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Psalm 92:13

July 1

Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Many today have rejected assembling together with the body of Christ (Hebrews 10:25). They have been wounded by this imperfect collection of people that are the family of God.

Throughout His Word, though, God encourages us to plant ourselves in His house. In the Old Testament, His glory rested atop the mercy seat, and He met with His people in the unsurpassed beauty of Solomon’s Temple.

In the New Testament, the bodies of His believers became His temple. The newly-formed church in Acts met together every day – sharing all their resources, encouraging one another with songs and Scriptures, and building up one another in their fledgling faith.

Today, God continues to work in and through His church. Only arrogance presumes to say that we do not need one another. No one person can comprehend all God’s truth. No one person possesses the ability or gifts to reach everyone in this wide world.

Each one of us is a lively stone in the house He is building. We must take our place in His body so that together, we can accomplish all of His purposes. Plant yourself in His house. Put down deep roots. Intertwine your heart with those who fervently love Him. Planted together, we will bear fruit.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Plant yourself in the house of the Lord. As you submit to His Word and worship with the family of God, may you be built up in holy faith in the name of Jesus.   

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 18:13-19:37

New Testament

Acts 21:1-17

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 149:1-9

Proverbs 18:8

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Matthew 25:21

June 30

"Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

Many of us hesitate and wait for circumstances to be perfect before we will commit to serve. To delay is to disobey.

When we undertake what God asks us to do, He makes it count. No matter how difficult it might be to accomplish the task He has assigned, no matter how few stand beside us, no matter where He sends, no matter how long it might take – be faithful to respond to His prompting.

Do not despise the small beginnings or neglect the details others never see. Even when we labor in obscurity, our Heavenly Father notices and honors our obedience. When we offer our best – even if only a few fish and loaves – He magnifies and makes it much.

If He calls you to the nursery, nurture the upcoming generation of Jesus lovers! If He sends you to the boardroom, lead with integrity. If He calls you to mop floors, clean with care. When you answer the higher call, your obedience blesses others.

We are responsible to respond and invest the talents that He gives us. When we do little things well – faithful over the few – He will reward us by promoting us to the greater things. It all counts in His kingdom.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Sink your heart and hands into the work of the Master until He one day welcomes you into the joy of the Lord. He is worthy!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 17:1-18:12

New Testament

Acts 20:1-38

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 148:1-14

Proverbs 18:6-7

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Psalm 90:2

June 29

…even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

God remains ever faithful. The One Who moved in generations past still reigns from His throne today.

Elijah and Elisha, the prophets of God, served shoulder to shoulder in the midst of a corrupt generation. Ahab, the Israelite king, did more to anger God than all the others before him (1 Kings 16:33). As an ardent devotee to Baal, Queen Jezebel ruled over the pagan worship in the kingdom – false gods, ritual prostitution, and child sacrifice. She habitually executed priests and prophets of the true God.

Elijah and Elisha boldly proclaimed the word of the Lord and condemned the worship of Baal before Ahab and Jezebel. Because of the evil they perpetrated in Israel, God finally eliminated their family line.

We also serve in a generation that has rejected God to turn aside to lesser idols. Instead of being overwhelmed by despair and fear as events unfold, we are called to be beacons of truth to a world that has lost its way.

We stand on a foundation that cannot be destroyed. Heaven and earth will one day pass away, but every “i” will be dotted, and every “t” will be crossed in the Word of God; every promise will be fulfilled. When we are faithful to do what God asks of us, He will make it count for His kingdom. He is faithful.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God fill you with holy boldness to speak His truth and shine His light. Praises to our God Who is still mighty to save and able to deliver!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 15:1-16:20

New Testament

Acts 19:13-41

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 147:1-20

Proverbs 18:4-5

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Psalm 139:16

June 28

And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

“Time flies” is a universal adage. How fleeting are the childhood days of summer. How swiftly our newborns mature into graduates. How quickly the years slip away.

Unnoticed, clocks and calendars can rule our days. The cares and concerns of life – the obligations and the things that we desire — can choke out the truth that we have heard. Stress strangles our devotion to the Lord and leaves us with nothing of genuine value for all of our efforts.

The recent pandemic ground the world to a halt and issued a global invitation to return to the important over the imperative. We reawakened to the wonder of meaningful time with loved ones, the beauty of caring for one another, and the elemental bonds that we share – powerful and basic truths that Jesus expounded.

Time does fly, but we choose how to spend it. We can be its puppet – caught up in the blur of ambitions and activities. Or we can be its master – carefully deciding how to make the moments matter.

God penned the chapters and verses of our lives before we took one breath. Let’s pause at the beginning of each day to ask where He would lead. Our lives are open books before Him; He will show us how to make them count for Him.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Redeem the time to make every moment count for the Savior. As you follow Him, He will lead you into life everlasting.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 13:1-14:29

New Testament

Acts 18:22-19:12

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 146:1-10

Proverbs 18:2-3

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1 Corinthians 15:58

June 27

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Any athlete knows that training requires persistence and consistency. Lifting weights for one day does not produce a muscular physique. Jogging once around the track does not precipitate a call from the Olympics.

Training requires discipline – for the parents and the children! Parents, we must be steadfast in setting and enforcing the guidelines. What applies today must be upheld next week. When we are careful to mean what we say, our children learn to trust our word.

We must be immovable when it comes to the Word and work of the Lord. When we persevere in spite of tempers and tantrums, children find safety in our consistency. When we persist through the sass and stubbornness, they learn that obedience brings the best outcome.

When we model hearts completely devoted to our Savior, children can safely surrender their hearts too. When our lives exemplify the order and peace that flows from obedience to His Word, they will prioritize its truth too.

We must consistently demonstrate trust and obedience to God’s voice and train them to do likewise. Even when this work is difficult, exhausting, and frustrating, we rest assured that our labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you teach your children to submit to the Word of God and walk in obedience to it. May God’s favor rest upon them and bless all that they endeavor in the name of Jesus!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 10:32-12:21

New Testament

Acts 18:1-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 145:1-21

Proverbs 18:1

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Ephesians 6:4

June 26

And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Just as we provide for our children’s physical well-being, God instructs us to help them develop their God-given attributes.

From the manger to the time of His appointed ministry, Joseph and Mary created a home where Jesus was enabled to become what God had designed Him to be. Even though He sometimes baffled them, they trained and loved Him. Mary treasured what she did not fully understand.

As parents, we might observe frustrating character traits in our children that lead to worry for their future. But just like a bit in the mouth of a runaway horse, we can bridle and guide those characteristics to be used in great ways.

We can teach them to harness and focus those traits, so they become tools in the hands of God. An impetuous Peter can become a fiery preacher. A persecuting Paul can become a mighty missionary.

God entrusted Jesus to Mary and Joseph; their home was the safe space where He had the opportunity to grow into God’s plan. God has entrusted our children to us for the same purpose. It is a sacred charge. Our children are proof of His confidence in our ability to help them grow in wisdom and stature and favor (Luke 2:52).

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the divine anointing of God empower you to raise your children in the ways of the Lord. May the coming generation rise up to usher in the glory of His kingdom!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 9:15b-10:31

New Testament

Acts 17:1-34

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 144:1-15

Proverbs 17:27-28

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Proverbs 18:21

June 25

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Our words carry weight. One careless remark can open a wound that lasts a lifetime. One sincere compliment can restore hope.

We impact the direction of our children’s lives when we speak life and blessing over them. When we tell them of the good that they can do – instead of constantly focusing on the negative – they wake up to the possibilities of God in their lives.

Throughout the Bible, we see the power of blessing. Abraham blessed Isaac who blessed his son, Jacob. When he blessed his twelve sons, his words shaped their destinies and the future of Israel.

When Jacob laid his hand upon each son, those young men were not yet mighty or distinct in any way. However, the words that Jacob spoke in heavenly places were brought into their lives for the unfolding of God’s plan.

We have the power and the privilege to speak words like “I see great potential in you,” “I see a great leader in you,” “You are a difference maker,” “You are a world changer,” or “I see someone who is going to do amazing things.” Those blessings breathe affirmation and hope into our children’s hearts. It makes them stand taller and walk straighter. No matter their ages, never underestimate the power of speaking a blessing over your children.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the words that you speak always be filled with the light and life of God to benefit and bless others.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 8:1-9:15a

New Testament

Acts 16:16-40

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 143:1-12

Proverbs 17:26

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Proverbs 22:6

June 24

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

If we point our children in the direction of the cross, when they grow up, they will not be lost. Parents, we have a part to play in this principle!

We must prioritize our children and practice Godly balance in our homes. They are gifts, not inconveniences. No matter what life throws their way, our children need to live with the assurance that we will be there for them.

We must encourage our children and celebrate the uniqueness God placed in each of them. We must help them identify their strengths, develop their abilities, and work through their shortcomings. Remind them that, in God’s hands, they are masterpieces-in-the-making!

We must value our children equally – no playing favorites. God has a plan for each young life in our homes. Our own natural aversions or appreciation towards certain traits should never taint our attitudes or actions towards these impressionable ones.

We must nurture our children. In the same way, we ascertain that they eat healthy foods, get plenty of exercise and sleep, we must nurture their growth in the Lord. Feed them a steady diet of His Word. Teach them to exercise their faith. Surround them with the security of His love.

How we train today will determine how they live tomorrow.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May our Heavenly Father equip you with every tool to train up your children in His ways. Be led by Him as you lead them into all truth.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 6:1-7:20

New Testament

Acts 15:32-16:15

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 142:1-7

Proverbs 17:24-25

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Psalm 34:11

June 23

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

To invest our lives in something great, we need to look no farther than the children and grandchildren that God has given to us. With the same conviction as Joshua, we must determine: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

We are accountable to God for the way in which we raise the children with whom He gifted us. God instructed the Jewish fathers to make Him their first priority and then teach His principles to their children.

Many parents hope that their children will simply learn by proximity – that by being near the principles of God, they will adopt them as their own. Faith is not something we learn by proximity; it is learned through practice. Our children follow our example – not our advice.

We must be intentional about their spiritual instruction. We must practice the presence of God and live out His Word ourselves, and we must be diligent to teach our children how to take those reins in their own lives.

This is not a task to be left to Sunday School teachers or professors. God has charged parents with taking their children by the hands and leading them in the steps of the Master. They are our heritage and reward (Psalm 127:3).

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God grant you the wisdom to nurture your children in the ways of the Lord. May they grow strong and straight and true – arrows that hit the mark for which He destined them.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 4:18-5:27

New Testament

Acts 15:1-31

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 141:1-10

Proverbs 17:23

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