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He Is Risen!

Happy Resurrection Sunday, everyone 🙂 

Never forget how much you are loved by God. He came to earth, died, and rose again to set you free. 

He is risen, indeed! 

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Psalm 100

Tonight I decided to read Psalm 100 and I noticed the heading read “A psalm. For giving grateful praise.” That really stuck out to me. I wanted to flip to something else. I had been thinking about posting a Psalm but it seemed like overkill to post about gratitude again. I don’t want to come off as fake. My day wasn’t all good; I had some stressful moments. It wasn’t a bad day. It was a day. However, as I read through the Psalm, I was reminded that even a day has many wonderful moments I can be grateful for. Today I am grateful for Mrs. Hassi who is organizing my office. I am grateful that I have an awesome cousin named Charlie who turned 8 and that I got to be part of his party, even if I arrived late. I am grateful for my wonderful extended family!

My day was a ‘meh’ day until I started to think of things to be grateful for. I may have to make this chapter a nightly reading!

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 


Live Fearlessly: A Study in the Book of Joshua

Today I have begun working through the bible study devotional Live Fearlessly: A Study in the Book of Joshua by Lenya Heitzig & Penny Rose. It is part of their Fresh Life Biblical Study Series, though this is the first one I have tried by them. I saw it at the Christian bookstore the other day and was immediately attracted to the bright, cheery colors and balance of Scriptural analysis and personal application. It was hard to pick between Joshua, James, Ruth & Esther, Ephesians, the women of Genesis, the parables of Jesus…there were quite a few options. Joshua won because (1) I really like the book of Joshua, (2) I don’t know as much about it as I do James and Ruth & Esther, (3) Joshua always bring a connection to Generation Joshua, and, most of all, (4) Joshua symbolizes leadership to me and I really want to learn more about the leadership of men and women in the Bible. Joshua struck me as a good place to start. 

So here I am. I hope this series will be good. The first lesson provided some interesting tidbits, but I gained more from the notes of my new study Bible. One of the benefits to having this devotional will be getting into the Word more consistently.

I really like the quote this first day’s lesson ended on. From John Bunyan, 

“I would say to my soul, O my soul, this is not the place of despair; this is not the time to despair in. As long as mine eyes can find promise in the Bible…as long as there   is a moment left me of breath or life in this world, so long will I wait or look for mercy, so long will I fight against unbelief and despair.” 

 


New Books

It is hard not to write about politics tonight. I’m tired and frustrated and disappointed with how things have turned out.
However, I also realize I’m tired and frustrated and disappointed. I’m not seeing the world clearly tonight. It is easy to despair when you are overtired. There is enough despair on Facebook to last a lifetime. So tonight I am going to write about something happy.

My new books arrived in the mail. I recently discovered Christian Book Distributors; it has been a wonderful and horrible discovery. They have some really excellent deals but it ruins my budget. Yet how can I say no when I see such good books under $12? 

Today I got: Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, and the one I have been drooling over for months, 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas. I also got an ESV Study Bible for $30. Fantastic deal. 

I’m excited to read these books. I’ve been counting the hours till they arrived. These are the books I’ve wanted forever. I have read deeply of C.S. Lewis over the past few months and now I look forward to enjoying his contemporaries. I can’t wait to read all of them, but I am also hesitant. It is like something too good to be true that all 4 of them are in front of me. 

The books surrounding me remind me that some things don’t change. Hope never changes; dreams stay true. I find joy in my books, in these authors, in the opportunity to learn more. I’m grateful they arrived today. I needed this little reminder of joy. 


Galatians 5

So this isn’t the long, thought out post I promised. Sorry ’bout that, this has been a packed weekend. However, I think I would have shared this chapter even if I did have something else prepared. Galatians 5 has been coming up all week and today the pastor used it as his sermon text. It is a good one to review: 

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other.


Psalm 116

I enjoy reading my Bible in different translations. I grew up on NIV and lately I’ve been reading more NKJV and ESV. It often surprises me how a familiar passage can gain new meaning or perspective with just a few different words. Today I read Psalm 116 in NKJV and I was really struck by the opening verses. I decided to share the whole thing: 

I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
I will walk before the Lord
In the land of the living.
10 I believed, therefore I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
11 I said in my haste,
“All men are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
13 I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.

16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant;
You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And will call upon the name of the Lord.

18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people,
19 In the courts of the Lord’s house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.