Matthew: This passage is about how we can pursue a more abundant life. It’s not about food or clothing, but pursuing what really matters. In the end, it will not matter about the little things. It’s about pursuing God and trusting Him. He makes everything work out–always. We need to continue trusting Him!
Memorable Verses: Mt 6:26b, 27, 30, 32-34
Acts: “Paul is being transformed–and the whole world gets to see and hear about it!” That’s how I would describe this passage. Saul (whose name becomes Paul) had a reputation that precedes him, many were afraid of him. Once they saw the new Saul, others saw the work of the One True God in his life. They saw how God can do anything! He can transform anyone regardless of our past! What encouragement that is! Nothing is too hard for God!! Nothing is impossible with God!
Memorable Verses: Acts 9:20, 25,31, 33-35, 42
Psalm: Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods and refuse Christ! Those who refuse God do things in their own strength (not with His strength) and with their own futile knowledge and understanding–without His understanding, wisdom, or surpassing peace.They are without God–nothing is more devastating than truly being on your own, which is where many are (without Christ)! They are without Him as their place of refuge. For those who trust in Christ as their Savior, we have many blessings and are never left to do things on our own. We have a Savior!
Memorable Verses: Psalm 16:1, 5, 8, 10-11
Genesis: Esau and Jacob moved away from each other. Why? Not enough land to support them all. The same kind of thing happened with Abraham and Lot. Space can take its toll on relationships. Not having enough can really infringe on relationships–stirring up emotions and fights (See Genesis 13:5-9).
Question of the day:
What if we took time to realize how our actions or inactions affected others?