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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/31)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 37:1-39:30  Job’s friend Elihu concludes, “We cannot draw up our case because of our darkness … The Almighty is beyond our reach.”  The Lord then answers Job out of a storm by telling of His sovereignty — might and power. God questions Job. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” The Lord asks many such questions.

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10  Apostle Paul shares his love for God and convictions on evangelism, “I believed in God, so I spoke.  One day, we will all stand before Him.  All of this is for your benefit.  God’s glory will increase as His grace reaches the multitudes.  That is why we never give up.  Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are renewed daily.   For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them.  We fix our gaze on things eternal.”

Psalm 44:9-26  In the midst of hiding and utter emotional distress, King David pleads to God, “Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep?  Get up! Do not reject us forever.  Why do you look the other way?  Why do you ignore our suffering and oppression?  We collapse in the dust, lying face down in the dirt.  Rise up! Help us!  Ransom us because of your unfailing love.”

Proverbs 22:13  The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there!  If I go outside, I might be killed!”

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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/30)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 34:1-36:33  Elihu continues to accuse Job of sin.  Elihu argues that God does not wrong, and thus, “He repays a man for what he has done.” He argues that God brings justice on earth and that people receive what they deserve. Thus, he accuses Job further by saying “To his sin he adds rebellion,” because Job will not fall down and repent.  Elihu argues, “God is “wooing [Job] from the jaws of distress.” He comments on the greatness of God, “beyond our understanding.”

2 Corinthians 4:1-12  Apostle Paul addresses the Corinthian Church, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.  Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”

Psalm 44:1-8  King David praises God while he hides for his life from Saul, the fiercely envious king, “I do not trust in my bow; I do not count on my sword to save me.  You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies; you disgrace those who hate us.  O God, we give glory to you all day long and constantly praise your name. ”

Proverbs 22:10-12  Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.  Quarrels and insults will disappear.  Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend.  The Lord preserves those with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the treacherous.

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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/29)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 31:1-33:33  Job continues to moan about his suffering and how the Lord does not answer.  According to Job, he has pursued the Lord, feared Him, and kept His ways.  Job’s three friends stop talking to him. Elihu, his fourth friend, also argues it is not right for Job to say he is not without sin.

2 Corinthians 3:1-18  Apostle Paul addresses the Corinthian congregation, “God has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life …And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

Psalm 43:1-5  King David, in hiding, is discouraged but regains composure by choosing to place his hope and praise in God!

Proverbs 22:8-9  Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster and their reign of terror will come to an end.  Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/28)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 28:1-30:31  Job speaks what the Lord has said to man, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding.” Job recalls his early days while walking with the Lord and the good works he performed earning glory among men. People listened to Job’s wisdom due to his great success. Now, the same people mock Job, men younger than he, whose father Job would have disdained.  Job continues to moan about his suffering and the Lord’s (perceived) silence.

2 Corinthians 2:12-17  Apostle Paul addresses the Corinthian congregation, “ Now God uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume … We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.”

Psalm 42:1-11  God prospered David, whose respect soared as he proves himself a capable general and leader.  King Saul became increasingly jealous and hostile toward David to the point where the King attempts to kill him — countless times.  David, in hiding, cries out to God, “Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad?  I will put my hope in God!  I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”

Proverbs 22:7  Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/27)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 23:1-27:23  Job fervently asks why God does not punish evil.  Friend Bildad responds, “God’s Ways are different from ours.  There is no comparison between God and His glory and us, mortals.”  Job finds renewed strength and faith.

2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11  Apostle Paul defends his ministry to the troubled Corinthian Church.  “It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us.  He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment, guaranteeing everything He has promised us … When you forgive, I also forgive.  I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.”

Psalm 41:1-13  King David exalts God and petitions for mercy, “Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive.  Lord, have mercy on me.  Make me well again so I can pay them back!  I know You are pleased with me, for you have not let my enemies triumph over me.  You have preserved my life because I am innocent; You have brought me into your presence forever. Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting.  Amen!”

Proverbs 22:5-6  Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.  Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/26)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 20:1-22:30  Job’s one friend tells Job to turn his back on God.  The other tells him God is punishing Job for his sins. Job is impatient with God but his reverence toward the Almighty remain the same.

2 Corinthians 1:1-11  Apostle Paul addresses the church of Corinth, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

Psalm 40:11-17  King David continues to cry out to God for deliverance, “Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.  Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.  For troubles surround me—too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out …  Come quickly, Lord, and help me!  May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame … May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, ‘The Lord is great!'”

Proverbs 22:2-4  The Lord made the rich and the poor.  A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.  The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.  True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.

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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/25)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Job 16:1-19:29   Job cries out to the Lord to deliver him from life’s excruciating miseries.  Job’s perseverance and unshakable faith in God under relentless trials — Job’s faithfulness and love for God —  are powerful testimonies.   But as for me, I know my Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last.  And after my body has decayed,  yet in my body I will see God!  I will see Him for myself.  Yes, I will see Him with my own eyes.  I am overwhelmed at the thought!  “How dare you go on persecuting me, saying, ‘It’s his own fault’?  You should fear punishment yourselves, for your attitude deserves punishment.  Then you will know that there is indeed a judgment.  (16:25-29)

1 Corinthians 16:1-24  Apostle Paul instructs believers to offer their first fruit to God, do all things in love, and calls for support for brother Timothy, God’s faithful servant.  Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous.  Be strong.  And do everything with love. (16:13-14)

Psalm 40:1-10  God delivers King David from hardships.  The King exalts God.   O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.  Your plans for us are too numerous to list.  You have no equal.  If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end.  (40:4-5)

Proverbs 22:1  Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.

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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/20)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Esther 8:1-10:3  The Festival of Purim celebrates Queen Esther’s courage for saving her people.  Haman, the king’s high official, is hung by King Ahasuerus’ (Xerxes) men for plotting to kill the Jews, Queen Esther’s people.  The king gave Haman’s property to Esther.  He also issued a decree, allowing the Jews to unite to defend themselves.  Mordecai, the queen’s uncle, is appointed prime minister of Persia.  He was highly regarded by the Jewish people for serving and representing the people’s best interests.

1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13  If I do not have love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Psalm 37:1-11  Trust in the Lord and do good … and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret —it leads only to evil.  For those who are evil will be destroyed but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.  A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

Proverbs 21:23-24  Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.  The proud and arrogant—“Mocker”—behaves with insolent fury.

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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/19)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Esther 4:1-7:10  Queen Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, hears Haman’s plot to destroy all the Jews in Persia.  The queen outwits Haman, the king’s high official, and pleas to husband, King Ahasuerus, to protect the Jewish people from Haman’s wicked plan.  The king has Haman hung on the gallows Haman himself built to destroy the Jews.  Esther’s faith and courage saves her people.

1 Corinthians 12:1-26   It is the same God who does the work in all of us.  A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.  It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.  The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.  If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

Psalm 36:1-12  God is loving, faithful, and just.  God detests evil and will defeat evil in His time.

Proverbs 21:21-22  Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/18)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Esther 1:1-3:15  King Ahasuerus of Persia personally chose Esther to become his wife and queen.  The king was smitten by her beauty and intelligence.  Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, refuses to bow down to Haman, the king’s high official.  Angry prideful Haman vows to destroy Mordecai and his people, the Jews.

1 Corinthians 11:17-34  Apostle Paul instructs believers on the meaning of the Lord’s Supper.  This’ is not the time to feast & get drunk.  The Lord’s Supper is the time to reflect, remember, and proclaim God’s ultimate sacrifice for our sins.

Psalm 35:17-28  King David prays fervently for deliverance from his enemies; from their ploys to destroy him and his people.

Proverbs 21:19-20  It is better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.  The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.

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