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In the Beginning, God

Putting God in the beginning of all we do!

In the Beginning, God

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

God was in the beginning of everything, now we want to put God in the beginning of everything we are and do, even our day.

Welcome!

Welcome to the daily Bible reading devotional for the Christians who meet on Livingston Avenue in Lutz, Florida for our annual 2016-2017 theme.

Download the reading schedule here. Read along with us 5 days a week and come here to get a daily devotional that goes along with the reading. If this benefits you, pass it on to your friends.

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Our first day of reading and devo will be September 5, 2016.

See you then.

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Spend and Be Spent

Today’s reading is 2 Corinthians 11-12.

What an example Paul sets for us. Ready to spend and be spent for the salvation of others. I spend too much of my time trying to save and hold on to. What is a soul worth to me? What is it worth to you? I know what it was worth to Jesus. I’m really not trying to heap guilt on our heads. I promise. I’m just moved by Paul’s example. How about you?

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Corinthians 13 and Jude 1.

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Reaping How You Sow

Today’s reading is 2 Corinthians 9-10.

I know Paul is making the statement in a particular context, but I can’t help but see a broader principle. As Galatians 6:7 teaches we reap what we sow, 2 Corinthians 9:6 teaches we reap how we sow. If you only sow one tomato seed, you will reap a tomato, but only that one vine. If you sow a bountiful number of tomato seeds, you’ll get a bountiful number of tomatoes. If we sow our finances sparingly, we’ll reap a sparing blessing from God. If we sow God’s Word sparingly, is it any wonder the harvest of souls is so puny. If we only sow half-heartedly to the Spirit, we must not be surprised when the fruit of the Spirit in our lives bears anemic fruit. Let’s not only sow the right seed, but sow it with bountiful abandon and watch God produce amazing increase in every aspect of our sowing.

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Corinthians 11-12.

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Standing on the Promises

Today’s reading is 2 Corinthians 7-8.

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us sit on our backsides, doing nothing, just waiting for God to cleanse us of every defilement, taking us home to be with Him in heaven no matter how we live.”

Is that what your Bible said? Mine either.

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” Paul’s point isn’t that we save ourselves. His point is since we are walking in God’s grace, let’s act like we are walking in God’s grace. Because God’s grace is active, our work to be cleansed from defilement actually matters and will actually accomplish something. We’re standing on God’s promises. Let’s act like it.

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Corinthians 9-10.

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Regard No One According to Their Flesh

Today’s reading is 2 Corinthians 5-6.

When God comes first, it changes how we look at people. Rather than regarding them according to the flesh, we regard them according to their spirit. It doesn’t matter if their flesh is black or white, male or female, American or Russian, Jewish or Gentile, well-dressed or poorly-dressed, on the contrasts could go. What matters is whether or not their spirit is in Christ. Are they a new creation or still an old creature? If they are a new creation, praise God and draw close. If not, get them the gospel. Nothing else really matters.

Monday’s reading is 2 Corinthians 7-8.

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In Jars of Clay

Today’s reading is 2 Corinthians 3-4.

Jar of clay, jar of clay, I’ve got to remember I’m a jar of clay. I spend so much time trying to prove that surpassing power belongs to me. I want to prove to God that I really am an asset. I want to prove to you that I’m really worth having on the team. I want to be picked first every time. Today, I want to remember I’m a jar of clay. The surpassing power belongs to God. Apart from Him, my only hope is lying shattered on the hard floor. May the life of Jesus be manifested by my mortal flesh today.

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Corinthians 5-6.

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Burdened

Today’s reading is 2 Corinthians 1-2.

How many times have you heard someone say, “God will never let us be burdened beyond our ability.” Yet Paul says, “For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.” Perhaps we’ve misunderstood some other passages when the comfort we give so clearly contradicts this one. Notice what Paul’s conclusion was about this burden: “But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” We may, in fact, face many burdens to great for us. But we will never face a burden to great for God, even if the burden kills us, He will raise us from the dead. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Corinthians 3-4.

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The Gospel

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 15-16.

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”

What more do we need to learn today?

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Corinthians 1-2.

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Love: The Greatest Gift

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 13-14.

How many times have I wished I could speak in tongues, heal the sick, or just be able to prophesy? Oh, it would be so cool if I could do one of those things. What great teaching I could do with those gifts; what great evangelistic impact I could have with those gifts; how much better the congregation would be with those gifts? But Paul says better than all those gifts is love. Hmmm. I wonder what great teaching I could do with love, what great evangelistic impact I could have with love, how much better the congregation would be with love? The crazy thing is I can love, but too often I ignore that in pursuit of cool abilities and powers. Today, I wish for love. How cool will it be to have love? Very cool indeed.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 15-16.

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Imitate

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 11-12.

Paul says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” That isn’t a random statement thrown in between two sections of Paul’s letter. That is the conclusion of his discussion of love and meats offered to idols. Paul just said he put the glory of God and the salvation of others ahead of his own desires, preferences, privileges, and rights. He is now saying, he learned that from Jesus. In other words, Jesus put our salvation before His own desires, preferences, privileges, and rights when He went to the cross for us. Paul’s point is basically, “Don’t try to claim you would sacrifice your life for others if you won’t even sacrifice your favorite dinner for them.” Let’s imitate Christ, just like Paul did.

Monday’s reading is 1 Corinthians 13-14.

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