Bible Reading

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Reading Plan

Daily Reading Bible
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms
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Outreach Bible
Daily Old Testament, Psalms, and New Testament
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Outreach Bible New Testament
Daily New Testament. Read through the New Testament in 6 months
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M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms or Gospels
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Every Day in the Word
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs
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Through the Bible
Daily Old Testament and New Testament
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Through the Bible chronologically (from Back to the Bible)
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Book of Common Prayer Daily Office
Daily Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospel
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Wednesday is for One Year: Hosea 4 & Proverbs 29

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”

This verse can really be looked at from two perspectives. First, the people of God had forgotten the law of God. This pertains to a head knowledge. Today it would equate to the church’s unfamiliarity with the scriptures and inability to understand doctrine or what the scriptures teach. This is devastating to the church and causes her to be blown to and fro and remain weak if at all. But Secondly, it refers to an intimate knowledge of God, a relationship. One could also describe this as a love for God and His law. Head knowledge is not enough, traditions and rituals are not enough, there must be a real relationship or intimacy between man and God.

The key is one needs both the head knowledge and the intimate knowledge. How can you be intimate with someone you know nothing of? And how can you know so much about the most wonderful and greatest being in the world and not love Him?

Proverbs 29:11 “A fool give full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”

I just had to comment on this text. Therapy and counsel today tells us to not internalize things, that is unhealthy. You need to vent, but just properly. This verse teaches that venting is something a fool, or ungodly acting person, does. Why is this? Words are powerful and any time we vent we say things that are hurtful and not controlled, this is wrong. However, there is a greater truth that we must also see. When we internalize or hold back then we must deal with things inside ourselves. For the unbeliever this is frustrating so they say it is bad, but for the believer there is a being inside, the Holy Spirit, that is our greatest counselor. Internalizing is not to mean that we suppress things, but that we work things out between us and God. Internalizing basically should turn into prayer. We wait upon the Lord, we trust in the Lord, we call upon the Lord, we cast our cares upon the Lord.

Wednesday is for One Year: Psalm 112

I simply want to highlight two verses, 1 and 7.

“Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments.” Can that be said of you? Many will speak of how they delight in the LORD, but do you also delight in his commandments? This verse implies that the commandments of God are directly attached to the person of God, because the one who is in a relationship with God, or fears God, is the same as the one who delights in his commandments. Therefore it can be said, you cannot love one and not the other.

“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm trusting in the LORD.” If we trust in the LORD, the sovereign one, why should we be afraid of any news? This is much easier to talk about than to live out, but it is to be the goal of any godly man or woman. We are to stand firm, not to be shaken, and the only way to be firm to to be fixed, rooted, in the LORD for He does not change.

Wednesday is for One Year: Ezekiel 16:49-50

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.

  • Each year, more than 8 million people around the world die because they are too poor to stay alive.
  • Over 1 billion people—1 in 6 people around the world—live in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1 a day.
  • More than 800 million go hungry each day.
  • These are statistics from sites on hunger in our world and age. I read somewhere else 16,000 children will die each day because of causes related to lack of food. My wife and I both were taken back by these two verses from Ezekiel. Now, one could misuse these verses and turn everything into a social gospel, but this is to neglect the fact that God said their guilt was also that they were haughty and an abomination before him. However, this does not relieve us as Christians and/or humans of the responsibility we have to see everything we have as a gift from God and to be used for his glory. I spoke several weeks ago on the story of the rich young ruler and pointed out that fact most of us in America are rich, even though we do not consider ourselves rich. Do we not have a excess of food and a life of ease? Which one of us will worry about whether or not we will be able to give our children food tonight? I don’t have all the answers on this subject, but we need to find avenues to bring relief and the love of Christ to a starving and dying world.

    Wednesday is for One Year: Hebrews 3

    12Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.

    Do we have eternal security or not? Yes, if we share in Christ. These verses remind us of the danger of sin for all. Whether you consider yourself to be a Christian or not, stand firm, fight the good fight, do not be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. These verses do not suggest than we can lose our salvation, but rather show the deceitfulness of sin and our own heart. Some will consider themselves to be alright. One’s own heart can deceive one into thinking you are alright with God, plus sin wants to deceive and tell one, you are alright with God. Sin says, it is okay, don’t worry about me, you have Christ. But if you can listen and be content with this deceit the reality is you may not share in Christ. As Christians we must be constantly watchful in the area of holiness. This does not cause us to doubt Christ, but trust constantly in Him.

    Wednesday is for One Year: Ecclesiasties

    I am a few days behind right now, so I still find myself in the middle of Ecclesiastes. I was hit with the reality of this book yesterday when I walked into the bank and saw a man who walked painfully with a limp. I am sure he had some crippling muscular disease. I had just read my one year Bible and walked away saying, if this life is all that there is then God is not just, fair, righteous, or anything that would describe a good God. If our creator has simply given us these 70 years, plus or minus, then life is meaningless. People realize this at funeral homes all the time. He is not suffering any longer, they may say. Or she is at peace now. “Life is pain, and anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.” Even great full lives, like the Crocodile Hunter, who gave so much to Australia and all over the world, end in death and sadness. Not to mention that all he gave now is to simply be passed on to another who may not do with it what he wanted. If this life is all one lives for, ultimately one must conclude it is empty, meaningless, vanity. It is all empty, unless one lives life for eternity, placing one’s treasures where they are lasting and not destroyed. Health and life may fail here, but one must not live for here nor does God instruct one to live for the here and now. Therefore since there is a perfect eternity, for those who believe in Christ, God remains just, fair, righteous, and everything that makes up a perfect God.

    One application: Doesn’t this mean that when we find ourselves angry at God for not being just, fair, and righteous we are more than likely living for the here and now and not looking to eternity?

    Spread the Word

    I just ran across this offer from crossway at Justin Taylors blog:

    Spread the Word! Get an ESV Outreach New Testament for only $0.50

    Our bookshop should be getting these in mid-September and I am sure you can find them at other bookshops as well.  If any churches need to place an order please let me know.  This is a limited time offer (now through March) and is a great way to share God’s word with others.

    Wednesday is for One Year

    1 Chronicles 28:9&10

    “And you, Solomon, my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought.  If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.  Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”

    These words of David to his son follow the words of God that say that Solomon will build the house for the LORD.  The teach us a great deal about what our attitude should be concerning God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility.  God has said it, it must happen.  Yet, Solomon is to assume nothing unless he fears God.  The Lord has chosen you, so what should you do, be careful, be strong, do his will.  It is the same for us today.

    Wednesday is for One Year

    Proverbs 18:14

    A man’s spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?

    Since I went so far forward last week, I am going to go back this week to July 5th’s reading. There really is something to a positive attitude. It can help us in times of sickness. Hope and will power do help us medically. There was even a study done on people who live long and it showed that Christians live 3 years longer on average than non-christians because of their hope and faith. There is truth that if we trust and obey God things will go well with us. Regardless, whether a believer or non-believer one cannot deny that a posititve attitude is a helpful thing. But a depressed and discouraged or beaten down spirit who can endure? Proverbs has a lot of good reminders and simple truths. You will find multiple proverbs about treating others with kindness and speaking kindly to others. What a sad thing if a saint where to blame for another man’s crushed spirit. We are to be one’s that bring the good news, the hope, and life. Let us listen to this simple proverb.

    Wednesday is for One Year

    2 Chronicles 21:6-7

    “And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughters of Ahab was his wife. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD. Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.”

    I have little to say today, except I am overwhelmingly thankful that God keeps his promises. Here are a few verses of my favorite hymns. It is by Charles Wesley.

    Depth of mercy! Can there be
    Mercy still reserved for me?
    Can my God His wrath forbear,
    Me, the chief of sinners, spare?

    I have long withstood His grace,
    Long provoked Him to His face,
    Would not hearken to His calls,
    Grieved Him by a thousand falls.

    I have spilt His precious blood,
    Trampled on the Son of God,
    Filled with pangs unspeakable,
    I, who yet am not in hell!

    Why am I not in hell? Because God kept his covenant to David.