October 18 Bible reading

17 10 2019

October 18  Psalm 119:57-64  1 Timothy 3  Jeremiah 38; 39; 40:1-6

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?

October 18  Psalm 119:57-64  1 Timothy 3  Jeremiah 38; 39; 40:1-6

Psalm 119:57-64

The unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth. When we recognize God’s love and guidance we will find peace about the direction of our lives. This will lead us to continually turn to the way of life that God desires for us.

1 Timothy 3

Paul gives Timothy clear qualifications for elders and deacons, which should be upheld today. Hospitality, self-control, faithfulness, and integrity are notable among the list. They are qualifications, priorities, and term limits. Paul reminds us of priority truths about Jesus, our powerful Messiah who was revealed in a human body.

Jeremiah 38; 39; 40:1-6

Jeremiah suffered at the hands of the leaders of Jerusalem (the city God had supernaturally made possible). He was beaten and imprisoned. God preserved him and brought leaders of an evil nation to free Jeremiah and restore him. Even people from Babylon recognized that God was just in punishing His people. God will judge the unrepentant guilty, and forgive the repentant.

 





October 17 Bible reading

16 10 2019

October 17  Psalm 119:49-56  1 Timothy 2  Jeremiah 35; 36; 37

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?

October 17  Psalm 119:49-56  1 Timothy 2  Jeremiah 35; 36; 37

Psalm 119:49-56

In the Scripture, we find promises made by our God. When we search out those promises, they bring us comfort. Reflecting on who we have found God to be will change our lives for the better. We should be talking about this with each other.

1 Timothy 2

Paul gives us relevant guidance for anyone who would serve people, anyone who would lead people. We should pray for people in intercession and with gratitude. We must keep in mind that our God “wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth” that Jesus is the one Mediator who reconciles God with humanity.

Jeremiah 35; 36; 37

God refers to the way that the Recabites remained faithful to the guidance of their ancestors in contrast to the disobedience of His own people to His own words. God held out hope that the people would repent. Their king twice burned the Word of God written down for their benefit. The leaders of Jerusalem had Jeremiah beaten and thrown in prison. People who want to live in sin don’t want to hear God’s Word.





Talkin about Jesus

16 10 2019

We have been talking about Jesus lately at City Harbor (a safe place to find and follow Jesus). It’s a personal relationship thing for me. Let’s not separate the words of Jesus from the person of Jesus. We should read about Jesus and consider,

“Who is Jesus?

What is Jesus like?

What does Jesus value?

What does Jesus think about?

What does Jesus pray about?

What does Jesus cry about?

What does Jesus laugh about?

Why do so many people believe that Jesus transcends the limitations of our natural world?

Why do so many people find the love of Jesus to be life-changing?”

Here’s a list of what we’ve book looking at:

July 21 Jesus series 1 Brunch – John 6:1-15
July 28 BONUS Rescue – Psalm 34
August 4 Jesus series 2 Forgiveness and Faith – Luke 5:17-26
August 11 Jesus series 3 Be with Jesus – Mark 3:13-15
August 18 Jesus series 4 Compassion not Disdain – Mark 6:1-13
August 25 Jesus series 5 Heart Health – Mark 7:14-23
September 1 Jesus series 6 Persistent Prayer – Luke 11:1-13
September 8 Jesus series 7 Here – Mark 6:45-52
September 15 Jesus series 8 Jesus heals the blind – John 9
September 22 Jesus series 9 Service – Luke 22:20-27
September 29 Jesus series 10 Jesus the Good Shepherd – John 10:1-18 (combined service with Hampden UMC)
October 6 Jesus series 11 Get Real! – Matthew 9:9-13
October 13 Jesus series 12 Jesus with the Samaritan Woman – John 4 Pastor Galen
October 20 Jesus series 13 Jesus Mission Part 1 – John 20:21 Matthew 28:18-20 Luke 24:44-49 Acts 1:8
October 27 Jesus series 14 Jesus Mission Part 2 – 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Notes and audio found at: http://www.CityHarborChurch.com/messages/

 





October 16 Bible reading

15 10 2019

October 16  Psalm 119:41-48  1 Timothy 1  Jeremiah 32:26-44; 33; 34

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?

October 16  Psalm 119:41-48  1 Timothy 1  Jeremiah 32:26-44; 33; 34

Psalm 119:41-48

When we receive the unfailing love of God in salvation, we can live by God’s instruction and walk in freedom. We will find God’s Word to be life-giving. We will meditate on God’s Word and share what we have learned. It’s an amazing spiritual principle. Let’s follow this practice.

1 Timothy 1

Paul writes a personal letter to Timothy, who became a Jesus follower most likely in the Lystra story found in Acts 14. 7 years later Timothy travelled with Paul. After Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome, he writes a letter of encouragement and guidance for Timothy’s leadership in Ephesus. Paul gives Timothy direction in the continued effort to sop bad teachers who were misusing the Scriptures. Paul keeps a simple message as priority, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The amazing story of God’s grace, shown by Jesus appearing to Paul despite his serious sin, continues to inform their message. You can believe in Jesus and have eternal life. This is why we must “cling” to our faith and “keep our conscience clear”.

Jeremiah 32:26-44; 33; 34

Is anything too hard for our God? After a cleansing of sin, God puts a desire for worship and a faithfulness in the heart. Restoration and forgiveness bring joy to the heart of God. Our God will not abandon His people. A promise of the Messiah in renewal of the covenant with Abraham came through the prophet Jeremiah.





October 15 Bible reading

14 10 2019

October 15  Proverbs 25:1-10  2 Thessalonians 3  Jeremiah 31:15-40; 32:1-25

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?

October 15  Proverbs 25:1-10  2 Thessalonians 3  Jeremiah 31:15-40; 32:1-25

Proverbs 25:1-10

No one person has comprehended all that there is to understand about the earth, let alone the galaxy. Our God is Creator of all that we see. Considering this leads us to respect the thoughts of God as transcendent of our own. Gossip brings damage including irreparable damage to your own reputation.

2 Thessalonians 3

We learn to pray that the Good News of Jesus is received by an increasing number of people, from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. We read Paul’s desire that they grow in understanding and expression of God’s agape love, as well as the strength & spiritual stamina found in a personal relationship with Jesus. A healthy work ethic is seen as a priority for Jesus followers.

Jeremiah 31:15-40; 32:1-25

Jeremiah predicts the mourning after death, fulfilled in Matthew 2:17-18, and God’s promise of hope in the future. A new covenant would be an essential part of a personal relationship with God. Forgiveness of sin and removal of guilt would be available through the Messiah. At a time of being attacked, Jeremiah believed that God is faithful and powerful (quoting God’s self-description found in Exodus 34:6-7) and recalling His miracles in the past. He purchased land to prove his faith in God at a time when it seemed foolish to do so.

 





October 14 Bible reading

13 10 2019

October 14  Psalm 119:33-40  2 Thessalonians 2  Jeremiah 29:24-32; 30; 31:1-14

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?

October 14  Psalm 119:33-40  2 Thessalonians 2  Jeremiah 29:24-32; 30; 31:1-14

Psalm 119:33-40

With these verses we can sing a prayer request that our God would help us understand the Scripture and live by His guidance. We read an honest call for help with healthy focus. “God help me focus on You, on what is right, and on what is most valuable.” We can pray. In this way, we find our life made new.

2 Thessalonians 2

Paul writes to the Thessalonians an encouragement to believe that Christ will return. He warns them about false teachers and deceptive spiritual miracle workers such as the anti-christ, a figure in the future who will draw people away from following Jesus. Jesus will be victorious over such deceivers. Paul is thankful for the faith, of the Thessalonians, in Jesus. He encourages them to hold on to their faith and the truth they had been taught. Let us draw strength from a personal relationship with Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:24-32; 30; 31:1-14

God speaks, through Jeremiah, that He will punish the false prophet who leads people away. Through the prophet, God speaks both His justice and His mercy. This includes a promise of restoration for His people. God wants to provide for His people a peaceful life. We will yet see ultimate peace and victory in Jesus.





October 13 Bible reading

12 10 2019

October 13  Psalm 119:25-32  2 Thessalonians 1  Jeremiah 27; 28; 29:1-23

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?

October 13  Psalm 119:25-32  2 Thessalonians 1  Jeremiah 27; 28; 29:1-23

Psalm 119:25-32

On our worst days, we can sing to God. Cry out of grief, discouragement, and depression. Ask God to help us with reality and help us understand the way God’s Word is a guide to navigate it.

2 Thessalonians 1

The church in Thessalonica had found “hardship as a pathway to peace” in following Jesus. They were growing in their faith and their agape love for each other. Paul, Silas, and Timothy celebrated their faithfulness, endurance, and spiritual growth. They asked God to give the Thessalonians the grace and ability to live in a way that pleases God. We need the daily help of God to live out a “Thank You” to Jesus for salvation. Choosing to love each other we can grow stronger spiritually. All of this is helped by expecting the return of Jesus.

Jeremiah 27; 28; 29:1-23

Jeremiah had to deal with false prophets, and their message (that people would be safe from God’s judgment of sin). Religion would not protect people from punishment. God sent a message, promising ultimate restoration of His people who were in exile. God instructed them to pray for and work for the peace of the city where they were in exile. God said that the health of the city was directly connected to their health. Even during this season of punishment God taught them how to find peace.