More than Birds

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Today's reading: Luke 12:4-7

The past week or so I've had a couple "stressed" days, and I honestly didn't handle a couple of situations as well as I should have. So when I read our four verses for today, I couldn't help but think that if I had read these particular verses last week, I probably would have responded differently to those stressors. I can't go back and change anything, but I can do better going forward. So I took a few moments today to thank God for this wonderful reminder of Who He is and how much He cares for me.

What do these verses show about God's authority, provision, care and love? Tami

Out of Your Mouth

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Today's reading: Psalm 89

Ethan the Ezrahite is the writer of Psalm 89 where we're reading both today and tomorrow. Ethan lets us know right up front his heart and message. "I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations" (vs. 1). And then, he goes on and he does exactly what he proclaims in verse 1. Now it's a given that our actions show Christ to those around us, but our words are also important. So I love how Ethan the Ezrahite specifically tells us that he will use his mouth to tell others about God and His faithfulness.

So how are you using your mouth to tell others about God's faithfulness? What opportunities do you have to speak to others at work, with your family, with friends, at the grocery store or wherever your day takes you? Tami

Not So Feel-Good

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Today's reading: Psalm 88

Psalm 88 is not a "feel good" psalm for me. The author is distressed and hurting and when we get to the final verse, he's still there. Now if you're like me, you want (maybe even expect?) to see things righted by the time we get to the end of the chapter, kind of like how we like movies to have a happy ending. But Psalm 88 isn't a movie. It's real life, and as we know, hard circumstances take time to work through.

So what does Psalm 88 show us about communicating with God in and through tough times--when we are hurting, afraid, discouraged, feeling hopeless? Tami

Bold Beware

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Today's reading: Luke 12:1-3

As we begin Luke 12 we see a strong caution about hypocrisy and "the leaven of the Pharisees" from Jesus. This warning is spoken to his disciples but this warning is also said in front of the large crowd that had gathered to hear and see Jesus. So it really was a broad, as well as bold, beware.

As I took in this passage the words leaven and hypocrisy captured my attention. I was familiar with and understood both but decided to look up their definitions to see if anything the dictionary said would add to the visual I had of leaven or my overall processing of this passage. The extra couple of minutes I spent were good as both definitions got me thinking a little more richly.

What are you doing to guard against hypocrisy in your life? What are some ways we can combat the perception of so many in the world today that Christians are hypocrites? Tami


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Today's reading: Luke 11:37-54

After being invited to a Pharisee's home for dinner, Jesus basically blasts this group (Pharisees) and also lawyers for their attitudes and actions. What Jesus said to these people was highly offensive, but His words were quite revealing about what God values and regards as important.

Based on this passage, what's one thing that God values? What's one thing God despises? Did anything in particular stand out 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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