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June 19 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 170 DAILY READINGSJeremiah 7-9 & Psalm 15
DAILY NOTES Jeremiah 7
Notice the emphasis of God's house having God's name.  It belongs to God, but the people, through their unrighteous actions, have made it theirs.  God's house has been turned into a "den of robbers" (vs. 11).  Remember when Jesus said that (Matthew 21:13)?According to Jesus, what was the Temple supposed to be called?Remember when the people tried to use the ark of the covenant as a weapon against the Philistines (1 Samuel 4)?  That was at Shiloh.  Jeremiah brings that event to our minds again as a sign (vs. 14). God says that human sacrifice was not his command, nor did it come to his mind.  You'll have to do some wrestling with the story of Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac (Genesis 22). Jeremiah 8 Jeremiah (God) says to unearth the kings' bones and lay them before the sun and moon and all the other gods they served and worshiped.  Ouch.Even animals understand the purpose of their lif…

June 18 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 169 DAILY READINGSJeremiah 4-6 & Psalm 14
DAILY NOTES Jeremiah 4

Perhaps the people swore "As the Lord lives," but they did not do so in truth, justice or uprightness.  That's a sobering reminder that our words about God must match the way we live.Jeremiah (God) wants the people to move from an empty adherence to a covenant behavior (circumcision) to an attitude of praise before God.  In other words, empty religion is not appealing to God.God will ask the people to "wash" their heart "clean of wickedness" (Verse 14).Jeremiah feels as if God has deceived the people (Verse 10).  Maybe God didn't predict the peace Jeremiah was thinking of.  False prophets?
Jeremiah 5

The same theme.  There were people who said, "As the Lord lives," because that was the religious thing to say.  But God says there is not one person who acts justly or seeks truth.  The people used the right words, but lived the wrong way.  #PreachYourOwnSermonGod's …

June 15 + Daily readings & notes

DAY 166 Young love.  It's the thing of life.  Movies. Imagination.  The Bible?  That's what it looks like. 
Let's get started with Song of Solomon and, hopefully, discover, truly, the answer to the long-held question: What's love got to do with it?

DAILY READINGSSong of Solomon 1-4 & Psalm 11
DAILY NOTES Song of Solomon 1
We get our first taste of what so much of the book is about in Verse 2: Your love is better.....Even others (daughters of Jerusalem) admire and love the bride's husband (to be?).Does she feel less worthy of others because of her appearance?Verse 7 shows us that she desired to be with him.  She was not one "who is veiled beside the flocks."  That is, a woman of "low sexual morals." Song of Solomon 2 Verse 2 tells us how the man feels about the women.  She is "a lily among bramble."I've read two ideas about Verse 7.  That verse is repeated in Chapter 3.  First, the woman doesn't want her daydream to be interr…

June 14 + Daily readings

DAY 165 We're finishing another book of the Bible today.  How does that feel?  Well, don't let that get to your head.  It's all vanity๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ You've been reading Ecclesiastes.  So, you know what that means!

My favorite verse from today's reading is 9:4: But whoever is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Stay blessed...john

DAILY READINGSEcclesiastes 9-12 & Psalm 10

June 13 + Daily readings

DAY 164 You're about to see why this is one of my favorite books in the Bible.  Of course, we're going to hear a lot more about wisdom.  But we're also going to be reminded that "it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment...."  In other words, enjoy life.  It's a gift.  That's not a call to unrighteous living.  Rather, it seems that one of the righteous things we can do with our days is be appreciative enough to enjoy them.
Stop chasing money.  Stop chasing notoriety.  Don't get, as my momma used to say, "too big for your britches."  Live life in awe of God and live.  That's how I try to live.  What about you?
Stay blessed...john
P.S. I've always been accused of being "against" church tradition.  Of course, that is a silly notion.  I'm not against tradition.  I'm against church tradition, for the sake of church tradition, over the mission of God.  Where do I get that from?  Jesus, of course.  But, also, read…

June 12 + Daily readings

DAY 163 We're starting the book of Ecclesiastes today.  It'll only take us 3 days to complete it.  See what you can learn from this book of wisdom.  I love this book because it seems to bring tension to common beliefs about God.  Don't worry; we grow through that tension.

Here's the Bible Project video illustrating the book's main points.

Stay blessed...john DAILY READINGSEcclesiastes 1-4 & Psalm 8

June 9 + Daily readings

DAY 160 Why would anyone envy the wicked?  None of us think "I want to be wicked."  So, why is Proverbs (and it seems like there are several psalms, too) so concerned with reminding us to "not envy the wicked"?
It's because of what they have.  Power. Money. Control. Stuff. Comfort. Whatever they want, really. Everything, seemingly, works out for them.  We don't realize it, but that's what a lot of us really want.  We want to do what we want to do.  We want what we want.  Look how much we work (and work) just to get more stuff.  
And look where that has brought us.  
Maybe there's something better to seek after in this life.  I wonder what it is.
Stay blessed...john DAILY READINGSProverbs 22-24 & Psalm 5

June 8 + Daily readings

DAY 159 I've got a lot to do today.  That's why I wanted to hurry through and post today's readings for you.  Thank God it only took me 2 verses to remember to slow down.  Of course, I didn't remember on my own.

These proverbs have a way of speaking to us.  As busy as most of us think we are, we would do well to read, reread, contemplate and pray about Proverbs 19:2: "...and one who move too hurriedly misses the way."

That's God's way of things.  We think of we hurry up we'll get more done.  How's that working for you?  I can't tell you how many times I hear from people about how busy they are, but they're still behind.  That's not a fulfilling way to live.  There's wisdom in slowing down.  Don't rush to the next activity.  Enjoy the one that's before you.

We tease one of our children because sometimes, as he's eating breakfast, he asks, "What's for lunch?"  We think about lunch (or our nap) when we&#…

June 7 + Daily readings

DAY 158 "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion" (Proverbs 18:2).  Wow!  How many meetings had that guy gone to to learn that one?

We all have opinions.  That isn't the point of the proverb.  There are appropriate times to share opinions. RANT ALERT: If you're speaking, you don't have to say, "That's just my opinion."  RANT OVER.

But we can be so eager to share our opinions that we miss the understanding that could be trying to develop around us.  I wonder if there is an undercurrent to that proverb.  If we're more concerned with expressing our opinion than listening for understanding, could that mean the opinion we're so attached to is probably foolish to begin with?  Well, in my opinion, I think....

Stay blessed...john

DAILY READINGSProverbs 16-18 & Psalm 3

June 6 + Daily readings

DAY 157 We've been talking about how wisdom comes from God.  It is a gift from God available to all of us.  There's another way for us to attain it.  It still comes from God, but Proverbs says, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise" (13:20).
So, speak with wise people.  Listen to wise people.  Ask wise people questions.  Eventually, you'll be all the wiser.  You'll be asking wiser questions.  People may start asking you wise questions.
Stay blessed...john DAILY READINGSProverbs 13-15 & Psalm 2

June 5 + Daily readings

DAY 156 I won't be sharing too much as we finish Proverbs.  Of course, there's a lot we could say about the implications of every verse, but that's not our intent on this site.  So, I won't include Daily Notes until we get to the book of Ecclesiastes.

In the meantime, read each proverb and envision how you've seem their truth play out in your life.

Oh, and welcome back to Psalms!

Stay blessed...john
DAILY READINGSProverbs 10-12 & Psalm 1

June 4 + Daily readings

DAY 155 DAILY READINGSProverbs 7-9 & Psalm 150

Wisdom is God's delight (Proverbs 8:30).  And I love the idea of wisdom delighting at us.  What about "the human race" did wisdom delight in?  Was it like when we watch videos of our children doing new things?  Was it when the light bulbs went off in our minds?

I just think it's wonderful to consider that there is much joy for us as we seek wisdom, and that wisdom rejoices at us, too.

Stay blessed...john

Book of Proverbs, continued

Let's talk a little more about Proverbs. Lady Wisdom has something to say.

The Book of Proverbs

Let's learn about Proverbs. Today's Bible Project video gives a good outline of the book.

June 1 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 152 You read your schedule correctly.

Today, we're reading Psalms 1 & 2 and Psalm 147.  Tomorrow we're starting the book of Proverbs.  Make sure to watch today's Bible Project video.  It gives a great understanding of the psalms and help you see why we're reading Psalm 1 & 2 today before starting Proverbs.

When we're done with all 150 psalms, we'll start over reading them again.  If you watch the video, you won't read them the same!

DAILY READINGSPsalms 1-2 & Psalm 147

No Daily Notes today.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS Have you ever heard someone comment that they don't feel they can be honest with God?  That is, they feel a certain way about a situation, but don't think it's right to tell God how they feel.  Instead of praying honestly about pain, disappointment and anger, they take a "smile and wave" approach to prayer, life and faith.

Hopefully, as we've read the Bible together, you've seen that is not a faithful resp…