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Jesus taught that all scripture testifies about him so that in him we might have life (John 5v39-40). King David taught that it is only by living according to God's word that we're kept on the right path (Psalm 119v9). What then could be better than reading the entire Bible? Subscribe to daily emails above. Click the menu button to read about the program or find passages as they are uploaded. The first week is already posted as an example of what the posts will look like.
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(534) 19 June : Proverbs 25v12 / Hebrews 4v14-6v12 / Psalm 110v1-4

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 25:12

Understanding to grow in God understands how hard it can be to live for him. He knows not just beause he knows all things, but because he has experienced its struggle in the person of his Son. So we are told our great high priest can "feel sympathy for our weaknesses" because he too was tempted, and he too had to offer up prayer with fervent cries for help. Yet by standing firm and obeying in all perfection, he achieved a righteousness on our behalf, so that if we stick with him we will receive salvation. More than that, by sending Jesus, God was showing his readiness to grant grace to sinners. And so we can be sure that if we approach his throne seeking mercy to pardon us and grace to strengthen us, h…

(533) 18 June : Proverbs 25v11 / Hebrews 3v7-4v13 / Psalm 109v30-31

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 25:11

Understanding to grow in The Christian life takes effort. There is much to cause us to give up: temptation, hostility, the deires for comfort. The writer is clear however, the joy of everlasting rest in the new creation awaits. But it is only received by those "hold" to their original convictions "firmly to the very end" (3v14). The example of Israel in the desert makes just this point by way of pattern. Just as their unbelief meant they were barred from the promised land, so unbelief within the church will cause the same even if people call themselves Christians. 4v12-13 makes this point. We will all be judged by our response to God's word in the gospel. And nothing is hidden from God…

(532) 17 June : Proverbs 25v9-10 / Hebrews 2v5-3v6 / Psalm 109v26-29

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 25:9-10

Understanding to grow in Why stick with Jesus? Because he alone is able to save. That's the sense here. A reason angels can't save is that they are not human. But Jesus was made human, and so a little lower than angels, so that he could be our representative - tasting death on our behalf in order for us to be glorified and one day reign over all things with him. What a future! The writer therefore affirms Jesus is of the same human family, suffering and being tempted as we are. This means that his death counts for us, and he can be a "merciful and faithful high priest" in offering his body in atonement for our sin. All this makes him as much greater than Moses as a builder is to the house the…

(529) 14 June : Proverbs 25v8 / Hebrews 1v1-2v4 / Psalm 109v21-25

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 25:8

Understanding to grow in The book of Hebrews was probably written in the 60s AD. We're not sure who wrote it, but it's message is clear. It urges Christians in a time of trial to persevere with Christ. It begins affirming his supremacy over angels because Jewish Christians were being tempted back to Judaism. They held that the law was revealed by angels (2v2), so the writer begins affirming that a greater revelation has now come in Christ, who is God's Son, and whose word actually upholds the universe! And because the Son has been given greater acknowledgement by God than any angel, and had his message confirmed by miraculous signs of the Holy Spirit through the apostles, we should stick to his messag…

(528) 13 June : Proverbs 25v6-7 / Lamentations 3-5 / Psalm 109v17-20

BEGIN WITH PRAYER "Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on Proverbs 25:6-7

Understanding to grow in it is very easy for Christians in our culture to despair, to feel things go from bad to worse without hope of change. But with the Lord there is always hope. So the writer of Lamentations (Jeremiah?) details his despair in seeing what the Lord's wrath has brought about, and in being opposed and ridiculed. But he remembers the Lord's great love - his compassion and faithfulness, and so he is able to wait on him, recognizing two very important truths in our own consideration of suffering: First, although the Lord brings affliction, he does not do it willingly. It is an expression of his justice and wisdom, but not his pleasure (3v33). Second, nothing happens except by his decree (…