July 30, 2010

Proverbs 20: 4-6

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out. Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?

Romans 11: 6

And since it is through God's kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God's grace would not be what it really is--free and undeserved.

Romans 10: 17

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Proverbs 20: 2-3

The king's fury is like a lion's roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life. Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.

Romans 10: 9-13

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced." Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For "Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved."

Romans 10: 2-4

I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don't understand God's way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God's way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.

July 29, 2010

Proverbs 20: 1

Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.

Psalm 19: 1


The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.

2 Chronicles 16: 9a

The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Proverbs 19: 27-29

If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge. A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil. Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.

Romans 8: 38-39

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Proverbs 19: 26

Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace.

Romans 8: 9-25

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Proverbs 19: 24-25

Lazy people take food in their hand but don't even lift it to their mouth. If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

Romans 8: 1-2

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

Proverbs 19: 22-23

Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest. Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.

Romans 7: 6

But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

July 28, 2010

Proverbs 19: 20-21

Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the LORD'S purpose will prevail.

Romans 6: 22-23

But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Proverbs 19: 18-19

Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives. Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.

Romans 5: 19

Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

Proverbs 19: 17

If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD-and he will repay you!

Romans 5: 1-2

THEREFORE, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory.

Romans 4: 20-25

Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham's faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn't just for Abraham's benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

Romans 4: 16a

So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham's.

Romans 4: 13-14

Clearly, God's promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God's law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. If God's promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.

Proverbs 19: 15-16

Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry. Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.

Romans 4: 11b

They are counted as righteous because of their faith.

Romans 4: 5

But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

Romans 4: 2-3

If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God's way. For the Scriptures tell, "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith."

Proverbs 19: 13-14

A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping. Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the LORD can give an understanding wife.

Romans 3: 30

There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.

Romans 3: 27-28

Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

Romans 3: 21-22

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Proverbs 19: 10-12

It isn't right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave to rule over princes! Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. The king's anger is like a lion's roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Romans 2: 29

No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God's Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.

July 27, 2010

Proverbs 19: 8-9

To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper. A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed.

Psalm 10: 17-18

LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.

Romans 2: 9-11

There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil--for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good--for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.

Proverbs 19: 6-7

Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts! The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone.

Romans 1: 20

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

Proverbs 19: 4-5

Wealth makes many "friends"; poverty drives them all away. A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.

Romans 1: 16-17

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes--the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life."

July 26, 2010

Proverbs 19: 1-3

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool. Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.

Psalm 9: 9-10

The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you.

Proverbs 18: 23-24

The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

Psalm 8: 3-4

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers -- the moon and the stars you set in place -- what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?

Proverbs 18: 22

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.

Psalm 7: 14-16

The wicked conceive evil; they are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies. They dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves. The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads.

Psalm 7: 9-10

End the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous. For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God. God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right.

July 16, 2010

Proverbs 18: 20-21

Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Acts 26: 22b-23

"I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen--that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, and in this way announce God's light to Jews and Gentiles alike."

Acts 26: 8

Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead?

Proverbs 18: 19

An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

Psalm 5: 1-2

O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.

July 15, 2010

Proverbs 18: 16-18

Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people! The first to speak in court sounds right--until the cross-examination begins. Casting lots can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

Psalm 4: 4-5

Don't sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the LORD.

Psalm 4: 3

You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call him.

July 14, 2010

Proverbs 18: 14-15

The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit? Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.

Psalm 3: 3-4

But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain.

Interlude

Proverbs 18: 13

Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

Psalm 2: 1-2

Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one.

July 12, 2010

Proverbs 18: 11-12

The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety. Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.

Psalm 1: 1-2

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.

Proverbs 18: 9-10

A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

Psalm 150: 1-6


Praise the LORD!

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram's horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD!

Praise the Lord!

2 Kings 22: 1-2

Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath. He did what was pleasing in the LORD's sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right.

July 11, 2010

Proverbs 18: 8

Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart.

Psalm 149: 3-4

Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp. For the LORD delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

Proverbs 18: 6-7

Fools' words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.

Psalm 148: 13

Let them all praise the name of the LORD. For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!

July 10, 2010

Proverbs 18: 4-5

Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook. It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.

Psalm 147: 10-11

He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human might. No, the LORD's delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Isaiah 7: 14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Revelation 7: 11-12

Revelation 7:11-12 (New International Version)

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

"Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!"

Revelation 12: 7

And there was a war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.

Revelation 20: 1-2

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

2 Kings 6: 16-18

2 Kings 6:16-18 (New International Version)

16 "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."

17 And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, "Strike these people with blindness." So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.

Zechariah 1: 9-14

Zechariah 1:9-14 (New International Version)

9 I asked, "What are these, my lord?"
The angel who was talking with me answered, "I will show you what they are."

10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, "They are the ones the LORD has sent to go throughout the earth."

11 And they reported to the angel of the LORD, who was standing among the myrtle trees, "We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace."

12 Then the angel of the LORD said, "LORD Almighty, how long will you withhold mercy from Jerusalem and from the towns of Judah, which you have been angry with these seventy years?" 13 So the LORD spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.

14 Then the angel who was speaking to me said, "Proclaim this word: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion,

2 Samuel 24: 16

When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the LORD was grieved because of the calamity and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, "Enough! Withdraw your hand." The angel of the LORD was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

Exodus 14: 19

The the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar cloud also moved in front and stood behind them,

July 9, 2010

Luke 2: 9

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Luke 1: 11

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

Matthew 2: 19

After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt

Matthew 2: 13

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."

July 7, 2010

Matthew 1: 20-23 Notes

Matthew 1:20-23

1:20 The conception and birth of Jesus Christ are supernatural events beyond human logic or reasoning. Because of this, God sent angels to help certain people understand the significance of what was happening (see 2:13, 19; Luke 1:11, 26; 2:9).

Angels are spiritual beings created by God who help carry out his work on earth. They bring God's messages to people (Luke 1:26), protect God's people (Daniel 6:22), offer encouragement (Genesis 16:7), give guidance (Exodus 14:19), carry out punishment (2 Samuel 24:16), patrol the earth (Zechariah 1:9-14), and fight the forces of evil (2 Kings 6:16-18; Revelation 20:1, 2). There are both good and bad angels (Revelation 12:7), but because bad angels are allied with the devil, or Satan, they have considerably less power and authority than good angels. Eventually the main role of angels will be to offer continuous praise to God (Revelation 7:11, 12).

1:20-23 The angel declared to Joseph that Mary's child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and would be a son. This reveals an important truth about Jesus-he is both God and human. The infinite, unlimited God took on the limitations of humanity so he could live and die for the salvation of all who would believe in him.

1:21 Jesus means "the LORD saves." Jesus came to earth to save us because we can't save ourselves from sin and its consequences. No matter how good we are, we can't eliminate the sinful nature present in all of us. Only Jesus can do that. Jesus didn't come to help people save themselves; he came to be their Savior from the power and penalty of sin. Thank Christ for his death on the cross for your sin, and then ask him to take control of your life. Your new life begins at that moment.

1:23 Jesus was to be called Immanuel ("God with us"), as predicted by Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus was God in the flesh; thus God was literally among us, "with us." Through the Holy Spirit, Christ is present today in the life of every believer. Perhaps not even Isaiah understood how far-reaching the meaning of "Immanuel" would be.

Matthew 1: 20-23

Matthew 1:20-23 (New International Version)

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" —which means, "God with us."

Matthew 1:20-23 Notes
Jesus' Humanity Important to Salvation

July 6, 2010

Jesus' Humanity Important to Salvation

Matthew 1:20-23

2 Timothy 2: 10 Notes

2 Timothy 2:10

2:10 When Paul says "obtain the salvation," is he contradicting grace? Salvation is not something that can be earned, as Paul taught in Ephesians 2:8, 9. Paul is referring to being faithful to the end, not to a way to earn salvation.

2 Timothy 2: 10

Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

2 Timothy 2:10 Notes

Our True Identity In Christ

Proverbs 18: 2-3

Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

Psalm 146: 5-6

But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever.

Proverbs 18: 1

Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.

Psalm 145: 8-9

The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.

Luke 24: 47 Notes

Luke 24:47

24:47 Luke wrote to the Greek-speaking world. He wanted them to know that Christ's message of God's love and forgiveness should go to all the world. We must never ignore the worldwide scope of Christ's gospel. God wants all the world to hear the Good News of salvation.

Luke 24: 47

and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Luke 24:47 Notes

Salvation for All People

Isaiah 25: 9

In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

Isaiah 25: 7-8

On the mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.

The LORD has spoken.

Isaiah 25: 6 Notes

Isaiah 25:6

25:6 Here is a marvelous prophecy of "all peoples" --Gentiles and Jews together--at God's Messianic feast, celebrating the overthrow of evil and the joy of eternity with God. It shows that god intended his saving message to go out to the whole world, not just to the Jews. During the feast, God will end death forever (25:7, 8). The people who participate in this great feast will be those who have been living by faith. That is why they say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us" (25:9). See also chapter 55 for another presentation of this great banquet.

July 5, 2010

Salvation for All People

Isaiah 25:6
Luke 24:47

Colossians 2: 10 Notes

Colossians 2:10

2:10 When we know Jesus Christ, we don't need to seek God by means of other religions, cults, or unbiblical philosophies as the Colossians were doing. Christ alone holds the answers to the true meaning of life, because he is life. Christ is the unique source of knowledge and power for the Christian life. No Christian needs anything in addition to what Christ has provided to be saved. We are complete in him.

Colossians 2: 10

and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

Colossians 2:10 Notes

Our True Identity In Christ

Proverbs 17: 27-28

A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

Psalm 144: 7-8

Reach down from heaven and rescue me; rescue me from deep waters, from the power of my enemies. Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

Psalm 144: 3-4

O LORD, who are we that you should notice us, mere mortals that you should care for us? For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow.

Proverbs 17: 26

It is wrong to punish the godly for being good or to flog leaders for being honest.

Acts 16: 29-31

The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household."

Acts 16: 25

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.