2017 Day 350 – Worshiping Now

My husband is in heaven. He’s with Jesus. Whenever I think about him in his present state, I think about how happy he is, how fulfilled. Because right now he is standing before the Lamb with people from “every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” crying out in worship: “Salvation belongs to our God … Continue reading

2017 Day 349 – Re: Hamilton (the musical)

When I read this passage in Micah: they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,     and no one shall make them afraid,     for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. Micah 4:4 I recalled these lyrics from the musical Hamilton – sung by George Wahington who has decided against another … Continue reading

2017 Day 348 – Better to Die

So I just noticed some parallelism in the book of Jonah. To wit: When God saw what [the people of Nineveh] did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.   Jonah 3:10-4:1 … Continue reading

2017 Day 347 – Casting Crowns

The apostle John describes four living creatures and twenty-four elders that worship before the throne of God: …each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,     who was and is and is to come!” And … Continue reading

2017 Day 346 – Wretched Church?

John writes God’s words to the church in Laodicea, a church which He calls “neither hot nor cold.” Why is the church lukewarm? …you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Revelation 3: 17 The church of Laodicea thinks it’s doing … Continue reading

2017 Day 345 – Forgive, Love, Redeem

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,     O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness,     that you may be feared. O Israel, hope in the Lord!     For with the Lord there is steadfast love,     and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel     from all his iniquities.  Psalm 130: 3-4, 7-8 I love when the Old Testament writers speak of … Continue reading

2017 Day 344 – Loveless Toil

The Apostle John records a message from Jesus to the church in Ephesus: “I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing … Continue reading

2017 Day 343 – Names of Jesus

The first chapter of John’s Revelation is filled with names for Jesus. Here are some amazing ways John refers to Jesus, and Jesus refers to Himself: He who is and who was and who is to come (Revelation 1: 4 8) Jesus Christ (vs. 5) Faithful witness (5) Firstborn of the dead (5) Ruler of … Continue reading

2017 Day 342 – Jesus is God

Jude equates Jesus with God. So if a friend says the Bible never claims that Jesus was God, here’s a great place to go. For example, Jude writes that Jesus (not God, not the LORD – Yahweh), but Jesus saved the people from Egypt during the Passover. (Jude 5) And Jesus (not God) has kept … Continue reading

2017 Day 341 – To Love and to Know

Come, let us return to the Lord;     for he has torn us, that he may heal us;     he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us;     on the third day he will raise us up,     that we may live before him. Hosea 6: 1-2 Israel turned away from the God who called … Continue reading

2017 Day 340 – To Vent or Not to Vent

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. Proverbs 29: 11 “Spirit” in this passage is also translated “feelings” (NKJV) or “rage” (NIV). When I read it, I interpreted it as “feelings” as in “letting it all hang out.” (The Message) And I SO relate to that. … Continue reading

2017 Day 339 – A Love Story

The whole Bible is a love story. Of love begun. Love lost. Love restored. God asked the prophet Hosea to act out the love story through his marriage to a prostitute. By God’s command, Hosea names two of his children “No Mercy” and “Not My People” because God will punish Israel for her idolatry: … … Continue reading

2017 Day 337 – Precise Prophecies

I enjoy reading the book of Daniel. Like the stories of  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – or the story of Daniel and the lion’s den. I like Daniel’s faith (as I discussed here).  I like how Daniel interprets the kings’ crazy dreams. And how because of Daniel, pagan kings repent to acknowledge the God of … Continue reading

2017 Day 336 – Greatly Loved

Daniel prays for God to restore his people to their land – despite the fact that, as Daniel says, “to us, O Lord, belongs our open shame” (Daniel 9:7a, 8a). The people of Judah have denied God, turned away from Him to other “gods,” and sinned against God and other people. Daniel pleads for mercy … Continue reading