Today's reading: Luke 16:1-13
I don't know how many times I've heard the comment, as well as made the comment myself, that everything we have is God's. That statement is absolutely true, so reading the parable of the dishonest manager was a good reminder that we serve God and we are only keepers and custodians of what He has so generously given us.
Verses 10-13 were powerful ones for me, especially verse 10. What's one example of how are you being faithful in taking care of what God has given you? Tami
Today's reading: Luke 15:11-32
Since there is so much to take in and process in the story of the prodigal son, I thought we'd hang out there another day, but this time focusing on the younger of the two sons.
I had no problem relating to the son who left home to do his own thing because I went through a similar period in my life where, even though I was a Christian, I decided I was in control of my life, I knew what I wanted and what was best for me and acted accordingly. Things went alright for a while, but eventually, just like the son in this story, I had to hit rock bottom before I realized how much God loved me and how much I needed to return home to Him. It was a painful experience. But as I look back I am thankful that even through my poor choices God taught me and I drew me closer to Him.
So have you had a time in your life when you acted like a prodigal, turning away from God to do what you wanted? What was the result? Tami
Today's reading: Psalm 96
Many of the psalms tell us to sing to the Lord, and we see that again here in Psalm 96 but with an added directive--to sing a new song to the Lord. Now that tells me that God welcomes and even expects us to be fresh and creative in our praise and celebration of Him. And if we're wondering what information, words, tone, etc. that our new song might include, we can get good start from just reading the rest of Psalm 96 for some examples.
So what are some new ways or new things you can do--publicly or privately--to celebrate the Lord? What is your new song going to look like? Tami
Today's reading: Psalm 95
"Oh Come, let us sing to the Lord..." (Psalm 95:1). I'm a singer and musician so those words really resonate with me. Of course I'm going to sing to the Lord. But what if you're not a singer? Maybe you can't really sing on tune and singing where someone might hear you is a little intimidating. No problem because although Psalm 95 starts by telling us to sing to the Lord, it then expands on that to say (twice) "make a joyful noise" to the Lord (vs. 1 & 2). When I'm at church, one of my favorite things is seeing and hearing all the voices (on tune, kind of on tune and not on tune) raised in praise to the Lord. It's simply beautiful.
So how are you doing in the "make a joyful noise" department? What reasons do you have to sing to the Lord this weekend? Tami