Week of Jan 8 – Text List

The 1 Home Bible Study texts for the week of January 1 are as follows:

Psalm 89
Isaiah 42.1-9
Acts 10.34-38
Matthew 3.13-17

Daily Bible Reading Texts are:

Jan. 9 – Psalm 1, 2, 3; Isaiah 40:12-23; Ephesians 1:1-14; Mark 1:1-13
Jan. 10 – Psalm 5, 6; Isaiah 40:25-31; Ephesians 1:15-23; Mark 1:14-28
Jan. 11 – Psalm 119:1-24; Isaiah 41:1-16; Ephesians 2:1-10; Mark 1:29-45
Jan. 12 – Psalm 18:1-19; Isaiah 41:17-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 2:1-12
Jan. 13 – Psalm 16, 17; Isaiah 42:1-17; Ephesians 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22
Jan. 14 – Psalm 20, 21:1-13; Isaiah 43:1-13; Ephesians 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6

You Won’t Believe This!

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When they had seen Jesus, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
(Luke 2.17-18)

You are not going to believe what I just saw!

Have you ever heard this phrase before? And if so, what had that person seen that made him or her so intent on sharing this news with others? What news is such good news that we cannot help be share it with anyone and everyone we meet?

Too often the news we most want to share with others isn’t good news at all.

Our world is discovering the impact of “fake news.” Our most recent presidential election has been tainted by scores of web sites containing information that is not factual, intended to sway the emotions of people and influence their actions. While we may never know the full extent in which people’s voting patterns were influenced, there is no doubt people’s emotions and perceptions were affected. There is no need to present the facts when playing on people’s fears and emotions will work just as well.

In many respects, this makes the good news the shepherds shared with everyone they saw (at least this would appear to be the case in Luke 2) even that much more important. This was not made up events attempting to persuade people one way or the other. This was the news of the coming king, the One God exalted to the highest place. This is the One whose name is majestic above all the earth. This really is good news that would change the world.

Good news, really good news that changes the world, stands on its own. It does not need a gimmick or have to play on people’s perceptions to “sell” itself. No, good news creates an atmosphere that leaves people yearning for more, longing to know the power contained within that news. Good news is simple—a baby is born—and yet profoundly powerful—this baby will redeem the world.

Glorify and praise God today for the things you have seen and heard from him!

Questions:

•When you think of the Lord’s name being majestic throughout all the earth, what sort of things do you attribute to him? How does his majesty affect the way you follow Jesus?

•God is described in Exodus as being “compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness.” Describe a time when you have experienced these attributes of God in your own life. What other attributes would you use to describe him?

•In what ways have you found God’s good purpose working in your life?

•Why do you think people were so amazed to hear the message given by the shepherds in Luke 2? How do you think you would have responded to their story? How do you think their story would have changed you, even without seeing Jesus? How can you share a similar story to others today?

•In what ways do you live your life in full understanding of the majesty of God? In what ways do you often try to place other things before God? How can you change this during this upcoming week?

Week of Jan 1 – Text List

The 1 Home Bible Study texts for the week of January 1 are as follows:

Psalm 8
Exodus 34:1-8
Philippians 2:9-13
Luke 2:15-21

Daily Bible Reading Texts are:

Jan. 2 – Psalm 34; Genesis 12:1-7; Hebrews 11:1-12; John 6:35-51
Jan. 3 – Psalm 68; Genesis 28:10-22; Hebrews 11:13-22; John 10.7-17
Jan. 4 – Psalm 85, 87; Exodus 3:1-12; Hebrews 11:23-31; John 14:6-14
Jan. 5 – Psalm 2, 110:1-7; Joshua 1:1-9; Hebrews 11:32-12:2; John 15:1-16
Jan. 6 – Psalm 46, 97; Isaiah 52:7-10; Revelation 21:22-27; Matthew 12:14-21
Jan. 7 – Psalm 103; Isaiah 52:3-6; Revelation 2:1-7; John 2:10-11