In Remembrance

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Today's reading: 1 Corinthians 11:1-34

Depending on our upbringing, we will likely have different experiences with, and ideas about, communion. I was raised in a church-going, Christian family so many of my earliest memories are of being in church. I accepted Christ when I was eight years old, so from a young age, I was very familiar with communion and knew that it represented a remembering of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Even so, I didn't fully grasp the significance of taking communion until I was quite a bit older and was spending time taking in and studying God's Word. It was at this point that I truly realized the significance of this special time of remembering Christ's sacrifice and exactly what that meant for my eternity and eternity for all mankind.

What does taking communion mean to you? How does reflecting on what Christ did for you on the cross prepare you for taking communion? Tami

Others Focus

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Today's reading: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33

Once again Paul addresses our freedom in Christ followed by the reminder that because we are followers of Christ there will be times when we need to relinquish our rights to exercise that freedom in order to avoid turning someone away from a relationship with Christ or causing a fellow believer to stumble or falter. Verses 32-33 deliver the message well.

"Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved."

Putting the interests of others first isn't typically our first response. So what helps you to be mindful of accommodating others as a follower of Christ (i.e. not seeking your own advantage)? How do you maintain the mindset of doing all to the glory of God? Tami

Right and Righteous

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:137-144 (Tsadhe)

I love the proclamation of God and His Word found in Psalm 119:137-144. I couldn't help but notice the words right, righteousness and righteous were used six times in this stanza. My favorite verse was 142. What a powerful message.

"Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true."

How did the words of verse 142 impact you today? Was there a particular verse or phrase that encouraged and moved your heart? Tami

Tears to Action

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:129-136 (Pe)

The last several weeks I have noticed, more than usual, how our world is getting bolder and bolder about mocking God and His Word, and it has grieved me greatly. So Psalm 119:136 absolutely resonated with me as I read our passage for today.

"My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law."

But my response shouldn't stop at shedding tears. I need to make sure that I'm out proclaiming God and His goodness wherever I can to a dark and lost world.

Will you join me? Tami

God First

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Today's reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-22

Idolatry can take on many forms depending on our personalities and life situations. A few examples that come to mind are things like: our job, our intellect, our physical appearance, having fun, food, our bank account, cars or a home, sex, our children, a spouse, a girl or boy friend, clothes, sports... you get the picture.

One of the greatest temptations is giving in to our desires (making idols) instead of putting God first. Speaking from experience, this usually happens incrementally. We give in to what we think is a small temptation and then it begins to grow, which is one of the reasons why we often lose sight of how this particular thing has become an idol to us, pulling our focus off of God and serving Him fully. But we can overcome. "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (vs. 13).

Take a look back and assess, with an honest eye, what some of the things are that have held idol status for you (or may still be holding that status). What hope and encouragement do you see in verse 13? 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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