To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice. Ascribe strength to God; His excellence is over Israel, And His strength is in the clouds. O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!
O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!
I was in a meeting this afternoon with about 12 other men, all devout Christians and we were discussing “encouragement' using some quotations by well known Christian authors. The discussion was lively and profitable, the chairman did an excellent job organizing the topic and keeping some very active minds under control.
Afterwards, I opened my laptop and pulled up Psalm 69:33-35, a section which was selected last week for today's Voices Together. The verse in bold above, the very last verse of the Psalm, v35, jumped out at me as I read through the passage. This is a definition of the Great Encourager.
Do I want to be known as a man who encourages? Of course. Then keep my eyes open for ways to encourage. Look for opportunities for ways to open the awareness of others in their innate strength and power and the source of that strength and power.
Who? Well, my family, wife, children and spouses, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and families, neighbors, co-workers, in the prisons and other ministries, the clerks at the grocery store and the cashier and the gas station, the stranger walking by my house. In short, everyone I meet in any way or any place.
I need to be a Bunny, Betty's niece who went to be with the Lord as the result of a birth defect. But Bunny never (that I know of) met a stranger without the opening line, “Do you know my Jesus?” A beautiful child who is now dancing with her Jesus. Oh that all of us would be in the habit of opening a conversation with strangers with John 3:16
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Morning Psalm 1, Noon Psalm 119:73-80, Evening Psalm 47.
Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.
Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.
I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.