Good, Great & Living

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Today's reading: Psalm 135:1-21

Psalm 135 calls us to praise God for who He is--the one and only living God who is good, great and over and above all things.

"For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods" (vs. 5).

What stood out to you most about God's greatness from this psalm? How would you describe God being a good, great and living God to someone who doesn't have a relationship with Christ? How do the words of verse 5 (above) encourage and motivate you to praise God today? Tami

Blessing God

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Today's reading: Psalm 134:1-3

Only three short verses in Psalm 134 with one call to action--bless the Lord.

What does "blessing the Lord" mean for you? In other words, what are things you do that "bless" the Lord? How will you bless God this weekend (be specific)? Tami

Public Honoring

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Today's reading: Genesis 14:17-24

After Abram and his neighbors track down and defeat the kings who had taken the residents and possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, the king of Sodom reaches out to Abram to thank and honor him. Melchizedek king of Salem also comes to recognize and offer a blessing to Abram. (Verse 18 tells us that Melchizedek was a priest of God Most High. See Hebrews 7 for more explanation on Melchizedek).

Abram and his friends were heroes! And, spirits were undoubtedly high after the defeat of the enemy kings. I can only imagine the extreme exhilaration and feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction they must have been experiencing. Yet, when the spotlight is turned on Abram, he doesn't bask in it. Rather, he immediately directs everyone's attention to God by verbally proclaiming Him as sovereign God over all, declining to accept the king of Sodom's offer to take the spoils of the victory and offering a tithe to Melchizedek as a priest of God Most High.

How often do you speak of God and honor Him in public? When you are blessed by God--through an accomplishment, receiving praise, getting an unexpected gift--do you thank God and offer verbal praise in front of others? What are the benefits of publically honoring God? Tami

Vital Relationships

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Today's reading: Genesis 14:1-16

Because of war between the kings of several clans in and around Sodom, Lot and his family are taken captive when the enemies of the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah prevail in battle. When word of Lot's capture and abduction reaches Abram, he immediately sets a plan of rescue into action, which includes two of his neighbors. Thankfully for Lot, he and his family and possessions are rescued and returned safely to Sodom.

The word "relationship" repeatedly came to my mind as I took in and thought about this chapter--the partnering and power relationships between the kings, the family relationship between Abram and Lot, the friendship and ally relationship between Abram and his neighbors. All of these differing relationships highlight how God created us as relational beings. We need other people, and other people need us. Pretty much everything we do involves other people in some fashion. And when you think about it, many seemingly insurmountable tasks can be accomplished when we join together in relationship.

What are some key relationships/friendships in your life (family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, business partners)? Would you say you are a relationship builder? Why is this so important? How can you make the relationships you have even stronger going forward? Tami

Today's reading: Genesis 13:1-18

As Abram and Lot and their families move on from Egypt, God continues to guide, protect and show His favor to them. God has blessed each man with many possessions (flocks, herds, people, money) to the point that the time has come when Abram and Lot need to separate in order to adequately take care of the people and things God has provided for each of them.

I love it when biblical principles and teaching are portrayed through someone's life example. And that's precisely what I noticed as I read and considered Abram's actions in Genesis 13. Numerous times Abram demonstrated instructions we're given throughout the Bible (verses in Proverbs, teachings of Jesus, Paul, John, Peter and James found in the New Testament). Here are some of the examples I noticed:

  • Abram's top priority was seeking after God
  • Abram valued family
  • Abram wasn't fixated on or worried about his wealth
  • Abram put the interests of his extended family before his individual interests
  • Abram was intentional about avoiding conflict with his relatives

What's the most important lesson you learned or noticed from Abram's example, and why? What does this chapter reveal about the importance of family, and having and maintaining good relationships with those in our family tree? 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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