Today's reading: Psalm 110:1-7

Psalm 110 is referenced or cited a number of places in the New Testament. Written by David, this "song" is rich with information about Christ and the future. So read through it carefully, looking for what this passage reveals about Jesus. As I read, I pulled out a study Bible so I could take in explanatory comments, and I also looked at an online commentary. This was helpful in that it provided me with a fuller picture and better understanding of what I was reading. I encourage you to do this as well, not only for this passage but also for others as we read and consider the Bible together each day.

What's one thing you learned or saw about Christ from this Psalm? Tami

Hurting Response

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Today's reading: Psalm 109:1-5

Being wronged, attacked, or betrayed by someone you love and trust cuts deeply. It's emotionally and mentally painful! And in our pain, oftentimes our gut reaction is to lash out and defend ourselves, sometimes by responding in kind with our words and actions. But that's not the example of David here in Psalm 109. In his distress, he turns fully and completely to God. What David writes in verse 4 is key.

"In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer" (emphasis mine).

David brings all of what he is thinking and feeling to God—his hurt, anger, and disappointment with others and how he is feeling discouraged and depressed. He candidly cries out to God, and in so doing, he receives comfort and reassurance from telling God about everything happening to him.

Is it your practice to "give yourself to prayer" when you encounter hardship or difficulty? When you pray, how does it influence you emotionally, spiritually, or even physically? Tami

Pray, Pray, Pray

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Today's reading: Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Paul was certainly a prayer warrior. He understood and had experienced firsthand the power of prayer. So as he comes to the close of his letter to the church in Colossae, he instructs them to:

"Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving" (vs. 2).

He delivered a similar instruction in a letter to the church in Thessalonica:

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Nothing has changed over the centuries. Prayer is a vital part of our relationship with God, who wants to talk with us. What an incredible privilege it is to be able to openly converse with our Maker anytime and anywhere.

How often do you talk with God? What hinders you from praying, or praying more often? What are some of the benefits of praying regularly and frequently (praying without ceasing)? Tami

Submitted

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Today's reading: Colossians 3:18-25

I always cringe a bit whenever I blog or am asked about Colossians 3:18-25 because of the dreaded "submit" instruction contained in this passage. If we're honest, none of us like the word submit. We want to be the master of our own little universe, doing whatever we want to do.

But that's not the way God calls us to live. The life of a Christian is really about submission, and it starts with each of us surrendering our hearts and lives to Christ, then to each other. In Colossians 3:18-25 Paul is simply laying out a properly functioning family, starting with Christ at the head. My favorite portion of this passage is verses 23-24.

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."

How are you submitting to God and working heartily for the Lord? Tami

P.S. If you struggle with the word "submit," I encourage to talk to God about it. Ask Him to change your heart.

Everything

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Today's reading: Colossians 3:17

Colossians 3:17 is one of several staple verses for me. The message is clear and powerful, and it translates well into a daily prayer.

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

What did God impress on your heart as you read Colossians 3:17? What's one example of how you are demonstrating this verse in your daily life? 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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