Committed to Bible Reading – Thursday

The word of Christ must live in you richly. (Colossians 3:16a) My identity as a disciple of Jesus is dependent upon stories, culture, and practices. The stories are given in Scripture. The word of Christ is contained within the Bible, a text that points beyond itself to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Therefore,… Continue reading Committed to Bible Reading – Thursday

Committed to Bible Reading – Wednesday

Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2) There are both explicit and subtle pressures in our world encouraging us to privatize our Christian faith. But we are to share the word nonetheless, whether it is “convenient or… Continue reading Committed to Bible Reading – Wednesday

Committed to Bible Reading – Tuesday

Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) When learning a new skill, it is wise to seek and learn from those who… Continue reading Committed to Bible Reading – Tuesday

Committed to Bible Reading – Monday

I keep your word close, in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you. (Psalm 119:9) Opening our Bible and reading its contents grounds us, helping us remember who we are and to whom we belong. We have been created in God’s image, and, in Christ, we have received an inheritance as a child… Continue reading Committed to Bible Reading – Monday

Committed to Bible Reading – Sunday

“Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?” (Luke 24:32) Oftentimes, we are like these admirers on the road to Emmaus. We have long known about Jesus. We have heard his teachings; observed his life. But we haven’t completely given ourselves over… Continue reading Committed to Bible Reading – Sunday

Committed to Prayer – Saturday

This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God: If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us. If we know that he listens to whatever we ask, we know that we have received what we asked from him. (1 John 5:14-15) There is no request that… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Saturday

Committed to Prayer – Friday

“Pray like this …” (Matthew 6:9a) Our reading today is from Matthew 6. Open a Bible and find the passage. Jesus says, “Pray like this,” and then provides us with what we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer. If you know it by heart, then you have obtained a very helpful guide for… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Friday

Committed to Prayer – Thursday

Let my prayer stand before you like incense; let my uplifted hands be like the evening offering. (Psalm 141:2) The Psalms contain a record of many powerful prayers. They range from lament to celebration and record the full range of human emotion. There is happiness and sadness; hope and despair. But in all instances, God… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Thursday

Committed to Prayer – Wednesday

Do not be anxious about anything; rather bring up all of your requests to God in prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. (Philippians 4:6) What are you most anxious about? Do you struggle to pay the bills? Is your marriage in crisis? Are you stuck in a dead-end job? Do you have friendships that are… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Wednesday

Committed to Prayer – Tuesday

“The Lord proclaims, the Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the Lord; call to me and I will answer and reveal to you wondrous secrets you haven’t known.” (Jeremiah 33:2-3) You have been claimed by God in Christ. You are a child of God. God, “the Lord who… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Tuesday