Monthly ArchivesJuly 2020

Ignorance is not Bliss | Tuesday, July 7 standard

Psalm 14 14:1 For the music director; by David. Fools say to themselves, “There is no God.” They sin and commit evil deeds; none of them does what is right. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven at the human race, to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks God. 3 Everyone rejects God; they are all morally corrupt. None of them does what is right, not even one! 4 All those who behave wickedly do not understand – those who devour my people as if they were eating bread,and do not call out to the Lord. 5 They are absolutely terrified, for God defends the godly. 6 You want to humiliate the oppressed, even though the ...

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Revive Me | Monday, July 6 standard

Psalm 13 13:1 For the music director; a psalm of David. How long, Lord, will you continue to ignore me? How long will you pay no attention to me? 2 How long must I worry, and suffer in broad daylight? How long will my enemy gloat over me? 3 Look at me! Answer me, O Lord my God!Revive me, or else I will die! 4 Then my enemy will say, “I have defeated him!”Then my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. 5 But I trust in your faithfulness.May I rejoice because of your deliverance! 6 I will sing praises to the Lord when he vindicates me.   One thought:   The most remarkable moment in history is when the ...

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Be Encouraged | July 5, 2020 standard

1 Pet 5:12–14 5:12 Through Silvanus, whom I know to be a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, in order to encourage you and testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 13 The church in Babylon, chosen together with you, greets you, and so does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.   One thought: These are the words of an eyewitness of Jesus Christ. Three questions:   Who do you think the church in Babylon is?   Have you been encouraged during our 1 Peter Series?   Write down three things you remember from 1 Peter.   Prayer: ...

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He Will Do It | July 4, 2020 standard

1 Pet 5:10–11 5:10 And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him belongs the power forever. Amen.   One thought: To grow older is to be closer to glory.     Three questions:   Why does God always get the glory?   Do you take comfort in Peter’s words?   These verses would be great to memorise.   Prayer: Acknowledge God as the God of all grace who calls restores, confirms, strengthens, and establish us through His power. Give thanks that we can trust God to stay true to His promises. Ask God to ...

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On the Prowl | July 3, 2020 standard

1 Pet 5:8–9 5:8 Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering.   One thought: The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing Christians he didn’t exist     Three questions:   Can you list the things Peter tells us to be sober/alert of/for?   Do you take heart from the knowledge that other believers are resisting with you?   How could you resist the devil? Check this out –   Prayer: Acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord over all powers ...

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Grace to the Humble | July 2, 2020 standard

1 Pet 5:5–7 5:5 In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 6 And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand 7 by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you. One thought: We live in anxious times, how wonderful that we can cast all of our cares on the Sovereign God. Three questions: How does Peter say we can humble ourselves (v7)?   What do you get anxious about?   Clothe yourself in humility today by acknowledging God as the source ...

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Assistants to the Chief Shepherd | July 1, 2020 standard

1 Pet 5:1–4 5:1 So as your fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings and as one who shares in the glory that will be revealed, I urge the elders among you: 2 Give a shepherd’s care to God’s flock among you, exercising oversight not merely as a duty but willingly under God’s direction, not for shameful profit but eagerly. 3 And do not lord it over those entrusted to you, but be examples to the flock. 4 Then when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away. One thought: God’s elders/overseers/shepherds are to be servant leaders of the flock, sadly, many today fleece their sheep. If you haven’t already – check ...

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