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2021 Day 261 – Ezra 4-6; Psalm 137

2021 Day 261 – Ezra 4-6; Psalm 137

In Psalm 139 David acknowledged God’s ability to know all of our thoughts.  “O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” (Psalm 139:1-2)  It is easy to let our minds wander off on things we shouldn’t, but Paul gives us some pointers on focusing our thoughts.  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable,…

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2021 Day 259 – Daniel 10-12

2021 Day 259 – Daniel 10-12

A few days ago we talked a little bit about things God hates.  As Christians there are things that we should also hate.  “The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13)  It seems pretty easy to dislike evil, but what about pride?  When things are going our way it is easy to start getting a sense of pride in ourselves.  James also warns us about…

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2021 Day 257 – Daniel 4-6

2021 Day 257 – Daniel 4-6

The saying “Handwriting on the wall” originated from this section of scripture. God does not share His word in a miraculous way today, but He has provided us with His complete instruction manual for us. “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,” (2 Peter 1:3 ESV) Today’s reading: Daniel 4-6

2021 Day 256 – Daniel 1-3

2021 Day 256 – Daniel 1-3

When king Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that no one else could interpret, Daniel was able to tell the king everything about the dream and it’s meaning.  Instead of taking credit for this ability, Daniel gave credit where credit was due.  “Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said: ‘Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and…

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2021 Day 255 – Joel 1-3

2021 Day 255 – Joel 1-3

The prophet Joel brought the words of God to the people.  “The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:” (Joel 1:1)  Much of what he shared with them were words of warning.  But the book ends with God’s love for His people being shown if they will just return to Him.  “So you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers…

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2021 Day 254 – Ezekiel 46-48

2021 Day 254 – Ezekiel 46-48

The book of Ezekiel ends with a naming: “… And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord Is There.” Won’t it be great when our home is where the Lord is! “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe…

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2021 Day 253 – Ezekiel 43-45

2021 Day 253 – Ezekiel 43-45

Hate is a strong word, yet we are told there are things that God hates.  “There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” (Proverbs 6:16-19)  He hates the first six and the last one, sows discord among brothers,…

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2021 Day 252 – Ezekiel 40-42

2021 Day 252 – Ezekiel 40-42

God has blessed each one of us with more than what we deserve.  Those blessings are not just for our own desires.  “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)  Paul even tells the Ephesians (and us) that doing these good works is why we were created.  “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good…

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2021 Day 251 – Ezekiel 37-39

2021 Day 251 – Ezekiel 37-39

Our Heavenly Father wanted the Israelites to know that He was their God. “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward.” (Ezekiel 39:22 NKJV) We are promised a path to Him thru our Savior’s own words. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV) Today’s reading: Ezekiel 37-39

2021 Day 250 – Ezekiel 33-36

2021 Day 250 – Ezekiel 33-36

We know how Solomon was given great knowledge and wisdom from God.  He shares with us where knowledge starts.  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  (Proverbs 1:7)  The fear he is talking about here does not mean to be scared, but to give God the reverence and honor that He deserves.  If we have this kind of attitude toward our Heavenly Father, the love for Him will show in our desire…

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