Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)

Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)
From September 26 to November 10, 2017, my husband, daughter and I will be on a ministry trip in Australia and New Zealand. The places we will be visiting are shown on the map above - along with the dates in which we'll be in these places (and what we'll be doing while there). Please keep this ministry trip and all of us in your prayers! Blogs will appear daily throughout this time, as I have written them and scheduled them in advance. I welcome your comments - and enjoy them! Just know I will not have Internet access for much of this time. So, I will look forward to reading your responses upon my return. Thank you for your understanding! And please keep reading to complete the "Reading the Bible in a Year" challenge and blessing! I am very grateful to Claire for her faithful blog comments (please everyone - join her in sharing each day as a discussion blesses everyone so much more!) And I am thankful that Claire has graciously agreed to add a bit more into her daily comments during my time of absence. Please direct special comments or questions which require immediate responses to her (on this blog). Blessings as you continue your journey through God's Word this year!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - January 8, 2017

Today's Reading:

Luke 9:1-27

Genesis 15

Psalm 8

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Thoughts and Commentary on today's reading:

In today's reading, there were again many wonderful concepts to capitalize upon.

I cherished the reminder, in Luke 9, that he who saves his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for Messiah's Sake will find it. As I read that portion, I remembered Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, two of the men who were martyred by the Auca's only to have that martyrdom be the very thing that needed to happen for the salvation of those formerly savage people. What a powerful story of faith!

Missionary Jim Elliot was only 28 years old when he was killed while doing mission work in Ecuador. But his legacy has continued far beyond his lifespan. He life demonstrated what it means to lose one's life for Messiah's sake, and in so doing, to find it. Jim once said:

Then, in Psalm 8, I rejoiced to join David in praising the Almighty Name of God! In verses 1 and 9 of Psalm chapter 9, David repeated the idea that God's Name is "excellent" and above all other names. What did David see in the Names of God that made him pour forth this praise - specifically?

God's Character is found in His Names. As He reveals Himself to His people, fulfilling their needs and manifesting to them in the way in which they need Him to, He reveals different aspects of Himself. He is everything we will ever need. And we get some concept of that through His Names and Titles - all of which are manifestations of the multiple ways He blesses us. So, for just a moment, today, I thought you might be blessed (as I was) to enjoy Eric Ludy's inspiring video (11 minutes long) - He Is - which extols the Names of God. As you watch, think about Who He is to you! And join with David in praising the Almighty Name of God!

He Is Video link


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