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    365 Bible Reading

    April 6 – Proverbs 14

    LOOK:  “There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death… The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.”

    LISTEN:  I’ve posted two of the most famous proverbs from this chapter.  The first is a good reminder to check your ways and examine if they are wise or leading to death.  The second is another one of those hopeful statements that is meant to encourage the listener to be faithful and righteous.

    LEARN:  Do you believe that living a righteous life will bring reward?  Are you living a life that God desires?

     

     
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    April 5 – Matthew 1

    LOOK:  “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)

    LISTEN:  You might be tempted to skip over the list of genealogy in Matthew chapter 1 but it is important.  Matthew was tracing Jesus’ genealogy from Abraham through King David all the way to Joseph.  This would be important for the Jews to see that Jesus was the promised Messiah that the Old Testament promised.

    LEARN:  The last portion of this chapter is about Joseph accepting Jesus as his son.  We can all learn from the selfless humility Joseph displayed in a difficult situation.  Selfless humility is something we should always default to.

     
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    April 4 – James 5

    LOOK:  “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

    LISTEN:  James teaches us the importance of functioning as the body of Christ.  We are called to care for each other and to hold each other accountable.  The goal is restoration not attacking a brother in Christ. 

    LEARN:  Are we living in community?  Are we allowing people to have input into our lives and are we loving others enough to lovingly confront them?

     
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    April 3 – James 4

    LOOK:  “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 

    LISTEN:  James makes the case that our problem boils down to selfish pride.  When we focus on our own pleasure fulfillment, we neglect God and others.  The greatest command is to love God and love people with everything we’ve got.  When we love ourselves more than anything else, we reject what God desires most from our lives.

    LEARN:  Are you loving God and loving people?  Has selfish pride become a barrier that keeps you from living the life that God wants from you?

     
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    April 2 – James 3

    LOOK:  “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

    LISTEN:  Oh, be careful little mouth what you say…  This is one of my favorite of the James teachings.  I love how he describes the power of the tongue like an animal, a fire, a ships rudder.  We should listen to James and understand the power our tongues have to hurt, kill and destroy.  We should also understand how our speech can be positive too! 

    LEARN:  What’s coming out of your mouth lately?  Is it positive or negative?  Uplifting or cutting?  Beneficial or harmful?  Evaluate and determine your next course of action.

     
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