Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day 79: August 30, 2012- Luke Smile Wins

My Favorite Person.

Can you beat that smile?

Simply adorable. I can't wait to love you for the rest of my life.

The Readings:

numbers 30:1-31:54;luke 4:1-30;psalm 63:1-11;proverbs 11:20-21

Old Testament.

Balaam from a couple weeks ago, who couldn't curse Israel, we now find advised Balak to have his women seduce the Israelite men into sexual promiscuity and worshiping their gods.

It's in the reading...

New Testament.
When Jesus begins his ministry, the first thing that happens is he's tempted.

Boy is that true.

When you're in a parched and weary land with no water, do you lie awake thinking of God?

God highlights just how important integrity is. Does your word mean something or does it change depending on convenience?

God destests people with crooked hearts and punishes the wicked.

Let us choose integrity and God over our own advantage every time. It will work out our way in the end.

To read along, click here.

Day 78: August 29, 2012- God, the Rock

The Readings:

Numbers 28:16-29:40, Luke 3:23-38, Psalm 62:1-12, Proverbs 11:18-19

Old Testament.
You must do no ordinary work. You must do no ordinary work. You must do no ordinary work.

A day of rest. Are you getting God's message to you?

New Testament.
Jesus traces back to Adam through Joseph.

No matter how many enemies come against me,

God is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.

Riches are worth little. Godly people find life. Wicked people, death.

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Day 77: August 29, 2012- My Little Cutie

My Little Cutie.
I've gotten some good time with you. Every moment is precious.

I can't wait to get you up in the middle of the night, little guy. When you get me up, that is.

The Readings:

Numbers 26:52-28:15, Luke 3:1-22, Psalm 61:1-8, Proverbs 11:16-17

Old Testament.
God shows he cares about one family's name. He cares about yours.

New Testament.
John is a voice crying in the wilderness. He is the Elijah the people will later mock Jesus for never receiving.

Sometimes you just need God to listen. David did too.

It's enough to make you offer God everything. David does that too.

Kindness is the key. It rewards you. Cruelty, on the other hand...

To read along, click here.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 76: August 27, 2012- Luke and Daddy

So I had some technology malfunctions, which means the app I use to record the podcasts malfunctioned and I frustratedly pressed the same buttons expecting a different response. But I was unwilling to part with anything I had done, so thus, we are left with two halves of the podcast. Alas, all is well; they equal one whole.



So computer un-malfunctioned and allowed me to upload pictures. Who owns media? This guy.

And here's Daddy and Luke hanging out together. Luke is post nap and looking for a little walk with a view but a little comfort, too.



You're quite the kiddo, kiddo.

I love you.

The Reading:

Numbers 26:1-51, Luke 2:36-52, Psalm 60:1-12, Proverbs 11:15

1st Half:

2nd Half:

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Day 75: August 26, 2012- Luke is Mesmorized by Bible Time

Okay, the adorable has no end. You have to watch the video below. Luke is staring at me as I read him the Bible on the playmat.

The Readings:

Numbers 24:1-25:18, Luke 2:1-35, Psalm 59:1-17, Proverbs 11:14

To read along, click here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Day 74: August 25, 2012- His Name is John, Er, Luke

(Argh. I have pictures I'm dying to share. Don't you love the anticipation? Unfortunately, our computer is now no longer uploading the pictures to blogger. I have a sneaking suspicion it is just overloaded with processes and services. I have a much more certain suspicion that I have no idea how to fix the problem. Looking into it...)

The Readings:

Numbers 22:21-23:30, Luke 1:57-80, Psalm 58:1-11, Proverbs 11:12-13

Old Testament.
I love how no one can stand against God, no matter how much one plots.

Balak things he's going to buy off Balaam (and unfortunately, we find out in Hebrews that Balaam gives him crucial advice that allows him to draw Israel into adultery). But he can't secure his curse.

I don't know why I find this funny. Balak keeps asking, and everytime, Balaam blesses Israel more.

Ask again, for our God to betray us, please. This is getting good.

New Testament.
One of my favorite parts of the Bible is the opening chapters of Luke. So deeply heartfelt, even mysterious, they are like the first snowflakes falling in the lamplight of the parking lot of church, right as you leave Christmas Eve service.

Something near to the heart of God is in these stories.

And they don't get better than this one.

The people crowd around Zechariah, anxious to learn what he will do about his wife's strange choice of names for their son. He scrawls on a tablet, "His name is John..."

Injustice, lies, venom...

The Psalm today is biting, as are snakes. And when we face them, God will break off their fangs.

"The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged."

Can you keep a secret if someone asks you? Is your word or your confidence worth something?

There is no trust without discretion.

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Day 73: August 24, 2012- God Is For Us

The Readings:

Numbers 21:1-22:20, Luke 1:26-56, Psalm 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11

Old Testament.
I don't understand why the Israelites keep complaining. And they I look at my own life.

But they make it look so uncool. And then I stop talking.

New Testament.
"Let it be to me as you have said."

May my life be encompassed in those words.

God, our enemies have set traps for us. We are weary from distress.

Thank you that you make them fall into their own pits.

It's good to have God on our side.

"With their words, the godless destroy their friends, but knowledge will rescue the righteous."

This one sticks out to me right now. It's amazing how some destroy their friends with their words. But truth will bear the righteous out, and they will be vindicated.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Day 72: August 23, 2012- The Book of Luke!

The Readings:

Numbers 19:1-20:29, Luke 1:1-25, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 11:8

Today, a very special book for a very special boy...Luke!

We'll celebrate the baby Jesus in the gospel that focuses the most on the details of Jesus' birth while we still celebrate baby Luke. In the book written by the apostle he is named after!

Praise God for all these joys.

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Day 71: August 22, 2012- The Resurrection

He's a Cutie!

Just playin' and takin' it all in

Isn't it all cool, Mommy?

The Readings:

Numbers 16:41-18:32, Mark 16:1-20, Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 11:7

Old Testament.
Fallout from the lack of faith and being rejected at the Promised Land. Now the people blame Moses for Korah's death. Guh.

New Testament.
He is risen! A former pastor of mine would be proud at the timing.

Can you catch the prophecy in this reading? It follows closely the New Testament storyline.

What do you put your hopes in?

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Day 70: August 21, 2012- The Crucifixion

(Working on getting the next posts up. Thank you for bearing with me.)

The Readings:

Numbers 15:17-16:40, Mark 15:1-47, Psalm 54:1-7, Proverbs 11:5-6

Even unintentional sin needs to be covered by the cross. It is a death and burial that is painfully real today.

"But," as a good shepherd once said, "...Sunday's coming!"

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Day 69: August 20, 2012- My Baby

(As you may notice, I've changed players. Cinch, which worked well for these podcasts decided to close down, causing me to scramble for other options. Fortunately, I think I've found it. This should be just fine; I'll keep close tabs on it and update if needed, as the podcasts continue. This is yesterday's post. Today's and tomorrow's will be up tomorrow. Thank you for understanding as I adjust.)

My Baby:

That's my baby.

You know it, Daddy.

I can't wait til tomorrow when I can hold you again.

Er, or the middle of the night, maybe.

The Readings:

Numbers 14:1-15:16, Mark 14:53-72, Psalm 53:1-6, Proverbs 11:4

Old Testament.
Ugh. A really dark day for the Israelites. Disappointing in every way.

So they reject God's command to go into the Promised Land.

And...complain. And wish they were in Egypt. And talk of stoning Joshua and Caleb for trying to convince them to go into the Promised Land.

Then God tells them he'll punish them a year for each day they'd explored the land. That's 40.

So they change their minds and choose to bumrush the giants on their own, without God.

Good move, guys.

We'll try a do-over in about 40 years.

I hope I'm learning to trust God through this.

New Testament.
Peter's shining moment. He's chillin' with the servant girls around the campfire by the high priest's council. Gets called out. Yells that he doesn't know Jesus. This is after telling Jesus he'd die for him.

Die yes, but face cute girls who don't like you. Um...gulp.

So let's choose to follow God in all circumstances. And I'm pretty sure there's a lesson of not becoming dependent on our ability to do anything for God, but trusting him. Because we can do all things "through Christ who strengthens us."

Not by sheer me power.

Fools say, "There is no God."

Don't be a fool.

Riches = not dependable.
Righteousness (right living) = dependable.

It's time for us to live solely for God. In view of our fickleness (exhibit A above), our weakness (exhibit B above), and our foolishness (exhibit C, sigh, above), let's trust and live for him completely.
He is faithful, because he cannot deny himself.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Day 68: August 19, 2012- Luke Films a Talkie

No picture today, but if you care to watch below, we have what's called a moving picture. And it is a talkie.

The Readings:

Numbers 11:24-13:33, Mark 14:22-52, Psalm 52:1-9, Proverbs 11:1-3

Old Testament.
Two major traps for all Christians in the reading:

1. Complaining about leaders
2. Doubting God

This one is convicting...

New Testament.
Even the boldest Christians, like Peter, can stumble. We must rely on God to be our strength.

What good is boasting going to do?

I'm picking up a theme here from the scriptures and it's hitting close to home.

The Psalmist gives a couple of antidotes:

1. Trust in God's unfailing love
2. Hope in his good name

Thank God he is merciful and always with us.

Gosh, when God has to get a message through, He doesn't let up.

I'm sheepish and my tail is most definitely between my legs.

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."

Gotcha. Gonna think about all four of these readings...

But while we think, let's watch!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Day 67: August 18, 2012- First Days of Work

Mommy/Baby Work Day.

Mommy and Luke are hard at work.

What a cute worker! Looks like she's more productive than he is.

But he looks pretty happy.

I love those two. 

The Readings:

Numbers 10:1-11:23, Mark 14:1-21, Psalm 51:1-19, Proverbs 10:31-32

Old Testament.
Notice what happens when the people complain against the Lord. Don't complain against the Lord.
(Also, if you have recently complained against the Lord, stay away from meat for 30 days.)

New Testament.
Isn't it cool how when Jesus plans something, there are people who prepare it so it's all set up when he gets there?

How do these people know? I wonder if they just have it ready and then say okay when the disciples ask them for it. Or if they just get a feeling, "I think I should set up a room for the Passover..." And then Jesus just happens through.

Perhaps you should trust your inner instincts if you're in the donkey colt or Passover upper room businesses.

The Psalmist is totally aware of his sin. Are we?

Our attitude to it before God is what matters.

The proverb today hopes nothing perverse comes out of your mouth. The righteous know what to say to find favor, and the fruit of their tongues are wisdom.

Sounds worth giving up the raunchy talk and fixing my mouth, as well as my heart, on Christ.

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Day 66: August 17, 2012- The Big World

Apprehension in a Big World.

Wait, where are we going?

Oh, okay.

Hey, it's a big world out there.

The Readings:

Numbers 8:1-9:23, Mark 13:14-37, Psalm 50:1-23, Proverbs 10:29-30
Old Testament.
The Levites were separated to the Lord with a purity that we have as the "royal priesthood" now.

New Testament.
Like in Matthew, Jesus talks about the tribulation we will go through. Out of grace, "for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, it will be cut short." (v.20)

Then the Son of Man will come and the angels will gather the elect from the corners of the earth.

But he warns us to be ready again and again.

The crazy thing is Jesus doesn't even know the day it will come. Only the Father. Kinda gives me goose bumps!

God isn't looking for sacrifices, what you can give up for him. He's also not looking for a meal, what you can give to him.

He's looking for an offering of thanksgiving, the gladness of your heart in knowing and serving him!

You'll never be shaken if you sit in the Lord's stronghold.

To read along, click here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Day 65: August 16, 2012- Memory Corner, Part Two

Memory Corner, Part Two.

In the hospital, Luke sucks on his first finger.

He seems to be recovering from the trauma of this new world (and what just happened to him).

But he's already adorable.

Those were some of the most precious times in the world.

And there are more to come, buddy. More to come.

I can't wait 'til you take your first step.

The Readings:

Numbers 6:1-7:89, Mark 12:38-13:13, Psalm 49:1-20, Proverbs 10:27-28

Old Testament.
I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam I am.

This reading reads like a Dr. Soos book to me. There is a certain poetry to it. It's a dedication offering, and it won't take you long to figure out what's going on. I guess I just find it cooler when the OT gets repetitive to hear it in poetry.

There's another cool portion of the OT reading. God outlines a Nazirite vow. The vow was a dedication to God, a sort of fast to dedicate to God. It was not permanent. It was a personal vow and sign to God for a period.

One is to not drink wine or any fruit of the vine, even grape juice, as well as not be unclean by coming near a dead body of a relative.

Now, why does the Nazirite choose to fast from wine, or grape juice, for a time? Because that is God's symbol for abundance, then, and foreshadowing the abundant life in Christ now.

And why do they only continue the vow for an alloted time?

As Jesus said, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast." (Matthew 9:15)

There are periods to fast and wait on God, dedicating ourselves by setting ourselves aside for him, and periods for enjoying his abundance and the rich, full life in him.

The one may be chosen as an offering of dedication to him. The fast.

The other is what we are waiting for. The feast!

New Testament.
A cool, little journey through the temple in the reading today. Jesus starts out warning the people about the teachers of the law. Not real. Fake.

Then he points out a little old lady in front of a donation chest. Totally real before God.

Finally, the disciples point out what's impressive to them, the stones of the temple. Jesus gathers them around him and whispers a secret: they'll all be pulled down.

"When will it happen?"

"Shh, Listen..."

Don't be impressed or intimidated by the wealth of the rich. They have no permanence. They have it now, but will someday be gone. But what do you have to fear in life, you who know God?

And the solution to the Psalm today:

Want a long life?

Want hope and good prospects?

Fear the Lord.

To read along, click here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Day 64: August 15, 2012- Memory Corner

Good Memories:

Ah, the memories...


You were such a tiny guy. And so helplessless.

You're still pretty helpless.

But not quite as tiny.

This has been an awesome summer. And I can't wait to see what's next.

I love you, Luke.

The Readings:

Numbers 4:1-5:31, Mark 12:18-37, Psalm 48:1-14, Proverbs 10:26

Old Testament.
Man, these people were serious about their infidelity. And by that I mean they were serious about not doing it.

If one suspected his wife of cheating, one could take her to the priest to be cursed, which would cause her to never have kids if she did it and cause absolutely nothing if she didn't.

And the method? Swallowing her words. Literally.

New Testament.
Jesus gets tested again today. The result...yep, darn it, still diety...

But in the meantime, we get a choice little nugget. A teacher of the law really likes his answer about the greatest commandments.

And Jesus' response shuts up the crowd.

That's right. It is so powerful no one dares ask him any more questions.

You've gotta hear this one.

The towers of the city of Jerusalem represent God's protection of the people. They're actually a symbol. It's in there.

This proverb is an employer's best friend. Don't be lazy. There's a comparison or two to laziness in here, and they're not pleasant.

To read along, click here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Day 63: August 14, 2012- Firstborns!

There's a Choke in My Throat.

"The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow to it..."

I don't know if I can say how much I love that.

But this guy will be a few feet from my bed tonight, and I'll cherish every moment.

(Except perhaps the moment when...oh, quiet, don't ruin it...)
The Readings:

Numbers 2:1-3:51, Mark 11:27-12:17, Psalm 47:1-9, Proverbs 10:24-25

Old Testament.
Notice the mention of first born sons over and over (in the second half of the reading, after the lists of armed men). Why are first borns so important to God, so important to parents? After Luke, I think I know.

This is a special place of honor, the first time a parent's heart was cracked into, dare I say it, growing three times the size like the Grinch on Who Christmas Day.

Do you know God's heart grows like this when he thinks about you?

I see it in every moment I spend with my son.

It should blow us away, how much we are truly loved.

In the reading, God calls the firstborn Levites a replacement. He calls it...redemption. Sound familiar? That's because this is all pointing to Jesus, who is the "firstborn of all creation."

When Jesus took our place in sin, we took his place in holiness.

Ephesians says God "seated us with him in heavenly places." That, paraphrasing, he could show us all his blessing in Christ.

When we took on the death and resurrection of Christ, we took on his place as the firstborn son. We received his blessing.

Thinking about my son, I'm starting to understand this. No matter how many kids God has, that mean you are the firstborn, in the place of blessing in Christ, it means in a special sort of way, you are his favorite.

That has significant meaning when we read about firstborns today. It has especially significant meaning as I read it for the first time to my firstborn son.

New Testament.
Those good old Pharisees try to trap Jesus again today. Twice!

The first time, he comes back with a trap that leaves them scratching their heads and with no answers (or nooses to pull around him).

The second time, leaves them stumbling over themselves amazed.

"Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and give to God what is God's."

Puts in perspective the things of God and the things of men.

When's the last time you've genuinely broken out and praised God? I mean screamed, or shouted, or hooted. I don't know why, but the Psalm today makes me think of letting loose. Good Christians need to let loose every now and then. If nothing but to remind ourselves and the world what a game-changing God we have.

If you're wicked by the end of reading the Bible through with us in a year, you have some serious problems.

Actually, the Bible says you'll fade away. Oh, but your fears, they won't go away.

And neither will the hopes of the righteous.

To read along, click here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 62: August 13, 2012- Jesus Pulls a Colt Out of His Hat

Breath Holding for Baby Picture!

Ok, I know you all are waiting for it. So here it is. A baby picture.

But not just any baby picture. The inside exclusive that only our experts got on Angela's secret photo that she will pass around tomorrow at her first day of work.

That's right. Perusing this blog has kept you in the know on exclusive breaking news, before it breaks.

So if you want to know what will be passed around tomorrow, here it is.

And, shh, be discrete about where you heard about it...

It's a thing of beauty.

But Wait! There's More Insider Information Today...

Call me crazy, but I've decided to release a few tidbits from our trip last week (The one I told you about that took us for two days to that wonderful place called outside? Now you remember.)

So here goes:

Luke on vacation, at table with Dad.

No he did not eat any coconut curry chicken. Well, he might've touched his lips to it, but I assure you he did not like it.

Luke on the road. You may call it chillin'. I call it "The Fist."


And Luke finally at his vacation spot.

Yes, that's a lay. Kid's in paradise.

And for no reason at all other than cuteness, it has nothing to do with vacation, but a recent cleaning...

Why does a kid this cute have to be clean? "It's just not right."

I know. I know. Dang cuteness is irrefutable.

The Readings:

Leviticus 27:14-34, Numbers 1:1-54, Mark 11:1-26, Psalm 46:1-11, Proverbs 10:23

Ok, it looks like a lot, but that's just the short end of Leviticus and the (not-so-short) *ahem beginning of Numbers!

So, we're on to a new book. And I sense good things ahead. I'm excited about reading this with Luke, and of course you, faithful reader.

Old Testament.
Lists. Mostly lists. But it's actually cool the Bible kept such accurate records, and it kindof blows the mind that Israel was so big. There weren't just three cave men and a rock sitting around like some might think, you know? The world was pretty filled even thousands of years ago.

New Testament.
Jesus pulls a colt out of his hat.

How did he do that? This is recorded history, with early enough and diverse enough manuscripts to be considered more reputable than Homer's Iliad or Odyssey.

And Jesus just called it. Colt in the side pocket.


That colt is right where Jesus called it.

That's my God.

My elementary/middle school Psalm! Still got half of it memorized. I love this Psalm. It's got the power of God. It's got action. And it's got, sheesh, a river running through it.

Ok, you gotta just read it (or listen it). It rocks.

How fun is doing wrong really? Weeell...

A little helping of discipline folks.

There is so much pleasure from living wisely.

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Day 61: August 12, 2012- The Blessing of the Lord Makes Luke Rich

(Sunday's readin'...things got a lil' backed up with the two day secret rendezvous (aka. vacation). Note to self: vacations with a baby are not vacations. They are inconveniences in less comfortable places than home. Still, we enjoyed the company!)

Obligatory Non-Essential News Item:

After a summer of the hottest month in recorded history and the first baby in my history and remaining indoors to avoid the heat, I have no tan.

Yet this two day vacation (of sorts) did accomplish one thing. It took me outdoors. So for the first time in a long time (not as long as any history above), I am different.

If you see me, I have color.

(If you don't, I am subject to the whims of your imagination. So, have at it.)

The Readings:

Leviticus 25:47-27:13, Mark 10:32-52, Psalm 45:1-17, Proverbs 10:22

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Day 60: August 11, 2012- Come Like a Little Child

The Readings:

Leviticus 24:1-25:46, Mark 10:13-31, Psalm 44:9-26, Proverbs 10:20-21

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Day 59: August 10, 2012- Cute Compels Me Home

(This post is up a day early because Angela and I are taking our two day vacation to [insert here] and I won't be able to post from the deep outskirts of, well, someplace not really too outskirty, actually. Saturday's will resume as normal. Enjoy!)

Cute Compels Me Home.

Yesterday, this message was sent to me when I was picking up some home project supplies at Lowe's:

Lukey is playing waiting for his daddy to come home. <3

The following picture was attached:

Now who can resist that?

Other Assorted News and Nothings.

There is action on the playmat. Oh, fierce action.

Bat that down, kiddo. You own that...plastic star.

Atta boy.

I don't know what intrigues me more...

The knowing glance in that intelligent face,

or the ridiculous tuft on top of your head?

More good things to come...stay tuned!

The Readings:

Leviticus 22:17-23:44, Mark 9:30-10:12, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 10:19

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Day 58: August 9, 2012- Do Not Live Like the Culture

The Readings:

Leviticus 20:22-22:16, Mark 9:1-29, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 10:18

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Day 57: August 8, 2012- Sexual Purity, Part 2

The Readings:

Leviticus 19:1-20:21, Mark 8:11-38, Psalm 42:1-11, Proverbs 10:17

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Day 56: August 7, 2012- Sexual Purity

The Readings:

Leviticus 16:29-18:30, Mark 7:24-8:10, Psalm 41:1-13, Proverbs 10:15-16

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Day 55: August 6, 2012- Inner Purity

The Readings:

Leviticus 15:1-16:28, Mark 7:1-23, Psalm 40:11-17, Proverbs 10:13-14

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Day 54: August 5, 2012- Cute Face Wins

Does it Get Any Cuter?


I don't think so.

The Readings:

Leviticus 14:1-57, Mark 6:30-56, Psalm 40:1-10, Proverbs 10:11-12

To read along, click here. :)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Day 53: August 4, 2012- Be Bold, Young Man

(For some reason, this podcast skipped out around the one or two minute mark. I have re-recorded it, and this one should be working well.)

The Readings:

Leviticus 13:1-59, Mark 6:1-29, Psalm 39:1-13, Proverbs 10:10

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Day 52: August 3, 2012- Be Holy

The Readings:

Leviticus 11:1-12:8, Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 38:1-22, Proverbs 10:8-9

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Day 51: August 2, 2012- God Who Makes Things Grow

The Readings:

Leviticus 9:7-10:20, Mark 4:26-5:20, Psalm 37:30-40, Proverbs 10:6-7

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Day 50: August 1, 2012- Jesus Prepares our Fields, Do We?

The Readings:

Leviticus 7:28-9:6, Mark 3:31-4:25, Psalm 37:12-29, Proverbs 10:5

Old Testament.
The priests are purified. The priests are ordained. Then God appears. Isn't this exciting?

New Testament.
God's Word is being sown everywhere. My heart goes out to the people of the different examples of seed. Each has a different duration. Some are snatched up instantly. Others don't grow roots. Still others grow roots and prepare for harvest, but are overshadowed by weeds that kill them before they can produce grain. And finally, others produce rich harvests.

May God bless those who aren't finishing the race with the vigor they had when they began. May he turn their hearts back to the course and their eyes back to the road.

The fight the wicked put up doesn't really impress God. Don't let it scare you when it encroaches on your life. He knows their time is short.

Prepare the fields now while a harvest may be sown! There will come a time when there is only reaping of what has already been done.

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