Hope Giving

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Today's reading: Luke 21:5-38

Today will be our final day looking at Luke 21:5-38. As I read through this rich passage again this morning, some of the details hit me as a little scary, but at the same time, the overall message was hope giving, I would even say comforting. (Maybe you had a similar experience?) Jesus forewarns of violence and natural disasters, and specifically points out and addresses persecution for believers. But woven throughout His words were these uplifting and reassuring nuggets:

• "But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives" (vs. 18-19);

• "Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near" (verse 28);

• "So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. . . Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away" (vs 31 and 33).

What message(s) do you see from Jesus' words in Luke 21:5-38? What encourages you and gives you hope from this passage? Tami

Cautionary Notice

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Today's reading: Luke 21:5-38

Jesus gives us a glimpse of what we can expect to see, hear and experience as we wait for His return. As I read through this passage, I noticed how some things have taken place, other things are happening and evident now, and still others are yet to come. Which brought me back to Jesus' caution to not be fooled and led astray by false claims (vs. 8) and His instruction to stay alert and not get bogged down and distracted by our earthly lives, but rather be anticipating, and ready for, His return (vs. 34-36).

How important is engaging God's Word in helping you discern truth? How much does Christ's return impact your daily actions and thinking? Tami

More than the Building

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Today's reading: Luke 21:5-38

Jesus talks about the future and things yet to come with some of his disciples in Luke 21:5-38. This passage is a little longer than our typical reading, but it is rich with teaching and details. That being the case, I encourage you to read it thoroughly and even more than once as we will likely spend a day or two considering it.

As I began to read this passage, and before I really got into what Jesus revealed about end times, the words and thinking of some of the disciples in verse 5 caught my attention. They were drawn to, and focused on, the external beauty and ornate features of the temple, rather than on God's presence and the serving and worship of God that took place there. It really boils down to keeping our focus on the right thing, no matter where we gather. (Now don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting we shouldn't meet in a nice church building. We should be thankful for each and every building God provides for us to meet in.)

So what are some things you do (or your church does) to focus on God's presence and worshiping Him at church? Tami

Display of Greatness

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Today's reading: Psalm 105:26-44

If you haven't spent a lot of time in Exodus lately or you just want to brush up on the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt, then Psalm 105:26-44 is a great read. These verses give us a quick, but comprehensive, look at the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of captivity to the promised land. Now this is truly an amazing story. And what captured my attention was God and how His greatness was evident and displayed in every detail.

So what did learn about God from Psalm 105:26-44? How can we use this passage to help strengthen our relationship with, and trust in, the Lord? Tami

Remember & Tell

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Today's reading: Psalm 105:1-25

Recognize God for Who He is and then tell others--that's the message that stood out to me as I began reading Psalm 105. This chapter starts with thanks, but then instructs us, almost immediately, to "make known his deeds among the peoples" and to "tell of all his wondrous deeds" (vs.1-2).

Now in order to tell others what God has done, I have to remember and recall those things myself. It's a great way to get our focus on God and to energize and encourage us on a personal level. And remembering God's work in our lives will hopefully encourage us to tell others as well. (And here's the cool thing, when we share our experiences of how God has done wonderful things in our lives, we're witnessing!)

So take a few minutes and write down some of the wondrous deeds and works the Lord has done for you over the years. Read it over, maybe even read it out loud to yourself, and remember. Then, thank the Lord, and as you go about your day look for opportunities to tell others about God and His goodness to you. 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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