Characteristics of Godly Leadership

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 32:48-Joshua 2:24

Today we complete our reading in the first five books of the Bible, the books of Moses, called the Pentateuch.  Good work! Now on to Joshua and the historical books which follow.

Years ago I heard this saying: “There is no limit to what one can accomplish if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.” There is truth in that, but I think we can go beyond it. Success is to glorify God. It is more than merely not seeking our own glory. True success is attained by faithfulness and obedience to Him.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Bringing Delight to God

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 30:1-32:47

Parents (as well as other authority figures in our lives, like teachers) can be hard task masters, difficult to please. God is not so. Although He is perfect and His law demands perfection, He is delighted with obedience in His children. Our obedience begins with repentance and faith in His Son who died for our sins and lives for our sanctification.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

A Heart to Understand

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 28:15-29:29

Not all suffering is a direct consequence of some personal sin, but all suffering is meant to drive us to the Lord for grace, strength, renewed trust in Him, and an earnest plea to be given a heart to understand.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

The Path to Blessing

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-28:14

God’s promised every conceivable blessing to His people, Israel, but their obedience was spotty and it deteriorated until the threatened curses became their reality.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Marriage Laws: Ancient Israel vs. Modern America

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 22:13-25:19

“Marriage is for adults… A good marriage is not achieved in days, weeks, months, or years, but in decades of struggle, forgiveness and unshakeable commitment.” [from Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days page 75].

March 5-6, 2016 Weekend Bible Readings

Here are our readings through the weekend. I hope your reading is going well. See you here again on Monday!

Saturday’s reading: Deuteronomy 15:1-18:22

Sunday’s reading: Deuteronomy 19:1-22:12

[For more reflections on these passages see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Biblical Worship

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 12:1-14:29

God warned His people that they were to obey Him in the manner of their worship. Theologians call this the “regulative principle.” Our worship is not to be according to current fads and trends but according to His Word (Deuteronomy 12:4). Be sure your church is seeking to worship God biblically.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

Response of the Broken-Hearted Pastor

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 9:7-11:32

Sin should break our hearts. First, our hearts should break in repentance for our own sin. Second, our hearts should break for the sin in our loved ones. Let the pain of sin drive us to prayer.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

More Dangerous than Adversity

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:6

We are in more spiritual danger in times of prosperity than in times of adversity. God warned His people, and, if we are His, we should heed His warning.

[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].

The Fear of God in Prayer

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 3:12-5:33

“Do you fear God? If He is not a God to be feared, He is not a God of power. If He is not a God of power, your prayers to Him are futile. There is little difference, practically speaking, between a weak god and no god.” [from Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days page 66].