Friday, July 31, 2009

Week #32: Luke 2:52

Week of August 9-15

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." [Luke 2:52]

NOTE: This is a great verse to pray over your children. "Dear Lord, please enable (child's name) to grow in a deep understanding of who You are and to grow in physical health and strength. Give him/her the desire to live their life to glorify You in all they do and to be an example of Christ in their community and in the world."

Week #31: Mark 8:34-35

Week of August 2-8

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it." [Mark 8:34-35]

Challenge: "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (verse 36)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Week #30: Matthew 6:19-21

Week of July 26-August 1

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. " [Matthew 6:19-21]

NOTE: What was anticipated in the last book of the Old Testament (Malachi) now arrives in the first book of the New Testament (Matthew): the Messiah of God. He must come from the kingly line-and Jesus does. He must bear the name of royalty-and Jesus' name means "the Lord saves." He must be worthy of worship-and wise men from the east travel great distances to pay homage to him. He must be a light to the Gentiles, be announced by a forerunner, and demonstrate power over Satan, demons, disease, and death-and Jesus does all of this and more. The Messiah has come! [The Daily Walk Bible]

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Are you sweating yet?

I sweat. And sometimes, it's really annoying. But the truth is, when I exercise, that's the way I know my body is really working hard. It's the visible proof that I am moving beyond my regular daily routine.

On our journey of scripture memory this year, I want our minds to sweat! I want us to push hard, to be diligent, and to stretch ourselves! Just as our body gets in better physical condition the more we exercise, so our minds and hearts will benefit from this "spiritual exercise".

Let me see you sweat!

Press on friends!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Week #29: Malachi 3:10

Week of July 19-25

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it." [Malachi 3:10]

For further study, read this great article on tithing from pastor and author John Piper: Toward the Tithe and Beyond.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Week #28: Habakkuk 3:19

Week of July 12-18

"The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights." [Habakkuk 3:19]

Deer use their back legs to navigate treacherous and difficult places. These hind feet make the deer surefooted and nimble. They are strong and secure!

Stop for just a minute and consider the promise and purpose this verse has for you. What challenges (heights) do you find yourself in today? What do you know about God or find in His Word that makes your feet like the feet of a deer---safe and secure?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Opposites Attract

"Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?" [Amos 3:3]

David uses this verse all the time in his pre-marital counseling sessions. While "opposites attract", there are three areas that a couple must be aligned in order to walk together: family, faith and finances. When a couple has a disagreement in one or more of these areas, there is bound to be conflict.

To cultivate greater unity with your spouse, ask God to give you wisdom in how the two of you could grow together in one of these areas.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Week # 27: Amos 3:3

Week of July 5-11

"Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?" [Amos 3:3]