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Today's reading: Ephesians 1:1-14; Galatians 4:1-7

We're going to spend the next couple of weeks reading through and considering Ephesians. This Book is one I turn to often because it is rich with lessons, examples and teaching. I'm excited for what God is going to reveal to each of us as we work through its six chapters.

Both Ephesians 1:1-14 and Galatians 4:1-7 let us know that we are children of God, that God chose us and adopted us, and that we are sons (and daughters) and heirs of God. Being a child of God or being part of the family of God is talked about commonly in Christian circles. But how often do we really stop and take time to consider what a privilege it is to be a child of God, and what that really means--not only to us but to God? These passages caused me to do that today. It was a good exercise that prompted a thankful prayer to God for His incredible love for me (and you).

What does being a child of God (an heir) mean for you personally? How would you explain or describe it to someone? What does Ephesians 1:3-14 show you about how much God values and loves you? Tami

Lessons from Ruth

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Today's reading: Ruth 1-4

No matter what I'm reading in my Bible (a real life account like Ruth, Old Testament laws, genealogies, instructions on living for Christ, etc.), my approach is to ask myself, "What can I learn from this particular verse, passage, chapter or book? What is it that God wants me to see and grasp from what I've read today?"

I'm a firm believer that every word contained in the Bible is important for us to take in and process. Even if we don't feel like we understand it well or fully, if we're obedient to reading His Word, God will reveal to us truth and lessons for living.

So before moving on to another book, let's take today to look back at the book of Ruth and think about what truth and lessons God revealed to each of us. The big lesson for me was actually a reminder that I need over and over again—that God is bigger than my circumstances, that His plan (which includes His timing) is best for my life and that I must trust fully in Him, regardless of how I might feel at the moment.

What's one truth or lesson that God impressed on your heart from the book of Ruth? What encouraged you the most from the account of Naomi, Ruth and/or Boaz? What did this story reveal to you about God? Tami

Wise to Do Good

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Today's reading: Psalm 37:1-40

As a former litigating attorney, I enjoy the structure of Psalm 37 and the way it reads. David puts before us an essay of sorts (in poem form) that logically lays out how we should be following after and serving God (doing good). He includes the benefits of doing so contrasted with examples and warnings about what happens to those who choose not to live for God.

"Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous." (vs. 16-17)

If someone asked you why they should follow God and do good, how would you respond based on this psalm? When have you experienced or observed what David describes? How might you use this psalm to share God's love and message of salvation? Tami

Steadfast

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Today's reading: Psalm 36:1-12

David highlights God's incredible love in Psalm 36 by referring repeatedly to His love as "steadfast" (emphasis below mine).

  • "Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens." (vs. 5)
  • "How precious is your steadfast love, O God!" (vs. 7)
  • "Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!" (vs. 10)

If you look up the word steadfast in a dictionary, you'll find descriptions such as: unwavering, committed and fixed in direction or purpose. And if you look at translations of the Bible other than ESV (which is what we're using here), you may see the terms unfailing love or faithful love in the place of steadfast love. So what do all these things show us? God's love for us is firm and established forever!

How often do you take time to think about the fact that God's love for you is unwavering? Think back over the past couple of weeks. How have you experienced God's faithful, steadfast love? Get specific. Then once you've identified some instances, talk with God and thank Him. Tami

Mara No More

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Today's reading: Ruth 4:13-22; Jeremiah 29:11; Proverbs 23:18

The final chapter of Ruth is encouraging. What a turnaround for Ruth and Naomi since we first met them in Ruth 1, when they were feeling devastated and a bit lost because of the extreme circumstances they were facing.

Although I am drawn to the sweet love story of Boaz and Ruth, my favorite part of Ruth 4 is the final picture we see of a restored and joyful Naomi. Although she didn't understand what was happening to her at the time and she certainly wouldn't have chosen the things she experienced, it was all part of God's plan. God had every detail of Naomi's life in the palm of His hands.

As I finished the final verses of Ruth, Jeremiah 29:11 and Proverbs 23:18 came to my mind. The powerful promise contained in these verses was displayed through the story of Naomi and Ruth.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)

"Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off." (Proverbs 23:18)

What's your current situation? Whether you're in a place where things don't seem to make sense and you're struggling to see God's plans, you're in a good place serving God fully and well or you're somewhere in between, will you join with me today in telling God that you trust Him and are grateful for His good plans for you? 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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