Month: August 2016

Missions Trip to Mexico


Hey Everyone!

I trust that your Bible reading is going well and if you are not caught up, you will take advantage of the next several days to do so.

As for me, I will be on a missions trip to Bachiniva, Mexico for the next week. As a result there will not be any Bible reading posts until September 1st.

Until then, be blessed and thanks for reading!

In Christ alone, 

Pastor Ron 

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August – Day 25

He (God) brought me from the most abandoned scenes of profligacy, when I was sunk into a complacency with the vilest wretches, to make me happy in the possession of your heart and person. – John Newton

New Testament

  • Luke 20:20-26
  • Philemon 12-25

Old Testament

  • Proverbs 17:15-28
  • Esther 9-10

Spies who pretended to be righteous remind me of pretenders today, who pretend the same thing. They fool no one but themselves, for we can be certain that God is not fooled. Jesus can never be captured in his words.

Paul was such a man of integrity. Here Onesimus is beneficial to Paul and yet he wants to do the honorable thing by returning him to his master. This is a beautiful picture of how we are redeemed from slavery, from bondage into the freedom of his loving arms.

He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace. When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

The feasts of the Old Testament were meant to be examples of God’s provision for his people, pointing them to Jesus.

Heavenly Father, we praise you that our righteousness is found in Christ alone. Help us to be a people of integrity, a people of understanding and calm spirits. May we be slow to speak and quick to hold our peace. In Jesus’ name…Amen! 

August – Day 24

Nothing graces the Christian soul so much as mercy; mercy as shown chiefly towards the poor, that thou mayest treat them as sharers in common with thee in the produce of nature, which brings forth the fruits of the earth for use to all. • Saint Ambrose

New Testament

  • Luke 20:9-19
  • Philemon 1-11

Old Testament

  • Proverbs 17:1-14
  • Esther 7-8

Since the fall of man, God has intended that Jesus be the chief cornerstone of our lives. People stumble at the things he says. We must be willing to be broken before him, otherwise he will break us.

I love this story of Onesimus and his conversion. His transformation was so evident that Paul was commending him back to his master. Only Christ could accomplish such a thing.

God has a tender heart for the poor. Beware of how you approach a fool in his folly. You might be better off running into a bear robbed of her cubs.

Haman’s true colors came out when his life is threatened. Fear of one’s life has a way of humbling a person. You cannot thwart the judgment of God. God saved the Jews through the courage of one Jewish woman.

Dear Lord, thank you for Jesus. May we always keep him as the cornerstone of our lives.Thank you for the reminder in the life of Onesimus that you transform lives. Give us wisdom in how we approach those who don’t know you. In Jesus’ name…Amen! 

August – Day 23

A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things. • Thomas Carlyle

New Testament

  • Luke 20:1-8
  • Titus 3:9-15

Old Testament

  • Proverbs 16:17-33
  • Esther 5-6

You cannot outsmart the Lord, ever! I don’t know why we even try. Such fools we can be.

It is prudent to avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, and contentions about doctrine. They are unprofitable and useless. They waste God’s precious time. This does not include healthy and productive discussions about theology.

The way of an unregenerate man leads to destruction. Even Christians can fall into harms way when following the dictates of their own hearts.

Unchecked bitterness and jealousy leads to a person to do crazy things. God will sovereignly intervene to bring about his will, and to answer prayer. Sometimes he will wake us up in the middle of the night. This may be why we can’t sleep.

What happens to Haman is one of the great ironies of the Bible.

Oh Lord, praise your name for your wisdom and great knowledge. Guard us from arguing foolishly, especially about things we have no understanding of. May our hearts always seek after yours and your alone. Help us to keep our jealousies in check lest the enemy trap us in bitterness. In Jesus’ name…Amen! 

 

 

August – Day 22

All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the Lord’s decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism. • Basil of Caesarea 

New Testament

  • Luke 19:39-48
  • Titus 3:1-8

Old Testament

  • Proverbs 16:1-16
  • Esther 3-4

It is pretty profound to think upon Jesus’ prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem. The Lord will sometimes, perhaps often times, use violent things to bring his peace into our lives. I pray that people today would grow more attentive to the things of God.

I love this picture of being washed through regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit. It is good and profitable to maintain good works, but only after we have been born again., lest we think that good works save us.

The trouble with the world today, and I suppose always, is that man always defines things through his own eyes and personal experiences, rather than allowing God to do it. Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.

Pride left unchecked will wreak havoc in a person’s life. Just consider the life of Haman.

Oh Lord, we pray that you might help us to accept those things which you are bringing into our lives that we might be more like you. Give us wisdom in how we live our lives protecting us from prideful hearts. Thank you for another day of living for you. May we do it well. In Jesus’ name…Amen! 

August – Day 21

Don’t let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord. – Anonymous

New Testament

  • Luke 19:28-38
  • Titus 2:11-15

Old Testament

  • Proverbs 15:18-33
  • Esther 2

In this picture, of Jesus sending them to get a colt, I see a picture of obedience even when it may have not made sense. We are called to obey whether we understand or not. Nothing can silence our God. He speaks, the one of many distinctions between him and false gods.

Nothing should shake us, this side of heaven. Why? Because we have a blessed hope, that the Lord will return one day. He is the grace of God who has appeared before all men. He gave himself. Why? That we might be redeemed from every lawless deed and be purified for himself, his own special people, zealous for good works.

It is wise to seek the counsel of a multitude of sound Christians. Words spoken in due season are very good. The heart of the righteous studies how to answer.

In Esther, we see the favor of God upon an orphan, having neither father or mother.

Oh Lord, help us to always obey whether we understand what you are telling us to do or not. Guard us from our sin ever silencing what you want to speak to us. Thank you for the blessed hope we have in Jesus. May we serve him always. In Jesus name…amen. 

August – Day 20

We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can – namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us. • Teresa of Ávila

New Testament

  • Luke 19:11-27
  • Titus 2:1-10

Old Testament 

  • Proverbs 15:1-17
  • Esther 1

It is evident in this parable of the minas that our nature is to struggle with coming under God’s authority and living according to his rules. “We will not have this man to reign over us.”

I love this picture of the older speaking into the younger’s lives. This is why we call our young adult ministry “Titus 2.” It is far too easy to create separate groups within the church based on different demographics. When we do this, we end up segregating the church which is not  the heart of the Lord. 

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure with trouble.

Nothing good comes from a group of people sitting around drinking and boasting of our personal accomplishments. This is the antithesis of what Christian fellowship should look like.

Lord, may we never be hesitant in coming under your authority, allowing you to reign over us. Help us to grow in a desire to pour into generations different than us. Keep us in a place of having a healthy fear of you. In Jesus name…amen.