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Today's reading: Galatians 6:6-10

Paul includes as part of his instruction to love and support one another, the specific command to provide support (goods, food, financial help, etc.) to those who are in a teaching/preaching position. This directive is found in verse 6. It's an important verse inserted in the middle of this chapter that we can easily read over and miss. It states: "Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches." This frees up and allows those people whom God has called to teach to fully devote their time and energy to serving God and helping others draw closer to Him. Thank you, Paul, for the reminder that we need to be aware of and providing for this important group of people.

Is it your practice to regularly support those who are in full-time ministry--your pastors through tithing at church, missionaries here and abroad, para-church ministries that spread the Gospel message and teach God's Word? Tami

Remarkable God

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Today's reading: Psalm 89:5-18

As part of recognizing who God is and praising Him, in verses 5-18 the psalmist spends quite a bit of time describing God, looking to God as the Creator of all things and a God who is powerful, mighty, faithful and just. What I liked about this passage is how the psalmist's praising of God gives us a fairly detailed picture of God, and points us to His greatness.

What are one or two things you learned or noticed about God from the psalmist's descriptive words in verses 5-18? What stood out to you the most about God? Tami

Glorify--Always

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Today's reading: Psalm 89:1-4

In the first four verses of Psalm 89, the psalmist is praising and glorifying God. But what we discover when we read through the remainder of this psalm is that the psalmist's circumstances aren't good, and his aim in the psalm is actually to ask God for help--to take action--in a distressing situation. So often when we find ourselves in distress, our prayers consist primarily of our pleas to God to help us and fix our situation with little, or even no, praising, thanking or recognition of God for who He is. So these opening verses serve as a good reminder and example of our need to glorify God in and through every circumstance.

How does starting out your prayers with thanksgiving and praise impact your attitude, thinking and ultimately the requests you put before God? Tami

Being Love

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Today's reading: Galatians 6:1-5; Colossians 3:12-13; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

As a Christ-follower we are called to love others, which means loving in and through many different situations. The command to love people in a general sense, isn't too difficult. But when those near and dear to us are experiencing tough times, determining how to demonstrate love can be more challenging, particularly when the difficulty a person is going through is the result of a poor or sinful choice. In Galatians 6, Paul gives us some practical words on showing love in these situations. Our loving should include restoring a brother or sister in Christ who has stumbled with a gentle, kind and tender approach, as well as coming alongside to help and lend support in difficult times.

What experience have you had with "bearing one another's burdens," either providing support to someone or receiving support from someone else? Why is it so important to restore someone with a spirit of gentleness? Tami

Internal Duel

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Today's reading: Galatians 5:16-26

The moment we accept God's gift of salvation by receiving Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside of us. Yet even though we have the power of God within us, we're still human and our sinful nature (our flesh) is fully intact. Paul alerts us to this fact in verse 17 where he tells us about the never-ending tension between the Spirit and the flesh and how our flesh wants to keep us from doing right. That being the case, it is our constant duty to choose to conduct ourselves in a manner that is right and pleasing to God. Thus Paul's charge to walk in the Spirit, live by the Spirit and display the fruit of the Spirit.

What are some things that help you live by, and keep in step with, the Spirit? What encouragement do you draw from Paul's teaching in verse 24 that as a believer in Christ we have "crucified the flesh with its passions and desires"? 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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