Today's reading: 2 Samuel 4:1-12; Proverbs 11:3

While David was grieved over Abner's death, Baanah and Rechab, two of Ish-bosheth's captains (and who would have known Abner well), received the news of Abner's death and then immediately plotted how they could turn the situation to their advantage. With no regard for anyone but themselves, they murder Ish-bosheth and then present his head to David expecting David to reward them (similar to the scenario in 2 Samuel 1 surrounding Saul's death). To their surprise and ultimate dismay, David refuses to entertain what they've done. Instead, he proclaims God's goodness and calls Baanah and Rechab out for what they are--"wicked men" who have taken an innocent life. As I considered this passage, David's devotion to God and his desire to live righteously, once again, came across loud and clear.

What lesson or message did God impress on your heart as you took in and considered this passage? Tami

Blinded by Emotion

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 3:26-39

When someone wrongs us or hurts us badly, we want justice. But sometimes wanting justice takes on a life of its own and turns into a blinding desire for revenge. That's what we see in 2 Samuel 3. Joab and Abishai want Abner's blood for killing their brother. So much so that even though king David joins forces with Abner to solidify his rule over all of Israel, they take matters into their own hands to ambush and kill Abner. What a vivid picture of the negative and harmful things that can happen when we don't keep our anger, grief and emotions in check.

After reading this passage, what did God impress on your heart about grudges, revenge, anger, hatred, etc.? How do we guard against giving in to this powerful temptation? Tami

Important Choices

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Today's reading: Psalm 16:1-11

The Christian life is all about choices. Our first and most important choice is to receive Christ as our Savior. But after that initial life changing decision, we are then faced with the daily, (and really moment by moment) choice to follow and serve God fully. So Psalm 16:5 was a nice reminder for me about the importance of being intentional about starting my day focused on God and His Word, and considering how I can best serve and follow Him that day.

"The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot."

Would you say you're intentional about choosing to follow and serve God each day? How would you explain or describe "the Lord being your chosen portion" to another person? Tami

Today's reading: Psalm 15:1-5

As David answers the question of who will go to heaven, he provides us with a description of a godly and upright person. He then ends the psalm with the strong and encouraging message that such a person can stand firm in the present knowing that his future is secure.

What encouragement did you draw from Psalm 15? How does focusing on eternity influence you in the here and now? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 3:1-25

Abner provides us with a pretty good example of self-absorbed thinking and living. We've gleaned a little information about him prior to today's passage, but here in 2 Samuel 3 we get an up close and personal look at this man's sinful attitudes and ways. The more I read, the more my feelings of dislike for Abner grew. I jotted down the following things I noticed about Abner: arrogant, bully, powerful and power hungry, people user, disrespectful of others, answers to no one, thinks highly of himself. What a picture of how power and position can spiral out of control when we've made ourselves, and our goals and personal desires, our number one priority rather than living to follow and serve God.

When are you most susceptible to self-centered thinking and acting? How does being in God's Word, praying, having friendships with other believers and being involved in church help you combat the temptation to elevate your interests and wants above all else? 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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