September 2016 Archives

Heart Condition

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Today's reading: Acts 12:20-25; 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm 24:3-5; Proverbs 16:5

If you looked up the word "narcissistic" in the dictionary, Herod could be there as an example because he was obviously consumed fascinated with himself. The picture we see of Herod in Acts 12 is one of full-blown pride, an attitude and condition that is detestable to God. Dressed extravagantly Herod stands before the people and basks in their proclaiming of him to be a "god." But Herod's reveling is short lived. He is immediately struck down by an angel of the Lord because he failed to give God the glory (vs. 23). What a powerful reminder that God is God and His desire is for us to love, serve and glorify Him.

Herod's prideful thoughts and actions brought to mind a number of other Bible passages, one being 1 Samuel 16 where Samuel, following God's direction, is looking to anoint the next king of Israel. Samuel is swayed by the outward appearance of the men he encounters. But God reminds Samuel of what is important to Him. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, "But the LORD said to Samuel, 'Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.'"

How often do you think about the fact that God is looking at and knows the spiritual condition of your heart? How would you describe your "heart condition" at this moment? What's one example of you giving God glory in the past week? Tami

Peaceful Sleep

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Today's reading: Acts 12:1-11; Psalm 3:3-6

So often when we encounter something unpleasant, heartbreaking, uncertain, frightening, etc., we have difficulty sleeping. And even when sleep finally comes, it's not a restful, refreshing or peaceful sleep.

Peter is in a tough spot--sitting in prison well aware of James' arrest and execution for choosing to follow Jesus and preach the Gospel message. So you'd expect to see Peter anxious, worried or at least a little unsettled--right? Not even close. Acts 12:7 tells us "an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him..." Did you catch Peter's demeanor? He's sound asleep in the middle of trouble. The presence and bright light of the angel didn't wake him, so the angel has to resort to striking Peter to wake him up! I love this picture because it shows that no matter what we're going through, when we put our trust in God, He will sustain us and give us His peace.

How has God been your shield and sustainer through difficult times (any sleep stories)? Is there a situation or circumstance for which you need God's peace right now? Will you ask God to help you give your anxieties to Him and in return fill you with His peace? Tami

But...

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Today's reading: Acts 12:1-19

After having James executed, Herod then turns his attention to Peter planning to do the same thing to him. So as we begin Acts 12, Peter is sitting in prison with an impending death sentence. Not a particularly comfortable situation to be in or a pleasant physical place to be either. At this point, Peter and the church in Jerusalem can't physically do anything about what has happened and is yet to happen to Peter. But . . . they can pray. And that's precisely what they do. Verse 5 shows us that this body of believers gathered together for the specific purpose of praying for Peter. "[B]ut earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church."

Well God answers the prayers for Peter's release in a miraculous way, sending an angel in the middle of the night to escort Peter safely out of prison. Peter immediately heads to the house where he knows his friends are praying, and when they open the door to discover Peter in the flesh, they are a little stunned. "But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed" (vs. 16). Although this may seem like an odd response, I can totally identify with the very "human" response of Peter's friends. I'm guessing we've all done it--we pray and pray for something and then when God answers, we're surprised. "God, please help us pray with bold expectation and then trust You with the outcome!"

What did this account show you about the power of prayer? What does it reveal about God? How does praying earnestly impact your outlook, your emotions, your patience, your relationship with God, your faith? Tami

Christians

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Today's reading: Acts 11:19-30

The details about the early church are so informative. Acts is truly full of examples and lessons that we would be wise to take note of and follow as modern day Christians. I've read Acts many times, but this time around God has strongly impressed on my heart the ways in which these early Christians worked together and functioned as a body of believers.

As we reach the conclusion of Acts 11, we are now well beyond Peter's dynamic message on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and the scattering of the original group of Christ-followers from Jerusalem after Stephen's stoning (Acts 7). Acts 11:19-30 focuses on the church in Antioch, and what we see is a strong, closely connected group. This group, who were first called Christians (vs. 26), were committed to encouraging one another through their words as well as financially helping other believers who were in need. And most importantly, teaching (instruction, coaching, training) about God's Word and following and serving God--was front and center.

Why is coming alongside and offering encouragement and support to other Christ-followers so vital? Is this something you do on a regular basis? How has someone encouraged you spiritually? Will you join me and commit to encouraging at least two brothers or sisters in Christ this week? Tami

Conflict Resolved

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Today's reading: Acts 11:1-18

As I opened my Bible and began reading Acts 11, I had to smile. You see I just returned from a conference where we spent the better part of two days learning about different approaches and methods of resolving conflict. And in Acts 11:1-18, Peter is certainly faced with a conflict upon his return to the Jewish community in Jerusalem. The Jewish leaders are upset with Peter and his companions for, what they viewed as, an unlawful engaging with Gentiles (Cornelius and his friends). What could have escalated into a full blown dispute, was resolved fairly quickly and amicably because both parties chose to actively listen to the other and engage in discussion. The recorded interaction puts before us a good and healthy example of conflict resolution.

What lesson(s) about resolving conflict did you see or learn from the exchange between Peter and the Jewish leaders? In your experience, how does/can our tone of voice impact an active conflict? Tami

Pain for Good

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Today's reading: Psalm 118:1-29

The opening verse of Psalm 118 issues the command to "give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!" As part of the psalmist's giving thanks, he recalls the "deeds of the Lord" which interestingly include his being severely disciplined. As I look back over my life, I can clearly see how God has used discipline to teach and grow me spiritually. Those experiences were painful, but good came from each of them. So like the psalmist, I can proclaim "You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" (vs. 28-29).

Take a few minutes to recall how God has taught and grown you spiritually. Then follow the lead of the psalmist and tell God thank you for his steadfast love in all situations. Tami

Praise God!

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Today's reading: Psalm 117:1-2

Only two short verses in Psalm 117 with the command for ALL to praise the Lord.

What's one example of how you publicly praised the Lord this past week? When you pray, do you offer words of praise to God? Tami

Gospel Expansion

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Today's reading: Acts 10:24-48

Prior to Peter's encounter with Cornelius, the apostles' preaching about Jesus had only been directed toward the Jews. So Peter's communicating the Gospel message to Cornelius and his friends (all non-Jews) was a significant shift from the norm. And what an incredible change, because from this point forward, the preaching of the Gospel message is now being delivered far and wide to all people. As a non-Jew, I love this passage reading about the immediate impact it had on Cornelius and his friends. I am grateful for how the salvation message has transformed the lives of millions of people since Cornelius, and continues with each passing day.

What did God impress on your heart from Acts 10 and the account of Cornelius? What do Peter's words in verse 43, "that everyone who believes in [Jesus] receives forgiveness of sins through his name," show you about God and His love for you? Tami

Jesus Needed

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Today's reading: Acts 10:1-33

Cornelius was a "good" man--he believed in God, it was his practice to pray to God, he helped those in need. Yet even though he was "good," Cornelius was still in need of a personal and saving relationship with Jesus. Cornelius hadn't heard the Gospel message. So God prompts and directs him to seek out Peter whom God was going to use to take the Gospel message to the Gentiles (those who were not Jews). And as we'll see through tomorrow's reading, Cornelius, and all the people who were with him, receive Christ as their Savior after Peter tells them about Jesus' life, death and resurrection.

Who is one "good" person you know who doesn't yet have a relationship with Jesus? Will you follow in Peter's footsteps and reach out to him or her to tell them about their need for Jesus? Tami

Directing the Spotlight

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Today's reading: Acts 9:32-43

It feels good to be recognized and noticed when we accomplish something extraordinary. But if we're not careful, pride can rear its ugly head and take us right down a self-focused, unhealthy path. As we come to the end of Acts 9, Peter heals a paralyzed man and brings Dorcas back to life. Two amazing miracles that got people's attention and turned the spotlight on Peter. But Peter doesn't give in to pride. Instead of reveling in the spotlight and taking credit for the miraculous things he was doing, Peter very intentionally highlights Jesus, giving the glory to God for the healing that has taken place.

When you accomplish something notable, do you give glory to God by thanking Him in prayer? What about publically recognizing God as being the motivating and empowering force behind your actions? Why is this important? Tami

Embrace the Past

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Today's reading: Acts 9:19-31

Despite his sinful past, Saul's encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus changed his life forever. One of the things that I find appealing about Saul's conversion account is how God uses his horrific past of hating and persecuting Christ-followers as a way to highlight His powerful and transforming love and offer of salvation.

So often we shrink back and shy away from letting others know about our pasts--past failures, sinful choices, mistakes--because we somehow feel we're "less than" others around us. The fact of the matter is, the moment we receive Christ as our Savior, all of our past sins are forgiven, and as we make poor and sinful choices as we move forward (and we all do) asking God to forgive us cleans our slate with regard to those too. There's an added bonus to being forgiven as well--we can use the details of our pasts and how God has forgiven us for God's glory.

When I first started having anxiety and panic attacks 25 years ago, I didn't want anyone to know. I didn't understand it at the time, but God was using anxiety to turn my wandering heart back to Him. A number of years later, I started telling people about my anxiety and how my struggles drew me back into a right relationship with God. I was completely surprised by the responses I received. Sharing about this painful and difficult season served to open the door for me to talk about Jesus, God's sovereignty and the importance of being in God's Word with many people. That being the case, I am now intentional about looking for opportunities where openly talking about my struggles, sinful choices, mistakes and painful experiences can be used to present Christ or encourage someone in their walk with Christ.

So what's your history? What experiences from your past can you use, both good and bad, to connect with people and tell them about Jesus and/or encourage them as they walk with God? Would you pray with me in asking God to prompt us to be intentional about using our past to help and reach out to those around us? Tami

Here I Am

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Today's reading: Acts 9:1-19

Zealous, extreme, fanatical, even rabid are a few of the words that come to my mind when I think about Saul's mindset and his commitment to putting a stop to the spread of the early church. There's no doubt he was a formidable adversary. So it's no wonder that when God speaks to Ananias through a vision, telling him to seek out the infamous Christian persecutor Saul, that Ananias' initial response is a bit tentative. But when God reconfirms what He wants Ananias to do, Ananias presses forward in obedience. In spite of the circumstance, Ananias' trust in God was steady. I particularly liked his first response to God because of the way it displayed and highlighted his submissive heart and desire to serve. "Here I am, Lord" (vs. 10).

What does Ananias show us about following God's prompting even when the circumstances may not make sense to us? What is it that God is prompting you to do or take action on today? Are you ready and willing to respond "Here I am, Lord"? Tami

Grateful Responding

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Today's reading: Psalm 116:12-19

As the psalmist concludes Psalm 116 he considers how he should respond to the love and goodness God has shown him.

"What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?" (vs. 12)

It's a good and appropriate question that we would do well to ask ourselves often.

Take a few minutes today to consider this question posed by the psalmist. What's your answer to "How will I respond or what will I give back to the Lord for the benefits He has shown me?" Tami

Because

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Today's reading: Psalm 116:1-11

The psalmist declares his love for God and then provides, what the lawyer side of me would call, supporting documentation for this love in the remaining verses of Psalm 116.

"I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me..." (vs. 1-2)

As I read through the verses of this psalm, my thoughts kept going to those opening words "I love the Lord, because." So I spent a few minutes pondering my love for the Lord and how I would finish the statement. I decided to draw from verses 6 and 7 for my "I love because" statement because the psalmist's words resonated with me. You see my husband and I have been going through one of those difficult seasons (where our circumstances didn't make sense to us) for the past couple of years. And as we've prayed and sought God's direction, the repeatedly response has been to wait. It's just in the last six weeks or so that we are seeing God open doors--in amazing ways. (God is so good!) So here's where I landed for my "I love because" statement: I love the Lord, because when I was low, He sustained me; in His goodness, God has dealt bountifully with me.

What's your "I love because" statement? Take a few minutes and finish this statement: "I love you Lord, because _____________________________________________." Tami

Today's reading: Acts 8:26-40

Philip's diligence in proclaiming Christ and spreading the Gospel message reminded me a little of the energizer bunny ads--he never seems to stop. But while Philip's perseverance is certainly notable in Acts 8, something else about Philip drew my attention today. What really stood out so clearly to me was how in tune, and then submissive, Philip was to the Holy Spirit's leading. Now I'll speak only for myself here, but there are many days/times where I'm not very in tune to the Holy Spirit's prompting, and it's typically when my plate is crammed full of things to do. When I'm in this state of "busyness" more often than not, the task at hand has my focus which causes me to miss out on opportunities that God has for me.

Here's an example. I'm working on a project in the house and realize that I don't have a specific item I need to complete the project. That frustrates me because now I have to go to the store. So I jump in the car, drive across town, run into the store and with tunnel-like vision go straight to the isle I need, grab my item and head to checkout counter. Now while that all sounds fine, here's what I've missed. In my driven state of mind, I failed to take note of the elderly man who was struggling to get in the door of the store. It would have taken me less than a minute to show him kindness and display God's love. And when I checked out, I ignored the fact that the young lady scanning my item seemed overwhelmed, unhappy and stressed. I could have engaged her in conversation, asked her what was wrong or simply offered an encouraging word in no time at all, but I didn't. So two missed Holy Spirit opportunities. 

On a scale from 1-10, how aware of and in tune would you say you are to the prompting of the Holy Spirit? What are some things you can do to help increase the number you selected on the 1-10 scale? Is asking God to help you be more aware of His prompting and leading part of your daily prayer routine? Tami

Powerful Truth

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Today's reading: Acts 8:9-25

Philip's public preaching about salvation and his performing of miracles in Jesus' name in the city of Samaria result in many people receiving Christ--even Simon the magician. Simon was a sorcerer who had great influence among the people of Samaria. He performed magic and what looked like miracles, but with the power of evil, not with the power of God. Yet when Simon hears the Gospel message and witnesses true miracles, the power of God's truth pierces his heart and he turns from his wicked ways to receive Christ.

What a tremendous reminder that no one, regardless of their behavior or what they've done in their past, is too far gone for God. God's offer of salvation extends to ALL. God's truth is powerful and capable of reaching even the darkest of hearts.

How has your life been impacted by God's truth and receiving Christ as your Savior? Who are some of the "Simons" (people that we think are so bad or too far gone to turn their lives over to God) in your life? Will you expose them to God's truth by telling them about Jesus and salvation? Your actions could impact a life for eternity. Tami

Mission Field

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Today's reading: Acts 8:4-8

After Stephen is murdered and Saul aggressively targets and leads the persecution charge against those who have chosen to follow Christ, as a matter of safety, the early church community disperses across the countryside. So a "win" for Saul and the Jewish leadership, right? Not quite--actually not at all! The persecution causing the disbanding of this community actually served to increase the spread of the Gospel message, both in pace and reach.

Reading about this scattering and about the incredible impact Philip had on the city of Samaria, highlighted for me the importance of being a proclaimer of Christ wherever God may place us. We all have a "Samaria"--maybe it's at work, at school, within your family, your neighborhood, your home town, even an online community group. Wherever we are, God calls us be faithful in telling others about salvation through Christ.

How are you (or can you be) a modern day Philip? Acts 8:6 tells us that the people of Samaria "paid attention" to what Philip was saying. So who do you know that needs to hear how Jesus loves them, and will you talk with them this week? Tami

Evil For Good

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Today's reading: Acts 8:1-3

Stephen's wrongful framing and murder sends a shock wave through the community of new Christ-followers. So much so that all but the apostles "were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria" (vs. 1). There's no doubt that choosing to live for Christ at this point in time was difficult. The religious climate was a tense one, emotionally charged and full of opposition from the Jewish establishment. But here's the thing that this group of early believers didn't yet understand or see--that the persecution that caused them to scatter, ultimately resulted in an incredible spreading of the Gospel message.

As I contemplated this passage, the Old Testament account of Joseph came to mind. In Genesis 50:20 Joseph tells his brothers, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." Both accounts are excellent examples of how God can and does use all circumstances to further His master plan.

What comfort do you draw knowing that God often uses hard and difficult circumstances to bring about good? What's one example of where something that you thought was bad ultimately turned out to be for your good? Tami

Selfless Love

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Today's reading: Acts 7:56-60

In Acts 7:56-60, Stephen is unjustly stoned for proclaiming Christ. Yet even in his final moments on earth, his actions and words glorify God.

Today as I read this passage, I tried to visualize this scenario of Stephen literally being beaten to death with stones. It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was pretty awful. What a brutal, slow and painful way for Stephen to die. Yet as his life is draining from him, he continues to boldly proclaim Christ and demonstrate God's love by asking God to forgive the very people who are executing him.

"And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, 'Lord, do not hold this sin against them.' And when he had said this, he fell asleep" (vs. 60).

What did God impress on your heart about forgiveness through this passage? What does Stephen's example of forgiving his executioners reveal about our need to forgive? Tami

Trusting Reliance

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Today's reading: Psalm 115:1-18

God's love and faithfulness are evident throughout the verses of Psalm 115. But it was the words of verses 9-11 that drew me in today. God knew exactly what I needed to see, and it was the message that we can and should trust and rely upon Him in ALL circumstances.

We've all experienced it at some time or another--we go through a season where what's going on in our lives doesn't make sense to us. We're surrounded by uncertainty, things seem out of control, our situation is less than optimal and we're wondering and a little fearful that it's only going to get worse. So I am thankful for how God put Psalm 115 in front of me this weekend to help me stay focused on His goodness, and the fact that every circumstance I encounter is part of His master plan for good.

Do you believe that God is your "help and your shield"? What helps you rely on and trust in God when life's circumstances seem out of control? Will you join me today in telling God that you trust Him completely? Tami

Song of Rembrance

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Song of Remembrance

Today's reading: Psalm 114:1-8

The words of Psalm 114 are a looking back and remembering of the wonderful ways God has protected and provided for His children. As I looked at the page of my Bible, the visual arrangement and lyrical quality of the stanzas seemed to highlight the fact that this was a song of praise to God. It brought to my mind a picture of the Israelites singing about God's amazing power and goodness.

How often do you look back and remember the ways in which God has protected and provided for you? Is it your practice to thank God for what He has done for you? What message did God impress on your heart from the song of Psalm 114? Tami

Today's reading: Acts 7:1-60

Whether it's front and center or behind the scenes, the Holy Spirit's presence and empowering have been evident throughout the first chapters of Acts, and that continues to be the case with the account of Stephen. Luke very specifically points out the fact that Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit as he served the church, and then when we reach Acts 7, we see Stephen empowered in a supernatural way when he is brought before the Jewish council.

The Holy Spirit's presence was visually evident through his appearance, but Stephen's empowering by the Holy Spirit was also evident in his words and actions right up and through his final breath. The high priest got more than he bargained for when he asked Stephen about the charge of blasphemy brought against him. Supernaturally filled with God's power, Stephen delivers a powerful and artful defense. Not only is he extremely articulate in his delivery, his sermon of sorts highlights his exceptional knowledge of the scriptures and Jewish laws, he provides with detail and accuracy a complete historical account of the nation of Israel, and his logical and clear argument reveals the wicked and sinful hearts of those who are opposing and persecuting him.

What's one thing you noticed or learned about the Holy Spirit from the first seven chapters of Acts? As a Christ-follower, how does knowing that the Holy Spirit is living within you influence your thinking and give you encouragement? Tami

Opposed

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Today's reading: Acts 6:8-15

When we're serving the Lord and working to further His kingdom, more likely than not, we will encounter some form of opposition--even to the point of severe persecution. That's precisely what we see taking place with Stephen, one of the seven men chosen to help with administration of the early church. His dedicated service to God doesn't sit well with a number of "religious" leaders and groups, and the result is open disagreement that quickly disintegrates to treacherous scheming, and as we'll see in the next few days, Stephen's murder at the hands of his opponents.

What does this passage reveal about being a Christ-follower? Based on this account, how would you describe the relationship between having faith in God and being empowered by God? How has God helped you stand strong when you've encountered challenges or opposition because of your stand for Christ? Tami

Leading Example

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Today's reading: Acts 6:1-7

The early church had an amazing community factor. But when you have a group of imperfect people working and serving together, there will be conflict. And that's exactly what we see in Acts 6:1-7. A disagreement arises between two sets of Jews, those who spoke Aramaic and those who spoke Greek (Hellenists), over the assistance being given to the widows of the Hellenist group. When the twelve core disciples learn about this situation, they handle it superbly, and in so doing provide us with a number of lessons on how to lead well. Here are the things I noticed and learned about leading from the disciples through this account.

  • They were in touch with what was happening in the community.
  • They listened to the complaint and responded in a timely manner.
  • They included and worked with other community leaders and members to find a solution and resolve the situation.
  • They recognized that they couldn't and shouldn't be doing all tasks for this community.
  • They focused on their gifting, and as a result, delegated tasks to others.
  • They didn't allow this conflict to pull them off course. They kept the main thing--preaching the Word--the main thing.

What was the most valuable lesson about leading you saw from this passage, and why? How difficult or easy is it for you to delegate tasks? What helps you keep God's Word front and center when your "to do" list or your plate of tasks is overflowing? Tami

Unhappy

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Today's reading: Acts 5:17-42

The Jewish leaders are UNHAPPY about the apostles preaching and spreading the Gospel message of Christ. They were jealous. And when their efforts to silence the apostles fails and Peter then candidly addresses them about being responsible for killing Jesus whom God has exalted as "Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins" (vs. 31), the council is outraged. The jealousy factor intensifies to the point that this group of Jewish leaders actually wants to kill the apostles (vs. 33).

What did you notice about jealousy from this passage? What are some of the emotions connected to being jealous? What does this account reveal about the influence jealous thoughts and feelings have on our judgment and reasoning? Tami

Public

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Today's reading: Acts 5:12-16

As Luke continues to provide us with details about the early church in Acts 5:12-16, the word "public" kept coming to my mind. The people were gathering and worshipping in public, and God's power was on public display through the acts of the apostles ("many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people" (vs. 12); the sick were all healed (vs. 16)).

What did you learn or notice about God's power from this passage? Think back over the last week or so. What's one example of God's power that you've observed? Tami

Naming God

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Today's reading: Psalm 113:1-9

I love the way the first three verses of Psalm 113 highlight the name of the Lord. Verse 3 is my favorite because it issues the call to "praise the name of the Lord" at all times.

"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!" (vs. 3)

Is it your practice to be verbal about "praising the name of the Lord" before others? How do you proclaim and praise God to your co-workers, neighbors, friends and family members? Tami

Rightly

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Today's reading: Psalm 112:1-10

Psalm 112 is basically a commending of living rightly for God. So what does living rightly look like according to the psalmist? Here are few of the qualities I noted as I read.

  • Revering the Lord
  • Taking delight in God's commands
  • Acting with grace and extending mercy
  • Being generous
  • Making honesty a lifestyle
  • Trusting in God and putting confidence in Him

As I looked over my list and read back through this encouraging psalm, verse 5, "It is well with the man who lives generously," and verse 9, "He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor" resonated with me. I was thankful for this reminder that an important part of living for God is being generous with both our time and our resources as we help those in need around us.

Is being generous and helping people in need around you something you are intentional about? What's one example of you living generously for God in the past few weeks? Were there any other elements or qualities of living rightly that stood out to you from this psalm, and why? Tami

Wretched Sin

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Today's reading: Acts 5:1-11

As long we are residing here on earth, sin is going to be part of our life--both our own sin and the sin of others. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why Luke gives us a dose of reality by including the account of Ananias and Sapphira immediately after writing about the exceptional qualities present in the early church. This tragic story not only serves to reminder us that we're all sinners, but also drives home the point that our sin--whether it's unplanned and happens in an instant, is intentional and thought out, is small or large--is sin against God and a serious matter.

Prior to reading this account, did you think about sin as being an offense against God? What's your view of sin after reading this account? Tami

Today's reading: Acts 4:32-37

In Acts 2:42-47 Luke gave us our first look at the early church. After a short time passes, Luke then gives us another look at this group of new Christ-followers in Acts 4:32-37. What's described is an exceptional community that has grown substantially and is continuing on that course daily. It's a group committed to operating with a spirit of harmony, where people are gracious, loving and eager to help and assist those who are in need. I was drawn to the generous mindset and openhanded approach operating within this early church body, and thankful for the motivating reminder it provided for me today.

What are the some of the benefits of living generously and being openhanded, and why is this important? Would you describe yourself as a generous person? What's one example of you being generous and openhanded in the past month? How, and to whom, will you be openhanded and generous in the next week? 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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