Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Peace from Above

" A Psalm of David. Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!” The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace." (Psalm 29, NKJV)

This life is often full of tumult and difficult circumstances. We try to find peace in troubled times by looking to things that are around us such as entertainment, food, friends, and family. All of those can be good things but they are not those things which will bring full satisfaction. Things in our immediate surrounding are only meant to be shadows that point to a far more significant source. Instead of looking around us for comfort we should look upward. Focusing on the glorious nature of God will bring our minds more in alignment with the true reality of the universe. This harmonious relationship between God and man is the peace our soul longs for.

"You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You." (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV)

This Day in History

This day in Christian History

1780 - Pioneer American Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his
journal: 'My soul is more at rest from the tempter when I am
busily employed.'

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pray for Salvation

Last night we continued with our discussion on prayer. Specifically we dealt with the concept of praying for the Salvation of people. Based on a Biblical model we encouraged each other to consider including praying for co-workers, family members, friends, and strangers that they may see the beauty of Christ turn from their sin, and call on the name of the Lord and be saved.

"… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10, NKJV)

God is sovereign in salvation. That is why Christians from most every theological position pray that God will open the heart of the unbeliever.

Acts 16:14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.

Consider the following facts:

· God does all things according to His will

Ephesians 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

· People are born again by the will of God.

John 1:13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

· God choose men to be adopted in the family of God at the beginning of time.

Ephesians 1:4-5 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will

If we affirm these facts then why should we bother praying? After all it appears that God has already made His decision.

Some have suggested that well even though God has already made His sovereign choice He wants us to pray because we are commanded to pray and prayer is good for us. While I would not dispute that we God commands us to pray and that prayer is good for us, I suggest that God in His providence actually uses prayer to accomplish His will.

God has chosen the means to accomplish His will. For example, faith is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9) but the means by which that faith is distributed is through the proclamation of His Word.

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17, NKJV)
I may not be able to explain how God accomplishes His will in this world, but He has invited us to be a vital part of the process. Our calling is to pray without ceasing and participate in our commission as ambassadors for Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Why have You forsaken me?

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?" (Psalm 22:1, NKJV)

Have you ever felt forsaken by God and alone? Well you are not alone in that thought. In the 22nd Psalm David continues for the next twenty verses pouring out his heart as he feels abandoned by God.

There are times when everything has gone wrong and it seems like God is no longer interested in your well being. This Psalm was quoted fifteen times in the New Testament in reference to Christ’s treatment. In his humanity Jesus cried out “My God My God why have you abandoned me?” (Matt 27:46).

Sometimes we rightly feel abandoned due to the direct consequences of our sin. Other times we may feel abandoned because we live in a cursed earth and are affected indirectly by the circumstances of sin. In either case the solution is to look to God for deliverance.

In verse 22 David declares the answer to his dilemma, "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You." (Psalm 22:22, NKJV)
Praise is an essential part of prayer to God because it allows us to see the circumstances and the consequences in this life in direct relationship to a good and gracious God who is always in control.

"Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God." (Psalm 42:11, NKJV)

Join us Wednesday evening for our prayer time at LABC and praise God with our community of faith. We will be continuing in our series Growing in Grace. The focus this week is on the elements of prayer.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Salty Christians

"“Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?" (Luke 14:34, NKJV)

In this passage Jesus calls His disciples to consider their effectiveness. The analogy of salt is straightforward. If salt loses its saltiness then it cannot used for its intended purpose. Likewise if a Christian loses their Christ likeness then they have no more effective value.

Becoming increasingly effective as a Christian begins first with becoming a Christian. That is a supernatural experience by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). From our perspective Christ becomes our highest treasure and thus we call on His name. "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10, NKJV). Just as salt must have the right chemical properties of salt to be effective so a person must genuinely be a child of Christ to be an effective Christian.

Around the Dead Sea region in Palestine the salt there is often contaminated and thus can lose its effectiveness. Likewise a genuine Christian may lose their effectiveness because of impurities or sin. Refining our character is not a matter of will power it is Word power. Jesus said "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth." (John 17:17, NKJV).

The secret to becoming more like Jesus is by beholding His glory.

"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

This Day in History

1774 - Pioneer Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal:
'Lord, ever draw my heart after thee! May I see no beauty in
any other object, nor desire anything but thee!'

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pray for Forgiveness

"But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:15, NKJV)

One of the items about prayer that we discussed last night at our Wednesday evening service was the need to ask for forgiveness. Asking God for forgiveness of our sinful actions restores our “familial” relationship with God (Hebrews 12:3-11).

Another benefit to daily confession of sin is that it should remind us to forgive other people. In this life we will encounter many situations that are not resolved properly. Bitterness over a past relationship gone wrong can cause much personal harm in the present. It is no coincidence that Matthew 6:15 follows the Lord’s Prayer.

A key element of the Lord’s Prayer is a request for God to “forgive us” (6:12). This request for forgiveness is tied to the manner in which we forgive other people. If we cannot forgive other we should not ask God to forgive us.

If you are having a difficulty in granting forgiveness to your fellow man confess that sin and pray that God would give you the grace to offer forgiveness by the power of the Holy Spirit.

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear." (Psalm 66:18, NKJV)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Prayer of Penitence

"pray without ceasing,"

(1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV)

In addition to our special time of prayer this evening we will also be discussing prayer. Last week we emphasized that one of the elements of our prayer life should be our praise to God. Tonight we will discuss another essential element in prayer, our penitence towards God. By penitence we mean a repentant heart that asks God for forgiveness of sin.

Some may wonder why Christians need to regularly ask for forgiveness since all our sins are already forgiven in Christ (Romans 8:1). For the Christian, asking for forgiveness is necessary because even though our positional relationship with God as sons and daughters is not in jeopardy, our paternal relationship can be affected (Psalm 66:18). The solution to reestablishing our relationship is in confession of sin.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9, NKJV)

If you plan to join us this evening for our prayer and Bible study time you may want to spend a few moments reviewing Hebrews 12:3-11 to prepare for our discussion time.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Woman at the Well

" Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee." (John 4:1-3, NKJV)

On Sunday evenings we are going through a verse by verse study of the Gospel of John. As of January the 13th we have arrived at the fourth chapter in our study. In chapter three Jesus had drifted out into the countryside of Judea where He encountered John the Baptist. John’s disciples were concerned that Jesus was getting to be more popular than John. John the Baptist replied, "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30, NKJV)

The popularity that Jesus began to amass was troublesome because He knew that the crowds of people would want physical deliverance not spiritual deliverance. The people would want to make Jesus an earthly King. This very circumstance occurs in John 6:15. " Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone." (John 6:15, NKJV)

Jesus’ mission was not to save His people from their temporary circumstances of life, but to deliver them from the greatest crises all men face. He came to save us from our sin. "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”" (Matthew 1:21, NKJV)

Join us next Sunday evening as we discuss “Christ’s Witness to the Woman at the Well.”

Monday, January 14, 2008

Mary Blessed Like the Rest

"And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”" (Luke 11:27-28, NKJV)

The veneration of Mary is a substantial part of the Roman Catholic Church. A lot of those from a Protestant tradition do not know or understand the degree to which Mary is exalted. In Roman theology Mary is prayed to, honored as a perpetual virgin, and considered to have been translated directly to heaven in bodily form. This high view of Mary escalated throughout the centuries. Today the Mary of the Roman Church is quite different from the Mary of the Bible.

The exaltation of godly people is not a new thing it is quite natural. In Acts chapter 14 the men of Lystra wanted to worship the apostle Paul and offer sacrifices to him because he healed a man. Paul’s response was "and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them," (Acts 14:15, NKJV)

In our text a group of people come together and begin to venerate Mary in the presence of Jesus. Rather than affirm their accolades He points them in a different direction. Being the vessel by which God brought Christ into the world was not in itself a thing to be praised. True blessings are to those who hear and obey the truth. Jesus and Paul are consistent.

The ground is level at the foot of the cross.

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17, NKJV)

This Day in History

1972 - American Presbyterian apologist Francis Schaeffer wrote in a
letter: 'I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our
generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our
forefathers did.'

Saturday, January 12, 2008

This Day in History

1839 - Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'It
is not the tempest, nor the earthquake, nor the fire, but the
still small voice of the Spirit that carries on the glorious
work of saving souls.'

Friday, January 11, 2008

Disposing Sin's Dominion

"Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts." (Romans 6:12, NKJV)

This Sunday morning I will be preaching on Disposing Sin’s Dominion. Paul’s argument in Romans chapter six is that because we are new creations in Christ we do not have to be captivated by sin. Sin no longer should rule in the believer’s life.

While most of us would agree with this statement in theory, practicing holiness is quite another story. The Puritan preacher John Owen said, “be killing sin or it will be killing you.” It is the Christian’s duty and delight to mortify their sins. It is a duty because we are commanded to be holy (1 Peter 1:16). It is a delight because holiness yields blessings (Psalm 1).

To get the most out of the Sunday morning service prepare your heart for Sunday morning by reading Romans chapter 6. If you are really adventurous consider reading the first six chapters of Romans.

This Day in History

1777 - Anglican hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'A soul may
be in as thriving a state when thirsting, seeking and mourning
after the Lord as when actually rejoicing in Him; as much in
earnest when fighting in the valley as when singing upon the

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Prayer of Praise

" As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance." (Psalm 42:1-5, NKJV)

Last night in our Wednesday evening prayer service we focused our discussion on prayer. Specifically we dealt with the idea that praise should be included in our prayers. It is no coincidence that the model prayer found in Luke 11 and Matthew 6 begin with “Our Father hallowed be your name.” A major element of our prayers should be the praise towards God.

We praise God not because He needs flattery or affirmation. God does not need anything (Acts 17:24-25). We praise God because we need to be reminded of the greatness of God. The psalms are full of phrases that glorify the character and work of God.

When God is big our problems are small.

I encourage you to consider adding a large dose of praise to God in your prayers today. Thank Him for who He is and what He has done. I assure you this prayer of praise will give you assurance for what He will do.

"I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works." (Psalm 145:5, NKJV)

This Day in History

1538 - Regarding the doctrine of purgatory, German Reformer Martin
Luther reported in a "Table Talk": 'God has placed two ways
before us in His Word: salvation by faith, damnation by
unbelief (Mark 16:16). He does not mention purgatory at all.
Nor is purgatory to be admitted, for it obscures the benefits
and grace of Christ.'

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Growing in Grace: Introduction to Prayer

On Wednesday evenings we are going through a series called Growing in Grace. This series is a review of some of the practical doctrines of the Christian faith. For the next few weeks we will focus on prayer.

Last week we introduced prayer by attempting both to define and describe prayer. We pointed to the definition as provided by John Piper. “Prayer is intentionally conveying a message to God.” Several things are intended by this definition, but mostly that prayer is an address to God not a reception of God’s communication to man. We call God’s communication to us revelation or illumination.

The apostle Paul challenges us to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thess 5:17) By this he means that our prayers should be intentional, persistent, and regular.
Join us this evening at 7:00 as we spend time in congregational prayer. We will also be discussing the practical aspects of how to pray.

This Day in History

1777 - Pioneer American Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his
journal: 'My soul lives constantly as in the presence of God,
and enjoys much of His divine favor. His love is better than

"You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalm 16:11, NKJV)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

This Day in History

1956 - In Ecuador, Plymouth Brethren missionaries Jim Elliot, Nate
Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully and Pete Fleming were
killed by the Auca Indians, while attempting to evangelize
their tribe. Elliot's widow Elisabeth later published the
story of their work and martyrdom in her book "Through Gates
of Splendor" (1963).

State of the Church January 2008

On Sunday night January 6, 2008 I thought it would be good to give a “state of the church” message to reflect on where we were, what God has done, and what we pray God will do. My intention is to glorify God by praising Him for the past and glorify Him by trusting for what He will do for the future.

It is my prayer that no matter how much God blesses us in resources and people that we will continue to stress the primary things.
Our success should not depend buildings, budgets, attendance, quality of music, or community influence. Our success should be measured by the degree to which we grow in four foundational areas. I invite you to consider Acts 2:42

"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42, NKJV)

1. Doctrine
2. Fellowship
3. Worship
4. Prayer

No matter what happens in the future, our success should be measured by our steadfast devotion to these primary areas.
We are praying that God would grant us the achievement of the following goals for 2008 (list is not in an order of priority):

Hope for the future

1. Music minister
2. Pianist for all services
3. Guidance as we update our constitution
4. Solidify our Mission program
5. Create multiple age graded Sunday School’s
6. Remodel Fellowship Hall
7. Increase our weekly attendance and membership
8. See many people to confess Jesus as Lord and be baptized
9. For more people within the church to be equipped for ministry
10. For more people within the church to be engaged in the ministry

Your Part

1. Pray—1 Thess 5:17
2. Participate—Heb 10:25
3. Get equipped—Eph 4:11
4. Reach out by inviting others—compel Luke 14:23

Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Thank You Tim

Recently I invited Tim to speak at our Church when he was in Chattanooga blogging for a youth conference. He did a good job in presenting his case for spiritual discernment and also did an excellent job fielding questions from the audience.

One of the reasons I had Tim present his book was to encourage other “lay people” to grow in grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18) to the point where they would be teachers in their sphere of influence (Heb 5:12). Tim is a good example of what Christians should be like. By reading his blog one can tell that he spends a lot of time reading the Word of God and a lot of time reading good books.

The church would be blessed to have more laymen that were equipped to do the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11).

Thank you for sharing your passion for Christ with us here at LABC.

2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV) And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

This Day in History

This Day in History

1949 - U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: 'Our Father in
heaven, give us the long view of our work and our world. Help
us to see that it is better to fail in a cause that will
ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.'

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) 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.

Friday, January 4, 2008

January Precious Stone Memory Verse: Jasper

Revelation 21:19-21 (NKJV)19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Please join us as we meditate upon and memorize God’s Word together. As a memory aide we are associating each monthly verse with one of the precious stones that adorns the foundation wall of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19-21). We pray that our hearts will be adorned with the Word of God and that His Truth will be displayed in our lives as precious stones. May the beauty of God’s glory shine forth in your life.

Memorization Goal:

Gold Level: 1 Verse per year
Silver Level: 4 Verses per year
Bronze Level: 12 Verses per year


John 17:17 (NKJV) Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Purpose Driven Christmas

Rick Warren recently hosted a Christmas program on Fox television. I have to commend him for his gift of communication which is excellent. Rick is someone that could make the life cycle of the tsetse fly sound interesting. A friend of mine asked me if I had seen the program and went on to tell me how much of a blessing it was for them.

There is no doubt that much of what is presented on programs like this is meaningful for many who love Christ. My only reservation is that often they do not go far enough. In these programs the Gospel is often presented in such a weak way that an unbeliever may be left wondering why they really need forgiveness in the first place.
Paul’s message to Timothy is an exhortation that is still desperately needed today.

" I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." (2 Timothy 4:1-5, NKJV)

Rick Warren has a great way of communicating concepts, but one should proceed with caution when reading his material. Below I have included two reviews of Rick’s best seller The Purpose Driven Life. One is a brief review and one is a more comprehensive review.

This Day in History

1540 - German Reformer Martin Luther testified in a sermon: 'Faith is
the "yes" of the heart, a conviction on which one stakes one's life.'

" Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." (Luke 9:23, NKJV)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Live Nativity

We had a great time at the Live Nativity hosted by LABC. Special thanks to Darin and Shaunna Linkins for organizing and managing everything. Thanks also to all the members of LABC who participated in the various activities. It was a special blessing for a number of people, many thanked me directly.

"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”" (Matthew 1:21, NKJV)

Fellowship of Prayer

"A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner. This is a happy discovery for the Christian who begins to pray for others."

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Call on the Name of the Lord

"And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord." (Genesis 4:26, NKJV)

The people in the Old Testament were saved or made righteous before God in the same manner as those in the New Testament.

"For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”" (Romans 10:12-13, NKJV)

This concept of calling upon the name of the Lord is foundational to a right relationship with God. From the very beginning in Genesis men recognized their sinful condition which required forgiveness by God. Becoming righteous before God then is not something you do, rather it is something that God does for you.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV)

This Day in History

1744 - Colonial missionary to the American Indians David Brainerd wrote
in his journal: 'We are a long time in learning that all our
strength and salvation is in God.'

"But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Free Christian Audio Books

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Reading Scripture

"Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine." (1 Timothy 4:13, NKJV)
In this passage among other things the apostle Paul admonishes Timothy to pay attention to the public reading of Scripture. In the first century and for many centuries following copies of the Word of God was scarce. Bibles were copied by hand, so not many people could afford to have a copy. So public reading of the Bible was important if people were going to grow in grace.

I could not imagine what the world in the first century must have been like. I have never counted but I am sure I have at least two dozen Bibles in my home. We take for granted our easy access to the Word of God. Unfortunately many of us do not take advantage of the resources God has given to us in our day.

Reading the Bible is essential to life. "But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”" (Luke 4:4, NKJV) For the last several years I have had my daily dose of Scripture reading delivered to my email inbox. This has been a great way to read the Bible through in a year.

Check it out for yourself by clicking on the following link. http://studylight.org/plan/byemail.cgi

My prayer for you is that you pay attention to both the private and public reading of Scripture.