Daily Bible Reading
Monday, February 10. Read James 1:19-26. 1) What does James say anger does to us? 2) How should we position ourselves with respect to God’s word? 3) What is a person like who does not translate the teachings of Scripture into godly living?
Tuesday, February 11. Read Hebrews 5:11-14. 1) What was it difficult for the Hebrew writer to teach his church? 2) What behaviors do you think led them to become “dull?” 3) What did the really need?
Wednesday, February 12. Read 1 Peter 2:1-3. 1) What did Peter want his audience to “get rid of?” 2) What did James say we are? 3) How does that change the way you think about your life?
Thursday, February 13. Read Galatians 5:16-18. 1) From where should we receive guidance for our lives? 2) What does the sinful nature do to us?
Friday, February 14. Read 1 Corinthians 6:15-17. 1) What are our bodies? 2) What happens when we, for example, go to a prostitute? 3) What are we made for?
Saturday, February 15. Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-9. This is Sunday’s sermon text.
Prayer for the Week:
Dear Father, help us think continually about the way we live our lives: our conversation, our diet, and our lifestyle. May we be more intentional about these things wanting to glorify YOU. Give us the tools we need in order to build a Temple of our lives for you. In Jesus we pray this. Amen.
Hymn of the Week:
I’m Pressing on the Upward Way
by Johnson Oatman
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Devotional Article of the Week:
Want to see God’s temple? Look in the mirror
by Tim Archer
For the first time, and quite possibly the last time, my wife and I are traveling to Israel. We will see many of the places where the great stories of the Bible took place. We will walk the roads of what is called the Holy Land.
What we won’t see in Israel is the temple in Jerusalem. We’ll see partial ruins of where it once stood, but the temple itself was destroyed in the first century and never rebuilt. All that remains is the Western Wall, what is called the Wailing Wall.
While preaching to non-Christians in Athens, Paul told them:
However, it’s not entirely true to say that I won’t see God’s temple while on my trip to Israel. In fact, I’ll see that temple every morning when I look in the mirror, just as I do every day. The apostle Paul twice told the Christians in Corinth that God’s temple still stands today:
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? (1 Corinthians 6:19).
I am a temple of God because God lives in me. He comes to live in every person who is born again of water and Spirit.
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands(Acts 17:24).
There’s no building that is more of a temple than I am. God lives in people, not buildings built by human hands.
I’m excited to go to Israel, to see the historical sites there. I’m anxious to come to know better the lands that I read about in the Bible.
I’m also truly excited to have the privilege of being a temple of God. I, too, am “holy land.” “The God who made the world and everything in it” lives in me.
You can be holy as well. You can be a temple of God. Let him come live inside you.