Sunday, April 30, 2017

Day 30 ~ you are a third of the way through!

Today's reading: John 16-18

18:37, “…I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

I find that statement absolutely fascinating!  

There is soil that is just plain ready to receive the seed. (Matt. 13:23)
There are sheep who hear the shepherds voice and follow it.  (John 10:3)
There are those that have ears to hear about Christ. (Matt 11:15)

I am one that believes man has free will, but there are scriptures that stump me in this thinking.

“no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Matt. 11:27)

Why is it that some are naturally “on the side of truth” and when they hear it, they receive it?  Yet others are hardened to it.  When they hear it, they don’t recognize it.



Matt 11:25 says it was for God’s “good pleasure”.  🤔

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Day 29~ John 13-15

Some days I can be quite wordy!  Other days,….not so much! 
Today, I am just pondering…….
In chapter 15’s parable, Jesus says the word “remain” 11 times!


What are your thoughts on the wording Jesus chose to use in 15:10. “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love,….”?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Day 28~ John 10-12


The whole subject of miracles is an interesting one!  The truth is,  IT IS NOT “Seeing is Believing”  it is “Believing is Seeing”

I found it odd that John is the only gospel that tells the story of Lazarus.  To me, that miracle is one of the big ones!! Raising a guy to life FOUR DAYS after he died?!!  Come on!! Wouldn’t that get everyone to believe??  Why didn’t the other writers mention it?

Jesus says in 10:38 “…, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles , that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

Jesus admits that he did a lot of miracles.  “I have shown you many miracles from the Father.  For which of these do you stone me?” (10:32)

I am sure it was with exasperation that Jesus says, “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe.” (John 4:48)

It is also the reason John writes his book, “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (20:31)

Yet, even after establishing the fact that miracles help us humans to have belief, it is not the prerequisite to our faith.  Jesus actually points out to Mary that one needs belief first in order to see and understand the miracles. 
Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 
(11:40) 

It reminds me of the parable we read in Luke 16 when the rich man dies and goes to hell.  He talks to Abraham, who is in heaven.  Abraham responds, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (vs.31) 

11:45 Shows exactly what happens when a miracle is given.  The miracle causes some to believe and others will still not believe.  Remember John 12:37, “Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe him.”

Romans 1:18-20 explains so well why some believe and some don’t. It is the wickedness of us humans that “suppress the truth…, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities -his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
No wonder Jesus said to the nonbelievers, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign!” (Matt. 12:39)
Here we have (and they had) all the miracles we need to believe and yet some of us have the audacity to ask for more!  😬 That does seem pretty wicked!

But in reality, we have all seen miracles!  The biggest being creation itself.  Maybe the other writers of the gospels knew this.  They wrote of other miracles that John didn’t.  We have enough testimony. Now it’s up to us to believe or not.

We are going to read soon in John 20:29, Jesus saying, “..blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” 


I would rather Jesus call me “blessed” than “wicked”! I need to remember this the next time I start thinking I need a miracle! If I continue in my belief, I will see all the miracles that happen around me daily! Believing is Seeing!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Day 27~ John 7-9

I want you to know that I am praying for you!  I know this is a lot of reading!  I pray you are able to get ‘er done!

John 7:7 “The world…hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.” 😳
Have you ever pondered that?
So, here’s a question for you (as well as for me).  If I am to be like Jesus……do I testify to the world that what it does is evil?  Am I hated for doing that?…..
or
Do Christians (me) skip over this part and just want to focus on “loving” the world? 
The first line of this blog’s theme verse is from Romans 12.  Have you ever pondered how to do this?  “Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

What are your thoughts?


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Day 26 ~ John 4-6

My eyebrows shot up when I read read 5:14, “See you are all well again.  Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

What? Why would Jesus say that?

Well, let’s figure this out. This is what we know:
1.) This man was an invalid for 38 yrs. (That is longer than Jesus had been alive at this point! When Jesus was brought to the temple in Jerusalem to be dedicated at 8 days old, this guy could have already been sitting by the pool for 5 years!!!) 
2.) He obeyed Jesus by picking up his mat and walking.
3.) After the healing he was found in the temple (presumably, either offering sacrifices or having fellowship with other Jews, two things he probably couldn’t do much of before if he was always at the pool waiting for the “water to stir”).

To me it appears (at least on the outside) that this man had a “conversion” of sorts.  He was changed by God and was back in church. He appeared like he was doing all the right things.  HOWEVER, Jesus knows the heart (Acts15:8)!  This man may not have had the “saving faith” that it appeared he had.  He didn’t know Jesus.  “The man had no idea who it was”, who healed him physically.  

Jesus had just said a little earlier in our reading, “..true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.”  Jesus is the truth (John 14:6)  In other words, in spirit, would mean we can worship him anywhere,(he is not tied to a building) and “in truth” is “in Jesus”.

The truth for this man is that his heart was sinful.  Jesus knew it and called him out on it.  My footnote says, “The eternal consequences of sin are more serous than any physical ailment.”  Jesus was pointing out that going to church and acting the part doesn’t make you a believer.  Changing your life to walking in truth is what he wants.

So, this story has a questionable ending, depending on how you see it…..

It could have a sad ending;  “the man went away.”
Would you go away from the man that healed you from a 38 yr. ailment?  I think I would have become a groupie at that moment!
or
the ending could be a good ending (the optimist in me would hope this).  This man may have done the same as the official in the story ch.4- “The man took Jesus at his word and departed”(vs. 50)

What do you think?  Sad or happy ending for the physically healed man by the pool?


On another note….John 6 ~ Jesus is the Bread of Life……and then many disciples desert Jesus…….whew…. a lot in that section to comment on but I’m going to hold off!!!!  Do you have any thoughts there?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 25~ Welcome to John! The last of the four gospels!

John 3:1- I was impressed with Nicodemus today.  He says, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.”  I think Nick was really trying hard to understand the concept of being “born again”.
The fact that he called Jesus a “teacher from God” is remarkable since Pharisees were known to be a “legalistic and separatistic group who strictly kept the law of Moses and traditions of the elders’.

Now, I don’t know if John’s writings are in the order of how/when things happened, but he did place this teaching at the beginning of his book.  If Nick had this conversation early in Jesus’ s ministry, he had a lot of time to keep watching and learning from Jesus. 



In the end, we know that Nick’s life was changed because he took great personal risk to his career.  We will read in 19:39. He joined Joseph who “was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews”. (You remember, the rich guy who owned the un-used tomb.) The two of them prepared the body of Jesus for burial.  It was Nick who brought 75 lbs. of an embalming mixture.  That much would have been used in a royal burial!  It seems to me that his actions lined up with what he believed, and he was “born again”.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Day 24 ~ Luke 22--> end

The verse that stuck out to me today is 22:31.  Jesus says to Peter, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Remember Luke 12:8-9? And we will also read in 2 Tim 2:13, “If we disown him, he will disown us.”  Peter was in that zone!  He denied Jesus!
Can you imagine how utterly sad that moment was when, “The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.”  Yet, Jesus didn’t leave Peter without hope.  Maybe the look Jesus gave Peter was full of compassion.  Maybe, when Peter “remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him”, he remembered that Jesus not only predicted his denial, but he also remembered him saying “when you have turned back…”



As long as we have breath in our bodies, we have the same hope.  Do you know that Jesus prayed for us too?!  Check out John 17:20!!!😊

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Day 23~ Luke 19-21

I find 19:24 really profound, when the master tells those standing by, “Take his mina away from him….”

My footnote says, “Those who seek spiritual gain in the gospel, for themselves and others, will become richer and those who neglect or squander what is given them will become impoverished, losing even what they have.” 😳

That reminds me of the parable of the seed that fell among the thorns and gets chocked by life’s worries.  Remember what it said in 8:18?  “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.”

That means “Truth that is not understood and appropriated will be lost (19:26), but truth that is used will be multiplied.” (NIV commentary)

That is really heavy when you sit and ponder it!  One can lose the little truth he has in his heart! 😱


Good thing we are “seeking spiritual gain” by doing this 90 day reading!  We are becoming richer! 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday is day 22 in the 90 day plan

Luke 16-18

I found 17:15 remarkable.  Ten men had leprosy.  Jesus cleansed them all, but only one “came back, praising God in a loud voice”.  1 out of 10!!! Those are not good odds! 

I am reminded of Matt. 5:45, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous.”  God gives gifts to all mankind, but it is only those who thank him and praise him with ‘repent/belief’ that he says back, “Your faith has made you well” (vs 19).  My footnote says, the phrase may also  be rendered “your faith has saved you”, indicating that this one received salvation in addition to the physical healing all ten had received.

The gift is offered to all (just like the sun and rain come to all) but it’s up to the individual on how they respond.  I hope 1 in 10 isn’t representative of the number who respond with true faith!  

 …..And then we read a sad question Jesus asked in Luke 18:8, “however, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”  😟

Friday, April 21, 2017

Day 21 ~ Luke 13-15

This one caught me today: 13:23 ~ “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” 😳

Perhaps the effort he is referring to is the effort we need to put forward to “believe” (John 6:29), but it also takes effort to love him more than family & life it’s self, don’t you think? 
(14:25-27 & 33)




On a totally different note, the nurse in me giggled when I read about the healing of the guy with dropsy. Dropsy is edema.  Edema, as you may know is fluid accumulation in the tissue.  I giggled when I read, Jesus “healed him and sent him away.”  It sounded fast, to me, right?  Well, the guy probably had to make a quick exit to go to the bathroom!  Once, all that fluid went back into the circulatory system, I bet he had to pee like a race horse! Hahaha  The observer who told Luke the story, rightly went on with the teachings of Jesus.  I just can’t help picturing the scene and thinking of the extra stuff that may have been happening! 😂

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You're 20 days into it!!

How is it going?  Are you at Luke 10-12?  I hope you are....or close to it!!!

My thought on todays reading....

I feel like 11:13 should have been written first before all the verses flowing verse 9.  Then it would be clear as you are reading that if you ask (for the Holy Spirit) it will be given; seek (the H.S.) and it you will find it…..

And,

Here is a trick question for some of you (maybe not), 12:5…..who are you to fear? 🤔


Day 19 ~ Luke 7-9

I want to be like the centurion!  Wouldn’t it be great to have faith that Jesus was amazed by?!!! (7:9)

7:30 really says a lot!! “But the pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.”

All sorts of people went out to Palm Desert to hear music……wait, I mean, went to the desert to hear what John had to say.  When many of them chose to be baptized, they were showing a willingness to repent (remember, Mark 1:4).

God has a purpose for all of us; to be in a right relationship with him.  The first step to that relationship is to repent/believe.  In the words of one Biblical scholar, those two words can’t be separated.  They are two sides of one coin. You can’t have one without the other.  Genuine faith includes repentance and genuine repentance includes faith.  The Greek word, metanoia, can be translated as both believe and repent.  
Keep that in mind when reading verses like Rom.10:9 and Acts 16:31.  These verses say, “believe and be saved”  the translation could read “believe/repent and be saved.”
We will read soon that the book of Luke ends with Jesus saying this, “repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations” (24:47).  The message has never changed after 2000 years.  Yet, people today are getting confused, thinking it’s just a matter of “believing” to be right with God.  They are missing a key part to the definition of the word. If they don’t look at “believing" as a combo word, “repent/believe”, than they have what James 2:20 calls a “useless faith” 😣.The start of a relationship with God is to repent and turn from the sinful lifestyle.

Having all this in mind, it makes sense that the very next parable is placed there in the teaching.  It illustrates the point of repent/believe being one word.  Simon has a type of “belief” because, after all, he invited Jesus over for dinner.  He knew something was special about him. However, he didn’t truly repent/believe because he didn’t treat Jesus very well; he didn’t show belief with his actions.  Yet, the lady who lived a sinful life truly repented/believed and showed it with her actions.  What a lesson for us!

The point Jesus made to Simon when he quotes the little saying about the children in the market (7:31-34) is, “There will be people, you included, Simon,  that aren’t happy one way or the other- no matter how you hear truth. The fact is you just don’t want to repent/believe” & “the proof is in the pudding” (vs. 35)! (paraphrase by Anita 😛)









Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Day 18 ~ Luke 4-6

vs. 4:13- “..until an opportune time.”

I have a question for you.  Do you think that Jesus could have truly been tempted?  Did Satan really have a chance, at all, of succeeding with his temptations?  After all, even though Jesus was fully God (Heb. 2:17), he was fully man (Colossians 2:9) as well.  

I often read about the temptation of Jesus (Luke 4:1-13) as just a lesson to us on how to respond to temptation (use scripture!).  We know that the word of God is “sharper than any double edged sword” (Heb 4:12), so that’s our one weapon we can use against the rulers, authorities & powers of this dark world (Eph. 6:12).

But, today 4:13 stood out to me.  Satan left Jesus after that scene and we read he would attempt to get at Jesus again at “an opportune time”. 😳  
That makes me think that these  temptations were very real!  Satan actually felt he had a chance to sway Jesus.  Yet, the verses Jesus quoted show his complete faith in his heavenly father; faith that took scripture at face value.  He used scripture as his weapon as he was truly experiencing real temptation.  He trusted that this weapon would win the battle.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Day 17 ~ Luke 1-3

Good day after Easter!  I hope you had a fun day celebrating our risen King!

Today we start our 3rd gospel.  (Another great starting point if you have a friend who wants to read with us!!)

I love how Luke wrote to Theo, “It seemed good to write an orderly account….so that you may know with certainty of the things you have been taught.”  I hope that as you continue your reading through these 90 days, that you too will know with certainty what you have been taught and believe!

So…Gabriel…..1:19 Did you know that he was not only the angel that got to tell Zechariah and Mary about their coming babies- John & Jesus, but he was also the angel that talked with Daniel more than 500 years earlier?! (Dan. 8:16)  Isn’t that interesting?!!  Just thought I would share that tid bit of info. 🤓


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Day 16 ~ Happy Easter! (Mark 16)

God is so good to us to have our reading today be about the Resurrection and it’s only one chapter!  So, either you can read the one chapter and then relax, celebrating Easter or you can use this as a catch up day!   So much to celebrate!! ~ Happy Easter!!!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Day 15 (Mark 13-15)

What appropriate reading we have today, as we prepare for Easter!

So, when you have done the reading, I ask…..What did Jesus say at the last supper?…
………………………………………………………………………………………………………

“Get on this side of the table if you want to be in the picture!” ..... ba-dum-tshh!……………….
J.K.! 😂😆

Sorry to make light of a “heavy” evening.  I am sure, after the reading, you felt as heavy as I did;  reading of Jesus predicting his death & Peter’s denial, introducing communion, the betrayal, His distress in Gethsemane, the beating, the crucifixion, His death…..it’s all super sad!!  

So, that’s what my brain does to lighten the moment….😜

Friday, April 14, 2017

Repost of Day 14- due to tech. issues

(Mark 10-12)

I am impressed at how much Jesus refers to “the book of Moses” (the first 5 books of the O.T.) and other “scripture” such as Psalms and Isaiah.  It really hit me when he said, “Are you not in error because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God?”

It reminds me of when Paul says to Timothy, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be throughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16)
Paul was referring to the same scripture that Jesus was referring to, the Old Testament.  So we as believers better know what’s in there as well!
I also pondered “The most important” command (12:29-31).  And I thought to my self, how do you “love the Lord?’  Well…..I found the answer!  2 John 6- “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.”


I better know scripture so that I know what his commands are!  Hey…., I know one already!!!  To believe!!! That’s one of his commands! (1John 4:23).  I can do that!! 😄

Day 14- Happy Good Friday to you!



Mark 10-12

I am impressed at how much Jesus refers to “the book of Moses” (the first 5 books of the O.T.) and other “scripture” such as Psalms and Isaiah.  It really hit me when he said, “Are you not in error because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God?”

It reminds me of when Paul says to Timothy, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be throughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16)
Paul was referring to the same scripture that Jesus was referring to, the Old Testament.  So we as believers better know what’s in there as well!
I also pondered “The most important” command (12:29-31).  And I thought to my self, how do you “love the Lord?’  Well…..I found the answer!  2 John 6- “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.”



I better know scripture so that I know what his commands are!  Hey…., I know one already!!!  To believe!!! That’s one of his commands! (1John 4:23).  I can do that!! 😄




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Day 13- Mark 7-9

One thing I like about reading the N.T. straight through, is that I am able to remember things that I may have just recently read and put 2 and 2 together from the reading.  

For example, Mark 7 talks about Jesus freeing a girl from a demon because of her mother’s faith (7:29) and healing a deaf and mute man because his friends begged Jesus to heal him (7:32).  All this took place in Tyre.

Tyre…..wait a minute, I just read something about those people…..Oh, yea, Jesus talked about them in Matthew 11:21.  In that chapter Jesus was denouncing “cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.”  Apparently, he did a lot more miracles in Koran, Bethsaida and Capernaum.

This reminds me of when John says, “Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)
There is so much more in todays reading I would like to comment on….but I would love to hear your comments!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Day 12- Mark 4-6

I like 5:36~ “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Jesus says this to the parents of the 12 year old girl, after others told them, “Your daughter is dead.” 

What a GREAT reminder for us!!! Don’t get caught up listening to others (even if what they say sounds true), JUST pay attention to what Jesus says!!!


What verse stood out to you?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Day 11- Mark 1-3

This is a great day to start the 90 day reading if you haven’t done so already, or you know a friend who wants to start!!

If you fell too far behind in your reading, just go to Mark and start there.  Don’t get discouraged and give up completely!!!  You can always circle back and hit Matthew again at the end.

That being said, what did you think of all the talk about casting out demons? (1:23, 32, 34,39 & 3:11)  Do you think demon possession exists today?  What are your thoughts?


I found it interesting that it was demons who were the first to proclaim to the world, “I know who you are- the Holy One of God!” (1:24), but in their “knowing” AND “obeying” (1:25 &28, & 3:12), they still didn’t want to worship him. 😞

Monday, April 10, 2017

A little Easter Hospitality

So, I am in a book club.  I love to host these gals because it gives me an opportunity to make them feel special, at least one day of the month, like those gals did for me way back in my MOPS days. 
So, when and if I can, I like to give them a little treat on their plate.  It may seem like something a kindergarten teacher would do for her students, but I can't help it, I think it’s fun!  (My mom always told me she thought I was going to choose teaching over nursing when I was young.)

So, if you are in my book club, you will be seeing these next week! Hahaha 

I thought I would share the idea just in case you wanted to give a little Easter blessing to someone in your life.

I was inspired by a Pinterest idea and then thought of something to use MY favorite candy!


This is the address of the original idea: 


My favorite candy:


My version of Easter Hospitality:

Day 10- Matt. 28

Here is your catch up day!!  You only have one chapter to read, so if you are behind, this day can help. Do you have any thoughts on your reading?

Don’t you find it odd that 28:4 says the soldiers were so afraid of the angel that they shook and became like dead men, but then in verse 15 they took a bribe to lie about what had happened!  Wow!  How sad!!  They got a glimpse of what others longed to see, and they gave up all that comes with that, for money.

I also found it interesting that (I am assuming it was the 11), still had doubts as they worshipped Jesus on the mountain in Galilee. 28:17. 

These examples of disbelief and doubt highlight to me how hard hearted we people can be!  For heaven sake; seeing an angel in person, seeing Jesus in person and still having doubts?!!!......
There are some that believe easily.  Jesus says they are blessed (John 20:29).  But that doesn’t let others, who have a harder time believing, off the hook.  They have work to do.  And this is it~ 
John 6:30, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”


Thankfully, we see that Jesus can use us even in our doubts, just as he used all 11 of those disciples!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

You are almost done with your first book!

Day 9-Matt. 25-27

This part of the story is always hard for me to read.  I hate reading how Jesus was beaten….So, instead I turned my attention to the three last parables that Jesus had told prior to his arrest.
They all had to do with being ready for his return.  The 5 virgins were ready; the other 5 were not (Ch25). Two of the servants were ready for their master’s return; one was not. And the last scenario, he tells of all the nations being gathered and separated to his right and left.

It seems clear that Jesus is prepping his listeners for his departure.  He is giving last minute instructions.  When he spoke to his followers, it was a lot more people than just the 12.  There were ladies there that helped support the ministry with their own money and there were people like Joseph (the rich guy who put Jesus in his new tomb) who were also called disciples because they followed the teacher. 

So, Jesus is talking to people who are following him and he is saying,  “At that time (end times)the kingdom of heaven will be like….” …..people who “think” they are following him, but they really aren’t, will see their true selves.  

Sadly, he is going to tell these people, “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you” (25:13),  “Throw that worthless servant outside” (25:30), and “..those on the left he will say, ‘Depart from me’.”

It’s like Jesus is warning, “don’t get caught thinking you are following me when you really aren’t.”
Evaluate yourself.  Paul says to do the same thing in 2 Cor. 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith”


This is very important if these were the last things he told his followers, don't ya think?…..Be ready!!!