Inspirational Walk

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Today's reading: Luke 24:13-35

Jesus meets up with two of His followers walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus after His resurrection. The men, who are sad and perplexed, are talking, trying to make sense of Jesus' crucifixion. But when Jesus comes on the scene and engages them in conversation, the whole situation changes. The men explain to Jesus what they are discussing and then Jesus takes over, teaching them with His words and explaining the Old Testament Scriptures (that these men would have been very familiar with). The words of the men when they realize that it was the resurrected Jesus who had been with them, convey quite a bit. "They said to each other, 'Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?'"(vs. 32).

What does this passage reveal about engaging (receiving, reflecting on and responding to) God's Word? What impact or influence does taking in the Word have on your day-to-day life? Tami

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Multiple Reads

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Today's reading: Luke 24:1-12

Being raised in the church, the resurrection passages in the Gospels are very familiar to me. That being the case, I have a tendency to breeze through them rather than reading with intentionality and stopping to consider the how, when, why and what's of the words before me. So today I asked God to slow me down and show me what He had for me out of Luke 24:1-12.

I ended up reading the passage six times, and each time I considered a different portion.

First time through--setting
Second time--the women
Third time--the angels and their words to the women
Fourth time--Peter
Fifth time--the disciples' response
Sixth time--I returned to the women but this time considering how they remembered Jesus' words and how they then told the disciples what they had experienced.

Through these six reads, two things stood out to me--Jesus' followers all missed the connection between what Jesus had told them and what took place, and the angel's words about seeking the living among the dead.

So how did God prompt your heart as you took in Luke 24:1-12? Was there one thing that stood out to you from this passage, and why? Tami

Honest Prayers

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Today's reading: Psalm 109:1-31

David does quite a bit of talking with God in Psalm 109. And once he begins talking, he truly lets go and tells God everything. It's a beautiful picture of prayer and how through prayer we can pour out our hearts to God. Notice David's words in verse 4 where in response to his troubles he states, "I give myself to prayer."

So is "giving yourself to prayer" a habit for you? Is it your custom to tell God everything that's on your heart when you talk with Him? What happens to your attitude and heart when you speak openly with God? Tami

Energized for God

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Today's reading: Psalm 108:1-13

As I took in the beginning verses of Psalm 108, I could almost feel the enthusiasm and energy of David as he recognizes God for who He is and praises Him. The most telling phrase to me was in verse two where David, I believe shouts, "I will awake the dawn!" The more I read, the more excited I became about proclaiming God and His works today.

So what about you? Did you have the same energizing experience when you read Psalm 108 today? How can and will you proclaim God and His steadfast love this weekend? Tami

Courage to Act

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Today's reading: Luke 23:44-56

After Jesus draws his final breath on the cross, Joseph of Arimathea seeks out Pilate and asks for Jesus' body so he can give Jesus a proper burial. That may not seem like such a big deal to us reading this 2,000+ years later, but Joseph's actions were courageous. Everything to do with Jesus was super charged and dangerous, particularly since Joseph was a member of the Jewish leadership who had made sure Jesus was put to death. But Joseph knew what they had done to Jesus was wrong, and he did what he knew was right regardless of the circumstances--something that's not always easy to do.

So what motivates you to do what you know is right when those around you are choosing to do what's wrong? Is it your habit to seek God and ask Him to give you the courage to act rightly in tough situations? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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