Faithful Love: Week 2 Preview

Faithful Love started off with a bang. If you weren’t familiar with the book of Hosea, you may have been surprised by God’s call on Hosea to marry Gomer, a prostitute, and to have children with her. You may have also found it surprising or even disheartening to read that he would no longer show mercy…

Behind the Scenes

So, I started a new Bible study this morning called “Faithful Love”, based on the book of Hosea in the Old Testament. I’ve read the book many times and studied it more than a few and it is one of my favorite books because of the beautiful picture it paints of God’s redeeming love. However,…

Gospel of Mark: Week 4, Monday Cut It OFF

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than to have two hands and go into hell, to the unquenchable fire. – Mark 9:43

“Truly this man was God’s Son.” –Mark 15:39 When we face challenges and difficulties in life, we need comfort. When we are unsure where to turn, we need hope. When we face our mortality, we need a Savior. When we doubt our faith, we need assurance. Jesus is our comfort, our hope, our Savior, and…

Draw Near: Week 4, Tuesday — Open My Eyes

Today’s Scripture – Psalm 119:17-18; Luke 11:28 (SOAP: Psalm 119:17-18) Psalm 119:17-18  Be good to your servant,    that I may live and obey your word.18 Open my eyes to see    the wonderful truths in your instructions. Luke 11:28 Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” “In these…

Draw Near: Week 2, Wednesday What Do I See

Today’s Scripture – Psalm 19:4-6; John 1:14-18 (SOAP: John 1:14) John 1:14-18 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. 15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds,…

Whatever We Do …

How could a nighttime stroll – which I imagine took place because he was home and couldn’t sleep knowing his men were out at war – end so tragically?

The Stepping Stone

This post is based on the study of Genesis 16:1-2 and Matthew 19:26 as a part of the Love God Greatly Study – Shame Breaker. This post and all other posts, based on their studies, are written prior to reading any devotionals associated with the study. It is my true story, heart and beliefs shared…

Shame Breaker, Week 1 Tuesday – God Removes Our Guilt

Today’s Scripture – Psalm 103:12-13 (S.O.A.P. Psalm 103:12-13) He has removed our sins as far from us    as the east is from the west.13 The Lord is like a father to his children,    tender and compassionate to those who fear him. If you would like to continue following this four-week study and other posts from the Nsideout sign-up below

East and West Never Meet

“If we were to search for the sins the Lord has removed from us, we would never find them,”

On the 10th-Day of Christmas January 4, 2021

Scripture – 1 Timothy 6:15; Name of Jesus – King of kings and Lord of lords; Ornament – Crown Jesus may have come as a baby in a manger, but make no mistake – God gave us a King! The King of kings and Lord of lords best describes His power and majesty. He not…

With Sin Comes Shame

The Man and Woman Sin The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” 2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the…

On the Eighth-Day of Christmas January 2, 2021

“In Jesus’ time, the Jews would sacrifice or kill a lamb as a temporary offering to God for their sins. However, only a perfect and complete sacrifice, without spot or blemish, could forever take away the sin of the world. Only a Lamb of GOd.”

We Depend on our God

Prayer is an amazing weapon of warfare for the Christian, whether we are on the actual battlefield or on our knees at home – or for that matter in a car or at the sink doing dishes. It has been said in some commentaries that this prayer may have been prompted by David’s battle against…

On the 5th-Day of Christmas December 30, 2020

“Like the Christmas lights that make a tree or a house look pretty at Christmas time, Jesus makes us look beautiful to others by lighting up our lives with His truth and His Spirit.”

Bridge to Shame Breaker: Friday, Week 1

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 9 and 10 (S.O.A.P. Psalm 9:10) Psalm 9 For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune “Death of the Son.” I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;    I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.2 I will be filled with joy because of you.    I…

Bridge to Shame Breaker Thursday, Week 1

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 7-8 (S.O.A.P. Psalm 8:3-4) Psalm 7 A Psalm of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush of the tribe of Benjamin. I come to you for protection, O Lord my God.    Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!2 If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion,    tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.3 O Lord my…

Bridge to Shame Breaker

They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

Everlasting Covenant – Week2 Tuesday – Christ Fulfills the Law

Question of the Day: What is the law’s purpose? Today’s Scritpure: Exodus 24:3-8; Matthew 5:17-20 (S.O.A.P. Matthew 5:17) Teaching about the Law Exodus 24:3-8 New Living Translation Then Moses went down to the people and repeated all the instructions and regulations the Lord had given him. All the people answered with one voice, “We will do everything…

Thanksgiving 2020

“Joy is a function of gratitude – and gratitude is a function of perspective.” Ann VosKamp

Everlasting Covenant: The Promised Land

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going.

Everlasting Covenant

Abraham believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.

Everlasting Covenant: An Unconditional Covenant

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 9:12-17 (S.O.A.P. Genesis 9:12-13) 12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. 14 When I send clouds…

Everlasting Covenant

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 9:1-11 (S.O.A.P. Genesis 9:11) God Confirms His Covenant Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth. 2 All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea…

Bridge to Everlasting Covenant Week 2, Friday

Question of the Day: According to verse 17, the law was given through Moses, but what was given through Jesus Christ? Today’s Scripture: John 1:14-18 (S.O.A.P. John 1:14) So the Word became human[a] and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[b] And we have seen His glory, the glory of the…

Bridge to Everlasting Covenant Week 2, Thursday

Question of the Day: Who does the phrase, “own people,” refer to in verse 11? Today’s Scripture: John 1:6-13 (S.O.A.P. John 1: 10-11)  God sent a man, John the Baptist,[a] 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell…

Bridge to Everlasting Covenant Week 2, Wednesday

Question of the Day: Verse 4 says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.” Who is “Him” referring to? Today’s Scripture: John 1:1-5 (S.O.A.P. John 1:4-5) Prologue: Christ, the Eternal Word In the beginning the Word already existed.    The Word was with God,    and the Word was God.2 He existed in the beginning…

Malachi 4:2-3 … Leaping for Joy

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all. 2 “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will…

Bridge to Everlasting Covenant Week 2, Tuesday

Question of the Day: According to verse 4, why was Christ born of a woman, born under the law? Today’s Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7 (S.O.A.P. Galatians 4:4-5) But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to…

Bridge to Everlasting Covenant Week 2, Monday

Today’s Scripture: Malachi 4:1-3 (S.O.A.P. Malachi 4:2-3) The Coming Day of Judgment The LORD of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all. 2 “But for you who fear my name, the…

“For Such a Time As This”

God is our strong refuge; he is truly our helper in times of trouble. 2 For this reason we do not fear when the earth shakes, and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, 3 when its waves crash and foam, and the mountains shake before the surging sea. (Selah) 4 The river’s channels bring joy to the city of…

Bridge to Everlasting Covenant Week 1, Thursday

Question of the Day: How can God’s loyal love and faithfulness continually protect us? Scripture for Today: Psalm 40:11-17 (S.O.A.P. Psalm 40:11) Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.    Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.12 For troubles surround me—    too many to count!My sins pile up so high    I can’t see my way out.They…

Psalm 40:11-17

O Lord, you do not withhold your compassion from me. May your loyal love and faithfulness continually protect me! 12 For innumerable dangers surround me. My sins overtake meso I am unable to see; they outnumber the hairs of my head so my strength fails me. 13 Please be willing, O Lord, to rescue me! O Lord, hurry and help me! 14 May…

Psalm 40 – The Rescue

I relied completely on the Lord, and he turned toward me and heard my cry for help. 2 He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock and gave me secure footing. Psalm 40:1-2 God is good! I know I can completely rely on Him – because…

Bridge to Everlasting Covenant: Week 1, Tuesday

Today’s Encouragement: Let’s give thanks to His holy name for He is elevated high above all gods and He protects the lives of His faithful followers. Today’s Scripture: Psalm 97 (S.O.A.P. Psalm 97:9) The Lord reigns.Let the earth be happy.Let the many coastlands rejoice.2 Dark clouds surround him;equity and justice are the foundation of his throne.[b]3 Fire goes before…

Bridge to Everlasting Covenant Week 1, Wednesday

Question of the Day: In verse 3 the Psalmist says that God gave Him a reason to sing a new song – a song of praise. Has God given you a reason to praise Him? Today’s Scripture: Psalm 40:1-10 (S.O.A.P. Psalm 40:1-2) I relied completely[b] on the Lord,and he turned toward meand heard my cry for help.2 He…

Blessed Encouragement

For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:5 What blessed encouragement this verse is in these days and times we are living in. I just completed the Love God Greatly study of Hebrews, “Jesus Our Everything“, and I find myself both clinging to and…

Bridge to Everlasting Covenant Week 1, Monday

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 100 (SOAP: Psalm 100:5) A psalm. For giving grateful praise. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.2     Worship the Lord with gladness;    come before him with joyful songs.3 Know that the Lord is God.    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving    and his courts with praise;    give thanks to him…

A Love God Greatly Reading Plan

I hope you’ll join me Monday for the Bridge! Love God Greatly has made it easier to stay consistent in our daily Bible study habit with a 2-week reading plan and SOAP passages. If you haven’t tried SOAPing the Word yet this is a great way and time to learn. It’s easy and it’s a…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 6, Day 4

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 13:1-19 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 13:8)  Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.[a] 2 Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! 3 Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 6, Day 3

Question of the Day: According to Hebrews 12:14 why should we pursue peace and holiness? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 12:14-29 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 12:14-15) Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness,[a] for without it no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root…

Eyes Fixed on Jesus

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, 2 keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 6, Day 2

Question of the Day: Today’s passage mentions keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, what is something we can do or that you do to keep your eyes fixed on Him? According to verse 3 why are we to fix our eyes on Him? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-13 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 12:1-2) Therefore, since we are surrounded…

The Greatness of Your Faithfulness

Father, You are Good! The music of the morning has reminded me of Your great faithfulness – How Your mercies are new every morning and Your compassions never fail. For, as the lyrics boast, “there is no shadow of turning with you”. You do not change – You are the same yesterday, today, and forever!…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 6, Day 1

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 11:32-40 (S.O.A.P Hebrews 11:39-40) And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets. 33 Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice,[a] gained what was promised,[b] shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched raging fire,[c] escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 6

Over the past 5 weeks we have read a lot about Jesus, faith, and endurance. In our everyday lives I bet we’ve all faced times where we called out to Jesus, where we’ve had to lean on our faith and perhaps where we’ve even struggled to endure. In this last week we will continue to…

Vision Check

By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him[a] for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 5, Day 5

Question of the Day: According to verses 25 and 26, Moses was able to endure because his eyes were fixed on the reward. What was this reward? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 11:23-31 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 11:26-27) By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him[a] for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 5, Day 4

Question of the Day: How did Abraham obey? What does verse 11 tell us was the secret to his faith? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 11:8-22 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 11:8) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 5, Day 3

Question of the Day: According to Hebrews 11:1, what is Faith? What do you think this means? Today’s Scipture: Hebrews 11:1-7 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 11:1-2) People Commended for Their Faith Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. 2 For by it the people of old[a] received God’s commendation.[b] 3 By…

Jesus Our Everything

Question of the day: What does it mean to shrink back? What does it look like to not shrink back? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 10:26-39 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 10:36-39) For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us,[a] 27 but only a certain fearful expectation…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 5, Day 1

Question of the Day: How can we spur one another on to love and good works? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 10:23-25) Drawing Near to God in Enduring Faith Therefore, brothers and sisters,[a] since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the fresh and living way that He inaugurated for…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 4, Day 5

Question of the Day: According to Romans 5:20, what happened where sin increased? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 10:1-18; (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 10:1-2; Romans 5:20-21) Concluding Exposition: Old and New Sacrifices Contrasted For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 4, Day 4

Question of the Day: I love Hebrew’s constant reminders that our “Hope is Secure” in Christ! What’s something you love about this study? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 9:15-28 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 9:27-28)  And so he is the mediator[a] of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance he has promised,[b] since he died[c] to…

A Perfected System

Old Rules about Worship Now the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tent was prepared, the outer one, which contained the lampstand, the table, and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the Holy Place. 3 And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. 4 It contained the…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 4, Day 3

Question of the Day: According to today’s LGG Devotional, how can Christ cleanse us from sin eternally? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 9:11-14 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 9:13-14) Christ’s Service in the Heavenly Sanctuary But now Christ has come[a] as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 4, Day 2

Question of the Day: According to 1 Corinthians 6:19 and 20, why should we glorify God with our bodies? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 9:1-10 and 1 Cor. 6:19-20 (S.O.A.P. 9:8-9; 6:19-20) The Arrangement and Ritual of the Earthly Sanctuary Now the first covenant,[a] in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tent was prepared,…

The Better Covenant

For the law made nothing perfect. On the other hand a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. 20 And since this was not done without a sworn affirmation—for the others have become priests without a sworn affirmation, 21 but Jesus did so with a sworn affirmation by the one who said to him, “The Lord…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 4, Day 1

Question of the Day: One of our SOAP passages today says that the new covenant isn’t based on the letter but on the Spirit? What’s the difference? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 8:7-13; 2 Cor. 3:4-6 (S.O.A.P. Heb. 8:7-8; 2 Cor. 3:5-6) For if that first covenant had been faultless, no one would have looked for a…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 3, Day 5

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 8:1-6: Colossians 1:15-20 (S.O.A.P Hebrews 8:6; Colossians. 1:17-18) The High Priest of a Better Covenant Now the main point of what we are saying is this:[a] We have such a high priest, one who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,[b] 2 a minister in the sanctuary and the…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 3, Day 4

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 7:11-28 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 7:25) Jesus and the Priesthood of Melchizedek So if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levitical priesthood—for on that basis[a] the people received the law—what further need would there have been for another priest to arise, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s…

A Different High Priest

Without father, without mother, without genealogy, he has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the Son of God, and he remains a priest for all time. Hebrews 7:3 (NET) Father, you are good! And in your goodness, You have given me a Great High Priest. – One who is not…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 3, Day 3

Question of the Day: How is Jesus, our High Priest, unique from the Levitical priesthood? (see today’s devotional on the LGG app) Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 7:1-10 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 7:3) The Nature of Melchizedek’s Priesthood Now this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 3, Day 2

Question of the Day: What or Who is the anchor for our soul? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 6:13-20 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 6:19-20) God’s Promises Bring Hope For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying: 14 “I will certainly bless you,    and…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 3, Day 1

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 6:4-12 and Galatians 6:9 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 6:11-12 and Galatians 6:9) For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, 6 and then have committed apostasy,[a] to renew them…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 3

Hey friends, are you ready for week 3 of our study? Here’s a peek at what we will be reading as well as our prayer focus for the week. Meanwhile, I’m committing each of you and this study to the Lord! I invite you to share some prayer requests and/or praises here today. They can…

The Meditation of My Heart

Father, You are good and in Your goodness You have given me much needed rest and I praise You. The enemy has been quick to target my mind with fiery darts of the past but Your Spirit has been faithful and quick to remind me to – take captive every thought to make it obedient…

A Way To Know You

Father, You are good and in Your goodness You have provided Your Word as a way for us to know You.💜 Your Word allows me to personally know Who You are, to know my sinfulness and need for a Savior; It makes a way for me to not only know The Savior but to trust…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 2, Day 5

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 5:11-6:3 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 6:1) The Need to Move on to Maturity On this topic we have much to say[a] and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish[b] in hearing. 12 For though you should in fact be teachers by this time,[c] you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances.[d] You have…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 2, Day 4

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 5:1-10; Matthew 26:36-46 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 5:7-8; Matthew 26:39) For every high priest is taken from among the people[a] and appointed[b] to represent them before God,[c] to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal compassionately with those who are ignorant and erring, since he also is subject to weakness, 3 and for this reason…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 2, day 3

Question of the Day: Why can we approach the Throne of Grace with confidence? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-16 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 4:15-16) Jesus Our Compassionate High Priest Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not…

Are You Ready?

Everyday I declare the Goodness of God. I look for it and see it often in my own life or in the life of someone I know. I see it in His Word or played out on the world’s stage in some miracle unexplainable by man. I know He is good. I trust in His…

Week 2 – Day 2

Question of the Day: What does it mean that the Word of God is Living and Active? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 4:1-13 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 4: 12-13) God’s Promised Rest Therefore we must be wary[a] that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For we had…

Jesus Our Everything: Week 2

Question of the Day: Why should we encourage one another daily? Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 3:7-19 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 3: 12-14) Exposition of Psalm 95: Hearing God’s Word in Faith 7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,[a] “Oh, that today you would listen as he speaks![b]8 “Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of…

Day 5 – Jesus Our Everything

Question of the Day: What was the purpose of Christ’s suffering? (Hebrews 2:10-12) Scripture of the Day: Hebrews 3:1-6 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 3:3-4) Jesus and Moses Therefore, holy brothers and sisters,[a] partners in a heavenly calling, take note of Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess,[b] 2 who is faithful to the one who appointed Him, as…

Day 3 – Jesus our Everything

Question of the Day: What must we do to not drift away?  Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For if the message spoken through angels[a] proved to be so firm that every violation[b] or disobedience received its just penalty, 3 how will we escape if we neglect such…

The Privilege of Prayer

Father, You are good. Again, this morning, I am reminded of Your goodness through Your Word that is filled with Your invitations and encouragement to pray. You, the Most High God – Creator and Sustainer of Life, have invited me to pray. What an amazing privilege it is to be Your child, to be invited…

Day 2 – Jesus our Everything

Question of the Day: I challenge everyone, even if it’s just one word or phrase, to describe how you see Jesus after reading God’s description of Him. 5 For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son.    Today I have become your Father.[a]” God also said, “I will be his…

Jesus Our Everything

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 1:3-4) After God spoke long ago[a] in various portions[b] and in various ways[c] to our ancestors[d] through the prophets, 2 in these last days he has spoken to us in a son,[e] whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he created the world.[f]3 The Son is[g] the radiance of his glory and the representation of…

The Study of Hebrews, Jesus our everything begins Monday, September 28, 2020. Join me here for all the links and After Thoughts as we learn about Jesus and have our faith strengthened. SOAPing the Scriptures will enhance your understanding and leave you wanting more.  I truly hope you’ll join me because I believe doing this…

Romans 8:1-11

Today’s Scripture: Romans 8:1-11 (S.O.A.P. Romans 8:1-2) Question of the Day: What is condemnation and how are believers free from it? There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[a] 2 For the law of the life-giving Spirit[b] in Christ Jesus has set you[c] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For God achieved what…

The Freedom of God’s Grace

I love the absolute TRUTH of this passage! Seriously! It excites me that there is now NO condemnation of my sin … because I am In Christ Jesus … and the law of the Life-giving Spirit has set me FREE from the law of sin and death. Yet, sin will always be a real and present struggle for the believer. This struggle…

Replacing Complaints With Praise

I think we’ve done one similar to this before, but hey, a daily reminder of this might go a long way.  When my girls were little, we sang a Scripture song by *Steve Green called, “Do Everything Without Complaining.” It was from Philippians 2:14 and was a great teaching tool for those times when they…

You Should Love One Another

To love wasn’t new. Certainly, throughout the Old Testament we ar, taught to love God. Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” If that sounds familiar, it should – because in the Gospel of Mark, when Jesus was…

John 13:31-35

Today’s Scripture: John 13:31-35 (S.O.A.P. John 13:34-35) Question of the Day: How can we love one another like Christ loved us? 31 When[a] Judas[b] had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him,[c] God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him…

John 13:1-17

Today’s Scripture: John 13:1-17 (S.O.A.P. John 13:14-15) Question of the Day: Why do you think Jesus chose to wash the feet of His disciples? Washing the Disciples’ Feet – Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that his time[a] had come to depart[b] from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the…

Loved – to the Very End

If I am to imitate Jesus – to be a good reflection of who He is – I must know Him well. I must know how He talked, the habits He had – the company He kept, and the way He spent and prioritized His time. I must know how and even why Jesus loved…

“Just Keep Praying”

How many decisions do you make in a given day? How do you make them? Which ones do you pray about and which ones do you simply make? These were some questions that came to mind after reading my prayer starter verse this morning. This morning’s prayer starter is from James 1:5-6 Now if any…

After Thoughts: John 3:9-21

I’ve recently started using the NET (New English Translation) Bible and was fascinated with the rendering of verse 16. “For this is the way God loved the world:” This is a demonstrative statement that demonstrates God’s expressed love. A love so deep and wide that He held nothing back. We were all sinners (Romans 3:23)…

John 3:9-21

Today’s Scripture: John 3:9-21 (S.O.A.P. John 3:16-17) Question of the Day: How did God love the world? Why did He do this?  Nicodemus replied,[a] “How can these things be?”[b] 10 Jesus answered,[c] “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things?[d] 11 I tell you the solemn truth,[e] we speak about what we know and testify about what…

Intently

Jesus, knowing Nicodemus was both a Jew and a Pharisee, wanted him to know the most important truth – that knowing and/or acknowledging He was from God would not gain Him the kingdom of God. Christ wanted Nicodemus to know that his position in life nor anything he could do, nor any knowledge he attested…

Today’s Scripture: John 3:1-8 (S.O.A.P. John 3:3) Question of the Day: What did Jesus say had to happen before we can see the Kingdom of God? How is this possible? Now a certain man, a Pharisee[a] named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council,[b] 2 came to Jesus[c] at night[d] and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know…

Grace is Greater than Sin

S.O.A.P.ing the Scriptures has become my preferred way, and now habit, of studying God’s Word. I find that it not only enhances my time with Him but leads me to a greater understanding of the specific passage and of who He is. However, I have found that, as with any habit, it can sometimes become…

Today’s Scripture: Romans 5:12-21 (S.O.A.P. Romans 5:15) Question of the Day: Which is greater: the gift of grace or penalty of sin? So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people[a] because[b] all sinned— 13 for before the law was given,[c] sin was in the world, but…

If you haven’t read this morning’s “After Thoughts” from today’s Scripture reading – you may want to – to fully appreciate my statement that God seems to be making a point with me about the benefit of encouragement. It will also help you understand why today’s prayer starter was another fingerprint from God. 💜 My…

Today’s Scripture: Romans 5:1-11 (S.O.A.P. Romans 5:3-5) Question of the Day: What does “endurance” look like in a believer? What “character” does it build? And, what “hope” does the character produce? Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have[b] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have also obtained access[c] into…

James says it like this: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested your endurance has a chance to grow, So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed you will be perfect and complete needing…

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 136 (S.O.A.P. 1-2) Question of the Day: Each verse includes the phrase, “For His loyal love endures”. What else do you notice is included in each verse? Why do you think the Psalmist repeatedly combined both things? Share your answer or thoughts below in the reply box. Give thanks to the Lord, for…

A Faithful and Enduring Love

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for His loyal love endures. Psalm 136:1 Today’s passage of Scripture is not new to me. Morning after morning my prayer journal entry begins with: “Father, You are good …”. The words that follow are never the same, sometimes they flow from a thought prompted by a…

Weekend Discussion – Know Love week 4

Sorry for the delay – couldn’t post due to power outages. Enjoy – and don’t forget to check back in tomorrow for Day 1 of the “BRIDGE” Reading Plan. The reading plan is from Love God Greatly and is intended to bridge the gap between studies. We will use the provided Scripture to prepare our…

“Know Love”

Weekend Reflection 4 To encourage others please be sure to read and/or share your answers to one or all of the questions in the reply bar at the bottom of the page and I will share them in tomorrow’s video discussion. How does following God’s commands display love? How do we walk in love and…

Making Peace With the Past

Are you holding on to the past? Maybe you’re so lost in the good memories that you’re missing out on enjoying the present opportunities to make new ones. Or, perhaps there are pieces from your past that haunt you and taunt you – invoking emotions of fear or resentment and regret – or even anger…

*Prayer starter by Criswell Freeman, “Prayers to Start Your Day” – SmithFreeman Publishing

Why we need to Recharge

For me this was another perfect starter for the days we are living through. Does anyone remember the song from the 70s called “Pass it on”? “It only takes a spark to get a fire 🔥 going and soon all those around will warm up to its glowing – that’s how it is with Gods…

“Know Love”: Week 4 – Friday

Question of the day: Obviously, as believers, we are to imitate what is good, but how do we know the difference between good and evil? Check out Hebrews 5:14 for the answer. To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share your comments about today’s…

“Know Love”: Week 4 – Thursday

Question of the day: How can we support, or become co-workers in, the spreading of the Gospel? To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share your comments about today’s question or passage in the reply bar at the bottom of the page. Let’s spur…

“Know Love”: Week 4 – Wednesday

Question of the day: Where do you find your greatest joy? To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share your comments about today’s question or passage in the reply bar at the bottom of the page. Let’s spur one another on to love and…

Which Message?

The Following Prayer Starter is shared from “Prayers to Start Your Day” by Criswell Freeman, Smith Freeman Publishing. Good morning ☀️ for the sake of peace I almost skipped this particular prayer starter – but seeing how it feeds so perfectly into our current “Know Love” study I am trusting it is meant to be…

“Know Love”: Week 4 – Tuesday

Question for thought and for reply: Why do you think John would rather have visited them than write to them? To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share your comments about today’s passage or the above question in the reply bar at the bottom…

“Know Love”: Week 4 – Monday

To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share your comments about today’s passage in the reply bar at the bottom of the page. Let’s spur one another on to love and good deeds. Today’s Scripture: 2 John 1:5-8 (S.O.A.P. 2 John 1:6) Warning Against…

Weekend Wrap-up Discussion

To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share comments about today’s discussion below.

Weekend Reflection (3)

Be sure to check back here tomorrow for our weekly video discussion. How does perfect love drive out fear? (see Monday, 1 John 4:12-19) Why are obedience and love so closely related when it comes to walking with God? (Tuesday, 1 John 4:20-5:4) How do we know if we are praying according to God’s will?…

“Know Love”: Week 3 – Friday

According to verse 4, why did John rejoice greatly? Share your answer or a comment on today’s reading in the reply box at the bottom of the page. Or, simply let me know you’re participating in the study so that I can rejoice over you and encourage you along the way. Today’s Scripture: 2 John…

“Know Love”: Week 3 – Thursday

John wanted believers to be confident in coming before God. What reason does he give for this confidence? Share your answer or a comment on today’s reading in the reply box at the bottom of the page. Today’s Scripture: 1 John 5:13-21 (S.O.A.P. 1 John 5 14-15) That You May Know 13 I write these things to…

“Know Love”: Week 3 – Wednesday

According to today’s passage, what is the testimony God has given us? Leave your answer in the comment box at the bottom of the page. OR, share your favorite part of the passage. Today’s Scripture: 1 John 5:5-12 (S.O.A.P 1 John 5:11-12) 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus…

“Know Love”: Week 3-Tuesday

To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share your comments about today’s passage in the reply bar at the bottom of the page. Today’s Scripture: 1 John 4:20-5:4 (S.O.A.P 1 John 5:3) 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a…

“Know Love”: Week 3-Monday

To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share your comments about today’s passage in the reply bar at the bottom of the page. Challenge: This week think of someone in your life with whom you can share the testimony of Jesus (1 John 5:11-12)….

Weekend Wrap-up Discussion

To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share comments about today’s discussion below.

Weekend Reflection (2)

Be sure to check by here tomorrow for our weekly video discussion. What does it mean to “remain in Him”? What does this look like in your daily life? Why is it important for us to be generous to other believers? How can you be generous with the resources God has given you to bless…

“Know Love” Week 2 – Friday

To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share comments about today’s passage below. Today’s Scripture: 1 John 4:7-11 (S.O.A.P 4:10) Loving One Another 7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God…

“Know Love”: Week 2 – Thursday

To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share comments about today’s passage below. Today’s Scripture: 1 John 4:1-6 (S.O.A.P 1 John 4:4-5) 1Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit…

“Know Love”: Week 2 – Wednesday

To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to post/share your comments about today’s passage in the reply bar at the bottom of the page. Don’t forget this week’s CHALLENGE: Take extra time this week to observe and interpret 1 John 3:19-20. How does our conscience condemn us?…

“Know Love”: Week 2-Monday

To encourage others and us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to post/share your comments about today’s passage in the reply bar at the bottom of the page. Today’s Scripture: 1 John 2:28-3:10 (S.O.A.P 1 John 2:28-29) 228 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you…

Weekend Reflection

What does it mean to walk in the light? What does it mean to walk in darkness? Why is it important for us to walk in the light as followers of Jesus? Why is confessing sin important? What does confessing our sin do in our hearts and in our lives? Why is it significant for…

“Know Love” Week 1-Thursday

To encourage others please be sure to post/share your comments about today’s passage in the reply bar at the bottom of the page Today’s Scripture: 1 John 2:12-17 (S.O.A.P 2:15-16) 12I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who…

“Know God”: Week 1 – Wednesday

To encourage others please be sure to post/share your comments about today’s passage in the reply bar at the bottom of the page. Today’s Scripture: 1 John 2:3-11 (S.O.A.P 2:3-6) 3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,”…

“Know Love”: Week 1-Tuesday

Today’s Scripture: 1 John 1:5-2:2 (S.O.A.P 1:9) 5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but…

“Know Love”: Week 1-Monday

Challenge: This week, practice confessing your sin as soon as it happens. Ask God to reveal your sin to you and be faithful to confess it to Him and to others right away. Take note of how this affects your attitude and actions around sin, and also your understanding and belief in God’s grace. Today’s…