Day 12/5 – The Discouragement of Comparison

Christ the Center  – Galatians 2:20 (ESV)  “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20 +++ “Discipleship is our… [More…]

Day 12/4 – Giving to God

Christ the Center  – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”    2 Corinthians 5:17 +++ “You will find it easier to serve those who appreciate you than to those who despise you. You will only be able to do… [More…]

Day 11/25 – Law and Request

Discipline or Disqualification?  – 1 Corinthians 9: 26-27 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9: 26-27 ‬ ‬  ‬  “The babe in Christ may come to… [More…]

Day 10/17 – The Ways of God II

Be Steadfast  – 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)  “Therefore, my beloved Brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”  1 Corinthians 15:58  “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in… [More…]

Day 7/21 – The Experience of Believing

Put Christ First  – Matthew 6:33 (ESV)  “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”   Matthew 6:33 “Because He calls you to be the friend of sinners, and because you become like the people with whom you associate, it is imperative that you counter-balance your association with… [More…]

Day 7/17 – The Need to be Glorified

His Provision  – Philippians 4:19 (ESV)  “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19 “The phrase “fear not” appears approximately seventy-five times in the Old Testament, always in reference to temporal circumstances.  God’s people are taught to fear Him and only Him.  “Come, ye children, hearken unto me:… [More…]

Day 6/18 – Interpreting Scripture

The Word  – 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”  2 Timothy 3:16 “The myth of progress has come at the expense of developing the soul, leading instead to moral and spiritual degeneration. Distracted by a deluge of unimportant information, we… [More…]

Day 5/5 – Let the Text Make Its Case

Put Christ First  – Luke 9:23 (ESV)  “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  Luke 9:23 “If you wish to be godly, associate with godly people.  If you have a heart for evangelism, spend time with those doing it.  If you… [More…]

Day 4/29 – What Is The Ministry?

His Peace  – 1 Peter 4:7 (ESV)  “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.”  1 Peter 4:7 “…all who encounter Christ have this two­ pronged response of unworthiness and a willingness to follow His leadership.  If either is lacking, your regeneration should be held in doubt.” Walter… [More…]

Day 2/14 – The Blessing of Imputed Sin

His Provision  – Philippians 4:19 (ESV)  “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19 “Man is never more insecure than when he cannot create, measure, and control. The work of man can be created, measured, and controlled, but the work of God cannot.  If you try you… [More…]

Day 1/31 – Seeing God Clearly

Salvation Not by Works  – Titus 3:5 (ESV)  “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,”  Titus 3:5 “You can easily become obsessive of that which God gives you, forgetting that He gave it to you to… [More…]

Day 1/24 – God’s Commandments Are Good

Witnessing  – Romans 3:23 (ESV)  “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”  Romans 3:23 “The whole of Scripture asserts that this life is the seedtime of eternity. Your only purpose for living this life is to prepare for an eternity with God. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply… [More…]