The Pot and the Potter


An interesting read…

Originally posted on The Daily Bible Plan:

Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 29-31; James 1

Today’s Key Passage – Isaiah 29:13-16


When I was in my twenties, I enjoyed having friends over to my house on weekends to play poker.  One day, I decided that the one thing that was missing was a good poker table.  I did not want to go out and buy an expensive table, so I reasoned that I could build one myself.  Over the course of a few weeks, I would work on the table in my spare time.  Eventually what started as a pile of lumber turned into a relatively well-built poker table, complete with cup holders, chip trays, red felt, and leather rails.  In the end, I am sure I spent more on my handmade poker table than any table I would have bought in a store, but that did not matter to me.  Because I built it, I…

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Competing Messages

Originally posted on The Daily Bible Plan:

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 18,19; 2 Chronicles 32; James 5

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Kings 18:17-37


In my job, I have spent a lot of time in airports over the years.  One thing I have learned about airports is that there are many competing messages you have to deal with.  When sitting at a gate waiting on a flight, it is common to hear all of the messages from the surrounding gates.  There have been many times when I have heard a message about a delay, a cancellation, or a gate change, and wrongly believed the affected flight was my own.  If you are not paying close attention, and if you do not check the source of the message, it is easy to be confused or led astray.

In today’s key passage, the people in Jerusalem had to deal with competing messages.  The Assyrian forces had…

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What does it mean that God is not mocked?

Originally posted on altruistico:

To mock God is to disrespect, dishonor, or ignore Him. It is a serious offense committed by those who have no fear of God or who deny His existence. The most easily recognized form of mockery is disrespect typified by verbal insults or other acts of disdain. It is associated with ridicule, scoffing, and defiance. Mockery is a dishonoring attitude that shows low estimation, contempt, or even open hostility.

In the Bible mockery is a behavior and attitude shown by the fool (Psalm 74:22), the wicked (Psalm 1:1), the enemy (Psalm 74:10), the hater of knowledge (Proverbs 1:22; 13:1), the proud (Psalm 119:51; Isaiah 37:17), and the unteachable (Proverbs 15:12). A mocker goes beyond mere lack of judgment to making a conscious decision for evil. Mockers are without a spirit of obedience, teachability, discernment, wisdom, worship…

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Praying for the Right Reasons

Originally posted on The Daily Bible Plan:

Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 36-37; Psalm 76; 1 Peter 1

Today’s Key Passage – Isaiah 37:14-20


Even before I was saved, I used to spend time praying before going to sleep at night, though I vary rarely prayed for the right reasons.  For example, I would often pray that God would allow me to win the lottery.  Moreover, I did not want to win the lottery so I could do anything good like helping the homeless or building a church.  I wanted to win the lottery so I could buy a big house and a Ferrari.  Of course, looking back on it now my prayers were nothing short of sinful, yet at the time I was always at least a little surprised and disappointed when my lottery numbers failed to win.  See, I used to look at prayer the same way a small child looks at blowing out…

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The Restoration Project

Originally posted on The Daily Bible Plan:

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Chronicles 29-31; James 4

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 29:1-30


When Hezekiah became king at the age of twenty-five, he knew the people of Judah needed to return to God.  After sixteen years under the leadership of the evil king Ahaz, they were in desperate need of a major restoration project.  Most of us at some point in our lives are going to stumble and fall, and when we do, we will need the same thing.  Whether we are away from God for an hour or for years, we can learn a lot about restoring our relationship with God by the steps King Hezekiah took with the people of Judah.

During Ahaz’s reign, he closed the temple, so the first step Hezekiah took was to reopen it. (Vs. 3)  For us today, our lives and our hearts are our temples, and when we…

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Jesus Seizes the Initiative

Originally posted on The Life Project:

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Mark 12:35-37

Parallel Texts: Matthew 22:41-46; Luke 20:41-44

On that fateful Tuesday, Jesus has fought off three waves of attack from Jewish authorities who each peppered Him with questions designed to entrap Him into a mistake they could use as a pretense to arrest and kill Him. Now, Jesus moves to counter-attack.

His opening salvo comes in the form of a question in verse 35:  “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David?

To be fair, the teachers of the law were not wrong about the Messiah being the son of David in the sense that Messiah would clearly be of the House of David, the royal house of Israel, the house of kings. So, while they were technically correct as legalists usually are, they missed the larger point that Messiah would also be the Son of God, here on earth to…

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Belief vs. Obedience



Originally posted on The Daily Bible Plan:

Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 32-35; James 2

Today’s Key Passage – James 2:14-26


How many Christians do you know?  It seems like an easy question to answer, but for most of us, it is not.  In our society today, the line of who is and who is not a Christian has become a bit blurred.   From pop stars wearing crosses to people marking “Christian” in their religious views on Facebook, there are many people today claiming to be followers of Christ.  The problem is that in many cases, people are calling themselves Christians without really understanding what that word means.  It has become somewhat diluted over time.  For the first 30 years or so of my life, I claimed to be a Christian.  When anyone asked me about my religious beliefs, I always said I was a Christian, but my behavior did not match up to my…

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