20080331

Luke 9:1-36 - Outline

v1-6
Jesus sent the 12
v7-10
people heard of the great things that He did
v11-17
God will supply all of our needs
v18-22
who Jesus is
v23-26
be willing to suffer and die for Him
v27-36
the transfiguration

20080330

in the day

Isaiah 14

v3

And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,

There's a day coming when the Lord will make things better for us. We should trust in Him.

20080329

the day of the LORD

Isaiah 13

v9

Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

The day of the Lord might be today, or it might be soon. We should think like that, and be ready.

20080328

Romans 1 - Key

v1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

Application

Today I'll work on being "a servant of Jesus Christ".

20080327

Romans 1 - Outline

v1-5
we are about the gospel, the gospel is about Jesus
v6-13
what a servant of God desires about other people is: grace, peace, faith, a spiritual gift, establishment, comfort, faith, and fruit
v14-16
indebted, ready, and not ashamed, to preach the gospel
v17
the gospel is for righteousness by faith, for salvation
18-20
salvation is needed because of the wrath of God on unrighteous people who have no excuse
v21
wickedness starts in our imaginations, and by us not glorifying God the way we should or being thankful
v22-25
idolatry is worshiping and serving the things God has created more than we worship or serve God. God allows people to do lustful things because of their idolatry. (v24)
v26,27
homosexuality is sin
v28-31
a list of unrighteous behavior
v32
we shouldn't have pleasure in people who do such things

20080326

Praise the LORD

Isaiah 12

v4

And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

This says to, "declare his doings among the people", like Luke 8:39. This is a chapter that we could use to praise the Lord.

20080325

a root of Jesse

Isaiah 11

v10

And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

This verse is a prophesy foretelling how Jesus would come as a descendant of David (the son of Jesse), and open up the door of faith to the non-Jews. We should seek Him.

20080324

Luke 8:26-56 - Key

v39

Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

This is what we're supposed to do.

Application

I'll tell people about the great things that the Lord has done for me.

20080323

we shouldn't be proud

Isaiah 10

v12

Wherefore it shall come to pass, [that] when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.

The Lord was warning about how He would judge the king of Assyria. The Lord was using the king of Assyria to punish Jerusalem, but the king was prideful about it. After the Lord finished with Jerusalem and mount Zion, the Lord was going to punish the king of Assyria.

We shouldn't be prideful.

20080322

Jesus is God

Isaiah 9

v6

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

We should remember that this verse is here.

20080321

Immanuel

Isaiah 8

v10

Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God [is] with us.

We can take comfort in the fact that God is with us.

20080320

believe

Isaiah 7

v9

And the head of Ephraim [is] Samaria, and the head of Samaria [is] Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

Today we should believe that the Lord is going to do great things.

20080319

Here am I; send me

Isaiah 6

v8

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here [am] I; send me.

We should be willing for what the Lord wants done.

20080318

Luke 8 - Key

v16

No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth [it] under a bed; but setteth [it] on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

The Lord has been teaching me that I shouldn't be ashamed of the gospel.

Application

When I should preach the gospel to someone, I'll keep praying for them.

20080317

evil is not good

Isaiah 5

v20

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

We shouldn't mix up what's good and what's evil. We should call them what they really are.

20080316

by the spirit of judgment

Isaiah 4

v4

When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

There's a serious judgment for sin, even for believers. One sin is being ashamed of the gospel. We should pray and purpose to preach the gospel.


From: My Anchor Holds

By William Martin, 1902 and Daniel Towner, 1902
Troubles almost ’whelm the soul;
Griefs like billows o’er me roll;
Tempters seek to lure astray;
Storms obscure the light of day:
But in Christ I can be bold,
I’ve an anchor that shall hold.

And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.
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20080315

tongue and doings against the LORD

Isaiah 3

v8

For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings [are] against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

This verse mentions their tongue being "against the LORD". I see that I should make sure to not speak a bad way.

20080314

Job 42 - Outline

v1-6
Job repents
v7-9
Job's friends repent
v10-12
"the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before." (v10)
v13-15
Job's children
v16-17
the end of the story

From: My Anchor Holds

By William Martin, 1902 and Daniel Towner, 1902
I can feel the anchor fast
As I meet each sudden blast,
And the cable, though unseen,
Bears the heavy strain between;
Through the storm I safely ride,
Till the turning of the tide.

And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.
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20080313

Job 42 - Key

v7

And it was [so], that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me [the thing that is] right, as my servant Job [hath].

Job spoke of the Lord rightly (even though it does seem from v3 that Job made some mistake). When things are going badly, it's tempting to not speak rightly.

Application

I'll work on saying what I should, even when I'm having a hard time.

20080312

bow down to the Lord

Isaiah 2

v11

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

These proud people had been bowing down to idols. Instead, we should be humble and bow to the Lord when we pray to Him.

20080311

be willing and obedient

Isaiah 1

v19

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

Remember, we can't get ourselves to heaven by the good things that we do. However, that doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with trying to do good things! As a matter of fact, we're supposed to. We should work on being willing and obedient.


From: My Anchor Holds

By William Martin, 1902 and Daniel Towner, 1902
Mighty tides about me sweep,
Perils lurk within the deep,
Angry clouds o’ershade the sky,
And the tempest rises high;
Still I stand the tempest’s shock,
For my anchor grips the rock.

And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.
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20080310

Luke 8 - Outline

v1-3
the people who were with Jesus
v4-8
the parable of the sower
v9-15
bring forth fruit with patience (v15)
v16-18
letting your light shine
v19-21
[his] mother and his brethren
v22-25
the wind and waves obeyed Him
v26-39
he that was possessed of the devils was healed
v40-42
Jairus' daughter
v43-48
the woman with the issue
v49-56
Jesus raised Jairus' daughter

From: My Anchor Holds

By William Martin, 1902 and Daniel Towner, 1902
Though the angry surges roll
On my tempest driven soul,
I am peaceful, for I know,
Wildly though the winds may blow,
I’ve an anchor safe and sure,
That can evermore endure.

And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.
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20080309

cause me to hear

Songs 8

v13

Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

We should pray for the Lord to help us "hear His voice".


From: Marching to Zion

By Isaac Watts, 1707 and Robert Lowry, 1867
Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
To fairer worlds on high,
To fairer worlds on high.

We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.
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20080308

God loves us

Songs 7

v10

I [am] my beloved's, and his desire [is] toward me.

I know that "God loves us" can sound so old and meaningless, but it shouldn't be, and we should really think about what it means.

I've been working on having a more cheerful look on my face and a more cheerful tone of voice. We can be encouraged about the Lord's love for us.

20080307

Job 41 - Key

v34

He beholdeth all high [things]: he [is] a king over all the children of pride.

This verse is talking about a sea monster too strong for us approach, but that God is great enough to control. It says about the monster, that "he [is] a king over all the children of pride."

One of our friends was studying Job. I asked him what he was learning, and he said to not be proud. As I thought about it, I realized that this is a major point in this book. We shouldn't be proud.


From: Marching to Zion

By Isaac Watts, 1707 and Robert Lowry, 1867
The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Or walk the golden streets,
Or walk the golden streets.

We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.
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20080306

Job 41 - Outline

v1-9
nobody can approach the sea monster
v10-11
the Lord is even so much greater
v12-17
the parts of leviathan's body
v18-21
he breathes fire
v22-25
his power
v26-29
strong weapons are like nothing to him
v30-34
"he [is] a king over all the children of pride"

From: Marching to Zion

By Isaac Watts, 1707 and Robert Lowry, 1867 (I changed the word "favorites" to "children".)
Let those refuse to sing,
Who never knew our God;
But [children] of the heavenly King,
But [children] of the heavenly King
May speak their joys abroad,
May speak their joys abroad.

We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.
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20080305

Job 40 - Outline

v1-8
Job's mistake: trying to argue with God
v9-14
we're not majestic like God, and we can't save ourselves (v9 is like Luke 7:1-10)
v15-19
the strength of the behemoth: unapproachable (a behemoth has been thought to be a beast, water-ox, hippopotamus, elephant, or dinosaur)
v20-24
the lifestyle of the behemoth: carefree

From: Marching to Zion

By Isaac Watts, 1707 and Robert Lowry, 1867
Come, we that love the Lord,
And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
Join in a song with sweet accord
And thus surround the throne,
And thus surround the throne.

We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.
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20080304

Luke 7 - Key

v7

Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

We should have this kind of faith in who the Lord is compared to us, and what His Word can do.

Application

I'll ask the Lord for promises when I'm seeking Him.


From: Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!

By Fanny Crosby, in 1882 and William Kirkpatrick
I know there’s a crown that is waiting,
In yonder bright mansion for me,
And soon, with the spirits made perfect,
At home with the Lord I shall be.

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child and forever I am.
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20080303

Luke 7 - Outline

v1-10
seeing that you are unworthy means that you have great faith in who the Lord is
v11-17
weep not (v13)
v18-23
everyone who isn't offended about Jesus is blessed (v23)
v24-28
John prepared the way for the Lord (v27)
v29-35
John the baptizer and Jesus did some things different, but the people found fault with both ways
v36-46
I've been forgiven for much, so I should love Him much
v47-50
who is this that forgives sins?

From: Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!

By Fanny Crosby, in 1882 and William Kirkpatrick
I changed the word "cannot" to "should not".
I think of my blessèd Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long:
I sing, for I [should not] be silent;
His love is the theme of my song.

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child and forever I am.
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20080302

thy beloved

Songs 6

v1

Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.

This says, "thy beloved". We should base our decisions about what we're going to do, on our love for the Lord.


From: Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!

By Fanny Crosby, in 1882 and William Kirkpatrick
Redeemed, and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth continually dwell.

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child and forever I am.
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20080301

seek the Lord

Songs 5

v6

I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, [and] was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

If we love the Lord, we should seek Him.

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