Daily Bible Reading “Give Thanks to God for the People in Your Life” (Romans 16:1-5)

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Paul wrote this letter, to the Romans from Corinth and sent it by Phebe, who was a servant of the church at Cenchrea. What does Paul mean by saying that Phebe was a servant of the church?

Paul is sending a recommendation for Phebe. Sometimes in life, we need other people to intervene for us. We may need them to intercede with God and pray for us or to recommend us to other people. Paul knew Phebe and he knew about her dedication to Christ and the church.

Paul requests they accept her and support her in whatever she needs. In this Scripture, Paul gave thanks for Priscilla and Aquila, who he called his helpers in Christ Jesus. He says they stuck out their necks for him.

Throughout the next ten verses of the chapter, Paul goes through a whole list of people for whom he was thankful. Get out your Bible and look at it.

Many times in life we wouldn’t be where we are had it not been for the people God placed in our lives to help us along the way. Sometimes God gives you a job to do that is so big, you not only need His help, but the help of others to get it done. We need to remember to give God thanks always for the people He places in our lives.

The people God has placed in my life have really blessed me. He has placed so many people in my life who are willing to take their time and resources to help me.

It has been such a blessing for me to see how He has taken the relationships that I have made over the past few years with Christian friends on the Internet and used them to support me. I am humbled and grateful for each one of them and for each one of you.

When is the last time you stopped and took the time to think about the people God has placed in your life and gave Him glory and praise for them? Think about it: your mother, father, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, wife or husband, children, grandchildren, friends, fellow church members, business acquaintances, the servers in restaurants, the people who work in the stores you frequent, and many more.

The list goes on and on and sometimes, we take it all for granted. What if that person was no longer in your life? Wouldn’t there be a void?

Instead of taking everybody for granted and thinking they’ll always be there for us we need to take time to stop and thank the Lord for them and let them know how much we love and appreciate them. Don’t wait — tomorrow may be too late. Let them know today and let God know how much you appreciate all the people He has placed in your life.

Having an attitude of gratitude towards the people in your life not only shows them you care, it makes them want to be there for you. It’ll make you a happier person if you are thankful and appreciative of the people in your life.

People will enjoy being around you and will want to please you because you make them feel appreciated. Spending time thanking God for the people in your life will make Him know you are grateful as well.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Romans 16:1-5

1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:

4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

 

Things to think about:

  • In what ways do you give God thanks for the people in your life?
  • What are some things we can do to help us not take people for granted?
  • Make a list of all the people God has placed in your life whom you are thankful for and keep adding to the list as God places more people in your life.
  • Tell at least one person each day how much you love and appreciate him or her.

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for all the people You placed in our lives. We thank You for our families, our friends, our church families, and our acquaintances. So many times we take them all for granted, forgive us and help us to love and appreciate them and to give thanks to You for them. You bless and enrich our lives by the people You place in our lives. We want to take time today to say thank You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

-Excerpt from “Give Thanks” by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends

 

Christian Music Video: “Thank You Lord”

As you listen to this video use it as a means of praise and thanks to God. Say a prayer to Him and thank Him for all the people He has placed in your life.

PS. Thank you for coming to DeborahHBateman.com to study the Bible with us. Come back again tomorrow and invite someone to join you. We’ll see what the LORD shows us we should be thankful for next.

 

Give Thanks - 25“Give Thanks”

By Deborah H. Bateman and Friends

About the book:

Give Thanks is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends. Give Thanks contains 21 daily Bible lessons that remind us to have an attitude of gratitude.

Each lesson contains a brief commentary, coordinating Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer for the day. Give Thanks is a great Bible study for individual or group Bible studies.

Four of Deborah’s friends contributed to the book and one of her friends contributed pictures of nature to remind us to be thankful for God’s creation. May God bless you as you read this book and remember all the things you have to be grateful for and to “Give Thanks” with a grateful heart.

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/k6ex5xn

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Have a blessed day,

Deborah

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Daily Bible Reading “Give Thanks to God” (Colossians 3:1-17)

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And whatsoever ye DO in WORD or DEED, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, GIVING THANKS to God and the Father by him.

-Colossians 3:17

Paul tells the people if they are in Christ they should seek those things which are above, not the things on the earth. He says to put off the sins of the old sinful man and put on the image of the new man, which is created after the image of Christ. The Bible tells us when we get saved that we become new creatures in Christ. God helps us to do away with our old sinful nature and take up characteristics that are Christ-like. In this Scripture Paul uses the male gender, but this applies to all those who accept Christ as their Savior, both male and female.

Paul says as Christians we are all one in Christ; there are no differences between us because of our background or race. Paul goes on to tell what the new man should look like in Christ. These are the characteristics that Paul says should be indicative of the new man, he should be holy, merciful, and kind. He should show the traits of humbleness, meekness, and long-suffering. He should be forgiving, show love through charity, and let the peace of God rule in his heart. Paul says, “Be ye thankful.”

In verses 16 and 17 he tells us how to do that, by studying the word of God, teaching, admonishing one another, and singing psalms and hymns. He reminds us that whatever we do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God, the Father by Him. As Christians we should get in the habit of studying God’s Word and encouraging one another. God loves it when we sing songs of praise and worship to Him and give thanks to Him for who He is and all He has done for us.


Daily Bible Scripture:

Colossians 3:1-17

1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

Things to think about:

  • In what ways can seek the things which are above?
  • Have you put off the old sinful man?
  • Are you in the habit of giving thanks to the LORD?


Prayer of the Day
:

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins. Help us to set our sights on things above and not on things on the earth. Help us to be forgiving of one another. Help us to put on the fruits of the spirit. We love You and praise You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

-Excerpt from “Give Thanks” by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends

 

Christian Music Video: “Give Thanks” by Don Moen

PS. Thank you for coming to DeborahHBateman.com to study the Bible with us. Come back tomorrow. Please invite someone to join us for Bible Study. 

Give Thanks - 25“Give Thanks”By Deborah H. Bateman and Friends

About the book:

Give Thanks is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends. Give Thanks contains 21 daily Bible lessons that remind us to have an attitude of gratitude.

Each lesson contains a brief commentary, coordinating Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer for the day. Give Thanks is a great Bible study for individual or group Bible studies.

Four of Deborah’s friends contributed to the book and one of her friends contributed pictures of nature to remind us to be thankful for God’s creation. May God bless you as you read this book and remember all the things you have to be grateful for and to “Give Thanks” with a grateful heart.

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/k6ex5xn

Get your copy now!



Have a blessed day,

Deborah

 

Daily Bible Reading “Guard Your Heart” (Proverbs 4:20-27)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 4:20-27. Solomon says to his son, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Don’t let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the middle of your heart.”

They are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it is the source of life.

Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and perverse lips put far from you. Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.

Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Don’t turn to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.

The heart is an organ that is the center of the circulation system in our bodies and is regarded as the center of all physical and spiritual life.

Solomon warns his son to guard his heart. We have to be careful what we let into our bodies through our eye gate and our ear gate. These things end up in our heart. What goes in our bodies will come out of our bodies eventually in some form or another.

Have you ever noticed what comes out of your mouth when you stump your toe? How about when someone pulls out in front of you in traffic?

In Matthew 15:18-20a Jesus says, But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man.”

Guard your heart. Be careful what you watch on TV or read in books. Be careful what you listen to. You may think these things don’t affect you, but what we let into our lives, both the good and bad resides in our heart, the center or our being.

Solomon not only says to guard your heart he also says to guard your mouth. Be careful about the language you use. Speak the truth in love. Don’t let perverse words flow from your mouth.

Solomon warns, guard your steps, as well. Don’t turn to the right or left but keep on the straight and narrow path that leads to life everlasting. Stay clear of evil.

By guarding our hearts, our mouths, and our steps we can keep our bodies pure and away from evil.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 4:20-27

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

 

Things to think about:

  • What is the importance of guarding our hearts?
  • Why should we guard our mouth?
  • In what ways should we guard our steps?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this Scripture in the book of Proverbs. Solomon warns his son to guard his heart, mouth, and steps. Help us to guard our hearts, mouth, and steps. Help us to keep evil away from our hearts, mouth and path of life. Keep us on the straight and narrow. Protect us from evil. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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In the book of Haggai the LORD reveals a message to Haggai for the people asking them to consider your ways. The LORD also reminded the people through Haggai that He was with them, among other things. These are lessons that we can still use today in our lives.

The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways contains four Daily Bible Reading lessons consisting of a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions to consider called, “Things to think about,” and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individual or group study.

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Daily Bible Reading “Let Your Light Shine in the Darkness” (Proverbs 4:14-19)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 4:14-19. Solomon warns his son saying, “Don’t enter into the path of the wicked, and don’t go in the way of evil men. Avoid it, don’t pass by it, turn from it, and pass away.”

The wicked don’t sleep, until they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause someone to fall. They eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

The path of the just is like the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.

The way of the wicked is like darkness: they don’t know what will cause them to stumble.

Solomon warns his son not to walk in the way of the wicked. He tells him to do whatever he has to do to keep from going down that path. He explains to him how those who are wicked act and think.

We must be on guard at every turn so that the enemy doesn’t cause us to stray. The enemy will try to tempt us to turn away from God and to go down the path of the wicked.

As believers we are to let our light shine in the darkness of this world. We are to share the light of the LORD with those who haven’t heard. By doing so we may be able to help some of those who have trodden down the path of the wicked and lead them to see the light of the LORD.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 4:14-19

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

 

Things to think about:

  • What does Solomon say about the wicked?
  • What does he say about the path of the righteous?
  • What are some things we can do as believers to help shed the light of the LORD in this dark world?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we see Solomon’s warning about walking in the path of the wicked. Help us not to walk in the ways of the wicked, but to let our light shine in this dark world. Guard us from all iniquity and help us to walk on the path of righteousness. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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In the book of Haggai the LORD reveals a message to Haggai for the people asking them to consider your ways. The LORD also reminded the people through Haggai that He was with them, among other things. These are lessons that we can still use today in our lives.

The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways contains four Daily Bible Reading lessons consisting of a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions to consider called, “Things to think about,” and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individual or group study.

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Daily Bible Reading “Get Wisdom” (Proverbs 4:1-13)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 4:1-13. Solomon says, “Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and listen to learn understanding. I give you good instruction, don’t forsake my direction.”

I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me as well, and said to me, Let your heart attain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

Get wisdom, get understanding: don’t forget it; don’t stray from the words of my mouth.

Don’t abandon wisdom, she will protect you: love her, and she will keep you.

Wisdom is the first thing; so acquire wisdom: and with all your acquisitions get intelligence.

Exalt wisdom, and it will promote you: it will bring you honor, when you embrace it.

Wisdom will give to your head a wreath of favor: it will give you a crown of glory.

Listen, my son, and receive my words; and you will add many years to your life.

Solomon says, “I have taught you the ways of wisdom; I have led you on the right paths. When you go, your steps won’t be distressed; and when you run, you won’t fall.”

Hold on to instruction; don’t let go: guard her; she is your life.

As children, our parents taught us many things. It is important that we pass down the wisdom of our parents to our children. As we learned earlier in Proverbs wisdom comes from the LORD. We need to pass down what we have learned from the Bible to our children as well. Much of what is taught in Proverbs are good godly principles to live our lives by.

In this Scripture Solomon is trying to impress the importance of holding on to the wisdom that he has been taught by his father as his way of life. He knows the dangers of straying from the ways of the LORD. He wants his son to live a good life, as we wish for our children and grandchildren as well.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 4:1-13

1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

 

Things to think about:

  • What is the importance of wisdom in our lives?
  • What is the importance of passing down wisdom to our children?
  • What is the importance of understanding?
  • How can we get wisdom?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we learn the importance of attaining wisdom and abiding by what we learn. Help us to make wise decisions. Help us to pass down the wisdom we have learned in this life to our children and grandchildren. Guard our hearts and minds. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Featured Book:

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haggai(1)-25The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways
By Deborah H. Bateman

About the book:

The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways is a Daily Bible Reading Study of the book of Haggai by Deborah H. Bateman. It is the twenty-fifth book in the Daily Bible Reading Series by the author. Haggai was one of the prophets from the Old Testament of the Bible.

In the book of Haggai the LORD reveals a message to Haggai for the people asking them to consider your ways. The LORD also reminded the people through Haggai that He was with them, among other things. These are lessons that we can still use today in our lives.

The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways contains four Daily Bible Reading lessons consisting of a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions to consider called, “Things to think about,” and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individual or group study.

Go to: http://amazon.com/dp/B00P8HRYZE
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