Showing posts from September, 2021

Verse 3

 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV

Verse 2

 From " n down is Written in Red  1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. John 17:1‭-‬5 NIV

Verse 1

 53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed. John 4:53 NIV

Healed by Jesus (Day 6) Last Day

  While We Wait We’ve read about some amazing stories where Jesus healed people while He walked this earth. Sometimes His spoken word healed people, and other times, His gentle touch brought wholeness. With each healing, we read about people believing in Him because of what He did in someone’s life. Thankfully, Jesus didn’t just heal for the 33 years He was alive on earth. Jesus still heals today in more ways that we can comprehend!  Maybe you’re in need of His healing touch and you’re asking:  Why hasn’t Jesus healed me?  Just like the woman in the Bible who bled for 12 years, our healing—our miracle—may still be  “in process.”  Let’s not lose hope in who Jesus is and what He can do. While we’re waiting on our own miracle of healing, let’s choose to rejoice in someone else’s. Just because Jesus hasn’t healed you, doesn't mean He won’t, and just because Jesus has seemed silent, doesn’t mean He is.  The hard answer to the question  “Why hasn’t Jesus healed me?”  is this:  He may not


 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11‭-‬19 NIV

Healed by Jesus (Day 5)

  The Grateful One In Luke 17:11-19, we’re told about the story where Jesus came upon ten lepers. Their illness was contagious and caused them to be shunned from society. Yet, they called out to him and said,  “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  (Luke 17:13 NIV)  Upon their request, Jesus didn’t speak in a parable or ask them questions. He simply told them to go  “show themselves to a priest”  (Luke 17:14 NIV). They did, and as they were on their way, the verse says they were healed.  Every single one  of them was healed.  As we’ve discussed, the ways Jesus healed people was unique and rarely the same. This time was no different. The way these ten lepers were healed was when they were given instructions by Jesus to see the priest. He didn’t pray a lengthy prayer rebuking the disease. He didn’t touch them so that their illness would be instantly gone. No, He just told them to do something, and as they did, they were healed. For ten men to be so ridiculed and cast away from society and on

Missing John 5:4

 That is weird, how they took, John 5:4 out of the bible on the internet. But I found that it talks about a Angel that comes n stirs the waters up, to heal the sickly by the water who can get in.


 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, John 5:2‭-‬3‭, ‬5‭-‬9 NIV

Healed by Jesus (Day 4)

  Do We Want Healing? In John 5, Jesus was in Jerusalem for a Jewish festival. Upon His arrival, He walked by a pool where many blind, lame, and paralyzed people were lying. Tradition taught that when the waters would stir and rise up, an angel was visiting the pool. And whoever was the first to get in it after the stirring would be healed of their infirmities. There was a man there who’d been an invalid for 38 years. When Jesus saw him waiting for the waters to stir, he asked him,  “Do you want to get well?”  (John 5:6 NIV)  Let’s stop right here and state the obvious. Jesus knows everything, and He asked a man who’d been unwell for 38 years if he wanted to get better. We don’t know exactly what was wrong with this man, but he clearly couldn’t get to the pool on his own. And for Jesus to ask him if he wanted to be well seems like a rhetorical question. Of course he wants healing, or he wouldn’t be there, right? Since Jesus never spoke out of turn or made mistakes, He had a purpose in


 3 -5 is Written in Red,  along with part of 7, also Written in Red.  Verse - 3 thru 5 is Written in Red, along with part of 7. 1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself

Healed by Jesus (Day 3)

  An Odd Way to Heal John 9 opens by telling us about a man who was born blind. We don’t know how old he was, but he’d spent his entire life blind. After discussing the situation with His disciples, Jesus performs this healing in a very odd way. He spit on the ground, made some mud, and then rubbed the mud on the blind man’s eyes. Yes, you read that correctly. Then, He told the blind man to go and wash the mud off in a nearby pool. When the blind man returned, he could see!  This story probably made the disciples and others gasp in disbelief. They may have even laughed. Here’s Jesus, the Son of God, who has performed many miracles by speaking words and touching people, and this time, He puts mud on a blind man’s eyes and has him walk to a nearby water source to clean it off. Only then would the man be able to see. Odd or not, this was the way Jesus chose to heal him. There’s an important part of this story that we just can’t afford to miss. At the beginning, the disciples asked Jesus a


 21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned a

Healed by Jesus (Day 2)

  A Piece of Clothing In Mark 5, we come across Jesus doing two things at once— raising the dead and healing the sick.  She was the daughter of a Jewish synagogue leader, Jairus, who was a highly respected man in society. Yet, this desperate father fell to his knees and begged Jesus to heal his precious daughter. When Jesus saw this, He went with the man at once.  What’s interesting about this story is that Jesus was on His way to the more pressing issue of healing a dying girl when He was  “interrupted.”  Crowds of people were following Him and all around Him. Yet, something unexpected happened that drew Jesus’s attention away from His intended purpose— He felt His power leave.   His disciples were dumbfounded when He asked who touched Him, because there were so many people pressing in on Him. But Jesus was adamant to find the person. When He asked who touched His clothes, the woman quickly fell at His feet and told Him everything. She explained that she’d been bleeding for 12 years,

Verse 2

 25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:25 NIV

Verse 1

 46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. 48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” 49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed. 54 This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea t

New Plan: Healed by Jesus (Day 1)

  We All Need Healing All of us need some type of healing in our lives. We might have a physical illness, emotional trauma, mental distress, or spiritual burden that we just keep battling even after years of praying it away.  The people who were alive when Jesus walked the earth were no different than us. They had kids who were sick, diseases that alienated them, and mental struggles that kept them imprisoned. And although they may not have known who Jesus truly was, they knew one thing:  calling on Him for healing was their last hope.  So they did.  The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are filled with stories of people being healed by Jesus. And not just the typical  “placing your hand on someone”  kind of healing, but He healed people in many different ways. People were healed when He spoke to them, touched them, questioned them, and even when He did unusual things like spitting in the mud and sending people away to see a priest.  We don’t know every instance of healing that oc


 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:14‭-‬17 NIV

Made New (Day 5) Last Day

  Jesus wants to make your life brand new. In a letter to another church, Paul told them that because Jesus died for everyone, they could become brand new people. It’s the same for us! When we love and follow Jesus, we become new. Then, over time, Jesus continues to make us new — particularly as we keep asking him to renew our thoughts and our mind so we can think the way He thinks.  Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! - 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 We can think good thoughts because we’re made


 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21‭-‬24 NIV

Made New (Day 4)

  ...Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. - Ephesians 4:23,24 What we think about will form us into the people we become. We can focus on what drags us down, or we can focus on content that builds us up and can begin to fill our lives with good things. Thankfully, there are a lot of good and beautiful things to think about.  One way to fill our lives with what is good is to practice gratitude. When we slow down and count the gifts God has given us — lungs to breathe fresh air, friends or family, a youth group to go to — we can realize that there are a lot of good things to think about.  Another way is through our phones. It’s true: our phones can be a place where we access negative content, but it can also be a place where we fill up on good content. For example, this app. YouVersion is a great way to fill your mind with good things. You’re already doing this by choosing to take part in this series! Y


 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV

Made New (Day 3)

  ...Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. - Philippians 4:8 We’ve asked Jesus to help us become new, to renew our minds and to begin renovating us from the inside out.  There’s another place in Scripture where Paul gives good advice about how to be made new. Paul wrote a letter of encouragement to a church in a place called Philippi. This church would have dealt with a lot of similar struggles to what we deal with today. Paul wrote them a letter with advice for how they could be made new through Jesus.  He said, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”  Paul wanted people to understand: being made new starts in our minds. It’s all about how we think. That’s why Paul encouraged this church to think a


 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV

Made New (Day 2)

  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. - Romans 12:2a Often, Jesus makes us new slowly. For most of us, it’s going to feel like choosing to trust Jesus everyday. But here’s the good news: Jesus will continue to make us new each day, if we ask Him.  In Scripture, there was a church leader named Paul. He had a radical life change (read Acts 9 for his incredible story), but Paul also knew all about day-by-day change. Paul was super smart, and he’d often write letters to different churches to encourage them in their faith. Paul was in the thick of Roman culture — and Roman culture was intense. It was all about advancing yourself, promoting yourself, and getting ahead. And that's a lot like our culture today.  In his letter to the Roman church, Paul encouraged the people not to give into culture, but to be transformed by the renewing of their mind. The idea behind “renewing” is to be renovated from the inside out.  Have you ever s


 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 NIV

New Plan: Made New (Day 1)

  “I am making everything new!” - Revelation 21:5  Have you ever wished you were different? Is there a part of your life that you wish you could change? Can you become more of the person you long to be?  There is something in all of us that longs to be different than who we currently are. We want to be more confident, to be braver, and to stand up for what’s right. We want to be free from the shame that grips us, and to believe we are truly loved as we are.  The truth is: who we are is within us; already built-in. When God created us, he stamped us with his own image — which means we are loved, and created with a purpose. God has a plan for you and it’s bigger than you think.  His plans begin with us being made new… transforming us from the inside out. Jesus promises in Scripture that he will make all things new. He says in Revelation, “I am making everything new!” That promise includes us. You can be different. Your life can change. You can become the person God has created you to be.


 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 NIV

7 things the Bible says about Anxiety (Day 7) Last Day

  Living in the moment can be hard. It’s difficult to simply enjoy  today , what we have  today , and who we get to experience it with  today . We have so many demands for our attention, demands on our schedules, and demands on our mental energy. Sometimes it feels like today is impossible to concentrate on because tomorrow is already tugging on us. Jesus told us to do something radical—He told us not to worry about tomorrow. He tells us in Matthew 6:34 that He will equip us to deal with today’s trouble  only —not tomorrow, next week, or next month. Some days this is harder than others. It’s easy for me not to worry about tomorrow when “tomorrow” is supposed to be a relaxing Saturday off. But it becomes a lot more difficult when “tomorrow” is the day that I have that big meeting (or dentist appointment!). If we worry about tomorrow and whatever we think it might bring, we’re trying to control something that’s actually under  His  control, and not ours. If we’re honest with ourselves, w


 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

7 things the Bible says about Anxiety (Day 6)

  In life, you will have trouble. Because of our sinful nature and the schemes of the enemy, trouble can be found all around. We shouldn’t be surprised by our troubles; Jesus tells us plainly that we will have trouble in this world. Why would He say that? Because He’s honest, and He loves us. By preparing us in advance, Jesus is helping us avoid doubt and fear when we do find ourselves in hard times. Jesus showed us what humble obedience looks like. He was obedient through far more difficult things than most of us will ever face—even to death on the cross. Now, He sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding on our behalf. We can take comfort   in knowing we have a friend who sympathizes with our weaknesses. We can celebrate knowing that every difficult journey draws us closer to Christ and His everlasting kingdom. This is our hope: Jesus Christ has overcome sin and death forever. Death could not hold Him, the grave could not contain Him, the power of sin could not defeat Him,


 8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalms 16:8 NIV

7 things the Bible says about Anxiety (Day 5)

  In life, you’ll face a lot of difficult situations. If you don’t prepare in advance for this reality, it can be stressful when they show up. One way you can fight anxiety is to surround yourself with the right people—those who can help you through it. If a challenge seems too big to overcome, being able to share that burden can help or even solve the problem. Jesus gives you this peace on a different level. He is always with you, wherever and whenever you need Him. When life challenges you, it’s comforting to know that Jesus is right there to help you overcome any hurdle. As you draw closer to Him, you’ll start to sense more peace—even in difficult situations…even while you’re fighting anxiety. When you place your confidence in the Lord, rather than in yourself (or in your circumstances), life’s hardships won’t seem quite as difficult. You’ll have less worry and more peace because you’ll know that Jesus is walking with you through whatever you’re facing. Just as growing your knowledg

Verse 2

 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. Psalms 139:13‭-‬18 NIV

Verse 1

 17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

7 things the Bible says about Anxiety (Day 4)

  In the book of Romans, Paul says that the moment you confess Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you are adopted into God’s family, and He becomes your Father. God is no ordinary father. Your earthly father is human and sinful, which means that he has let you down in the past…and that he will likely let you down in the future. God is perfect and good. He will never let you down. Zephaniah 3:17 describes your heavenly Father’s incredible love for you: He is with you, He delights in you, and He rejoices over you! Zephaniah says that God is also your protector and your comforter. “With his love, he will calm all your fears.” Psalm 139 says that God has been with you since you first started growing in your mother’s womb, and that He will be with you wherever you go. You are the masterpiece of His creation, and He is your greatest supporter as you discover and live out all that He created you to be. Picture this: a child is lying in bed fast asleep while a thunderstorm is growing in intensity

Verse 2

 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 NIV

Verse 1

 2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 NIV

Things the Bible says about Anxiety (Day 3)

  Anxiety can feel unpredictable. One minute is fine. The next, you’re swept up in a wave of debilitating emotional and mental chaos. You take deep breaths. Close your eyes. Practice the calming physical responses you’re taught to do when attacked by anxiety. But anxiety doesn’t just impact us physically. It takes over everything. That’s why we must partner our physical responses with spiritual truths that help us shift our focus. Our minds have to find rest. The Bible helps us re-calibrate and calm our hearts. First, we have to arm ourselves with Scripture when we’re in the right state of mind so that when the attack comes, we’re ready to fight. Memorize Scriptures that you can use as weapons when those waves of anxiety hit. Those verses remind us of the truth about God and fix our eyes away from what’s leading us to dark places. Isaiah 12:2 tells us that we can trust God to save us, and that we don’t have to be afraid. How powerful is that? We don’t have to fear. We can trust God. He


 22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalms 55:22 NIV

New Plan: 7 things the Bible says about Anxiety (Day 1)

  Whether it’s because of financial difficulty, a strained relationship, or an overwhelming workload, anxiety can creep its way into our lives in many forms. It could just be a general feeling of uneasiness throughout the day, a restless night with no sleep, or a full-fledged anxiety attack. If you’re a Christian dealing with anxiety, one of the first things you might feel is guilt . “Should I be feeling this way if I’m truly a Christian?”  is a thought that might enter your mind often. In today’s Scripture, the author of Psalm 55:22 tells us to give our burdens to the Lord, and He’ll take care of us. Notice the verse doesn’t tell us we should have life figured out. It doesn’t say we’ll never experience anxiety. Rather, it says when we  do  have burdens to give them to the Lord. Here’s the good news: you’re already on your way to doing that! By reading this Bible Plan, you’re acknowledging that you can’t beat your anxiety on your own, but rather you need the help of your heavenly Fathe


 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35‭-‬41 NIV

Encountering the Holy God (Day 6) Last Day

  The Holiness of Christ    In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some of the most influential thinkers were also committed atheists. Men, including Freud, Marx, Nietzsche, and Sartre, among others, chose various impersonal forces to explain reality in favor of the Lord. A problem exists for these individuals, however. Despite their notions that the non-existence of God was undeniable, men everywhere remain incurably religious. If a Creator does not exist, how can this be?  Sigmund Freud postulated that belief in a god arises from a fear common to all men. While we can deal with personal beings who are hostile to us by pleading for benevolence, this is not possible with natural forces. We cannot reason with earthquakes or hurricanes. Therefore, Freud said, man personalizes these events in order to avert them. By inventing a god for tornadoes and other natural powers, man alleviates his fear of being crushed by them. As long as the right rituals are performed, he can exp


 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’ Matthew 6:9‭-‬13 NIV

Encountering the Holy God (Day 5)

   The Meaning of Holiness  Our study of the holiness of God has thus far highlighted the importance of this attribute and the reactions typical of those confronted with a real sense of their unworthiness in the face of His purity. We have not, however, defined this term. Today we will examine what the Bible means by the word “holiness.”  Most of us probably associate holiness with righteousness—this is entirely understandable. The men and women who are deemed holy in Scripture are indeed also renowned for their ethical purity, despite their lack of moral perfection. Yet while this goodness is part of holiness, it is not the primary emphasis of the term.  When we read about the holy in the Bible, the primary idea is that which is set apart, unique, or different. In 1 Chronicles 23:13 we read of Aaron being “set apart” or made unique in his capacity to offer sacrifices for the people of God. This quality of uncommonness or uniqueness can apply to people, objects, or time. The ground, fo


 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:16‭-‬17 NIV

Encountering the Holy God (Day 4)

  The Insanity of Luther If there were any doubt about the veracity of Paul’s statement that knowledge often “puffs up” (1 Cor. 8:1), we only have to look at many of the assertions made by modern scholarship. For example, our advances in psychology have made many scholars arrogant. Academics are often quick to attribute various psychoses to men who lived hundreds of years ago, even though they have never had any person-to-person contact with these individuals.  Among other giants of the past, Martin Luther has been repeatedly subject to such scrutiny. Some have even gone so far as to label the German Reformer insane, much as he was labeled a “wild boar” by the pope in his own lifetime.  Luther did indeed have a “unique” personality. For much of his life he suffered from anxiety and was known as a hypochondriac. Luther was also prone to bombastic commentary; once he described Erasmus’ writings on free will as dung served on gold plates.  What bothers modern thinkers the most, however, i


 1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: “ ‘Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’ ” Aaron remained silent. Leviticus 10:1‭-‬3 NIV

Encountering the Holy God (Day 3)

  Holiness and Justice Perhaps one common unspoken belief of many people is that the God of the Old Testament is different than the One presented in the New. Some see no love or mercy in the Lord described in the Law and the Prophets; instead, they see a capricious, irrational deity. In history there have even been men, such as the Gnostic teacher Marcion, who would have nothing to do with the Old Testament.  We do see many instances of God’s wrath in the Old Testament. However, we misunderstand the Lord’s nature if we think these displays are inconsistent with His character. If God is as Scripture teaches, His justice demands the condemnation of the unrepentant.  Today’s passage is a fine example of this principle. Nadab and Abihu, two of Aaron’s sons, come before our Creator to perform their priestly duties, but they do so in a manner not authorized by God. Thus, God strikes them dead (Lev. 10:1–2). Lest Aaron complain, Moses reminds him that the Lord has commanded His priests to san


 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Isaiah 6:5‭-‬7 NIV

Encountering the Holy God (Day 2)

  The Trauma of Holiness Nearly five hundred years ago, the task of systematizing the biblical doctrines recovered during the Protestant Reformation fell to John Calvin. His  Institutes of the Christian Religion  remains one of the most important and influential theological works ever produced.  Calvin devoted his life to Bible study, refining and expanding the Institutes before his death. Near the beginning of this work, Calvin succinctly encapsulated what the encounters between God and man in Scripture tell us about human nature. He writes, “man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God’s majesty” (1.1.3).  The Genevan Reformer lists today’s passage as one of many that proves this statement. In Isaiah 6:5, the prophet, having been exposed to the incomparable holiness of the Lord, trembles with fear and pronounces a woe upon himself. Such is the normal response of all who encounter such theophanies (for exampl


 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. Isaiah 6:1‭-‬4 NIV

Encountering the Holy God (Day 1) New Plan

  The Holiness of God The American people experienced tremendous grief when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. When the leader of any nation dies unexpectedly, it is a shock to that country’s citizens. Hundreds of years ago, the kingdom of Judah mourned the passing of its regent — King Uzziah.  Yet the most significant event of that year was not the king’s death but the call of Isaiah, perhaps the foremost writing prophet. Today’s passage records the occasion on which he was ordained to his office. Granted a vision of the Lord Himself, Isaiah sees Him sitting on His throne, the train of His robe filling the temple (Isa. 6:1). A monarch’s garments have long been a measure of a ruler’s status. Even when kings and queens are elevated to the throne today, they often appear in robes so long that many people have to follow behind the monarch to carry the train. God’s majesty and weightiness is evident by His garment that fills the temple. The refulgent beauty of His holiness