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February 26, 2009

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We'll be in Luke 23 through the weekend. This chapter is dark, and it's depressing because of what's going on and just the awfulness of everything that is happening to Jesus. Because of that, I have a tendency to just read it as a factual or informative account of Jesus' trial and crucifixion. It certainly is that, but I know it's in the Bible to provide us with much more than facts.

So besides the facts, what else does Luke 23 have for you and me? I went back and read the entire chapter a couple of times this morning. Honestly, I was surprised at just how much was there waiting for me to consider (Herod's actions and response really got me thinking, for example).

So would you pass on to us what you find as you're in Luke 23 this week? Was there a particular verse or action that moved you, got you thinking or even changed your thinking? Send in a blog and share your thoughts. Reading other people's comments gets us thinking even more--and that's a good thing! Tami W.

February 23, 2009

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Over the next couple of days we'll be finishing Luke 22: 47-71 (Judas betraying Jesus, Peter's denial and Jesus before the Jewish Council).

Usually when we look at this portion of Luke 22 we focus on Judas and Peter. But here's what I did today, and I'm asking you to do the same. I thought about and focused on Jesus in the middle of these terrible circumstances. I asked myself What do you think Jesus was experiencing emotionally, physically and spiritually at this time? Now I have to be honest, answering those questions was painful emotionally because it caused me to put myself in Jesus' shoes, and it felt awful. Even so, it was good for me. Then, I had to address the really difficult question: What can I do or put into action today in my life and circumstances to model Jesus? I'm not done working through this one yet. But, as usual, God has already put a couple of things on my heart that I need to think about as I navigate through life today and this week. (Thank you, Lord!)

So I hope you'll join me in this exercise today. It was moving for me, so I'd love to hear if it was helpful for you and, as always, what you found. Tami W.

February 19, 2009

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We move into Luke 22 today (Thursday), and we'll be reading about Judas' and Peter's betrayal over the weekend. Almost every time I read this, I'm disgusted and annoyed with Judas, Peter and the other disciples as well (verse 24). (BTW, I doubt I would have responded any better). It shows that Satan is out there trying to get a hold of each one of us. Do you think about that very often or ever? Because we should. Satan and his army are actively out there scheming, plotting and targeting us, and frankly, that's a little scary.

So today and the rest of this week, would you try something with me? Right when you wake up, take a minute and remind yourself how Satan would like nothing more than to derail you. Then do something about it. Be proactive. Try reading Ephesians 6:10-20 (armor of God passage). Maybe have some focused prayer time where you ask God to give you the strength you need in all things that day to stand firm for Him. Let's be tuned in and on the offensive when it comes to Satan's attacks. Will you join me? Tami W.

P.S. I threw out a little challenge in my video blog, too. I know, it's extra, but a little more time in God's Word is never a waste. :) Have a good weekend!

February 16, 2009

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Over the next couple of days, what we're reading in Luke is prophecy and it's not always that easy to understand. One thing that can be difficult is time frames. In Luke 21, for example, some of the things have already taken place (physical destruction of the temple and Jerusalem) and others are yet to happen (coming of the Son of Man). And then, there are some passages where it seems to be both, like Luke 21:10-19. This passage talks about wars, earthquakes, famines, persecution. All things that have happened in the past, are happening right now, and will continue in the future, only they will get much worse as we approach end times.

So as you're reading, keep in mind that this is prophecy and maybe come at it a little differently. And, hey, if you have questions, that's what we're here for. We'd love to talk through them with you. Happy Monday! Tami W.

P.S. If you're interested in end times and have some time, take a look at Revelation. It's full of end times prophecy and pretty amazing.

February 12, 2009

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Well a week ago I told you several of us were heading out to a conference and asked you to pray for us. Thank you for that. I'm happy to report that we are back safe and sound. I'm sure glad to be home again.

At this conference, I had plenty of opportunities and a little more focused time to think about the Lord, my service to Him and my walk. I hadn't really done that kind of an assessment for a while and it was good for me. I came away with a fresh determination to make some adjustments in my life. First and foremost, I need to make sure my focus is always on the Lord and not so much on me. But, because I'm human and of the flesh (as we all are), this will be a constant challenge. (I must always remember it's not about me.) Secondly, it became evident that I need to step it up in my prayer life in a number of ways. So I those are two things I plan to work on over the next days and weeks. (When I got home last night I shared my prayer goal with my husband and have asked him to help me and hold me accountable.)

So are you up for doing a little self check today? Take a few minutes and look at different aspects of your Christian walk. Look for an area, or maybe two, that you could do better at and then think of some ways to accomplish what you need to work on. Then pray about it. If you need to ask for forgiveness for your attitude or inaction in some area, do that first and then ask the Lord to help you as you move forward. Tell a friend or your spouse what you're wanting to accomplish. Let them support and encourage you--maybe they'll even join you. Wouldn't that be cool? And speaking of friends, we'd love to support and encourage you too as you work on and grow in your Christian walk. So let us know what you're working on and how we can help and pray for you. Tami W.

P.S. One last thing, remember to keep reading in Luke over the weekend. I'll turn back to that on Monday.

P.S.S. The picture above is of P4 blogger, Stacy, and myself. Both of us attended the National Religious Broadcasters convention and were able to meet.

February 9, 2009

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What's your attitude toward people that don't yet know Christ? I ask this because of the account of Zacchaeus in Luke 19. We see that Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus and he even went to a lot of effort to make sure he did. Yet, Zacchaeus wasn't a believer. This got me to thinking about my approach to telling others about Jesus. A lot of times I assume that people aren't going to want to hear about Jesus. When I let myself think that way, I can easily fall into the trap Satan loves to put before me--letting myself off the hook and not sharing because, after all, I might irritate or offend someone.

So what do you think Zacchaeus would have to say to me and anyone else with this mindset? I can only speculate but how about, "what are you thinking??? Everyone needs to hear about Jesus. Look at me and how my life changed forever because of one encounter with Him. This is important so get up and out there and tell someone about Jesus today!"

Do you know someone that maybe you've assumed wouldn't want to hear about Jesus? Or is there someone you haven't shared your faith with because you didn't want to be offensive? Ask God to help you, to give you the courage to talk with them. Maybe they're just like Zacchaeus--wanting and ready to see Jesus, but just haven't had the opportunity. Wouldn't that be awesome? And,even if they don't think they want to hear about Jesus, they still need to and we're called to tell them. I know, sometimes it's tough and even a little scary. But God will help us through it. I promise. And if you have an experience about sharing your faith, tell us about it. Let it be an encouragement to all of us to just do it. Tami W.

February 5, 2009

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Part of today's reading in Luke 17:1-37 talks about the second coming of Christ. It's always good for me to read scriptures on this because I find that I don't think about Christ's return and what that should mean for me enough. I get busy doing my life and tend to lose focus until I read a passage or maybe our pastor preaches on something to do with end times.

So after reading today, here are a couple of questions for you. What does being prepared for Christ's return look like in your life? Is there something that you could improve on or be more tuned into? If you're not sure, ask the Lord to show you an area. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this as it's something all of us (me included) should be thinking about more often. Tami W.

P.S. A few of us from Back to the Bible are traveling to Nashville today to attend the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference. We'll be there through the early part of next week. We'd sure appreciate your prayers for safe travel and for a fruitful conference.

February 2, 2009

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Today's passage (Luke 16:1-17) deals with the parable of the dishonest manager. This parable is kind of tough to grasp and understand. It just seems to be backwards of what you're expecting to read. In my video blog today (Monday) I encourage us all to dig into the passage, think it through and answer the questions that we sent out in your e-mails. Hope you're working on that, but I'd like to dig in to the parable here too. So I have a question and a challenge for you this week.

The question is this: What message(s) is Jesus conveying with this parable? Now here's my challenge. Think about this question and then send in your thoughts. (And, no, this isn't a test and there isn't one "right" answer, really.) We'll post what you send in (which will hopefully get us all thinking a little more) and then on Thursday afternoon, I'll join you and post some possible perspectives and take aways on this parable.

So what do you think? Are you up for it? I'm looking forward to reading your comments and observations. Happy reading!! Tami W.

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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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