No Immunity

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Today's reading: Luke 22:1-6; Matthew 26:1-5

No one is immune from the powerful pull of sin, and when sin gets its grip on us, we are capable of doing some pretty horrific things.

The chief priests, elders and scribes--the highest ranking religious officials, the very men who were supposed to be upholding God's perfect law--were actively plotting, planning and seeking to MURDER Jesus!

"[They] plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him." (Matthew 26:4)

"And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death." (Luke 22:2)

And then there's Judas, one of Jesus's twelve disciples. A man who had benefitted from the love, kindness and teaching of Jesus. Yet, he was willing to throw Jesus to the wolves for financial gain. He was willing to bargain away an innocent man's life for thirty pieces of silver.

In what areas are you most likely to give in to sin? Why is it important to be aware of our areas of weakness? What did you notice or learn about sin from the examples in these passages? Tami

Today's reading: Luke 22:39-46

With his arrest and crucifixion just hours away, Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray in order to prepare himself for what He knew was going to happen. The words "as was his custom" in verse 39 spoke volumes, because they impressed on me not only the importance of prayer but also the importance of the practice of regularly talking with God, at a regular time and in a regular place.

Do you have an established time and place when you talk with God? Why is this important? What impact does regularly talking with God have on your mindset and attitude as you go about your day? Tami

The Final Account

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Today's reading: Matthew 26-28; Mark 14-16; Luke 22-24; John 18-21

Easter weekend is just a few days away, which means it's the perfect time to read through one or more of the accounts of Jesus's final days on earth. Each of these accounts record details of this important time, but because the story is being told through four different sets of eyes, the Gospels don't always focus on the same aspects of what's taking place. That's of great benefit to us, because by reading these unique accounts, we can get the most complete picture of the final hours of Jesus's life and the time He spent on earth after His resurrection.

I invite you to join me in reading one or more of the Gospel accounts of Jesus's final days this weekend. Before you start reading, ask God to reveal something to you that you've not noticed or understood before. Ask Him to impress on your heart how you can use these scripture passages to talk to others about Jesus and salvation. Tami

Cast Away!

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Today's reading: 1 Peter 5:7 (ESV and NLT)

As Peter concludes his letter, he gives instruction on leading paired with warnings of spiritual warfare and encouragement to stand firm in our faith. I was particularly drawn to verse 7, because lately it seems like many people I know are struggling with anxiety, fear and worry, and because of my own history with anxiety (there was a season in my life where anxiety consumed and crippled me, and I can still turn there if I'm not careful). So the message of verse 7 moved me strongly today. I looked it up in several versions and have included two of them here.

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." (NLT)

". . .casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." (ESV)

Whatever you're going through today--GOD CARES FOR YOU! We can lose sight of this beautiful truth when we're battling with worry, fear and anxiety. So let's take a deep breath and together give over to God whatever is troubling us. God wants us to give Him ALL of our burdens, and He wants us to have an ongoing candid discussion with Him. That means giving over to God every single situation that causes us to worry, every feeling of fear that grips our heart, every anxious thought that enters, occupies and then tries to control our mind.

What is it that you need to "cast away" and give over to God today? What encouragement did you draw from 1 Peter 5:7? Tami

Good for God

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Today's reading: 1 Peter 4:12-19

I feel blessed to be a citizen of the United States because of our country's stance on freedom of religion. That being said, the social climate in our country is not overly friendly to those who have chosen to place their faith in Christ. Openly proclaiming that you are a "Christ follower" won't win you any popularity contests, and it often brings ridicule, insults, mocking and even discrimination.

Peter tells us that trials and opposition are a given once we place our faith in Christ and dedicate our lives to doing good for God. He then reminds us that our trials parallel, to a lesser degree, what Jesus experienced and endured while here on earth. So when we suffer for the sake of being a Christian, we can remain steadfast and joyful, and when we do, it will highlight and bring glory to God.

"Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good." (vs. 19)

How are you doing at living out 1 Peter 4:19 and "doing good" for God--even through difficult circumstances? When you feel like you're under fire because of your faith, what helps you remain steadfast and joyful? 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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