Daily Service: Talk?

DAY 81
Can we talk?
 
God communicates in many ways. We should too.
I saw a video on Facebook a few days ago, well actually I saw several, but the one that comes to mind was a preacher talking about bringing your Bible to church as opposed to the Bible App on your smart phone.
Two major points were made:
First: People outside the church (not in your fellowship) see you carrying a Bible, maybe they ask questions, get curious, get invited to join you.
Second: your phone has a lot of apps that are designed to distract you, and the probably will distract you when God is trying to get your attention.
He also talked about coming into church with the respect and reverence you would have going into a courtroom.
So, this morning I dressed for church and taking my Bible and notebook, I headed for church. We stopped on the way for a bottle of water and a snack. I engaged the cashier in conversation (the shirt and tie along with the Bible started the conversation). She asked me to keep her in prayer (she must work when she’d rather be in church).
The thought that occurred to me as we drove to church was this: We fit God and church into our schedule. Shouldn’t we ask God to dictate our schedule? Or more to the point: I need to take God with me everywhere, and not be a secret saint.
 
1 Timothy 4:14-16 (KJV)
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
 
Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
 
Romans 1:16-17 (KJV)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
 
Romans 5:5 (KJV)
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Daily Bible Reading 13 October 2018

10/13/18 Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 49-51, Hebrews 1, Proverbs 13

Isaiah 51:6 (NKJV)
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, And look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, The earth will grow old like a garment, And those who dwell in it will die in like manner; But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not be abolished.

Book: Hebrews

Author: Not stated; Paul, Luke, Barnabas, and Apollos have all been suggested.

Date: Probably sometime before AD 70, since Hebrews refers to temple sacrifices. The Jerusalem temple was destroyed by Romans in AD 70.

In ten words or less: Jesus is better than any Old Testament person or sacrifice.

“From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission”

Hebrews 1:1-2 (NKJV)
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

 

Daily Bible Reading 12 October 2018

10/12/18 Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 45-47, Philemon 1, Proverbs 12

Isaiah 46:5-7 (KJV)
To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.

Book: Philemon

Author: The apostle Paul (1:1)

Date: Approximately AD 63, when Paul was imprisoned in Rom.

In ten words or less: Paul begs mercy for a runaway slave converted to Christianity.

“From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission”

Philemon 1:8-12 (NKJV)
Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting, yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you–being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ– I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me. I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,

Daily Service: Hole

DAY 80

Hole

 The Bible tells us that we all have a measure of faith to believe.  I believe that sets up the idea and it is born out by all known cultures that we all have a need to have a deity that we look to.  The problem with most of those cultures is that nobody ever told them about Jesus.  Maybe you have grown up in a non religious environment and you just don’t know about that hole and you have been trying to fill it with everything: money, job, accomplishment, but nothing seems to satisfy.

 This is from an old Hank Williams song

Yea! My bucket’s got a hole in it

Yea! My bucket’s got a hole in it

Yea! My bucket’s got a hole in it

I can’t buy no beer

Okay now we don’t relate to a lot of these details but his lament is thoroughly Biblical. We always want what we can’t have, and we are never satisfied (this is the worldly truth for most people)

There is also a line in the song about how he can’t have the girl in the bosses’ yard.  Same thing.

But more to the point, let’s talk about that hole.  If you don’t know Christ, you may well be seeking to fill a God shaped void with everything but God.

Revelation 22:16-21 (KJV)
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.   For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading 11 October 2018

10/11/18 Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 43-45, Titus 3, Proverbs 11

Isaiah 43:7 (NKJV)
Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”

Titus 3:1-2 (NKJV)
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

Sunday school song:

Read your Bible, pray everyday, and you’ll grow grow grow

 

Daily Service: Pray!

DAY 79

PRAY!

Pastor Robert Prieto

Apostolic Bible Fellowship Guam

Wednesday Night Bible Study 10/03/2018

Power in Prayer

Acts 4:23-31 KJV

And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Ephesians 6:18

1 Corinthians 9:27

1 John 5:14

1 John 5:15

Luke 19:45-46

Hebrews 4:14-16

Pray for the homeless families you pass by on your way to work or shop or school.

Pray for your relatives that your witness be heard.

Pray that God will pull down the strongholds that prevent His Light from shining in all your relationships.

Indeed please do pray for the missions and the ministries around the world that are reaching out to the lost.

But look a little closer to home for your evangelizing and prayers.

Daily Bible Reading 10 October 2018

10/10/18 Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 40-42, Proverbs 10

Isaiah 40:15-18 (NKJV)
Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?

Isaiah 41:1 (NKJV)
“Keep silence before Me, O coastlands, And let the people renew their strength! Let them come near, then let them speak; Let us come near together for judgment.

41:1. The Lord confronted the nations and the islands (the remotest places where humans live) face to face in judgment. Of the 15 occurrences of “islands” in the Old Testament, 14 are in Isaiah. Together the islands and nations suggest all the world’s peoples. In suggesting that they meet together, God was not asking that they negotiate; instead He was asking that they come together and realize the truth of His words.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.

Isaiah 1:18-20 (KJV)
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Daily Bible Reading 09 October 2018

10/9/18 Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 37-39, Tutus 2, Proverbs 9

Isaiah 37:14-16 (NKJV)
And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. Then Hezekiah prayed to the LORD, saying:
“O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.

 Titus 2:1-3 (NKJV)
But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things–

 

Daily Bible Reading 08 October 2018

10/08/18 Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 34-36, Titus 1, Proverbs 8

Isaiah 34:8 (NKJV)
For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Isaiah 35:10 (NKJV)
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Book: Titus

Author: The apostle Paul (1:1)

Date: Approximately AD 63.

In ten words or less: Church leaders are instructed on their lives and teaching.

“From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission”

Titus 1:16 (NKJV)
They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

Daily Bible Reading 06 October 2018

10/06/18 Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 31-33, 2 Timothy 4, Proverbs 6

WOE

Isaiah 31:1 (NKJV)
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the LORD!

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (NKJV)
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.