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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? Click the menu to read about the program, choose a month or Bible book - or just work through the blog posts day by day.
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(682) 14 November : Proverbs 30v7-9 / Esther 1v1-2v18 / Psalm 139v11-12

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 30:7-9
Understanding to grow in Esther was queen in around 480BC. The book was written some time later to record God's protection of the Jews exiled within the Persian Empire, that defeated and then superceded Babylon (2v5-7). The greatness of the empire and it's king fills chapter 1, highlighting the daunting nature of Esther being chosen to be queen. A number of things are immediately seen. First, being one of God's people doesn't mean we don't suffer hardship. Her experience shouldn't be read as romantic. It must have been terrifying. Second, surviving amongst those who aren't God's people needs wisdom. She takes constant advice from her cousin Mordecai and from the eunuch in char…

(681) 13 November : Proverbs 30v5-6 / Jude / Psalm 139v7-10

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 30:5-6
Understanding to grow in Probably writing sometime between 65 and 80AD, Jude may have been Jesus' brother (1v1 with Gal 1v19). His letter is a sort of summary of 2 Peter. It's a call to "contend for the faith" against those promoting error and immorality in the church. He uses the OT and references to religious writings from his day to highight the punishment they will receive, the seriousness of their error, and their spiriritual deadness (v12-13). He ends with a reminder that the apostles always taught such people would arise. Believers are therefore to resist them and keep themselves in God's love by building each other up in faith as they wait for Christ, and helping those who doubt…

(680) 12 November : Proverbs 30v4 / 2 & 3 John / Psalm 139v4-6

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 30:4
Understanding to grow in Both letters were written towards the end of the first century. 2 John reiterates 1 John. Believers are to continue in the truth, acknowledging Jesus as truly God and truly man - and they are to continue in love too. But, contrary, to modern ideas of love, that doesn't mean welcoming all without exception. False teachers are not to be welcomed. In fact, to do so is to share in their "wicked work," probably because the welcome would be read as affirming them and their teaching to others. It's a challenge to those in historic denominations who are expected to share fellowship with ministers who may be publicly denying the gospel or its implications. What 3 John adds is …

(679) 11 November : Proverbs 30v2-3 / 1 John 1v1-3v9 / Psalm 139v1-3

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 30:2-3
Understanding to grow in Love matters. When we love fellow believers in particular, it is a sign we are born of God rather the devil, for by the Spirit we act in his likeness. So the model of love the cross. It is to so cherish another that we sacrifice ourselves for their good. When we love in this way - with actions rather than words, it settles our hearts in showing we genuinely belong to the Lord who therefore hears our prayers, and we can be confident on the day of judgment. But faith matters too. If we are the Lord's we will listen to the apostle's message and acknowledge that Jesus Christ came in the flesh - rejecting those who teach otherwise. We will accept him as fully God and fully man. As…

(676) 8 November : Proverbs 30v1 / 1 John 1v1-3v9 / Psalm 138v6-8

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 30:1
Understanding to grow in Late in the first century, John proclaims a message he has seen and touched - that is the truth that is Jesus. And the message is that if someone walks in his light, they are forgiven and purified from their sin, and enjoy not just fellowship with God's people but with God himself. Such a person is not perfect (1v8), but they can be said to no longer keep on sinning (3v6) in the sense that they no longer desire it or are dominated by it. So the obedience that stems from faith really matters. But this is an inner as well as outer obedience, and so is seen in love for fellow Christians - the great theme of the letter. Such love and living overcomes the evil one and is possible becaus…