Treasure

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:161-167 (Sin and Shin)

Every verse of Psalm 119:161-168 (Sin and Shin) addresses God's Word in some form--describing it, explaining its impact, commenting about it.

  • Verse 161 talks about respecting Gods Word (in awe).
  • Verse 162 tells us that the psalmist takes joy in God's Word, and reveals how he values it (great spoil or treasure).
  • Verse 163 shows us the psalmist's love for God's Word.
  • Verse 164 talks of God's Word being upright and good.
  • Verse 165 reveals the peace we can have when we make taking in and studying God's Word our habit.
  • Verses 166-168 all demonstrate that obeying and following God's laws and instructions should be our regular practice.

Do your feelings about God's Word line up with those of the psalmist? In a sentence or two, how would you describe God's Word and the way(s) it impacts your daily life? Tami

Respect and Follow

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Today's reading: 1 Peter 2:13-17

Respectfully submitting to those who are in authority over us can be challenging at times. Yet, it's exactly what God expects and wants us to do. 1 Peter 2:13-17 clearly puts before us the call to submit to those who have authority over us, pairing this with the call to do good because we are living servants of God. Peter concludes this segment with the command to "Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor" (vs. 17).

How are you living out the charge to "Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor."? Is it your practice to pray for government officials? Tami

Living Foundation

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Today's reading: 1 Peter 2:4-12

Peter's encouragement continues in 1 Peter 2 where he reminds us of God's great love for us demonstrated through His plan of salvation--Jesus, a "living stone" and the cornerstone (foundation) of our faith. Peter then takes his encouragement to another level by drawing from Old Testament language to show these new believers in Christ (the New Testament Church as well as the Church today) that they were "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession..." (vs. 9).

As I sat back and considered the words of 1 Peter 2:4-12, I was struck by the greatness of God and His supreme plan for mankind. Peter's words turned my attention back to 1 Peter 1 and the message of being "born again to a living hope."

What did you learn or notice about the greatness and magnificence of God from this passage? What did these verses reveal about our human thinking and limited understanding of His ways? What verse, phrase, image or concept encouraged you the most from 1 Peter 2:3-12, and why? Tami

Intentional Growing

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Today's reading: 1 Peter 2:1-3

Once we receive Christ as our Savior, it's God's desire that we grow spiritually--that we become more and more like Christ and in so doing deepen our relationship with Him. But unlike physical growth that happens naturally, spiritual growth requires effort and intentionality from us. Thus Peter's instruction in 1 Peter 2:1-3 to rid ourselves of sinful behaviors (malice, slander, envy, hypocrisy, deceit) and instead seek after and long for the right and wholesome truth (spiritual nourishment) we can only receive through God's Word.

How often do you think about your spiritual growth and what you need to do to continue moving forward? On a scale of 1 to 10, how intentional are you about daily spending time in God's Word? What's the relationship between reading your Bible and "growing up into salvation" (vs. 2)? Tami

Living Holy

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Today's reading: 1 Peter 1:13-25

Peter issues the call and challenge to conduct ourselves rightly--"to be holy in all our conduct." But rather than simply stating this charge and moving on, he fleshes this out a bit and provides a number of ways we should be conducting ourselves in order to live out a holy lifestyle.

  • Our minds should be engaged for God--prepare our mind for action, being sober-minded (vs. 13)
  • We should behave differently--not be conformed to our former ways (vs. 14)
  • We must have reverence for God (vs. 17)
  • We remember the price that Jesus paid on the cross, dying for our sins (vs. 18-19)
  • We live having faith in and hoping for Christ's return (vs. 21)
  • We genuinely and sincerely extend love to others (vs. 22)

What does the charge to "be holy in all your conduct" mean to you? Describe what living out this command looks like in your life. Tami

About Me

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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