True justice and mercy…The Bible’s Impact on Visual Arts (Jan 20th)


The Bible has had such an incredible impact on the world. God has provided us with an instruction manual on how to live lives that can be blessed. God has provided us with direction into how we should be treating one another. Take a look around at what is taking place and can you find true justice taking place in all areas of society? Consider when you are walking around and if true kindness and mercy are being poured out on the poor, the widows, the orphans, and the transients. The lady standing on the street looking for help…how did you respond? Do you ignore her? Do you engage her? Do you walk passed her? Do you look for a way to help her? Do you respond with a humbleness that gives her a sense of being cared for by pouring out kindness and mercy? Ever seen those people who say things that hurt or criticize others unfairly? Ever seen those who being helpful and encouraging speak out and discourage people who are already feeling down? Imagine a poor person trying to find a way to make ends meet for their family because they lost their job. Imagine a widow who lost her husband and now doesn’t know how she will be able to continue. Imagine children who have lost their parents by no action of their own and find themselves alone. Don’t judge them because you don’t know how they got their or what has happened in order to get them there. Don’t ignore them them and think they will just go away. Let’s come with hearts of mercy! Let’s come with an attitude of kindness! Let’s step out of our comfort zone in order to help those in need! Let’s be salt and light into this world and allow Jesus to work in and through us in order to make a difference in the world around us. Do you realize that some of these people are in your neighborhood? Do you realize that some of these people are in your school? Do you realize that some of these people are in your workplace? Do you realize that some of these people are in your church? Don’t discourage them! Don’t denigrate them! Don’t hit them while they are down but come alongside them and help them up! Let’s not look down on them and give them a handout but rather let’s love them with kindness and mercy and give them a hand up! Let’s look to find ways that will help them! Let’s be encouragers – being Jesus with skin on to them! Let’s be hope in the midst of their hopelessness! Let’s be love when they are feeling unlovable! Let’s look for ways to ensure true justice and giving kindness and mercy! Will you make time to visit the widows and the orphans? Will you decide to love on the unlovable? Will you help the desperate? Will you make a difference in the world around you?

It’s a matter of the heart! Will you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? Will you make God your treasure? Will God be the one you worship? Others will know what is in your heart because from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks! We can only serve one master…so whom shall you serve? As for me and my house we will serve the Lord! So will you fill your heart and mind with the Word of God by spending time daily in the Bible? Will you make it so that what comes out of your mouth is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? Soften your heart so that you will walk out this life aligned with God! Ask God to create a new heart in you! Leave the old ways behind and start fresh and new in His ways! Turn back to God and allow Him to make all things new through accepting Jesus into your heart!

Today’s reading from Zechariah 7 speaks on this very topic and continues in our reading from the  Global Impact Bible on the theme of The Bible’s Impact on Visual Arts.

A Call for Justice and Mercy

7 In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. 2 Now the people of Bethel hadsent Sharezer and Regem-melech and their men to entreat the favor of the LORD,3 saying to the priests of the house of the LORD of hosts and the prophets, “Should I weep and abstain in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?”

4 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me: 5 “Say to all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted? 6 And when you eat and when you drink, do you not eat for yourselves and drink for yourselves? 7 Were not these the words that the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and prosperous, with her cities around her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?’”

8 And the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, 9 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, 10 do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” 11 But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear. 12 They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of hosts. 13 “As I2 called, and they would not hear, so they called, and I would not hear,” says the LORD of hosts, 14 “and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land was made desolate.”

— Zechariah 7

Have you been able to go and see the Sistine chapel? While you were there did you get to see the fresco of Zechariah painted by Michelangelo?  Did you realize where it came from? Did you consider who he was and his role in the lives of the people of Israel?

Jan 20 - Zechariah 7 - ARTS - fresco painted by Michaelangelo of Zechariah in the Sistine Chapel


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this day and for what You have planned. I thank You Lord for Your Word that never returns void and is able to speak life in love to us, over us, and through us. I thank You Lord that Your Word never returns void and that today You bring to mind the people who are in need. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear, so that I can respond in a way that will glorify You and allow me to be Your hands extended to give a hand up, Your arms extended to embrace and let them know that they are loved, Your presence so that they know that they are not alone! Lord, thank You for camps where Your love can be shared and shown through volunteers who have nothing to gain but to pour out love, hope, and mercy into the lives of campers who by no fault of their own are apart from their parents and living as orphans. Lord, help me I pray to be a servant leader! Help me Lord to be a good steward! Help me Lord to exalt You in all that I do and all that I am so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Help me Lord to make it an everyday thing! Help me Lord to make it an every hour thing where I can speak hope, life, love into the world around me and that people will see You working in and through me for Your glory so that people may turn back to You and be restored and reconciled to You through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I give all this into Your hands so that You will be exalted and lifted up all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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New beginnings…The Bible’s Impact on Visual Arts (Jan 19th)


Today as I start my read into the Bible, I am using a new version that I received as a gift from my in-laws for Christmas. It comes from the recently opened Museum of the Bible in DC and is called the Global Impact Bible as it speaks to the impact the Bible has had on people and the world in the areas of Science and Medicine, Arts & Entertainment, Education & Literacy, Languages, Government & Politics, Life Issues, and Exploration & Commerce.

Last night I had the opportunity to go an event put on by the Museum of the Bible and hear of the incredible things that are taking place both inside the building through artifacts, technology, and design as well as outside where they have worked on curriculum that can be used in schools to teach about the Bible and very exciting new ways using technology to educate with augmented reality and virtual reality. It sounds amazing and look forward to getting an opportunity to travel and see it as it would take approximately 72 hours to see everything. It’s an incredible educational organization that even reaches the college students through a program called Passages which brings groups to Israel.


Starting in January the theme for the readings is The Bible’s Impact on Visual Arts.

Today’s reading comes from the English Standard Version out of the Book of Habakkuk chapter 2.

1 I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith

2And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.
4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.
5 “Moreover, wine is a traitor,
an arrogant man who is never at rest.
His greed is as wide as Sheol;
like death he has never enough.
He gathers for himself all nations
and collects as his own all peoples.”

Woe to the Chaldeans

6Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,
“Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own—
for how long?—
and loads himself with pledges!”
7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise,
and those awake who will make you tremble?
Then you will be spoil for them.
8 Because you have plundered many nations,
all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
to cities and all who dwell in them.
9 “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house,
to set his nest on high,
to be safe from the reach of harm!
10 You have devised shame for your house
by cutting off many peoples;
you have forfeited your life.
11 For the stone will cry out from the wall,
and the beam from the woodwork respond.
12 “Woe to him who builds a town with blood
and founds a city on iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not from the Lord of hosts
that peoples labor merely for fire,
and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
15 “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink—
you pour out your wrath and make them drunk,
in order to gaze at their nakedness!
16 You will have your fill of shame instead of glory.
Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision!
The cup in the Lord‘s right hand
will come around to you,
and utter shame will come upon your glory!
17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
to cities and all who dwell in them.
18 “What profit is an idol
when its maker has shaped it,
a metal image, a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in his own creation
when he makes speechless idols!
19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
to a silent stone, Arise!
Can this teach?
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
and there is no breath at all in it.
20 But the Lord is in his holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before him.”
Have you ever seen the statue of Habakkuk made by Donatello? It was the visual for today’s reading and the commentary speaks to the psychological realism, the anguish, the forlornness in capturing or representing the violent and evil times that Habakkuk lived in and through.
Jan 19 - Habakkuk 2 - ARTS - Zuccone_Donatello_OPA_Florence

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new way to walk through Your Word and for the new perspective to capture the impact You Word has on the world. I thank You Lord that the Museum of the Bible has opened in order to educate people on Your Word through education, experience, and so much more. Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path! Your Word never returns void and I thank You for the trust You have built in me through spending time in Your Word. I thank You Lord for the opportunity to read through Your Word in a way that reveals the impact You have had on the earth through Your Word. Lord as I take hold of the reading from Habakkuk I take hold of how as much as things changes it feels like somethings remain the same. Even as Solomon had said in Ecclesiastes 1:9

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

As I consider this time and stand by faith in Jesus I look around and pray for revival. I look to You knowing that You know the beginning from the end and that Jesus has already won the victory and that I need to persevere as I walk through this life until I am returned to You either in old age or upon Jesus’ return. I won’t lose hope when things get tough because I know that when trouble comes my way I can take hope because Jesus has overcome the world. I won’t lose hope when I face trials of many kinds, but rather will consider it pure joy because I know that the testing of my faith produces steadfastness. And that when I let steadfastness have its full effect, that I will be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Lord, as I walk through Your Word this January I open up my eyes and my ears to the arts that are all around me and will take hold of what You have done in and through my life and all of time. I will not fear but rather live by faith in You! I will not lean on my own understanding but rather will acknowledge you in all my ways that You will make my path straight! As I look at the world around me and consider their need for You and for Your Word to become real in their lives, I give this up into Your hands in hopes that with the new Museum of the Bible and their course curriculum for schools that people around the world will get to experience the truth of Your Word and be transformed. Help me Lord to be an instrument of Your work. Grant me wisdom and discernment on how best to accomplish Your will in my life. Give me visions and dreams of what could be and how I can be a part by putting my hand to the plow in order that Your Work can be accomplished! Lord, here am I! Lord, as I stand in the gap lifting up those in my life that You have allowed me to bring into my life through so many avenues. Grant me the boldness, the wisdom, the discernment to receive Your direction and begin the new journey You will place before me so that I may give You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Don’t give up! Today is the first day of the rest of your life!


Don’t give up! Don’t lose hope! Turn back to God for a second chance! Turn back to Him as often as you need to in order to stick close to Him and start fresh with a new second chance! It is better to be walking out this life with God than apart from God! It is better to come back and know that you are good with God than to wander away and have to deal with the consequences! You don’t want to walk away and deal with the downward spiral that will come from it! Turn back and allow God’s love to pour into your life and the celebration that will take place having you back! Do you need a second chance? Do you need another second chance? Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Don’t lose hope! Turn to the Father who is love and who is wanting you to come back! Start fresh by turning back today! This is the day that the Lord has made so we can rejoice and be glad in it!

Consider the story of the son who did walk away from the father…

Parable of the Lost Son

11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’

22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’

28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’

31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”

–from Luke 15

Don’t ever think that you have wandered off too far to be able to turn back to God! There is no distance too great for you to be able to turn back to God! He is waiting for you to turn back and give you another chance! He desires to give you another chance to receive His love and His promises!

Don’t be afraid or refuse God’s direction and try to run from Him! Turn back to Him! Do what He is calling you to do! He is wanting to give you a chance to be an instrument of His love and goodness! He is wanting to give everyone a second chance and so if it is that they have never heard the truth and you would be the only one will you not go? God will you give you a second chance like Jonah! God will give you a second chance like the people of Nineveh! Don’t judge others because none of us are innocent! Let’s take the direction of God and do what He is asking of us and live our lives according to His perfect plan and perfect will so that in and through it, He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Why not turn back and receive the gift of another chance and allow God to transform your life from the inside out for the rest of eternity? Is today your day? Will you turn back like the lost son and confess to your Heavenly Father? Will you receive the love and the mercy and the grace that He will pour out on you? If not today then when? If not right here then where? If not you then who? If not this then what? If not for the love of God then why? If not through Jesus then how?

Sample Sinners Prayer

Jesus paid the price once for all! Jesus gave His all that we could have a way to be reconciled to God! All we need to do is to receive it! Is today your day? Will you turn back and receive your second chance?


The God of the Second Chance — Day 195: Bible In One Year 2018

  1. Make a fresh start … Psalm 85:1-7
  2. Enjoy a radical life change … Romans 2:1-16
  3. Seize a second chance … Jonah 1Jonah 2Jonah 3Jonah 4

Why do you worship? How do you worship? Who or What do you worship?


Who or what are you service? What is your center focus in life that helps you decide? What is it that is taking up your time, efforts, and investments?

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! God has blessed me so! I worship Him not because of what He has done for me but for who He is! I worship Him because I have been saved by grace through faith thanks to the incredible love of God and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross! I live my life as a living sacrifice to God in hopes that everything I do will glorify Him! I try to allow the joy of the Lord to be my strength and to make all of my life worship unto Him! I sing! I dance! I pray! I kneel! I praise! I stand! I testify! I blog! I sit! All in order to make God known to this world!

So is God who you worship? Is Jesus your Lord and Savior? Or do you worship fame? Or do you worship wealth? Or do you worship the spotlight? Or do you worship a bunch of gods? Who or what do you worship? How do you worship? Why do you worship?

Don’t look beyond the reality and the truth of the situation! Don’t miss the purpose and the plan for life! Don’t miss out on the plans for a hope and a future! Don’t miss out on the plan to have a life and a life more abundant! Stop and take hold of this very moment! Stop and turn back to God and invite Jesus into your heart and your life! Put first things first and seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness! Return home to the Father and see the celebration that will happen as you are born again and adopted into the family of God! This is the day that the Lord has made, why not receive the gift of God’s love through a relationship with Jesus Christ, and then rejoice in it, worshiping God who is the Lord of lords, and the King of kings!

What perspective is your heart seeing things today? It may not be that what you are looking at is out of whack it may be that you are looking at it from the wrong perspective, with the wrong thoughts, the wrong heart, and the wrong eyes.

How would God want your life to change so that it will be a living sacrifice to Him and the world could be transformed through the power of Love? Imagine if we live out our lives in love…  God is Love! And Love is…

Remember that love never fails

For us to worship we need to have the right perspective and position. Let’s get started today!

Let’s checkout today’s devotional…


Why and How to Worship — Day 194: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Discover the blessings of worship … Psalm 84:8-12
  2. Worship only God … Romans 1:18-32
  3. Pray for a restoration of worship … 2 Kings 24:8-202 Kings 25
Start/Finish

Know it all…


He was there in the beginning! He will be there in the in end! He knows everything about us and loves us! His love is so great that knowing the end He intervened by sending Jesus to be the one to help reconcile us back to Him! He knows the beginning and the end! He is the alpha(Alpha) and the omega(Image result for upper case omega symbol)!

God know the beginning and the end! God shares with us through His Word the how and the who! It gives us insight into Jesus’ return! It is not for us to know the time but it is for us to be prepared! We don’t want to be like the 10 bridesmaids or virgins as they are referenced in Matthew 25 in different translations, we want to be prepared…

Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

25 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’

“All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’

“But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’

10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’

12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’

13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.

–from Matthew 25

We don’t want to be like the person who were given responsibility and wasn’t a good steward…

Parable of the Three Servants

14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’

21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

–from Matthew 25

Let’s be prepared! Let’s be good stewards of the gifts God has given us! He is coming back! We need to be prepared and we need to be investing and pouring out our lives into the world around us as we overflow from all that God pours into us!

The Final Judgment

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nationswill be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

–from Matthew 25

To be considered righteous we need to receive Jesus! We are told in the Bible that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and that no one comes to the Father except thru Him! So we need to turn back to God and receive the give of Jesus Christ into our lives and then to prepare and pursue Him being a good steward of every good and perfect gift that comes from God so that on that day when He does return that we will be prepared and finish the race of our life strong hearing, well done my good and faithful servant! So accept Jesus today into your heart as your Lord and Savior! Start the transformation of being born again! And pursue after Him each day for the rest of your life!


The Beginning and the End — Day 365: Bible In One Year 2018

  1. Begin and end with worship … Psalm 150
    • Today’s reading shows us this pattern. Did you realize that the Lord’s prayer does too? We start by praising God and lifting Him up! We close lifting up Him and His power and His kingdom while giving Him the glory!
    • The Lord's Prayer

    • So let’s worship God – living out our lives as living sacrifices …
      • The book of Psalms ends with ‘Hallelujah’, translated here ‘Praise the Lord’ (Psalm 150:6b). Psalm 150 itself begins and ends with ‘Hallelujah’ (‘Praise the Lord’, vv.1,6). All of us are called to worship: ‘Let every living, breathing creature praise God!’ (v.6, MSG).

        Worship everywhere

        The worship of God should fill the universe: ‘Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies’ (v.1b, MSG).

        Worship him for everything

        Praise God for who he is (‘his surpassing greatness’) and what he has done (‘his acts of power’, v.2).

        Worship in every way

        Praise God with everything you have, including every type of music and dancing (vv.3–5).

        –from Day 365: Bible In One Year 2018

  2. Begin and end with Jesus … Revelation 22
    • Jesus will be there in the end and He was there in the beginning!
    • It will be all about Jesus in the end!
    • The Bible is a love letter from God! It’s an invitation to Jesus! Will you receive it? Will you accept it? Will you participate in it? The choice is yours!
  3. Begin and end with love … Nehemiah 13
    • The Bible being a love letter from God begins and ends with love! As does today’s reading from Nehemiah.
    • So let’s receive it! Let’s overflow with it! Let’s share it with the world around us!

Revelation 22: Take hold of the closing from God’s Word…

1Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.
3No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. 4And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. 5And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.
6Then the angel said to me, “Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets, has sent his angel to tell his servants what will happen soon.”

Jesus Is Coming

7“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.”

8I, John, am the one who heard and saw all these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me. 9But he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!”
10Then he instructed me, “Do not seal up the prophetic words in this book, for the time is near. 11Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile; let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy.”

12“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

14Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. 15Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.

16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne.”

17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. 18And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. 19And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.
20He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
21May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.

–Revelation 22