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Daily Bible Podcast Day 234 – Jeremiah 28-30, 1 John 3

June 22, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~1 John 3:17-18

Observation:
1 John is pretty challenging. This chapter in particular talks about the behavior of the one who is “born of God” vs. the one who is the child of the devil. Those who sin are said to be in the latter group. Yet, if we believe in Jesus resurrection, our sin is no longer held against us, so I’m a little confused. What about the previous chapter’s claim that those who acknowledge the Son have the Father also?

Application:
I still have some sin in my life, does this mean I am not a child of God? Or does Paul’s claim that “everything is lawful” absolve us? I wish I understood the relationship between salvation and being set free from sin.

Prayer:
Father, there is much in Your Word that I don’t understand. Does leftover sin mean that I don’t belong to You? If so, I pray again to remove my sin from me. I acknowledge Christ and ask for wisdom to understand all of this. Help me to love the brothers and sisters and act in a way that is in accordance with Your will and commands.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 207 – Isaiah 46-49, 1 Peter 5

May 26, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

‘God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.'” ~1 Peter 5:8-9

Observation:
Peter gives instructions to the elders and the young in how to behave.

Application:
I suppose that I am a combination of these groups. I am an “elder” to those I lead in ministry and certainly “younger” to those who lead me. I must show a proper attitude in both roles.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for the leadership You have entrusted me with. May I shepherd wisely and well, leading those in my charge into a deeper relationship with You and greater responsibility in Your body. I also pray that I will maintain proper deference and respect for those in authority over me, that I will make their burden easier as well as earn greater responsibility for myself as You will it. Help me to ever become the kind of leader that You desire.

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