in harmony. Our God has lovingly created it by design. When we look at a starry night sky it speaks of this God.
2 Corinthians 2:12-17; 3:1-6 Lasting positive life change with a new focus is one sign of faith in Christ. This is best enjoyed in relationship, as we follow Jesus together. We think fondly of those who help us in this journey. Paul writes of these relationships and the spiritual authority of a person with a Christ-like character as a spiritual leader.
2 Chronicles 33:21-25; 34; 35:1-19 At 16 years old King Josiah began to seek Yahweh, serving Him and His people faithfully. He removed the elements of idolatry and restored the Temple in place of Yahweh worship. In the rubble, they rediscovered the Scriptures and their need to humbly repent of sin to avoid God’s punishment. A prophetess, Huldah, clearly spoke the Word of God. Josiah carefully followed God’s Word, teaching it to the people and they received God’s grace and mercy. Just as God had promised, when they realized their wrong if they would turn to God and repent of it He would bring forgiveness, love, and restoration.





August 28 Bible reading

27 08 2019

August 28 Proverbs 21:5-16 2 Corinthians 1:23-24; 2:1-11 2 Chronicles 31:2-21; 32; 33:1-20

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?

August 28 Proverbs 21:5-16 2 Corinthians 1:23-24; 2:1-11 2 Chronicles 31:2-21; 32; 33:1-20
Proverbs 21:5-16 How we choose to live will bring results: good or bad. God is aware of how we are living. The wisdom of the Proverbs should help us make better decisions. It can help us learn from the lives of others. God is speaking to us through the Proverbs.
2 Corinthians 1:23-24; 2:1-11 More than once, Paul has brought necessary correction to the thinking and behavior of the Corinthians. In his compassion for them, he writes that this has been painful for him as well. A Jesus-kind-of-servant-leader will guide others with compassion (suffering alongside). Paul directs the forgiveness and restoration of a particular troublemaker. Such forgiveness is described as one way to overcome the schemes of our enemy.
2 Chronicles 31:2-21; 32; 33:1-20 King Hezekiah completely restored the worship of Yahweh among the 12 tribes, according to God’s instructions. He sought God wholeheartedly and was successful as a result. He trusted God completely and worked hard. When attacked he asked God for help. God sent an angel to destroy the enemy. In a time of peace, he became proud and didn’t respond in the right way to a miracle healing. He repented of his pride. Hezekiah’s son Manasseh rebuilt the pagan shrines his father had destroyed. His idolatry included human sacrifice. He ignored God’s warning for a time and finally repented of his sin, tearing down idolatry and restoring the worship of Yahweh. Over and over through these generations, we see patterns of turning away from God, finding a consequence for it, and some returning to God repenting.





August 27 Bible reading

26 08 2019

August 27 Psalm 103:13-22 2 Corinthians 1:12-22 2 Chronicles 29; 30; 31:1

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?

August 27 Psalm 103:13-22 2 Corinthians 1:12-22 2 Chronicles 29; 30; 31:1
Psalm 103:13-22 David sings, describing God as compassionate with our weaknesses. God’s love transcends what we see. God’s love will be enjoyed by those who respond to Him forever. Let us respond to our faithful loving God today! Let us love God with the best we have to offer!
2 Corinthians 1:12-22 The Corinthian church, believers like us, have experienced difficulties including resistance to their faith in Jesus just like Paul and his team did. Paul writes to encourage their faith, teaching that God gives us the ability to stand firm in the faith. Receiving the Holy Spirit is directly linked to the strength Paul writes about.
2 Chronicles 29; 30; 31:1 The new king of Judah, Hezekiah, repairs the Jerusalem Temple and restores the worship of Yahweh immediately. Despite their problems, it was a priority to make a covenant commitment to the Lord in whole-hearted worship. The king then offered a peaceful return for the nation of Israel with whom they had been at civil war for many years. They enjoyed weeks of peaceful worship and feasting in a way that had not been seen since the days of Kings David & Solomon. Peace is the result of their worship.





August 26 Bible reading

25 08 2019

August 26 Psalm 103:1-12 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 2 Chronicles 26; 27; 28

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?

August 26 Psalm 103:1-12 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 2 Chronicles 26; 27; 28
Psalm 103:1-12 In Psalm 103, David sings with his whole heart a thanksgiving to the Lord for bringing him from being sinful, ashamed, sick, dissatisfied, doomed, and decaying to become forgiven, crowned, healed, satisfied, redeemed, and renewed. Repeatedly we see God described as “compassionate, merciful, slow to anger, and filled with unfailing love.” Let’s reflect on this and then take our personal response to God in prayer.
2 Corinthians 1:1-11 Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians church starts with relating the truth that when we are comforted by God we can help others find the same. We must look to God as the source of comfort, no longer relying on ourselves but now relying on God. We will discover that this process is part of God’s purpose for us.
2 Chronicles 26; 27; 28 King Uzziah started out by seeking guidance from God and doing what was right. When he became powerful, pride set in and he stepped into the work of the priest, breaking God’s instructions. This resulted in leprosy. His son, the new king, Jotham became powerful because he was careful to obey the Lord. His son Ahaz rebelled turning to idolatry and worshiping other gods in the Temple. He suffered violent consequences and still refused to return to God. Rebellion and its consequences continued.





August 25 Bible reading

24 08 2019

August 25 Psalm 102:18-28 1 Corinthians 16:5-24 2 Chronicles 24; 25

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?

August 25 Psalm 102:18-28 1 Corinthians 16:5-24 2 Chronicles 24; 25
Psalm 102:18-28 Despite the exhaustion of troubled days the Psalm 102 prayer describes the deliverance of God as so valuable that it must be described to future generations. In it, we also read a faith that God will provide for these future children. Let us respond with a similar faith-filled prayer.
1 Corinthians 16:5-24 Paul closes his first letter to the Corinthians with a directive for them to stand strong in their faith, courageous, on guard, and doing everything with love. These words would have been read repeatedly, considered carefully, and memorized. It would be helpful for us to do the same.
2 Chronicles 24; 25 A new righteous King Joash restores the worship of God. He repairs the Temple according to God’s original design. After his mentor priest dies King Joash is persuaded to abandon the worship of Yahweh. He is warned by the priest’s son but responds by killing this new priest. God brings judgment on him in military defeat and death. The new king Amaziah starts off by doing right but not wholeheartedly. He turns to violence bringing God’s judgment on them again. We should be aware of the consequences.





August 24 Bible reading

23 08 2019

August 24 Proverbs 20:25-30; 21:1-4 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; 16:1-4 2 Chronicles 21:4-20; 22; 23

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?

August 24 Proverbs 20:25-30; 21:1-4 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; 16:1-4 2 Chronicles 21:4-20; 22; 23
Proverbs 20:25-30; 21:1-4 No one knows the motives of a human heart better than our God. We would do well to live with an understanding of what this means. God knows who you are and why you do what you do. God is already aware of any internal conflict you may feel. God knows your motives. God cares about the state of your heart. Let us daily bring our heart condition to God in prayer.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58; 16:1-4 When Christ returns to earth we will be transformed and will live forever. This perspective should help us be strong now and live with passion for Jesus. Not a single thing that we do for our Lord will be wasted. From this context, the Corinthian believers are encouraged to exercise courageous generosity by choosing to live on less of the money they earned so that they could send help to the Jerusalem believers. This would prove their love for others across ethnic and racially divided lines.
2 Chronicles 21:4-20; 22; 23 Evil rulers followed the example of Arab only to be met by the punishment of God. We see that God used the daughter of a king, priests, a judge, musicians, military leaders, and ordinary people to overthrow evil leadership and bring a righteous king to power. God cares about government and the righteousness of its leaders.





August 23 Bible reading

22 08 2019

August 23 Psalm 102:12-17 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 2 Chronicles 18:28-34; 19; 20; 21:1-3

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?August 23 Psalm 102:12-17 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 2 Chronicles 18:28-34; 19; 20; 21:1-3
Psalm 102:12-17 In Psalm 102 the songwriter is exhausted and yet crying out for help from God. This prayer recognizes God as powerful and able to help. They had seen God’s house of worship in glorious days and in destruction. The song looks forward to a new day of God in all His glory living among His people.
1 Corinthians 15:35-49 When Christ returns to earth, we will discover our new bodies strong and ready to live forever. We will enjoy the glory of the resurrected Jesus in eternal life. We will no longer experience the brokenness that we experience now, in our bodies. We will follow Jesus in this new life!
2 Chronicles 18:28-34; 19; 20; 21:1-3 As the prophet predicted, King Arab was killed in a battle that God had warned of. The king did not listen to the many words from the prophet of God but rebelled to follow his own way. King Jehoshaphat has brought the anger of God by helping the evil king Arab. Jehoshaphat called the people to fasting and prayer. God responded, causing the enemy armies to kill each other leaving a vast amount of resources for the army of Judah to collect. They didn’t have to fight their own battle. Despite this miracle, Jehoshaphat did not completely remove idolatry from Judah and again helped an evil king of Israel. God brought consequences again.





August 22 Bible reading

21 08 2019

August 22 Psalm 102:1-11 1 Corinthians 15:1-34 2 Chronicles 16; 17; 18:1-27

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?

August 22 Psalm 102:1-11 1 Corinthians 15:1-34 2 Chronicles 16; 17; 18:1-27
Psalm 102:1-11 Psalm 102 helps us cry out to God on our worst days. We turn to God instead of turning away from God. That is how we will find strength and comfort. We can learn from the Psalms what to do and how to do it because of who God is. This will benefit us and those around us.
1 Corinthians 15:1-34 Paul’s letter keeps his direction to them within the context of the Good News of Jesus. He points out that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the determining factor for our ability to believe in this hope for our salvation. Our need to be rescued started with Adam. Our understanding of the Good News must include these elements of the redemptive narrative. We must carefully choose how we will live based on an eternal perspective and understanding of what is to come. You are an eternal supernatural being having a temporary natural experience. Jesus is victorious. Jesus will be victorious. Our God brings the dead to life.
2 Chronicles 16; 17; 18:1-27 When attacked King Asa turned to another king for help, paying him with money from God’s Temple. He suffered the consequences of trusting the ruler of an army that he could see over the one he could not see. After a civil war, a prophet predicted the punishment of God because of the selfish rebellion of the kings of Judah and Israel. We should learn from this the value of turning to God for direction, provision, and help.