Read the Bible in One Year – December 2019

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December Reading List

December 1: 1 Corinthians 9-11

December 2: 1 Corinthians 12-14

December 3: 1 Corinthians 5-16

December 4: 2 Corinthians 1-4

December 5: 2 Corinthians 5-9

December 6: 2 Corinthians 10-13

December 7: Galatians 1-3

December 8: Galatians 4-6

December 9: Ephesians 1-3

December 10: Ephesians 4-6

December 11: Philippians 1-4

December 12: Colossians 1-4

December 13: 1 Thessalonians 1-5

December 14: 2 Thessalonians 1-3

December 15: 1 Timothy 1-6

December 16: 2 Timothy 1-4

December 17: Titus-Philemon

December 18: Hebrews 1-6

December 19: Hebrews 7-10

December 20: Hebrews 11-13

December 21: James 1

December 22: 1 Peter 1-5

December 23: 2 Peter 1-3

December 24: 1 John 1-5

December 25: 2 John-Jude

December 26: Revelation 1-3

December 27: Revelation 4-8

December 28: Revelation 9-12

December 29: Revelation 13-16

December 30: Revelation 17-19

December 31: Revelation 20-22

Courage to Follow Jesus

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Verse of the Day:  Philippians 1:20

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

 

Because of God’s grace we do not have to be ashamed of any suffering we may encounter for Christ.  We must have the courage to follow Jesus and declare Him to be the Son of God, the Messiah and the Lord of our lives. (Romans 10:9) Having courage also means being obedient to His teachings. (John 8:31) Be courageous and determined to always do your very best to obey the call of God in all circumstances.

Christlike Mindset             

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Verse of the Day:  Philippians 2:5

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus

 

In everything you do and as you interact with people, follow the example of Jesus Christ.  Before you speak, before you act, ask yourself how Jesus would handle the situation. In the 90s the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” (WWJD) became popular as a reminder to follow the example of Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus was humble, obedient, patient, giving, forgiving, loved God and all people. Live your life in such a way that others will see Jesus in you.

Knowing Christ

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Verse of the Day:  Philippians 3:10

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death

 

There is a difference in knowing about someone and knowing someone and there is a difference between knowing what someone does and knowing who someone is. You may have known about Jesus all your life but until you seek Him with all of your heart you won’t really know Him as your personal Savior. You won’t have a personal relationship with Him until you start spending time with Him.  The more time you spend with Him the more you will become like Him.  You have a friend in Jesus, start getting to really know Him.

Peace for Your Stress

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Verse of the Day:  Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Everyone deals with stress now and then and some people deal with it on a regular basis. Meditating on God’s Word and praying plays a big part in dealing with these external stressors. We also need to do our part in taking care of our bodies by getting enough sleep, eating right and exercising.  Give your worries over to God. Put your trust and confidence in Him and let the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, bring His peace into your life.

Love Is Not Selfish

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Verse of the Day:  Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.

 

We are living in an age where selfish ambition is the norm.  Our culture teaches us to think of ourselves as the top priority and to put ourselves first in everything we do. But the Bible teaches us to be humble and not to think of ourselves as more important than others.  True love is not selfish, it puts our partners needs and happiness above our own.

Worry or Worship    

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Verse of the Day:  Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

 

Whatever it is that worries you whether it’s spiritual, physical, for yourself or for someone else bring it to God in prayer.  Humbly come before your heavenly Father with a sincere heart and lay your burdens, your worries and your cares at His feet. Thank Him for what He’s done for you in the past, thank Him for hearing your prayer in the present and thank Him in advance for answering your prayer in the future. Come to Him with an honest heart, tell Him how you feel and what you need.  He already knows, but He wants to hear it from you.

God Isn’t Finished with You Yet

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Verse of the Day: Philippians 1:6

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

Have you ever felt like it was taking way too long for God to change you? You might even have wished you could rush God into changing you over night.  We all do, but it doesn’t happen that way. You need to be confident that in His way and in His timing He is changing you. We know this because He always finishes what He starts, so when you feel like you’re not changing fast enough, have faith and trust that God is still working on you.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 2: Thankful for Wonderful Memories

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Verse of the Day:  Philippians 1:3

I thank my God every time I remember you.

 

Paul wrote this in a letter after he left Philippi where he had gone through some very difficult times, yet he chose not to focus on the things that had caused him pain. We ought to be like Paul and stay focused on the positive things in our lives and appreciate the great memories we have.  I thank God for giving me strength to get through difficult times and I am thankful for the great memories I have of the wonderful people God placed in my life.

Positive Thinking

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Verse of the Day:  Philippians 4:8

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praise worthy think about such things.

 

Fill your mind with positive thoughts that build you up. Focus on the positive things in your life and surround yourself with likeminded people.  Your thoughts become words, your words become actions, your actions become habits and your habits become your character.