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Today’s Bible Reading: January 6

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Genesis 15-17

Matthew 5:27-48

Live in My presence and be blameless

God’s Promise: A Father of Many Nations

God promised Abraham to make him a father of many nations but as Abraham and Sarah grew older, they decide that God might need a little help in keeping the promise and Sarah gives her maid Hagar to Abraham as a wife so she can bare him a son…and she does. However, God makes it clear that this child is not the child of the promise. In Chapter 17 of Genesis, God renews His covenant with Abraham. First He identifies Himself as the Almighty God who is all-sufficient to do as He promised.  God says to Abraham: “I am God Almighty. Live in my presence and be blameless.”

Live in My Presence

Have you ever thought about what it would be to walk before God? All the biblical imagery about drawing near to God or departing from God or being before the face of God — which is, by the way, the literal translation of presence. The word presence is almost always translating the Hebrew paneh or panim and it means face.

There is nothing we can hide from God, even if we were to walk behind Him. But to walk before Him means living our life in the full attention and sight of God. Walking before God means living every moment in the presence of God. It is walking in fellowship with Him. Living life in obedience to Him. It is walking by faith and not by sight. It means living in such as way that there is nothing to hide.

Who Can Live in God’s Presence?

If someone were to ask you, “Who can live in God’s Presence?” your most immediate response would naturally be those who have asked Jesus to save them from their sins – the Christians. You might also respond with the angels in Heaven, or Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You might include those who died and now live in heaven. But since we are still on this side of heaven, what does it mean for us?

All are sinners and unworthy of living in God’s Presence

We know the Bible tells us all are sinners. Hebrews 12:14 says that without holiness no one will see the Lord. Romans 3:10 says, “There is no one righteous, not even one. Romans 3:11 tells us there is no one who understand, no one who seeks God. And Romans 3:12 says that all have turned away, they together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilt of breaking all of it.” And Romans 3:34 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

We know that God cannot dwell with sin. Because He is holy, He cannot dwell with unholiness. No one can live with him.

Only One is Worthy of living in God’s Presence

The only one who is worthy of living in God’s presence is Jesus. Hebrews 7:26 tells us that Jesus Christ is one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. In Revelation 5, John writes:

“Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals”

Revelation 5:1-9

How are we made worthy of living in God’s Presence?

The four living creatures and the twenty-four elder’s new song continued saying, “because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

As a child of God, Jesus died for you and He covers you with His blood and paid the price for your sins. It is His shed blood that makes it possible for us to live in the presence of God. Ephesians 2:6-7 says, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

Because of the great price Jesus paid for our sins, we should be people who imitate him and take on His characteristics. Ephesians 5:1 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” 1 Peter 2:21 says that Jesus is our example and we are to walk in his steps. And Philippians 2:5 says we are to have the mind of Christ.

Six Characteristics of a Person who Lives in the Presence of God

In Psalm 15, we can find six characteristics of Jesus that we are to imitate:

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
    and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
    and does no evil to his neighbor,
    nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
    but who honors those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest
    and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

1. Walks blameless and does what is right

While the Bible says all of us are sinners, it also tells us that Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. When God called Abram, he said, I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. In the book of Job God said that Job was blameless and upright. And indeed, God has required this quality of all his people, saying You must be blameless before the Lord your God. But if we are all sinners, how can any of us be blameless before God?

Blameless refers to a person without blemish He is guiltless and without reproach. Jesus is the only man who ever lived that was truly blameless, without blemish, guiltless and without reproach. (Hebrews 7:26) The only way we can be without blemish, guiltless and without reproach, is through the blood of Jesus that paid the price for our sins. On our own, none of us have the hope of being blameless. But when we place our faith and trust in Jesus, his blood cleanses us from all sin making us justified before God. To be justified means that God sees us “just as if I never sinned.”

In Psalm 26, David says, “Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. If God tested and tried you, would he find you blameless? Would He say you have trusted in Him and not faltered? Would He say that you have always been mindful of His unfailing love towards you and that you have lived your life relying on God’s faithfulness towards you?

2. Loves Truth

One of Satan’s most often used tactics is lies. Jesus said in John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Liars belong to the devil.

But in John 8:32, Jesus says that we can “know the truth and the truth will set us free.” In Psalm 51:6, we find that God delights in truth. And John 1:15 tells us that Jesus was full of grace and truth. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way the truth, and the life. No one comes to father, but by Me.” Jesus is the truth. Titus 1:2 says God cannot lie. He cannot lie, so He is truth. To love truth is to love God.

To love truth is to also be truthful. Ephesians 4:15 says, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” And then in verse 25, it says, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” One cannot love truth, but speak lies. The person who lives in the presence of God will say only what he knows to be true. He does not bear tales, or gossip about others. How many of us have avoided the truth because it might hurt or it might cost us something? To love truth is to be truthful, even when it costs you something.

3. Loves Others

While Jesus walked this earth, he demonstrated His great love of us. In Acts 10:38, Paul wrote that Jesus “went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil.” Even as the Jews yelled for his crucifixion, Jesus did not slander or cast slurs on his fellowman. He loved them. That’s why he came to this earth. Because of His love for us. It was His love for us that sent Him to the cross to pay our sin debt for us.

Jesus said in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Every person is a unique creation of God, created in His image and we are to love everyone. David expresses the idea of loving others by saying he “does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend.” So the person who lives in the presence of God demonstrates their love for others by not slandering, backbiting or casting slurs on them. They do no gossip or spread rumors. Nor do they participate in name calling. And they do not flatter others to their face and then stab them in the back.

4. Honors Righteousness

In the next verse, it can almost seem like David is contradicting himself. He just said that he did not slander others or do them evil. Now he says he despises the vile person, but honors those who fear the Lord. While he is a man who loves others, he still disapproves of those who are not true through and through, especially those who treat God and His ways lightly, but honors those who truly fear God, and whose lives reveal the fact. ‘Despised’ is not to be taken in its literal meaning. It rather indicates disapproval, not so much of the person, as of the person’s way of life and attitude towards God. He does not hate sinners but his close friends are those who fear the Lord. 

We see this is true in the live of Jesus. His close friends were the disciples.  In his dealing with the woman caught in adultery, Jesus did not honor her for her sins but he loved her and he told her, Go now and leave your life of sin. Whenever we encounter people living in sin, we can despise their sin, but we also need to give them answer of how to leave their life of sin – and the answer is in the grace and forgiving power of Jesus who loves them as much as he loves you.

5. Values Commitment

David says the person who lives in God’s presence is one “who swears to his own hurt and does not change.’ There was a time in the last century when the word of a gentleman was his bond. Nothing would cause him to break it. That is what the godly man who approaches God must be like. Even if he regrets what he has sworn or what he has promised, he must fulfil it. He has given his word.

Thankfully, for us, Jesus kept His word to His Father. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “Not my will but yours be done.” He kept his oath even when it hurt – all the way to the cross. Jesus gave all he had. He had no where to lay his head, he had no money saved away, he gave his life for us and what does he expect in return? Jesus said to his twelve disciples, Freely you have received, freely give

6. Values People

Lastly, David says that the person who lives in the presence of God, “does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent.” The reference to not charging interest was because in an agricultural society man who borrowed did so because of dire poverty. No good man would therefore seek to benefit by such a person’s poverty and dire need. He would lend from the goodness of his heart because he values people as God’s creation. To aid the condemnation of an innocent person would be abhorrent to God, and therefore, to David, so he does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

No where in the Bible will find where Jesus accepted money for his help. Nor did he pay off anyone to stop Judas from betraying Him. Neither did he pay off the Roman governor that issued the death sentence against Him. Why? Because Jesus values people. People is what brought him to earth. People is why he gave his life for us.

Was Abraham perfect?

When God told Abraham to be perfect, He was telling Abraham to be an upright, sincere person in heart, in his words, and in his actions and behaviors. Abraham was not sinless. We see this when he informed kings that his wife was his sister so they wouldn’t kill him to be able to have Sarah for themselves. There has never been, nor will there ever be, a perfect person other than Jesus Christ.

The Hebrew word used for “perfect” is tamin. It is the same word used to describe Noah in Genesis 6:9. The root meaning of the word is whole, integrated, as one exerts all their energy into one pursuit – in Abraham’s case, that pursuit was to live righteously and blameless before God. He was to be “all-in” to God’s plan. Completely dedicated to His cause. He was not free to live like the Canaanites. He couldn’t absorb himself into their culture. Abraham was to remain separated, set apart, holy. There would be no room for half-hearted service to God. It was all or nothing.

Called to be set apart and to Live in His Presence

God still calls us, His children, to be set apart and different from the rest of the world. We are called to live in God’s presence. We are to be fully committed to living for Him and fully willing to do whatever He asks of us. Just as God told Abraham, so He tells us today, “I am the Almighty God; live in my presence and be blameless.”

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One Year Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Today’s Bible Reading: January 6

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Genesis 15-17

Matthew 5:27-48

Live in My presence and be blameless

God’s Promise: A Father of Many Nations

God promised Abraham to make him a father of many nations but as Abraham and Sarah grew older, they decide that God might need a little help in keeping the promise and Sarah gives her maid Hagar to Abraham as a wife so she can bare him a son…and she does. However, God makes it clear that this child is not the child of the promise. In Chapter 17 of Genesis, God renews His covenant with Abraham. First He identifies Himself as the Almighty God who is all-sufficient to do as He promised.  God says to Abraham: “I am God Almighty. Live in my presence and be blameless.”

Live in My Presence

Have you ever thought about what it would be to walk before God? All the biblical imagery about drawing near to God or departing from God or being before the face of God — which is, by the way, the literal translation of presence. The word presence is almost always translating the Hebrew paneh or panim and it means face.

There is nothing we can hide from God, even if we were to walk behind Him. But to walk before Him means living our life in the full attention and sight of God. Walking before God means living every moment in the presence of God. It is walking in fellowship with Him. Living life in obedience to Him. It is walking by faith and not by sight. It means living in such as way that there is nothing to hide.

Who Can Live in God’s Presence?

If someone were to ask you, “Who can live in God’s Presence?” your most immediate response would naturally be those who have asked Jesus to save them from their sins – the Christians. You might also respond with the angels in Heaven, or Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You might include those who died and now live in heaven. But since we are still on this side of heaven, what does it mean for us?

All are sinners and unworthy of living in God’s Presence

We know the Bible tells us all are sinners. Hebrews 12:14 says that without holiness no one will see the Lord. Romans 3:10 says, “There is no one righteous, not even one. Romans 3:11 tells us there is no one who understand, no one who seeks God. And Romans 3:12 says that all have turned away, they together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilt of breaking all of it.” And Romans 3:34 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

We know that God cannot dwell with sin. Because He is holy, He cannot dwell with unholiness. No one can live with him.

Only One is Worthy of living in God’s Presence

The only one who is worthy of living in God’s presence is Jesus. Hebrews 7:26 tells us that Jesus Christ is one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. In Revelation 5, John writes:

“Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals”

Revelation 5:1-9

How are we made worthy of living in God’s Presence?

The four living creatures and the twenty-four elder’s new song continued saying, “because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

As a child of God, Jesus died for you and He covers you with His blood and paid the price for your sins. It is His shed blood that makes it possible for us to live in the presence of God. Ephesians 2:6-7 says, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

Because of the great price Jesus paid for our sins, we should be people who imitate him and take on His characteristics. Ephesians 5:1 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” 1 Peter 2:21 says that Jesus is our example and we are to walk in his steps. And Philippians 2:5 says we are to have the mind of Christ.

Six Characteristics of a Person who Lives in the Presence of God

In Psalm 15, we can find six characteristics of Jesus that we are to imitate:

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
    and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with his tongue
    and does no evil to his neighbor,
    nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
    but who honors those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest
    and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

1. Walks blameless and does what is right

While the Bible says all of us are sinners, it also tells us that Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. When God called Abram, he said, I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. In the book of Job God said that Job was blameless and upright. And indeed, God has required this quality of all his people, saying You must be blameless before the Lord your God. But if we are all sinners, how can any of us be blameless before God?

Blameless refers to a person without blemish He is guiltless and without reproach. Jesus is the only man who ever lived that was truly blameless, without blemish, guiltless and without reproach. (Hebrews 7:26) The only way we can be without blemish, guiltless and without reproach, is through the blood of Jesus that paid the price for our sins. On our own, none of us have the hope of being blameless. But when we place our faith and trust in Jesus, his blood cleanses us from all sin making us justified before God. To be justified means that God sees us “just as if I never sinned.”

In Psalm 26, David says, “Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. If God tested and tried you, would he find you blameless? Would He say you have trusted in Him and not faltered? Would He say that you have always been mindful of His unfailing love towards you and that you have lived your life relying on God’s faithfulness towards you?

2. Loves Truth

One of Satan’s most often used tactics is lies. Jesus said in John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Liars belong to the devil.

But in John 8:32, Jesus says that we can “know the truth and the truth will set us free.” In Psalm 51:6, we find that God delights in truth. And John 1:15 tells us that Jesus was full of grace and truth. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way the truth, and the life. No one comes to father, but by Me.” Jesus is the truth. Titus 1:2 says God cannot lie. He cannot lie, so He is truth. To love truth is to love God.

To love truth is to also be truthful. Ephesians 4:15 says, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” And then in verse 25, it says, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” One cannot love truth, but speak lies. The person who lives in the presence of God will say only what he knows to be true. He does not bear tales, or gossip about others. How many of us have avoided the truth because it might hurt or it might cost us something? To love truth is to be truthful, even when it costs you something.

3. Loves Others

While Jesus walked this earth, he demonstrated His great love of us. In Acts 10:38, Paul wrote that Jesus “went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil.” Even as the Jews yelled for his crucifixion, Jesus did not slander or cast slurs on his fellowman. He loved them. That’s why he came to this earth. Because of His love for us. It was His love for us that sent Him to the cross to pay our sin debt for us.

Jesus said in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Every person is a unique creation of God, created in His image and we are to love everyone. David expresses the idea of loving others by saying he “does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend.” So the person who lives in the presence of God demonstrates their love for others by not slandering, backbiting or casting slurs on them. They do no gossip or spread rumors. Nor do they participate in name calling. And they do not flatter others to their face and then stab them in the back.

4. Honors Righteousness

In the next verse, it can almost seem like David is contradicting himself. He just said that he did not slander others or do them evil. Now he says he despises the vile person, but honors those who fear the Lord. While he is a man who loves others, he still disapproves of those who are not true through and through, especially those who treat God and His ways lightly, but honors those who truly fear God, and whose lives reveal the fact. ‘Despised’ is not to be taken in its literal meaning. It rather indicates disapproval, not so much of the person, as of the person’s way of life and attitude towards God. He does not hate sinners but his close friends are those who fear the Lord. 

We see this is true in the live of Jesus. His close friends were the disciples.  In his dealing with the woman caught in adultery, Jesus did not honor her for her sins but he loved her and he told her, Go now and leave your life of sin. Whenever we encounter people living in sin, we can despise their sin, but we also need to give them answer of how to leave their life of sin – and the answer is in the grace and forgiving power of Jesus who loves them as much as he loves you.

5. Values Commitment

David says the person who lives in God’s presence is one “who swears to his own hurt and does not change.’ There was a time in the last century when the word of a gentleman was his bond. Nothing would cause him to break it. That is what the godly man who approaches God must be like. Even if he regrets what he has sworn or what he has promised, he must fulfil it. He has given his word.

Thankfully, for us, Jesus kept His word to His Father. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “Not my will but yours be done.” He kept his oath even when it hurt – all the way to the cross. Jesus gave all he had. He had no where to lay his head, he had no money saved away, he gave his life for us and what does he expect in return? Jesus said to his twelve disciples, Freely you have received, freely give

6. Values People

Lastly, David says that the person who lives in the presence of God, “does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent.” The reference to not charging interest was because in an agricultural society man who borrowed did so because of dire poverty. No good man would therefore seek to benefit by such a person’s poverty and dire need. He would lend from the goodness of his heart because he values people as God’s creation. To aid the condemnation of an innocent person would be abhorrent to God, and therefore, to David, so he does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

No where in the Bible will find where Jesus accepted money for his help. Nor did he pay off anyone to stop Judas from betraying Him. Neither did he pay off the Roman governor that issued the death sentence against Him. Why? Because Jesus values people. People is what brought him to earth. People is why he gave his life for us.

Was Abraham perfect?

When God told Abraham to be perfect, He was telling Abraham to be an upright, sincere person in heart, in his words, and in his actions and behaviors. Abraham was not sinless. We see this when he informed kings that his wife was his sister so they wouldn’t kill him to be able to have Sarah for themselves. There has never been, nor will there ever be, a perfect person other than Jesus Christ.

The Hebrew word used for “perfect” is tamin. It is the same word used to describe Noah in Genesis 6:9. The root meaning of the word is whole, integrated, as one exerts all their energy into one pursuit – in Abraham’s case, that pursuit was to live righteously and blameless before God. He was to be “all-in” to God’s plan. Completely dedicated to His cause. He was not free to live like the Canaanites. He couldn’t absorb himself into their culture. Abraham was to remain separated, set apart, holy. There would be no room for half-hearted service to God. It was all or nothing.

Called to be set apart and to Live in His Presence

God still calls us, His children, to be set apart and different from the rest of the world. We are called to live in God’s presence. We are to be fully committed to living for Him and fully willing to do whatever He asks of us. Just as God told Abraham, so He tells us today, “I am the Almighty God; live in my presence and be blameless.”

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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Ezekiel 10-12

Hebrews 11:1-19

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Why is daily Bible reading important?

Bible Reading is vitally important to growing spiritually and keeping our spiritual selves full. God wants us to hide His Word in our hearts, meditate on it and apply it to our lives. When we have a plan, we are more likely to follow through. Here are eight reasons you should have a daily Bible Reading plan:

  • We can find His will for our lives
  • Bible reading is our spiritual nourishment
  • It helps us be able to discern the thoughts and intents of our heart.
  • The Bible instructs us in righteousness
  • It gives us power to overcome trials, heartaches, and sin
  • God gives us many promises, but you won’t know them unless you read about them, memorize them, and know if it’s a promise intended for us today
  • God reveals Himself to us and we learn about Him which strengthens our relationship with Him
  • He also speaks to us through His Word.

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Advent is the time where we anticipate with great joy the coming of our Savior. Before Jesus’ birth, people anticipated his arrival as the Messiah. Today, we anticipate His coming again as our victorious, risen, Sovereign, King of kings! In this 25-day Advent Bible reading plan, you get 13 pages with Scripture from the Holman Christian Standard Bible included. The Reading Plan includes four themes as you focus on preparing for the Christmas holiday celebration: Christ is Coming, Christ is Here, Christ will Give, Christ will Come Again. Each day between December 1-25, start your day with the Scripture provided and spend time meditating on what God will say to you through His Word and allow Him to fill your heart with joy this season.

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What Satan Does Not Want You To know

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Stress Journal

We all face stress. How we handle stress, however, has many variables. Learning how to recognize stress, coping with stress, and creating a self-care plan during times of stress can begin by journaling. Taken from our series on Biblical self-care for people in ministry, we’ve created this free download to help you through the things that cause you stress.

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2021 Bible Memory Verse Plan

We’ve put together 52 memory verses for you to hide God’s Word in your heart! You can download the full document for free and then print a new verse each week and as many copies as you’d like. Each verse prints four times on a page so that you can then cut them into index size cards and place them in prominent places where you will see them frequently throughout the day to help you remember to memorize them. Just because you visited our site, they’re yours for free! Download today.

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The Path to Sin

Satan is constantly trying to trip us up and he doesn’t even play fair because he uses our own desires as bait to get us to sin. James tells us the five steps that lead us down the path to sin in James 1:14-15, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” This download helps you identify your desires so that you can better recognize when Satan is baiting you and you can avoid falling into sin. When used along with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to identify the desires that Satan baits you with, you can then ask the Holy Spirit to help you not become a victim to the bait of your desires. Download the worksheet today.

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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 Join the community of couples on Facebook who are committed to intentionally growing their marriage and learning how to have a marriage that honors God. Here you can post photos of the different activities as you do them, ask questions of other couples, share how God is using this book to strengthen your marriage, and grow with other Christian couples. We’ll see you in the community.


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Today’s Bible Reading: November 15

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Ezekiel 10-12

Hebrews 11:1-19

Clicking on the Scripture links above will open a new window where you can read the scripture from the English Standard Version at Biblegateway.com or choose the Bible version you prefer to read. Check back each day to get the Scripture to read in the One Year Bible Reading Plan.

#ReadYourBible #Ezekiel #Hebrews

Now you can enhance your Bible Reading with the Verse Mapping Template

Our Verse Mapping download is FREE and includes 6 pages: 3 pages of instructions for using the template and the 2 page template, plus the cover page. If you’re looking to go deeper into God’s Word, learn more about God and develop a stronger spiritual life, Verse Mapping will help you dig into the scriptures. As you apply God’s Word to your life, you will develop a more intimate knowledge and relationship with God.

[Download not found]

Why is daily Bible reading important?

Bible Reading is vitally important to growing spiritually and keeping our spiritual selves full. God wants us to hide His Word in our hearts, meditate on it and apply it to our lives. When we have a plan, we are more likely to follow through. Here are eight reasons you should have a daily Bible Reading plan:

  • We can find His will for our lives
  • Bible reading is our spiritual nourishment
  • It helps us be able to discern the thoughts and intents of our heart.
  • The Bible instructs us in righteousness
  • It gives us power to overcome trials, heartaches, and sin
  • God gives us many promises, but you won’t know them unless you read about them, memorize them, and know if it’s a promise intended for us today
  • God reveals Himself to us and we learn about Him which strengthens our relationship with Him
  • He also speaks to us through His Word.

Don’t miss what God has to say to you today.
It’s time to practice spiritual self-care and read your Bible!

Practice Spiritual Self care and dig into God’s Word today to be revived and renewed!

Click here to listen to our devotions on Spotify be sure to follow us.

Free Download resources:

Joy To The World: A 25-Day Advent Bible Reading Plan

Advent is the time where we anticipate with great joy the coming of our Savior. Before Jesus’ birth, people anticipated his arrival as the Messiah. Today, we anticipate His coming again as our victorious, risen, Sovereign, King of kings! In this 25-day Advent Bible reading plan, you get 13 pages with Scripture from the Holman Christian Standard Bible included. The Reading Plan includes four themes as you focus on preparing for the Christmas holiday celebration: Christ is Coming, Christ is Here, Christ will Give, Christ will Come Again. Each day between December 1-25, start your day with the Scripture provided and spend time meditating on what God will say to you through His Word and allow Him to fill your heart with joy this season.

[Download not found]

What Satan Does Not Want You To know

This trifold document includes Scripture verses that Satan does not want you to know about. As you hide these verses in your heart, you’ll be able to defeat the lies of Satan when he tries his wiles and schemes on you.

[Download not found]

Stress Journal

We all face stress. How we handle stress, however, has many variables. Learning how to recognize stress, coping with stress, and creating a self-care plan during times of stress can begin by journaling. Taken from our series on Biblical self-care for people in ministry, we’ve created this free download to help you through the things that cause you stress.

[Download not found]

2021 Bible Memory Verse Plan

We’ve put together 52 memory verses for you to hide God’s Word in your heart! You can download the full document for free and then print a new verse each week and as many copies as you’d like. Each verse prints four times on a page so that you can then cut them into index size cards and place them in prominent places where you will see them frequently throughout the day to help you remember to memorize them. Just because you visited our site, they’re yours for free! Download today.

[Download not found]

The Path to Sin

Satan is constantly trying to trip us up and he doesn’t even play fair because he uses our own desires as bait to get us to sin. James tells us the five steps that lead us down the path to sin in James 1:14-15, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” This download helps you identify your desires so that you can better recognize when Satan is baiting you and you can avoid falling into sin. When used along with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to identify the desires that Satan baits you with, you can then ask the Holy Spirit to help you not become a victim to the bait of your desires. Download the worksheet today.

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One Year Bible Reading Plan

With just 30-40 minutes per day, you can read the entire Bible in one year. The One-Year Bible Reading Plan consists of both Old Testament and New Testament readings for each day of the year. The Bible is God’s personal Word to you. What is He saying to you today? Open your Bible and find out!

[Download not found]

Self-Care Wheel

The Self-Care Wheel provides ideas for practicing self-care in six dimensions of yourself: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Sensory, and Social. NOTE: You will need 11X14 paper to print the wheel.

Want to know more about self-care? Our Self-Care blog series targets people who serve in any ministry position (paid staff or volunteer) and takes a Biblical approach to self-care.

[Download not found]

Do you have an event on the calendar and need a speaker?

We’re offering 30% off our speaker fees if you book by October 31, 2021. Call today and use the discount code: FALL2021.

We’re excited to be a part of your ministry and can’t wait to see you – no matter what size your event.

904.239.8937


Help support our ministry:

You can also support this ministry through the purchase of one of our t-shirts or other products in our Spreadshop or Teespring stores:

Our Newest Thanksgiving design:

Psalm 100:4

See our Thanksgiving designs:

See our fall designs:

The slide show below highlights some of our favorite Christian Tees designs available in our Spreadshop and Teespring stores.

  • Revive Us Again, Lord

See our Canvas prints in the Teespring Store:

Canvas art and posters are available in the Teespring store. Many of our Christian Tees are also available at Teespring.


Enjoy one of our YouTube Playlists

Visit our YouTube Channels for Christian playlists and our short animated devotionals.

Animated Devotionals

Contemporary Christian Music Playlist

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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 Join the community of couples on Facebook who are committed to intentionally growing their marriage and learning how to have a marriage that honors God. Here you can post photos of the different activities as you do them, ask questions of other couples, share how God is using this book to strengthen your marriage, and grow with other Christian couples. We’ll see you in the community.


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What if I can’t hear God speak?

by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
Keynote Speaker, CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries

Is God silent? What if I can’t hear God speak?

Do you ever feel that God is silent? That He has nothing to say to you? If you do, know this: God, throughout history, has always been in communication with His people. The writer of Hebrews tells us that God spoke in times past in various ways. With Adam and Eve, he came in the cool of the evening to walk and talk with them.

To Abraham, he stopped by to visit along with a couple of angels and had a meal with him and told him that he would make him a father of many nations.

We know God told Noah to build an ark and gave him all the instructions for doing so, but the Bible doesn’t say “how” God spoke to him.

For Moses, God spoke from a burning bush. (Exodus 3) 

Joseph and Jacob talked with God in dreams.

Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-7) and Ezekiel had “visions.”

God sent angels to Gideon, Daniel, and Mary.

Samuel heard God call his name when he was trying to get to sleep one night. (1 Samuel 3)

Elijah heard a “still, small voice.” (1 Kings 19)

To speak to the entire nation of His chosen people, God communicated through his prophets that he appointed – people like Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and more.

God used a donkey to speak to Balaam  (Numbers 22).

He spoke to Jonah while he was sitting under a tree (Jonah 4:6).

How do I hear God speak today?

Today, God still speaks to us, only it looks a little different. Psalms 119:105 tells that He speaks to us through His Word. Paul tells us that because nature itself tells us about God and His eternal power and divine nature, no one has an excuse, (Romans 1:20). God speaks to us in church through the music, sermons, and small group Bible study. He speaks to us deep in our inner most human spirit. And, as the writer of Hebrews tells us, he speaks to us through His Son, Jesus. While Jesus lived on earth, God spoke to us through Him and as we read the words spoken by Jesus in our Bible, He continues to speak to us through Jesus. After Jesus returned to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth. He is our “communicator” from God.

God wants to reveal Himself to us

God wants to reveal Himself to us so that we can know Him. Just as we get to know other people through conversations, we get to know our heavenly Father as He speaks to us and reveals something new about Himself as we worship and read His Word. The reason He wants to reveal himself to us is so we might know Him because He want us to fellowship with Him. He created us just for this purpose. If we are not seeking Him and developing our relationship with Him, then there is a void and we desperately seek to fill it – sometimes with all the wrong things  – but the only possible, satisfying why to fill the void, is to fill it with the Lord Jesus Christ.

A Problem with Sin

However, each and every one of us has a problem – a sin problem. Sin will always stand in the way like a giant bully, blocking our way to God and hindering our fellowship with Him. Man’s fellowship with God was originally broken in the Garden of Eden and man has been breaking it every since. But God told Adam and Eve that He had a plan – a way to restore the broken fellowship. That plan was His own Son who would come to earth, born as a baby to a young virgin woman, grow up, teach His disciples the gospel message, die on a cross in our place as the payment for our sin – even though he knew no sin – was buried, and then rose again conquering death, hell, and the grave. This is why Jesus is the perfect voice of God.

Seven attributes of Jesus

Not only is Jesus our Redeemer and Savior, but the writer of Hebrews gives us seven attributes that details why He is superior to all that had come before and all that will come after Him. 

  1. Jesus is the heir of creation for whom all thing have been made.
  2. He is the Creator through whom all things have come into existence.
  3. He is the radiance of the divine glory toward which all of creation looks for fulfillment.
  4. As the Son of God, Jesus is the exact image of the person of God the Father.
  5. He is the word of God, the only prophet of God who is also God Himself.
  6. He is the priest of God who has provided the perfect sacrifice for all human sins.
  7. And He is the king who sits on the throne at the right hand of the Father.


For all of these reasons, the writer of Hebrews acknowledges that Jesus is higher, superior, and above the angels

To Hear God, we must quieten our spirits

To be able to hear the voice of God, we have to first quieten our spirits. If you’ve ever tried to do that then you know it can be difficult. It’s like if I say to you, “I do not want you to think about the word ‘cookie’. All of a sudden cookies are all you can think about.

When you try to quiet you spirit – all of a sudden everything you didn’t get done today comes rushing into your mind. Paul told us to “take every thought captive” and we can do it. Sometimes it takes several attempts – so don’t give up. As my piano teacher used to say, “Practice makes perfect.” And so does patience. Sometimes those distractions when you are trying to quiet your spirit are Satan trying to interrupt the voice of God from reaching you. So if you struggle with getting quiet, as the Holy Spirit to bind up Satan and empower you to get quiet so you can hear from God.

Testing to know if you have heard God speak

When you think you have heard from God, there are some “tests” you can hold against what you think you’ve heard to try to determine if it was indeed from God:

Test #1: A gentle and still, small voice guiding us to His will

Just as Elijah found out in 1 Kings 19, God often speaks in a still, small voice, gently leading us towards His will and His plans for us. When it our self or Satan trying to deceive us, the message looks more like a loud, compulsive, clamoring demand.

Test #2: Does what we heard produce freedom?

Matthew 11:28-30 tells us the God’s voice produces freedom. Self and Satan’s voice will often produce bondage.

Test 3#: Are you whole-heartedly seeking Him?

Jeremiah 29:12-13 tells us that God is able to be found (heard) when we are consciously, whole-heartedly seeking Him. Self or Satan will speak with sudden intrusions of thoughts into the mind.

Test #4: God is always in control

Psalms 37:4 teaches us that God is always in control, so if He speaks to us, then we should have a sense that everything is under control. If it seem like everything is out of control with the message you have received, then it is probably born within our self or it is from Satan.

Test #5: God often gives clear and specific directions and leads the way

Just as when God wanted Noah to build the ark, he provided Noah with all the instructions, blueprints, etc. God often gives clear and specific directions. Even when he spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his home but God didn’t give him the directions, he told Abraham that He would lead him. Satan and Self breeds confusion – not certainty

Test #6: God extends an invitation and forgiveness and never leaves us with guilt

When God convicts, He will point out specific sins and extend an invitation for us to confess, repent, and find forgiveness. Self and Satan accuses us in such a way that we are left with guilt and no forgiveness.

Test #7: Does it stand up to the Word of God

When God speaks, it is always 100% truth that can be tested by the Word of God. Self and Satan often dish out lies that are laced with half-truths.

Test #8: Is there a sense of peace?

God’s voice gives us a sense of peace while self or Satan does not.

We can also test the Word we receive through the wisdom of many counselors who can help confirm that what we heard was from God or not.

There are no shortcuts to learning to recognize when you hear God Speak

No matter how much we desire to hear the voice of God, there is no shortcuts to learning to recognize when He speaks to us. If you want to hear from him, you must spend time with Him. The more time you spend with Him, the easier it will be for you to recognize His voice. God says in Jeremiah 29:12-13, “You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” — this is the Lord declaration. If you are having trouble with hearing form God, are you seeking and searching for Him with all your heart?

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