Looking Up

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Today's reading: Psalm 123:1-4

Although it only has four verses, Psalm 123 delivers a strong message. For me, it provided a recognition of God for who He is--Master and Creator--and reminded me that He, alone, is in control.

What did this passage reveal to you about your relationship with God? What does "lifting up your eyes to God" mean or look like for you? Tami

Glad Heart

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Today's reading: Psalm 122:1-9

The very first verse of Psalm 122 got me thinking of Sundays and going to church, and caused me do some reflecting on my own attitude about going to church and how I recognize God and give thanks to Him while I'm there.

So does Psalm 122:1 describe how you feel on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings or whenever you're on your way to a church gathering? David talks about giving thanks to the name of the Lord in verse 4. What does that look like for you? Tami

Your Generous Means

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Today's reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-24

When finances are tight and there's barely enough money coming in to cover the bills, one of the first items that often gets cut from the paying out side of the budget is giving to church or to help others. (I've certainly been there.) But that way of thinking is the result of putting our interests first rather than the interests and needs of others. As Christ followers, we are to love others and be generous, not just loving and generous out of our excess. Paul hits the nail on the head with these words from verse 12.

"For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have."

We all have more than we think. So how can you be generous with what you have this week? Are you tithing at church? Who might you help in your church, your life group, your Bible study class? Tami

Accountability Partner

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Today's reading: 2 Corinthians 7:2-16

There's nothing quite like having an accountability partner, someone who will walk along with you to offer encouragement but who also isn't afraid to call you out when they see you going down a wrong path or making a mess of a situation. In 2 Corinthians 7, Paul is acting as an accountability partner to the Corinthians through the letter he had sent previously that "grieved" the Corinthians and led to their repenting.

"For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it--though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us" (vs. 8-9).

What are some of the benefits you've experienced from having a brother or sister in Christ as an accountability partner? If you don't currently have someone to walk along with you, is there someone you can ask to fill this role, or can you ask someone in leadership at your church to help connect you with another believer? Tami

Common Foundation

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Today's reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

A short, wise and bold message from Paul today about how once we receive Christ as Savior, we need to be careful about the people with whom we choose to partner, team up and join forces. This message is one that my parents relayed to me often when I was growing up because they wanted me to understand that as a follower of Christ the foundation from which I was operating was different than that of someone who didn't know Christ. In other words, my focus, purpose, motivation and interests would not be the same as someone who wasn't a believer. While I certainly understood the caution my parents were conveying, as the years have passed and I've experienced many different relationships, both in work/business and personal (where I have much more freedom to choose with whom I'm partnering as compared to working in a job or doing business with someone), I definitely have a better understanding of my parents' teaching based on 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, and strive to put it into practice.

Based on this passage and your personal experiences, how are relationships fostered and benefited by two people operating from a common spiritual foundation as Christ followers? 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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