Bible

Scripture Writing Plan

This blog post is your invitation to join me on an adventure of scripture writing!

Let’s enter the month of June with a plan for writing out Bible verses and then continue on through July. The theme of the plan is God’s Word.

All you need to do is click on the link below to download your PDF and then print out your free scripture writing plan. You can still easily participate even if you do not have access to a printer. Simply look on the PDF to see the verses for each day. These verses have been carefully selected for the theme of God’s Word.

If you have never tried the practice of scripture writing, this is the time to start.

Reading the scripture for the day and then writing it is such a rewarding practice. There are many reasons to love scripture writing and the verses selected for the June and July plan highlight many of these. You will immediately notice that it causes you to slow down, absorb the words and meditate on the verses as you go through the day.

Later there will be a follow-up blog post about scripture writing. But for now download your free plan, find a notebook and choose the time of day you will be writing.

June and July Scripture Writing Plan
from EverydaywiththeKing.com

Please leave a comment below to let me know you are planning to participate ūüôā

You are always welcome to contact me directly by email. I will quickly respond!

Send me an email – Lynn@everydaywiththeking.com

Bible

Scripture Writing Plan

This blog post is your invitation to join me on an adventure of scripture writing!

Let’s enter the month of June with a plan for writing out Bible verses and then continue on through July. The theme of the plan is God’s Word.

All you need to do is click on the link below to download your PDF and then print out your free scripture writing plan. You can still easily participate even if you do not have access to a printer. Simply look on the PDF to see the verses for each day. These verses have been carefully selected for the theme of God’s Word.

If you have never tried the practice of scripture writing, this is the time to start.

Reading the scripture for the day and then writing it is such a rewarding practice. There are many reasons to love scripture writing and the verses selected for the June and July plan highlight many of these. You will immediately notice that it causes you to slow down, absorb the words and meditate on the verses as you go through the day.

Later there will be a follow-up blog post about scripture writing. But for now download your free plan, find a notebook and choose the time of day you will be writing.

June and July Scripture Writing Plan
from EverydaywiththeKing.com

Please leave a comment below to let me know you are planning to participate ūüôā

You are always welcome to contact me directly by email. I will quickly respond!

Send me an email – Lynn@everydaywiththeking.com

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Ascension Day

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Today is Ascension Day

We don’t seem to take much note of this important day each year. It seems lost between the Resurrection and Pentecost. I do wonder why we don’t put more focus on the Ascension.

What an amazing time the disciples were experiencing with Jesus after His resurrection! They must have eagerly listened as He taught them. Jesus spent time preparing them for His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The time was approaching quickly when the disciples would be sent on the mission to share Jesus with all the world.

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,who also said, ‚ÄúMen of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.‚Ä̬† ¬† ¬† – Acts 1:9-11¬†

In his book, Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life‚Äôs Biggest Questions, Timothy Keller writes ‚ÄúAt the ascension, Jesus leaves the space-time continuum and passes into the presence of the Father. He is still human, still our second Adam . . . and still our Advocate‚ÄĒyet now he has been so glorified that everything he does has a cosmic scope . . . any time-space limitation passes away.”


Today Jesus is continuously present with us through the Holy Spirit and He is also present in Heaven. He is King over all always!

Let us be included with all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing and His glorious Return! (see 2 Timothy 4:8)

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.  Р1 John 2:28

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Bible, Bible reading plan

Psalm 25:14

My favorite daily Bible reading plan is the One Year Chronological Bible. In case you are interested in this plan, the month of May is a great time to start. Most of the readings are from the Psalms and it would be an excellent place in the Old Testament to begin.

Here is a link to a few earlier blog posts about the One Year Chronological Bible reading plan Leave a comment below if you would like more information about this or other Bible reading plans.


For those reading along in the One Year Chronological Bible reading plan, Psalm 25 was part of the daily reading on May 8th.

Let’s focus in on verse 14. So much in this one little verse! I’ve chosen to share the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition¬†because it captures the point of the verse so well. Basically, the AMPC allows you to more easily understand the meaning of many verses without devoting time in research. I love being able to access the AMPC but of course, nothing replaces researching for yourself.

The secret [of the wise counsel] of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will let them know His covenant and reveal to them [through His word] its [deep, inner] meaning.   РPsalm 25:14 AMPC

Here is an excerpt from what Charles Spurgeon beautifully wrote about Psalm 25:14

The higher spiritual life is necessarily a path which the eagle’s eye hath not known, and which the lion’s whelp has not travelled; neither natural wisdom nor strength can force a door into this inner chamber. Saints have the key of heaven’s hieroglyphics; they can unriddle celestial enigmas. They are initiated into the fellowship of the skies; they have heard words which it is not possible for them to repeat to their fellows.¬†And he will shew them his covenant. Its antiquity, security, righteousness, fulness, graciousness and excellence, shall be revealed to their hearts and understandings, and above all, their own part in it shall be sealed to their souls by the witness of the Holy Spirit. The designs of love which the Lord has to his people in the covenant of grace, he has been pleased to show to believers in the Book of Inspiration, and by his Spirit he leads us into the mystery, even the hidden mystery of redemption. He who does not know the meaning of this verse, will never learn it from a commentary; let him look to the cross, for the secret lies there.

The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show th

You might also like to read this post – Secret Place

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Love to know your thoughts on this verse ‚ô•

Bible study, Faith

Confident Trust

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.   РIsaiah 41:10 NKJV

Do you actually believe this?

Is God with you? Is He your God? Will God strengthen you and even uphold you?

Those who have confident trust in God are able to answer YES to those questions.


He will not be afraid of evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.   РPsalm 112:7 NKJV

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord.  РPsalm 112:7 AMPC

Let’s look at this verse in the King James Version with links to Hebrew word meanings from Strong’s concordance. Simply click on the links to learn more about these words.

  • heart
  • fixed
  • trusting
  • in the Lord

He shall not be afraid¬†of evil¬†tidings:¬†his heart¬†H3820¬†is fixed,¬†H3559¬†trusting¬†H982¬†in the LORD.¬†H3068–¬† ¬†– Psalm 112:7 KJV

Here is what Charles Spurgeon said about this powerful little verse.

…resigning everything into the hands of God. “His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” He is neither fickle nor cowardly; when he is undecided as to his course he is still fixed in heart: he may change his plan, but not the purpose of his soul. His heart being fixed in solid reliance upon God, a change in his circumstances but slightly affects him; faith has made him firm and steadfast, and therefore if the worst should come to the worst, he would remain quiet and patient, waiting for the salvation of God.

I want to live like this! How about you? 

Confident Trust

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Christian Pandemic Response

What is the proper response to the Coronavirus?

Some things are common sense like protecting ourselves and others by following the suggested hygiene practices and social distancing.

But what is our response beyond these actions?


First of all, Christians should not be overcome by fear and panic.

_The Christian need not dread sickness, for he has nothing to lose, but everything to gain, by death._

It’s helpful to look to history for guidance.

Read this short excerpt from Martin Luther’s clear simple response to the bubonic plague in 1527.

We die at our posts. Christian doctors cannot abandon their hospitals, Christian governors cannot flee their districts, Christian pastors cannot abandon their congregations. The plague does not dissolve our duties: It turns them to crosses, on which we must be prepared to die.


Please read one more portion of Luther’s writing for a great balanced view. This is a handy guide to refer to during these days of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shal

Please don’t let this unusual time come and go without squeezing the good from it. Ask God to open your eyes to what He wants you to see. Know that Jesus is constantly with you. You may be isolated from others but not from Him.

I hope you are finding more time to be with Jesus and read His Word. Have you been spending more time in prayer? Are you unsure of how to pray? Pray by simply expressing your honest thoughts and feelings. Ask questions and then expect God to answer you in some way. I have found a very simple prayer from the Old Testament to be perfect for this time.

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.  Р2 Chronicles 20:12

Your comments are always welcome

 

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Always Ready

Lately, while reading the familiar chapters about the Israelite’s wilderness journeys, I’ve tried to picture myself there with them. Do you ever imagine being with them and what it would be like in that time? Exciting, hard, terrifying, thrilling, and confusing all at the same time? Perhaps?

Read Numbers 9:15-23 and think about what it would be like to check each morning on the location of the cloud as you stepped out to gather your portion of manna.


 Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire.  So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents.  At the command of the Lord, the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the Lord they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped. Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not journey.  So it was, when the cloud was above the tabernacle a few days: according to the command of the Lord they would remain encamped, and according to the command of the Lord they would journey.  So it was, when the cloud remained only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they would journey. Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.  At the command of the Lord, they remained encamped, and at the command of the Lord they journeyed; they kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses.

Numbers 9:15-23 NKJV


Can you picture yourself traveling along with the Israelites? Each and every day meant waking up and not knowing if it would be time to pack up and move on or stay another day. It was all completely decided by God’s direct unmistakable leading.

Always ready to go and at the same time always ready to stay

Spending time with Jesus and the Word (gathering manna) is still the best way to start each day! We need to be watching and listening daily for what God is saying (looking for the cloud). Today we don’t follow a cloud or see the pillar of fire when we go to bed at night but we have the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Bible, Morning devotions, Quiet time

Morning Manna

2016-04-08_10.47.59While reading my Bible and having coffee early in the morning, I see the birds getting their breakfast of seeds from the ground and feeder. I love supplying seed and watching the birds come each day. It brings me true pleasure to watch them arrive, feed and linger awhile.

Similar to the birds coming to feed, I start my mornings by spending special time with Jesus. My food, morning manna, is His Word. How delightful to know He is with me and enjoying my coming to Him!


Definition of manna
a:  food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness
b:  divinely supplied spiritual nourishment
c:  a usually sudden and unexpected source of gratification, pleasure, or gain

Want to find out about manna? It is often mentioned in the Bible and not only in the Old Testament.

Check out this list ‚Üí Bible verses about manna

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Come early in the morning and start your day with the King!

 

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Faith Quest

Are you on a quest for more faith?

A quest for faith often involves searching, studying and prayer to find the faith supply that seems hidden. However, this is not necessary. It is like someone leaving their home and going on a journey in search of a treasure that is waiting back at home. The answer to the faith quest is simply this¬† ¬†~ ¬†God’s Word¬†

I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†~Dwight L. Moody

Let’s look at Romans 10:17 in a few different translations¬†

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 So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  РKJV

So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.    РNKJV

 (Belief you see, can only come from hearing the message, and the message is the word of Christ.)      РJ.B. Phillips 

 So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.    -NASB

 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).  -AMPC

So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.   -AMP


This verse is certainly telling us that the Bible is all we need to acquire more faith. If you look at this verse in different Bible translations it becomes more noticeable that the particular part of God’s word that is needed is the gospels. It is clear that the words of Jesus are the key.

Let’s take a look at what happened in John 4:4-30 and John 4:39-43 ¬†This is the portion of scripture about the Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus. However for the purpose of our topic today, I want to focus on the group of people that hear about Jesus through the Samaritan woman.

Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman and she then shared with others. John 4:39 tells us that the people believed in Jesus because of hearing what the woman said. Those people then invited Jesus to stay with them and He did. It would be great if you could get your Bible out and read this portion of scripture now, but in case that isn’t possible, I have included it below in a couple of different versions.

¬†From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‚ÄúHe told me all the things that I have¬†done.‚ÄĚ ¬†So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. ¬†Many more believed because of His word; ¬†and they were saying to the woman, ‚ÄúIt is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.‚Ä̬†After the two days He went forth from there into Galilee. ¬†-John 4:39-43 NASB

¬†Now many Samaritans from that city believed in Him and trusted Him [as Savior] because of what the woman said when she testified, ‚ÄúHe told me all the things that I have done.‚ÄĚ ¬†So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked Him to remain with them; and He stayed there two days. ¬†Many more believed in Him [with a deep, abiding trust] because of His word [His personal message to them]; ¬†and they told the woman, ‚ÄúWe no longer believe just because of what you said; for [now] we have heard Him for ourselves and know [with confident assurance] that this One is truly the Savior of [all] the world.‚Ä̬†After the two days He went on from there into Galilee. ¬†– John 4:39-43 ¬†AMP

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We don’t believe any longer now because of what you said. We have heard him with our own ears. We know now that this must be the man who will save the world!                                            John 4:42  J.B. Phillips

The people believe after hearing the words of Jesus from the Samaritan woman. So this is an example of faith coming by hearing the word of God as Romans 10:17 says. But we also clearly see that another level of faith is reached when these people have their very own personal encounter with Jesus and hear Him for themselves.

Compare the Samaritan’s experience with your own faith experience. When you first believed you had faith to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Later you moved to another level of faith after spending time with Jesus. I hope that you have come to know Jesus personally, yourself and not just second hand through other people’s testimonies. I pray that all who read this will have the desire to get to know the Lord Jesus Christ. The Samaritans had two special days with Jesus. We can have every day with Jesus. Open the Bible to hear Him speak to you!

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Bible, Corrie ten Boom, Faith

A Mentor

What is a mentor?

  • a wise and trusted counselor or teacher
  • a person who trains and guides someone
  • an experienced and trusted adviser

A good Christian mentor will always be directing your focus to Jesus. They will live out what they teach. Their guidance will be Bible-based.

It was at the very start of my faith journey that I found Corrie ten Boom. ¬†I got to know Corrie while reading her book “The Hiding Place.”¬†Many years have passed since she became a mentor to me through her writings.¬†I’ve received a wealth of practical guidance for my life. ¬†Today I continue to be richly¬†blessed because I’m able to access so much of what she shared through her books and video recordings.

Corrie was a living example of

  • the life of faith
  • true forgiveness
  • how to help others
  • prayer
  • humility
It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts. When I try, I fail. When I trust, He succeeds.
If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.
This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.
~ Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom said faith is a    Adobe Spark (5)

Fantastic

Adventure

In

Trusting

Him

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Would you like to know more about Corrie ten Boom?

Visit →  Corrie ten Boom where you will find quotes, videos, audio, and general information.

Please leave a comment below and share about someone who has been a mentor to you.

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Corrie ten Boom  (1892 Р1983)