AUGUST – Daily Bible Portions

 

AUGUST’S DAILY PORTIONS OF SCRIPTURE

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August 1

1 Chronicles 21-22, Acts 17:22-34, Psalm 86:1-7

Proverbs 18:5-7

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August 2

1 Chronicles 23-24, Acts 18:1-19:10, Psalm 86:8-17

Proverbs 18:8-10

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August 3

1 Chronicles 25-26, Acts 19:11-41, Psalm 87:1-2

Proverbs 18:11-12

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August 4

1 Chronicles 27-28, Acts 20:1-12, Psalm 87:3-7

Proverbs 18:13-14

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August 5

1 Chronicles 29, Acts 20:13-28, Psalm 88:1-6

Proverbs 18:15-16

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August 6

2 Chronicles 1-4, Acts 21:1-14, Psalm 88:7-18

Proverbs 18:17-19

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August 7

2 Chronicles 5-6, Acts 21:15-40, Psalm 89:1-4

Proverbs 18:20-22

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August 8

2 Chronicles 7:1-9:12, Acts 22, Psalm 89:5-9

Proverbs 18:23-24

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August 9

2 Chronicles 9:13–11:23, Acts 23:1–22, Psalm 89:10–15

Proverbs 19:1–2

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August 10

2 Chronicles 12–14, Acts 23:23–35, Psalm 89:16–24

Proverbs 19:3–5

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August 11

2 Chronicles 15–17, Acts 24, Psalm 89:25–30

Proverbs 19:6–7

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August 12

2 Chronicles 18–19, Acts 25:1–22, Psalm 89:31–37

Proverbs 19:8–10

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August 13

2 Chronicles 20–21, Acts 25:23–27, Psalm 89:38–46

Proverbs 19:11–13

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August 14

2 Chronicles 22–24, Acts 26, Psalm 89:47–52

Proverbs 19:14–15

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August 15

2 Chronicles 25–26, Acts 27:1–13, Psalm 90:1–7

Proverbs 19:16–18

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August 16

2 Chronicles 27:1–29:19, Acts 27:14–44, Psalm 90:8–17

Proverbs 19:19–21

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August 17

2 Chronicles 29:20–30:27, Acts 28, Psalm 91:1–4

Proverbs 19:22–23

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August 18

2 Chronicles 31–32, Romans 1:1–17, Psalm 91:5–9

Proverbs 19:24–26

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August 19

2 Chronicles 33–34, Romans 1:18–32, Psalm 91:10–16

Proverbs 19:27–29

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August 20

2 Chronicles 35–36, Romans 2:1–16, Psalm 92:1–5

Proverbs 20:1–2

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August 21

Ezra 1:1–2:39, Romans 2:17–29, Psalm 92:6–15

Proverbs 20:3–4

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August 22

Ezra 2:40–4:24, Romans 3, Psalm 93

Proverbs 20:5–7

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August 23

Ezra 5:1–7:10, Romans 4, Psalm 94:1–6

Proverbs 20:8-9

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August 24

Ezra 7:11–8:36, Romans 5, Psalm 94:7–13

Proverbs 20:10–12

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August 25

Ezra 9–10, Romans 6, Psalm 94:14–23

Proverbs 20:13–15

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August 26

Nehemiah 1–3, Romans 7, Psalm 95:1–4

Proverbs 20:16–17

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August 27

Nehemiah 4–5, Romans 8:1–25, Psalm 95:5–11

Proverbs 20:18–19

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August 28

Nehemiah 6, Romans 8:26–39, Psalm 96:1–7

Prov 20:20–21

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August 29

Nehemiah 7, Romans 9, Psalm 96:8–13

Proverbs 20:22–24

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August 30

Nehemiah 8–9, Romans 10, Psalm 97

Proverbs 20:25–27

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August 31

Nehemiah 10, Romans 11:1–16, Psalm 98

Proverbs 20:28–30

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A Blank Only God Can Fill

Void


Excerpt from

“The Word For You Today”

Maranatha Bible Church


“The heart is a God-shaped blank, and only God can fill it.” In “Through the Valley of the Kwai: From Death-Camp Despair to Spiritual Triumph,” Ernest Gordon writes about American soldiers who were captured, tortured, and starved by the Japanese in the Malay Peninsula in World War II. As a result they started acting like animals, clawing, fighting, and stealing food. In an effort to turn things around, the group decided to start reading the New Testament. And as Gordon read it to them, they were converted to Christ, and this community of animals was transformed into a community of love. That’s because God lives in Jesus, and Jesus is willing to live in the hearts of those who trust Him. He offers joy, peace, a transformed life, and assurance of eternal life to all those who place their trust in His atoning death. So what are you using to try to fill the void in your life? Material possessions? Mood-altering substances? Sex? Career success? The pursuit of intellectual growth? Excitement? You may as well give it up now–it won’t work! Paul explained it like this to the philosophers in Athens: “God…made the world and everything in it…He…gives life…to everything…He satisfies every need…His purpose was (that we should) seek after God…feel (our) way toward Him and find Him–though He is not far from…us. For in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:24-28). In the words of the time-honored hymn: “Now none but Christ can satisfy; none other Name for me. There’s love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.”

No Worries

Don't Worry


Pray more, worry less.  God takes care of the birds and the beasts, the flowers and all of nature… what makes you think He won’t take care of you?  Worry will not add anything positive to your life!


See what Matthew 6:25-34 has to say.

  • 25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  28And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  29yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?  31So don’t worry about these things, saying, What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  34So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

 


 

Change your thoughts; Change your life!

Ruth Strait

Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Big Difference

 

There’s a big big difference in knowing about Jesus and truly knowing Jesus intimately.  Even Satan believes and knows Jesus exists (James 2:19), and he knows Scripture too, better than all of us (Luke 4:9).  That is why we are to always be in God’s Word, studying, learning, and gaining God’s Wisdom; so when such a time arises, we will know what to say and be well-versed and can share what God has taught us to others.

 

Ruth Strait
Vice President,  Thread of Hope, Inc.

 

 

JULY – Daily Bible Portions

JULY’S DAILY PORTIONS OF SCRIPTURE

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July 1

1 Kings 16–17, John 20:19–31, Psalm 76:1–4

Proverbs 15:22–23

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July 2

1 Kings 18, John 21, Ps 76:5–12

Proverbs 15:24–26

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July 3

1 Kings 19:1–20:25, Acts 1, Psalm 77:1–5

Proverbs 15:27–28

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July 4

1 Kings 20:26–21:29, Acts 2:1–13, Psalm 77:6–11

Proverbs 15:29–30

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July 5

1 Kings 22, Acts 2:14–47, Psalm 77:12–20

Proverbs 15:31–33

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July 6

2 Kings 1–3, Acts 3, Psalm 78:1–4,

Proverbs 16:1–2

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July 7

2 Kings 4, Acts 4:1–12, Psalm 78:5–10,

Proverbs 16:3–5

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July 8

2 Kings 5–6, Acts 4:13–37, Psalm 78:11–19

Proverbs 16:6–8

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July 9

2 Kings 7:1–9:13, Acts 5:1–16, Psalm 78:20–25

Proverbs 16:9–11

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July 10

2 Kings 9:14–10:36, Acts 5:17–32, Psalm 78:26–32

Proverbs 16:12–14

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July 11

2 Kings 11–12, Acts 5:33–6:15, Psalm 78:33–41

Proverbs 16:15–17

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July 12

2 Kings 13–14, Acts 7:1–23, Psalm 78:42–45

Proverbs 16:18–19

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July 13

2 Kings 15–16, Acts 7:24–53, Psalm 78:46–52

Proverbs 16:20–21

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July 14

2 Kings 17:1–18:6, Acts 7:54–8:3, Psalm 78:53–57

Proverbs 16:22–23

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July 15

2 Kings 18:7–19:37, Acts 8:4–24, Psalm 78:58–63

Proverbs 16:24–26

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July 16

2 Kings 20–21, Acts 8:25–40, Psalm 78:64–72

Proverbs 16:27–29

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July 17

2 Kings 22–23, Acts 9:1–19, Psalm 79:1–5

Proverbs 16:30–31

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July 18

2 Kings 24–25, Acts 9:20–43, Psalm 79:6–13

Proverbs 16:32–33

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July 19

1 Chronicles 1, Acts 10:1–23, Psalm 80:1–6

Proverbs 17:1–3

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July 20

1 Chronicles 2, Acts 10:24–48, Psalm 80:7–13

Proverbs 17:4–5

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July 21

1 Chronicles 3:1–4:23, Acts 11, Psalm 80:14–19

Proverbs 17:6–8

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July 22

 1 Chronicles 4:24-5:26, Acts 12:1-19, Psalm 81:1-10

Proverbs 17:9-11

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July 23

1 Chronicles 6, Acts 12:20-13:15, Psalm 81:11-16

Proverbs 17:14-15

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July 24

1 Chronicles 7:1-19, Acts 13:16-43, Psalm 82

Proverbs 17:14-15

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July 25

1 Chronicles 7:20-8:40, Acts 13:44-52, Psalm 83:1-4

Proverbs 17:16-17

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July 26

1 Chronicles 9, Acts 14, Psalm 83:5-10

Proverbs 17:18-20

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July 27

1 Chronicles 10-11, Acts 15:1-12, Psalm 83:1-18

Proverbs 17:21-23

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July 28

1 Chronicles 12-13, Acts 15:13-35, Psalm 84:1-5

Proverbs 17:24-25

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July 29

1 Chronicles 14-15, Acts 15:36-16:13, Psalm 84:6-12

Proverbs 17:26-28

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July 30

1 Chronicles 16-17, Acts 16:14-40, Psalm 85:1-7

Proverbs 18:1-2

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July 31

1 Chronicles 18-20, Acts 17:1-21, Psalm 85: 8:13

Proverbs 18:3-4

 

 

 

 

Getting Real

 

Good & Bad Fruit

“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit.  Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.” Matthew 7:18-20

My son and I were having a very important conversation yesterday. He is going to attend seminary, and this means he better understand what a true follower of God looks like and acts like. I told him that if he wants to be a good shepherd to his flock, he himself must model the True Shepherd. I told him the anointed of God are obviously seen in the fruits they produce. You just can’t fake it forever.

I was reminded how King Saul had the anointing of God in his life, but his disobedience and hatred for David, a young shepherd boy, used by God to play his harp in order to bless him became a huge problem for King Saul. King Saul began to disobey God, way before David entered the scene.

God is not mocked.

The fruit we bear is either good or bad.

King Saul wanted things his way, ignoring the warnings of God. God eventually took the anointing off of King Saul. Samuel mourned so much over this, God told him, “How long will you mourn over King Saul, I have rejected him from serving as King?” God does have a “Stop, I had enough,” time limit. God brought down his reign and set another man to be King, and in this case, King Saul’s mortal enemy, David.

God is a God of justice.

David did nothing but good to King Saul, but his payback from King Saul was plotting and conniving to kill David. Guess what? The mighty hand of God was with David and not with King Saul. God’s anger was against King Saul, not David. King Saul removed himself from the protection and blessings of God because of his disobedience. In the end, God removed the anointing, and he died a terrible death.  King David is described by God as, “being a man after his own heart.”

I continued to explain he has a huge part in how the ministry will be for him. If he follows God and obeys him, the anointing will never depart his life, thus like King David, a man after the very heart of God. Ministry is not a joke. He, as all those who proclaim as being ministers, are called to be above reproach, clearly showing the fruit of the Spirit.

People, understand not all those who say they are ministers are men after the heart of God. Those who are will exhibit love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the attributes of a godly life.

It’s not the “fruits” but “the fruit” implying each person exhibits them ALL as one. My son has chosen ministry, and this means he must understand clearly what he must do. Ministers will be held accountable before God how they treated, loved, and cared for the flock God brought to them. I get there are black sheep, bad sheep, whatever you want to call them. Unfortunately, it’s not just the sheep that are a problem. King Saul, in the beginning, knew God, and he even prophesied. The anointing of God was on him. His arrogance, jealousy, and disobedience destroyed him. The fruit he brought forth wasn’t good. Just like we cut down dead and unproductive trees, God does the same.

There is such a deception in today’s world regarding the mercy of God. He sure is merciful, but you and I don’t get to act however we want and believe the anointing rests in our lives. The anointing is on the godly, the righteousness, and the holy. It’s not on the disobedient, arrogant, and self-righteous. What kind of tree are you? Are you exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit of a Living, Righteous, and Holy God?  Test yourself and know for sure you’re on the narrow road.  You can’t serve two masters.

 

Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.