The Bond of Faith

Strong words are addressed to the first recipients of this letter, those on the verge of renouncing the faith they once had in Jesus. To save those about to make the suicidal plunge into apostasy was likely the motive for writing the letter.

Though you may not identify with those about to renounce Jesus, remember what happened to Peter in a moment of fear and weakness. Does your life-style and activities tell the world that you are a disciple of Jesus? Is your heart as well as your lips centered upon the Lord? Pray for a deepening of your commitment to Jesus in everything. Intercede prayerfully for the countless numbers at this very moment whose suffering and persecution would cease if they would renounce their faith in Jesus. They need the bond of your faith to uphold theirs.

Hebrews 6

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Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
In the season of Pentecost this year we read 1 Timothy and Hebrews.

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Alleluia!

Tap here to participate in a meditation on Psalm 117.

Today’s passage is short enough to be presented in its entirety as the verse for the day. Memorize it, repeating it often throughout the course of your day. Feel the imperative mood in the words Praise and Extol. Sense the connection that this psalm has with the reading from Lamentations on Monday, as we recall the destruction of the two Temples. God has seen to it that this disaster has been surpassed by the temple-body of Jesus, which cannot be destroyed. With God, there is always a way out, even when there does not seem to be one.

May your heart and voice sing out in praise for our God who rebuilds all that is shattered and destroyed in our lives into resurrection, Holy Spirit space—all because God’s love is constant and unfailing.

Psalm 117

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We continue to read the Psalms in numerical order.

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The Ark that Carries God

(See 1 Sam 67; Psalm 105:1–5)

David makes all decisions after prayer, consulting the Lord about the proper order (15:13). Spend time reflecting what this verse means in terms of your daily priorities.

Notice the frequent references to music as the Ark is returned to Jerusalem. Michal, Saul’s daughter, still carries old resentments and jealousies; she disdains David and his way of worshipping. Is there anything of Michal in you when you see the way others express their praise of God?

Enjoy the psalm that fills chapter 16. Verses in chapter 17 tilt to the coming of Jesus. Much more important than the house that David is going to build for God is the one that God is going to build for him. You and I are to be the ark that carries God!

1 Chronicles 15—17

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
In the season of Pentecost this year we read Proverbs 27—29 and 1 Chronicles.

 

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